Wednesday, January 16, 2019

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

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Saturday, January 12, 2019

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Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Review: Roam

Roam Roam by C.H. Armstrong
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It's never easy being the "new girl" in town, now add to the mix that it's your Senior year, oh, and the fact that your family is living in a van in the Walmart parking lot. When Abby Lunde shows up on her first day of school all she wants is to be invisible to everyone around her, but when Zach, the big-man-on-campus, takes an interest in her, hiding in the shadows becomes nearly impossible. Can Abbey trust these new friends? How can she forgive her mom for putting their family in this situation? How much longer can Abby hide the truth from the people who are closest to her?

Roam is more than a coming of age story. Abby's voice paints a vivid picture of what it's like for many teens who don't know where they'll sleep each night, yet keep trying to fight through each day as if life were normal.

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Review: Fruit of the Drunken Tree

Fruit of the Drunken Tree Fruit of the Drunken Tree by Ingrid Rojas Contreras
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The history of Pablo Escobar's Columbia serves as the backdrop for this coming of age story told from two distinct voices. Chula and her older sister Cassandra live fairly privileged lives within the gated walls of their Bogota community. Ever-observant Chula is carefree, precocious, and wise beyond her 7 years. When the Santiago family hires a maid from a nearby slum, Chula becomes infatuated with the secrets that 13-year-old Petrona tries to keep hidden.

The vastly different voices of these two young narrators spin parallel narratives built upon family, difficult choices, violence, and hope.

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Review: Words We Don't Say

Words We Don't Say Words We Don't Say by K.J. Reilly
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Joel is getting by. He's attending school, doing his volunteer work, fantasizing about Eli - the girl he knows is out of his league, and he's even mastering drivers' training. Oh, and he's also writing hundreds of text message drafts that will never be sent - call it his virtual journal.

At times hilarious, at times heartbreaking, Joel's attempts at dealing with a tragic loss don't always make sense, but with a little help from his family and band of misfit friends, he's got more than a chance!

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Friday, December 7, 2018

Review: The Tattooist of Auschwitz

The Tattooist of Auschwitz The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Just peek at my reading history and you'll know I'm a sucker for Holocaust literature. The Tattooist of Auschwitz didn't disappoint! When Lale Sokolov, a Slovakian Jew, arrives in Auschwitz-Birkenau in 1942, little does he know what is in store. The brutality and near-death experiences he survives are tragic, but he manages to remain hopeful. When he is "luckily" tasked with the job of T├Ątowierer who marks his fellow prisoners, he learns that he is in a position to help those who are not so fortunate.

Lale uses his privileged position to provide food to help others survive. As he marks a young woman with number 34902 Lale instantly decides that he will survive to marry this woman - Gita. What unfolds is a tale that is tragic, romantic, heartbreaking, and heartwarming.

Based on Lale Sokolov's experiences, The Tattooist of Auschwitz provides the world with yet another unbelievable account of humanity at its best and worst.

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