Sunday, February 28, 2010
Saturday, February 27, 2010
Friday, February 26, 2010
Thursday, February 25, 2010
As the stage manager of the spring musical, Grease, KJ has to deal with a few geeks, but she also gets to hang out with Tama, queen of the popular crowd and star of the play. Tama has the solution to all of KJ's problems: get cruel. After all, the nice girl never gets the guy. Can KJ actually pull off a transformation into a mean girl?"
Have you ever met a girl that was too nice? Well, that's KJ Miller. She is popular in school, but not with the crowd that she would like. For some reason, geeky guys are just drawn to her. More than anything KJ wants to be popular with the right crowd and get the attention of her crush, Cameron.
I really liked the character of KJ mainly because I can think of a lot of teenagers who are just like her. KJ's life isn't what it's cracked up to be, she has a father who is an alcoholic and a mother who doesn't know how to deal with it, so she pretends there isn't a problem. With all of the family drama that KJ has, she still manages to be a decent student and involved in school activities, in this case drama. KJ often worries more about herself than others, which causes rifts in her relationships. To me, that's just a typical day in high school.
The story moved along at a quick pace and although predictable at times, was enjoyable reading. KJ's interactions with her family were realistic and you could feel KJ's embarrassment with her father's antics. The scenes at the theater rehearsal's were appealing to me because I'm a musical theater geek myself and I could relate to KJ's fear of being on-stage and her comfort being the stage manager.
I thought this was the first book I had ever read by Kieran Scott, but Kieran also works under the pen name of Kate Brian. I've read several of Brian's novels. I really like her writing style, which is very conversational and gave me the feeling that I was living KJ's life. I would recommend this book to anyone that is interested in theater, loves Grease, likes romance, and doesn't mind a strong female character.
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
This is the second book I have read by Simone Elkeles and I have to say she is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. I absolutely loved this book! I wondered if she could write one as good as Perfect Chemistry. This book was just as good. I recommend her books to all the students that come into our library because I know they won’t be able to put them down. I love the characters Maggie and Caleb. It’s a story about overcoming an event that dramatically changed their lives. I loved how she brought them together in unique ways and it was so true to life. I actually felt I was there!!! I can’t say enough good things about this book, you just need to read it and you will see what I mean. I also recommend her book Perfect Chemistry. I noticed on her website both of these book have a sequel to them and I am anxiously waiting for those to come out!!
Monday, February 22, 2010
"When Holly loses her virginity to Paul, a guy she barely knows, she assumes their encounter is a one-night stand. After all, Paul is too popular to even be speaking to Holly, and he happens to have a long-term girlfriend, Saskia. But ever since Holly’s mom died six months ago, Holly has been numb to the world, and she’s getting desperate to feel something, anything—so when Paul keeps pursuing her, Holly relents. Paul’s kisses are a welcome diversion, and it’s nice to feel like the kind of girl that a guy like Paul would choose.
But things aren’t so simple with Saskia around. Paul’s real girlfriend is willowy and perfect… and nothing like Holly. To make matters worse, she and Holly are becoming friends. Suddenly the consequences of Holly’s choices are all too real, and Holly stands to lose more than she ever realized she had."
Lauren Strasnick’s novel, Nothing Like You, hooked me in the first couple of pages. I love it when an author starts right off with such excitement that you can’t even think of putting the book down. We ordered this book for the library, based on the description alone and when I pulled it out of the box and saw the cover, I took it home that night. Up until one in the morning, I fell in love with the main character Holly Hirsh and her problem: Hooking up with one of the most popular guy in school. Are you wondering why would that be a problem?
He has a girlfriend and its not Holly! Plus, the affair continues and he tells her nobody can know about their secret. So here's Holly getting used by Paul while a perfectly great guy lives right next door. Nils has been her best friend since they were kids and he always has her back. So that’s why I couldn’t put the book down. I couldn’t wait to see who she ends up with. The ending surprised me, but I won’t give any hints on what happens... you will have to read it for yourself!
Sunday, February 21, 2010
She's never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how much her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her.
Not until Patch came along.
With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Nora is drawn to him against her better judgment.
But after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora's not sure who to trust.
Patch seems to be everywhere she is, and to know more about her than her closest friends.
She can't decide whether she should fall into his arms or run and hide.
And when she tries to seek some answers, she finds herself near a truth that is way more unsettling than anything Patch makes her feel.
For Nora is right in the middle of an ancient battle between the immortal and those that have fallen - and, when it comes to choosing sides, the wrong choice will cost her life."
Charlie Healey thinks Harmony Falls is the beginning of a whole new life. Middle school was brutal. But high school is Charlie’s big chance to start over and stay out of drama, except that on her first day she runs into Will, her ex–best friend, who had moved away. Now a varsity athlete and hotter than Charlie
remembered, Will hangs with the crowd running the school. But Charlie doesn’t understand their power until an innocent delivery guy falls victim to a near-deadly hazing prank.
Torn between doing what’s right and her secret feelings for Will, Charlie must decide whether to turn in her very best friend or live with the guilt of knowing what he did.
Rosalind Wiseman’s first novel for young adults is a fresh, funny, and juicy read about friendship, betrayal, and how far some will go to be accepted.
The cover really enticed me to pick up this book. I really like the cute quote, colors used, and mystery behind the notebook! Secondly, the title is very catchy. I started the book and immediately could relate the characters to memories I had back in high school. Charlie is the kind of friend I would have had in high school. She is a, “what you see is what you get kind of girl.” Beginning a new school, Charlie starts and new life for herself and gains some great friends. Charlie and her friends are faced with many high school issues from drinking to the politics of high school sports. I can relate to Charlie because I am someone that also has trouble dealing with the politics in everyday life. This book was an easy, fun read and I would recommend this book to those who like to take trips down memory lane.
