Unfriended, by Rachel Vail

20893312Last year I heard Rachel Vail read the first chapter of her middle grade novel, Unfriended, at a NYC Teen Author Reading Night and she totally stole the show. In both her writing and the way she read, Rachel completely nailed the voice of an eighth grader. The ambitious novels switches perspectives between sixth eight-grade characters, and reveals their individual struggles, preoccupations, and anxieties. The author makes it look easy, but I have a suspicion juggling so many different characters within one story was anything but. The anchoring story centers on Truly being asked to sit at the popular table, which creates a chain reaction that messes up much of the eight grade social order. As the title suggests, the effects of social media and the Internet are made use of in the story. But one thing I REALLY liked about this book, is that it doesn’t pretend like cliques and bullying and exclusivity all developed because of Internet culture. It instead shows how teens harness the power of the new technology to do the same things to each other they’ve always done, just in a much more public/wide reaching scale.  Continue reading

Top Ten Highest Rated Books I Read This Year

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It’s blogger’s choice for top ten tuesday this week. At first, I couldn’t think of anything. Then I got the idea to see which of the books I read this year had the highest ratings on goodreads. Here are the results. They aren’t all favorites of mine (although some of them are!) but there’s not a book on the list that I’m surprised by and I enjoyed all of them. All in all it was kind of cool to see what the rest of goodreads thought of the books I’ve been reading. Have you read any of these books? Would love to know in the comments! Continue reading

Marry, Date or Dump: Alexander, Harold & Max

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Happy Monday! Here are three funny storybook characters for you to marry, date, or dump (once they grow up of course!). We’ve got grumpy Alexander from Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, by Judith Viorst, creative Harold from Harold and the Purple Crayon,by Crockett Johnson, and naughty Max from Where the Wild Things Are, by Maurice Sendak. Excited to see who you pick!  Continue reading

Everything, Everything, by Nicola Yoon

18692431The first word of the review I left on goodreads for this book was whoa and I’m not sure I can do much better here. This book is seriously good (in many different senses of the word) and left me equally enchanted and disarmed. It’s easy to see why this novel is going to debut as a #1 New York Times Bestseller (all the more impressive considering this is Nicola Yoon’s first novel). It’s easy to see why people are picking the book up. The cover is beyond gorgeous and the flap copy instantly intriguing: My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla. But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly. Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster. Continue reading

Ten Finished Series I Have YET to Finish

toptentuesdayI didn’t think there wold be ten series for me to list in the post, but once I started counting I had way way more than ten series that I’ve started and haven’t finished. So many books so little time I guess. Some of these are series that just didn’t float my boat and others are ones I’m really hoping to get back to eventually. Either way, here are ten series that are finished that I have yet to finish. Let me know if you have opinions on which ones I should start reading again in the comments. Continue reading