I found this book to be one of the best new YA books I've read this year. High school senior Taryn and all her classmates are dealing with the scarrinI found this book to be one of the best new YA books I've read this year. High school senior Taryn and all her classmates are dealing with the scarring aftermath of a tragedy that struck a large number of their classmates at the end of the previous school year, but the details of the ordeal unfold slowly as Taryn reveals them and as different characters come forth to help solve what, exactly, caused the events of that horrible night--and who is at fault.
Ipson has created characters so real I felt like I was sitting in class next to them, and I relived all those teen-angst memories vividly alongside the characters. The narrative is in present tense, which isn't my favorite, but Ipson managed it very well. The book is a clean read, but it also tackles some heart-rending issues at the same time. The ending was so well done I would read this book again, which I hardly ever say. Five strong stars for this book....more
I'm a big fan of Trollope, and I find I'm always reading one of his books or another (usually concurrent with some other books.) This is the story ofI'm a big fan of Trollope, and I find I'm always reading one of his books or another (usually concurrent with some other books.) This is the story of Dr. Wortle, who has a school for boys that has been successful and worked its way up to the point where it's attracting the sons of the wealthy. Dr. Wortle is feeling great about this, and he even has had Carstairs, a son of nobility who studied with him before going to Oxford.
However, all that changes when a gossipy article is printed in a newspaper in London hinting at a scandal involving Dr. Wortle's right hand man, Mr. Peacock and Peacock's American wife, whose first husband is allegedly still alive, meaning that Mr & Mrs Peacock...aren't. (Legally mister and missus, that is.) Suddenly, the high society types are pulling their boys from the school left and right.
Peacock, desperate to clear his own and his wife's name, journeys to America with the ne'er do well brother of the allegedly undead husband to clear things up, while Dr. Wortle takes the heat on the homefront.
This book is a light version of Trollope, not one of his finest efforts of the intertwined plots of his longer tomes, but it is a pleasant diversion with the signature political/clerical intrigues, class divisions for the romance, as well as a legal question or two. As a fan, I found it delightful as a short-for-Trollope novel....more
This book. What can I say? It might just be about a squirrel that gets stuck in a vacuum and suddenly can type, but it was SO BEAUTIFUL. I sat in theThis book. What can I say? It might just be about a squirrel that gets stuck in a vacuum and suddenly can type, but it was SO BEAUTIFUL. I sat in the doctor's office waiting room with tears pouring down my cheeks, often my breath catching because I was laughing and weeping at once. The language is superb. The characters grow so much. Flora is a cynic, but DiCamillo delves into what that really means, beneath the surface. It explores themes of love and loneliness, of heroism and kindness. There's a line, something like, "Someone who brings you crackers and tinned fish in the night in bed and sits there watching you eat it just because it would please you? This is true love." And I'm getting all teary eyed as I recall all the beauties of this excellent, excellent entry in DiCamillo's ever growing list of wonderful books. When I finished, I thought to myself, "I would like to simply take this author to lunch to thank her for this wonderful experience she's just given me for the past three hours." Sigh. If you haven't read it, just do, as a gift to yourself....more
Another fun Trollope story, this time about two sisters who are orphaned, left to the care of relatives (one set wealthy, the other...not) and how theAnother fun Trollope story, this time about two sisters who are orphaned, left to the care of relatives (one set wealthy, the other...not) and how they ultimately each find a husband. One sister is practical, the other has her head in the clouds and will only settle for the "angel of light" she has dreamed up for herself as a suitor. The big question is whether the heart knows what it really wants. I loved these characters, the predicaments, and as always, Trollope's superior understanding of the role of money in the lives of the gentry in Victorian England. ...more