Monday, December 28, 2009

Secrets of my Suburban Life by Lauren Baratz-Logsted

Back Cover: Everything changed for Lauren ("Ren") after Harry Potter killed her mom. no, it's not what you think-Harry Potter didn't come to life and stab her or anything. A stack of those thick books crushed her. Now Ren is stuck out in the suburbs of Connecticut, dragged out there because her father is too grief stricken to continue living in New York. Ren tries to fit in at her new school, but the most popular girl, Farrin, keeps icing her out. Then Ren discovers that Farrin has a secret: She's been communicating online with an older man, and they are actually planning to meet! Ren can't let Farrin go through with it- she's witnessed enough tragi events as it is. So she comes up with the perfect plan to stop the perv. But then she finds out who he is... This was a good book, kinda weird the way her mom dies, but it's all good. It's a likable story and Ren is a likable characters, who has some crazy things going on in her life. But it's like what, she thought her dad was the perv! I mean, it kinda made sense, but that was def concluding something way too fast. It is def scary how people can find so much information about you online and everything, unless of course you never go online, but still! It was sad how she had to write to her mom instead of being able to talk to her, even though she thought she wasn't handling it too well, it seemed to me like she was. This cover is kinda scary though, like a scary dollhouse or something haha so ya it was good though!

Friday, December 25, 2009

The Fortunes of Indigo Skye by Deb Caletti

Back Cover: Eighteen-year-old Indigo Skye feels like she has it all- a waitress job she loves, an adorable refrigerator-delivery-guy boyfriend, and a home life that's slightly crazed but rich in love. Until a mysterious man at the restaurant leaves her a 2.5-million dollar tip, and her life as she knows it is transformed. At first it's amazing: a hot new car, an enormous flat-screen TV, and presents for everyone she cares about. Indigo laughs off the warnings that money changes people, because she knows it won't happen to her. Until the day she looks around and realizes everything important is slipping away, and no amount of money can buy it all back... So this was my favorite book from her so far from the other two that I read. I like how it has a good message, even though you always hear how money isn't important and it can change you, it's hard to remember that when you;re young and wanting to be important or have nice things, thinking it'll help you out. Indigo knew it at the beginning, but her little trip changed her until she realized that even though she needed a break from things, those were the things that made her who she was, so she figured out what to do with that money and made a good plan! This was a great book. Even though i know it took me a while to read! Wow, haven't taken me that long to read a book in a long time, but I like it. No need to rush! And today is Christmas, so hope everyone had a good one! :]

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Backwater by Joan Bauer

Front Flap: We rounded a curve, climbed over a rock formation glistening with frost. "We're here," Jo said, and extended her hand to the expanse of blue-gray sky and the beauty of the snow-capped mountain summit. It was perfect. Was it? Stuck in a family overflowing with lawyers, Ivy Breedlove longs to be understood, to break free of unfair expectations and to find the truth about the mysterious hermit aunt who broke the family mold- the relative no one will talk about. With an outrageous mountain guide leading the way, Ivy sets out on the journey of a lifetime to find the missing link in the Breedlove family. But is she too late? In this powerful, compassionate and funny new novel, award-winning authoe Joan Bauer transports the reader to the wild and wintry Adirondack Mountains and into the backwater as Ivy searches for the one Breedlove who is, perhaps like herself. This was a really good book! It went by really fast though. But I like her books a lot, because they're for teens, but they're so different than other teen books and series, not that I don't like the others, but this is a way to get out of the other types of books. It was crazy to read about her hermit aunt who just loves birds! And how it was a journey to reach out to this woman, Josephine, who lives all by herself in the woods! That'd be scary, especially if you need help, like they ended up needing, but they got it from Mountain Mama and Jack! It gave hope, that you can reach out and talk to someone. I like how she likes the history of her family, I mean she knew everything about all her ancestors. That'd be really interesting to look up my family that way and make some type of book like she did. But it was a great book!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Splendor by Anna Godbersen

