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Grasshopper Jungle
3.66
it was amazing
I have to say, I was disappointed by Grasshopper Jungle.

I happened to be at the American Library Association annual conference this year and I happene
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Jul 03, 2013
 
The Underneath
3.93
did not like it
**spoiler alert** A reading journal of Kathi Appelt’s The Underneath, as captured in emails to a friend who enjoyed it


Subject: Progress Report #1

Once
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Nov 10, 2008
 
A Tale Dark & Grimm (A Tale Dark & Grimm, #1)
4.04
really liked it
I've always liked an analogy for reading I once heard from an English teacher: sometimes your relationship with a book can be just like relationships ...more
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Jan 24, 2011
 
Sacred Scars (A Resurrection of Magic, #2)
4.12
it was amazing
"He hates Somiss," I breathed. "So long as he knew we all cared about him and--"

"Hate is complicated," Gerrard interrupted me again.

"No, it isn’t," I
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Sep 22, 2009
 
Page by Paige
3.95
it was amazing
Wow! This has to be one of the best depictions I’ve come across of the interior mental life of a shy, introverted, creative, insecure, reflective mind ...more
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Oct 26, 2011
 
The Nest
3.75
it was amazing
No matter how many times I tried to convince myself The Nest is set in the middle of summer when light and color are at their peak, I never really bel ...more
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Dec 07, 2015
 
Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work
3.97
really liked it
"I know one thing: that I know nothing."
- Socrates

For the past few years I've had a fascinating and fun journey working my way through a good collect
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Jun 24, 2013
 
The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp
3.91
liked it
I'm sure Kathi Appelt is an excellent storyteller, but I just can't see it. While I enjoy her themes and plot elements, something about her folksy-cut ...more
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Sep 30, 2013
 
Picture Me Gone
3.43
it was amazing
Have you ever seen a terrier at work? It stands stock-still, quivering all over with anticipation, waiting for the moment the slip collar comes off. T ...more
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Dec 10, 2013
 
The Night Gardener
4.06
it was amazing
"I think I figured it out." She sniffed, looking up at the stars. "Hester asked me what the difference between a story and a lie was. At the time, I t ...more
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Nov 24, 2014
 
Hate List
4.03
it was amazing
Nick had always been obsessed with death. It wasn't any big deal, you know? Some people were obsessed with video games. Some people thought about noth ...more
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Jan 03, 2010
 
The Marbury Lens (The Marbury Lens, #1)
3.61
it was amazing
I felt so sick.

This is when it started falling apart.

I know that now.


Jack shares this on page 53, still quite early in his book, but well after he's b
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Jan 17, 2011
 
Horseradish
4.03
really liked it
How could I not give this a positive review with such obvious panders as:

Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.

and

A good library wil
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Aug 21, 2010
 
Half-Moon Investigations
3.76
really liked it
My name is Moon. Fletcher Moon. And I'm a private detective. In my twelve years on this spinning ball we call Earth, I've seen a lot of things normal ...more
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Sep 09, 2009
 
We Are All Weird: The Myth of Mass and The End of Compliance
3.59
it was ok
Seth Godin writes in sound bites. This is the second of his slim “manifestos” that I’ve read, and that seems to be his approach. It’s scatter shot, ra ...more
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Mar 22, 2012
 
StarCrossed (Thief Errant, #1)
3.79
it was amazing
You often hear that books transport you to different times and places, that through them you travel to magical, far off lands. And while that’s true, ...more
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Nov 08, 2010
 
Captain Underpants and the Terrifying Return of Tippy Tinkletrousers (Captain Underpants, #9)
4.26
it was amazing
The thing that makes Captain Underpants so brilliant, so funny, and so popular with so many readers is not (just) the potty humor, names like Warden S ...more
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Sep 14, 2012
 
Never Glue Your Friends to Chairs (Roscoe Riley Rules, #1)
3.99
really liked it
Wonderfully understated, dry sense of humor. I was smiling the whole time I read it and often laughed out loud. A Junie B. for boys.

The junk drawer is
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Jan 27, 2009
 
Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales: Donner Dinner Party (Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales, #3)
4.09
it was amazing
Like, I'm sure, most people, I vaguely remember learning about the Donner Party in my U.S. history classes. What I remember: pioneers, mountains, snow ...more
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Feb 17, 2014
 
Zombie Spaceship Wasteland
3.57
it was amazing
I apologize ahead of time for not even trying to aim at Point B, or even starting from Point A. Comedy and terror and autobiography and comics and lit ...more
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May 28, 2011
 
Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1)
4.32
it was amazing
Absolutely compelling action and suspense in a wonderfully unusual package. I never wanted to set it down, and now that I'm done I want to keep relivi ...more
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Feb 05, 2016
 
The War that Saved My Life (The War That Saved My Life #1)
4.43
it was amazing
Do you ever feel unlovable?

Ada, to her core, knows she is unlovable.

She is a cripple. Born with a club foot. Ada's mom finds her shameful. Tells her s
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Feb 18, 2016
 
Passenger (The Marbury Lens, #2)
4.01
it was amazing
I hated being forced into doing the "guy thing," but I couldn't let Frankie start off this new day by labeling me as some kind of enemy outsider in fr ...more
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Dec 29, 2012
 
Tales from a Not-So-Fabulous Life (Dork Diaries, #1)
4.16
really liked it
I have to admit if I were just rating this for myself it would be three stars, but I read it because I get constant requests for it from elementary to ...more
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Jul 05, 2011
 
A Boy and A Bear in a Boat
3.46
really liked it
It seemed to be just one episode of a longer story so it didn't have a proper beginning or ending, it was all just part of the middle. There was no wa ...more
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Dec 05, 2012
 
Captain Underpants and the Revolting Revenge of the Radioactive Robo-Boxers (Captain Underpants, #10)
4.25
it was amazing
This tenth epic Captain Underpants novel jumps in right where the ninth one left off, with a time-traveling Tippy Tinkletrousers having apparently and ...more
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Feb 27, 2013
 
The Book of What Remains
4.17
it was amazing
My reason for recommending this is the same reason I’m not sure I’m qualified to recommend it: it’s the first book of poetry I’ve ever voluntarily rea ...more
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Dec 18, 2010
 
Winger (Winger, #1)
4.08
it was amazing
Fairly early in Winger, narrator and protagonist Ryan Dean West describes a Venn diagram that would look something like this:



Even though the overlap i
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Feb 23, 2013
 
The Path of Names
3.74
liked it
A thirteen-year-old girl, summer camp, ghosts, a mysterious caretaker, her older brother, magic tricks, math, mazes, and Jewish mysticism.

An interesti
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Dec 17, 2013
 
The Only Ones
3.78
really liked it
Well, that came together quite nicely.

I’ve come to the conclusion that there are two types of readers: those who like a straightforward story firmly b
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Jan 12, 2012
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