Monday, January 19, 2015

Book Review: Prom by LHA

Prom Discussion
Title: Prom
Author: Laurie Halse Anderson
Hardcover, 215 pages
Published February 2nd 2006 by Turtleback Books
This book would be good for fans of realistic chick lit, but are not looking for a romance novel.

Ashley is a worker class girl who is just trying to get through her senior year so that she can move out of her parents house and into an apartment with her boyfriend.   Ashley has no interest in senior prom, but when the math teacher gets arrested for stealing the prom money Ashley, must do her duty and help her best friend, Natalia throw a prom together.

This book was my beach bag book for a weekend beach trip I went on this summer.  I bought Prom years ago when I was on a Laurie Halse Anderson kick.  This is not a normal LHA book full of tough issues like teen pregnancy, eating disorders, and sexual assault.    It was a lot lighter then all of that.  I enjoy it fine, but wasn’t impressed with it.

·      I love Natalia’s grandmother; she’s the best thing about this book.  She only speaks Russian, has been caught swimming in a Baptistery, and likes eating ravioli straight from the can.  She’s very coo-coo, but she’s also really fun.
·       I like Ashley’s family even if she doesn’t.  They are kind and loving even though they are loud, annoying, and always in her business.  They mean well.
·      I think it is absolutely hilarious that Ash works at Chuck E. Cheese  Romping Rat Pizza Parlor.
·      TJ is just such a bum.  I hate how her dad encourages their relationship.  That would never be the case in real life.
·      HLA keep mentioning friend after friend after friend of Ashley’s, but only Natalia ever had a developed personality.  It seems like just a good way to take up space on a page.
·      A math teacher stole the prom money—What?!  On what planet would someone give up their job, retirement plan, and insurance for prom money?
·      I felt like all the teachers and principals at the school were stupid and unrealistic especially, the substitute math teacher.  I think he was supposed to be cool, but really he would have never gotten away with being that lazy.

Monday, January 05, 2015

Book Review: The Eleventh Plague

10369932The Eleventh Plague Discussion
Title: The Eleventh Plague
Author: Jeff Hirsch
Hardcover, 278 pages
Published September 1st 2011 by Scholastic Press
Readers of apocalypse, disaster, pestilence, and postapocalypse books, if you are looking for a stand-alone post-disaster book you should try this one!

The Eleventh Plague takes place after a world-wide flu epidemic that has left the United States without government or any real civilization.  This story starts out with Stephen and his father burying his grandfather.  Stephen knows that things will be different now that the patriarch of their trio is gone.  Stephen’s father wants to give up the life of being salvagers and traveling from Canada to Florida year after year, however; Stephen wants to continue the nomadic life.  After a terrible accident that leaves Stephen’s father in a coma Stephen meets a group of men who live in a small town nearby.  They rescue Stephen and his dad.  Stephen must learn to contribute and fit in while he waits for his father to emerge from the coma.

I really enjoy reading a post-disaster book that wasn’t a part of a series or trilogy.   I also enjoyed that the protagonist was a guy and not a lovesick teenager girl.

·      I really enjoyed how slowly throughout the book little pieces of Stephen’s past were told.  You slowly get to learn about his abusive grandfather and compassionate mother.
·      I loves how accepting and loving Violet and her family are to Stephen.  She just steps in and acts as the mother figure that Stephen needs.  
·      I really enjoyed the school teacher.   You can tell he loves his job and believes that education is vital for a rich and successful life.
·      I hated Jenny.  She was obnoxious and obvious trouble.  I wanted to tell Stephen, “Stay away from her; she’s bad news.”
·      I’m going to be honest I thought the end was a little cheesy, but I don’t want to spoil it.  So, if you read it comment and let me know what you thought of the ending.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Reviewing my 2014 reading goals

Top Ten Goals/Resolutions from 2014

My Bookish Goals.

To read at least 35 books. This includes audiobooks.   

  • Check, actually I read 93 books!  A personal goal!
To read at 3 books about animals, ecology, or nature.  
  •  Umm.... no not even one.
To read 2 biographies.
  • Check! I read several this year.  
    • My Vertical Life by Chelsea Handler
    • King Peggy: An American Secretary, Her Royal Destiny, and the Inspiring Story of How She Changed an African Village by
To read 2 graphic novels.
  • Super check! 9

To read a book way outside of my "reading" comfort zone, just because someone suggests it to me.

  • Check! I read several this year.  
    • Bloody Jack: Being an Account of the Curious Adventures of Mary "Jacky" Faber, Ship's Boy by LA Meyer
    • Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
    • The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
    • The Selection by Kiera Cass

Reread at 2 of the Harry Potter books.

  • No check :( 
 Catch up on the Percy Jackson series. 

  • Check! So glad I did. Now, I am yearning for Magnus Chase!