Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Prom by Laurie Halse Anderson

Earlier this weekI got my hands on Prom, the new book by Laurie Halse Anderson (author of Speak and Catalyst) and I just finished reading it today.

It was a book that I read quickly because it was a good story and I wanted to see how it would turn out. The main character in "Prom," is a self-described 'normal' kid who is a high school senior just barely getting by until graduation. Ashley doesn't plan on college instead she thinks about moving in with her boyfriend (until she sees the apartment he found for them!)

But her best friend Natalia is one of the prom organizers and can't talk about anything else which makes Ash crazy. Then a few weeks before the prom, it's discovered that their teacher/advisor has stolen all the money they had saved for the event and the prom may be canceled!

So, rather than see her best friend disappointed, Ash works with her to pull off a senior prom no one will soon forget. The book has some very funny moments especially when Ashley's very pregnant, bus-driver mom tries to get things her way by pretending to be in labor! Can't wait to see what you think about it ... let me know!

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

The Pity Party by Alison Pollet

Just this evening I started reading an advance reader's edition of The Pity Party: 8th grade in the life of me, Cass by Alison Pollet. This is the second book by this author but the first one I 've read and so far it's a fast read (it's only 148 pages long) and funny in parts. The main character Cass is an orphan. Both of her parents were killed in a car accident so she lives with a guardian who is a very nice woman named Bea.

Cass has two close friends named Penelope and Tillie but this year the three aren't in any classes together. Actually Cass is in quite a few classes surrounded by students she doesn't know very well. But she starts working on a movie for an English class project and begins to make friends with an odd troublemaker boy named Rod Punkin.

That's all I've read so far. If you're interested in the book, ask me about it next time you're in the teen zone!

Wednesday, March 16, 2005


Last fall I was at a librarian's conference and someone mentioned the book Gingerbread by Rachel Cohn. This woman said it was the best book and everyone there should read it. Well, even though I was already reading for the RI Teen Book Award committee, I went ahead and read about a very funny book about a girl named Cyd Charisse who returns home after being kicked out of a boarding school and meets a surfer guy named Shrimp landing her in new and different kinds of trouble with her parents so they ship her off again for the summer.

And just last week I got my hands on the sequel to Gingerbread and it's called Shrimp! After Cyd Charisse spends the summer in New York City getting to know her biological dad, she returns to San Francisco trying not to frustrate her mom, making new friends and attempting to reunite with Shrimp.

So, read Gingerbread and when you're done, I'll pass Shrimp over to you, when I'm finished!

Wednesday, March 02, 2005

Things Left Unsaid

Today I just started reading a book called Things Left Unsaid by Stephanie Hemphill. I picked it up because it was new and then I kept it aside because it's written in the form of a series of poems and this Thursday there will be a poetry writing workshop.

Anyway, I started reading the book during lunch and it went by really fast. In an hour I was halfway through it. The main character in the story is a girl named Sarah who suddenly stops being the good girl, studying and doing well in school deciding to make friends with an outcast girl named Robin who brings her to parties where she stays past curfew.

There are lots of other good, new books in the Teen Zone.