Thursday, September 29, 2011

Review: Changing my wardrobe

Average Rating: 4.78

Before I get into what I thought about this book, here's the Goodreads summary:

Incoming freshman, Lindsey Ames, wants to take Italian,and she wants to join the National Honor Society. She wants a new image, and she wants better clothes.
She wants Avery to stop tormenting her, and she wants Marco to ask her out. She wants Jocelyn to go away, but she wants Grouper to be happy. She wants to save Teeny's reputation, but she doesn't want to lose everything. Will Lindsey find the courage to stand up to her enemies before it's too late?

My Rating: 4.5/5 stars.

My overall thoughts/impressions: Some books may you feel like you’re going to have a heart attack, because your heart is beating so fast. That wasn’t the case with this novel. My heart beat seemed to slow so much and I felt like time slowed down. My thoughts were perfectly coherent and I felt so clear.
Any book that can make me feel this way is a great read.
This book transcends that line between fiction and reality. Everybody has their Avery (their tormentor), Marco (the boy they're hopelessly in love with), and Teeny (the best friend they wish they could be). The characters are relatable and it was easy for me to put myself in their place. I could see myself in Lindsey’s shoes.
But that isn’t all there is to this novel. This book touches upon how many people feel while starting high school. This book poignantly deals with loss and dealing with that loss. is powerfully written, and beautifully captures what life is like as a teenager.

Very few books end in a way that I hadn’t already guessed. This book had the honor of leaving me totally surprised.  Once again, any book that can do that is a beautiful book.
This book is so much more than just your typical high school novel, typical chick lit, typical HEA story that you read over and over again. So many books leave you thinking have I read this before?
This book wasn’t like that.
I did receive a copy of this book for review, but just want to say that didn't play any part in my decisions or feelings for this book. Very few books get a 5 star rating…the fact that I was reviewing this novel didn’t affect my decision.
Some Memorable Quotes/Lines: (I chose some that I thought wouldn’t give away the story and ones that I liked.)
Disclosure: I really liked some lines at the end of the novel, but can’t post them here.
·         Teeny’s logic made sense to a point. If I wanted my life to be better, I needed to make some changes, and high school was the perfect place for me to do that. But I wasn’t convinced that a makeover was the answer. Changing my life couldn’t be as easy as changing my wardrobe, could it? After all, my face, my body, and my personality would be the same. Avery would still recognize me; she would still see me as the “little mouse.”
·         I knew that I wouldn’t have made it through junior high without Teeny and Grouper; they always had my back. But now things had to change. I couldn’t lean on them as I had done in the past. It was time for me to stand on my own two feet, but I wasn’t sure if I was ready for that yet.
In summary: A great novel that more people should read.
Warning/Side-note: There are only a few instances that this novel swears. I wasn’t offended by this novel at all. For the most part, it is relatively clean. 

Wrap-up: I was really surprised by how much I loved this novel. This book is a great read: entertaining and touching.

Danica Page

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Teaser Tuesday (3)

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • · Grab your current read

  • · Open to a random page

  • · Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page

  • · BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

  •  Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My Teaser Tuesday post comes from Adeline Street by Carol Lynch Williams.

And without further ado, here is my teaser Tuesday:

"Nobody should ever die," I said, "But especially not good people. They should keep on going forever." ~pg 62

Well that's Teaser Tuesday post #3. As always feel free to leave your link in the comment section.

~Danica Page

Monday, September 26, 2011

Book Review: The Secret Rites of Social Butterflies by Lizabeth Zindle

Average Rating: 3.34
Pages: 288

Okay, before I get to my thoughts on this book. Here is what goodreads has to say.
When does truth become gossip?

Maggie's parents have just split up, and she's moved from New Jersey to New York City with her mom. Desperate to make new friends and to distract herself from troubles at home, she falls in with a group of social butterflies at the ritzy private school she now attends. These girls keep a top-secret record of their classmates, most intimate details on a wall in one of their apartments. Maggie's friends insist they are collecting the truth--not gossip--about the lives of today's teenagers. But she soon learns that certain information in the wrong hands can do irreparable damage.

This is the second novel from Publishers Weekly "Flying Start" author and literacy legacy Lizabeth Zindel.

