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The Virgin Suicides
So much better the second time around (and I loved it the first, so...)

Gorgeous, creepy. A suburban mythology. At first, I couldn't shake images from...more
Jan 2005
May 08, 2007
New Moon (Twilight, #2)
...what is there to even say?

I liked about 80% of this book. Liked as in actually sort of kind of enjoyed it. I mean, yeah, it was still redundant and...more
Aug 2008
Aug 01, 2008
Let It Snow
Pretty much what you'd expect. Light, fun, festive. Had the feel of an ABC Family made-for-tv holiday special (which I love!), but funnier. And quirki...more
Aug 05, 2008
Aug 05, 2008
French Milk
Years back, I wrote a pretty scathing review of French Milk just after finishing it. You know, that time where you feel pure emotion and your gut reac...more
Jan 21, 2009
Jan 21, 2009
Are These My Basoomas I See Before Me? (Confessions of Georgia Nicolson, #10)

I struggle a bit with how to rate this one since (5 stars), I enjoyed every blessed moment of it. But (3-4 stars), as far as series FINAL...more
Dec 16, 2009
Apr 23, 2009
Paper Towns
It's hard to say much about the plot without giving away the ending, but I will say that I think that just about any story with this much build-up (an...more
May 09, 2008
May 09, 2008
" Luuurve Is A Many Trousered Thing... " (Confessions Of Georgia Nicolson)
Yessssss. Luuurved it, naturally, though Georgia really is quite stupid, isn't she? (I had to fight the urge to refer to her as a naff prat just then....more
not set
Jul 04, 2007
Zen Shorts
This is a story about a zen philosophy toting giant panda named Stillwater. He shares ancient zen parables with the children he befriends to help them...more
Jan 2006
May 16, 2007
Twilight (Twilight, #1)
33.33%: A girl at work told me the series is "like crack" and, so far, I have to agree. I was very reluctant to read this, thinking I'd be completely...more
Sep 2007
Aug 21, 2007
On Love and Death
Suskind's telling of the story of Orpheus is beautiful. His take on the love/death of Jesus was very interesting, but shrouded by too much hostility....more
Sep 17, 2009
Sep 17, 2009
The Tale of Despereaux
A perfect combination of sweet and dark. Or light and dark, would be a more fitting description, I suppose. And by that I don't just mean that there w...more
Jun 30, 2008
Jun 30, 2008
A Confederacy of Dunces
So funny I didn't even laugh. I was dumbstruck the whole time, and thought about underlining every other sentence. The blurbs on the back of the book,...more
Feb 22, 2013
Oct 09, 2009
Neon Angel: A Memoir of a Runaway
Fame, manipulation, bad hair, and lots and lots (and lots) of quaaludes.

What a train wreck. Both the text (did she have an editor?) and the story (tho...more
Apr 05, 2010
Apr 01, 2010
Blood Red Horse (The de Granville Trilogy, #1)
Overall good, and a good message (hey, Muslims are people too! And you know war? What is it good for? I mean, aside from proving one's love to God/All...more
Jun 2007
Jun 14, 2007
The Kneebone Boy
**spoiler alert** Strong start, seemed quirky, I really liked Lucia as narrator, and the bond between siblings was well established and felt natural,...more
Dec 06, 2010
Nov 30, 2010
Fly by Night (Fly By Night, #1)
I don't even know where to start. I loved every aspect of this book. Every single one. It's dark, it's thoughtful, it's odd and adventurous, even funn...more
Jun 07, 2009
Sep 13, 2008
What a stunning little book this is. Pearson has rendered Hilda's world with incredible fullness, with a perfected palette of inviting and cozy brick,...more
Jul 17, 2013
Jan 07, 2012
The Last Straw (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, #3)
DEEEELIGHTFUL. Favorite parts: Shel Silverstein boogeyman (amazing), hiding-under-the-blanket-next-to-his-dad-when-the-phone-rings (so easy to picture...more
Jan 13, 2009
Jan 13, 2009
Ivy and Bean: No News Is Good News (Ivy and Bean, #8)
Sometimes I can't believe what these girls get away with.

Loved Bean's Dad's reaction to their very unflattering neighborhood newspaper... until he re...more
not set
Dec 07, 2011
Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, #1)
Hilllarriousss, with moments that ring so true it feels like Kinney's writing about my elementary school at times. Like the "Cheese Touch": an bit of...more
Mar 2007
May 07, 2007
The Collected Poems
Maybe I'd like it more if I, you know, understood it more. I feel like maybe I'm not supposed to admit that, but THAT'S HOW IT IS, FOLKS.
Jan 2009
Mar 12, 2009
The Mysterious Benedict Society (The Mysterious Benedict Society, #1)
Having quit this book half-way through, you might think I dislike it. I don't. It's a great book, especially if you're, you know, between the ages of...more
Apr 2007
May 08, 2007
The Tales of Beedle the Bard
Had pretty low expectations for this, but very much enjoyed it and found it to be a great companion to the series. Not sure WHY I expected so little,...more
Apr 26, 2009
Apr 27, 2009
Ivy and Bean: What's the Big Idea? (Ivy and Bean, #7)
Book 7 begins thusly: illustration of Bean standing, stapler in hand, before a large window. She peers upward, pleased by the crumpled mass of drapes...more
Sep 20, 2011
Sep 19, 2011
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)
Short review: Super-duper feel-good funny book. Loved it and can't wait to share it with... every gal I know. Pretty much.

And in a few more words: If...more
Jan 26, 2012
Oct 03, 2011
Creative, Inc.: The Ultimate Guide to Running a Successful Freelance Business
It's not a perfect guide, but it's a friendly motivator and even where their advice and rules don't sync perfectly (not that they ever could; we're al...more
not set
Sep 15, 2010
Bink & Gollie (Bink & Gollie, #1)
I read this as soon as it came out in 2010. Several of my most trusty kid-lit sources were likening it to the very best early-reader pals ––Frog &...more
Sep 13, 2010
Aug 16, 2010
Mr. and Mrs. Bunny—Detectives Extraordinaire! (The Bunny's #1)
Entertaining, but a real oddball of a book. The writing is casual and feels a bit slapped together. Not Horvath's best work (or Blackall's for that ma...more
Mar 29, 2012
Jan 07, 2012
The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #4)
I definitely liked this, but it was also definitely my least favorite book in the series. I'm not exactly disappointed or anything, though. Things tha...more
May 02, 2008
Apr 25, 2008
The Squampkin Patch: A Nasselrogt Adventure
Everything about this book is fantastic, J.T. Petty is completely underrated (see also Clemency Pogue, Fairy Killer, and no, it doesn't need to be fal...more
Jan 2007
May 07, 2007
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