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Book Reports (53-54)...

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.

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

* 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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after the kiss, by Terra Elan McVoy ****+ I enjoyed this. It's written in verse and has dual POV -- both things I personally really like. There was a little more angst than I personally prefer, however, I definitely liked the resolution to both girls' stories. They not only seemed true to their characters, but they were also a good statement of strong and living women (ie, they weren't afraid to either stand on their own or take risks for what they really wanted). The story: Becca adores her boyfriend and has let her life become all about him. But when she learns that he's kissed another girl, everything falls apart. Camille has moved yet again, and as she's done for years now, she puts herself far away and plays the role expected of her -- until a boy kisses her. The ramifications of that kiss shake her loose. Both girls have to work to find their path. (YA contemporary/free verse, released 7/10, publisher: Simon Pulse)

The Anti-Prom, by Abby McDonald ****+ This is also very enjoyable. I liked the multi-POV, the building relationships between the girls, the changes in their lives. I liked the different types of courage each one showed, and I thought the romances were sweet. The story: Meg just wanted to experience prom, like a normal girl. Bliss thought she would have the perfect moment with her perfect boyfriend. And Jolene hoped that maybe this could make up for mistakes from the past. But when Meg is stood up, Bliss's boyfriend cheats on her (at the prom) with her so-called best friend, and Jolene thinks she's been left behind, the three ban together to get revenge...and it becomes a night none of them expected. (YA contemporary, released 5/11, publisher: Candlewick Press)

Currently Reading: Ashfall
On Deck: I have a couple library books waiting (well, maybe a dozen); but it's time for another ARC we'll see *rubs hands in glee*
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