* 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 might read it again.
**** I read at least 95% of the book and it was good -- definitely will be reread.
***** I read every word, and I loved it! A favorite!
Ways to Live Forever, by Sally Nicholls ** Okay, I knew as soon as I read the jacket flap that this wouldn't be for me (I grabbed it without looking because it was in the new book section). Anyway, it has nothing to do with the quality of writing, which seemed strong -- it was all subject matter. The MC is dying of leukemia, and yes, it's sad. I don't do sad, especially when it's a kid :(.
Neptune's Children, by Bonnie Dobkin **** This was definitely entertaining, though there are ups and downs in the writing. But reading it purely as a reader, I enjoyed it!
I Wanna Be Your Shoebox, by Cristina Garcia *** This was quirky and interesting (the MC is fun); a little younger than my favorite books, but still worth reading.
No More Us for You, by David Hernandez *** I thought this set-up was very intriguing -- two people trying to deal with past traumas and learning to love again. A little heavy for my personal taste, but I think it'll appeal to teens.
Isabelle's Boyfriend, by Caroline Hickey ** I have to admit that I didn't like this one very much mostly because of the MC -- she didn't appeal to me. But I might have liked it much better as a teen (especially a young teen) because many girls find themselves in this possible situation (of liking someone else's boyfriend).
Girl From Mars, by Tamara Bach ** Very interesting look at a different teen culture (British), with much of the grit I expect from that these days. I mostly skimmed, but I liked the characters.
Reincarnation, by Suzanne Weyn ***+ Interesting idea of starting from the beginning of time with two people and following them through their various incarnations until the present. I thought the final incarnation was a little brief compared to the others (which made the ending unsatisfying for me), but overall, interesting story.
: My MIL suffered a ruptured ulcer last night. Friends took her to the hospital (or an ambulance did), which was over an hour away. She lives in the middle of nowhere. Anyway, we didn't know any of this stuff until this morning. Last night we got the call that she was having gall bladder issues; then we heard she was in surgery (which we thought was to remove her gall bladder). This morning we found out the rest. I guess she's doing as well as anyone could after having a hole in their stomach (and her stomach juices leaking into her chest cavity). We've spent the morning trying to figure out when she needs us and how to coordinate everything. Both of DH's sisters live out of state, and even for us to get down there would take around 4-4 1/2 hours, so it's complicated. But we'd appreciate good thoughts and prayers for her healing -- thanks!