Jinx, Book Review

8 Aug

Jinx by Meg Cabot

Plot: This was a really good book that I enjoyed very much. It is about a girl named Jean whose nickname is Jinx, due to her bad luck that started the minute she was born. When Jinx moves away to live with her New York cousins (to get away from a stalker), she meets her witchcraft-obsessed cousin Tory, and a new adventure begins.

Would you recommend this book? Yes, I highly recommend this book.

5 stars

–Meliha

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The Curse of the King, Review

21 Jul

The Curse of the King by Peter Lerangis & Torstein Norstrand (Seven Wonders, Book 4)

Plot: This fantasy series is about four friends; Jack, Aly, Cass and Marco. They have to find the Seven Wonders of the World before they turn fourteen or they will die. The bad guys, called the Massa, want to find the Seven Loculi (Wonders of the World) before the good guys (from the Karai Institute) because the Massa want to raise the continent of Atlantis.

Would you recommend this book? Yes.

5 stars

–Leann

What We Saw, Review

8 Jul

What We Saw by Aaron Hartzler

*WARNING: Explicit content in this book, for mature audiences only

Plot: This story begins the day after a wild party at John Doone’s house where alcohol and bad judgment were widespread, and Kate is trying to piece together what happened. She is able to figure out that her good friend Ben whom she’s had a crush on for years drove her home in her car since she was unable to do so. At school the next day, the party is all anybody could talk about. After a couple of days, John Doone and three other star basketball players are apprehended by the police based on an accusation by a student who claims she was sexually assaulted by the guys at the party.

Since Stacey is known for being fairly promiscuous, students and teachers alike are finding it hard to believe that their beloved basketball stars could have done anything wrong, and that Stacey must have just been feeling regret from bad decisions at the party. There is talk of a video having circulated among some students, but the police are unable to locate it.

Kate and Ben begin dating and their relationship is tested since Kate feels Ben may know more about what happened at the party after she left than he is letting on. It begins to feel like only a handful of people are asking themselves “What if Stacey is telling the truth?” instead of just assuming that she’s not. Kate decides to do some digging to see if she can uncover the truth about what happened at John Doone’s party.

Would you recommend this book? Yes. I was often angry at the reactions of people in the town, but I suppose that is unfortunately an honest portrayal of many similar situations.

4 stars

–Jen

 

Isla and the Happily Ever After, Review

28 Jun

Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

Plot: In the conclusion to this loose trilogy (different characters, but characters from the previous books make cameos), Isla is studying abroad in France and finally is making some headway on friendship with her longtime crush Josh. It even almost seems like he likes her back, but for some reason he seems aloof with her best friend Kurt.

After a few misunderstandings, Josh and Isla are finally dating. A few bad decisions lead to complications in their relationship. Can it survive family pressure, as well as distance and Isla’s own insecurities?

Would you recommend this book? Yes, however there are a few mature themes. The one thing I did not like is how Isla sabotaged her own happiness for reasons that she tried to justify but did not really make much sense to me. I know that there are always bumps in the road, but it just made Isla seem immature while stating that she wanted to be mature about everything with her relationship.

3 stars

–Jen

Summer Reading

27 Jun

If you have required summer reading, I would suggest coming in soon to see what’s available and possibly place a hold on a book or two. Teens have been coming in for their required reading ever since school let out. If you place a hold on a book, it will cost .50 after the book arrives. Even if you never come in to pick up a book we called you about, you would still owe the .50 reserve fee, so keep that in mind.

Check out our online catalog to see what’s available, and remember that we do have ebooks and eaudiobooks as well, free of charge!

Finding Audrey, Review

13 Jun

Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella

Plot: Audrey is a teenage girl who wears dark glasses all the time and hides in the house due to her anxiety and fear of conversing with other people. All we know in the beginning is that something happened not too long ago in the school year involving former friends and enemies that was so traumatic that Audrey now has terrible anxiety over the situation.

Then Audrey meets her brother’s friend Linus at home and through notes and texts and a gradual buildup of conversation and contact, she begins to make a friend and possibly even more than a friend. He seems to understand her feelings and encourages her to push herself outside of her comfort zone.

Though this may seem like the makings for a really depressing book, we have the comic relief from Audrey’s older brother to break the ice with his sarcasm and shenanigans. The book is also interspersed with pages that are written like a screenplay of Audrey’s life which add some humor as well.

Would you recommend this book? Yes. It was interesting to read about how debilitating fear and anxiety can be, and how if you’re not experiencing it yourself, you take even the simplest interactions for granted–such as eye contact with a cashier or saying hello to your neighbor when you pass by. While it means nothing to me or you, it could cause a panic attack in somebody else.

The only thing that bothered me was that I feel a few key details were left out overall that would explain how Audrey got to be in her situation in the first place. I suppose the point is that the past is the past and it doesn’t matter toward Audrey’s future, but I was still left with questions.

4 stars

–Jen

 

Jigsaw Puzzle Tournament

9 Jun

Sign up for Lower Macungie Library’s First Jigsaw Puzzle Tournament! Put a team together or grab a partner and register before June 22. The tournament will take place on Saturday, June 25 from 10am-3pm.

Puzzles

Basic details:

-There is no entrance fee
-Prizes will be awarded in each divison (by grade level)
-Puzzles will be provided by the library
-Lunch and bottled water will be provided

Click here for more details!