My main beef with this was the way the mother behaved --- she was the big barrier to their relationship, and she was being a bitch, and then all of a...moreMy main beef with this was the way the mother behaved --- she was the big barrier to their relationship, and she was being a bitch, and then all of a sudden one shopping date later, mother and daughter-in-law-to-be are getting along just fine, and the ice breaker was the main thing that annoyed the mother-in-law in the first place. Wha?(less)
Abby Abernathy is a 19 year old student at Eastern -- a college she chose to escape her past as the infamous daughter of a gambler. Here, she has the...moreAbby Abernathy is a 19 year old student at Eastern -- a college she chose to escape her past as the infamous daughter of a gambler. Here, she has the ability to become a new, cardigan-wearing good girl. But all that is about to change when she meets bad boy Travis "Mad Dog" Maddox at one of his underground fights. Travis is Eastern's womanizer, but Abby strikes something deep within him. Will their relationship together be beautiful? Or just a beautiful disaster.
This book sucked.
I think I decided I was going to try out a few new adult titles, and somehow I stumbled across this one. I hated it. The characters were not at all likable, and the book just felt like it was caught in a lather, rinse, repeat cycle: Abby and Travis get together, he messes up, she breaks up with him, he stalks her, they get back together. HOW ROMANTIC! Also, it was unnecessarily violent, and just ugh. And the ENDING! Just wrong. Wrong wrong wrong wrong wrong. You're 19 people!
Such an amazing book - why did it take me so long to pick this one up?
Set in 1942, World War II has reached the Dutch island of Curacao where Phillip...moreSuch an amazing book - why did it take me so long to pick this one up?
Set in 1942, World War II has reached the Dutch island of Curacao where Phillip lives. Phillip sees this as exciting, but his mother is anxious, and decides to leave the island to return to the United states. On the way, their boat is attacked, and Phillip is cast overboard. He is hit on the head, and wakes 4 hours later in the middle of the ocean, on a raft, with just a raft and an old black man, Timothy. Phillip has always been told by his mother that black people "..are different, and they live differently," and as Phillip loses his sight from the blow to his head, he becomes reliant on Timothy for survival on the little island where they take refuge.
This was an amazing, page turning book about how you can sometimes only see what's inside a person when you have no sight left.
I'd recommend this as a survival story, and as an adventure. (less)
In January 2007 Lucy and her mother travel to Paris, and eat their way through the wonders of the city. It's an interesting and funny look into the li...moreIn January 2007 Lucy and her mother travel to Paris, and eat their way through the wonders of the city. It's an interesting and funny look into the life of a young artist as she transitions into new adulthood, deals with depression, and explores.
A perfect choice for any armchair traveler who loves food.
Page 132 is my favorite.
(It was only after I was halfway through I realized that Knisley had done some of the artwork for this years Summer Reading Club - Reading is so Delicious. How Fitting.)(less)
17 year old Karou lives in two worlds - one in current day Prague as an art student. The other is in another world, filled with monsters, the chimaera...more17 year old Karou lives in two worlds - one in current day Prague as an art student. The other is in another world, filled with monsters, the chimaerae, the only family she knows. She spends her life passing back and forth doing errands for Brimstone to buy him the teeth he needs to made into wishes.
But when a Seraph angel, Akiva, begins closing the doors between these two worlds, things become even more confusing for Karou as she gets closer to finding out who she really is.
An intriguing and well written fantasy and love story, with strong and wonderful secondary characters.
I liked this one a lot, and look forward to reading the next book in the series.(less)
Most everyone knows about the Manhattan project - the group of scientists that built the atomic bomb during WWII. But Bomb: The...moreThis book was amazing.
Most everyone knows about the Manhattan project - the group of scientists that built the atomic bomb during WWII. But Bomb: The Race to Build -and Steal- the World's Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin digs deeper to give us all the mystery and intrigue behind that scientific feat. Beginning in 1938 with the discovery that splitting uranium atoms was possible and continuing past the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Sheinkin has crafted rip-roaring ride that will have you racing page by page to find out more. With spies, secret missions, science, history, and humor, this book shows that sometimes truth can be stranger - and more exciting - than fiction.
This is a perfect common core read to use with middle and high school students who are studying WWII. It's also a great non-fiction read for anyone interested in spies, spying, and James Bond type thrillers.
I really thoroughly enjoyed this book and couldn't wait to find out what was going to happen next. Sheinkin includes some many characters, but you never feel bogged down by them all. And he does what non-fiction should make the reader feel -- amazing, astounded, and wanting to learn more. It also helped me understand what lead to the Cold War in a way that I never had before. Fantastic.
