Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Goodbye Stranger

by Rebecca Stead

****Guest Post by Amanda B.****

Years ago Bridge was almost killed in a car accident and has no idea how or why she survived. She does have her two best friends with whom she has a pack never to fight with. There's Emily whose got new curves and a sort of boyfriend and Tabitha the crusader. Then there is Sherm, a new friend whose life changes as he gets to know Bridge. Seventh grade is about friendship and finding meaning for these four. There's also an unknown high school character who on Valentine's Day is dealing with a betrayal.
This book is told in five parts with chapters alternating its focus on the five characters.The story starts in the beginning of the school year but chapters that take place on Valentine's Day also fall in between. Readers will enjoy trying to figure out who the mystery character is. Why readers may disagree with some of the characters actions they will also find they can relate to them or find similarities in people they know.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

What's Broken Between Us

by Alexis Bass

****Guest Post by Amanda B.****

On his graduation night, Amanda's older brother Jonathan decided to drive drunk. He crashed his car, killing his friend Grace and nearly paralyzing his girlfriend Sutton. Now he is being released on probation, which will make being at school even harder for Amanda. Grace was supposed to be a senior along with Amanda this year, and her absence is felt among the school. Then there is Henry, Sutton's younger brother and Amanda's boyfriend for all of one night (the same night of the accident). When a school assignment as thrown them together as partners and their old feelings start to resurface. Mixed with the drama from her brother's return home, and everybody's feelings from that tragic night, Amanda's life is anything but easy.
An intense book with enjoyable characters. This book will make readers think and understand how one's actions not only have consequences for them, and those directly related to the incident, but to those around them as well.
Fans of Sarah Dessen's Saint Anything should give this book a try.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

The Dogs

by Allan Stratton

Cameron and his mom have been on the run from his dad, who is crazy and abuses them. Whenever he finds them, they take off again. This time, they are in a small town and renting a house that has a malevolent past. Cameron becomes obsessed with the history of the house, where maybe a boy and his mother were murdered, maybe by the boy's father (strange parallel, right?) Cameron's mom is worried about him, so he feels like he has to keep his research and the story a secret. Sometimes Cameron is worried that he's going crazy - like his dad, or that his dad has found them (or is it the ghost that has found them?). Sounds complicated right? This book is pretty complicated, for sure, but it's super fast paced and a little weird and totally creepy too.
The Dogs is a horror/thriller/mystery with a lot of information coming to you from some very unreliable sources. Fans of other horror novels or who like twists and turns and ghosts will like this story.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Penny Chic

by Shauna Miller

How to Be Stylish on a Real Girl's Budget

The author breaks up the book into three parts - Finding Your Style, Building Your Wardrobe and Putting the Pieces Together. Finding Your Style will help you figure out how you would like to dress, and uses both online/social media tools and an alternate handmade inspiration board. Once your style is identified, the book tries to help you identify what you already have that might work for your new goals. The second part of the book helps the reader build their wardrobe, using as many free or inexpensive ways as possible, including hosting a swap party and remaking some of your clothes. Putting the Pieces Together, the third part of the book, helps with the actual styling and how to get the most out of your wardrobe.
While no one supports the idea that how you look is the most important thing in life, how you look may be very important to YOU and this book will help you present the self that you decide you want the world to see.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Not If I See You First

by Eric Lindstrom

****Guest Post by Amanda B.****

After loosing her sight, Parker created a list of rules for everyone to follow. Expect for following these rules, she demands to be treated just like everyone else. She doesn't like it when somebody breaks her rules-- just ask Scott who finds he is STILL paying for breaking one when he reappears in Parker's life. Luckily for him, Parker has other things on her plate besides freezing him out. She's trying out for track, giving out honest advice to her peers along with her best friend Sarah, and adjusting to life with her aunt, uncle and two cousins, who moved into her house after her dad passed away.
Parker is a sarcastic but intriguing character, and not just because she is blind. While her being blind is a big part of who she is, she proves there is more to her than her lack of sight. She has plenty of ups and downs that could happen to anybody.

Friday, January 8, 2016