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Book Reports (95-96)...

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. Brackets mean it's an ARC or e-galley. I'm linking to Tattered Cover's pages for the ARCs.

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* 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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[Andy Squared, by Jennifer Lavoie ****+ I enjoyed this quite a bit. I liked the setting, and I really liked Ryder and Andy and their growing understanding of each other and their own feelings. Andrea was tough to like because she was pretty controlling, and the parents were a little two-dimensional -- but all the teen characters seemed pretty real. I also enjoyed how the story wasn't only focused on Andy's changing awareness of his own sexuality but on other aspects of his life, as well. The ending seemed a little 'pat', but overall, I thought it was an entertaining and engaging read. The story: Andy and Andrea, twins, have done most things together, including their dreams of soccer glory. However, lately Andy hasn't been as keen to pursue soccer beyond high school, and now that they're seniors and Andrea is choosing colleges for both of them, Andy is forced to take a stand. At first, though, his sister refuses to listen. Andy is frustrated, and as his friendship with new kid Ryder begins to change into something more, he finds himself slipping further away from his twin...until she discovers Andy and Ryder in a compromising position and things spiral out of control. (YA contemporary, GLBTQ, releases 9/12, publisher: Bold Strokes)]

[The Twisted Window, by Lois Duncan ***- I thought this was a new Duncan release, but it's simply an e-book form of her earlier paperback (released in 1988). I read it back then and forgot about it -- and after rereading it, I can see why. I love many of Duncan's books (like The Third Eye, The Gift of Magic, I Know What You Did Last Summer, Gallow's Hill, Don't Look Behind You, etc), but this one doesn't work for me. It feels rushed, and I never got a good sense of either of the main characters (except that both had issues, especially Brad). The story: Brad desperately wants his little sister back, so he goes to the town where he believes his step-father has taken her, and he enlists the help of a girl named Tracy...and soon, both are involved in kidnapping and more. Tracy, although sympathetic to Brad's pain, never expected to be breaking the law -- and when she discovers Brad's deepest secrets, she has to figure out the right thing to do. (YA suspense, releases in e-book form this month, publisher: Open Road Media)]

Currently Reading: Spark
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