My Rating:  3 out of 5 stars

My overall thoughts/impressions: It’s a cute read. I enjoyed reading about Maggie and her struggles to fit in at a new school. I could sympathize with Maggie and the choices she made. However, I’ve never been into the whole secret society-gossip-blackmailing type of novel. It was an intriguing read, but nothing was overly compelling that made me think “wow this book is amazing.” It’s a cute read, don’t get me wrong, and one that I think most people would enjoy. However, I don’t think it’s overly amazing.

Some memorable Lines/Quotes: (I chose ones that I liked and ones I thought wouldn’t give away the story.)

·         My mom is a mess. I want to knock and see if she’s okay, but I also know she doesn’t want me to see her like this, so I respect her privacy. Knowing she’s sad makes me feel sick inside. ~Pg 16

·         “To me, trust is the most important thing. It’s hard to find and it can be impossible to replace.” ~Connor Pg. 196

·         It’s funny, but I feel like I was taught that if you say, “I’m sorry,” it will make everything better. But I can see now that doesn’t work in all cases. Sometimes it can clean the slate, soften the blow, speed up the healing, but there are a few occasions when the cut goes too deep. Then those two words will never quite take you back to where you were before. ~Pg 285

In Summary: A cute chick-lit. It’s a quick read and one that fans of the Clique, Gossip Girls, and the Private series will probably enjoy.

Warnings/Side-notes: No side-notes/warnings. It’s a clean book. Just light swearing, nothing too bad. It doesn’t swear very often. The book is fairly clean.

Wrap-up: This book was enjoyable to read. I wasn't bored, but ti didn't have that "wow factor." There was nothing that stopped me in my tracks and said "I love this book."


Danica Page

Up nest is Adeline Street by Carol Lynch Williams, author of The Chosen One. I loved that novel and have high expectations for this upcoming novel.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Book Review: Once was Lost by Sara Zarr

Once Was Lost
Average rating: 3.70
Pages: 217 pages
Awards: INSPY For Young Adult Fiction (2010)
Okay before I go to my thoughts. Here is the summary available on goodreads.

Samara Taylor used to believe in miracles. She used to believe in a lot of things. As a pastor's kid, it's hard not to buy in to the idea of the perfect family, a loving God, and amazing grace. But lately, Sam has a lot of reason to doubt. Her mother lands in rehab after a DUI and her father seems more interested in his congregation than his family. When a young girl in her small town is kidnapped, the local tragedy overlaps with Sam's personal one, and the already-worn thread of faith holding her together begins to unravel.
In her third novel, acclaimed author Sara Zarr examines the coexistence of affliction and hope, and what happens when everything you thought you believed—-about God, about your family, about yourself—-is transformed.
My rating: 4 out of 5 stars.

My overall thoughts/impressions:

This book is heart-wrenchingly beautiful. I love Sara Zarr’s writing style, characters, and overall thematic elements of her stories. This novel was different that Story of a Girl in a lot of ways. I’m not going to try to compare them. They were both beautiful in different ways.
Sara’s novel is touching, thought-provoking, and above all a good read. I loved reading this book that touches upon the concept of the ‘perfect family.’ Nobody has a perfect family. This book touches upon truths that we all know, but often need to be reminded of.
Sara’s novel follows the story of Sam, the pastor’s daughter. Her mom is in rehab, her dad seems to have time to care for everybody but her, and then a girl is kidnapped from her hometown. Everything around her seems to be falling apart and Sam is having a hard time dealing with it all. She doesn’t know if she believes in miracles anymore. This novel like many other good novels transcends the line of fiction and reality in a way that makes readers place themselves in Sam’s shoes throughout her story.
Some Memorable Quotes/lines: (I chose ones that I like and ones I thought wouldn’t give away the story.)
·         I would like to be somewhere, anywhere, that life feels possible and not smothered under a layer of heat and hopelessness. ~pg 1

·         None of that lasted long. Probably all good memories of the last year add up to three days. ~pg 2

·         I nod. We’ve discussed this. Me being home alone too much, a habit I developed when I started to get afraid to leave mom by herself. But she’s not here now, so. ~pg 6

·         I don’t want to be with people. I don’t want to talk to people. I don’t want to answer questions or pretend to be interested in conversations or activities. ~pg 11

·         “Some day, you’ll know how it feels. There’s a lot of pressure on a woman. Like you have to be camera-ready at all times. It hangs over you constantly, like homework you can’t ever get an A on.” Sam’s mom. ~pg 73