Front Flap: As spring turns into summer, Elizabeth relishes her new role as a young wife, while her sister Diana, searches for adventure abroad. But when a surprising clue about their father's death comes to light, the Holland girls wonder as what cost a life of splendor comes. Carolina Broad, society's newest darling, fans a flame from her past, oblivious to how it might burn her future. Penelope Schoonmaker is finally Manhattan royalty- but when a real prince visits the city, she covets a title that comes with a crown. Her husband, Henry, bravely went to war, only to discover that his father's rule extends well beyond New York's shores and that fighting for love may prove a losing battle. In the dramatic conclusion to the bestselling Luxe series, New York's most dazzling socialites chase dreams, cling to promises, and tempt fate. As society watches what will become of the city's oldest families and newest fortunes, one question remains: Will its stars fade away or will they shine ever brighter? Very sad that the books are over! I was gonna say it sounded like it the last few pages, because I don't read the summaries until I finish the book so now it plainly says it's the conclusion! Very sad, but I think it was really amazing and successful so four is a good number. I thought that Henry and Diana would for sure get together, but in the end she picked to make herself happy first over anothers, and that must have taken some serious guts! I think it was a good idea to leave New York though because of all that gossiping and scandal and crap jeez. Thank goodness I don't have to worry about all of that! And Elizabeth ended up being happy, I'm glad because she deserves it. I can't believe Mr. Snowden actually had Will killed! That was so sad when it happened, and to know that your new husband killed your former one because of money! And your father too! Wow, good thing he got out the picture and in came Teddy. For some reason he reminds me of that guy in Little Women, I think it's Laurie? But yeah, and too bad for Penelope, but I guess her and Henry stay together, but not in love. I'm also glad I marry for whom I love, not what looks right with whoever's family and stuff. But I'll miss the books, I might just buy them all though since I don't have any, just got them from the library and borrowed from people or whatever.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

it had to be you by Cecily von Ziegesar

Front Cover: Welcome to New York City's Upper East Side, where my friends and I live in luxe Fifth Avenue apartments and attend Manhattan's most exclusive private schools. We're smart, we've inherited classic good looks, we wear fantastic clothes, and we know how to party. We can't help it- we were born this way. Our story begins with three inseparable, completely gorgeous fifteen-year-old, Serena van der Woodsen, Blair Waldorf, and Nate Archibald. Blair has loved Nate and his glittering green eyes since she was in Bonpoint onesies. Too bad Nate wishes Blair's beautiful best friend, Serena, was the one with the crush. And Serena has a secret she's keeping from them both. Hmm, something tells me these three best friends might not be as close as we thought... How do I know all this? Because I know everything- and lucky for you, I can't keep a secret. So sit back while I untangle this messy little tale and tell you how it all began. Admit it, you're already falling for me. So, this is how it all started! Now I got the details on the heart in the sweater and the ruby ring and Serena and Nate having sex together for the first time and the Red Sea thing and all of that good stuff! It was great just as always. It's kinda fun to read the prequel since you already know everything that's going to happen later. It's like background stuff they refer to or you know about the character but haven't read it yet and there it is! I can't wait to read the last book I don't remember what it's called but the one that just came out. I'm waiting for it to come out in paperback though cuz I don't want one random hardback one ya know what I mean? But yeah! It did take me a while to read this one but that's because it's finals week! And I finished my goal so I'm not rushed plus it's bigger than the others so yeah! Loved it. For some reason when Serena was sad about Nate I was like kinda nto caring, maybe because I know what she was going to do behind Blair's back, but oh well haha.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Victoria and the Rogue by Meg Cabot

Back Cover: Growing up in far-off India, wealthy young heiress Victoria Arbuthnot is accustomed to handling her own affairs. But in her siexteenth year, Vicky is unceremoniously shipped off to London to find a husband. She may be in a strange new city, but Vicky knows one thing: her own mind. And she has decided that handsome, worldly Hugo Rothschild will suit her needs admirably in the matrimonial department. But raffish young ship captain Jacob Carstairs disagrees. Vicky is mystified by Jacob's insistence that Hugo is not for her- that is, until it becomes clear that Hugo is not all he professes to be. Not only has Vicky misjudged Hugo, she has misjudged Jacob... and the reason for his interference. Will Vicky be forced to admit that- for the first time in her life- she might actually be wrong? I FINISHED 300 BOOKS IN ONE YEAR GO MEEEE!!!!! YAY!!! WOOHOOOO This was a great last book for my 300 book goal! I loved it and I thought it was even better than the other I read similar to it because it was funny to read about Victoria and her ways and about life in India compared to England. It was great. And of course I knew at the beginning that the Jacob guy was the one she was gonna want, you can always tell! Well now I can, before I didn't really pay attention probably but now I do and it kinda sux sometimes though since I know like who they're gonna end up with at the end but that's ok. I loved the story and the way she talks and everything. I wanna read more fun books like this one! Alright gotta get ready for school but yay im so excited i did it and today is my last real day of classes and then i just have 2 finals and 2 final papers and im done with this semester!!!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Devious by Cecily Von Ziegesar

