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Rachel Spinelli Punched Me in the Face

Rachel Spinelli Punched Me in the Face
By Paul Acampora
Roaring Book Press, 2011
Audience: All Teens

Source: Library

From Goodreads:
Zachary's mom just up and disappeared from their home in Copper Lake, Colorado. The good news is that Zachary and his dad are trying to move on, and Falls, Connecticut is just the place for a fresh start. With the help of a new friend, Rachel, and her brother Teddy, Zachary is learning about new beginnings, the power of forgiveness, and the quirky people that make life interesting.

I just finished this one, and it felt a little thin to me. It didn't hurt the story, though. It made it a good, quick read for reluctant readers. I think the characters could have been developed more and that everything happened really quickly - which is different from the books I usually read. It's good to read different styles, and I'm glad I did because now I recommend something for younger readers, also. Also, it had some super funny scenes. Enjoy!

Dirty Little Secret

Dirty Little Secret
By Jennifer Echols
MTV Books, 2013
Audience: Older Teens
Source: E-Galley

So this one was a little disappointing to me. Jennifer Echols usually has more oomph. This was more tame than her others. Dirty Little Secret was her love letter to country music more than it was a dramatic romance. I didn't feel the country music love 100% (it was all well-known stuff - nothing the hard core fans would know and no one else) and I didn't feel the romance 100% either. It was like she should have focused on one or the other, because both are so powerful that there isn't room in one book for both. Also, it didn't help that I didn't like the boy very much.

I did like the ending and what Bailey learned and how she evolved throughout the novel. Cool ending, too.

Also, the title will have this stuck in your head:

From Goodreads:
Bailey wasn’t always a wild child and the black sheep of her family. She used to play fiddle and tour the music circuit with her sister,…

Readers' Roundtable: Books that Changed Your Life

Hosted by  Read Your Bookcase and  Pink Polka Dot Book Blog

Books that changed your life

These are some of the books that transitioned me from chapter books to TEEN!

I read this one no less than five times. I LOVED IT! My absolute favorite teen novel, and the reason that I am stuck.

This is the first book that I was passionate about that caught on. I had one person read it, and she told someone, and suddenly everyone at work was loving it! That had never happened to me before.

When I was a kid and too young for teen and adult, but had read everything good in Children's, this is what I read. It's why I like fantasy.

I never would have read Jane Austen if I hadn't taken a class on her in college. I'm so glad I did because I learned a lot from her. She's super cool.

This one showed me how reading outside your comfort zone can be rewarding. I heard "time travel" and thought "cheesy." But it so wasn't.

What books have changed your life? Leave a comm…

Reality Boy

Reality Boy
By A.S. King
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, October 2013 (Expected)
Audience: Older Teens

Source: Edelweiss

This was just as amazing as ever. Thank you, A.S. King, for another amazing novel. LOVED IT. The story unwrapped like a present - you think you understood, but then more was revealed and it changed EVERYTHING. I felt the same way about Gerald as the hockey mom did. And the ending was fab. It was kind of like a dark, teenage fairy tale. Five stars. When's the next A.S. King book due out? Anyone? Anyone?

From Goodreads:
Gerald Faust knows exactly when he started feeling angry: the day his mother invited a reality television crew into his five-year-old life. Twelve years later, he’s still haunted by his rage-filled youth—which the entire world got to watch from every imaginable angle—and his anger issues have resulted in violent outbursts, zero friends, and clueless adults dumping him in the special education room at school.

Nothing is ever going to change. N…


By Vivian Vande Velde
HMH Books for Young Readers, 2013
Audience: Everyone
Source: Library

Ahhh so cute! I loved this interpretation of The Frog Prince. With retold fairy tales, they can either be a tremendous flop or amazing. This was amazing. A light, quick, funny read. The ending was perfect. I never would have thought of it!

From Goodreads:
One should be able to say of a princess “She was as good as she was beautiful,” according toThe Art of Being a Princess(third revised edition), which the almost-thirteen-year-old Princess Imogene is supposed to be reading. Not feeling particularly good, or all that beautiful, she heads for a nearby pond, where, unfortunately, a talking frog tricks her into kissing him. No prince appears, as one might expect. Instead, the princess turns into a frog herself! Thus launches a funny, wonderfully spun fractured fairy tale in which Imogene wonders if she will be forever frogified.

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