Book Review: Noggin

I loved this book! Noggin was my first John Corey Whaley novel, and I will certainly be reading more after finishing this funny and bittersweet story that is the perfect follow-up to The Fault in our Stars by John Green or Love, and Other Unknown Variables, by Shannon Lee Alexander, or any other book thatContinue reading “Book Review: Noggin”

Book Review: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

I have this prejudice against “dying child” books. Basically, I feel like it’s cheating. Dying children is a sad topic; and as an author, you don’t have to work very hard to make me cry. If I’m going to cry, I want to be moved by a depth of character or deeply complicated plot thatContinue reading “Book Review: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl”

Book Review: Why We Broke Up

Why We Broke Up was not on my to-read list until it became a Printz Award honor book. But the contemporary young adult nature of it appealed to me after it found my radar. I hadn’t even heard of any of the Printz books that were honored this year. I’m not sure if that’s aContinue reading “Book Review: Why We Broke Up”

Self-Deprecating Sunday (17) Brodi Ashton

Welcome back to Self-Deprecating Sunday (It’s been tooooooo long!), which treats of YA¬† authors sharing the Great and Awkward of their teenage years. I’m recycling an old favorite today in honor of Brodi Ashton’s book launch! Her paranormal YA romance, Everneath debuted this week! Her blog is a must-read–so funny–and surely gives a taste ofContinue reading “Self-Deprecating Sunday (17) Brodi Ashton”

Book Review: Love is the Higher Law

This was my second David Levithan book, and again I really liked it! And again it got a little effusive, but I easily forgave it because of the enjoyment I had while reading. Love is the Higher Law is about 9/11. Perhaps you inferred that from the cover. I don’t know about you, but thisContinue reading “Book Review: Love is the Higher Law”

Book Review: Wolves of Mercy Falls (Series)

So I’m not an urban fantasy book lover, but I do enjoy some great fantasy books like Melinda Lo’s Ash. I chose to read Maggie Stiefvater’s Wolves of Mercy Falls series (Shiver, Linger, and Forever) because I wanted to compare these books with the Twilight Saga. I wasn’t in the crowd that loved those books,Continue reading “Book Review: Wolves of Mercy Falls (Series)”

Book Review: Ten Miles Past Normal

I love slim books but this one just didn’t grab me the way I wished it would. I love the concept, and the writing was strong, but the emotion just didn’t resonate with me. I’ll be trying other books by this author. I wondered if the reason it didn’t grab me was because the protagonistContinue reading “Book Review: Ten Miles Past Normal”

Book Review: Boy Meets Boy

This was my first Levithan book. I really liked it. On romance: Paul and Noah was charming and gooey, rich with the grand gestures that teens think are necessary, and maybe are necessary. It got pretty Hallmark Card there at the end but I can’t resist a good romantic ending. Sue me. On character: PaulContinue reading “Book Review: Boy Meets Boy”

Book Review: Nothing

Whoa! The descriptions on the back of this book include blurbs from starred reviews. Those words are: Chilling Provocative Shocking All the marks of a classic I could leave it at that and it would be accurate. I could compare this to Lord of the Flies. Also accurate. Like Battle Royale? This book is forContinue reading “Book Review: Nothing”

Book Review: A Curse Dark as Gold

This book was so rich with story that it took me twice the time to read it as usual.I almost gave up at 50 pages in, because either it was slow or I was sleepy, but I’m glad I kept on! I ended up really enjoying it! I loved the author note at the back,Continue reading “Book Review: A Curse Dark as Gold”