Saturday, February 20, 2010
- The Secret Year by Jennifer Hubbard
- The Naughty List by Suzanne Young
- Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
- Forget-Her-Nots by Amy Brecount White
- The Mark by Jen Nadol
- Mistwood by Leah Cypress
- The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
- Dirty Little Secrets by Cynthia Jaynes Omololu
- Princess for Hire by Lindsey Leavitt
- The Cinderella Society by Kay Cassidy
- The Tension of Opposites by Kristina McBride
- The Karma Club by Jessica Brody
- 13 to Life by Shannon Delany
- Party by Tom Leveen
- A Match Made in High School
by Kristin Walker
- The Lonely Hearts Club by Elizabeth Eulberg
The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin by Josh Berk
- Escaping the Tiger by Laura Manivong
- The Red Umbrella by Christina Gonzalez
- Palace Beautiful by Sarah Deford Williams
- The Line by Teri Hall
- Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
- All Unquiet Things by Anna Jarzab
- The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting
- Tell Me A Secret by Holly Cupula
- Nevermore by Kelly Creagh
- Claire de Lune by Christine Johnson
- The Ghost and the Goth by Stacy Kade
- Voices of Dragons by Carrie Vaughn
- The Beautiful Between by Alyssa B. Scheinmel
- Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
- Split by Swati Avasthi
- Wolves, Boys and Other Things That Might Kill Me by Kristen Chandler
- A Blue So Dark by Holly Schindler
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
From Shelfari, "For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf--her wolf--is a chilling presence she can't seem to live without. Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human . . . until the cold makes him shift back again. Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It's her wolf. It has to be. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human--or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever."
Maggie Stiefvater's words remind me of the cover of the book, stunning, artistic, and lyrical with a sense that something wicked is lurking nearby.
Sam, lives a life that has its complications. In the warmer months, he's a human. In the colder months, he is a shape shifter that becomes a wolf. Every year, the time that he is a human becomes less and less. Sam knows that eventually, he will become a wolf forever. The one thing that remains constant in Sam's life is Grace, the girl that he watches.
Grace is obsessed by the wolves that live in the woods behind her house. As a child, she was attacked by a wolf and survived to become even more intrigued by the wolves... especially the one with the yellow eyes that saved her.
One thing that I really liked about Stiefvater's writing was that although the story was told from both perspectives, the writing captures the essence of both characters. Feeling the joy and pain of both characters was an amazing, and at times, sad experience.
This is a love story that will stand the test of time. I'm very excited to see what happens next, but will have to wait until the next book in the series, Linger, comes out July 20, 2010. Here's hoping that time flies!
Title: Going Too Far
Author: Jennifer Echols
From Shelfari, "HOW FAR WOULD YOU GO? All Meg has ever wanted is to get away. Away from high school. Away from her backwater town. Away from her parents who seem determined to keep her imprisoned in their dead-end lives. But one crazy evening involving a dare and forbidden railroad tracks, she goes way too far...and almost doesn't make it back. John made a choice to stay. To enforce the rules. To serve and protect. He has nothing but contempt for what he sees as childish rebellion, and he wants to teach Meg a lesson she won't soon forget. But Meg pushes him to the limit by questioning everything he learned at the police academy. And when he pushes back, demanding to know why she won't be tied down, they will drive each other to the edge -- and over.... "
I really enjoyed reading my first book by Jennifer Echols. The book is about a girl named Meg... the rebel type, you know, the one you were or at least knew in high school. I had a wild time in high school, but never took it as far as Meg.
The other character, John, is the straight-laced guy, bound and determined to teach Meg a lesson. I liked that Echols added an element of romance to Meg's life experiences. Even though the story was predictable at times, it was still pleasurable to read. I enjoyed taking the ride, right alongside the characters. I would recommend this book to high school girls who feel they are in the most exciting, wildest time of their lives OR those who want to remember that feeling.
Friday, February 19, 2010
This year, Coach Hartley moved up every JV player but two—and one of those two was Parker. Now, she’s stuck with the freshmen, her friends are cutting her loose, and her love of the game is seriously beginning to fail. But Parker is determined to get her life back. She has to get on the varsity team, and she has the perfect plan. All she needs now is the right kind of coach. A kissing coach."
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Title: In Your Room
Luckily there’s no amount of homesickness that a bit of snooping can’t cure. Charlie and Molly begin crawling under beds and poking around in closets to find out a little more about each other—, and they like what they find.
Can Charlie and Molly'’s long-distance romance survive jealousy, misunderstandings —and the thousand miles between them?
MTV’s Room Raiders meets You’ve Got Mail in this sweet, old-fashioned love story for the digital age. . . .
I picked this book up because I really liked the cover. I began reading it at a wrestling tournament in between matches. I was 3/4 of the way through by the time I left the tournament. It is one of those books that is hard to put down. I thought the characters were both believable and likable. It was an interesting premise for a book and one that I have never seen before. I liked how the characters were in two different locations with their families, but managed to be connected through what they found out about each other in their rooms and by chatting online. The love story part of the book was actually my favorite part because the characters fall in love with each other based on personality more than physicality. What made the book so believable was that the characters had both strengths and flaws and the dynamics between the two characters and their families and friends were realistic. This book is Jordanna Fraiberg's debut novel and with writing this impressive, outstanding character development, and a completely original plot line... I can't wait to see what she comes up with next.
Sunday, February 7, 2010
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