Back Cover: Everyone at elite Waverly Academy actually look forward to the freezing month of January: it's Jan Plan, four blissful weeks when cool independent projects replace hectic schedules and boring classes. Wild weeknight parties, late-night trips to the crater, and plenty of time to gossip about it all? Yes, please! Jenny Humphrey can't wait to start her solo art project. But the real masterpiece is Isaac Dresden, the new dean's gorgeous son, who's taken an interest in Jenny's painting... and her. Tinsley Carmichael has a new friend, too: Isaac's out-of-control sister, Isla. The two girls are a match made in hell, and heir racy photo project has the whole school talking. Too bad tinsley's boyfriend, Julian McCafferty, disapproves of their kind of"art". Exes Callie Vernon and Brandon Buchanan are thrown together on a psychology experiment about the origins of true love. And they might just be the best subjects... Without the structure of real classes, the Waverly Owls are bound to find crazy ways to entertain themselves. Now who said school wasn't fun? Def another amazing book to add onto the collection. I love how they have this Jan Plan and at PLU we have J-Term, although you don't get to do fun stuff like them, but it's a time where lots of people study abroad though! But I'm taking stats how fun boo haha anyways, this was a fun book. Isla is def trouble, and she's the dean's son man! I guess that's how she's always been according to Isaac, who is def not helping Jenny although he thinks he is, since she's getting special treatment from the dean himself with h er solo art project. And sadly they didn't mention Heath! It was weird without him around, just a few times his little log of what was going on showed up but it def got worse each time and then at the end of course he gets to the party just in time with Easy along and Easy saves Isla from probably dying or being very injured because she fell through a window. And then Isla blames Insley, uh oh. And Easy's appearance shocks everyone, especially Callie who was starting to get cozy with Brandon. Def drama coming up in the next one. It's amazing, this is what the 9th book and they're only in January of Jenny's first year there man it's great! I don't want them to end soon! It seems as if lots of series end after like 10 or 11 books!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Donut Days by Lara Zielin

Front Cover: Emma has a lot going on. Her best friend's not speaking to her, a boy she's known all her life is suddenl smokin' hot and in love with her, and oh yes, her evangelical minister parents may lose their church, especially if her mother keeps giving sermons saying Adam was a hermaphrodite. But this weekend, Emma's only focused on Crispy Dream, a hot new donut franchise opening in town, where Harley bikers and Frodo wannabes camp out waiting to be the first ones served. Writing the best feature story on the camp for the local paper might just win Emma a scholarship to attend a non-Christian college. But soon enough Emma finds the donut camp isn't quite the perfect escape from all her troubles at Living Word Redeemer. In a fresh, funny voice, newcomer Lara Zielin offers up a mesmerixing, fastpaced narrative full of wit and insight. This was a really good first book! It was really interesting, I mean who would expect to read about pastors and donuts and bikers all together? Ya know? And it def kept me interested the whole way through wanting to know what was going on with her parents and Mr. O'Connor. And of course they end the book where they don't say if she made it or not! Into that college, but I guess it was good she discovered things about herself and her parents. I also love the cover, it's silly. And those donuts sounded amazing. Man, there's a donut place near my house called Pao's donuts that are fresh and deeelicious. 2 more books everyone!!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Darfur A Short History of a Long War by Julie Flint and Alex De Waal

Back Cover: Sudan's westernmost region, Darfur, sprang from oblivion into sudden notoriety early in 2004, when a war of hideous proportions unleashed what the United Nations called "the world's worst humanitarian crisis" and the United States labelled 'genocide'. For the last two years, the conflict has been simplified to pictures of immense sprawling refugee camps and lurid accounts of 'Arabs' murdering 'Africans'. Behind these images lies a complex and fascinating story of a remarkable and remote region of Africa, home to Muslim peoples with a unique history. In the 20th century, Darfur became synonymous with poverty and neglect, culminating in famine and a series of undeclared and unacknowledged wars in the 1980s and 1990s. This book details the history of Darfur, its conflicts, and the designs on the region by the governments in Khartoum and Tripoli. Much of the story of the war in Darfur has remained untold until now. This book investigates the identity of the infamous 'Janjawiid' militia, tracing its origins, organization and ideology. It inquires into the nature of the insurrection launched by two rebel groups, the radical Sudan Liberation Army and the more Islamist-oriented Justice and Equality Movement. It charts the unfolding crisis and the confused international response, including the African Union's first major venture into peacemaking and peacekeeping. The book concludes by asking what the future holds in store for Darfur. So I read this for anthropology. It was boring most of the time but there was some good parts. There was some really horrible parts too like the Janjiwiid and them terrorizing these poor innocent people. There were times when they said that they tied little girls and burned them alive, or raped women various times in front of their husbands seriously it makes me cringe inside and makes me feel like so violated, it's horrible. But this is the last book I have to read for my classes! Woohoo basically like a week and a half left can't wait for winter break!

