I’ve never read anything like this, where the author portays a child with Aspergers and talks about how they feel and think from first person. I thought it was really inspiring. When you pair this with the school shootings epidemic that’s been going on lately, this story can really evoke a lot of emotion and tears. I know it did for me.
Mockingbird is about a girl named Caitlin, who has Aspergers. Her brother is killed in a school shooting that sets her and especially her father into a kind of confusion and depression, except Caitlin doesn’t understand alot of her father’s actions and emotions. With the help of her teacher, Mrs. Brook, Caitlin learns about herself and other people when they deal with certain situations.
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This was…unexpected! I heard of this novel from the Goodreads Choice Awards (2012 Nominee) and thought the title sounded interesting so I got it from the library. I really didn’t know what to expect from this book, but whatever it was, was pretty good!
Clay is sucked into the Great Recession and loses his job at as a website designer for a bagel compnay. When he starts looking for a new job in San Francisco, he stumbles across Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. This starts him on a path though secret societies and codes and lots of technology.
This book blew my mind! I picked it up during reading time in my LAnguage Arts class just because I’d forgotten my other book for the day, and this book just lept out of the pages and hooked on to me. I could barely put it down!
The Maze Runner, in my opinion, is like a phychological action-thriller. Jam-packed with monsters and secrets and huge shocks. Every chapter was more stunning than the last. By the time you get about 2/3 through it, you just have no idea what could happen next! It’s just perfect!
Is this book a movie yet? I sure hope so because I’m going to go see it next weekend if it is. I’ll also be running to the bookstore to get the sequel.
Oh my goodness!!! I wish I could give this book a million stars!! It was so gripping I literally couldn’t put it down, I read it all in one night! This was SCARY! Not reccomended for younger children or maybe even middle schoolers, like me. It was very, very detailed. But, that makes it great for anyone else looking for an extremely well-written zombie apocalypse thiller. The romance aspect was wonderful as well and gets even better as the book progresses. Can’t wait for the sequel and the movie!
You go girl! He was totally a jerk!
Why We Broke Up is the best romance/love story I’ve ever read. Although I haven’t really read that many, it was still very good. I love the artwork in this book. It’s so simple yet conveys the image perfectly. Kudos to Maira Kalman. Woah! I totally did not expect that ending! I would be so mad if that happened to me. I think my favorite character is Al. Also, the first-person point of view, the cool setting, I loved it!
I’m not sure how to write a really good review of this book because I don’t want to give away any of the big parts in it.
Walk Two Moons was a great book! It was so full of emotion, I found myself crying at the end of it. It was the perfect balance of suspense and heart-feltness. I’d reccomend it to like, 4th grade and up.
This book is about a girl, Sal, who goes on a journey with her grandparents to find her mother, who she hasn’t seen ever since she left home to go see her sister and now she is missing. Along the way, Sal tells her grandparents about her best friend, Phoebe. Phoebe and Sal’s stories are alot alike. They’ve both been through alot of trauma and hard times in their lives.
Allie is a 16-year old girl who works in a vinyl record store called Bob & Bob Records. This story talks about her summer working there. During the summer, she starts a blog and a zine, undercover, called The Vinyl Princess about music reviews and soon it’s rocketing into fame. This story also talks about her mom and how she’s starting to date again after getting a divorce with Allie’s dad. It’s pretty good, but that might just be because I’m a music junkie since I didn’t really see that much suspense in the plot. So, I would probably give it 4 out of 5 stars. I’m still putting it on my to-buy list, though.
This is a link to the actual blog if you want to check it out, but it’s a little dated; http://thevinylprincess.com/
This book was nice. I’d certainly reccomend it, but, it wasn’t nearly as good as Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares. Next, I’m going to try to get my hands on Naomi & Ely’s No Kiss List so I can read it.
Boy Meets Boy is about Paul, a boy who is somewhat confused about his love life. That is, until he meets Noah, the boy of his dreams. Soon, they fall in love and it’s very romantic. Paul’s ex-boyfriend, Kyle is jealous, though and this disrupts Paul’s and Noah’s love life. Meanwhile, his best friend Joni has started to go off the deep end when she goes out with Chuck, a meathead jock who nobody approves of except for Joni. There are lots of other colorful characters in the story, too, that make the book very interesting.
Barbara Gordon started out as a very accomplished documentary producer at the beginning of the book. She had won many awards for her work and such like that. She saw a therapist and took medication regularly, just like thousands of other people in the world. The medication was for her anxiety attacks. She also had a boyfriend, Eric, and they loved each other passionately.
As the book moves along, though, Barbara becomes fed up with all of the pills and justs stops taking them; cold turkey and everything. This is where stuff starts to happen. She starts to experience these extreme withdrawal symptoms, worse than her anxiety. They get so bad that she is restricted from the outside world, stuck in her apartment. She is left with the man who she has always cared for, Eric, but, he has never really taken care of her.
With all of his new responsibilities like getting all of the groceries for Barbara and him, he starts to treat her like a defenseless child. This causes her to eventually start acting like a child, like her dependant side on him has magnified out of proportion. Eric starts to go pretty insane, stuck in the apartment caring constantly for this person. Soon he turns to abuse and anger. He ends up verbally and physically assaulting Barbara until one day she tricks him into calling one of her friends for help, Edie and her husband, Jonathan. They two help rescue her and get her to hospital. This is only the beginning of the novel.
