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Wonder By R.J. Palacio Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2012 Audience: Tweens/Younger Teens
From Goodreads: I won't describe what I look like. Whatever you're thinking, it's probably worse.

August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school—until now. He's about to start 5th grade at Beecher Prep, and if you've ever been the new kid then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie's just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he's just like them, despite appearances?

R. J. Palacio has written a spare, warm, uplifting story that will have readers laughing one minute and wiping away tears the next. With wonderfully realistic family interactions (flawed, but loving), lively school scenes, and short chapters, Wonder is accessible to readers of all levels.

This book was as fabulous as I've heard it was. It really made me feel something. These characters …

Lies, Knives and Girls in Red Dresses

Lies, Knives and Girls in Red Dresses
By Ron Koertge
Candlewick Press, 2012
Audience: Older Teens

From Goodreads:
Once upon a time, there was a strung-out match girl who sold CDs to stoners. Twelve impetuous sisters escaped King Daddy’s clutches to jiggle and cavort and wear out their shoes. A fickle Thumbelina searched for a tiny husband, leaving bodies in her wake. And Little Red Riding Hood confessed that she kind ofwantedto know what it’s like to be swallowed whole. From bloodied and blinded stepsisters (they were duped) to a chopped-off finger flying into a heroine’s cleavage, this is fairy tale world turned upside down. Ron Koertge knows what really happened to all those wolves and maidens, ogres and orphans, kings and piglets, and he knows about the Ever After. So come closer — he wants to whisper in your ear.

Ok, so going into this book, I just knew it would be about retold fairy tales. I didn't know that it would be SHORT and in verse. Both of those things made me love this boo…

Waiting On: Son

Waiting On Wednesday Hosted by Breaking the Spine
Son by Lois Lowry Scheduled release: October 2, 2012

Top Ten Bookish Confessions

Top Ten Tuesday Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish Top Ten Bookish Confessions
1. It all started in college... I had zero time to read for fun. The only time I could fit fun books in was during winter break and summer break. So whenever I saw a good deal at a bookstore, I bought a book that I was worried I would forget about. Then I graduated, and I began working at a bookstore -- where I got a fabulous discount. I was surrounded by books and had two jobs -- and little time to read. So now I have TOO MANY BOOKS on my shelf that I need to read. That's how this blog was born. I'm doing better than I did at first. I have developed a system and am doing slightly better, and I only have one job and way more time to read. Hooray!
2. I hate dog-eared pages.
3. I check out more library books than I can read in the allowed time. I am doing better with this, too. Other people would love to read those titles while they are just sitting on my bookshelf, waiting for me to read them.
4. If I wan…

Sloppy Firsts

Sloppy Firsts
By Megan McCafferty
Crown Publishing Group, 2001
Audience: Older Teens

From Goodreads:
When her best friend, Hope Weaver, moves away from Pineville, New Jersey, hyperobservant sixteen-year-old Jessica Darling is devastated. A fish out of water at school and a stranger at home, Jessica feels more lost than ever now that the only person with whom she could really communicate has gone. How is she supposed to deal with the boy- and shopping-crazy girls at school, her dad’s obsession with her track meets, her mother salivating over big sister Bethany’s lavish wedding, and her nonexistent love life?

Ok, so I read this book because of teen blogger extraordinaire, Anna, from Anna Reads. I check her blog every day, and one day I hope to be as good as her. But I know I won't be. Anyway, she is ALWAYS singing the praises of Megan McCafferty. I was interested in her books anyway, but just hadn't gotten to them until now. I am pretty sure Anna convinced me. She was right about Jenn…

New Books = Happy Girl 10

Stacking the Shelves Hosted by Tynga's Reviews Click on the pic to go to Goodreads!
Smile: I heard a lot of people in my area were reading this one, and as an orthodonture survivor, I have always liked the cover. I'll give it a try.
Alfred Hitchcock, The Master of Suspense: I got my pop-up book! I had put it on my wish list when I decided to start reading my own books. After making a small dent, I decided it was time to get it... and it was OUT OF PRINT. I was devastated. That's what I get for following my own rules! All of the used copies were selling for either $8 or $100. I finally found a copy for about $30. In the middle - perfect. Thanks, Friends of the Library (Omaha)! I'm so excited.
Lies, Knives and Girls in Red Dresses: Retold fairy tales! I'm a sucker for those. Looks cool!
The Future of Us: I wasn't really interested in this one, but people at work liked it and read it quickly. Must be good.

