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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
{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...more
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May 08, 2007
Special Topics in Calamity Physics
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
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...more
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Jun 13, 2008
The Complete Persepolis (Persepolis, #1-4)
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
Love, Stargirl (Stargirl, #2)
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
The Dangerous Book for Boys
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
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...more
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Sep 28, 2007
This Boy's Life
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
**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
A Charmed Life: Growing Up in Macbeth's Castle
**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
Michael Tolliver Lives (Tales of the City, #7)
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
Breath, Eyes, Memory
**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
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
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
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.

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May 09, 2007
Baby and Other Stories
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
Sep 2011
Sep 26, 2011
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
American Psycho
Apparently, this is supposed to be funny.
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May 08, 2007
The Bluest Eye
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
The Book Thief
Excellent. I just read one of his other books (that I also liked, but had some small problems with), and at first I had some of the same complaints. T...more
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Dec 07, 2007
High Fidelity
Everyone who thinks he or she glows with an inner cool thinks he or she understands this book in a way that is more savvy, more sophisticated, and yes...more
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May 08, 2007
This lacked the magic of the other Rushdies I've read. His work continues to annoy and amuse, alternately. The whole Gush/Bore thing I found smug, com...more
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May 08, 2007
The Corrections
I liked the people in this book, at least at first. They were difficult but very real. And then a little after the half-way point, maybe around the ti...more
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May 08, 2007
The Teddy Bears' Picnic
Now, usually I think that adding books for very young children is cheating. You don't get credit for reading a Sandra Boynton board book, even if Moo...more
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Apr 24, 2009
It's Kind of a Funny Story
**spoiler alert** I had some problems with this book. I thought Noelle fell a little too much in the Hemingway/Looking for Alaska what is compelling a...more
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Jan 29, 2010
The Jolly Postman
I loved, loved, loved this as a kid. It still makes me laugh.
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Apr 06, 2009
A Doll's House
I certainly feel for Nora--she means well and yes, patriarchy sucks, but I found her such a challenging character to like. I didn't like her when she...more
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May 09, 2007
The Sparrow (The Sparrow, #1)
**spoiler alert** I was very hesitant to read this because I usually really don't care for science fiction and also almost always really really hate m...more
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Oct 29, 2010
To the End of the Land
**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
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
I was so thrilled when I talked my book club into reading this one! I'd wanted to read it for a long time. I kept going to the book store, picking it...more
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Mar 12, 2010
The Forest of Hands and Teeth (The Forest of Hands and Teeth, #1)
**spoiler alert** This started out strong. Ryan does a great job of establishing a setting and creating a low-level, but constant, feeling of dread. B...more
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Feb 08, 2010
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