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Little Brother
3.94
liked it
Like many books, this one started with a lot of promise and quickly fizzled. I followed through until the end, however, hoping for some redeeming fact ...more
Jun 03, 2008
May 01, 2008
 
Stormbreaker (Alex Rider, #1)
3.97
really liked it
I picked up Stormbreaker on impulse, based on the popularity of the book. I didn't really expect to enjoy it as I've never been a big James Bond fan a ...more
Sep 23, 2008
Sep 23, 2008
 
Jellicoe Road
4.14
liked it
I rarely give out five stars, that is reserved for books that really, really catch me. Books that make me look at the world differently or that just s ...more
Jun 12, 2009
Feb 11, 2009
 
The Penderwicks on Gardam Street (The Penderwicks, #2)
4.23
liked it
In this second Penderwick book the Penderwick children are faced with a horrible prospect: their dad starting to date again.

The plot was quite obviou
...more
Oct 04, 2009
Jun 19, 2009
 
Forgotten
3.79
liked it
London Lane can remember her future but not her past. She gets through the days by writing notes to herself about what happened the previous days and ...more
Jul 03, 2012
Jul 04, 2012
 
Love, Stargirl (Stargirl, #2)
3.80
it was ok
At the end of Spinelli's Stargirl, Stargirl moves away and we see Leo over the years without her in his life. Love, Stargirl supposedly picks up the n ...more
Dec 05, 2009
Dec 14, 2009
 
Catalyst
3.62
liked it
Kate Malone has always known she'll go to MIT when she graduates from high school. It's her mother's Alma Mater and Kate is a science whiz. She's so c ...more
Mar 07, 2010
Mar 11, 2010
 
Antsy Does Time (Antsy Bonano, #2)
3.96
really liked it
Antsy's latest adventure begins when a friend from school mentions that he has six months to live. Suddenly obsessed with time and mortality, Antsy co ...more
Nov 07, 2009
Nov 08, 2009
 
The Higher Power of Lucky (The Hard Pan Trilogy, #1)
3.57
liked it
I've heard good things about this book and it's an award winner after-all. It's also on the list of frequently banned books, all because the word scro ...more
Apr 03, 2009
Apr 03, 2009
 
Hush: An Irish Princess' Tale
3.58
liked it
Melkorka is the eldest princess of the tiny fiefdom of Dunnpatrick in the land of Eire. When her elder brother is wounded and Mel's father seeks reven ...more
Mar 22, 2010
Mar 25, 2010
 
Thirteen Reasons Why
4.02
really liked it
Thirteen Reason's Why follows the main character Clay as he listens to a series of tapes his secret crush Hannah Baker made in the days before she kil ...more
Jan 18, 2009
Jan 17, 2009
 
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
3.85
it was ok
This was a disappointing book. The premise was interesting - an austic teenage boy discovers a dead dog and decides to investigate. However the book n ...more
Dec 26, 2008
Dec 22, 2008
 
Child 44 (Leo Demidov, #1)
4.08
really liked it
Leo is a NKD officer in Moscow, one of the elite investigators under Stalin's rule responsible for bringing enemies of the state and subversives to ju ...more
Jan 05, 2012
Jan 02, 2012
 
Something, Maybe
3.72
liked it
This is one of those prevalent general teen angst novels about finding out who you are and falling in love with the boy next door. I think I've read h ...more
Dec 2009
Nov 28, 2009
 
My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece
4.02
really liked it
Ten-year-old Jamie and his sister Jas, have just moved to the lake district with their dad. Jamie hopes the move will mean a fresh start for his famil ...more
May 08, 2013
Apr 17, 2013
 
A Very Long Engagement
3.90
really liked it
In the later years of WWI the fighting dragged on, soldiers continued to die by the thousands and many were losing hope. A number of French soldiers e ...more
Nov 23, 2009
Nov 09, 2009
 
The Casual Vacancy
3.28
liked it
I'm being generous in giving this 3 stars, it'd be 2.5 if I could. I tried, I really, really tried to get through this book. I just couldn't, I was li ...more
Oct 02, 2012
Sep 05, 2012
 
Spanking Shakespeare
3.83
really liked it
Spanking Shakespeare is not the usual sort of book I read. I'm not usually interested in typical teen books whose main purpose is just to talk about w ...more
May 18, 2009
May 19, 2009
 
Don't Judge a Girl by Her Cover (Gallagher Girls, #3)
4.20
really liked it
In the 3rd Gallagher Girls book, when Macey's dad runs for vice-president Macey suddenly becomes a kidnapping target. It's up to Cammie, Liz & Bec ...more
Mar 02, 2010
Mar 11, 2010
 
The Help
4.45
really liked it
The characters are what drew me into this book from the beginning. Each has a distinctive voice that leaps off the page and draws the reader in. I fee ...more
Apr 12, 2009
Mar 20, 2009
 
Maniac Magee
3.86
really liked it
The lilting, lyrical style of this book makes it a delight to read. The narrator feels like a good friend relating a favorite tale. I was drawn in fro ...more
Jan 13, 2009
Jan 14, 2009
 
The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy (The Penderwicks #1)
4.12
really liked it
This isn't my usual sort of book. I normally go for something a bit flashier with a fast plot, a mystery or some paranormal or fantasy angle.

The Pende
...more
Jun 18, 2009
Jun 19, 2009
 
Elizabeth Is Missing
3.70
liked it
3.5 stars out of 5

Lost in the beginning stages of dementia, Maude struggles to hold onto her thoughts. One thought in particular keeps her worrying -
...more
Jul 30, 2014
Jun 17, 2014
 
Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy (Gallagher Girls, #2)
4.13
really liked it
In the second Cameron Morgan book the girls discover there is *gasp* a boy's school for spies. More to the point, 15 of those boys are attending the G ...more
Jan 30, 2010
Feb 05, 2010
 
Wintergirls
3.98
really liked it
I listened to the audiobook version of this story. It was very well done and well produced. The narrator was very effective and told the story well. T ...more
May 26, 2009
Mar 11, 2009
 
Paper Towns
3.88
liked it
Paper Towns seems to incorporate aspects of Green's previous two works, Looking for Alaska & An Abundance of Katherine's throughout much of the st ...more
Nov 23, 2008
Oct 01, 2008
 
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks
3.83
liked it
I picked this book up because it's one of the National Book Award finalists for 2008 in the Young Adult category. Obviously a decent read in that case ...more
Nov 10, 2008
Oct 15, 2008
 
Suicide Notes
3.92
liked it
Jeff winds up on the Psych ward after slitting his wrists on New Year's Eve. Despite his failed suicide attempt, Jeff is convinced he doesn't belong i ...more
Mar 04, 2013
Jan 13, 2010
 
I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You (Gallagher Girls, #1)
3.82
really liked it
The Gallagher Academy is not your typical girl's school. The beautiful campus is a deception and while its young students are being trained in deportm ...more
Jan 19, 2010
Jul 13, 2009
 
Before I Die
3.84
really liked it
Books about teenagers dying are a bit of cliche on the YA shelves thanks to Lurlene McDaniel and others like her. "Before I Die" stands out from the c ...more
May 2009
Oct 23, 2008
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