* 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.
The Duff, by Kody Keplinger ***+ I liked many things about this book -- not the least of which was the compassion and understanding Keplinger shows. It was angsty, which is why I didn't read all of it, but I read the last third very closely -- and I love how the characters found themselves. The story: Wesley approaches Bianca at a club and tells her she's a 'Duff' (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) -- Bianca is insulted and fights back with sex. As time goes on, however, both Bianca and Wesley begin to see each other's heart -- and they can no longer use each other to avoid their personal struggles. (YA contemporary, just released, publisher: Poppy)
Restoring Harmony, by Joelle Anthony **** This was an interesting dystopic novel. It had an old-fashioned feel to it (perhaps because the MC came from a farming family), but I liked the struggles Molly faced as she dared to do something we all take for granted -- travel. It was an interesting look into a possible future, and I thought it was well done. The story: Molly travels from Canada to the U.S. to fetch her grandfather. When she finally reaches him, however, things are not what she thought, and her involvement with a friendly boy becomes both a challenge and a benefit as Molly has to figure out how to get home. (YA dystopic, released 5/2010, publisher: Putnam)
Party, by Tom Leveen ****+ I really enjoyed this one, despite the teen lingo (which kind of annoyed me). Um, yeah, I know it's written for teens ;) Anyway, I thought the multiple POV was well done, and all the voices were quite distinct. I loved how each one of them added to the whole story, and how all the pieces fit together to give us a better view of this night. I especially liked how it came full circle by the end -- it was clever and well put together, imo. The story: There's a party (soon after graduation) and a group of students gather -- students who have personal problems most of the others know nothing about. As the night devolves, they all learn more about one another and themselves. (YA contemporary, released 3/2010, publisher: Random House)(POC challenge)
So you might have guessed I've given myself a new reading challenge -- to finish five books a week (at least). Now that I've gotten busier, I know I'll accomplish more (isn't that how it works?). It's going pretty well so far...
Currently Reading: Immortal Beloved, by Cate Tierney
On Deck: The Replacement; Clockwork Angel