Giving up the V by Serena Robar

Back Cover: Spencer Davis just turned sixteen. But unlike most hormonal teenagers who seem obsessed with sex- like her entire crew of friends- Spencer just doesn't get it. She'd rather wait for the right guy and the right moment. But that moment may be arriving sooner than she'd though. Enter Benjamin Hopkis, a new transfer student who seems to have his eyes on our V-card-carrying heroine. He's gorgeous, funny, suave, athletic, and capable of making Spencer's knees wobble with a single glance. Spencer has never felt this way about anyone before, but is Ben truly V-worthy? This was a good book. I say that everytime right? But man how she had to do the pap test sounds so scary i haven't done one yet. I don't know if I should have it done already but I'm still a virgin so ya know but yeah anyways god book. Ben waqs def an asshole and I knew just like the reader always does and so do other people but the two people who like each other never know. since he was in a grumpy mood when Ben was nice and talking and laughing and whatever else with Spencer. But there was def some good drama and man teens think about sex that much? ha I can imagine it though especially the guys. But the thing that's funny is here it's like all sacred for some and not for others but in other cultures they have like arranged marriages and have to have lots of kids to support the family and everything when they're like around that age of 16 or maybe even 15 I'm not completely sure, but it would be really interesting to find some books about teens in other cultures and how they have different experiences than here. ALMOST DONE with my goal!!!!! I can do it yes i can!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

The Earth, My Butt, & other BIG Round Things by Carolyn Mackler

Back Cover: Virginia Shreeves has a larger-than-average body and a bus-size inferiority complex. She lives on the Web, snarfs junk food, and obeys the "Fat Girl Code of Conduct". Then there are the other Shreveses: Mom is an exercise fiend and a successful adolescent psychologist; Dad, when not jet-setting, or golfing in Connecticut, ogles skinny women on TV; and older siblings Byron and Anais are slim, brillant, and impossible to live up to. Delete Virginia, and the Shreveses are a picture-perfect family... until a phone call changes everything. I thought this was a great book because Virginia is so relatable in the things that she does and feels. I can't imagine my om being a psychologist I mean that's crazy! And not being able to be herself because of comparisons to others and pressure from her parents I'm sure many girls go through that stage in life. It's sad because you think these few years are like the defining things in your life but later on you can become so successful and be happy and look back like wth! But it's in the moment of course. And that was so brave of her to just buy those tickets and go to Seattle, but I'm glad she did to do something she wanted to do after begging her parents so much. and it was so funny she mentions Mt. Rainter and the Space Needle yay! Haha, I'm so used to the mountain I don't even think of other people thinking it's weird like my room mate from last year did! haha. Normal to us northwesterners haha but I really liked it and in the end she didn't have to become anorexic or anything she accepted who she was and tried to stay healthy by doing an activity that she liked and dressing better. Go her!

Saturday, December 5, 2009

The Formal by Kate Harmon

Back Cover: As newly initiated Zeta Zeta Tau sorority sisters, Jenna, roni, and Lora-Leigh are ready to tackle spring semester at LU- especially with Greek Week and the ZZT Formal to look forward to. Roni is helping plan the sorority's formal, and she wants it to be the most romantic and beautiful dance yet. But nothing seems to go her way with the planning, and boyfriend Lance is totally unsympathetic. Lora-Leigh and Jenna are supportive, but then Jenna has her own boyfriend worries. Could the Formal be the perfect opportunity to take her relationship with Tiger to the next level? And while Jenna and the rest of the ZZTs plan for Formal, Lora-Leigh is keeping a secret, one that could take her far away from LU- and her ZZT sisters- forever. There's a lot on the line for each of the three best friends; but when it comes to ZZT, sisterhood will always see them through. Great book once again! And it's in college yay. I can relate to being so busy, although I'm not in a sorority and I'm not in band, but I do have a job haha. But man those girls be doing alot of things! A sorority like that does sound kinda fun with all your sisters being there for you and the formal sounded great! Some days I just feel like going out and dancing to some intense adrenaline inspired music! But it doesn't really happen sadly. Let's see... Jenna has some serious thinking to do about losing her virginity but at least she is in college and older! And she ended up doing it with Tiger, but hey if she really felt that special connection then that's good. Lora-Leigh actually made it to FIT after LU which is really great. Dang she is always making new clothes and everything, they should add pictures! And DeShawn made it to the NFL that'd be crazy to know someone who made it to the NFL! And then Roni just had to do Formal all by herself which sounds very stressful plus the problem with Lance. Lance apologized and lala but we'll see what's gonna go down with him. I don't think there's another book after this? But if there is I def want to read it and if not I hope she does another one!

