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Book Reports (57-58)...

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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Match Made in High School, by Kristin Walker walkwrite ***** (R) I enjoyed this just as much the second time around. One of my favorite aspects of the book is the growth of Fiona, who admittedly is rather self-centered and has some tunnel vision for the first part of the book. But she also peeks out of that here and there, and by the end, she has realistically opened up and is able to empathize with others. Of course, her humor throughout is fun, and the overall ideas in the book are wise and good to read. The story: Fiona and her senior classmates are forced to enroll in a 'marriage ed' course for the entire year. Fiona is paired with Todd -- pretty much the last boy she'd want to be with (he's a jock with a cheerleader girlfriend). The boy she wants is paired with Todd's girlfriend -- and Fiona's frustration rises as Todd takes every chance to humiliate her...until she fights back. In the meantime, her mom is also appalled at the school board and things begin to heat up. (YA contemporary, released 4/10, publisher: Razorbill)

Ashfall, by Mike Mullin ****+ I really enjoyed this book. I liked Alex and Darla, and I liked the very realistic setting. It was definitely grim (and gory) in places, but for me, that added to the reality of it all. In many ways, it reminded me of Susan Beth Pfeffer's trilogy Life As We Knew It. The story: Alex is thrilled when his parents agree to leave him home while they go and visit his uncle for the weekend, but his delight turns to horror when the supervolcano beneath Yellowstone erupts -- and his home is destroyed. After spending the first couple of days with neighbors (one of which completely freaks out), Alex decides he has to find his family. With all the ash, no cars will work, and Alex sets out to walk. The few hour drive is a multiple-day walk, made longer and more difficult by the increasingly bad weather conditions and the half-crazed people wandering about. Alex finally meets Darla and her mom and they begin working together -- but more tragedy awaits. Alex has to dig deep to find the determination to continue on, always keeping his family at the forefront of his hopes and dreams. (YA natural disaster/futuristic, releases 10/11, publisher: Tanglewood)

Currently Reading: ? I'm still in that apathetic reading place, so it might be another reread.

On Deck: A ton of great books -- my mood will shift soon enough (it usually does), and I'll begin devouring them all again :)
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