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Bj neary's Blog – January 2009 Archive (6)

Dead Girls Don't Write Letters by Gail Giles

bookshelves: read, mystery, realistic-fiction, ya

status: Read in January, 2009

review: Sunny is a tough teen who doesn't really miss her sister, Jazz who died in a fire at college. Jazz was a master manipulator who tortured Sunny,impressed and beguiled everyone, especially her parents. Now her mom is a zombie, crying and laying around all day. Her father is a drunk who has fled their home and Sunny is left to care for her, go to school and keep things together. All that changes on… Continue

Added by bj neary on January 18, 2009 at 2:13pm — No Comments

Trouble by Gary Schmidt

bookshelves: read, multicultural-fiction, realistic-fiction, ya

status: Read in January, 2009

review: Just finished this 3rd book by Schmidt and I was sooooo moved by this tense, funny, suspenseful story and you really get to know each character and will love them, hate them or decide you can just plain accept them. Henry, just like Holling in The Wednesday Wars, is unforgettable. I love the way they both look at the world, their families and how they make decisions, good, bad or… Continue

Added by bj neary on January 18, 2009 at 2:10pm — No Comments

One Night by Margaret Wild

bookshelves: read, novels-in-verse, realistic-fiction, ya (edit)
status: Read in December, 2008
review: Wow, what a great novel in verse!!!I loved Wild's other book, Jinx----but this one is even better about four teens with their own kind of baggage and the mistakes they make and the changes they make to correct. A compelling read with a very sweet satisfying conclusion.

Added by bj neary on January 18, 2009 at 2:07pm — No Comments

Tweak by Nic Sheff

bookshelves: read, biography (edit)

status: Read in December, 2008

review: I found Nic Sheff's account of his many relapses and ongoing battle with addictions very believable. Addictions make you a person who doesn't care what you do to others as long as you are high on meth, cocaine, whatever your drug or alchohol of choice is....until the next time and the next time. You become a liar, a thief, an enemy to your family and friends just to continue your craving for the next and even… Continue

Added by bj neary on January 18, 2009 at 2:05pm — No Comments

The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt

bookshelves: read, historical-fiction (edit)

status: Read in January, 2009

review: I love Holling Hoodhood---where does someone think up a name like that? I totally enjoyed his voice, his humor, his angst. The Shakespeare plays during the afternoons with Mrs Baker were so much fun to read about (helped me remember why I liked them!!!) and Holling's father was a complete A_ _ who became even more annoying and threatening as the book progressed. The coverage of the times--the Vietnam… Continue

Added by bj neary on January 18, 2009 at 2:03pm — No Comments

Playing Traffic by Gail Giles

Love Gail Giles---Playing in Traffic is aptly titled, about a teen, Matt, who is pretty pathetic when it comes to girls, he has about 2 friends and mostly absentee parents. He is really close to his kid sister, Katy, because of his hands off parents and something he overheard when he was 10 years old. After that, Matt was Kayt's parents, best friend and confidant. Now Matt is being set up and seduced by bad girl, Skye. He knows "she plays in traffic"----and he doesn't, but it feels so exciting… Continue

Added by bj neary on January 18, 2009 at 2:01pm — No Comments

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