Friday, December 4, 2009

The New Sisters by Kate Harmon

Back Cover: So far, college life at Latimer University has been everything Jenna, Roni, and Lora-Leigh expected.They've already made close friends, caught the eye of a few hot frosh boys, and participated in sorority recruitment. As if it were meant to be, all three found home in the Zeta Zeta Tau sorority. Now Roni hopes to be the most perfect ZZT in history, while Lora-Leigh can barely believe how quickly she went from cynic to sorority new member! Jenna is just as excited to be in the sorority, but she also has classes to study for, a nasty roommate to put up with, and a marching band scholarship to uphold. How's a girl suppossed to appease everyone and everything- not to mention strike up a romance with an adorable fraternity boy- all the while keeping her diabetes hidden? Lora-Leigh and Roni are there for her, but ZZT initiation is on the horizon and Jenna must decide is she really trusts her new sisters enough to share her secret... This was a great book! It's been like a really long time since I read the first one so of course I kinda forgot the girls but then I remembered pretty easily! I don't know why Jenna didn't want to tell the other girls about her diabetes. What's wrong with that, it's not like you asked to get it or something, your body has it, but you can still have fun and do normal things, just gotta be a little more careful. I know if I got diabetes I'd probably cry and not like it since sugar is like my best friend haha but I would still tell people so they can be aware of my condition, but thats me. Besides that those family feuds are pretty rough! I cna't imagine having fights like that with my family, but I guess their families are different, especially Roni who didn't turn out all perfect like her parents wanted. Screw that! Whatsup with parents wanting to control our lives? damn. And that initiation wasn't too bad, but some are weird sounding. We don't have sororities and fraternities at PLU, but I'm glad cuz then everyone would be all like cliquey, and sometimes they already are so not good, plus it's so little like half the people or more would be in it. But anyways about the book, it was really good and now I'm gonna read the next one! It's actually about girls in college, like my level not high schoolers haha.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

The ChickenHawk Syndrome by Cheyney Ryan

Front Flap: In recent year, the question of war and sacrifice has been a major topic of political debate and controversy. If our country goes to war for reasons we endorse, what is our responsibility to share in its sacrifice? Does supporting a war mean serving in it? Does it mean encouraging our children to do so? Such questions have been posed by the so-called chickenhawk phenomenon: pro-war leaders and their pro-war children who call on Americans to assume the burdens of war and its sacrifices, but avoid these sacrifices themselves. George W. Bush and other architects of the Iraq conflict have been the most prominent chickenhawks. Cheyney Ryan argues that the chickenhawk issue is not just a matter of personalities- it will remain with us long after the Bush administration has left office. Ryan poses fundamental questions of war and personal sacrifice, pointing to the basic disconnect in American politics between the support for war and the willingness to assume its costs, which he calls "alienated war" Calling for the reinvigoration of civic involvement, this illuminating and insightful book offers both a philosophical and historical exploration of America's citizen-soldier tradition and the consequences involved in separating the citizenry form the armed forces. This was for philosophy and it was the best and most interesting book I read for this class. It was pretty amazing to hear about all these things onwar and about like this generation and compared to other generations in the past and other wars. I learned a lot about the war and other concepts. It was really repetitive at first, but thats ok. It made sense and was in language I could understand but now I gotta write a 5 page sectional paper on it boo! haha

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

The Laramie Project by Moises Kaufman and the members of the tectonic theater project

