robinellen (robinellen) wrote,

Book Reports (102-105)...

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).

* 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.

This year, I'm only going to list the stars and a brief recommendation for the type of readers I think will enjoy the book [(R) means it's a re-read; [] means it's an ARC].

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Symptoms of Being Human, by Jeff Garvin -- highly recommended for those who like *sympathetic main characters, those who like triumph over tragedy, those who like thoughtful and vulnerable narrators, and those who like sweet (though non-traditional) teen romance -- Balzer & Bray, 2/16

* I felt so much for Riley -- my heart hurt when reading Riley's trials. Riley is gender fluid, so those looking a more traditional story and character might find this less comfortable, but it's a great and worthwhile read, imo.

Silver, by Chris Wooding -- highly recommended for those who like sci-fi/horror, those who like teen books **along the vein of Michael Crichton, those who like multi-POV tales, and those who like fast-paced tales -- Scholastic Press, 3/14

** This reminded me a bit of Prey, though it was more horror-weighted than tech-weighted. Still, it was entertaining, tense, and easy to read.

Identity Crisis, by Melissa Schorr -- recommended for those who like tales of ***mean girls (with a little more depth), those who like teen drama, and those who like multi-POV tales -- Merit Press, 1/16

*** The main girl was main, but the other two seemed more deliberately obtuse (or desperate). I think it was fairly realistic, but I'm not a fan of characters who can't think past their own shallow feelings.

[Say It Right, by A.M. Arthur -- highly recommended for those who like adult, male/male romance, those who like ****redemption tales, those who like friendship turned love, and those who like dual-POV -- Carina Press, 9/16]

**** Both main characters in this have had troubled pasts filled with drug use and other challenges. Although not overly graphic, the book does delve into life on the streets for gay, homeless teens (and those who will do anything to get their drugs).
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