December 19th, 2011

pine snow

Top Ten Books Countdown, #6...

It's snowing and chilly today -- pick up a good book and read, no? :)

The covers link to The Tattered Cover's (our local indie) pages.

If you'd like to see all my year-to-date four-plus- and five-star recommendations, visit Robin ReadsnWrites.

These are all five-star reads:

***** I read every word, and I loved it! A favorite and definite reread.

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Rival, by Sara Bennett Wealer - Here's what I said when I read it:

Yep, my first five-star read of the year. I loved this book! Shall I count what I loved? :) 1) the dual POV -- I really like getting into the heads of both girls and seeing not only their strengths and weaknesses, but also how the same situation looked so differently in each set of eyes; 2) the singing -- as I rambled on about yesterday, this took me back to my own high school days so completely; 3) the depth of all the characters, including periphery ones -- I felt like I'd been dropped into this world, and everyone there was real and complex. The story: Kathryn and Brooke are rivals, although they were once friends. Mistakes on both their parts, along with jealousy, tore them apart, and now, for the first time since then, they are up for the same scholarship (even though one is a soprano and one an alto). Past grievances fuel both of them, and soon they must face their own fears and weaknesses. (YA contemporary, releasing 3/11, publisher: Harper Teen)

Why did it stay with me? This remains one of the best contemporary books I've read, and I still recall the power of the dual-POV. Having insight into two characters who are at odds with each other really pulled me into the story. I also love the music aspect! I'd recommend this for any teen girl (or tween) who likes a good, current story (or who loves music).