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I Don't Want to be Crazy

I Don't Want to be Crazy
By Samantha Schutz
Push, 2006
Audience: Older Teens

From Goodreads:
A harrowing, remarkable poetry memoir about one girl's struggle with anxiety disorder.

This is a true story of growing up, breaking down, and coming to grips with a psychological disorder. When Samantha Schutz first left home for college, she was excited by the possibilities -- freedom from parents, freedom from a boyfriend who was reckless with her affections, freedom from the person she was supposed to be. At first, she revelled in the independence ... but as pressures increased , she began to suffer anxiety attacks that would leave her mentally shaken and physically incapacitated. Thus began a hard road of discovery and coping, powerfully rendered in this poetry memoir.


This book was heavy. The author did a fantastic job of describing everything that she was feeling. I could feel it, too. I was so proud of her for getting help, and then taking on the challenge of going to France. Even…

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel
By Jeff Kinney
Amulet Books, 2012
Audience: Everyone

From Goodreads:
Love is in the air—but what does that mean for Greg Heffley?

A Valentine’s Day dance at Greg’s middle school has turned his world upside down. As Greg scrambles to find a date, he’s worried he’ll be left out in the cold on the big night. His best friend, Rowley, doesn’t have any prospects either, but that’s a small consolation.

An unexpected twist gives Greg a partner for the dance and leaves Rowley the odd man out. But a lot can happen in one night, and in the end, you never know who’s going to be lucky in love.


I enjoyed this book. I wasn't a bit disappointed. I think it's my second favorite (with Dog Days being the winner.) 

Oh, the things Greg does. Sometimes, I don't think that he thinks. It's fantastic. I know some people that think he's a jerk, but I don't think so. Everyone has done something that Greg has done, or knows someone who was EXACTLY like hi…

Top Ten 2013 Releases

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Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins
Lost Lake by Sara Addison Allen

Son

Son
By Lois Lowry
Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 2012
Audience: All Teens

From Goodreads:
They called her Water Claire. When she washed up on their shore, no one knew that she came from a society where emotions and colors didn’t exist. That she had become a Vessel at age thirteen. That she had carried a Product at age fourteen. That it had been stolen from her body. Claire had a son. But what became of him she never knew. What was his name? Was he even alive?  She was supposed to forget him, but that was impossible. Now Claire will stop at nothing to find her child, even if it means making an unimaginable sacrifice.

Oh, wow. This book was the perfect ending to the books. Perfect. I didn't 100% understand how 2 and 3 fit in, but they were companion novels. This book tied all four together, and I LOVED IT. 

My favorite part was the first book, in which we basically see The Giver from another point of view. This was just the most fantastic ending to any series, I think. This book…

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Stacking the Shelves Hosted by Tynga's Reviews

Here's what I have this week. I hope I have time to read these, because I am still working on last week's haul!



Second Helpings

Second Helpings
Megan McCafferty
Broadway, 2003
Audience: Older Teens

From Goodreads:
Jessica Darling is up in arms again in this much-anticipated, hilarious sequel toSloppy Firsts. This time, the hyperobservant, angst-ridden teenager is going through the social and emotional ordeal of her senior year at Pineville High. Not only does the mysterious and oh-so-compelling Marcus Flutie continue to distract Jessica, but her best friend, Hope, still lives in another state, and she can’t seem to escape the clutches of the Clueless Crew, her annoying so-called friends. To top it off, Jessica’s parents won’t get off her butt about choosing a college, and her sister Bethany’s pregnancy is causing a big stir in the Darling household.

Ooooooooooooohhhhh man.

I did not understand the hype about these books when I read the first one. It was good, don't get me wrong, but I didn't understand why it was AMAZING.

Now, I totally and completely do. And I love Marcus Flutie's character so much! …

Divergent

Divergent
By Veronica Roth
Katherine Teegan Books, 2011
Audience: Older Teens

From Goodreads:
In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue--Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is--she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

This is a thick book, but I read it really fast. It was so interesting. I was worried I wouldn't be able to keep track of all the factions, but the author does a good job of reminding the reader about them. Most of the book wasn't too action-packed, but I was expecting a lot of action. That all happened at the en…

Waiting on Unravel Me

Waiting on Wednesday Hosted by Breaking the Spine


Unravel Me By Tahereh Mafi
I got an ARC of this one, and was so upset because it meant that I HAD TO WAIT EVEN LONGER than most people to find out what would happen. The first book was hard to put down and I'm sure this one will be the same way. I've been trying not to think about the sequels, so time would go by faster, but it'll be here before we know it. Hooray!

