October 31st, 2009

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Book Reports (218-223)...

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. Different colored font means it's an ARC (and I'll try to remember to put the month it's released, as well). I'm linking to the Powell's pages for the ARCs.

* 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.

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A Kiss in Time, by Alex Flinn (R) **** This is a fun book -- I read it earlier this year, but I'd forgotten how cute (and corny) it could be. Definitely fluffy, but still fun! (YA - sleeping beauty retelling)

Reality Check, by Peter Abrahams ***+ I liked this mystery, even though I couldn't quite follow the MC's motivations, at first. Cody breaks up with his girlfriend because she's going away to school (and I guess he's afraid she'll dump him anyway?) -- but then she disappears, and he travels out to her school to find her. (upper YA)

Blindman's Bluff, by Faye Kellerman ***** I love Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus. Although not all the books in the series are favorites, this one was really good -- if you like Law & Order type drama/mystery, these are a good choice. (adult)

Sleepaway Girls, by Jen Calonita **** Another fluffy book, but perhaps because of all the memories it stirred for me, I really enjoyed it. About a girl's first time at a camp (as a counselor-in-training), the story is light and fun and still manages to share some growth and tons of romance. (lower YA)

someday this pain will be useful to you, by Peter Cameron ** Whew, a whole lot of angst here! The jacket flap says it's humorous, but I guess it's not the kind of humor I get...because it just seemed sad (though there were snarky aspects). Definitely more of a stream-of-consciouness type narrative, and with all the emoting, it wasn't really my type of story. (upper YA)

the realm of possibility, by David Levithan ***** I really like this one! My only complaint is that with all the different narrators, I kept having to go back and figure out who was attached to whom (not many names were used in the verse, itself) -- and yes, it's free verse, which I adore! I loved how he managed to portray something from my teenage self in every single person writing -- that's cool. Reading this reminded me of times when I'd had a crush which wasn't returned -- and also times when others liked me and I didn't realize it until I'd said or done something that weakened that bond (in their eyes, at least), and only then did I see the hurt/pain. This definitely brings back the intensity of being a teenager -- and the breathtaking joy when something comes together that you perhaps didn't expect. (upper YA)