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Book Reports (16-19) and POC reading challenge...

I read about this on kaz_mahoney's LJ today, and I think it's a great idea! Having greater variety in reading is truly a blessing to all of us, and I'd love to become more aware of excellent books out there. I'll start it off with my book reports today (though I'll check to see if any of the previous ones I've read this year qualify, as well) with Headley's book.

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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Girl Overboard, by Justina Chen Headley ***** Yep, I LOVED this! It reminded me of the movie Joy Luck Club (not the book, because I haven't read the book) -- it was a great look into the life of a Chinese-American girl and the pressures put on her by her family. I loved the family interactions, especially once Syrah met her aunts and cousins...although part of the plot revolves around Syrah's desire to be a professional snowboarder, I think this book is more of a family story. (YA contemporary, poc challenge)

One Wish, by Leigh Brescia **** I enjoyed this, though it's hard to read in places. Wrenn is so clearly self-destructing through a good part of the book, and I had a tough time 'standing by' as she did so -- but the ending is hopeful (though sad, as Wrenn realizes that not everything can be fixed). The story is about a chubby girl who stops eating in order to see her body change (with the goal of becoming popular). (YA contemporary)

The Secret Year, by Jennifer R. Hubbard **** I liked this mostly because I really sympathized with the MC, Colt. I thought it was a very realistic view of his life, with all the segregations teenagers seem to feel and experience. I liked how he came to a thoughtful conclusion about things in the end. The story: Colt spent a year seeing rich Julia in secret, and when she dies in an accident, he has to figure out how to move on when he can't talk to others about it. (upper YA contemporary)

The City of Bones, by Cassandra Clare (R) ***** I had to read this again now that I've finished the trilogy. I like it much better knowing how everything works out, I must admit. The story: Clary discovers her missing mom was a Shadowhunter (those who kill demons), the first revealing secret as Clary becomes embroiled in a new life of hunters, demons, angels, fae, were, and others. (YA urban fantasy)
Tags: book reports, poc challenge

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