2- Speak (Laurie Halse Anderson)
3- How to ditch your Fairy (Justine Larbalestier)
4- Lock and Key (Sarah Dessen)
5- Keeping the Moon (Sarah Dessen)
Character Development: 10/10
Overall Enjoyment: 10/10
Total Score: 60
Drugs, Alcohol, Etc.: 1/10
Sexual Content: 1/10
This book deserves and extra category---
Completely frightening stuff that can make you jump and will scare you so much you check under the bed and in the closet before you sleep but it doesn’t matter because the book is so good no matter what you do you CANT. STOP. READING.:10/10
Aimed at: 13 and up
Other: Pros: Everything about this book links to something else that links to something else which makes the book flow effortlessly Cons: um…….I can’t think of anything I didn’t like Written Review:
# of pages: 352pg.
Written in: first person narrative, teen girl
Released on: April 21, 2009
Tone: chilling, terrifying, and amazing
Pros: Everything about this book links to something else that links to something else which makes the book flow effortlessly
Cons: um…….I can’t think of anything I didn’t like
Can I just start by saying O MY GOSH!!!! This book was so cool and amazing and fantastic and every other word that is the equivalent to Absolutely Positively Great! OK I know I sound totally fake because who could love a book this much but I really did. And why wouldn't I? Like I said above the pages flowed effortlessly. Katie Alender obviously spent a lot of time planning the flow of this book. Every action had a reaction though you didn't necessarily figure it out until the end. The characters took such a definite role that made them seem so real. Their voices were so distinctive and their personalities were developed to the maximum level. The plot was so frightening but at the same time it was filled with humor, romance, mystery, and suspense to make a perfect book. The ending concluded things perfectly. The book foreshadowed enough to keep you wanting more but not enough to spoil the many, many exciting twists. There isn't much more I could say except I completely fell in love with this novel from page one. This book kept me in the novel until the very last page. To prove it I'll tell you I read over 200 pages today. 200 pages when I didn't even have the time to read one page. But this book was so good I made time. 2 minutes while my food reheated. 1minute waiting by the front door to run errands. 4 minutes on the ride to the store. You get the idea. I loved this book. O yea And I don't even like horror novels. The littlest thing can scare me for months. An article in a magazine about someone dying or a trailer for a horror flick all give me nightmares. I'm that easily frightened yet I loved this totally chilling novel. Weird huh? Overall this is a must read for everyone whether you are a scaredy-cat like me or brave enough to face the most dangerous of situations. You need to read this book! So check it out when it releases on April 21st.
O and check back on April 15th to read a guest blog by Katie Alender the amazing author of this superb book.
Janie Ryman hates throwing up. So why does she binge eat and then stick her fingers down her throat several times a day? That’s what the doctors and psychiatrists at Golden Slopes hope to help her discover. But first Janie must survive everyday conflicts between the Barfers and the Starvers, attempts by the head psychiatrist to fish painful memories out of her emotional waters, and shifting friendships and alliances among the kids in the ward.
I overall liked this book. The characters were developed well but for some reason I never really connected with anyone but Janie. I totally went into this book expecting a heart wrenching novel about the struggles a person with bulimia has. I did see the struggles but I was never really caught up in this book and sympathizing with all of these characters because this book seemed more informative them personal at some times. The voice in this book was written very eloquently. The ending bugged me a little because everything seemed to end too perfectly with no consequences after Janie left the treatment center. I liked how each chapter began with a journal entry. It was a nice way to see inside Janie’s recovery. The novel was paced perfectly in my opinion. Her recovery was filled with baby steps forward and a few steps back but once she came to terms with the “Wedding Incident”(which I felt the author dragged out a little too long) and opened herself up to the idea of recovery the path was much easier. I liked how you not only saw Janie struggle with her problem but you saw the people with anorexia struggle to face their problems as well. You also got to see the family relationships and other stressful problems the patients faced that you could infer brought on their eating disorders. It was a very serious and real topic that few authors can handle as gracefully as Sarah Darer Littman did. Overall this book is serious, informing, and emotional with just the right amount of humor. I pray for anyone who struggles daily with an eating disorder as I now have a much stronger view of the pains they face. Thank you.
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