TH1RTEEN R3ASONS WHY

Author: Jay Asher

Bookstore Classification: Young Adult

Readers: 13+

Jay Asher’s book, Thirteen Reasons Why, is a novel about teen suicide. Clay Jensen comes home one day to find a package on his door step with no return address. Little does he know what lies inside will change his life forever. Hannah Baker, a former classmate, committed suicide two weeks earlier and has left her suicide letter in the form of cassettes. Thirteen individuals will hear these tapes; they are the reasons why she took her life. Follow Clay Jensen’s journey through these tapes, did he negatively impact Hannah’s life? (more…)

Published in: on December 31, 2009 at 9:12 pm  Leave a Comment  
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BoneMan’s Daughters

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Author: Ted Dekker

Bookstore Classification: Mystery/Thriller

Readers: Adults

Boneman’s Daughters is a psychological thriller. A serial killer, a.k.a. The Boneman, is in search of the perfect daughter. He has abducted six girls and has murdered them all by breaking their bones without breaking their skin. Each of them could not fulfill his expectations of the “ideal daughter.”  The Boneman’s next prey is the daughter of an intelligence officer who has been and absentee father for most of his daughter’s life. Unfortunately for him the FBI now suspects him to be The Boneman. Can the father save his daughter or is he really the Boneman himself?

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Published in: on July 27, 2009 at 12:21 am  Leave a Comment  
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I Was a Non-Blonde Cheerleader

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Author: Kieran Scott

Bookstore Classification: Young Adult

Readers: 7th – 12th grade

Similar to: Anne Brashares, Sisterhood of Traveling Pants author, but G-rated.

I Was a Non-Blonde Cheerleader is the first book in Kieran Scott’s 3 part series about a non-blonde cheerleader. Annisa Gobrowski is used to moving around and starting over again at new schools. What she did not anticipate was moving to a Florida high School where she is one of to non-blonde girls in the whole school. She immediately makes enemies due to her klutz-like manner.

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Published in: on July 7, 2009 at 1:01 am  Leave a Comment  
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Fahrenheit 451

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Author: Ray Bradbury

Bookstore Classification: Science Fiction

Readers: Anyone, but often used as high school required reading

This is one of my favorite books.  In a futuristic world where technology has become so advanced that houses no longer burn, a fireman named Montag is the main character of this story.  However, firemen do not exist to put out fires, but instead their job is to find books and burn them.  Society’s reasoning behind this activity is that without the differing viewpoints within books, people will find peace in their lives, which will bring harmony to the world.  Unfortunately, everyone now communicates through large television screens with little human contact.

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Published in: on July 6, 2009 at 7:55 pm  Comments (1)  
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A Lucky Child

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Author: Thomas Buergenthal

Bookstore Classification: Biographies & Memoirs – Historical & Political, Holocaust History (Jewish History)

Readers: Teens (High School) – Adults

Similar to: Elie Wiesel’s Night

A Lucky Child is a memoir of a young boy, Thomas Buergenthal, who survived Auschwitz and his time after being liberated and living in Germany post WWII. Elie Wiesel, Holocaust survivor, author, professor, political activist, and Nobel Laureate, writes the forward for this book. This book was a captivating read for me even though I have read many books detailing the Holocaust; it seems some new chapter unfolds with some type of torture that you have not encountered before.

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Published in: on July 5, 2009 at 10:29 am  Leave a Comment  
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The Raw Shark Texts

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Author: Steven Hall

Bookstore Classification: Fiction

Reader: Adult

This book was slightly bizarre, but I enjoyed it.  Set in modern day, the premise of the book is about a man who wakes up and has no memory.  His memory is so depleted he doesn’t know his own name, he has no understanding of current events or social structures; he is basically a shell with basic motor functions.  However, the story progresses and you realize his house is designed for the disease he has. (more…)

Published in: on June 30, 2009 at 6:53 pm  Comments (1)  
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The Cat’s Meow

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Author: Emily Carmichael

Bookstore Classification: Romance

Readers: Adult – geared toward women

Similar to: Meg Cabot adult series, but with more substance and better grammar.

The Cat’s Meowis part of Emily Carmichael’s unnamed series involving owners and their matchmaker pets. In The Cat’s Meow, McKenna Wright is a big shot attorney working on a high profile case when she drives off the side of a cliff and ends up with amnesia. She now has to learn about who she was and what everyone thought of her and to top it all off her cat is speaking to her all the while her opponent cowboy attorney, Tom Markham, is trying to help her discover who she can be now. During all this turmoil she has someone after her. Is all this an accident? Does she return to her old self? What happens next? (more…)

Published in: on June 30, 2009 at 6:35 pm  Leave a Comment  
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This is our first book review ever!  Are you as excited as we are?  Probably not, but that’s okay.  I, Stephanie, read several books last weekend and the one that stood out to me was Lee Child’s “Nothing to Lose.”  Although I have known about Child for a long time, I never picked up one of his books.  But I was hit with a book craving last Friday and just happened to be in Target where the only book I hadn’t read was his mystery novel, which happens to be new in paperback.

This book is action oriented.  Jack Reacher is a man of few words, but makes his mark on society by not backing down from any challenge.  In “Nothing to Lose” you meet Reacher in the midst of his quest to hitchhike from Maine to California.  You meet up with him as he is traveling to Hope, Colorado.  However, the town next to Hope is Desapair and where Reacher decides to visit, simply because he can.  When he arrives, he is arrested, and charged with vagrancy and then kicked out of town.  Reacher’s antennae go up and he determines to figure out why Despair refuses to allow visitors.

I enjoyed this book, mainly because Reacher has several philosophies in which he lives by that make his life more interesting.  Don’t worry, I won’t tell you what they are.  This book is age appropriate for any mature 14 year old, but it does present some ethical and moral challenges within the last third of the story.  There are some vague sexual references, but nothing and graphic and about two dirty words.  Overall, an enjoyable read.

Published in: on June 24, 2009 at 4:27 pm  Leave a Comment  
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