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it was amazing
Oh, how I loved Allie Larkin's Stay. Nevermind that I'm a total dog lover who thinks her golden retriever has human qualities and really "gets" her. O ...more
not set
Oct 24, 2011
Gods in Alabama
really liked it
Joshilyn Jackson’s gods in Alabama is a sweeping, emotional and evocative story of love, redemption and family. If I was utterly absorbed in Rose Mae’ ...more
Nov 16, 2011
Nov 04, 2011
It Looked Different on the Model: Epic Tales of Impending Shame and Infamy
really liked it
Ambien shenanigans. Tweekers falling asleep on your front lawn. Getting into a fight with a size “M” shirt at a boutique store — and losing. All just ...more
Sep 06, 2011
Aug 02, 2011
Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss, #1)
it was amazing
Stephanie Perkins’ Anna and the French Kiss really is as awesome as everyone claims. Like the colorful macarons Perkins describes, I couldn’t help but ...more
Mar 03, 2011
Jan 31, 2011
A Weekend with Mr. Darcy (Austen Addicts, #1)
Read about 100 pages before I realized I couldn't tell you much about the characters and wasn't too invested in the story. I liked Warwick, the myster ...more
Jan 02, 2012
Jul 07, 2011
The London Train
really liked it
Tessa Hadley’s The London Train, a novel in two parts, has the unique distinction of being both high-brow and accessible. It’s not written with flower ...more
May 23, 2011
Mar 15, 2011
Glow (Sky Chasers, #1)
liked it
Amy Kathleen Ryan’s Glow is a fast-paced, energetic and stomach-plummeting ride through the galaxy that dragged me into its orbit and refused to let m ...more
Oct 13, 2011
Aug 02, 2011
Moonlight in Odessa: A Novel
really liked it
Janet Skeslien Charles’ Moonlight In Odessa is addictive, unexpected and a deeply acquired taste — I’ll say that right off the bat. It’s bawdy. A litt ...more
Apr 04, 2011
Apr 02, 2011
Stealing Heaven
liked it
Elizabeth Scott’s Stealing Heaven is a lukewarm novel about a young woman’s struggle to let go of the complicated, dangerous life her thoughtless moth ...more
Feb 09, 2011
Feb 04, 2011
Drinking Closer to Home (P.S.)
liked it
Jessica Anya Blau’s Drinking Closer To Home, while fast-paced and shocking, is a difficult novel to digest. We’re presented with a group of very distu ...more
Jan 30, 2011
Jan 25, 2011
A Thread of Sky: A Novel
liked it
Deanna Fei’s A Thread Of Sky is a lyrical look at life for one complicated family — one of my favorite types of stories. In Fei’s novel are issues as ...more
Mar 29, 2011
Mar 18, 2011
O, Juliet
liked it
Robin Maxwell’s O, Juliet is a retelling of a story that needs no introduction; I can’t believe there’s a soul left on the planet who isn’t familiar w ...more
May 16, 2011
May 10, 2011
French Lessons
liked it
Ellen Sussman’s French Lessons was . . . eh, fine. Though her writing is lyrical, I got to know her characters in such a limited, superficial way that ...more
Nov 2011
Oct 29, 2011
Clarity (Clarity, #1)
really liked it
Kim Harrington’s Clarity, a new young adult novel with a paranormal twist, kept me on the edge of my seat from the very beginning. I loved that, in co ...more
Mar 08, 2011
Feb 15, 2011
The Kingdom of Childhood
really liked it
Rebecca Coleman’s The Kingdom of Childhood is an explosive, dynamic and horrifying look at how completely unhinged one woman becomes in her quest to r ...more
Sep 24, 2011
Sep 01, 2011
Great House
really liked it
A giant writing desk with an illustrious history unites many narrators in this stunning work of literature, a book that left me breathless.

I don’t qu
Jan 06, 2011
Dec 15, 2010
The Summer I Turned Pretty (Summer, #1)
really liked it
Jenny Han’s The Summer I Turned Pretty is an engaging coming-of-age story that definitely captures the essence of our favorite season. As someone who ...more
May 26, 2011
May 04, 2011
Safe from the Sea
it was amazing
Moody. Atmospheric. Unforgettable. In this stunning debut from author Peter Geye, a father and son are reconciled -- and laid open, bare, along the fr ...more
Jan 19, 2011
Dec 20, 2010
Cross Currents
really liked it
John Shors' Cross Currents is a hair-raising, memorable and atmospheric novel that transported me directly to Thailand. Most of us remember what happe ...more
Oct 16, 2011
Sep 09, 2011
Tales from My Hard Drive
really liked it
Megan Karasch’s Tales From My Hard Drive is a funny, erudite and quick read that will appeal to women shuffling through the dating game and those who ...more
Jun 02, 2011
Apr 27, 2011
Camp Nine
really liked it
Vivienne Schiffer’s Camp Nine is a quiet, moving coming-of-age story detailing life at fictionalized Camp Nine, a place teeming with life and culture ...more
Nov 08, 2011
Oct 07, 2011
The Joke's on Me
really liked it
One of the things I love about books is their endless power to surprise you. When I was offered a copy of Laurie Boris’s The Joke’s On Me, I wasn’t qu ...more
May 22, 2011
May 11, 2011
The Bright Side Of Disaster
liked it
Busy planning a wedding to her rock-star-dreaming boyfriend, Dean, Jenny Harris wasn’t quite prepared for a little surprise headed the couple’s way: a ...more
Feb 20, 2011
May 14, 2010
Beauty Queens
really liked it
Libba Bray's Beauty Queens is a tongue-in-cheek, witty and over-the-top exploration of so many themes, it's hard to nail them all down in a single par ...more
Jun 23, 2011
Oct 18, 2010
Life From Scratch
really liked it
Rachel Goldman is recently divorced and still smarting from the demise of her 12-year marriage, which was a slow descent into silence. Now living on h ...more
Feb 04, 2011
Dec 16, 2010
The Single Girl's Guide to Meeting European Men
Women looking for love in Europe, lend me your eyes! (And ears. Or both.) When a copy of Katherine Chloe Cahoon’s The Single Girl’s Guide To Meeting E ...more
Mar 09, 2011
Sep 02, 2010
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand
really liked it
Helen Simonson’s Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand is a quiet novel centering around family, expectation, grief, friendship and late-blossoming love. While ...more
Jan 16, 2011
Aug 20, 2010
Between, Georgia
really liked it
Oh, Joshilyn Jackson. How do you craft such intriguing, lovable characters? And create a menagerie of love and amusement out of such weird, dysfunctio ...more
Dec 22, 2011
Nov 08, 2011
How to Save a Life
really liked it
Sara Zarr’s How To Save A Life is a moving, poignant and realistic look at a family torn apart by a death — but it’s not a (completely) somber tale. I ...more
Nov 09, 2011
Sep 29, 2011
Bumped (Bumped, #1)
really liked it
Megan McCafferty’s Bumped, like her other books, left me at a loss for words. For all my early inability to process Bumped’s unique brand of slang and ...more
Mar 24, 2011
Oct 29, 2010
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