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The Last Word (The Spellmans, #6)
Oh, Izzy. I just want to give her a big hug, despite the fact that I know she'd feel awkward and stiff and try to pull away.

In The Last Word we find I...more
Jul 2013
Jul 14, 2013
Dad Is Fat
I love Jim Gaffigan, but I think this book was bit much. I recognized some of the jokes in his book from his stand-up, but on stand-up they are much b...more
Nov 2013
Dec 04, 2013
Blue Is the Warmest Color
The artwork is really gorgeous. I love the color scheme, with its pops of blue and how it differentiates between the present time and the flashbacks a...more
Nov 2013
Dec 02, 2013
To start, I couldn't stand the whiny, gravely voice that the reader used for August. It drove me nuts. It was a relief when another character section...more
Jun 2013
Jun 18, 2013
The Book of Broken Hearts
I am a creeping fan of Sarah Ockler's, which is an awkward term I just coined that is supposed to mean that my being a fan of hers crept up on me. Lik...more
Aug 2013
Aug 06, 2013
Maggot Moon
So okay, I had no idea what Maggot Moon was about before I started reading it. I just knew people liked it a lot. So as I was reading I kept wondering...more
Sep 2013
Sep 02, 2013
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
The audio production was quite lovely. Aristotle is a wonderfully flawed character. I love characters that push me away (here's to you Isabel Spellman...more
Jul 2013
Jul 23, 2013
Far Far Away
I enjoyed this book but can't really decide how much I liked it. I had trouble getting into it, but ended up really liking the relationship between Je...more
Jan 2014
Jan 11, 2014
There are a few moving scenes in this book, but they couldn't save it from being tedious overall. Emma spends about 80% of the story furious at her st...more
May 2014
May 19, 2014
Uses for Boys
Uses for Boys reminds me of something. And I think, though it's been ages since I read it, that the something is Go Ask Alice.

Anna starts very young,...more
Aug 2013
Aug 05, 2013
Crash and Burn
I have mixed feelings about this book, and here they are, kind of scatter-brained.

Crash, the main character, is a pretty repulsive character. He's a p...more
Mar 2014
Mar 17, 2014
Darkest Minds, The
Just when I think I'm done with post-apocalyptic/dystopic YA, they reel me back in.

It's the old story of kids get a disease that grown-ups don't get,...more
Aug 2013
Aug 28, 2013
A quick, suspenseful read. I don't regret reading it.

The summer after high school, the senior class participates in an extended life-or-death game of...more
Mar 2014
Mar 24, 2014
Rogue Touch
Eh. The book is pretty repetitive. They steal, they run, they flirt, they fight with some baddies and have to run again, leaving all their stuff behin...more
May 2014
May 30, 2014
The Theory of Everything
The beginning of this book was kind of a nightmare of things I don't like in books. Annoying hipster character. Overuse of pop culture references. And...more
Feb 2014
Feb 10, 2014
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children, #1)
I liked this book, but had many of the same problems with it that other readers described. It started off as really creepy and cool, but it ended up n...more
Dec 2011
Dec 11, 2011
September Girls
There was a lot of broo-ha-ha this year about whether this book is sexist or feminist, and it turns out I don't really care about any of that because...more
Jan 2014
Jan 15, 2014
Among the Hidden (Shadow Children, #1)
Another book I read with my kid book club that has computers in it that are charmingly out of date. The sweet sounds of dial-up.

Though, honestly, for...more
Mar 2014
Mar 15, 2014
While It Lasts (Sea Breeze, #3)
A cad falls in love. Tale as old as time...

This is the kind of romance novel that gives romance novels a bad name. I really couldn't get over how sexi...more
Dec 2013
Jan 01, 2014
Navigating Early
I am in the tiny minority that does not care for this book. I couldn't ever get into it. Forty pages from the end I actually tossed the book down and...more
May 2014
May 19, 2014
The Winter Horses
Probably what I liked best about this book is how it made me want to learn more about all the parts of it: Przewalski's horses, Askania Nova, and the...more
May 2014
May 30, 2014
The United States Constitution: A Graphic Adaptation
Describes the Constitution in an historical framework. I thought it was really well done. I liked the metaphor in the artwork that made it easy to und...more
Dec 2013
Jan 01, 2014
Sophomore Switch
Pretty cute. This book has great themes of bravery and acceptance and feminism and balance that are probably too overt for your typical adult reader b...more
Sep 2014
Sep 15, 2014
Slow-paced, horror, suspense novel. Slow-paced and suspenseful? Yes. Scowler is also both a psychological horror novel and a blood-and-guts horror nov...more
May 2014
May 21, 2014
Eleanor & Park
This book has received a lot of really great attention. My dad read it before me(which I usually don't allow, because he is anything but a spoiler-fre...more
Jul 2013
Jul 14, 2013
On Little Wings
Jennifer grew up believing that her small immediate family was all she had, until one day she discovers a photo of a woman who looks remarkably like h...more
Sep 2013
Aug 10, 2013
On Becky Randle's 18th birthday, her mother dies, her final words imploring her to take a chance on magic if she gets it. Later, while going through h...more
Jul 2013
Jul 09, 2013
Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss, #1)
I re-read this book by listening to it for book club. I don't remember being as annoyed the first time. Don't get me wrong, I still really like this b...more
Apr 2011
Apr 04, 2011
Just One Day (Just One Day, #1)
Gaah. I cannot wait for Just One Year. I read the last page of this book three times before turning it, hoping it wasn't really the end. I can't wait...more
Mar 2013
Mar 03, 2013
Locke & Key, Vol. 3: Crown of Shadows (Locke & Key, #3)
This volume is less scary than the previous two, mostly, I think, because we don't really see Dodge being anyone's friend.

I particularly liked the Epi...more
May 2014
May 20, 2014
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