She soon gets admitted to several hospitals and institutions, has to see at least a dozen psychiatrists, therapists and eventually, after about two years gets better.
This was a very emotional and heart-touching novel. I never thought that it would be so emotionally upheaving to try and get help for mental and psychological problems such as Barbara Gordon had to. Especially for her being such an accomplished and renounded person in the documentary and film business. She was like a movie star! This was the best nonfiction book I’m pretty sure I’ve ever read.
I LOVE THIS BOOK!!! I have another one of Sharon Creech’s book’s “Walk Two Moons” and I’m definetly going to look forward to reading it. That and “Hate That Cat”. I love the poetry in this book. It’s one of my favorite books ever!
Love That Dog is about a boy named Jack who’s teacher, Mrs. Strechberry, makes him start like a poetry journal. This book is composed of the poems Jack wrote about what he was going through and his thoughts at the time. One of the main focus points in the book is that his dog, Sky, dies in a car accident. It is very sad and emotional, what Jack writes about Sky. Another little point later in the book, is how much he wants his favorite author, Walter Dean Myers, to come and read some poems at his school.
I think this is one of the best books I’ve ever read! I must admit, it wasn’t as good as the second one, Everwild, but it was still very dramatic and suspenseful. I’m definetly saving up my money for the third one.
Everlost is about 2 children named Nick and Allie that die in a car crash and get sent to Everlost. Here they meet Lief and, later on, Mary Hightower and her children. While they’re staying with Mary Hightower they start to learn about Everlost and soon they are heading out to find the Haunter. The Haunter is one of the people in Everlost that have ways of communicating with the living such as skinjacking. Nick and Lief get trapped by him while Allie goes out looking for help only to get in a large argument with Mary. Meanwhile, the McGill raids the Haunter and sticks him in a barrel. In his raid he happens to take Nick and Lief, who were also in barrels, aboard his ship and they are chimed along with hundreds of other children because of the McGill’s quest to reclaim him life, supposedly. Allie tries out her skinjacking skills in order to get on the McGill’s ship and succeeds. Eventually, Nick gets off of the ship and goes to Mary for help. She decides to help because she knows the McGill’s weakness. Allie coaxes the McGill to Atlantic city, the place where he was once defeated by a group called the Twin Pier Maurauders, in hope that the gang will be able to defeat him again so Allie and the rest of the Afterlights can be free. When the McGill and his crew get there, they find that there is no gang to be found and Allie thinks she is doomed for the rest of eternity with this monster. Out of the sky comes Mary Hightower and Nick in a great, big blimp. When they land, Mary Hightower steps out and shows the McGill what he really looks like and then he starts turning back from an ugly monster to Mary Hightower’s 14-year-old little brother. Everyone is shocked but all of the McGill’s past prisoners find this a good time to start beating up the McGill, so they do. The McGill runs away in humiliation on a horse. Everyone boards onto the blimp to go back to Mary Hightower’s place except for Allie, who is running away from the McGill. She skinjacks another person but this woman starts to fight back and Allie is soon sinking to the middle of the earth. Once again, she is doomed until a hand, the McGill’s, pulls her out of the sinking quicksand-like earth and saves her. She and the McGill becomes friends and ride off together in search for Allie’s home. Meanwhile, Mary Hightower finds out that she lost one of her children, Vari, and when they go back to the piers to look for him they find nothing. She is so exhausted from the whole situation that she takes her first bit of sleep in decades. While Mary is sleeping, Nick becomes in control of a bucket of coins that Mary told him to hold for her. Curiosity gets to Nick and he finds out what the coins are used for: sending children to the light that they missed when they headed into Everlost. Nick starts sending all the children he can find in Mary Hightower’s possession on their way to their rightful death. When Mary awakens she is horrified to find all of her children gone and then mortified when she finds out that Nick, one of the few people she trusted, sent them all away. She becomes enemies with Nick even though she is still in love with him.
Stargirl is about a girl who comes out of homeschool into high school. Everyone thinks she is strange until she gets on the cheerleading team and almost leads her basketball team to the championship. But, eventually the team lost and everyone blamed it on Stargirl. Everyone hated her for just being different except for Leo, who likes Stargirl but is torn between her and the rest of the school crowd. He must then choose whether to continue being Stargirl’s friend or be just like any of the other students at Mica High. Eventually, everyone ends up liking her although, she soon disappears and is never seen again. Her legacy still stands at Mica High to this day.
My favorite part of Stargirl was when she started singing Happy Birthday to people and their reactions. I thought the ending was so sad, Leo never even got to she her at the Ball! And then she just vanishes!
I liked this book so much, that I decided to start reading another one of Jerry Spinelli’s books: Eggs.
The Why Cafe by John P. Strelecky really made me take a 180 on my life. Previously, I could have seen myself dwidling down to the examples of people they mentioned where they let other people control what they did with their lives without even realizing it. I want to make sure that never ever happens to me. My favorite part was when John was shocked by how much time the average person spent reading over junk mail. A whole year is stolen from their life simply from looking at junk mail! This surprised me alot, too.
I give this book 100% A+! For being the most inspiring book I’ve ever read.