The Girl Who Could Fly – Victoria Forester – Cute, but it wasn’t until the last 50 pages that I really loved it. Kind of a slow start.
Along for the Ride – Sarah Dessen – One of her best. But then, I love Sarah Dessen; you know that.
Waiting for You – Susane Colasanti – Fine, but not great. She gets touted as the next Sarah Dessen sometimes and I just don’t buy it.
Knucklehead: Tall Tales and Almost True Stories of Growing Up Scieszka – Jon Scieszka – So amusing. Makes me want six boys, almost.
Princess of the Midnight Ball – Jessica Day George – A nice retelling, although not quite at the “Beauty” level for me. Also, JSD was one of my father-in-law’s students which I think rocks.
The City of Ember – Jeanne Duprau – Oh my heavens, this book was so long.
The September Sisters – Jillian Cantor – Too dadgum depressing for me.
City of Bones – Cassandra Clare – Romance and snark. My two favorite things in a book.
City of Ashes – Cassandra Clare – Poor Simon. And yet, I was absolutely solidly Team Jace.
Sophomore Switch – Abby Mcdonald – I . . . did not like this book at all. The characters kept saying “totes” instead of “totally.”
– our own life has never looked so good.
The Doll People – Ann M. Martin – Somehow I missed the fan wagon on this one. Fine, but not wonderful.
City of Glass – Cassandra Clare – A nice conclusion to a good trilogy. Also, I’m finding that the people who hate Edward/Jacob also hate Jace. Interesting.
Breathing – Cheryl Renee Herbsman – I had such high hopes for this book, but sadly, the main girl was just too whiny for me.
Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side – Beth Fantaskey – I had low hopes for this book, but it turned out to be quite good, even with the fairly stupid title.
Hattie Big Sky – Kirby Larson – I loved Hattie and every page of this book. Read it.
Teen Idol – Meg Cabot – This book was incredibly unmemorable. Somehow Meg Cabot, queen of YA, doesn’t quite do it for me.
Me, the Missing and the Dead – Jenny Valentine – I don’t know what to say about this book – it was an odd one.
Escape! The Story of the Great Houdini – Sid Fleischman – I still think about this book. And wonder how he did some of those tricks.
Wings – Aprilynne Pike – I dreamed I got asked to write the sequel. I was terrified.
Keturah and Lord Death – Martine Leavitt – This book stretched on forever. Also, I was really surprised by the ending, not in a good way.
Going Too Far – Jennifer Echols – Surprisingly good, but a lot of swearing.
The Dead and the Gone – Susan Beth Pfeffer – Chilling – I now live in fear of meteorites and dying in an elevator.
The Wednesday Wars – Gary D. Schmidt – Just go read this book. What in the world are you waiting for?
Unwind – Neal Shusterman – A very quick engaging read, although the end kind of fizzed out for me.
Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy – Gary D. Schmidt – Sad but also happy. I love Gary Schmidt.
A Kiss in Time – Alex Flinn – Not one of my favorite retellings – both characters were sadly unlikable.
Switch – Carol Snow – Cool concept, but it didn’t quite fulfil its potential.
Catherine, Called Birdy – Karen Cushman – I know everyone adores this book, but it kind of dragged for me and I find Catherine quite unlikable.
Suite Scarlett – Maureen Johnson – I didn’t know what to expect from this book and it was even more not what I expected.
If I Stay – Gayle Forman – It is very fun to try and conceal your bawling in an airport terminal.
The Summoning – Kelley Armstrong – I thought this book would be scarier and less interesting. I was happily surprised.
A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table – Molly Wizenberg – Where is my cider cream sauce?
A Long Way From Chicago – Richard Peck – What a sweet book; the ending solidified this as a just darn good book.
A Year Down Yonder – Richard Peck – Even better than A Long Way From Chicago.
The Luxe – Anna Godbersen – This book was just fun.
Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler’s Shadow – Susan Campbell Bartoletti – Interesting in some parts, but a little slow in others
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society – Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows – I loved this book. No wonder it’s such a best seller.
A Season of Gifts – Richard Peck – I am totally on the Richard Peck bandwagon now.
Al Capone Shines My Shoes – Gennifer Choldenko – I liked this one better than the first book.
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