February 13th, 2010


Book Reports (29-35)...

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 for 2010 (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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Wanderlust, by Lucy Silag ***+ This is the second in the Beautiful Americans series (a group of American students in Paris), and it continues the stories of Alex (who's ridiculously spoiled), PJ (who's confused and has run away), Zack (who's in love with Jay), Jay (who's in love with PJ), and Olivia (who just dumped her boyfriend for the son of her host mom) -- Alex, Zack, Jay, and Olivia searching for PJ. Like the first, this book is filled with the angst and drama of teens, but I like how we're learning more about the inner lives of these characters, as well. (upper YA)

Ice, by Linda Howard ***+ I like Howard's books, and this one was okay. It was a little short and felt hurried to me. The story: Lolly has returned to her childhood home to get the family house ready to sell, but an ice storm and a couple of meth addicts interrupt. (adult romance/suspense)

Sleeping Freshman Never Lie, by David Lubar ***** This is a very funny book -- not quite as funny (to me) as Carter Finally Gets It, but still very enjoyable. Scott is such a likable and witty character, and I love how he tries new things and isn't afraid to be smart. The story: Scott makes it through his freshman year despite the challenges of having a pregnant mom, changing friendships, a crush on a popular girl, and other teenage drama. (YA humor)

Getting It, by Alex Sanchez ** I have to admit that I have a hard time with books where the MC is mostly interested in losing his/her virginity. I know it's pretty realistic and there are a number of teens out there who would completely get this -- but for me, I was not like that as a teenager. It was one of the furthest things from my mind, so I guess I just can't connect. A couple things I did like here were how the MC learned to share honestly with his mom and how he finally stood up for his gay friend and gained some courage to do the right thing. (upper YA, GLBT themes, POC challenge)

M or F?, by Lisa Papademetriou and Chris Tebbetts ****+ I really liked this book! The two MCs (alternating POVs) have a Cyrano-type thing going with chatting online, and when Frannie wants to impress Jeffrey, Marcus uses his own wit to get Jeffrey's attention -- or so he thinks. Before long, Marcus is convinced that Jeffrey really liked him, rather than Frannie -- and confusion and mixed signals and a comedy of errors ensues. (YA, GLBT themes)

La Petite Four, by Regina Scott ** This was okay. It reminded me in some ways of The Season, though I loved that one and this one didn't quite pull me in. The story: four girls are ready to come out, but one has been engaged (through her father) to a man she doesn't like -- encouraging the others to try and help her find a way out of it. (historical YA)

How to Ruin Your Boyfriend's Reputation, by Simone Elkeles ***+ I like the relationship between Amy and Avi, and I thought the segments about the Israeli army boot camp were fascinating. The story: Amy goes to an Israeli boot camp to be closer to her boyfriend, Avi, who is in the Israeli army. (YA)