September 6th, 2011


Book Report (85)...

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 that 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 2011 (and I'll try to remember to put the month it's released, as well). I'm linking to Tattered Cover's pages for the ARCs.

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* 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 -- probably will be reread.
***** I read every word, and I loved it! A favorite and definite reread.

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Love, Inc., by Yvonne Collins and Sandy Rideout ***+ This had a great beginning, and I especially liked how the MC was part Pakistani -- the additional cultural issues were intriguing. I definitely felt sympathy for all three girls, but after a while, the angst started to wear on me. Also, there's a LOT of stuff in this book (cultural, emotional, career-wise, etc), and it became a little too much (for me) by the end. I read through 75% of the book and then skipped to the end (which was nice). The story: Zahra is forced to take a class to deal with her parents' separation, and there she meets a few other teens. When she's grouped with two other girls for a scavenger hunt, an unlikely friendship begins to form -- and leads to a new 'business' venture when the three girls discover they're all dating the same guy. First, they get revenge on the guy -- but then, as they all try to resist love, they work with other girls who've been jilted (or think they're going to be jilted). Eventually, though, the girls must face their own pain and figure out how to move on. (YA contemporary, released 1/11, publisher: Hyperion)

On Deck: Glow (I'm so excited to read this -- I'm a huge Amy Kathleen Ryan fan!)