After slogging through my last read, I was really looking forward to this sweet little Sarah Dessen that was waiting patiently on my nightstand. Dessen is just the kind of author you like to come home to to after a long day: warm, complex characters, a family-oriented plotline, and delightfully, undistractingly, beautifully thoughtful writing. In short: this was just ...
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 ...
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 ...
I wasn't, initially, terribly interested in reading Wither, because: polygamy? Really? I just wasn't feeling it. But after beginning two other books that were pretty miserably written, I decided to give Wither a try. It's actually shockingly good. I found myself completely sucked in to De Stefano's world. The fact that Rhine's been kidnapped helps, from a reader's point of ...