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After
3.73
really liked it
At 15, Devon Sky Davenport was a high school soccer star, she volunteered with youth soccer and held one-on-one training sessions with young players, ...more
not set
Jan 20, 2010
 
Fierce Kingdom
3.55
liked it
A small group of men has entered a zoo with the goal of killing as many people, and sometimes animals, as possible. The story follows several characte ...more
Jan 06, 2018
not set
Jan 06, 2018
 
The Virgin Queen's Daughter
4.02
liked it
There are rumors that Queen Elizabeth had a child in the years that she stayed with Catherine Parr as a young adult. This story imagines what might ha ...more
not set
Apr 22, 2009
 
Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
3.95
really liked it
As someone who grew up in Southern Ohio I expected a lot from this book--more than it could give me. I was looking for something to help me make sense ...more
Dec 05, 2016
Nov 29, 2016
 
The Spiral Notebook: The Aurora Theater Shooter and the Epidemic of Mass Violence Committed by American Youth
3.35
it was ok
I think this book is too ambitious. They did some good reporting of the facts regarding cases of mass violence. Then they tried to synthesize the info ...more
Dec 16, 2015
Dec 15, 2015
 
City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)
4.12
liked it
I was disappointed with the outcome of this book. I've been looking forward to reading it for quite some time and just got the chance. The storyline i ...more
Jun 15, 2009
Jun 15, 2009
 
Point Omega
3.43
it was amazing
A sparse novel at only 117 pages, it conveys more with what is not said than what is directly stated. A quote from the opening scene of the book,

"The
...more
not set
Apr 08, 2011
 
Gimme a Call
3.76
it was ok
Devi Bank's life just isn't turning out the way she thought it would. With just weeks left until her high school graduation, she was dumped by her boy ...more
not set
May 31, 2010
 
I, Claudius (Claudius, #1)
4.27
really liked it
This one took me some time to really get into. There are a lot of names and family relationships that you need to be familiar with throughout, which c ...more
Sep 02, 2013
Aug 30, 2013
 
Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption
4.60
it was amazing
This should be required reading in every high school. Told through a series of personal stories from Bryan Stevenson's career as a lawyer working for ...more
Jul 21, 2015
Jul 15, 2015
 
The Adoration of Jenna Fox (Jenna Fox Chronicles, #1)
3.70
liked it
Jenna Fox just woke up from a coma. She’s been told she was in an accident and she was in the coma for a little over a year. They have a new house, no ...more
not set
Mar 01, 2010
 
The King's Arrow
2.85
it was ok
In the year 1100, King William II of England was shot with an arrow and killed during a hunting trip in New Forest. Historians still disagree about wh ...more
not set
Mar 15, 2009
 
If I Stay (If I Stay, #1)
3.96
really liked it
Seventeen-year-old Mia is a talented cellist nearing the end of her senior year. Her life is changing fast and she will have some tough choices to mak ...more
not set
Aug 29, 2009
 
By the Time You Read This, I'll Be Dead
3.88
really liked it
Daelyn Rice was ten years old the first time she tried to kill herself. She has been bullied and tormented her entire life, no matter what school her ...more
May 29, 2010
May 12, 2010
 
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
4.34
it was amazing
Set in a post-apocalyptic world, the area that was North America has reorganized as Panem, a central government and twelve districts. As punishment fo ...more
Apr 22, 2009
Mar 27, 2009
 
H is for Hawk
3.73
it was ok
This book was so highly reviewed that I have been looking forward to the chance to read it for weeks. Everything about it calls to me. Nature, beautif ...more
Jul 05, 2015
Jul 08, 2015
 
The Narrow Road to the Deep North
4.01
really liked it
Though I rarely write reviews anymore I decided that I needed to gather my thoughts on this book. This is a varied work with moments of genius shining ...more
Jun 28, 2015
Jun 16, 2015
 
Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death and Brain Surgery
4.23
it was amazing
It's a book that can easily seem painfully dry when first encountered. Open it up and you'll find true humanity and dry wit in the face of difficult d ...more
Oct 29, 2015
Oct 28, 2015
 
I Can't Keep My Own Secrets: Six-Word Memoirs by Teens Famous  Obscure
4.00
really liked it
This collection of six word memoirs written by teens touches on subjects of love, loss, friendship, identity, beauty, and everything in between.
The m
...more
not set
Mar 14, 2010
 
Love Marriage
3.40
really liked it
An Ameircan-born daughter of Sri Lankan Tamil immigrants, Yalini has always been caught between cultures. Now off at college, she is asked to rejoin h ...more
Jun 04, 2008
Jun 06, 2008
 
Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #1)
3.78
really liked it
Every year Grace has watched the wolves through the cold winter months and missed their presence each summer. She watches for one wolf in particular, ...more
not set
May 03, 2010
 
Water for Elephants
4.07
it was amazing
At 90-something years of age, Jacob Jankowski is a living quietly in a nursing home. At age 23, he was the veterinarian for a traveling circus. As a n ...more
Feb 20, 2008
Apr 28, 2008
 
Heist Society (Heist Society, #1)
3.91
really liked it
Katarina Bishop had been helping pull jobs since she was three years old as one of the youngest members of a family of international thieves. At fifte ...more
not set
Apr 03, 2010
 
Swoon (Swoon, #1)
3.18
it was ok
Candice is beginning a new life away from New York City in the small town of Swoon, Connecticut. Dice spends her time in Swoon leisurely hanging out w ...more
Aug 2009
Aug 29, 2009
 
Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic
4.25
it was amazing
Dreamland explores the origins of the opiate epidemic that has been tearing across the United States since the early 1990s. The author brings together ...more
Aug 31, 2015
Jul 06, 2015
 
Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary
3.34
really liked it
Not my favorite by David Sedaris, but a very enjoyable read. Though always unusual, the stories were interesting because of the use of animals as char ...more
not set
Apr 08, 2011
 
The Time Traveler's Wife
3.95
really liked it
Henry Detamble, a librarian, has a genetic disorder that causes him to unexpectedly travel backwards or forwards through time, often as a reaction to ...more
Jan 08, 2008
Apr 28, 2008
 
The River Wife
3.39
liked it
I just couldn't put this book down. It wasn't an amazing work of literature that will stay with me until the end of my days, but it was absolutely ent ...more
Jul 14, 2015
Jul 06, 2015
 
Impulse (Impulse, #1)
4.28
really liked it
I listened to this audiobook:

I thought it was wonderful as an audiobook. I was a little worried about how the verse format would translate to audio an
...more
Dec 17, 2009
Jan 02, 2010
 
You Know Where to Find Me
3.24
liked it
This was a very emotional book about dealing with loss and the life that comes after. I thought that the main character was very believable and the au ...more
May 2009
Mar 14, 2009
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