Flipped Sunday, Nov 23 2008 

Book Title: Flippedflipped
Author: Wendelin Van Draanen
# of pages: 212
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf; 1st edition (October 2001)

The first time she saw him, she flipped. The first time he saw her, he ran.
And from the second grade to the seventh, that’s how it was. She says: “My Bryce. Still walking around with my first kiss.” He says: “It’s been six years of strategic avoidance and social discomfort.”
But in the eighth grade, their views of the world–and each other–turn upside down. He says: “I’d spent so many years avoiding Juli Baker that I’d never really looked at her, but now I couldn’t stop.” And she says: “I felt a cold, hard knot tighten in my heart. I am through with Bryce Loski.
Is there hope for happiness in junior high?
Have you flipped?

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Really cute story! I ♥ this book! It really isn’t all about Bryce and Juli, but it has those special twists that make you love this book even more. Flipped was kind of sad at some parts when Bryce and Juli discover some things about themselves and their families.


Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist Saturday, Nov 22 2008 

nick-norahs-infinite-playlistTitle: Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist
Author: Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
# of pages: 183
Publisher: Random House (hardcover, first edition; 2006)

Nick’s just seen the girl who dumped him walk in…with a new guy. What else can he do but ask the strange girl next to him to be his new girlfriend for the next five minutes.
Norah would do anything to avoid conversation with the not not-friend girl who dumped Nick…and to get over the Evil Ex whom Norah never really totally dumped. What else can she do but answer Nick’s question by making out with him.
With one electric, unexpected kiss, the five-minute couple of Nick and Norah set off on an uncharted adventure called the “first date” that will turn into an infinite night of falling in and out (and in and out, and maybe in and maybe out) of love. Theirs is a first date of music, laughter, heartache, confusion, passion, taxi driver wisdom, and a jacket named Salvatore. And of course a killer soundtrack.
As Nick and Norah wander through the middle-of-the-night mystic maze of Manhattan, they share the kind of night you want to never end, where every minute counts and every moment flickers between love and disaster.

I liked this book; the storyline is really cute. It is a movie, but I’m not sure if it’s been released or not. This book has tons of swearing and sexuality things which kind of made it a drag to read. But I thought the charcters and outline of the story were really cute.

ChaseR Saturday, Nov 22 2008 

chaserTitle: ChaseR: a novel in e-mails
Author: Michael J. Rosen
# of pages: 152
Publisher: Candlewick Press (hardcover, first edition 2002

Fourteen-year-old Chase Riley and his parents have moved just sixty miles away from the city to a rural farmhouse. But Pickway County may as well be Mars. His new world is plagued by cicadas, invaded by mice, and overwhelmed by deer, most of them tagged and strapped to hunter’s cars.

Chase promises his parents he will MAKE AN EFFORT, but even his witty and disgruntled e-newsletters (typed at his current record of 47 wpm) can’t begin to describe how out of place he feels. At least his beloved dogs are having the time of their lives running free on his family’s ninety acres–that is, until an accident changes everything. Will Chase come to terms with hunters and hunting? Will he overcome his sense of isolation and find new friends in this alien new world?

Both humorous and heart-rending, Michael J. Rosen’s e-mail portrait of culture shock as seen through the eyes of a droll, sensitive teen will appeal to any kid who’s seen his world turn upside down–and managed to turn it right-side up once more.

I really didn’t like this book. It didn’t have much of a storyline for me. It was mostly about hunting and hunters.. It just wasn’t a good story for meh.

The Lost Boy Friday, Nov 21 2008 

the-lost-boyTitle: The Lost Boy: A Foster Child’s Search for the Love of a family
Author: Dave Pelzer
# of pages: 331
Publisher: Health Communications Inc. (hardcover, 1997)

Imagine a young boy who has never had a home. His only possessions are the old torn clothes he carries in a papper bag. His only world is isolation and fear. Although this young boy has been rescued from his alcoholic mother, the real hurt is just beginng–he has no place to call home.
This is Dave Pelzer’s long-awaited sequel to A Child Called “It.” Answers will be sxposed and new adventures revealed in this compelling story of his life as an adolescent. Now considered an F-child–a foster child–young David experiences the instability of moving in and out of five different homes. Those who feel that all foster kids are trouble–and unworthy of being loved just because they are not part of a real family–resent his presence and force him to suffer shame. Tears and laughter, devastation and hope: all create the journey of this little lost boy who deperately searches for the love of a family.
Though many in society ridicule the foster-care system and social-service fields. Dave Pelzer is a living testament to the necessity of their existence. Wheter you are a fan of the auuthor or picking up his work for the firsst ime, The Lost Boy is a swquel that will move you and stand alone as a shining inspiraiton to all.

This book is really sad, but I didn’t cry during this one. I did while reading A Child Called “It.” If your looking for something to shift some of your opinions about foster care or social-service, pick this book up and read it.

Library Visit 11/19/08 Wednesday, Nov 19 2008 

I went to the library again and got some more books!

Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan
Blue Bloods by Melissa de la Cruz
The Rise and Fall of a 10th Grade Social Climber by Lauren Mechling and Laura Moser
How to Build a House by Dana Reinhardt
ChaseR: a novel in e-mails by Michael J. Rosen
Violet on the Runway by Melissa Walker
Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen

Wake by Lisa McMann Sunday, Nov 16 2008 

wake2Book Title: Wake
Author: Lisa McMann
Pages: 210
Publisher: Simon Pulse; (2008)


For seventeen-year-old Janie, getting sucked into other people’s dreams is getting old. Especially the falling dreams, the naked-but-nobody notices dreams, and the sex-crazed dreams. Janie’s seen enough fantasy booty to last her a lifetime.
She can’t tell anybody about what she does–they’d never believe her, or worse, they’d think she’s a freak. So Janie lives on the fringe, cursed with an ability she doesn’t want and can’t control.
Then she falls into a gruesome nightmare, one that chills her to the bone. For the first time, Janie is more than a witness to someone else’s twisted psyche. She is a participant…

Woahh,! This book is really captaviting; I stayed up and finished it. Now I am really tired, but it was worth it. I can’t wait till Fade comes out in Feb 2009 definitely going to add on my TBR list. You definitely need to pick this up. It’s exciting and unexciting for her with Janie’s ability and crushing between the bad parts of her and Cabel’s relationship. It’s fantacular,!

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