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Bad Girls Don't Die (Bad Girls Don't Die, #1)
4.07
liked it
this book is terrible AND i loved it. so there, world!

let's start with the obvious: the title.

it's dumb. like stupid-dumb. and the girl on the cover
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Dec 05, 2011
Dec 04, 2011
 
Lost It
3.46
liked it
what i learned from this book / promises to my daughters, who are far too young to read this review and far too smart to ever misread ethan frome:


1. r
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Dec 02, 2011
Dec 02, 2011
 
Hamlet
4.00
it was amazing
teaching Hamlet is perhaps one of my greatest joys as an educator.

for years, i have loved this play. hamlet's inappropriate fascination with his mothe
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Oct 12, 2011
Oct 15, 2011
 
Catalyst
3.62
liked it
you know what sucks? when you're about 150 pages into a novel and you get that funky deja-vu-y sort of vibe about it. or, more specifically, when you' ...more
Dec 10, 2011
Dec 10, 2011
 
Death Comes to Pemberley
3.21
did not like it
uuuuggghhhhhhh.

how do you take what, perhaps, is the coolest premise ever (A MURDER MYSTERY AT PEMBERLEY) and turn it into a tedious exercise of sucka
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Aug 2014
Jan 18, 2012
 
How to Start a Fire
3.55
liked it
so...

possibly because of my attachment to lutz's other work, i kept waiting for this one to turn into a sinister murder mystery where kate was anna or
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Aug 03, 2015
Aug 03, 2015
 
Go Set a Watchman
3.31
we need to talk about jean louise.

but first, a gentle disclaimer or two:

1. for my lovely friends and family who are using me as their guinea pig, the
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Jul 18, 2015
Jul 15, 2015
 
The Vacationers
3.14
liked it
oh man, this was a disappointment.

i've been excited to read this one for awhile now; it had such initially good buzz that i probably should have been
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Jul 04, 2015
Jun 01, 2015
 
Getting Over Garrett Delaney
3.75
it was ok
well, this was not nearly as cute as it thought it was.

part of me liked the premise - a girl, who is bellaswanning hard on her oblivious male-BFF garr
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Jan 05, 2015
Jan 05, 2015
 
Wide Sargasso Sea
3.56
really liked it
it is entirely appropriate to me that this book is almost the exact opposite of jane eyre. where that novel is lengthy and laden with details and long ...more
Jul 20, 2014
Jul 20, 2014
 
Eleanor & Park
4.11
really liked it
i want to love this book, but i'm finding it difficult. not unlike eleanor herself, the book is a little weird, a little off-putting, and not particul ...more
Nov 23, 2013
Nov 24, 2013
 
Picture Me Gone
3.43
liked it
this book was so not as good as i needed it to be.

i picked this one up because it seemed "important" and "award-winning". not that book awards are rea
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Jul 11, 2014
Jul 28, 2013
 
Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades, #1)
3.67
did not like it
my inner goddess is jazz hands-ing (jazz fisting???)...

or rather...

my inner goddess (by which i mean feminist) is slightly appalled by the overt natur
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Jun 02, 2012
May 18, 2012
 
Over Her Dead Body
3.67
liked it
around page 275 of this "novel" (and i use that term generously, out of love), i had an epiphany. these books are terrible. i mean, like really, reall ...more
Jul 29, 2011
Jul 25, 2011
 
The Ghost and Mrs. Fletcher (Murder, She Wrote, #44)
4.03
it was ok
i read these for one reason and one reason only: my unadulterated love of angela lansbury.

or, more specifically, my deep-rooted wish to morph into som
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Oct 17, 2015
Oct 18, 2015
 
The Girls in the Garden
3.59
liked it
I started this one months ago and my interest waned quickly.

I restarted this evening and finished before my middle child could interrupt my REM.

I don'
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Dec 28, 2016
Aug 15, 2016
 
Mister Seahorse
4.04
liked it
the art in this book is beautiful. the story creeps me out.

the narrative begins with mrs. seahorse wiggling and waggling and doing some sort of weird
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Nov 21, 2011
Nov 22, 2011
 
The Hamlet Trap (Constance and Charlie, #1)
3.31
it was ok
(sung to the tune of "Let's Get Together" from the seminal flick The Parent Trap)

Let's commit murder, yeah yeah yeah.
Why don't you and I combine?
Let's
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Jan 07, 2014
Jan 06, 2014
 
The Ocean at the End of the Lane
3.99
liked it
there have been a few three star books in my world this week, but of them, this one was the best.

mostly because my relationship with neil gaiman (if w
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Jul 05, 2015
Apr 09, 2015
 
Landline
3.55
liked it
i really like rainbow rowell, i think you all know that, but i didn't love this book at all.

it's much shorter than her previous tomes, but that's not
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Jul 23, 2014
Dec 28, 2013
 
Night Film
3.78
liked it
i'm not even sure where to begin with this one.

i had such high hopes - and maybe that was the downfall - everyone and their mother's sister's cousin i
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May 2014
Dec 02, 2013
 
Good Oil
3.52
liked it
i feel it's worth mentioning that i read "love and other perishable items" and not "good oil" - since the title "good oil", however appropriate in its ...more
Aug 11, 2013
Aug 12, 2014
 
Second Chance Summer
4.16
really liked it
so...morgan matson is my new sarah dessen. i like how she writes teenagers.

better than that, i like how she writes parents. not as enemies of the sta
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Aug 2014
Aug 01, 2014
 
Twisted
3.83
really liked it
3.5 stars.

i really love laurie halse anderson. her wintergirls is one of the most poignant examinations of teen body issues ever. that said, there are
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Oct 27, 2013
Feb 25, 2009
 
Hamlet
4.00
it was amazing
by far my favorite shakespearean tragedy. hamlet's philosophically charged soliloquies coupled with the complexities of the usurping claudius have alw ...more
Nov 2016
Feb 25, 2009
 
King and Maxwell (Sean King & Michelle Maxwell, #6)
4.03
liked it
i don't think anyone reads these because they purport to be "good literature."

because they're really not; these books are easily digestible potboilers
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Mar 30, 2014
Mar 31, 2014
 
Attachments
3.95
liked it
i love rainbow rowell; she is my new writer crush.

i don't care that she's straight and married or that i'm straight and married. i love her. she spea
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Dec 26, 2013
Dec 28, 2013
 
I Am the Messenger
4.09
really liked it
oh, ed kennedy. we were so close to perfection, you and i.

first, a question: what is about markus zusak's ability to write a profound and poetic sente
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Dec 24, 2011
Dec 22, 2011
 
Dare Me
3.23
liked it
i don't even know how to review this one...

it was billed to me as "lord of the flies" meets "bring it on" - which of course seemed like a good idea to
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Oct 13, 2014
Oct 12, 2014
 
Fangirl
4.12
it was amazing
have you ever been in love? like, really stupid teen-angsty love? and you know the object of your affection isn't perfect, and, that given more time a ...more
Dec 07, 2013
Dec 02, 2013
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