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The Book Thief
I am not sure quite what to say about this book other than I think the story is powerful and that this is a novel that high schoolers will soon (if no...more
Nov 12, 2009
Nov 10, 2009
Come to the Edge
I won an advanced copy of this memoir through the FirstReads program. The author, who grew up in New York with a circle of friends that included JFK J...more
Mar 19, 2011
Feb 22, 2011
Ender's Game (The Ender Quintet, #1)
I liked this book so much! It deals with a future world in which child geniuses are trained to become military officers to fight in the war against "t...more
Oct 14, 2008
Oct 08, 2008
The Forbidden Daughter
Couldn't finish this book. I thought the plot was interesting enough, but the writing completely put me off. Isha is a typical Indian woman who has on...more
Nov 09, 2009
Nov 10, 2009
Gone Girl
Amy Dunne disappears on her 5th wedding anniversary, leaving behind her husband Nick who's evasive with the police but swears he's innocent. There's n...more
Sep 15, 2012
Jan 27, 2012
On the Jellicoe Road
Tried to read this book because it won an award, but I just couldn't get into it. I didn't care about the characters, didn't understand why I should c...more
Apr 18, 2009
Apr 18, 2009
Down to the Wire (The Specialists, #2)
2.5 stars. Quite a disappointing followup to the first book in The Specialists series. The stakes in here are supposedly higher, but they turned out t...more
Mar 12, 2009
Mar 13, 2009
The Diary of a Young Girl: The Definitive Edition
There's nothing I can say about this book that hasn't already been said a million times. I'd never had to read it in school, however, and had held off...more
Feb 22, 2014
Feb 23, 2014
The Sword Thief (The 39 Clues, #3)
What struck me about this book before I even started reading it was how short it was compared to the first two books in the series. Then, while I read...more
Mar 11, 2009
Mar 12, 2009
Sucks to Be Me: The All-True Confessions of Mina Hamilton, Teen Vampire (maybe) (Sucks to Be Me, #1)
I know, I know - another teen vampire book. There have been all too many of these released lately, much like the swarm of magic books after Harry Pott...more
Feb 11, 2009
Feb 11, 2009
High Dive
I never know how a randomly selected book will be, but I enjoyed this one quite a bit. It might even be worthy of 4.5 stars. Arden, a college student...more
Dec 08, 2008
Dec 08, 2008
The cover of this novel made me pick it up, and the plot sounded good, so I took it home and read this story of a high school senior who is told he ha...more
Dec 07, 2008
Dec 07, 2008
The Art of Goodbye
This novella features Corinne and other characters from the author's novels Where I Belong and A Long Way From You. Set in New York City on Corinne's...more
May 25, 2014
May 27, 2014
The Originals
Lizzie, Betsy, and Ella are (illegal) human clones who used to live as triplets until their mom whisked them away and announced that they had to prete...more
Mar 18, 2014
Mar 18, 2014
Fade (Dream Catcher, #2)
Either 3.5 or 4 stars; I can't decide. This sequel to Wake was good, but not quite as good as the first one (although I don't remember that in great d...more
Feb 13, 2009
Feb 19, 2009
The Truth About Forever
Probably 3.5. This is the second book by Sarah Dessen that I've read, and I'm noticing a number of trends in her writing, all of which are quite distr...more
Mar 16, 2009
Mar 16, 2009
Oh. My. Gods. (Oh. My. Gods, #1)
3.5 stars. Phoebe, about to be a senior in high school, has big future plans that are suddenly interrupted when her mom returns from a trip to Greece...more
Jan 11, 2009
Jan 11, 2009
Aliens on Vacation
Scrub (nickname for David) is a kid who heads to Washington State to spend the summer with his eccentric grandma, whom he's never met. She lives in -...more
Jan 16, 2014
Jan 16, 2014
I might not have read this had it not been my book club's pick for the month, but it ended up being quite good! Ifemelu is a Nigerian woman who moves...more
May 14, 2014
May 14, 2014
Geography Club (Russel Middlebrook, #1)
3.5 stars. Russel is convinced he's the only gay kid at his high school, so he's not interested in sharing the news, not even with his best friends. W...more
Jan 19, 2014
Jan 19, 2014
Carter Beats the Devil
Not the best. A magician named Carter the Great rises to fame in this novel, mainly set in the early 20th century, and is investigated by the Secret S...more
Dec 02, 2008
Dec 02, 2008
I am glad I checked this out of the library instead of buying it! This is one of those books where the characters are all so unlikable that I didn't w...more
Feb 09, 2009
Feb 09, 2009
Elvis Is Titanic: Classroom Tales from the Other Iraq
In 2005, the author traveled to the Kurdistan region in Iraq to teach English, Literature, and American History at Salahaddin University. This book ch...more
Jan 18, 2009
Jan 18, 2009
Good Girls
Another totally awesome, totally random find at the library! This book covers the fall-out after a compromising photo of Audrey, a high school senior,...more
Jan 24, 2009
Jan 24, 2009
Busted: Confessions of an Accidental Player
I loved this book and would definitely recommend it to others. The author has a great knack for making the characters believable, and the humor is spo...more
Mar 04, 2009
Mar 05, 2009
The Graveyard Book
3.5 stars. This is the second Neil Gaiman book I've read (the first being Stardust), and while I liked the concept and the main plot, I didn't love th...more
Dec 05, 2008
Dec 06, 2008
Princess Academy (Princess Academy, #1)
Miri lives in a mining town, where all the villagers work in the quarry and try to make ends meet. One day there's an announcement that the prince wil...more
Jan 24, 2014
Jan 25, 2014
What Happens Here
Found this on the shelf at the library and WOW, it was so good! The author has an amazing way with words, drawing the scenes so well that I felt like...more
Jan 23, 2009
Jan 23, 2009
Skinned (Cold Awakening, #1)
3.5 stars. I saw this book at a store and the plot intrigued me; I couldn't wait to read it: Lia, a girl in the future who is injured in an accident,...more
Dec 10, 2008
Dec 11, 2008
Red Rising (Red Rising Trilogy, #1)
Darrow is a Red (everyone's classified by a color hierarchy, with Red being the lowest) who works underground on Mars, helping mine to make the planet...more
Mar 13, 2014
Mar 14, 2014