November 7th, 2009

glorious fall

Book Reports (224-227)...

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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Busted: Confessions of an Accidental Player, by Antony John ***+ One of my favorite parts about this story (where a guy, trying to be popular or at least noticed, agrees to help the jocks with a disparaging yearbook prank) is how girl power comes out in force. Although I found it a bit implausible that guys at any public school would be able to do what these guys are attempting to do, I loved the outcome -- and I wish that the girls in our high school had learned that type of self-confidence and lack of objectifying! Definitely an interesting read.

Dirty Laundry, by Daniel Ehrenhaft ***+ This is a very cute mystery. It looks like it could have sequel(s), as well, so I'll keep an eye out. A boy and girl (strangers to each other) work together to solve a disappearance...and nothing is what it seems.

loserville, by Peter Johnson ** Not for me. I couldn't get into the story, and after just feeling depressed, I finally stopped around chapter three.

Dani Noir, by Nova Ren Suma **** This is a fun, unique, well-written book. I liked the voice (and found it quite authentic), and even though the MC is pretty darn self-absorbed, she has good intentions...and the voice is so well-done that I found myself sympathizing with her more than I thought I would as she tries to come to grips with the fact that her dad left her and her family for another woman (around the same time her best friend moved away and her old babysitter's boyfriend might be cheating on her). A good story about the complexities of life and how confusing those are when we're tweens.