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review 2017-03-31 01:18
Bud, Not Buddy
Bud, Not Buddy - Christopher Paul Curtis

I remember my brother reading this book when he was in middle school but I never got to read it when I was younger. I finally got the chance to this year and I am so happy I did! This book describes a young orphaned boy on a journey to find his father and husband to his widowed mother. The book follows his quest and introduces us to the people he meets along the way, who become somewhat like family to him. This book would be great for 6-8th grades and the lexile level for this book is 950L. For an activity, I think it would be fun to look deeper into the characters by having students relate important quotes in the book to the character who said this. You could use sticky notes to write the quote and page number and discuss as a class which character the quote is said by or who it describes. 

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review 2015-07-03 23:20
The Choice By Allison J. Kennedy Review
The Choice - Allison J. Kennedy
I received an ebook copy via NetGalley from the publisher for an honest review, but in no way am I being compensated for my honest opinion. 
I just want to say that this has easily become one of my top reads of 2015. The Choiceis beautifully written, and so powerful with its message. My interpretation of the message (every book has a different message for each of its readers) is that time heals everything. Life can be cruel and cold, but with time events can be reflected upon and a sense of peace can be created. Most of the time we think time is working against us, because we never know what tomorrow will bring. Time has lost our appreciation when really it deserves our utmost respect. Has anyone heard of the saying, "Time heals all wounds?" I have no idea who said it, but whoever said it was right. The time might be two days, a few months, or 10 years, but there will come a day when the past can be let go. I read The Choice from start to finish in one seating, and it left me sitting in stunned silence. I was exhausted after I read this book in the best possible way ever! Kennedy takes your emotions on one hell of a ride called reality. 
The Choice is a story about a 17 year old girl, May, who is raped and conceives the rapist's child. She keeps the rape a secret, and tries to process through the emotions she is feeling by herself. Then she struggles with whether or not she should abort her unborn child. Kennedy tackles two tough and emotional topics, and does so tactfully. She shows no favor to either side of each topic, if anything she includes every side. 
I loved the style The Choice was written in. Throughout the book, May in present day reflects on how she is now, and then reflects on what happened when she was raped and the days that followed.  This particular formatting allows us to see where she starts with all the emotions and years later how she has grown and healed. 
To be honest with you guys, this review isn't giving any justice to this book. The book drips with raw emotions. You feel May's pains and struggles. You will shed tears and your heart will be jerked in all different directions. When you finally start thinking that everything will be okay something else is thrown into the pot causing everything to go wrong again. The Choice covers difficult and controversial topics, but I encourage you to choose to read this book. Kennedy's writing walks you side by side with May, and makes you wish you could actually be there for her in real life. 


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review 2015-06-30 01:29
The Milliner's Secret: An epic and heart-wrenching love story set in wartime Paris - Natalie Meg Evans

This is my second book by this author and I am hooked. While they most definitely can be read as stand alone's, you will notice that several of the same characters show up in both The Dress Thief and this one.

Mostly set in Paris during German occupation, it provides a very entertaining story. Love, intrigue, secrets, lies, adultery, plagiarism, spies, hat making, danger, and abuse come together to make this a story you will long remember.

I love historical fiction about London or Paris during the wars. Not only do you learn things, but it's a great story to be read as you go along this journey with Cora (Coralie). I definitely recommend this book.

Huge thanks to Bookouture and Net Galley for giving me the chance to read and review this awesome book!

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