The day after Liyana experiences her first kiss, her father announces that he is moving the family from St. Louis, to his birthplace, Jerusalem. Liyan...moreThe day after Liyana experiences her first kiss, her father announces that he is moving the family from St. Louis, to his birthplace, Jerusalem. Liyana leaves everything she knows behind, and everything that won't fit in a few boxes and embarks on an adventure to experience a different kind of life.
In Jerusalem there are no white picket fences, or green lawns. Her father works as a doctor in a hospital, her mother stays home and Liyana and her brother are sent to different schools. Liyana carefully dips her toes in the sights, sounds, smells and tastes around her, soaking up the new culture and her new family (as long lost cousins come out of the woodwork).
Liyana feels pulled in two directions, back home to the states but also to her family's history in Jerusalem. An interesting contrast on the thoughts of what makes something a home. I really enjoyed Nye's writing style. She has a way of describing places that is almost roundabout. Instead of describing the layout of a building or courtyard she explains the light filtering through trees, or the smell of the food vendors. She really brings you to the place and makes the reader experience it viscerally. (less)
I tried this one on audio and just didn't get into it in the first 30 minutes or so. It felt like those adult authors who write for teens and basicall...moreI tried this one on audio and just didn't get into it in the first 30 minutes or so. It felt like those adult authors who write for teens and basically just riff off their adult series. I just didn't find much original to invest in.(less)
As the internet celebrates its 25th birthday, it seemed like a good time to dive into the new web, social media. As I grew up, so did social media (Fa...moreAs the internet celebrates its 25th birthday, it seemed like a good time to dive into the new web, social media. As I grew up, so did social media (Facebook being founded in my early college years). I was not a teen with social media, but I was an early web adopter and some of Boyd's points resonated with my experiences. As over protective parents keep their kids shut in or so busy they have no time for face-to-face relationships, teens use social networks as a way to create community. I highly recommend this to anyone who works with teens, or who views teen use of social media negatively. I promise it will give you a new perspective.(less)
Very interesting book on what motivates us. I really liked the writing style, which made the material very easy to consume. I am a little worried abou...moreVery interesting book on what motivates us. I really liked the writing style, which made the material very easy to consume. I am a little worried about how it bodes for my view of summer reading, nutrition challenges, etc... (less)
Adam scores the ultimate tickets to the last concert of rock star Jimmy Earle. How does he know that it is Jimmy's last concert? Because Jimmy has tak...moreAdam scores the ultimate tickets to the last concert of rock star Jimmy Earle. How does he know that it is Jimmy's last concert? Because Jimmy has taken Death, the latest and greatest drug on the street. Live one glorious week on the high of your life...then die. Adam and his girlfriend Lizzie are there to see Earle give the performance of a lifetime, then die on stage. As the crowd goes wild, the two escape the area to find masked members of the Zealots handing out Death capsules on the street.
Without hope for a better future, thousands of young people around Lizzie and Adam happily accept the offering. The recession has been stifling job prospects for nearly a decade, and more people are falling into poverty than climbing out of it. As the rich get richer, there are fewer prospects for young people. Why not live your whole life in one great week and give it all up than slog through the next 60 years, never getting ahead?
After Adam takes Death at a party he has to fit the rest of his life in just 7 days...and what a week it is!
Another amazing offering from Burgess. I love the idea that if you try to fit your life in a week you are bound to live a more exciting life. The mob part gets a bit confusing but ultimately leads to Guy Richie type story-line that keeps readers going!(less)
This story starts with a bang! Wil Jamieson is grabbed by two guys in an airport bathroom. They stick a needle in his eye, ask him a bunch of question...moreThis story starts with a bang! Wil Jamieson is grabbed by two guys in an airport bathroom. They stick a needle in his eye, ask him a bunch of questions and tell him if he wants to live he has to come with them. Wil gathers from their conversation that he in an important piece in a war they are fighting. Wars have casualties, and before they escape the airport one kidnapper and Wil's girlfriend are dead. Barely trusting Eliot, Wil takes off cross country as a fugitive, trying to discover what makes him so special.
Years earlier in San Francisco, Emily is a resourceful teen, living of her skills as monte dealer. Emily uses her skills of persuasion to push her marks to get in the game, and raise the stakes. When she is offered her a chance at a prestigious school on the east coast to learn a much more deadly form of persuasion she jumps at the chance.
The School teaches Emily an craft based on ancient languages and brain anatomy. Like computers our brains run on an operating system, and like computers the wrong line of code and crack it open. At The School, Emily learns the words and sounds that can hack our heads, and leave us vulnerable to persuasion. But with great power comes great responsibility and when a Bare Word is released in Australia it kills nearly 3,000 people, and Emily is held accountable.
Emily and Wil's stories come together in an explosive and thrilling ending! I would recommend this to anyone who liked The Rook or Ready Player One.(less)
We all love a good spy movie, with code names, safe houses and shady political agents (that will be disavowed if captured). The Nazi Hunters is the re...moreWe all love a good spy movie, with code names, safe houses and shady political agents (that will be disavowed if captured). The Nazi Hunters is the real life story of those that worked for years to bring down Adolf Eichmann, the man who orchestrated the Nazi's final solution. After fleeing Germany, Eichmann, under an assumed name, moved to Argentina (which harbored many former Nazis). Years after he thought he was safe, agents of Israel discovered him and hatched a plan to kidnap him and bring him back across the Atlantic for justice!
I really liked the book, I just got a little impatient waiting for the kidnap, put it down and found about 5 other books to read in the meantime. I would have no objection to finishing it...it has just been too long to pick it up again.(less)