·         It’s just hard, I want to say. The things that happen in your house, with your family are personal. How do you talk about finding the spaghetti in your dinner or the ice cube trays full of water in the towel closet? How do you talk about helping your mom put on her lipstick, so carefully, because her hands are shaking, so that it looks as perfect as she needs it to look before she can face the world. ~pg 106
In summary: A beautifully written book that is both touching and thought provoking.
Warning/Sidenote: This book is incredibly clean. There aren’t any scenes with sexual content and this book doesn’t swear. It does talk about dealing with drinking problems, but that is all.
Wrap-up: This book is definitely one I’d recommend to anybody who is looking for a good read.
Danica Page
Up next: The Secret Rites of Social Butterflies by Lizabeth Zindle.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Book Review: Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

Warning: This review is going to be a little different in format than the others I’ve done.

My thoughts:
Some books are afraid to touch upon the rougher aspects of life. Some books prefer just to gloss over them and pretend that these things don’t happen, but they do and they happen every day. So many young women and young men face these issues every day. Divorce. Rape. Eating disorders. Death. Suicide.

These things are real, but remained untouched by many who’d prefer just to ignore this side of reality. Speak is not one of those books. Speak is written by Laurie Halse Anderson, an author who is willing to touch upon the harsher sides of life.

In Speak, the novel talks about a young girl who was raped at the age of thirteen and her struggle to overcome this tragic event. This book poignantly portrays how hard it is for these victims to overcome these terrible acts of violence.

This book resonates with me. It’s powerful and moving. I love this book. Many say it’s simply too depressing and that it shouldn’t be read, but it’s beautiful. I read this book my junior year in high school for an assigned class and fell in love with it. Since reading this book I’ve read Wintergirls and Catalyst.

Memorable quotes/lines:
This book isn’t powerful because of the quotes, but because of the characters and the themes that are explored; however, I’ll still list some quotes here. I chose the ones I liked and the ones I thought wouldn’t give away the story.

·         It’s easier not to say anything. Shut your trap, button your lip, can it. All that crap you hear on TV about communicating and expressing your feelings is a lie. Nobody really wants to hear what you have to say. ~pg 9
·         My room belongs to an alien. It’s a postcard of who I was in fifth grade. ~ pg 15
·         I am a good actor. I have a whole range of smiles. I use the shy, look-up-through the bangs smile for staff members, and the crinkly-eye smile with a quick shake of my head if a teacher asks me for an answer. If my parents want to know how school went, I flash my eyebrows upward and shrug my shoulders. If I drop out of high school, I could be a mime. ~pg 33
·         I have never heard a more eloquent silence. ~pg 57
·         It’s Nathaniel Hawthorne month in English. Poor Nathaniel. Does he know what they’ve done to him? We are reading The Scarlet Letter one sentence at a time, tearing it up and chewing on its bones….It’s all about Symbolism. Why couldn’t he just say what he meant? Would they pin scarlet letters on his chest? B for Blunt, S for Straightforward? ~pg 100 (English major remember? Of course I love this one.)

This is a book that I think everybody should read. It’s not graphic, it’s not crude, it’s reality. This is what is going on in the world around us. We should be willing to open our eyes and realize that these things to happen. In the back of Speak, Anderson shares that “according to the US Department of Justice, 44% of rape victims are under the age of 18, and 66% of those victims are between the ages of 12-15.
Speak is a book that is brave enough to tell the truth, when so many stay silent. A beautiful book, that I’m not going to rate, because it’s too beautiful and powerful to stick stars on.
Danica Page

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Q & A with Ally Condie part 2

Alright, guys and here is part 2 to the Allyson Condie Q & A that she hosted on twitter via #allychat. Once again I have compiled her questions and answers with Penguin Books' and Aly Condie's permssion.

Here it is!