Girl of Nightmares

Girl of Nightmares
By Kendare Blake
Tor Teen, 2012
Audience: All Teens

From Goodreads:
It's been months since the ghost of Anna Korlov opened a door to Hell in her basement and disappeared into it, but ghost-hunter Cas Lowood can't move on.

His friends remind him that Anna sacrificed herself so that Cas could live—not walk around half dead. He knows they're right, but in Cas's eyes, no living girl he meets can compare to the dead girl he fell in love with.

Now he's seeing Anna everywhere: sometimes when he's asleep and sometimes in waking nightmares. But something is very wrong...these aren't just daydreams. Anna seems tortured, torn apart in new and ever more gruesome ways every time she appears.

Cas doesn't know what happened to Anna when she disappeared into Hell, but he knows she doesn't deserve whatever is happening to her now. Anna saved Cas more than once, and it's time for him to return the favor.

So, Cas keeps seeing Anna everywhere. He really w…

A Greyhound of a Girl

A Greyhound of a Girl
By Roddy Doyle
Harry N. Abrams, 2012
Audience: Everyone

From Goodreads:
Mary O’Hara is a sharp and cheeky 12-year-old Dublin schoolgirl who is bravely facing the fact that her beloved Granny is dying. But Granny can’t let go of life, and when a mysterious young woman turns up in Mary’s street with a message for her Granny, Mary gets pulled into an unlikely adventure. The woman is the ghost of Granny’s own mother, who has come to help her daughter say good-bye to her loved ones and guide her safely out of this world. She needs the help of Mary and her mother, Scarlett, who embark on a road trip to the past. Four generations of women travel on a midnight car journey. One of them is dead, one of them is dying, one of them is driving, and one of them is just starting out.

It has been a while since I reviewed an "Everyone" book. It was a nice change.

This was a beautiful book. My favorite thing about it: I didn't cry. It didn't make me miserably sad, even t…

Waiting On If I Lie

If I Lie By Corrine Jackson Expected Publication: August 28
From Goodreads: Quinn’s done the unthinkable: she kissed a guy who is not Carey, her boyfriend. And she got caught. Being branded a cheater would be bad enough, but Quinn is deemed a traitor, and shunned by all of her friends. Because Carey’s not just any guy—he’s serving in Afghanistan and revered by everyone in their small, military town.

Quinn could clear her name, but that would mean revealing secrets that she’s vowed to keep—secrets that aren’t hers to share. And when Carey goes MIA, Quinn must decide how far she’ll go to protect her boyfriend…and her promise.
This isn't my usual type of book, but it has a dash of mystery to it.  What's her secret?! I must know.

Top Ten Blog Favorites

Top Ten Tuesday Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish Top Ten Favorite Books in the Life of Your Blog
My blog hasn't been alive very long, so I don't have many to choose from. It's a good thing I've been reading a lot lately. I fear this may have a lot of repeats from other Top Ten Tuesdays. We'll see. Click on the picture for my review!

How to Ruin Your Boyfriend's Reputation

How to Ruin Your Boyfriend's Reputation
By Simone Elkeles
Flux, 2009
Audience: Older Teens

From Goodreads:
In the third book of this bestselling series, Amy Barak-Nelson misses her boyfriend Avi, who is in the Israeli army. Her grandmother convinces Amy to sign up for two weeks in a military training base. Not her idea of fun, but what's worse? Her team leader turns out to be Avi.

Maybe I have a different edition or something, but I thought Amy's friends convinced her to sign up, not her Grandmother.

So in general, it seemed like Amy just followed Avi around a lot. Also, *Spoiler Alert* they broke up. Again. For the second time AT LEAST in this series.

But, boy, it was FUNNY. Simone Elkeles can write humor, and she should do it more often. Seriously. The situations Amy gets herself into. The shower scene? Hilarious. And yes, Amy can be bratty, but she cares about her friends and her religion and Avi, and she is fully aware of her brattiness. That makes it a lot LESS annoying.

I lik…

A Long Way From You

A Long Way From You
By Gwendolyn Heasley
HarperTeen, 2012
Audience: All Teens

From Goodreads:
For too long, Kitsy has had to satisfy her dreams of becoming a real artist by giving her friends makeovers before prom. So when her best friend Corrinne's family offers to sponsor her for a summer art course in New York City, Kitsy bids a temporary good-bye to Texas to say hello to the West Village.

