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Phoenix Rising: Or How to Survive Your Life
This book has everything I wanted as a preteen. It is deliciously overwritten. The teenagers are ultra-poised and ultra-burned; they come off like div ...more
Dec 2008
Dec 02, 2008
Side Effects
This tearjerker is an outlier. One look at the cover art and you know you ought to feel inspired. There is a teen girl in cargo pants. She is going to ...more
Nov 2008
Dec 02, 2008
A Summer to Die
This is an effective tear jerker; it had me crying in fits and starts from start to finish. I didn't mind the manipulation much. Sure, it has the old ...more
Oct 2008
Oct 27, 2008
“…the tender, fleeting moments of a girl who watches her life ebb away, knowing that she must taste of life, love and happiness for the last time.” – ...more
Nov 2008
Nov 02, 2008
Sharing Sam (Love Stories For Young Adults, #2)
I really dislike books/movies/etc where, in order to be noble, the protagonist tells (and keeps telling) an outlandish lie. I don’t care how hot, youn ...more
Oct 2008
Oct 15, 2008
Till Death Do Us Part (April Lancaster, #1)
a new spin on the star-crossed romance: she is an uptown WASP with an inoperable brain tumor. he is an Italian from the mean streets who has cystic fi ...more
not set
Dec 14, 2008
Love Is a Mix Tape: Life and Loss, One Song at a Time
This was saccharine but my eyes sure did leak.
Oct 20, 2013
Nov 06, 2013
My Sister's Keeper
Had not my professor recommended this for my tearjerker paper, I would surely have chucked it and early!

Fury is a complex emotion. Within it there's
Nov 2008
Nov 05, 2008
Illness as Metaphor
"Any important disease whose causality is murky, and for which treatment is ineffectual, tends to be awash in significance. [...] The disease itself b ...more
Nov 02, 2008
Oct 28, 2008
The Courage to Live
Inoffensive tale about the angst of a teen who has lupus. Frankly, I'd out-angst this protagonist if I had a hangnail. And the romance? Bah. My diagno ...more
Nov 2008
Nov 05, 2008
A Time for Dancing (A Time for Dancing, #1)
After 150 pages, I decided the buck stops here. I did, of course, peruse the final curtain.
not set
Nov 05, 2008
Dec 28, 2008
Nov 10, 2008
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