Back Cover: On October 7, 1998, a young gay man was discovered bound to a fence in the hills outside Laramie, Wyoming, savagely beaten and left to die in an act of brutality and hate that shocked the nation. Matthew Shepard's death became a national symbol of intolerance, but for the people of Laramie the event was deeply personal, and it is their voices we hear in this stunningly effective theater piece. Moises Kaufman and fellow members of the Tectonic Theater Project made six trips to Laramie over the course of a year and a half in the aftermath of the beating and conducted more than 200 interviews with people of the town. From these interviews as well as their own experiences, Kafuman and the Tectonic Theater members have constructed a deeply moving theatrical experience. The Laramie Project chronicles the life of the town of Laramie in the year after the murder, using eight actors to embody more than sixty different people in their own words- from rural rachers to university professors. The result is a complex portrayal that dispels the simplistic media stereotypes and explores the depths to which humanity can sink and the heights of compassion of which we are capable. This was sad. I hadn't heard of it before but my dad did and it was something that was very national and a lot of people knew about it and still do. It was short, but it was to the point. The way its set up is moments, instead of like scenes. And it really is realistic and sad. The good thing about it is they not only focus on the death but what it did to this little town and how it changed their views on some things. It's sad really how someone could just kill a guy because he's gay, or he supposedly made a pass on him. It lets you know how Matthew Shepard was and gives a story to his name, not just a picture and a victim. It was good and when I first started reading it I totally forget to even think about masculinity and violence! But i have to, but it was def moving and a different type of play I've read because of course Shakespeare is where it's at it in high school ha. But it'd be interesting to actually go see the play or I think it's a movie too? Not sure.

Snow in Love by Claire Ray

Back Cover: Welcome to Alaska! A special welcome to my boyfriend Jake, the cutest tourist I've ever met! Explore our natural beauties and untouched wilderness. Jake and I like to hike our great (romantic!) nature trails...Enjoy our perfect skiing and snowboarding conditions. Be sure to catch Will Parker doing his snowboarding tricks. He makes all the girls in town melt. (Except for me. Who needs Will when you've got Jake?) Experience our world-class resorts and spas. While you're there, find out what's up with that hot girl Jake brought to the lodge this year. She's probably just his cousin or something. Right?! Get ready for a vacation you'll never forget! Um, tell me about it. I love this cover first of all, it's so cute and snowflakes are so pretty! :] But this was a great book. Of course she got what she wanted but in the end Jake really wasn't the guy that made her get butterflies, it was Will! Who liked her all along too, but was sweet enough to help her get another guy I mean man! Must've been hard. And it was so horrible when she had to find out about Jake bringing that other girl and never even officially breaking up with her or having any closure. I don't know whyd she wanna get back together with someone like that cuz he could just go do that again! But she ended up with the right guy. And can I just say they eat alot of ice cream for being like in the snow. I love ice cream no matter what too so I guess that's cool over there! Yay ice cream. And snowflakes!

Monday, November 30, 2009

Never Bite a Boy on the First Date by Tamara Summers

Back Cover: Hall Pass Bathroom Nurse's Office Principal CHECK Other Issues I've got a few issues 1. I'm a vampire now 2. One of my classmates was found dead, with telltale fang marks 3. I didn't do it! (Really!) 4. Nobody believes me, so... 5. I'm going to have to find the real killer. I've already got three suspects. (Three very cute suspects.) One more problem: I am seriously falling for one of them... but what if he's the killer? So, I've never read a book from a vampire's point of view, the only vampire books I've read are Twilight, at least that I can remember anyway, which sounds bad I know but hey I've read a lot of books this past year ok? lol Anyways, it was good. I love how she just gets into these three guys and a lot of these things she finds out I def didn't expect. For some reason I was not thinking of how anyone would be trying to hunt and kill vampires, but that's what Milo does! At first I was all nervous for her when those pictures came up because I thought that he did it and that was his proff, but then I was like why would he be that stupid? And I kinda thought Rowan could've done it, but no he killed her when she was alive, how crazy is that. And then Daniel was kinda suspicious, but he ended up saving her at the end and getting the last kiss! But it was a great book I think and some good action in it too, not all love stuff, more like flirty type stuff haha and the cover I like. It's funny to me for some reason, like the lips are flying in the air with the bats haha I know I'm weird right?

Love on Cue by Catherine Hapka

Back Cover: Maggie Tannery is a true theater girl and a total shoo-in for the lead in this year's school production of Romeo and Juliet. She's seriously psyched because it looks like her crush, Daniel, might be playing her Romeo both on- and offstage- if all goes as planned. But when her school decides to perform a musical instead, Maggie catches a major case of stage fright- because she can't sing! With her lead role in jeopardy, as well as her chance of winning her leaading man, Maggie turns to the musically talented Nico to give her voice lessons. But their voices aren't the only things that seem to be harmonizing. As Maggie tries to break a leg- and not her heart- she wonders who the music man of her dreams really is... HAHAHAHA They got the name wrong omg, it's Derek not Daniel, wth? That's hilarious, I have never seen that one before. Anyways, this ws a cute book, but man Maggie def needs to work on her boy skills haha, not that I'm much better but damn! That's so annoying I'm sure, liking a guy and not even being able to talk to him, although some girls can master that. I don't have to worry about it anymore though. But cute story, kinda diff than others. And I like how they actually get into the play even though at first they're all complaining and everything, that's what teens do right? But its good, except the wrong name thing but what can I do about that? I can't believe I'm almost done,I have to read a book a day now or else I won't make my goal! I did finish this last night, just didn't feel like doing the blog so we'll see!

