Saturday, March 31, 2012
11 year old Julia lives in Southern California, hanging out with her best friend Hanna and avoiding getting teased on the school bus when the earth starts spinning more slowly.
This was just hauntingly good- brilliant writing, a startlingly original voice, and one of the most moving coming of age stories I have ever read.
Killer Stuff and Tons of Money : Seeking History and Hidden Gems in Flea-Market America, by Maureen Stanton
In Neverland, she meets and falls for a runaway named Flynt, and keeps prying into Sapphire's murder, going so far as to try to work at the same strip club.
This was a really good read, but I felt like there were too many issues - like, dead sibling, check, drugged out mom, check, OCD, check, prom problems, of course. There were also some side plots that hardly added to the story, and it ended unconvincingly.
It is time for Prince Maxon to marry, and 35 girls are chosen to compete for his hand in marriage. 16 year old America Singer is one, and despite her many reservations, blah blah blah.
Fun, but I am not sure why it's getting such huge buzz.
The writer changed their ages a bit, and of course they went to masked balls and all sorts of silliness, but it was a fun and quick read.
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Overwhelming, epic stew of ideas and words, brilliantly done, but not super focused.
I loved it, it read like Bacigalupi in some ways, but I do wish it was a tiny bit tighter. So good though, and wildly different from Boudinot's first novel, Misconception, which I also thought was insanely good.
In fact, this was such a letdown, it deserves a whole new tag: dissapointing, for all the books that come with so much hype that I feel cheated by the blurbs and reviewers.
This reminded me in some ways of Lionel Shriver's agonizing We Need To Talk About Kevin, but with more of a thriller tone. Wonderful.
Monday, March 19, 2012
Required too much suspension of disbelief to work.
Thursday, March 15, 2012
and they all have terrible secrets, and they all blah blah blah.
Was actually an absorbing read, but I feel like I've read it 8 times before.
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Parry, who had spent a decade in Japan before Blackman's disappearance made headlines, followed the case from the start, and kept at it through the 6 year trial of the unusual Korean-minority killer who never did admit to killing Lucie, although he did admit to multiple rapes and one "accidental" death of another gaijin bar girl.
A deep look at the Japanese justice system and it's failures, but also a searching portrayal of a family when a member of that family disappears...
Great non-fiction read, for true crime fans. Would recommend to anyone who enjoyed The Devil in the White City, or similar.
Except for beheadings, this was pretty faithful to history- and maybe in Hollywood, divorce after an airtight prenup feels like a beheading?
Fun, but not what I hoped for.
This could have (and more realistically, should have) been much darker, but aimed at a YA audience, maybe the author didn't want to take it as dark as it really might have been.
Well done, but with some weak spots.
Across The Universe. This was a great continuation, much more than a "middle book". Elder and Amy continue to grow as characters, and the ethical conflicts aboard the space ship continue to introduce ideas about the nature of leadership, and the value of freedom. Just a great read, and I can't wait for the next.
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Was She Pretty? which is one of my favorite graphic novels. This read like some kind of hipster cupcake.