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Extraordinary Means, Review

16 Nov

Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider

Plot: This book is set in modern-day times, however the world is afflicted with a form of drug-resistant tuberculosis. Lane suddenly finds himself in Latham House, a boarding school for teenagers with the disease, so that they don’t end up infecting anybody else. He finds it very difficult at first to be away from his friends, family, and especially his girlfriend, as life carries on outside the grounds without him. He decides to try to keep up with his schoolwork from his old school in order to keep on track for college, but soon finds himself too worn out to keep at that pace.

Lane soon enough finds himself swept up with a crowd of friends including Sadie, a girl he hadn’t seen since summer camp many years before, who was still angry with him over a misunderstanding. The group does everything they can to live life to the fullest. Will they be able to hang on long enough to be released, or is Latham the end of their journey?

Would you recommend this book? Yes. I liked the main characters,who told the story in alternating chapters. I also liked how this book introduced a strand of illness that does not exist in the real world, without making it yet another dystopian novel. This could have been any other book if not for that particular illness.

4 stars

–Jen

We Were Liars, Review

12 Oct

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Plot: The Sinclair family is an affluent old-money family who spends their summers on their private island in Massachusetts. From the outside, they appear to be perfect; however, we all know that can’t possibly be the truth. This is their story – of how they spend their summers, of the bonds that tie them together, and the lies which tear them apart. And that’s all I can say about the plot without giving entirely too much away. If you haven’t read this book, you’ll want to have a somewhat clean slate going into it (although I had the same feeling reading this one as I did reading Gone Girl – I knew that there was more going on than it appears, and I knew it wasn’t going to end well for at least one of the characters). This was a quick read, and an interesting look inside an old, established family. It took me a while to see where the author was taking this book, and then I was hooked. There’s family drama, romance, and mystery – this book is pretty sure to please a variety of readers. Where the ending was not totally shocking to me, I can see where some people will be blown away by it. I would certainly pick up another book by Lockhart to at least compare writing styles and topics.

Would you recommend this book? Yes.

4 stars

–Lisa

The Good Girls, Review

28 Sep

The Good Girls by Sara Shepard (sequel to The Perfectionists)

Plot: Where we last left off, Julie, Parker, Ava, Mackenzie, and Caitlin suspected their teacher, Mr. Granger, of being involved in the death of their classmate Nolan Hotchkiss. The girls had played a prank on Nolan who later ended up dead, though not by their doing. This book revolves around the girls trying to clear their name, which is made more difficult as more people they know end up dead. Suspicions are raised; are the girls now starting to suspect each other?

Would you recommend this book? Yes. There was a major plot twist close to the end that I was not expecting at all. It made me want to go back and reread the first book as well as the second book to see how I missed it. Perfect for fans of mystery and suspense. The ending is also set up for another book, should the author wish to continue the series.

5 stars

–Jen

The Beginning of Everything, Review

21 Sep

The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider

Plot: This book follows a high school guy named Ezra who walks with a limp and has a brace on his wrist following an accident several months ago. He was the most popular guy in school dating the most popular girl, but he starts the new school year distanced from his friends. What you don’t know right away is what sort of accident it was, and also you don’t know if he chose to pull away from his friends or if they ditched him.

He starts hanging out with an old friend Toby and his group of friends and joins the debate team. Through all this he meets a new girl named Cassidy. They begin a sort of love/hate relationship that develops into a bit more. However she is also harboring a secret that is linked to why she left her last school so suddenly and dropped the debate team with no warning.

Ezra will find himself changed by the end of the book, and left to reflect on whether the changes are positive or negative, and also left to figure out the true catalyst for the change.

Would you recommend this book? Yes.

4 stars

–Jen

The Accident Season, Book Trailer

12 Sep

The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin, Review

13 Apr

The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin by Josh Berk

Plot: Will “Hamburger” Halpin is the new kid in school, which is hard when you’ve only ever been in a special school for deaf students. He doesn’t stand much of a chance of being popular, especially since the only other student who even tries to talk to him is low-man-on-the-social-totem-pole Devon Smiley. Will’s class begins a new unit on coal mining, and takes a trip to a local coal mine. While there, the star of the high school football team plunges to his death down the mineshaft – and the police think he was pushed! Will discovers that his lip-reading skills are very handy when trying to solve a murder mystery. Who killed Pat Chambers? Was it the flirty math teacher, Miss Prefontaine? The beautiful cheerleader? The snobby rich girl? The pot-smoking bus driver?
Will, Devon, and some other friends set out to solve the murder mystery, and uncover some very interesting secrets in the process – including one that hits Will pretty close to home.

Would you recommend this book? Yes. It had a really interesting mix of comedy and mystery, and the main character is very unique.

4 stars

–Lisa

The River, Review

2 Mar

The River by Gary Paulsen

Plot: Brian is asked to go back into the wilderness, which he does, with Derek. When Derek gets hit by lightning, Brian has to take Derek 100 miles down the river to save him.

Would you recommend this book? Yes. I liked how adventurous the characters were. They kept you interested and entertained.

4 stars

–Chantal