Friday, November 27, 2009

Suite Dreams by Rachel Hawthorne

Back Cover: Hello, mate! (Practicing my Australian*. How am I doing?) I'm so glad the timing worked out for this couch exchange. I'll be crashing yours by the time you get to mine.** If you run into any problems just find Alyssa. She'll help you out with whatever you need.*** Your couch-swapping mate, Rick. *That's cute. Go have fun in Australia and leave ME- your girlfriend for an entire semester- to waste away on campus, ALONE. **Um, think again. Your couch is already taken. ***Great. Now I've got to find a place for the (unbelievably hot, it turns out) Aussie to crash. But there's only one couch available: the one in MY dorm room. Ha, this was cute and actually wasn't someone in high school! They were in winter break of first year in college so that was cool, I thought all these ones were high schoolers haha but it didn't make much of a difference I mean the same stuff happened, which is kinda good and bad cuz that means people in college do same stuff as people in high school? But then it's like people still have same feelings when they date someone at first no matter how old they are but it was cute and I knew she was gonna fall for that Aussie Jude! They're cute together though. And it was kinda random how they got stuck together in the snow and woods and all but a cute touch I think. I like her and the other books I've read from her and the cover is cute too! Makes me kinda want snow but only during winter break not when my bf has to drive to school no way! haha

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Love Off-Limits by Whitney Lyles

Back Cover: Natalie should be on top of world dating Jeremy. He's totally perfect by everyone's standards. But the seemingly flawless couple has been dating since freshman year, and now Natalie fears the spark may be sizzling. Being such an "expert" in love, Natalie gets coaxed into writing a romance column, and soon she finds spending time with her editor, Matt, to be way worth the work. There's just one catch. Matt is Jeremy's best friend, and dumping your boyfriend for his closest friend is just wrong... right? This was a cute book. I love the irony of her writing a love advice column and she has no idea what to do in her own relationship. It just goes to show how you can say some things but not really mean it or know what the heck you're talking about. Of course she like the best friend, a classic story! But it was gross when Jeremy like went on her lap and farted, twice! I'd be so pissed if my bf did that to me fer reals! But anyways, it was good. Def. the cover gives the picture away, especially how they describe Matt and at least she was happy. and all those Halloween costumes sounded so fun I can't believe Halloween went by so fast and it's already Thanksgiving, today actually! So HAPPY THANKSGIVING! to everyone, might do a post tomorrow, well probably will but just to say it now! Yum food, oh no fatness here I come haha

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Sea Change by Aimee Friedman

Front Flap: When Miranda Merchant, sixteen and levelheaded, escapes her lonely, hot summer in New York City, little does she know what awaits her. She steps off the ferry onto an island rife with legend, lore, and a past her logical mind can't make sense of. She isn't expecting to feel a connection to this unusual place, so filled with languorous charm and strange history. And when she meets Leo, a mysterious local boy, she finds herself questioning everything she thought she knew about boys, friendship, reality... and love. Is Leo hiding something? Or is he something she never could have imagined? I loved this book! It was amazing! It actually kinda reminded me of Twilight because she like has this strong connection with him and loves him already but he's not good for her or like a mysterious creature. It seems like there'd be another book! I hope so, thatd be amazing too! But I love the history of knowing about your family like that and how their lives were. Being able to read their old letters or wear their old clothes or see things they did before. It really is mysterious. And when she was reading that book about the sea creatures and everything I totally thought of myself because she was letting her imagination get carried away and got scared and I'm like that too! But I loved it. the mysterious boy. and that you also don;t find out if he really is a merman. It leaves it up to you to decide! And I really like the cover too. The designs are really pretty. I wonder how they pick these girls to be on the cover of books. Like if they're already models or they just get picked. Anyways, really good book. the best one I've read from her!

Global Perspectives A Handbook for Understanding Global Issues by Ann Kelleher and Laura Klein

Preface: Global Perspectives: A Handbook for Understanding Global Issues has been designed to help readers answers important questions about the contemporary world, such as Why the thousands of cultural groups in the world have such different customs and beliefs while human beings have so many needs in common Why a billion people on the planet are poor and malnourished Why it is so difficult to take action to solve the atmospheric problem of global warming Why some political conflicts results in war These questions represent many more that can be asked about the problems facing the world at the beginning of the twenty-first century. Issues arise from the trends of cultural diversity, economic interdependence and dependence, deterioration of the natural environment, and political conflict. These general, long-term issues become specific through events in the news. So this was for my anthropology class. This book was alright. It wasn't too hard to read. Some things were pretty interesting, some things I already have learned about, and some things were really boring. I don't really like the end part of the book which is about war. It's pretty confusing, especially the cases with all the different names of people and countries and conflicts and everything. Same with this book I'm reading right now about Darfur, but it's an alright book. And the two women who wrote it are my professors so that's pretty cool!

