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Record Collecting for Girls: Unleashing Your Inner Music Nerd, One Album at a Time
3.17
Boy did I hate this book. I think it is trying to be a "Love is a Mixtape" for girls, but it doesn't succeed. She imparts univerality into the story, ...more
Sep 05, 2011
Sep 05, 2011
 
Cleaving: A Story of Marriage, Meat, and Obsession
2.39
I haven't read or seen Julie and Julia. So I had no opinion on Julie Powell one way or another, except that I think the casting of Amy Adams probably ...more
Jan 29, 2010
Jan 29, 2010
 
The Last Summer of the Camperdowns
3.47
2.5 stars would be my ranking, I'm being generous!

Our character is also young (12 going on 13) but the language of this book is very sophisticated (mo
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not set
Jun 25, 2013
 
My One Hundred Adventures (My One Hundred Adventures #1)
3.53
Putting this on the 12-14 shelf was a bit of a struggle. Because the book uses language and concepts that I found were very adult, such as when the 12 ...more
Feb 06, 2009
Feb 06, 2009
 
Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations
3.83
This should be required reading for all librarians, if for nothing else than Chapter 3, in which he mentions how the people inside the institutions ha ...more
Aug 26, 2009
Aug 26, 2009
 
The Drowned Cities (Ship Breaker, #2)
3.86
**spoiler alert** So, I thought Ship Breaker was as close to a perfect book as there could be. And I thought this book was fast paced and breathless a ...more
May 20, 2012
May 20, 2012
 
Too Fat to Fish
3.67
I probably wouldn't have read this but after hearing the travails of making the audiobook on the Stern show, I couldn't help but listen. Artie is a GR ...more
Jan 18, 2009
Jan 18, 2009
 
The Fault in Our Stars
4.43
Fan-fucking-tastic!! John Green nails the smarter than most teenager, slightly pretentious, wise beyond what people think they should be. In this case ...more
Mar 24, 2012
Mar 24, 2012
 
Eleanor and Park
4.18
I was so prepared to hate read this, and it won me over immediately. The 80s setting never seems anachronistic or pushed in, and it reflected the time ...more
Mar 17, 2013
Mar 17, 2013
 
Hokey Pokey
3.28
Who the hell is this book for? School age readers of experimental fiction? Those who would like Irvine Welsh to write a childrens book? Someone who wo ...more
Mar 14, 2013
Mar 14, 2013
 
Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different
3.96
Well, now I don't have to read Isaacson's bio! This book uses that and a lot of other good sources to write a bio of Jobs for a young teen audience.

T
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May 20, 2012
May 20, 2012
 
Cheating at Canasta
3.82
I love short stories and William Trevor may be one of my favorite short story writers. I'd read the story "An Afternoon" before and it felt even stron ...more
May 25, 2008
May 25, 2008
 
Relish: My Life in the Kitchen
3.84
If food is indeed the new music this is the book for that new generation.
Jul 28, 2013
Jul 28, 2013
 
Wonder
4.42
**spoiler alert** This book is just so much more than it might seem. On the surface, it's the story of Augie, a boy born with a facial disability (the ...more
Jul 2012
Jul 01, 2012
 
Punkzilla
3.51
I've kinda found Rapp's other books to be a bit too gritty (and I like some gritty too) but this one I found just perfect. Jamie is 14 and has run awa ...more
May 09, 2009
May 09, 2009
 
Newes from the Dead
3.72
The premise is intriguing - a young woman is hung for infanticide, even though her baby is stillborn. She is put in a coffin and sent to Oxford, where ...more
Aug 24, 2008
Aug 24, 2008
 
The Adoration of Jenna Fox (Jenna Fox Chronicles, #1)
3.72
For some reason, I think this would appeal to teens who've already graduated to Jodi Picoult. (It's actually better than her, honestly.) I love that M ...more
Apr 12, 2008
Apr 12, 2008
 
Kendra
4.08
I don't recall the last time I *felt* for a character like I felt for Kendra. Her needs are so on the surface, yet the adults in her life either don't ...more
Nov 19, 2008
Nov 19, 2008
 
What I Saw and How I Lied
3.54
GREAT GREAT COVER!
But the book inside really backs it up. The author gives just enough information so that you *think* you know what's going on, but y
...more
Jan 16, 2009
Jan 16, 2009
 
Atlas Shrugged
3.66
Ok, I started reading this one for my own personal "Mad Men reading club" because as much as I loved Mad Men, I loved the literary references and felt ...more
Dec 14, 2008
Dec 14, 2008
 
Welcome to the Monkey House
4.11
I hadn't read any Vonnegut for a while and was forgetful/unprepared from the mastery of these short stories. They were nearly all flawless, It's easy ...more
Jun 18, 2011
Jun 18, 2011
 
He Said, She Said
3.34
The strength of this book is in the dialogue. It zips and crackles and moves the story along.

I'm also going to say that in the aftermath of the media
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Jan 19, 2014
Jan 19, 2014
 
Red Madness: How a Medical Mystery Changed What We Eat
3.81
This book was a true page turner. It would be a great book talk for middle schoolers who aren't likely to pick it up on their own because
1. Its super
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Aug 03, 2014
Aug 03, 2014
 
Because of Mr. Terupt
4.31

The first 100 pages of this book are absolutely perfect. The chapters are short (DING) the multiple narrators are very well delineated (DING DING) and
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Nov 20, 2010
Nov 20, 2010
 
The Totally Made-up Civil War Diary of Amanda MacLeish
3.71
Claudia Mills does such an amazing job with dialog! The opening scene of the Monopoly game is so strong in setting the tone. I also like that the divo ...more
Jul 20, 2008
Jul 20, 2008
 
Living Dead Girl
3.84
OMG this book is so f'ed up, just read the synopsis, nothing I can say will do it justice - you can read it in about 2 hours so do it! I would love to ...more
Oct 05, 2008
Oct 05, 2008
 
The Accidental Genius of Weasel High
3.38
This book made me LOL more than once. Boobs! Sheet spit! Ghost cats! The cartoons are reminiscent of One Big Happy, but also their own cartoons. I lov ...more
Jul 31, 2011
Jul 31, 2011
 
Navigating Early
4.00
When a book is a slow-starter, it's not as tough as an audiobook. If you're halfway through the audiobook and you don't feel as if anything as happene ...more
not set
Apr 23, 2013
 
Gem X
2.90
Ok, another clony kinda book, but the problem with this one is that there is so much language/world building given without context that it's hard to f ...more
May 19, 2008
May 19, 2008
 
Dubliners
3.85
When I read this as part of the Surly spice year of reading challenge, (a classic I had never read before) I certainly wasn't sure I would like it, an ...more
Jul 22, 2014
Jul 22, 2014
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