Why do you love YA?

Beth Revis is hosting a contest!
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CAN YOU IMAGINE WINNING SOMETHING LIKE THAT?!

I love YA because the stories in this category understand me. They say what I feel when I can't. I identify with them. They let me be wherever I want to be whenever I need to escape. YA is magical, especially when there is a good romance. You know, I think the absolute best thing about liking YA is that it's a genre that has MANY genres! I can read fantasy, romance, mystery, historical fiction and KNOW that I will probably love it. How cool is that!?!
I could write a paper on this topic, but that's how I feel in a paragraph.
Why do you love YA?


Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter

Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter
By Seth Grahame-Smith
Grand Central Publishing, 2010
Audience: Older Teens

From Goodreads:
While Abraham Lincoln is widely lauded for saving a Union and freeing millions of slaves, his valiant fight against the forces of the undead has remained in the shadows for hundreds of years. That is, until Seth Grahame-Smith stumbled uponThe Secret Journal of Abraham Lincoln, and became the first living person to lay eyes on it in more than 140 years.

Using the journal as his guide and writing in the grand biographical style of Doris Kearns Goodwin and David McCullough, Seth has reconstructed thetruelife story of our greatest president for the first time-all while revealing the hidden history behind the Civil War and uncovering the role vampires played in the birth, growth, and near-death of our nation.


I was hesitant to read this book, because of the title. It's a bit ridiculous, no? However, I heard from everyone who read it that it was awesome, so I picked it…

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Stacking the Shelves Hosted By Tynga's Reviews

Right now I am reading the second Jessica Darling book and I really like it so far, but my TBR pile is HUGE and I can't wait to read these next!
You have no idea how excited I was to find Insurgent! And I was hoping that Ask the Passengers would come before I left for my trip, but I missed it by a few hours. I'm looking forward to reading it. Two and Twenty Dark Tales FINALLY came. I pre-ordered it and should have gotten it a LONG time ago! And I can't wait to read the next Alice book.
Also, I have NetGalleys!





What's everyone else gonna read next?

The Girl Who Chased the Moon

The Girl Who Chased the Moon
By Sarah Addison Allen
Bantam, 2010
Audience: Older Teens

From Goodreads:
Emily Benedict came to Mullaby, North Carolina, hoping to solve at least some of the riddles surrounding her mother’s life. Such as, why did Dulcie Shelby leave her hometown so suddenly? And why did she vow never to return? But the moment Emily enters the house where her mother grew up and meets the grandfather she never knew—a reclusive, real-life gentle giant—she realizes that mysteries aren’t solved in Mullaby, they’re a way of life: Here are rooms where the wallpaper changes to suit your mood. Unexplained lights skip across the yard at midnight. And a neighbor bakes hope in the form of cakes.


This is an adult book, but I think teens would enjoy it, especially if they appreciate fairy tales. Also, it is about a teen.

This one isn't my favorite book of hers, but I still loved re-reading it. (My favorite was Garden Spells.)  Everything is so magical and I LOVE the love stories and…

Simply Alice

Simply Alice
By Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Simon Pulse, 2002
Audience: All Teens

From Goodreads:
Life After Patrick It isn't Alice and Patrick anymore; it's simply Alice, and much to her surprise, Alice is finding that's okay. In fact, working on the school play and becoming increasingly involved in the newspaper have Alice so busy she doesn't have much time for her best friends Pamela and Elizabeth -- and they resent it.

And if Alice ever needed friends, she needs them now. She's got a secret e-mail admirer she's not sure how to handle. Her brother, Lester, is plunging headlong into a risky romance with a professor. And her new friend, Faith, seems unable to break free of an abusive relationship with her boyfriend. It's not simple being simply Alice.


It's funny, I think I've read this one too - but the only thing that I remember is Tony and Tina's Wedding. 

This book was great. Alice was super busy with all of her activities, and she had problems wit…

The Other Normals

The Other Normals
By Ned Vizzini
Balzer + Bray, 2012
Audience: Older Teens

From Goodreads:
Given the chance, fifteen-year-old Peregrine “Perry” Eckert would dedicate every waking moment to Creatures & Caverns, an epic role-playing game rich with magical creatures, spell casting, and deadly weapons. The world of C&C is where he feels most comfortable in his own skin, so when his parents ship him off to summer camp Perry is sure he’s in for the worst summer of his life.

