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The Adults
3.48
it was ok
(Yes, there are spoilers.)

I heard about Allison Espach's debut novel, The Adults because, as a resident of Fort Greene/Clinton Hill, Brooklyn herself,
...more
Mar 05, 2011
Feb 22, 2011
 
Already Dead (Joe Pitt, #1)
3.79
it was ok
**spoiler alert** My reactions to Already Dead varied significantly as I progressed through the book. Initially, I was simply flabbergasted by the pur ...more
Jul 10, 2008
Apr 13, 2008
 
Juliet Takes a Breath
4.26
it was amazing
Read over the course of two days while I was holed up at a writer's residency in rural East Iceland, and therefore about a million miles—mentally and ...more
Mar 28, 2017
Mar 28, 2017
 
Summer Crossing
3.44
it was ok
This is one of those books where the back-story itself is almost good enough. Years after he originally wrote this novella (at age 19) in 4 Compositio ...more
not set
Jul 01, 2007
 
Essays of E.B. White
4.30
liked it
This book was a favorite of a great friend of mine (who gifted it to me in high school, incidentally) and I just now decided to dip back into it becau ...more
Aug 15, 2014
Apr 28, 2014
 
The Alfred Summer
3.69
liked it
Four Brighton Beach teens--Lester, Alfred, Myron, and Claire--are all outcasts in some way. Lester has cerebral palsy and although he is smart, and wi ...more
Jun 15, 2010
Jun 16, 2010
 
Wonderstruck
4.16
really liked it
On the incredibly enthusiastic recommendation of my mother and ten-year-old sister (my mom actually surprised me by sending me a copy of the book--tha ...more
Sep 23, 2011
Sep 19, 2011
 
Lester's Turn
3.33
liked it
In Lester's Turn, Jan Slepian returns to Brighton Beach, "the old neighborhood," where The Alfred Summer took place. Although only a few years have pa ...more
Jun 22, 2010
Jun 16, 2010
 
Monster
3.70
liked it
I read Monster as part of a week in my YA class focusing on "The Grim and The Bleak." (Other suggested titles included Laure Halse Anderson's Speak an ...more
Feb 08, 2010
Jan 21, 2010
 
Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist
3.73
it was ok
I know that this book is considered something of a classic and teens love it, so forgive me for being heretical, but Nick and Norah was pretty ho hum ...more
Apr 11, 2009
Mar 23, 2009
 
Caught Stealing (Hank Thompson, #1)
4.04
liked it
This book was suggested to me by a professor friend of mine after I admitted to having a deep love of morbid crime novels. Turns out, this is a prefer ...more
Apr 2008
Mar 25, 2008
 
Peeps (Peeps, #1)
3.77
liked it
Again--my kudos to Westerfeld for his well-wrought, fast-paced, book-in-a-day sci-fi inspired adventures. Peeps is a nice spin on the vampire genre, w ...more
Jul 12, 2009
Jul 01, 2009
 
From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
4.15
really liked it
This is a delightful book! I came to it via Brian Selznick's Wonderstruck and my eleven-year-old sister's enthusiastic recommendation, but I never ran ...more
Mar 28, 2012
Nov 19, 2009
 
The Fortress of Solitude
3.87
liked it
The whole book doesn't hold up for me--allow me to cross-reference my note on Atonement for a partial explanation--which I know makes me a terrible he ...more
not set
Mar 29, 2007
 
Franny and Zooey
3.98
it was amazing
So much better than The Catcher in the Rye. The passage at the beginning of the 'Zooey' section where he talks about his 'prose home movie' is one of ...more
not set
Mar 16, 2007
 
A Friend of the Family
3.39
really liked it
Oct 06, 2009
Sep 17, 2009
 
The Big Clock
3.81
really liked it
"She was blond as hell, and she wore a lot of black."
Jul 2007
Jul 16, 2007
 
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
4.24
really liked it
None
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Mar 16, 2007
 
The Magicians (The Magicians #1)
3.48
really liked it
None
Oct 03, 2010
Oct 15, 2009
 
When You Reach Me
4.08
None
not set
Oct 21, 2009
 
Joe the Engineer
3.88
None
not set
Mar 19, 2009
 
Motherless Brooklyn
3.91
None
not set
Mar 29, 2007
 
The First Part Last (Heaven, #2)
3.96
really liked it
None
Mar 29, 2010
Mar 28, 2010
 
Three Bedrooms in Manhattan
3.63
None
not set
Sep 11, 2009
 
The Great Gatsby
3.89
it was amazing
None
not set
Jan 29, 2008
 
Sag Harbor
3.39
None
not set
Jul 01, 2010
 
Up in the Old Hotel
4.35
None
not set
Jul 22, 2010
 
The Falls
3.56
None
not set
Oct 13, 2009
 
The Best of Everything
3.76
liked it
None
Jul 26, 2011
Jun 13, 2011
 
The Way We Live Now
3.85
None
not set
Sep 18, 2011
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