Between navigating the subway and the New Yorkers--namely, the Art Boy who has a nice trick of getting under her skin--Kitsy knows that this summer is going to be about a "lot" more than figure drawing.

So, I read the first book, which I suppose is a companion book. Maybe one day it'll be a series. Anyway, the first book is Where I Belong, and I read it because of the cover. How cute is it?! I know, right. The cover didn't live up to the story. It wasn't my favorite.

I spotted A Long Way From You on the shelf, and I thought, "Ooo, that looks good." Then I saw that it w…

The Girl is Trouble

The Girl is Trouble
By Kathryn Miller Haines
Roaring Book Press, 2012
Audience: All Teens

From Goodreads:
Iris Anderson and her father have finally come to an understanding. Iris is allowed to help out at her Pop's detective agency as long as she follows his rules and learns from his technique. But when Iris uncovers details about her mother's supposed suicide, suddenly Iris is thrown headfirst into her most intense and personal case yet.

The Girl is Murder is a far more interesting title than The Girl is Trouble. (Ironically, The Girl is Trouble is a far more interesting book than The Girl is Murder.) Don't you love the covers?

I really liked reading the first book, The Girl is Murder. I thought the title was awesome, too. Then I got to the ending. I thought, "I read the whole book... for THAT?" The solution to the mystery was unexpected, but also not impressive. Despite that, I decided to try the second book.

The first book was about a missing classmate of Iris. We lea…

Waiting on Every Day

Waiting on Wednesday Hosted by Breaking the Spine

Every Day By David Levithan
From Goodreads:
Every morning, A wakes in a different person’s body, a different person’s life. There’s never any warning about where it will be or who it will be. A has made peace with that, even established guidelines by which to live: Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere.
It’s all fine until the morning that A wakes up in the body of Justin and meets Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon. From that moment, the rules by which A has been living no longer apply. Because finally A has found someone he wants to be with—day in, day out, day after day.

I'll read anything David Levithan writes. End of story.

Top Ten Forevers

Top Ten Tuesday Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish Top Ten Romances That Would Make it in the Real World
Nancy and Ned I know that they break up in the books from the '80s and '90s, but in the original series, they would have been together - and happy - forever.

Tristran and Yvaine wouldn't have made it in the literal real world because you know, she's a star, but if you put their PERSONALITIES in the real world... Sigh.

Yes, it occurred to me to put down Elizabeth and Darcy. However, in the real world, where the divorce rate is, like 1 in 3, they would have started bickering and never stopped and one of them would have gotten sick of it and left. I know, blasphemy, but it was my worst-case scenario (Please don't hate me.)

Anne and Wentworth had been through so much already. I feel that they can make it through anything. Persuasion was more real-world than fairy tale, like Pride and Prejudice was. I think that Anne and Wentworth would have made it through their worst-…

The Grooming of Alice

The Grooming of Alice
By Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Altheneum Books for Young Readers, 2000
Audience: All Teens

From Goodreads:
Growing up—and slimming down—is the tricky proposition in this repackaged installment of the beloved Alice series.The summer before ninth grade is all about getting it right—from head to toe. Alice and her friends want to start high school feeling like they always imagined a true high schooler feels: confident, capable, and pretty. But a little too much time standing in front of a mirror in their bathing suits makes Alice, Pamela, and Elizabeth feel the exact opposite of ready for high school. They have two-and-half months to transform themselves—but when Elizabeth starts taking the weight-loss plan too seriously, Alice worries that growing up (and slimming down) isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

As Alice stumbles her way through the minefield of early adolescence, there are plenty of bumps, giggles, and surprises along the way. Every girl should grow up with Alice, an…

So, how do you...

Okay, fellow readers. Using Google Friend Connect, how do you make a link when you post a comment on someone else's blog?

It's a mystery to me.

I appreciate the advice!

New Books = Happy Girl 9

Stacking the Shelves Hosted by Tynga's Reviews
Look at the new books I have!

Versatile Blog Award!

