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The Good Girls, Book Trailer

25 Sep

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Saint Anything, Review

1 Jun

Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

Plot: Sydney’s life turns upside down when her old brother Peyton starts going down a bad path and ends up in jail. Her mother hardly has time to think about anything else, and her dad is busy trying to keep her mom sane. Sydney changes schools and meets a new group of friends including Layla and her cute older brother Mac, whose family owns the nearby Seaside Pizza.

Sydney keeps on the straight and narrow, but it all goes largely unnoticed by her family. Her brother’s friend Ames is around a little too much for Sydney’s taste, but her parents don’t see anything wrong with that. Sydney and Mac eventually start to get a little bit closer together, but around the same time a misunderstanding causes Sydney to finally get noticed by her mother and grounded, so it’s hard to see their relationship develop. Another issue revolves around Sydney trying to come to terms with the bad things her brother has done, and maintain her old friendships while cultivating her new ones.

Would you recommend this book? Yes. Though I would have liked to see more happen between Sydney and Mac. I thought that was just as important a plot point as Sydney’s struggles with her family.

4 stars

–Jen

Wintergirls, Review

16 Mar

Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

Plot: Cassie and Lia were best friends since the third grade. Together, they make a pact to be the skinniest girls in school. Both girls get caught up in the never-ending quest to be their vision of perfection. Cassie, who is seemingly perfect on the outside, is the first to lose her battle, dying from complications from her bulimia. Lia, on the other hand, is a mess. She has been in and out of treatment centers for her anorexia, but has no control over herself. After being estranged for 6 months, Cassie calls Lia 33 times on the night that she dies. Lia does not answer the phone, and then becomes haunted by the thought that she could have prevented Cassie’s death. In fact, Lia begins to see the ghost of Cassie, who embodies all the thoughts and actions that Lia will not admit are negative (such as starving herself and cutting). Lia refuses to accept the offers of help from her family, and quickly spirals into a dangerous place. Will Lia end up destined for the same fate as Cassie?

Would you recommend this book? Yes.This book is well written, and allows the reader to gain a better understanding of someone who suffers from extremely low self-esteem, eating disorders, and self-destructive behaviors. There is a huge focus on the friendship between Cassie and Lia, despite it being unhealthy for both of the girls. Family plays a large role as well, although all family members (with the exception of Lia’s half-sister Emma) are presented as flawed characters (Lia’s mother is too focused on herself and career, Lia’s father is in denial of true problems, and Lia’s stepmother is unable to help.)

4 stars

–Lisa

All the Bright Places, Book Trailer

23 Jan

You Have Seven Messages, Book Trailer

11 Feb

It’s been a year since Luna’s mother, the fashion-model wife of a successful film director, was hit and killed by a taxi in New York’s East Village. Luna, her father, and her little brother, Tile, are still struggling with grief.  When Luna goes to clean out her mother’s old studio, she’s stunned to find her mom’s cell phone there—charged and holding seven unheard messages. As Luna begins to listen to them, she learns more about her mother’s life than she ever wanted to know . . . and she comes to realize that the tidy tale she’s been told about her mother’s death may not be the whole truth. -www.amazon.com