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Please Ignore Vera Dietz

Please Ignore Vera Dietz
By A.S. King
Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2010
Audience: Older Teens

From Goodreads:
Vera’s spent her whole life secretly in love with her best friend, Charlie Kahn. And over the years she’s kept a lot of his secrets. Even after he betrayed her. Even after he ruined everything.

So when Charlie dies in dark circumstances, Vera knows a lot more than anyone—the kids at school, his family, even the police. But will she emerge to clear his name? Does she even want to?

Top Ten Books I'd Play Hooky With (Spring Fever)

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Lone Wolf

Lone Wolf
By Jodi Picoult
Atria/Emily Bestler Books, 2012
Audience: Older Teens

From Goodreads:
Edward Warren, twenty-four, has been living in Thailand for five years, a prodigal son who left his family after an irreparable fight with his father, Luke. But he gets a frantic phone call: His dad lies comatose, gravely injured in the same accident that has also injured his younger sister Cara.

With her father’s chances for recovery dwindling, Cara wants to wait for a miracle. But Edward wants to terminate life support and donate his father’s organs. Is he motivated by altruism, or revenge? And to what lengths will his sister go to stop him from making an irrevocable decision?

Top Ten Spring Teen Releases

Click on the picture to read more.  My rule: Teen Spring Releases, no sequels.
I picked this one because Mary Downing Hahn is awesome! Yay, a new book!
I am excited to read this ARC from NetGalley! Many thanks!

Graffiti Moon

Graffiti Moon
By Cath Crowley
Random House Children's, 2012
Source: NetGalley
Audience: All Teens

From Goodreads:
Senior year is over, and Lucy has the perfect way to celebrate: tonight, she's going to find Shadow, the mysterious graffiti artist whose work appears all over the city. He's out there somewhere—spraying color, spraying birds and blue sky on the night—and Lucy knows a guy who paints like Shadow is someone she could fall for.Reallyfall for. Instead, Lucy's stuck at a party with Ed, the guy she's managed to avoid since the most awkward date of her life. But when Ed tells her he knows where to find Shadow, they're suddenly on an all-night search around the city. And what Lucy can't see is the one thing that's right before her eyes.

I was worried about this book. *Spoiler Alert*

Catching Jordan

Catching Jordan
By Miranda Kenneally
Sourcebooks Fire, 2011
Audience: Older Teens

From Goodreads:
What girl doesn't want to be surrounded by gorgeous jocks day in and day out? Jordan Woods isn't just surrounded by hot guys, though-she leads them as the captain and quarterback of her high school football team. They all see her as one of the guys, and that's just fine. As long as she gets her athletic scholarship to a powerhouse university. But now there's a new guy in town who threatens her starting position... suddenly she's hoping he'll see her as more than just a teammate.


Waiting on I Hunt Killers

I Hunt Killers
By Barry Lyga
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
April 3, 2012


From bn.com:
What if the world's worst serial killer...was your dad?
Jasper (Jazz) Dent is a likable teenager. A charmer, one might say. But he's also the son of the world's most infamous serial killer, and for Dear Old Dad, Take Your Son to Work Day was year-round. Jazz has witnessed crime scenes the way cops wish they could--from the criminal's point of view. And now bodies are piling up in Lobo's Nod. In an effort to clear his name, Jazz joins the police in a hunt for a new serial killer. But Jazz has a secret--could he be more like his father than anyone knows?

The Disenchantments

The Disenchantments
By Nina LaCour
Dutton Children's Books, 2012


From Goodreads:
Colby's post-high school plans have long been that he and his best friend Bev would tour with her band, then spend a year in Europe. When Bev announces that she will start college just after the tour, Colby struggles to understand why she changed her mind and what losing her means for his future.

Epic Fail

Epic Fail
By Claire LaZebnik
HarperTeen, 2011
Audience: All Teens

From Goodreads:
In this modern take on "Pride and Prejudice," Elise Benton, who has just moved to California, is a junior at an exclusive prep school where, in spite of her initial bad impression, she finds herself attracted to the moody and handsome son of Hollywood's most famous celebrity couple.

Pride and Prejudice AND a teen novel! Two of my favorite things in one! I've read other Jane Austen retellings, but I really enjoyed this one... Maybe because it's the first teen one I have read. I wasn't disappointed a bit. They left out some of the story, but it's an interpretation, so it didn't bother me.

The only annoying thing about this book was the characters shouting, "Fail!" I don't know anyone who does that. It was like they were hitting me over the head with the title.  I could have figured it out from the first one. (If they would have picked a different title, it would hav…

Top Ten Favorite Covers

Here are my Top Ten Recent Teen Covers!

















I Have A Plan

Ok, so in case you haven't noticed, I am not doing very well on my TBR and British Book challenges. I keep reading my library books. And I am full to capacity on my card. And there's no end in site. So my plan is to check out nothing in March except for books that I already put on hold. This is not as easy as it sounds. I work at a library. I am there every day. I see something good and I check it out, forgetting that I already have a ton at home. I plan on working at the library for a long time. I need to fix my problem. Wish me luck.

Then, in April, I should have very few books due back to the library. (Provided I can stick to this plan.) So in April, I can focus on my challenges. Hopefully, May too - but I need to take this one month at a time to see how it goes.

Also, I have found some good stuff on NetGalley. Those are like library books - they have an expiration date. So. I will read my library books and my NetGalley books. I don't have a NetGalley problem like I have …

A String of Bad Luck

The books I've been reading lately have been pretty depressing. Somehow they all seem to have anxiety, friend problems and breaking up. I didn't plan this. I like to read happy things or stuff that makes me forget about reality. And I want to be prepared for whatever topic comes up beforehand. I don't like surprises. I knew with the E. Lockhart books that the main character had anxiety and lost all her friends. I didn't know that the Jennifer Echols book that I am reading now has a character with claustrophobia. I also wasn't prepared for it in The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight. 

Love and Leftovers

Love and Leftovers
By Sarah Tregay
Katherine Tegan Books, 2011
Audience: Older Teens

From Goodreads:
"Love and Leftovers" is a powerfully written debut novel that chronicles one teen's journey navigating family, friends, and love.

That's not much of a description, huh? Well this book, written in verse, starts out with Marcie living in New Hampshire, even though she is from Idaho. Her parents split, and she's stuck in New Hampshire longer than she planned. She has a lot to deal with, and that results in some bad decisions. Marcie seems to forget that she will go back to Idaho someday.

I've never understood cheating myself. This book tried to explain why someone would cheat. I think that most relationships that have cheating happen in them don't end like a fairy tale, which is what seemed to happen here. That bothered me. The thing is, the cheater took responsibility for what happened. That helped. Some grown-ups don't even do that. I don't get how everyth…