North of Beautiful Friday, Jan 30 2009 

north-of-beautifulBook Title: North of Beautiful
Author: Justina Chen Headley
# of pages: 373
Publisher: Little, Brown Young Readers (February 1, 2009)

It’s not hard to notice Terra Copper.

She’s tall, blond, and has an unbelievably gorgeous body. But what most people in Terra’s tiny, stifling Washington town noice is her unmistakably “flawed” face. Terra secretly plans to start a new life by leaving her small town and escaping on an East Coast college, but is pushed off-course by her controlling father. When an unexpected collision introduces Terra to Jacob, a handsome but odd Goth Chinese boy who immediately understands her battle with feeling different, she is forced in yet another direction. With her carefully laid plans disrupted, will Terra be able to find her true path?

Wow, this book is seriously unique compared to all I have read. So many complex things going on.. it’s just capturing.

I was surprised that there was geocaching in this book, first book I’ve read that mentions it which was pretty cool. Since I’ve kind of been wanting to go geocaching [have an account]

Back to the book, I love Terra and Jacob. They are two uniquely complete different people yet they are so similar! You’ll learn about Terra’s family and Norah and Erik, all of those who partake in this enchanting novel. I learned quite a few things about maps and cartography through this book. I didn’t even know what port-wine stains were till I read this book.

I don’t want to ruin anything about the book, but I do suggest you buy it. [I dropped my ARC a couple of times, escpecially when I had to put it in my locker] My ARC looks different from the copy along with this post, but I kinda like it better with the light colors rather than the bright colors.

North of Beautiful releases on February 1st! Get a copy!


In My Mailbox – VIII Sunday, Jan 25 2009 

I didn’t get much this week in the mail, but I got a book that I’ve really wanted to read!
Here’s what was in my mailbox this week:

The ABC’s of Kissing Boys by Tina Ferraro
Publish Date: Jan 2009

Parker Stanhope has played soccer practically since she could walk. And now that she’s a high school junior, everything she’s worked for is finally coming together. She’s paid her dues on the field, and as an upperclassman, she’s a shoo-in for the varsity team. But that’s not what happens.

This year, Coach Hartley moved up every JV player but two—and one of those two was Parker. Now, she’s stuck with the freshmen, her friends are cutting her loose, and her love of the game is seriously beginning to fail. But Parker is determined to get her life back. She has to get on the varsity team, and she has the perfect plan. All she needs now is the right kind of coach.

Friday Book Quotes I Friday, Jan 23 2009 

Some quotes I found that pratically caught my attention. For more info, on Friday Book Quotes click here.

In English class, we are currently talking about Anne Frank and Hitler.
We are going to read the play based on her diary, I don’t even know if I got a part since I wasn’t there last Friday when we were going to assign parts.

The one quote that I think was ‘supposedly’ the last sentence in her diary, stood out to me. Has anybody read Diary of Anne Frank?


This particular quote is one I discovered when writing my report on David Dwight Eisenhower.


And this one I found in a book I finished reading yesterday.


Identical Wednesday, Jan 21 2009 

identicalBook Title: Identical
Author: Ellen Hopkins
# of pages: 565
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry; (August 26, 2008)

Do twins begin in the womb?
Or in a better place?

Kaeleigh and Raeanne are identical down to the dimple. As daughters of a district-court judge father and a politician mother, they are an all-American family–on the surface. Behind the facade each sister has her own dark secret, and that’s where their differences begin.

For Kaeleigh, she’s the misplaced focus of Daddy’s love, intended for a mother whose presence on the campaign trail means absence at home. All that Raeanne sees is Daddy playing a game of favorites–and she is losing. If she has to lose, she will do it on her own terms, so she chooses drugs, alcohol, and sex.

Secrets like the ones the twins are harboring are not meant to be kept–from each other or anyone else. Pretty soon it’s obvious that neither sister can handle it alone, and one sister must step up to save the other, but the question is — who?

Identical is quite the novel with Raeanna and Kaeleigh all tied together with other characters, suspense, horror, and something I can’t just think of that’s a word. It’s greatly written I do love verse novels [I’ve been really wanting to read one of Lisa Schroeder verse books!]

I kinda predicted what was gonna happen in the end, but I wasn’t too sure. Has anyone else felt that while reading Identical? Really, I kept reading though. I couldn’t believe the secret of Kaeleigh’s, and I felt like I was personally in her head or something.

Waiting on Wednesday-VI Wednesday, Jan 21 2009 

Book Title: Give Up the Ghost
Author: Megan Crewe
Publish Date: Fall 2009

Sixteen-year-old Cass McKenna would take the company of the dead over the living any day. Unlike her high school classmates, the dead don’t lie or judge, and they’re way less scary than Danielle, the best-bud-turned-backstabber who kicked Cass to the bottom of the social ladder in seventh grade. Since then, Cass has styled herself as an avenger. Using the secrets her ghostly friends stumble across, she exposes her fellow students’ deceits and knocks the poseurs down a peg.

When Tim Reed, the student council V.P., asks Cass to chat with his recently-deceased mom, her instinct is to laugh in his face. But Tim’s part of Danielle’s crowd. He can give Cass dirt the dead don’t know. Intent on revenge, Cass offers to trade her spirit-detecting skills for his information. She isn’t counting on chasing a ghost who would rather hide than speak to her, dealing with the retaliation of an angry student, or discovering that Tim’s actually an okay guy. As Tim sinks into a suicidal depression, Cass has to choose: run back to the safety of the dead, or risk everything to stop Tim from becoming a ghost himself.

Friday Book Quotes. yay or nay? Sunday, Jan 18 2009 

1I think I may start a weekly thing where I post weekly book quotes every Friday. [try to anyways] I may find them in a book, said by an author, or even some random ones that caught my attention. (:

If you like this idea, feel free to do these posts! Please leave your post links in my comments, so I can check them out too.

But firstly, I would like to know if you guys would actually read these? And if you like the idea?

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