This book was, as my kids say - Elarious! (excellent and hilarious) Wonderful literary allusions and puns. A Goodread for kids and adults.
I pretended...moreThis book was, as my kids say - Elarious! (excellent and hilarious) Wonderful literary allusions and puns. A Goodread for kids and adults.
I pretended to be the commentator on Dragnet, as I read this my youngest daughter, who also loved the book. I expected to see, "The story you are about to see is true. Only the names have been changed to protect the innocent."
I agree that the homage to "Dragnet" will be lost on many, unfortunately. This includes my younger children who've never seen a single episode. Definitely their loss, that I'll have to make up for someday. At the end, I very much wanted to say, "Book 'em, Danno!" (McGarrett's catch phrase to Williams on Hawaii Five-O; another great show unfortunately lost on many, just like Adam 12 and Emergency as well.)
She brought this book home as a library book. I encouraged her teacher to read it to the class as a reward for something well done, because it is very enjoyable. Also, since her class is working on reading with expression, this book gives them a great opportunity to do so. I know she enjoyed reading it with expression and saying DUM DE DUM DUM!(less)
Peggy Ann Morrison is a charming Catholic schoolgirl and Sean McCaffrey, a priest-to-be, is her boyfriend, with what else but raging hormones. The sto...morePeggy Ann Morrison is a charming Catholic schoolgirl and Sean McCaffrey, a priest-to-be, is her boyfriend, with what else but raging hormones. The story deals with sexual curiosity and uses amusing situations to explain how they satisfy their urges. Miss Rivers uses her sharp wit for comic right from the start with her appealing characters.
I read Virgins back in 1986. In fact, I’d just switched schools that year and this book helped my transition. A new friend introduced me to it, and through Virgins, I soon made many more friends. So, thank you Val, for trusting the new girl with your “guilty pleasure”. I quickly found out what she meant by that. The book became a guilty pleasure that I had to hide from my mother who referred to it as smut. To me, the book expressed what many of us girls were feeling at that time in our lives. It seemed to be written from an “experienced view” on life as a Catholic girl. I especially had this point of view after listening to stories from another friend of mine that actually came from a Catholic school to our public school. It was almost as if the book took a chapter right from her life. So of course, I offered to lend her the book as well. I think it exchanged another 7 hands before it made its way back to Val. LOL The following year I bought the sequel, Girls Forever Brave and True. That one got circulated around as well and I didn’t get it back until close to graduation!
Two best friends from high school, Peggy Morrison and Constance Masters, reunite in Washington and continue their indecent behavior. One becomes a Cap...moreTwo best friends from high school, Peggy Morrison and Constance Masters, reunite in Washington and continue their indecent behavior. One becomes a Capitol Hill gossip columnist and the other is a prize-winning journalist to which they exploit their feminine wiles to get what they want. Sean McCaffrey, now a priest, continues to struggle as he did in his younger years. You can only do so many push-ups Sean!
I enjoyed this one, but not as much as the prequel Virgins. It just didn't seem to have the same pizazz.
I still have this book (almost the same dust cover image), but the ISBN is: 0-688-02632-X The image I have is stored on my flickr account at: http://w...moreI still have this book (almost the same dust cover image), but the ISBN is: 0-688-02632-X The image I have is stored on my flickr account at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sugarcoo... (less)
Attention Goodreads Librarians: I have the book still, so I copied the dust jacket image and uploaded it to my flickr account. The image can be found h...moreAttention Goodreads Librarians: I have the book still, so I copied the dust jacket image and uploaded it to my flickr account. The image can be found here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sugarcoo...(less)
"Eternal: More Love Stories with Bite" Anthology of six vampire stories; there was a little something for everyone.
"Bloodshed" by Claudia Gray. Interest...more"Eternal: More Love Stories with Bite" Anthology of six vampire stories; there was a little something for everyone.
"Bloodshed" by Claudia Gray. Interesting story, but not overly stimulating/exciting. Still, I might give the "Evernight" series a go.
"Say Yes" by Lili St. Crow I didn't really care for this one too much. It wasn't a bad story, it just had a "choppy" feel to it.
