* 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.
In Mike We Trust, by P.E. Ryan ***+ I liked this, but certain insecurities of the main character (Garth) irritated me. This isn't any kind of criticism about the writing, by any means -- in fact, it shows me that it was pretty well written because he rubbed me the wrong way (he was real, I think). Anyway, I liked Garth's love interest a lot -- in fact, he was my favorite part of the story. I finished hoping that Garth had truly learned what he needed to learn, and also hoping that Adam (the love interest) would forgive him. I'm definitely planning to look for Ryan's first book, as well.
Boy Minus Girl, by Richard Uhlig *** I had to laugh when I picked out this book (and the previous one) -- I was simply looking for good 'boy books', and the basic premise of these two is similar, which amused me. In both, the MC's uncle comes to town and stirs up their worlds. Of course, in this one, Les is straight and falls for a lesbian -- and in the previous book, Garth is gay.
The Morgue and Me, by John C. Ford **** This is a great mystery with a fair amount of snark in the MC's voice. I like Christopher and his family -- and the way he seeks out trouble. Nicely done!
Crash Into Me, by Albert Borris ****+ This is a poignant (and often painful) look at four teens who've lost their way in life (and can't think of why they should continue). They meet online through a suicide club (of sorts) and decide to take a road trip and visit the spots of famous suicides -- and then kill themselves. Learning how they lost their hope was very painful, but the ending provided hope...certainly, I found myself caring for Owen (the MC), especially. Note: Borris, the author, had a stroke last winter/spring and hasn't been able to promote his book. It's definitely worth looking into! (upper YA, released this summer)
Ballad, by Maggie Stiefvater m_stiefvater ***** This might be my favorite of Maggie's books -- I just love James!! I love his snark and his vulnerability and Nuala and how he his relationship with Dee evolves...I just loved it all! (YA, releases this month)