Is there really going to be a Matched movie?
We’ll see! Disney has optioned the rights and hired screenwriters but that’s as far as we’ve gotten.
How do you feel about the current trend of movies based on YA literature? Do you think it encourages teens to read more?
I think it’s really, really fun. And yes, I think it does encourage teens to read more.
What made you decide on 100 books, songs, etc? Do you actually have a list of what they are?
I don’t! Because the Society’s list would be different than mine and I think making their list would be tedious. ;)
What would you say came first for you: the storyline or the characters? Or some blend of both?
Both. I had the opening scene and Cassia come to me at the same time.
What inspired you to write Matched?
Long answer on my website.The short answer: my husband. :)
I know you said Crossed has scenes set in South Utah—any particular locations that make an appearance?
I based parts of the geography on Capitol Reef, Zion National Park, Bicknell Bottoms, slot canyon and my yard growing up.
What’s your favorite scene from Matched?
I’ve always really liked the kiss.
When did you have the idea of having people only live to 80?
It’s when my grandparents started to decline. It was really hard to watch.
What is it like writing about a futuristic society?
Very fun. I love making up the rules of the Society (even though I would never want to live there)!
Is there a playlist you made to help inspire certain parts of Matched/Crossed?
Yes! The Matched playlist is on my website and I’ve started posting some of the Crossed songs on my blog too.
What inspired you to write about dystopia?
I had the idea for the Banquet and I knew that it would have to take place in a dystopian society.
What do you do when you have writers block?
I go for a run or play with my kids or read something else (usually British murder mysteries).
My own question: What was the most rewarding part of writing Matched?
Writing the ending. At that point I had no idea who would ever read it, but I felt happy I saw it through to the finish.
When you first started writing this trilogy, did you already have most events planned and know what was going to happen in each book?
Not when I started writing! I was just playing and having fun and writing one book. I thought.
Do you listen to music or something when you write?
I like it quiet when I write, but I listen to music when I revise.
Any reason you picked a green dress for Cassia to wear to her Matched banquet?
I thought it was a color not everyone picked. And I liked the symbolism of green and it ties to the tablet.
Do you have advice to give to aspiring writers?
Keep going. Give yourself time to get good. And write what you care about most.
When trying to get your first book published, did you get rejected? If so, how many times?
Yes, it was rejected dozens of times. I just liked writing too much to give up.
Do you have plans for future series or books once Matched is complete? If so, can you tell us a little about them?
I have so many ideas for things I’d like to write next. I can’t wait! But I can’t tell you much about them yet. :(
Out of all the genres out there why did you choose to write dystopian?
It was the only one that fit the story I wanted to tell in the way I wanted to tell it.
Any particular trends in our society that have you thinking we’re headed for a dystopian future of some sort?
Sometimes I get kind of freaked out by how much info random people have about our lives.
Did you always know Matched was going to be a trilogy, since you thought up the idea of the book?
Nope! I started it as a stand-alone. But by the time I finished it I thought, “There’s more here.”
How did you come up with the idea of the tablets and did they originally do what they do now?
The tablets surprised me. I was writing along and then they just sort of popped up in her compact.
What was your inspiration for the location of Oria and other Provinces, or did you just imagine them up?
I think of Oria as kind of Midwest-y. If you look at the names of the Provinces, you can get a hint.
Any advice for young writers?
Yes! Keep writing every day if you can. Lead a life that is interesting to you.
What are you hoping people will like about the next book?
I hope they like hearing Ky’s story. I hope they like seeing Cassia grow and change.
If there was one thing you could change about Matched, something you didn’t want to happen but did, what would it be?
I was really sad when they took the artifacts away. :)
Will there be ARC sent out of Book 3?
That is yet to be determined as well. :)
How do you outline if you do? Do you believe in writing chronologically or out of order?
I write out of order and I don’t outline, but that’s just what works for me.
(Follow up to previous question.)Your work is still so polished.
Well, I do have to go through it literally hundreds of times to get it that way. I’m a very sloppy drafter. :)
Do you use any particular writing software to organize your thoughts, or do you go old school with pen and paper?
Pretty old school. I take lots of notes on post its and just write notes right in the document too.
How do you organize all of the information for your novels? Do you have special notebooks, or do you just go with the flow?
I have a giant word document that I keep everything in. That’s it. Not very efficient, I know.

And that's it! Hope you enjoyed the Ally Condie posts. I had to seperated them into two parts, due to length.

~Danica Page

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Teaser Tuesday (2)

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers! 

My current read is Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson. 

This is the Death Voice, the Voice that means business. When I was a kid, this Voice made me pee my pants.
~pg 36

If anybody else participated in Teaser Tuesday, feel free to leave the direct link to your post.

Danica Page

Q & A with Ally Condie author of Matched and Crossed Part 1

Today Ally Condie, author of Matched and Crossed, sponsored a Q&A session via twitter (#allychat) for an hour, where she'd answer anybody's questions.

I decided to pipe in on the conversation and asked Penguin Teens and Allyson Condie if I could compile some of the questions people asked her and the answers she gave here on my blog.

