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review 2015-10-01 01:13
The Outsiders - S.E. Hinton
  Wow! I never read this in high school. Did I miss a good book! I loved this book. It resonated so much. The characters were great. I loved the first person point-of-view. I became part of the book as I was reading it. I bawled my eyes out at Johnny's letter to Ponyboy. Fantastic!
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review 2015-03-03 17:17
The Quick Fix
The Quick Fix - Jack D. Ferraiolo

The Quick Fix is a realistic fiction book and a sequel to The Big Splash.  Set mostly in “The Frank” (Franklin Middle School), Matt Stevens (private-eye) is hired by four interested parties (the school bully, the candy dealers, and two cheerleaders) to solve the mystery of a wooden decorative trinket. But who is the rightful owner, and why would they want to pay top dollar for its safe return?  What he is about to uncover will change his life! The book’s plot twists and turns will leave you wanting to decipher the mystery behind the contents of the wooden box. 

I found this book quite humorous and interesting quick read. You will enjoy reading this book because of its complex plot and variety of characters, including a male lead.

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review 2014-10-31 18:12
Peaky Blinders
The Gangs of Birmingham: From the Sloggers to the Peaky Blinders - Philip Gooderson


The TV series

Birmingham 1919
Theme tune is by Nick Cave

Cillian Murphy as Tommy Shelby
Sam Neill as C.I. Chester Campbell
Helen McCrory as Aunt Polly Gray
Paul Anderson as Arthur Shelby Jnr
Iddo Goldberg as Freddie Thorne (series 1 only)
Annabelle Wallis as Grace Burgess
Sophie Rundle as Ada Shelby
Joe Cole as John Shelby
Ned Dennehy as Charlie Strong
David Dawson as Roberts (series 1 only)
Andy Nyman as Winston Churchill (series 1 only)
Richard McCabe as Winston Churchill (series 2 only)
Charlie Creed-Miles as Billy Kimber (series 1 only)

Cracking storyline, love the period, the setting, the music. Violent but not more than one would expect from gang warfare.


Episode 1

‘Zandstra’ by Nick Cave & Warren Ellis
‘Martha’s Dream’ by Nick Cave
‘Red Right Hand’ by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
‘I think I smelled a Rat’ by The White Stripes
‘St James Infirmary Blues’ by The White Stripes
‘Queenie’s Suite ‘ by Nick Cave
‘Song for Jesse ‘ by Nick Cave

Episode 2

‘Red Right Hand’ by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
‘Tough Call’ by The Samphire Band
‘Blue Veins’ by The Raconteurs
‘The Hardest Button to Button’ by The White Stripes
‘Proposition #1′ by Nick Cave
‘Black Math ‘ by The White Stripes
‘Vedi la Ma Guite Lo Stendo A Tel ‘ by Giacomo Puccini
‘Lo Tenni La Promesca’ by Giacomo Puccini
‘Brother My Cup is Empty’ by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
‘Little Room’ by The White Stripes

Episode 3

‘Red Right Hand’ by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
‘When I hear my name’ by The White Stripes
‘Abattoir Blues’ by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
‘St James Infirmary Blues’ by The White Stripes

Episode 4

‘Red Right Hand’ by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
‘I fought Piranhas’ by The White Stripes
‘Clap Hands’ by Tom Waits
‘Broken Boy Soldier’ by The Raconteurs
‘Martha’s dream’ by Nick Cave & Warren Ellis

Episode 5

‘Red Right Hand’ by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
‘Ball & Biscuit’ by The White Stripes
‘Little Cream Soda’ by The White Stripes
‘God is in the House’ by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
‘Time’ by Tom Waits
‘Bring it on’ by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

Episode 6

‘Red Right Hand’ by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
‘The Prowl’ by Dan Auerbach
‘Love is Blindness’ by Jack White German
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review 2014-10-29 01:07
The Chocolate War
The Chocolate War - Robert Cormier

The chocolate war is one of the most banned books among school libraries.  However the book's themes, plot, and insight to the teenage boys' psyche is what has made this book relevant among young adult readers for almost 40 years. Freshman Jerry Renault has accepted his first assignment as part of the Vigils by accepting the task of refusing to participate in the school chocolate sale for 10 days. Every day when his name is called he is expected to announce the number of boxes sold. His classmates' anticipation builds as each day the wait to for his announcement. On the eleventh day, Jerry surprises the Vigils by continuing to refuse the chocolate sale.This upsets Archie, one of the leaders, because Jerry has not complied with the Vigil's assignment. However, Archie does not take immediate action, but he will make sure that Jerry participates in the biggest most successful chocolate sale the school has ever had. Jerry becomes the target of his classmates' bullying and is physically aggravated for his defiance. The book's protagonist is forced to participate in a boxing match, therefore participating in the chocolate sale. As a result Jerry learns that life isn't always fair, and that standing up for your beliefs does not always provide you with the best results.


Cormier, R. (1974). The chocolate war. NY: Delacorte. 

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review 2014-10-13 14:24
Perfect Chemistry
Perfect Chemistry - Simone Elkeles

I think since I couldn't really stop crying for the last 15% that I was really emotionally involved in Alex and Brittany's romance. I loved it!


P.S. Paco, you made me laugh, you made me cry. You were the bestest friend that Alex could have asked for :'(

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