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review 2019-07-07 04:29
Homeroom Diaries
Homeroom Diaries - Lisa Papademetriou,James Patterson

Audience: Young Adult

Format: Hardcover/Owned

 

 

I'm starting over.

- First sentence

 

Margaret "Cuckoo" Clarke has just been released from a brief stay at a mental institution after she had an emotional breakdown. Now she's starting over with "Operation Happiness." Cuckoo and her friends (who call themselves the "Freakshow") are determined to bring the different factions of high school together and find a way for everyone to get along.

 

The illustrated diary style works well for this book. Cuckoo writes down her thoughts and feelings about high school life, along with illustrations. She also talks to literary characters in an attempt to figure out life. I think this book will appeal to teens and pre-teens, especially those who like the diary format. It's easy-to-read and tackles real-life situations. 

 

I read this for #3 School's Out for Summer

At 272 pages, it's worth  $3.00

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review 2019-06-24 05:13
Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
Dark Matter: A Novel - Blake Crouch

Audience: Adult

Format: Physical/Owned

 

 

I love Thursday nights.

- first sentence

 

Such an ordinary opening line for an extraordinary story. Jason (a college professor), his wife (Daniela), and their teenage son Charlie spend Thursday nights together, making dinner, eating, and talking. Until the Thursday when Jason goes to meet his friend at a bar and is abducted on the way home. He wakes up in a world he doesn't know. He is confused and wondering which world is real and which is the dream/crazy place he made up in his brain. The truth is even crazier and trying to wrap my mind about it almost broke my brain.

 

I was fascinated by the story and trying to figure out how Crouch was going to resolve the main problem of getting Jason back to his wife. Every time Jason stepped out of the box, I was thinking, "no - go back in, it isn't safe!" But he kept going out into worlds that obviously weren't his. I especially loved that Crouch didn't shy away from the last problem that kept Jason from being happy - I didn't even think about it until it happened, but then it made perfect sense.

 

Another highly recommended Crouch novel!

 

I read this for Booklikes-opoly Beach Week 10 (author's last name begins with one of the letters in BEACH). At 342 pages, it is worth $3.00.

 

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text 2019-06-14 03:49
Reading progress update: I've read 254 out of 352 pages.
Dark Matter: A Novel - Blake Crouch

OMG! Every time I think I finally wrapped my mind around this story, Crouch adds something else to mess with my mind.

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review 2019-06-09 03:28
The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron
The Forgetting - Sharon Cameron

Audience: Young Adult

Format: Hardcover/Owned

 

 

I am going to be flogged, and I don't know why I'm so surprised about it.

- first sentence

 

Nadia lives in Canaan, a city that is enclosed by white stone walls; a city whose residents periodically forget everything and everyone. No one knows why the Forgetting occurs every twelve years, but the people all keep journals to remind them of the important things after they forget. Nadia didn't forget and she is the only one. She doesn't know why, but she is determined to find out and help prevent the Forgetting. This is why she frequently breaks curfew and crosses over the walls (even though it is forbidden). As Nadia discovers the truth about Canaan, its people, and the Forgetting, she also faces danger and manages to fall in love.

 

I was surprised by some of the twists, but I kind of figured other ones out. Regardless, I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

 

This is an excellent story, highly recommended to fantasy fans and anyone who enjoys young adult books.

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review 2019-05-28 03:35
Bring Me Back
Bring Me Back: A Novel - B.A. Paris

Audience: Adult

Format: Hardcover/Owned

 

 

We were on our way back from skiing in Megève.

- first sentence

 

Layla is missing, maybe dead... or is she? That's the central mystery here. It has been more than 10 years since Layla disappeared and now Finn is receiving clues that she is back. But these "clues" might be a trick. Finn is engaged to Layla's sister, Ellen and we aren't sure exactly what part he played in Layla's disappearance. 

 

Finn's attitude towards women sucks and he isn't very likable. He treats Ellen like crap most of the time and seems ready to drop her for Layla. But I enjoyed the book overall and it kept me guessing.

 

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