The Rules Are: 1. Nominate 15 other bloggers relatively new to blogging. 2. Let the bloggers know that you've nominated them. 3. Share 7 random facts about yourself. 4. Thank the blogger who nominated you. 5. Add the Versatile Blogger Award picture to your post.
Thank you to Sandy at Somewhere Only We Know for nominating me!  Check out her blog!
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In Honor

In Honor
By Jessi Kirby
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2012
Audience: All Teens

From Goodreads:
Hours after her brother’s military funeral, Honor opens the last letter Finn ever sent. In her grief, she interprets his note as a final request and spontaneously decides to go to California to fulfill it.

Honor gets as far as the driveway before running into Rusty, Finn’s best friend since third grade and his polar opposite. She hasn’t seen Rusty in ages, but it’s obvious he is as arrogant and stubborn as ever—not to mention drop-dead gorgeous. Despite Honor’s better judgment, the two set off together on a voyage from Texas to California. Along the way, they find small and sometimes surprising ways to ease their shared loss and honor Finn’s memory—but when shocking truths are revealed at the end of the road, will either of them be able to cope with the consequences?

I LOVED THE ENDING! Seriously, every fan's dream come true, right? Romance wasn't the focus of this book, wh…

Waiting On Frozen

Frozen  By Mary Casanova
From Goodreads: Sixteen-year-old Sadie Rose hasn’t said a word in eleven years—ever since the day she was found lying in a snowbank during a howling storm. Like her voice, her memories of her mother and what happened that night were

Sadie Rose’s search for her personal truth is laid against a swirling historical drama—a time of prohibition and women winning the right to vote, political corruption, and a fevered fight over the area’s wilderness between a charismatic, unyielding, powerful industrialist and a quiet man battling to save the wide, wild forests and waters of northernmost Minnesota. Frozen is a suspenseful, moving testimonial to the haves and the have-nots, to the power of family and memory, and to the extraordinary strength of a young woman who has lost her voice in nearly every way—but is utterly determined to find it again.
Doesn't this sound great? Mystery! Silence! The '20s!

Top Ten Posts

Ghost Flower - Michele JaffeHow they Croaked - Georgia BraggAnna and the French Kiss - Stephanie PerkinsThe Watch that Ends the Night - Allan WolfA Monster Calls - Patrick NessRuby Red - Kerstin GierStarters - Lissa PriceGoing Too Far - Jennifer EcholsKeep Holding On - Susane ColasantiPlease Ignore Vera Dietz - A.S. King SIX out of ten of these titles were books on the reading challenge list. I probably wouldn't have picked them up so soon if not for that challenge. I'll probably do the same one next year. It really benefited me as a reader.
One nonfiction.
1 book in verse.
2 mysteries.
5 were recommendations from someone.

How to Ruin My Teenage Life

How to Ruin My Teenage Life
By Simone Elkeles
Flux, 2007
Audience: All Teens

From Goodreads:
In this sequel to How to Ruin a Summer Vacation, EVERYTHING in sixteen-year-old Amy Nelson Barak's life is going wrong! Her mom got married and moved to the suburbs, and now they are going to have a baby. Amy moves in with her dad in Chicago and signs him up for an online dating service. His first four dates are that night . . .
What else? Her dog Mutt impregnated her grumpy neighbor's prized poodle, so Amy will actually have to get a part-time job to pay for half the veterinary bill. And there's this totally annoying boy, Nathan Rubin, who just moved into her apartment building. Luckily, Amy has a cute boyfriend named Avi. Only he's more like a non-boyfriend considering Avi is in the Israeli army for the next three years. What's a girl to do when everyone is conspiring to ruin her life? I think this description makes Amy sound a little more dramatic that what the book actually was…

Thrill Ride

Thrill Ride
By Rachel Hawthorne
Avon Books, 2006
Audience: All Teens

From Goodreads:
Thrill Ride!
One-day admission: $15

Summer job:

Living on my own (plus roommates)
Rides are free (but avoid the roller coasters—too scary!)
Super-hot coworker . . .

Periodic homesickness
Dressing like Gretel for job in fairyland gift shop
Super-hot coworker . . . and boyfriend back home. Too thrilling!

This was my third Rachel Hawthorne book, and I'm starting to notice... let's say patterns.

Loss of virginityRelocation (moving, vacation, summer job elsewhere, etc.)Is taken but distracted by another boyConservative personality meets outgoing friendNo parentsThe movie TitanicOther outdated referencesDo I care that these books are so similar?
No, of course not. 
It's summer, and this is cotton candy for my brain. It's perfect for this time of year.
Enjoy it!