Saturday, July 16, 2005

Changing the Rules

Just got a "Rate that Book" review for Changing the Rules by Niqui Stanhope. The girl who read this is entering 10th grade and is 15 years old.

She writes: This book I think is really for anyone who's into Romance novels that aren't too cheesy. I think it's for someone who likes drama mixed with the love and action.

Thursday, July 14, 2005

Crank and Honey, Baby, Sweetheart

Right now I have a stack of 5 books I want to read on my desk! Every time new ones come in, I want to read them all. When I hear a good recommendation, it also makes me want to read the book. Check these out:

Crank by Ellen Hopkins "It was very interesting and had a very surprising ending. I never knew it come to that although the author really foreshadowed the point it was very tricky and unique." -- 14 year old girl, entering 10th grade in September.

Honey, Baby, Sweetheart by Deb Caletti "The book was awesome! I love the 'Gilmore Girls' feel of it. The ending was perfect: "I want to fly," I said." -- 12 year old girl, entering 8th grade in September.

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Stained

This evening I finished Stained by Jennifer Richard Jacobson. Published in 2005, this 200 page story shifts back and forth from the main character's childhood and the setting of the novel, New Hampshire in 1975. The narrator has a boyfriend who isn't sure about whether their relationship is a good thing or not. She also has an old friend, her neighbor Gabe who has disappeared and the whole community comes out to look for him.

This book just came in last week so I haven't talked to anyone else who has read it but it was interesting and fast. I think anyone who likes realistic fiction, especially where there is a lot of conflict for the teens in the story, will like this book.

Saturday, July 09, 2005

Eragon

Well, I finished reading Eragon by Christopher Paolini, the book chosen for 2005 RI Teen Book Award. Teens around the state loved this 500 page book about an orphaned boy who is destined to be a dragon rider.

When this book was published, the interesting story about it was that it was written by a 16-year-old boy who lives in Montana and was homeschooled by his parents. One friend who read this one felt that it borrowed too much from other fantasy writers. It does remind me of Middle Earth in a lot of ways even though it's been a long time since I've read Tolkien.

It took me a while to read this book so, it wasn't my favorite. Lately I like the realistic fiction books I've read more. Thursday I finished Rewind by Jan Page which was about a teen who starts a rock band without knowing his own parents were in a band like his 17 years ago, something they've never talked about with him. When a speaker falls on his head during a gig, he travels back in time and meets his parents learning a lot about them and their lives before he was born. The book won't be published until September but teens who want to read it now can stop by the Teen Zone and borrow my advance copy.