It's 1687. After the death of her grandfather, 16-year-old Kit Tyler has left behind her life on the lush island of Barbados, to sail on the brigantin...moreIt's 1687. After the death of her grandfather, 16-year-old Kit Tyler has left behind her life on the lush island of Barbados, to sail on the brigantine Dolphin bound for the Connecticut Colony. Kit hopes to start her life anew there with her only living relative, her Aunt Rachel. But the harsh land and the harsher viewpoints of the Puritans in the colony were not what she was expecting. From her first interaction with Americans Kit is branded as something different. Brash, outspoken, smart, vibrant Kit cannot fit in to this stifling society. Her only refuge is at the cottage of Quaker Hannah Tupper. But Hannah is thought to be a witch by others in the colony. Kit realizes her association with Hannah may lead her into trouble, but she will not deny a friend. How will Kit survive in this new world?
I read this book in 8th grade for the first time as an English assignment. For homework, we were supposed to finish the first three chapters or so of the book. I finished the entire book in one sitting. I couldn't put it down. I still remember reading that book at the kitchen table, sitting in one of the rolling chairs we had at the time. Since then, I remembered this book as thrilling, wonderfully romantic story of a young girl who stood up for what she believed in.
I was a little reluctant to re-read it, as I didn't want that memory to go away. And, it seems, with good reason as well. I liked this book the second time around, but it didn't speak to me in the same way. My adult self found Kit stuck-up and rather annoying. The action wasn't as tense or carried out as quickly as I remembered. Still, I did enjoy it.
This book would make great for pairing with nonfiction titles like Witches!: the absolutely true tale of disaster in Salem by Roaslyn Schanzer.(less)
In 1975, Ha is a ten year old girl living in Saigon with her three older brothers and her mother. Her father, in the navy, has not been heard from for...moreIn 1975, Ha is a ten year old girl living in Saigon with her three older brothers and her mother. Her father, in the navy, has not been heard from for 9 years. Now the war is moving closer to home, and Ha and her family must flee the Vietnam she loves to survive. They travel by boat to make their way to the United States to start a new life in Alabama. A life that Ha finds will be filled with difficulties, change, and small victories as her journey turns her life Inside Out and Back Again.
A beautiful novel in verse, Ha is a heroine you want to cheer for. When people talk about the power of books, and how they can change your viewpoint and see things in another way, THIS is the type of book I think does that best. How can you read Ha's story and remain untouched by the prejudices she faces? How can you not sympathize with a character who knows she is smart, yet doesn't know how to express that intelligence? How can you not love the Cowboy, who does his best to help her family, even if he doesn't know exactly how to do that? A beautiful story all around.(less)
This tells the story of Amelia Templeton, the woman who cried off marriage from Colton in Secrets of a Wedding Night. Yearning to learn the real secre...moreThis tells the story of Amelia Templeton, the woman who cried off marriage from Colton in Secrets of a Wedding Night. Yearning to learn the real secrets of a wedding night, she turns to her late brother's best friend with a scandalous proposal.
It was nice to read Amelia's story -- I felt a little bad for her in Secrets of a Wedding Night. I have to say, just in general, I find it hard to adjust to the shorter romance novella style of novels. I prefer the richer, more in depth look at things a full length novel gives.
But overall, I enjoyed this story, short as it was.(less)
It was ok. I would recommend this to readers who want more things like Diary of a Wimpy Kid, but I still think Big Nate is my favorite of those read-a...moreIt was ok. I would recommend this to readers who want more things like Diary of a Wimpy Kid, but I still think Big Nate is my favorite of those read-alikes.
Nick is a 6th grader who spends a lot of time at his locker. Ok, that’s not exactly right. Nick is a 6th grader who spends a lot of time IN his locker. He gets stuffed in it on an almost daily basis by the school bully Roy. He’s short. He fits. Nick is an outcast. He doesn’t have a lot of friends, and keeps mostly to himself. He finds other kids lame, mean, dumb and TALL. And so, after Nick has been stuffed in his locker he is sent to the school councilor’s office. Dr. Daniels is sure Nick can avoid being bullied if he just has a way to fit in. She makes Nick join Safety Patrol with two other outcasts: tall Molly, and overly friendly Karl. Together the three come up with a plan to bring Roy down. Even the best plans have problems. And the plan that Safety Patrol come up with isn’t the best. But it sure is funny finding out if it will work or not. If you liked Diary of a Wimpy Kid, you’re sure to enjoy Bully Bait, the first book in the Odd Squad series. (less)