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Book Reports...

For those of you who happened to Google your title and ended up here, please know that one star is not a bad thing in Robin's world -- just the fact the I picked up your book and started it means that somewhere it's getting good buzz (or that your blurb was really cool). 'R' means it's a re-read.

* I didn't make it beyond the first 20 pages.
** I made it to the end, but I either skimmed or skipped large sections.
*** I might have skipped/skimmed, but I liked it and will read it again.
**** I read at least 95% of the book and it was good.
***** I read every word, and I loved it!

Sensitive, Homefree, by Nina Wright *** I liked the concept quite a bit for these books, but for me, I didn't feel like I could trust the author to make good on all the promises...by the end of each, I felt like the plot/character arcs were a little looser than I personally prefer. I'd probably pick up the third one, however.

Split Screen: Attack of the Brain Zombies, by Brent Hartinger *** I'm still a Hartinger fan, though this wasn't as good as Geography Club or Grand & Humble. I liked Mai's half of the story the best -- I would have given hers alone ***** :)

The Named, Curley (I forgot the first name!) * Okay, this one is probably much better than this rating -- but at only a few pages in, I couldn't handle what happened to the MC and had to put it down. My bad, not the fault of the author!

Hacking Harvard, by Robin Wasserman (I think it's Robin...I really need to start writing these down!) ** It was an intriguing premise, but after a bit, I just lost interest.

this lullaby, by Sarah Dessen *** Hm...my first foray into Dessen's books. It was okay -- I skimmed most of it. It seemed very familiar to me, I guess.

State of Fear, by Michael Crichton R **** I still like most of his books!

Love (and other uses for duct tape), by Carrie Jones **** One of Carrie's strengths, imo, is how she sucks you in. I was reading, not really that hooked into the story (mostly because I wasn't intending to spend a lot of time reading right then -- I was just looking for a quick moment to fill between tasks) -- I skipped to the end to see what would happen. Then I went back to the beginning, kind of intending to skim to fill in the missing parts -- and I ended up reading the whole thing ;)

Love, Sara, by Mary Beth Lundgren ***** This was really good. I didn't necessarily like the subplot, but I very much like what the author did with it -- how she used it to show us something important about the MC. For a good look at what foster kids might be experiencing/feeling, this is a good one!

The Opposite of Invisible, by Liz Gallagher ** This was okay. I didn't read it all -- mostly skimmed. I liked the MC, but I felt like she was being angsty and such for no apparent reason (other than she was a teen). I guess it just didn't click with me.

Walking on Glass, by Alma Fullerton ***** This was excellent! I don't know if I'd read it again, but it was so well done. I felt like I got the MC right off the bat, and I loved reading his story.

Savvy, by Ingrid Law **** Another excellent book! I loved the premise, loved the voice...and it's even middle grade ;)

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, by E. Lockhart *** I was certainly drawn into this one, without a doubt. It made me think -- not as much about reading but about being a writer and the goal of those of us who write for teens...and one thing I do know, E. Lockhart is very good at opening up the hearts of her characters. I felt Frankie's frustration at not really being seen -- and honestly, I felt a bit like this is what many of the angsty teen books out there are aiming for. So I think it's well-written and well-done...it's just not my personal taste as a reader.
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