I picked Vibes up just to see what Ryan could do with something that wasn’t set in space (am I the only one who hears “set. in. space.” in Julia Roberts’ voice, ala Notting Hill?). It’s a very different sort of novel, and a completely different type of heroine–she’s brash and abrasive and would almost be off-putting, if she ...
I read Lock and Key on the recommendation of a friend. This one is hard. Dessen’s writing never disappoints, but I found Lock and Key a little more tough to read, simply because the subject matter was so difficult: abandonment, homelessness, strained family ties, alcoholism and drug use. And yet, amongst all the upsetting, traumatic things going on in this book, Dessen manages to ...
I read several reviews from readers who were so excited by how much better Spark was than Glow. I have to disagree. I thought Spark suffered from the same weakness Glowdid–not enough interpersonal development. Ryan is fantastic with dramatic tension when it comes to plot: she can craft a great story, and she is an excellent wordsmith. But something is ...
I really wasn’t sure what I was going to make of Glow. It’s a sci-fi/romance/thriller set in space. Could be cool, right? The back makes grandiose claims like “The next Hunger Games.” …really? That’s brave. But I have to admit, the plot is pretty gripping, right from the start. It’s not a total psychological thrill-ride like The Hunger Games–not even ...
Initially, I really disliked Flipped. I had a hard time getting used to Bryce’s voice (irritated. Short-tempered. Immature.) and put it in time out on the nightstand for a couple of evenings. I found, though, that I had to find out what happened to Juli, and so I went back. Van Draanen has a clear ability to give characters their ...
Reading Along for the Ride finally helped me to realize that Dessen's books have a strong mother/daughter conflict theme. It seems appropriate, considering that it's such a universal experience for teenaged girls. I appreciate a) that Dessen doesn't recycle the same characters and crisis each time--in each book, the characters and issues are fresh and interesting, even when read ...
So, I’ll be honest–I originally downloaded Die for Me because it was cheap. I didn’t even look at the premise, initially, but if I had, I probably wouldn’t have bothered. Don’t go look at Goodreads. Just don’t. YOU DID, DIDN’T YOU?? Yeah, it says zombies. Zombie love. That sounds SO MORONIC. Please to let me explain. The Revenants (zombies) are ...
The Perfect Ghost is a perfect example of when I should just give up on reading a book. Call it quits. Kaput. Finis. For me, this was awkwardly written, poorly characterized, and forgettable. Barnes’ book seemed so convoluted that I’m not sure the author herself saw the ending coming. Em, the main character, is billed as agoraphobic, but is only written ...
Two main thoughts I'm taking away from Just One Day: 1)This is the kind of plot I would have loved as a teen, but as a mother, the thought of my daughter reading it makes me cringe. That said, I did enjoy it. 2) I really liked these characters, and found their story believable (if frustrating, but that's the point). But ...
Reading The Myth of You and Me was…odd. It’s about two women who were extremely close friends for a number of years, and then fall out because of a betrayal. Then one contacts the other after a long silence, because she is getting married. Let’s just say it hit a little close to home this month. Stewart is a good ...