Friday, September 24, 2010

Impossible by Nancy Werlin

This book is about a young teenager named Lucy who is raised by her foster parents. On prom night, she is tragically raped by her high school date and weeks later finds that she is pregnant. She is cursed by her birth family and generations before her. She must complete three impossible tasks or her unborn baby (who she has decided to keep) will be born under a spell of madness. The book focuses on her unending love and support from her foster parents and life long friend, Zach which blooms into a beautiful romance.

I picked this book because the story line seamed appealing even though it's considered a fantasy novel. I actually really enjoyed this book because of it's suspense and romance as well as the contemporary setting. To me, it doesn't seem like a "true" fantasy book. It's a cross over between fantasy, suspense and romance.

The author of this book is a caucasian middle age woman and the main character Lucy seem to be caucasian as well. Lucy is 17, Zach a couple years older and her foster parents are middle age.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson

Fantasy is not my favorite read, however, this book was much easier for me to get through. The Adoration of Jenna Fox has many realistic references so I think that is why the book was more appealing to me.

It was a good read, however, I think it lasted a little too long. I was wondering when the end would come!

I would consider this book to be more of a science fiction novel rather than a fantasy read. This book also addresses the power of science and medicine and the ethics that go along with it.

It takes place in a small town in Southern California (i think!). I believe the characters are of a white race and are upper class Americans.

Jenna has awoken from a coma with no memory. Her parents try to help her remember who she was by having her watch tons of recorded home videos. She struggles with trying to find the real "her". She has many questions about her old life and what has happened and her parents are not willing to give her the answers.

Is she really the true Jenna Fox? Will her memory ever come back? Are her parents being honest with her? Read to find out!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Friday Night Lights by H.G. Bissinger

Friday Night Lights was one of my most favorite reads when I was in High School. I loved this book and I'm not really sure why. Most of the times, I gravitated to sad, girly books but this one caught my attention for some reason.

My high school lived for Friday Nights as well and football was big in our small town. I could relate to some aspects of this book and I think thats why I connected with the book. This book will definitely appeal to young adult males as well as students who are involved in high school football.

November Blues by Sharon M. Draper

November Blues is an award winning book receiving the Coretta Scott King Honor Award.

Honestly, Realistic Fiction is my all time favorite genre and even though this book was not one of my favorites, I still enjoyed reading it and and loved the reality that it brought with it.

November loses her boyfriend to a tragic high school mishap and three months later she finds out that she's pregnant with his child. November and her single mother struggle with the reality of a teenage pregnancy and November is then faced with a huge decision. Her deceased, boyfriend's parents want custody of the child but in the end November follows her heart.

I enjoyed the teenage pregnancy story line but was not that interested in the side stories that were taking place.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

if i stay by Gayle Forman

if i stay by Gayle Forman was a GREAT read for me! I loved this book and would probably read it again. I never wanted to set the book down and I was fighting for Mia the enitre time.

I was caught off guard by the horrific tragedy that takes place early on in the novel and actually cried as I was reading.

This book was beautifully written and truly thought provoking. Mia finds her self in a hospital bed and has to choose if she wants to stay or follow her family, who's lives were tragically taken away. Mia is in a coma but can hear and see everything that takes place. Will she give up or live her life? Awesome read!

I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a good, easy and dramatic read. if i stay will remain as one of my all time favorite Young Adult books.

Are you there God? It's me Margaret by Judy Blume

Hands down, my all time favorite Young Adult book from my younger years is Are you there God? It's Me Margaret by Judy Blume

As I read it again last week, I smirked when I read the line, "We must, we must, we must increase our bust!". This line brought back SO many memories that I just had to laugh. I can remember my group of friends gathering around this book and reading it as if it were a big secret! Of course, we would not be caught dead reading this book in front of the boys.

It's a great read for young ladies who are about to make that big change in their lives and become young women.

I would want my future daughter one day to read this book and love it as much as I did!

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Young Adult Literature

For one of my master's classes (Young Adult Literature), I have to participate in social networking sites where I can share my joy and appreciation for reading.

I have to read two books a week, from different genres, and share about them. Since I already have a blog, I though this would be a great place.

Over the next couple of months, I will be reviewing different books I have read. Enjoy!