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Monday, February 11, 2008

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Saturday, February 2, 2008

Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin

Before I get to the review;
Sunday Brunch Quote...

"For books are more than books. They are the life, the very heart and core of ages past, the reason why men lived and worked and died, the essence and quintessence of their lives." Amy Lowell 

And now, onto the review!

Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin. 

Where do we go when we die? When Liz is killed in by a passing taxi while riding her bike, she wakes up on a boat. At first, Liz thinks that she is dreaming and that her mom will be waking her up momentarily. But when she finds out that this boat is no dream, she knows that she will have to leave her old life behind. Eventually, Liz ends up in a place called Elsewhere, where she is greeted by a younger-looking woman, who she finds out is her grandmother. In Elsewhere, everyone is dead and ages backwards, until they are a baby again and then they return to Earth to start anew.

Liz goes through many trials throughout this book. Upon arrival, she seems at bit depressed that she will never be able to get her drivers' license, graduate from high school, fall in love, or grow old. With her grandmother at her side, she is able to accept the fact the she must start her new life (or death) in Elsewhere. Throughout the book, Liz will have to make decisions that will not only effect her new life in Elsewhere, but maybe even those of her past life. 

Zevin's "Elsewhere" was an extremely well-written book. Zevin put a lot of emotion into this book, it will make you want to laugh at times and at other times it will make you want to cry. The writing is so good that it will have you turning pages and wanting to read more. The concept of the book is fascinating and has an interesting perspective of what the after-life may be like. It's a book that once you are done reading will make you say "Wow!" I would recommend this to anyone age 12 or 13 and up.

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Poseur by Rachel Maude

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Joining the Young Adult Challenge..


~ Choose 12 Young Adult novels
(you may switch novels at any time)

~ Link your YAC list from your blog onto Mister Linky
(and subsequent monthly reviews)

~ Read them during 2008
(you may read them at your own pace)

A-Z Reading Challenge

The A-Z Reading Challenge is hosted by Thoughts of Joy.


~ align the author's last name or the title of a book (excluding "the", "a", etc.) with its corresponding letter in the alphabet

~ enter a different book for each author and title (total of 52 books)

~ complete the alphabet lists anyway that suits your fancy
(i.e.: complete each list separately in alphabetical order, read both "A" entries, then "B" entries, fit whatever you're reading into either list, etc.)

~ complete the challenge in the year 2008

~ enjoy the experience!

True Confessions of a Hollywood Starlet-Lola Douglas

When Hollywood Star, Morgan Carter, overdoses on narcotics, her mom decides that she won't be able to recover in L.A. and ships her off to live with a friend in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Morgan is devastated that she will have to move to middle America, go to an actual high school for a year, and get a new "under makeover." In order for nobody to recognize her as Morgan Carter she dyes her hair brown, gets fake classes, and decides to call herself Claudia Miller. She finds out that life in middle America with her moms friend, Trudy, isn't all bad after all. Considering, that Trudy is the closest thing to a motherly figure that Morgan has ever had. Between school, Narcotics Anonymous classes, and visits to the YMCA, she meets a few new friends and a possible new crush.  As thing start to decline again, she begins to notice more reporters in town. Could someone actually know that she is there? How will she explain to her new friends that she is Morgan Carter if she is caught?

Douglas' "True Confessions of a Hollywood Starlet" was a very satisfying read. The whole story is told through Morgan Carter/Claudia Miller's journal entries.  Morgan's funny and wit narrating makes this book all the worth while. I recommend this book for all teenage girls ages 13 and up. I absolutely can't wait to read the sequel to "True Confessions of a Hollywood Starlet." The sequel is, "More Confessions of a Hollywood Starlet," and picks up right where True Confessions leaves off!

Nineteen Minutes Trailer.

So basically, I really want to read this book!

Project 17 Trailer.

New February Releases.



001. Good Enough By Paula Yoo.
"How to make your Korean parents happy
1. Get a perfect score on the SATs.
2. Get into HarvardYalePrinceton.
3. Don't talk to boys.*
Patti's parents expect nothing less than the best from their Korean-American daughter. Everything she does affects her chances of getting into an Ivy League school. So winning assistant concertmaster in her All-State violin competition and earning less than 2300 on her SATs is simply not good enough.

