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Undone by Brook Taylor August 24, 2009

Posted by Aubri in Death/Dying, Family/Friendship, Realistic.
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Cheyenne
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In the novel Undone, Brook Taylor leads the reader through the broken life of Serena Moore’s. After losing her best friend since eighth grade after a car accident in tenth grade, Serena decides to finish her former friend’s list of five things to do if she could. Through completeing tasks like getting a tatoo, working thing’s out with her best friend’s boyfriend, she begins to realize she was forgetting who she really was. Plus, there was figuring out the answers to the tasks, “Confront D” who was that? or “tell Serena” what? And how was Serena supposed to sing with Bleeder Valve if she couldn’t sing in front of people? Undone really relates with every reader even if their life isn’t as messed up as Serena Moore’s.

Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty August 10, 2009

Posted by Aubri in Family/Friendship, Realistic, Slow start, week 8.
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Jessica Darling is devistated when her best friend, Hope, moves away. Jessica doesn’t fit in at school, the guy she likes doesn’t even know she excitsts and she doesn’t fit in at home, with her dad who only talks to her when it has to do with her track meets. With Hope gone Jessica feels like nothing, just nothing. But Jessica is thrown for a loop when Marcus Flutie, known as a “Dreg” at school suddenly takes intrest in her. Jessica soon finds herself taking a false pee test and spending more time with strange but compelling Marcus.
This book started out really slow and kind of depressing but as soon as Marcus enters the picture the book really heated up. This is the first in five books and I am un-clear if McCafferty is planning on writing more or if there are only going to be five. I can’t wait to read the next one.

Chanda’s Wars by Allan Stratton August 4, 2009

Posted by Aubri in Family/Friendship, Realistic, week 8.
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In this sequal to Chanda’s Secrets, Chanda finds herself faced with new problems but all as equally hard or harder. Chanda has this dream. It’s filled with lots of kids running down the road, the ditches on each side filled with blood and they’re in Trio. These dreams start to happen more and more and soon Mrs. Taft suggests it must have something to do with Chanda refusing to go to Trio to see her family. Chanda refuses to go but soon can’t take the dreams any longer and when her grandma calls saying that she is sorry for the past and wishes to give the children their blessing before she dies, Chanda doesn’t say no. But what she finds in Trio she can’t help but wish she hadn’t. And soon Chanda is on a hunt to find her siblings and save them from what most likely will be death.
I loved this book but like the first one it is really intense. Both Chanda and other characters have to over come their pride to do what is best and what they know is right. No matter how dangerous.

Something, Maybe Elizabeth Scott August 2, 2009

Posted by Aubri in Realistic, Week 7.
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Hannah is miserable. Her dad makes a living by hanging out with grils half his age and seems to forget he had a daughter, her mom isn’t entirely over her former relationship with Hannah’s father and the death of her husband, Hannah’s crush doesn’t notice her, and her annoying co-worker Finn won’t leave her alone. So when Hannah’s Dad finally asks her to come up and see him, and her crush finally shows some interest, and her mom seems to be perkier than usual, she should be happy right? Wrong. Everyhting is not what it seems to be anymore. I guess you’ll just have to read the book to find out what I’m talking about.
(BTW, if you liked Perfect You and Bloom you’re gonna love this book.)

Esperenza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan July 28, 2009

Posted by Aubri in A Favorite, Historical, Realistic, Week 7.
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Esperenza believed that she would be rich forever. That Papa would always be with her. That her house would be filled with food and beautiful clothes. That she would always be safe from the world. But then a tragedy forces Esperenza and her mother to flee to California, and work on a large plantation. Life is hard, and Esperenza sees a whole new side of life– a life of poverty and hard work. But when Mama becomes ill, it’s up to Esperenza to save her, even though the Great Depression and worker strikes threaten to bring them down. Can this rich girl rise to the challange?
This is a lovely and inspirational book that I suggest everyone read. It is wonderfully written and uplifting.

Jacob Have I Loved by Katherine Paterson July 28, 2009

Posted by Aubri in A Favorite, Realistic, Week 7.
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This is a touching story that will reach the hearts of anyone who has ever been overshadowed, whether by a sibling, friend, or anyone. Louise is sick of her twin sister Catherine. Catherine is beautiful, Catherine is pretty and frail. Catherine is talented. Catherine is better. Growing up on the small island of Rass, Catherine seems to take everything. Their parent’s love, her chances of an education, her childhood dreams. And worst of all, she’s right! Her parents really do pay more attention to Catherine. People give Catherine chances that would never be offered to Louise. And Catherine expects these things. can Louise escape? Does she want to?
This is an amazing book, and I think everyone should read it.

Elegance by Kathleen Tessaro July 27, 2009

Posted by Aubri in Fashion, Realistic, week 6.
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I finished reading Elegance by Kathleen Tessaro. Louise Canova is an overweight, frumpy woman who’s marriage is failing miserably. She dappled in acting when she was younger but is now the head of a the ticket booth at an opera house in London. She’s surrounded by fashionable people, from her stylish friend Nicki to her model mother-in-law. As Louise is scanning a second hand bookstore, she finds an A-Z guide on fashion, called Elegance, written by a model from the early 1960’s. She reads and follows the written advice and slowly changes her appearance and boosts her self esteem. But Louise soon learns that being elegant is a difficult decision, and some people might not like her new choices…
A very descriptive and well written novel about life and the important choices you make in them.

Walk softly, Rachel July 13, 2009

Posted by Aubri in Realistic, Sad parts, week 4.
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Haizel
Ferndale Library

There was another book i read called Walk softly, Rachel. It’s about a girl named Rachel her brother died when she was 7, he was 14. She goes into his room & later finds his diary. She starts reading it whenever she gets a chance & learns about the brother that she didn’t get to know so much about. I recommend this book!!!

Black Mirror July 13, 2009

Posted by Aubri in Realistic, Sad parts, week 4.
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Haizel
Ferndale Library

I finished reading Black Mirror a few days ago. It’s a really good book i recommend this book!!!! It’s about a girl hows brother died.She has no mom & lives with her grandma. So she later moves into an apartment. SHe later tries to do the job her brother did.

Between Mom and Jo by Julie Anne Peters July 6, 2009

Posted by Aubri in Realistic, Slow Plot, week 3.
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Nick has lesbian parents. He loves them and they love him. But after Nick starts school he starts being hassled because his parents are gay. After that it just gets worse for Nick. Then his parents start having marriage problems. Nick is going down hill and no one is able to help him.

This book is filled with little stories through out his life and memories about them. I thought it was pretty good but was a slow read. I wouldn’t recommend this to any one who is against gays or doesn’t like a a slow read, but is wasn’t a bad book.