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Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)
4.03
**spoiler alert** As with the other two books in the trilogy, I liked that Katniss wasn't always likable (not even to herself, sometimes). I thought t...more
May 2011
May 20, 2011
 
The Pigman's Legacy
3.68
I think Zindel is one of the best YA writers. It breaks my heart that my students won't get into him. His characters seem like such real teenagers--th...more
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May 09, 2007
 
Graciela Iturbide
4.61
I lived with this photographer in an artist colony. She radiated wisdom and quiet humor. She truly had a grace about her. I wish I had talked to her m...more
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May 15, 2007
 
The History of Love
3.89
Any Amazon review will tell you that this novel's characters are wonderful, and it's true. What got to me more, though, were the different pieces of w...more
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Jun 18, 2007
 
Samantha's Boxed Set (The American Girls Collection/Boxed Set)
3.96
I always had lukewarm feelings for ol' Samantha. She was a little prissy. Actually, not true. My friend Erin was prissy, and she had the doll. I guess...more
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May 10, 2007
 
Howl and Other Poems
4.15
With other Ginsberg, I eventually began to feel sort of "been there, done that." The raw images Howl evokes still get to me, though. The other poems i...more
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May 08, 2007
 
The Year of Magical Thinking
3.81
Okay, okay, I'm going to say it: I just didn't like it that much. Maybe I'm callous, maybe I'm too young, but I found this tiresome. I am a slave to p...more
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Jun 18, 2007
 
The Library Card
3.44
I was fairly underwhlmed by this one. Spinelli's stories are beloved because they're so unpredictable. This one was so straightforward: kid finds card...more
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Sep 17, 2007
 
The Indian in the Cupboard (The Indian in the Cupboard, #1)
3.85
As a child, anything that had to do with talking dolls just fascinated me. I've always struggled to really grasp the idea that inanimate objects don't...more
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May 09, 2007
 
The Book of Lost Things
3.97
**spoiler alert** I liked this. Parts reminded me of Pan's Labyrinth. The beginning needed more dialog, I thought. Also, I felt the author was reachin...more
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Feb 17, 2008
 
Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)
4.31
**spoiler alert** Things started out a little Back to the Future II-ish here, but that was basically unavoidable. This was another unputdownable book....more
May 2011
Jun 01, 2011
 
American Pastoral (The American Trilogy #1)
3.91
When I think about this book, I think I really liked it. The story of a golden boy whose adult life is crushed after his protester daughter bombs the...more
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May 08, 2007
 
The Pillars of the Earth  (The Pillars of the Earth, #1)
4.26
I REALLY didn't want to read this. I'm basically glad I did. Parts felt very trashy-certain of the sex and violence scenes feel gratuitous, or at leas...more
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Oct 18, 2008
 
Plainsong (Plainsong, #1)
3.94
I really enjoyed this book. It's predictable and sentimental, but it's a sweet portrait of small-town life and people who have kind of forgotten what...more
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May 11, 2007
 
The Poisonwood Bible
3.98
Kingsolver's characters annoy the heck out of me!! Nathan is so completely frustrating that I'd have to put the book down. This is when she's at her b...more
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May 08, 2007
 
Getting Near to Baby
3.76
This is a wonderful book. I am always impressed when an author is able to handle as mature a concept as grief over the death of a child in a way that...more
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May 09, 2007
 
American Palestine: Melville, Twain, and the Holy Land Mania
4.00
The author was my professor for a couple classes. He found it very upsetting that I wore flip flops in all weather conditions. He tried in a very fath...more
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May 10, 2007
 
Walk Two Moons
3.92
I enjoy Creech's books because she manages to mix humor with some pretty upsetting stuff, and does it in a way that isn't sappy of insulting to her yo...more
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May 09, 2007
 
Anil's Ghost
3.51
This book is always unfavorably and, I think, unfairly compared to The English Patient. The latter is considered more poetic, more beautiful. I disagr...more
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May 09, 2007
 
The Abstinence Teacher
3.23
I like Tom Perrotta a lot. His humor is cutting, but he's also got a soft side. This one definitely spoke to one of my greatest fears as a teacher--I'...more
Apr 2009
Apr 18, 2009
 
Bee Season
3.50
There were certain aspects of this book I really liked. I totally understand the mother's quest for perfectomundo, and even kind of got into the idea...more
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May 08, 2007
 
Man and Boy (Harry Silver, #1)
3.52
I thought this was okay. I read it while I was in Ireland, and it seemed as if everyone had a copy. The bookstores on High Street were really pushing...more
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May 09, 2007
 
Little Women (Little Women, #1)
4.00
This was the book that changed me from a struggling reader who couldn't get past the first group of flashcards in Mrs. Hasagawa's class to a reading m...more
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May 09, 2007
 
A Proud Taste for Scarlet and Miniver
3.84
I found this book fascinating. Not only does it have a structural sophistication not usually seen in children's books, it was also hugely educational....more
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May 08, 2007
 
The Diary of a Young Girl
4.06
I read this when I was in 8th grade, and didn't really like it. I just didn't think I'd like Anne if I'd met her. Of course, this wasn't the point. I...more
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May 09, 2007
 
Son of the Mob (Son of the Mob, #1)
3.72
This was okay. It was a little predictable at times, but it was cute. This was one of the books the librarian at my school had me preview. It's funny,...more
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Jun 13, 2008
 
Switch Bitch
4.04
You have got to understand how much I loved Dahl when I was growing up. Once you get this, you'll know how shocked I was to read this little collectio...more
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May 08, 2007
 
About a Boy
3.78
This is one of those books where I don't feel bad about enjoying the movie equally. The movie is cute and funny and has Hugh Grant (and I can't help m...more
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May 08, 2007
 
The Devil Wears Prada
3.63
I usually avoid these kinds of books like the plague (I am a huge snob, after all), but sometimes their popularity reaches such a fever pitch, I feel...more
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May 08, 2007
 
Once Upon a Marigold (Upon a Marigold, #1)
3.96
I confuse this one with Ella Enchanted sometimes. You know, quirky princess, a little magic, interesting boy. I will say that I particularly remember...more
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May 09, 2007
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