But Patti's discovering that there's more to life than the Ivy League. To start with, there's Cute Trumpet Guy. He's funny, he's talented, and he looks exactly like the lead singer of Patti's favorite band. Then, of course, there's her love of the violin. Not to mention cool rock concerts. And anyway, what if Patti doesn't want to go to HarvardYalePrinceton after all?

Paula Yoo scores big in her hilarious debut novel about an overachiever who longs to fit in and strives to stand out. The pressure is on!

*Boys will distract you from your studies." COMES OUT 2/5/2008


002. Legacy by Kate Brian


The price of power...

After Cheyenne Martin's death, everyone at Easton Academy is struggling to recover from yet another tragedy--especially the girls of Billings Hall. With Cheyenne gone, they need to elect a new leader. And who better than Reed Brennan, the ultimate Billings Girls?
As the new Billings president, Reed suddenly has access to power she never imagined. Gossip is reported to her immediately, she has first dibs on everything from dining tables to dorm rooms, and Billings's most powerful alumnae are at her beck and call. So when Easton's students discover they're the only prep school on the East Coast not invited to this year's all-inclusive Legacy party, everyone turns to Reed to get them back on the list.

Reed is the most powerful girl at Easton.
She revels in her newfound status, but knows better than anyone that the Bilings leaders have a tainted legacy: Ariana was institutionalized, Noelle was expelled, and Cheyenne just died. History has a way of repeating itself at Easton, and now that Reed has everything she's ever wanted, she has everything to lose.  COMES OUT 2/19/2008.


003. Am I Right or Am I Right? By Berry Jonsberg. Description:Calma Harrison is in love. Not just with herself, but also with the handsome checkout guy at Crazi-Cheep. So stocking shelves at the Crazi- Cheep seems like the perfect job—until that annoying customer tries to hold up the store. . . .And then there's the small matter of the rest of Calma's life, which is fast falling apart: her absent father turns up after five years and wants to "talk," her mother is clearly living a secret second life, and her new best friend is hiding something horrible.

Calma is sure she knows exactly what's going on. And clearly her direct, personal intervention is required to make things right. Except . . . if she's wrong. And then her butting in will make everything much, much worse.

Am I Right or Am I Right? is a whip-smart, wise-cracking, big-hearted novel about a girl who is learning that things are not always what they seem, and how to start again when you've gotten it all so very wrong. COMES OUT 2/13


004. Clique #9. Bratfest at Tiffany's (Clique Series) 

Book Description:"New Year. New Pretty Committee. New LBRs?

Massie Block: The Briarwood boys have invaded OCD and are taking over everything. Worse, the soccer boys have become so popular that the Pretty Committee's alpha status is in serious jeopardy. So Massie lays out a New Year-New Pretty Committee rule: Anyone caught crushing on a boy will be thrown out of the NPC -- forever. But will she be able to follow her own decree when she sees that Derrington has ditched his shorts-obsession in favor of ah-dorable jeans?

Alicia Rivera: Is the opposite of onboard with the boyfast. Her crush, the Ralph Lauren-luh-ving Josh Hotz, is more irresistible than the creme brulee fro-yo. But is he worth losing her spot in the NPC? And taking on the wrath of Massie?

Dylan Marvil: Is so ready for the boyfast. She's straightened her unruly red hair and premanently pressed boys out of her life. If only she could do the same with curly fries and caramel popcorn.

Kristen Gregory: Has traded her sporty-chic Pumas for Billabong board shorts and a shark tooth necklace. She claims she's sworn off boy-crushes, so what's with herBlue Crush makeover?

Claire Lyons: Spent all summer thinking about Cam's one blue eye and one green eye. But now he's moved on to a new girl faster than you can say cuh-yutest couple. At least Claire finally has a secure spot in the NPC -- unless jealosy-flirting breaks the boyfast....

The Clique...the only thing harder than getting in is staying in." COMING 2/5/2008


005. Thirteen by Lauren Myracle 

Book Description:"Winnie Perry is a teenager—at last! And it’s a really big deal. A ginormous deal, which, wouldn’t you know it, brings ginormous problems along with it. Winnie’s bff #1 is growing up too slowly, while her bff #2 is growing up too fast, leaving Winnie stuck in the middle. Winnie’s boyfriend, Lars, is fabulous—except when he’s not. And as for Winnie’s family, well, BIG changes are in the air.

Bestselling author Lauren Myracle concludes her enormously popular trilogy about a winning young heroine whose humor, daring, and compassion for others is infectious and unforgettable. "