Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Review: The Nix

The Nix The Nix by Nathan Hill
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

How does one summarize "The Nix" in a short paragraph? I don't know that it's possible. Hill's tale is about so many things: politics, online gaming, relationships, social media, resistance...and the list goes on. Ultimately, Samuel Andresen-Anderson is the heart of this epic story. Samuel, a washed-up writer and disgruntled college professor, finds his life turned upside down when his mother, who walked out of his life twenty years earlier, becomes a viral news sensation.

Memories, flashbacks, and a zany cast of secondary characters proceed to unearth a past that has haunted Samuel for decades.

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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Review: The Summer of Broken Things

The Summer of Broken Things The Summer of Broken Things by Margaret Peterson Haddix
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A summer in Spain...

For 16-year-old Kayla, it's a dream come true. She's never traveled abroad and can't wait to experience Spain, learn the language, and the enjoy the adventures it has to offer.

For 14-year-old Avery, it's a nightmare. All she wants is to spend the summer at soccer camp with her best friends. Getting stuck in Spain with her dad and some country hick girl she hardly even knows is not her idea of fun.

But Spain turns out to be much more than either of the girls ever imagined. Lies and secrets are revealed that threaten to alter each of their families forever.

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Monday, April 23, 2018

Review: An American Marriage

An American Marriage An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Celestial and Roy were on their way to fulfilling their dreams. Marriage, financial stability, and maybe the possibility of a baby in the not too distant future. Yet those dreams are ripped from them when Roy is falsely accused (and subsequently convicted) of rape. Celestial knows Roy is innocent, but a 12-year sentence is not something that can be taken lightly. As the months pass by, the joyous marriage slowly erodes until Celestial stops writing to Roy altogether and turns to the arms of her lifelong friend - Andre. When Roy is miraculously released after his conviction is overturned five years into his sentence, each character must deal with the realities that life has dealt and figure out how to move on.

I wanted to love this book, but it just didn't happen. Given the circumstances of their situations, the characters seemed cold and unsympathetic and their tale, though filled with truth, was not as engaging as I'd hoped.




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Friday, April 20, 2018

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

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Thursday, April 12, 2018

Review: Little Fires Everywhere

Little Fires Everywhere Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Celeste Ng's latest novel covers quite a bit of territory but ultimately coalesces into one powerful tale. Though the cast of characters is varied, two strong women rise to the top.

Elena Richardson grew up in Shaker Heights - a planned and predictable community. Her life has been nothing else. College, marriage, stability, 4 children, and so it goes.

Mia Warren is a free-spirited artist. She and her teen daughter, Pearl, live a vagabond lifestyle as they relocate regularly when Mia's art calls.

When Mia and Pearl land in Shaker Heights and start over in the Richardson's rental duplex, Mia intends to stay put and provide her daughter with some permanence in her life. Over the course of less than one year, friendships bloom, romance ignites, secrets are revealed, and lives are forever changed.

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Monday, April 9, 2018

Review: How You Ruined My Life

How You Ruined My Life How You Ruined My Life by Jeff Strand
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Rod's life is pretty OK - he's got a girlfriend, is in a punk rock band that plays at a local teen night every Monday, and he and his mom manage to get by just fine. Yet when his cousin Blake shows up from California for an extended stay, the status quo becomes anything but. How bad can it be to share a room with his cousin for a couple of months? Just follow Rod's story and you'll find out!!

Rod is the perfect narrator for this clever and ridiculous tale. Lighthearted and witty - it will have readers chuckling, and maybe even taking sides - team Rod? or team Blake?

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