And so it is with their permission I share some of her answers. I hope you enjoy this as much as I did! We'll start out with questions about Crossed, her upcoming novel that is released in November 2011.

Why did you decide to write in dual POVs (Cassia and Ky) for Crossed?
There was really no other way to tell the story. And I feel like Crossed is Ky’s turn to tell what happened to him.

Did you have a hard time switching from Cassia’s to Ky’s POV?
Sometimes! I found that I had to either write in Cassia’s voice or Ky’s on a given day to stay in the right mode.
What was your favorite part about writing Crossed?
I loved Ky’s voice/telling his story and the setting of Crossed.

I loved seeing the poems/quotes throughout Matched. Will you continue using in Crossed & book three?
Yes! Some of the same poems, and some new. And paintings play a big role in this one.

Will there be another wise, thoughtful figure, someone like Cassia’s Grandfather, in Crossed?
Not so much. They are on their own a bit in this book.
What can we expect in Crossed?
Two points of view, more action (of both varieties!) ;) and an awesome setting.
Will the love triangle between Cassia, Xander, and Ky continue throughout the rest of the trilogy?
Yes, it will. :)
Will we learn more about Ky’s mysterious background in Crossed?

Why did you choose blue for the cover of crossed?
You’ll see. :) And it has something to do with the tablet, and with water and rivers…

Is there going to be a cliff hanger ending in Crossed?
Yes and no. I think there’s a strong sense of arrival, but everything isn’t tied up yet—we have another book to go! ;)

What color do you hope the cover of book three will be?
When are we going to find out the title of book 3?
I honestly have no idea. But will post as soonas I can!
How did you pick your character’s names?
I look for names that are classical and have meaning for what the characters will do in the story, then tweak the spelling.
Where do you get names for your characters?
I just think of them—or I look in baby name books. I love baby name books.
How did you come up with the names of Cassia, Ky, and Xander?
I loved their meanings and the classical but modern feel of the names.
Was there an influence for the beautiful name Cassia?
My sister found the name for me. I love that it’s a botanical name that’s classical but unusual.
Are you team Ky or team Xander?
Team both. I know it’s a copout, but it’s true. I love them both. I based them both on my husband :)
Who’s your favorite character that you’ve written? :)
I really like Ky, Cassia, and Xander, but have found myself intrigued by Indie. I never know what she’ll do.
Thoughts about Cassia?
I like Cassia. Because she’s just a normal girl making brave decisions and in kind of a quiet way.
Is Cassia based on you?
She’s not based on me. But I did get to choose my own guy, I love to run, and I had really wonderful grandparents.
When it comes to characters, do you usually know their names first or their personalities?
Personalities. I don’t know why that is.
Are any of your characters based on people you know in real life?
Sometimes. The character Vick in Crossed is based on a mashup of my brother and brother-in-law.
Did any of your own children inspire Bram’s character, or others in Crossed?
Not really. My kids are all younger than Bram. But maybe they will grow up to be like him!
Did anyone inspire Cassia’s character?
Not anyone in particular, but I’ve always admired those quiet strong women who just do what’s right.
When writing Matched did you know you wanted the main character to have a long triangle dilemma?
No, I didn’t. That actually came rather late in the game. At first I thought Xander was just her friend. But then he loved her!
Which other YA dystopian novels have influenced you?
The two dystopian novels that have influenced me the most are 1984 and Fahrenheit 451.
What elements in Fahrenheit 451 influenced you the most?
Mostly the creepy feel and the burning of books. The scene at the library in Matched is an homage to Fahrenheit 451.
What is your most memorable experience as an author?
A former student of mine found out I was an author and wrote out I was an author and wrote me the nicest e-mail ever. That was a great one.
How did you come up with the idea of The Society?
I built the Society around the Match Banquet. I thought, “What government would exist for a world like this to take place?”
What part of the Society do you personally find most haunting?
All the stuff Cassia doesn’t know yet. Where are the animals? Why can only certain people mate? Etc.
If you lived in the Society what would your artifact and banquet dress be?
I’d pick my engagement ring and my dress would be blue.
This is it for today's post. Check back here tomorrow for Part 2. Where she'll answer questions like "Is Matched going to be a movie?" and more.
~Danica Page

Monday, September 19, 2011

In My Mailbox (2)

Hello Readers,

This is my second week being involved in In My Mailbox, a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren. The point is to share the books that you have somehow acquired over the week.

