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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
4.24
it was amazing
{Yup, I'm reading it AGAIN.}

I sob, and I mean sob, every time I read this book. It's such a simple story--Francie Nolan is a smart little girl who's t
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May 08, 2007
 
The Complete Persepolis
4.35
it was ok
Ugh. I am deeply ambivalent. First, I found the political side fascinating. If you're interested in Iran's history, the graphic novel format is really ...more
Jul 10, 2008
Jul 09, 2008
 
Special Topics in Calamity Physics
3.70
really liked it
This first bit is my initial reaction to the book. I'm keeping it up because I still think it's valid. However, see bellow for my post-reading thought ...more
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Nov 26, 2007
 
Looking for Alaska
4.09
really liked it
Before:
I bought this for my class forever ago, but I haven't had the chance to read it because I have a group of girls who devour my Printz winners. A
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Jun 13, 2008
 
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
4.09
really liked it
This play makes me squirm with discomfort every time I read it. My mother raised me to be so conscious of manners that I'm practically Southern.

Even
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May 09, 2007
 
The Dangerous Book for Boys
4.02
it was amazing
I bought this for my little brother's eleventh birthday. I knew my parents were finally breaking down and buying him video games, so I thought this wo ...more
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Sep 08, 2007
 
Love, Stargirl (Stargirl, #2)
3.80
it was ok
I was so excited when I heard this was coming out. SO EXCITED. I'm sorry to say, though, that I actually kind of hated it. Stargirl herself is kind of ...more
Oct 2007
Oct 03, 2007
 
Michael Tolliver Lives (Tales of the City, #7)
3.89
it was ok
I read the series when I was way too young, and it basically blew my mind. Picture it: I was this little Catholic school girl reading about cock rings ...more
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Jun 18, 2007
 
This Boy's Life
3.98
really liked it
Tobias Wolff was a professor at Stanford. He was my friend Laurel's Italian partner. His friends called him Toby. He scared the bejesus outta me. This ...more
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May 09, 2007
 
The Space Between Us
3.97
liked it
**spoiler alert** I really liked the characterization here; everyone felt very real to me. I also think that Umrigar perfectly captured the speech of ...more
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Sep 30, 2010
 
Elsewhere
3.92
it was amazing
I read this because my little sister told me I had to. I am easily influenced.

First, I was completely and totally infuriated by this book because rot
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Sep 28, 2007
 
The Secret of the Indian (The Indian in the Cupboard, #3)
3.80
really liked it
These books are such fun. I like that they make kids think about responsibility and putting others first, but never become preachy.
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May 09, 2007
 
A Charmed Life: Growing Up in Macbeth's Castle
3.22
did not like it
**spoiler alert** I pretty much hated this book. I feel guilty for saying this, especially as it's nonfiction, and I have enough Catholic guilt to wor ...more
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Feb 24, 2010
 
Experience: A Memoir
3.95
really liked it
I have always felt that Martin Amis is probably a giant ass. This opinion is only confirmed by my feeling of an increasing crankiness in each new book ...more
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May 08, 2007
 
Breath, Eyes, Memory
3.86
really liked it
**spoiler alert** This is a great, if disturbing, book. It's funny how an outsider's view of culture changes her own understanding of right and wrong. ...more
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May 09, 2007
 
Silent to the Bone
3.79
it was amazing
E.L. Konigsburg really comes through with this one. Beware, this isn't a book for younger readers. Branwell- a slightly odd, very precocious child- st ...more
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May 08, 2007
 
Medea
3.84
really liked it
I always kind of felt for Medea. Yes, I know, she killed her kids and all that, but damn it, she gave up everything for that cheating bastard, Jason. ...more
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May 08, 2007
 
Tender Is the Night
3.83
did not like it
As an act of protest, I did not read the last page of this book. I really hurt Fitzgerald's feelings, I think.
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May 08, 2007
 
To a Fault
3.59
it was amazing
This guy made me think that people would start talking about poetry at dinner parties again.
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May 09, 2007
 
To the End of the Land
3.93
really liked it
**spoiler alert** This isn't a book that I loved while reading. In fact, I found some parts pretty darn tedious. The more I think about it, though, th ...more
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Dec 15, 2010
 
1984
4.13
liked it
Even though I know this is a great book, I'm not a huge fan. Maybe it's because I hate rats. I can't articulate the real reason...I usually really lik ...more
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May 08, 2007
 
Baby and Other Stories
3.85
did not like it
I have to say, I think I basically hated this book. It was a collection of the world's most depressing short stories, and each story featured complete ...more
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Sep 26, 2011
 
The Complete Poetry and Selected Prose
4.24
really liked it
I got superduper into this poet when I was twenty. I love that some of his poems are so explicitly sexual, and others so religious. He also seems so s ...more
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May 09, 2007
 
Daniel's Story
4.11
it was amazing
This was the first of many, many books I read about the children of the Holocaust. I still think it's the best. It's pretty brutal in parts, but paren ...more
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May 10, 2007
 
The Land
4.10
liked it
I like Taylor a whole bunch. Her stories come from her own family, and her stories are told with a tenderness and humor. Her books are a great way for ...more
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May 09, 2007
 
The Good Woman of Setzuan
3.71
really liked it
I had to read this for a class, but I found it clever and tragic and all that good stuff.
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May 11, 2007
 
The Liars' Club
3.92
really liked it
Incredibly funny but pretty damn tragic. Karr tells a great story.
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May 09, 2007
 
American Psycho
3.81
did not like it
Apparently, this is supposed to be funny.
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May 08, 2007
 
Dandelion Wine (Green Town, #1)
4.08
really liked it
I like this story. It's neato.
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May 08, 2007
 
The Bluest Eye
3.98
it was amazing
At first I liked this book, but I didn't love it. I thought the changes in narration were cool. In an afterward, Morrison commented that she thought t ...more
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May 08, 2007
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