"Letters to Romeo" by Nancy Holder This was an interesting take on Romeo and Juliet, vampires in modern times.
"The Other Side" by Heather Brewer Awesome! I loved this one, especially the surprising twist ending :) I definitely will look into what else she's written.
"Drama Queen's Last Dance" by Rachel Caine This one was really good too. The Morganville Vampire's are an interesting bunch and I'd definitely like to read more about them. It gave me a "Wisteria Lane"/"The Gates" feel to it.
"Thief" by Jeri Smith-Ready I may have to look into the "WVMP" series. Cassie & Liam's story was pretty darn good. I'd like to know what happens next with them.(less)
Attention Goodreads Librarians: The hardcover dust jacket has pretty much the same picture as the paperback (0553296760). I still have the book so I up...moreAttention Goodreads Librarians: The hardcover dust jacket has pretty much the same picture as the paperback (0553296760). I still have the book so I uploaded the image to my flickr account. You can grab the dust jacket image at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sugarcoo...(less)
This book is my favorite out of all of Shel's, probably because it was my first (of his writing I read). I remember falling asleep with this book many...moreThis book is my favorite out of all of Shel's, probably because it was my first (of his writing I read). I remember falling asleep with this book many times.(less)
Marked, a novel by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast is the first book in the young adult series, House of Night, about young Vampyres that attend a Vampyre...moreMarked, a novel by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast is the first book in the young adult series, House of Night, about young Vampyres that attend a Vampyre boarding school. It's focus is on a sixteen-year-old fledgling girl, Zoey Redbird and the issues that her and other "marked" children/fledglings go through during "the change."
At first, I was surprised that a YA novel had more sex in it then I was expecting. But after thinking about it for a while, some young adults today are quite different from when I was a teen. They’re dressing sexier, acting darker (even if some are just pretending), living on the edge more, and they seem to be becoming more mature or at least are introduced to things earlier than my generation anyway and allowed to do WAY more than I was at the same age. Society expects a lot of today’s youth even though they’re being shoved into it so violently it seems. So according to generation changes, the sex in this book really shouldn’t surprise any of us.
I think this mother daughter team has really captured what our society is portraying pretty well as far as how much more teens know nowadays about sex and how life really is. It’s portrayed from today’s teen POV. I respect that since they’re trying to reach out and connect with their readers, YA or otherwise. Isn’t that what all writers try to do? And let’s face it; the readers of this generation aren’t looking for sweet and innocent. They’re looking to try to live up this image that society has been molding, creating for some time now. One that’s edgier and more grown up – not so much more mature and wise, but older because they know what’s out there and everything is so much more accessible as well.
I didn’t dare speak of some things with my mother, such as sex, because I knew it was an off-limits topic. I was raised in a strict religious home and I was expected to do as I was told and not to talk back if I didn’t agree with my parents. If I did, I got the switch, plain and simple.
So all the bashing reviews I’ve read about the mother-daughter team on the sex issues, really doesn’t seem fair to the writers, IMO. They’re just trying to keep up with society. The Jones’ have evolved and we have to as well. It really is a survival of the fittest out there in the world, including the world of writing.
I loved the Sweet Valley High series when I was a kid. But I also had a couple guilty pleasures, Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews and Virgins by Caryl Rivers. My mom would’ve had a cow, probably a whole herd if she’d known what I was concealing behind my math book. When it’s off limits, it makes it much more appealing.
I’ve had “the talk” with my kids. My oldest daughter has a boyfriend, they know the boundaries and I trust her and I trust him. My daughter read this before I did for once. I asked her about it, she told me and I decided to read it for myself.
I’ve come to the conclusion that it was quite an enjoyable and quick read. Even though a little of the teen lingo bugged me, it is teen lingo and I hear it every day – especially when there’s drama involved. That’s something that hasn’t changed. LOL Anyway, I’ll be starting the second book, “Betrayed,” in a couple of days and I look forward to seeing what Zoey Redbird comes up against next. The teen characters are all believable and are portrayed pretty much how I remember junior high and high school to be like, minus the vampires.