I went to the library and checked out the following books:

The Secret Rites of Social Butterflies by Lizabeth Zindel

Adeline Street by Carol Lynch Williams (author of The Chosen One and Miles from Ordinary--two great books.)

Once was Lost by Sara Zarr (author of Story of a Girl which I just read and reviewed.)

That's all for now.

As always, I hope you enjoy seeing what I'm reading as much as I've enjoyed seeing what others are reading.

Danica Page

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Book Review: I am the Messenger

I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak
Average Rating on Goodreads: 4.06
Pages: 357
Awards: (various awards) including: 2003 Children's Book Council Book of the Year,  Bulletin Blue Ribbon Book (2006)
Okay now before I get into what I think of this book. Here's the summary available on goodreads.
Meet Ed Kennedy—underage cabdriver, pathetic cardplayer, and useless at romance. He lives in a shack with his coffee-addicted dog, the Doorman, and he’s hopelessly in love with his best friend, Audrey. His life is one of peaceful routine and incompetence, until he inadvertently stops a bank robbery. That’s when the first Ace arrives. That’s when Ed becomes the messenger. . . .

Chosen to care, he makes his way through town helping and hurting (when necessary), until only one question remains: Who’s behind Ed’s mission?

Winner of the 2003 Children’s Book Council Book of the Year Award in Australia, I Am the Messenger is a cryptic journey filled with laughter, fists, and love.

My rating: 4 out of 5 stars. I would most likely reread it.
My overall impressions:

Where to start? Markus Zusak’s I am the Messenger is one of those books that I read and throughout the entire 357 pages I continually thought: Do I like this book? What do I think of it?

I’ve come to the following conclusion: I am the Messenger is night-and-day different than The Book Thief, but the writing style is very similar and extremely compelling. I found the premise of this novel extremely interesting.
I am the messenger follows the story of 19 year old cab driver Ed Kennedy, who lied and said he was 20 to get the job, who stops a bank robbery and then is designated as “the messenger.” Ed must deliver the messages that will help those around him or forfeit his life.
A great premise…an intriguing idea…and a fascinating cast of characters. I already mentioned that I found this book compelling. While I was reading, I couldn’t decide if I liked it or not, but I’ve decided that I do.
1.   It’s an original idea. I haven’t read any other books that really reminded me of this one. Yes, I could come up with some abstract comparisons to Robin Hood, etc. That’s not the point though. The point is this book felt original.
2.   Once again the characters are relatable. On the surface, I have nothing in common with any of the characters, but if you look deeper there are characteristics in each of us that can be identified within the book.
3.   Ed is so not the hero type…but in this novel he’s the main character and in my opinion sort of a hero...albeit an atypical hero, but still a hero. I love that.
Some Memorable Quotes/lines:
(I chose ones that I liked and ones that I didn't think would give away the story.)
·         It’s funny how when you watch people from a long distance, it all seems voiceless. It’s like watching a silent movie. You guess what people say. You watch their mouths move and imagine the sounds of their feet hitting the ground. You wonder what they’re talking about and, even more so, what they might be thinking. ~pg 66
·         We only sit there now. Audrey and me. And discomfort. Squeezed in, between us. She soon says, “You’re my best friend, Ed.”
“I know.” You can kill a man with those words. No gun. No bullets. Just words and a girl. ~pg 120. (Love love love this one.)
·         “They also seem to know me unbelievably well—almost as well as I know myself.”
“Yeah, but,” Audrey begins, “who knows you real well, Ed?”
And that’s just it.
“No one,” I say. ~pg 140
·         It’s impeccable how brutal the truth can be at times. You can only admire it. ~pg 304

In summary: An interesting, original, compelling read.
There are a few references to having sex, but they are pretty vague and not graphic. They only happen on occasion and are never more than a paragraph. Not bad at all, but they are there. I wasn't offended at all, and if it does offend you, you can easily skip over it.

This book was an interesting read and one that I would recommend to anybody who wants a unique, original read.

Wrapping it up:
I enjoyed reading it. Plus it had a reference to Crime and Punishment and Audrey got to love it, right?

Danica Page

Next review: Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson. I've read it before and absolutely love it. Naturally, I'm super excited about this review.

Yes, it's depressing, but I love Anna Karenina and Crime and Punishment too so enough said.

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