Everything changes, however, when Perry gets to camp and stumbles into the World of the Other Normals. Perry’s new otherworldly friends need his help to save their princess and prevent mass violence. As they embark on their quest together, Perry realizes that his nerdy childhood has uniquely prepared him to be a great warrior in this world, and maybe even a hero.


Ok, when I picked this book up, I was just expecting fantasy.

Oh boy, I had no idea what I was in for.

Creatures and Caverns is like Dungeons and Dragons. P…

Ten

Ten
By Gretchen McNeil
Balzer + Bray, 2012
Audience: Older Teens

From Goodreads:
It was supposed to be the weekend of their lives—an exclusive house party on Henry Island. Best friends Meg and Minnie each have their reasons for being there (which involve T.J., the school’s most eligible bachelor) and look forward to three glorious days of boys, booze and fun-filled luxury.

But what they expect is definitely not what they get, and what starts out as fun turns dark and twisted after the discovery of a DVD with a sinister message:Vengeance is mine.

Suddenly people are dying, and with a storm raging, the teens are cut off from the outside world. No electricity, no phones, no internet, and a ferry that isn’t scheduled to return for two days. As the deaths become more violent and the teens turn on each other, can Meg find the killer before more people die? Or is the killer closer to her than she could ever imagine?


So, I wasn't as in as much suspense reading this as I thought I would be. I…

Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist

Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist
By Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2006
Audience: Older Teens

From Goodreads:
It all starts when Nick asks Norah to be his girlfriend for five minutes. He only needs five minutes to avoid his ex-girlfriend, who’s just walked in to his band’s show. With a new guy. And then, with one kiss, Nick and Norah are off on an adventure set against the backdrop of New York City—and smack in the middle of all the joy, anxiety, confusion, and excitement of a first date.

This book was a reread for me. I think I liked it better the first time. Part of the reason for that is Every Day. Also, I have tried a new reading strategy: I haven't been reading new books before bed. It just frustrated me because I was so tired that I felt I didn't get anywhere. So I have been re-reading books that before bed, and that works fabulously. However, I must have been too tired when I read a section of this book, because I definitely missed so…

Alice Alone

Alice Alone
By Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Atheneum Books, 2001
Audience: Older Teens

From Goodreads:
There's a new girl in town, and she's making Alice very nervous.The start of ninth grade -- high school -- is every bit as exciting, and challenging, as Alice had hoped, and feared, it would be. She finds her self-confidence rising, and plummeting, depending on each new situation. Classes are definitely more interesting, but algebra is proving to be nearly impossible. Patrick is in the accelerated program so they aren't in the same classes anymore. And while she's thrilled to be chosen to work on the school newspaper, she finds that between an increased homework load and reporting assignments, she can't always join Patrick when he wants to go out. But the new girl in town, Penny, can...and does.

I know I have read this one before. I skipped around with some of the Alice books the first time around because I wasn't sure of the order. This one is pretty unforgettable,…

Top Ten Books that Should be Movies

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It's a freebie week. Dontcha just love those?!
Top Ten Books that should be movies:
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What am I forgetting?  What other books would make excellent movies?




The Lions of Little Rock

The Lions of Little Rock
By Kristin Levine
Putnam Juvenile, 2012
Audience: Everyone

From Goodreads:
Two girls separated by race form an unbreakable bond during the tumultuous integration of Little Rock schools in 1958.

Twelve-year-old Marlee doesn't have many friends until she meets Liz, the new girl at school. Liz is bold and brave, and always knows the right thing to say, especially to Sally, the resident mean girl. Liz even helps Marlee overcome her greatest fear - speaking, which Marlee never does outside her family.


But then Liz is gone, replaced by the rumor that she was a Negro girl passing as white. But Marlee decides that doesn't matter. Liz is her best friend. And to stay friends, Marlee and Liz are willing to take on integration and the dangers their friendship could bring to both their families.


This book was absolutely amazing. I learned a lot from this book. I had absolutely no idea that the schools shut down for so long! Seeing a different, lesser-known part of his…

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Stacking the Shelves Hosted by Tynga's Reviews

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