Monday, November 23, 2009

The Year My Sister Got Lucky by Aimee Friedman

Front Flap: Katie and Michaela Wilder are sisters, best friebds, and born-and-bred New York City girls. Katie loves the feel of concrete beneath her feet, the roar of the subway, and the glamour of her world-class dance school. And her older sister Michaela feels the same way. But the Wilder sisters' luck is about to change. The girls are uprooted from the city the summer before Katie's freshman year and planted in rural Fir Lake, a town full of overalls, cows, and mountains. In other words, Katie's worst nightmare. While Katie suffers through shopping withdrawal, Michaela transforms into a smalltown social firefly, flirting with the hot quarterback and soaking up nature with her new hick-town friends. As in, people who think camping is fun. Does Katie even know her sister anymore? And after Michael hides a jaw-dropping secret from her, does Kait even want to? I thought this was a great book that's different from other glamorous ones about two sisters. I so wish I had a sister! I have two younger brothers which is good and all but I'm just saying. Katie, or Katya, which I like Katya, is always so jealous of Michaela, of course that's always the case when the other feels to pressured or thinks the other one is lucky. But I like how Katie struggles but then in the end she learns about her sister and what she really does want and what she really wants to and that her friends back home aren't so miss worthy anymore! But she learns things she never thought about before. I find that stories with smaller towns do that, since in the city it makes you so engulfed into that lifestyle and it's all you care about but in like a country setting they think they'll hate it but they get used to it. You kinda have to whether you like it or not but it was a really great story of two sisters and their lives becoming separate but knowing theyll be there for each other always no matter what they go through. Love that!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Does This Book Make me Look Fat? Edited by Marissa Walsh

Front Flap: No, of course not. A book can't make you look fat. But the fact that you opened the cover means you're probably like the rest of us, feeling Fat Ugly Skinny Round Stacked or flat Bad or good All in the same day. Or the same hour. These fourteen stories and personal essays show you're in good company. Because whether they're being overlooked or being looked over, whether they're shopping in Women's Worl or still waiting to grown into their AA cups, the characters in these pieces reveal the truth. Trying on jeans sucks for everyone. This was a really great book with lots of stories that are touch the heart. A lot of unqiue stories in one place. There's a poem story, a comic book, stories of being fat of being too skinny of having a huge butt of not being confident. They're all things that we can relate to. It's so sad our need to have to look so great when alot of the world have to worry about finding food or being warm enough. I know I'm guilty of it but it does suck you have to be so freaking perfect damn I'm glad my boo isn't like that and loves me for me! And I hope every girl can find that guy who loves her no matter what. These stories are amazing and I wanted to read more!

Friday, November 20, 2009

The Good, the Fab and the Ugly by Rachel Maude

Back Cover: Halloween comes to Winston Prep and the newly named teen fashion label POSEUR introduces this season's must-have accessory: a red-hot handbag called the Trick-or-Treater. But whose design is sweetest? Janie, Petra, Melissa, and Charlotte all insist: Mine. You see the problem? Good thing, then, for the sweetness of revenge. Time to dust off that costume and put your best mask forward. Tis the season for candy, conflict, and couture. I loved it! I was lost for a little bit since I haven't read the first one in a while, but then I got into it again and it was great! I love those drawings in the books, they're amazing! And so fun. I liked the idea of them making that halloween bag but it can be used all year round! And it's cool how they have stuff you can do yourself in the back of the book. But it was a fun book to read and diff from the romance one, this one is just about four different personalities and their different lives. I know the third one came out but I'm not sure when I'll be able to read it but can't wait for it and the amazing drawings too!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Dizzy by Cathy Cassidy

Back Cover: Every year she looks forward to only one thing. Not a huge present. Not a fabulous party. Not even a cake. Just a letter, or a small homemade something. It isn't what comes every year, it's who it comes from. Dizzy hasn't seen her mother in eight years, and the only time she hears from her is on her birthday. It's the only thing she has ever been able to count on from her mother her whole life. But this year Dizzy's mom has a surprise for her. and Dizzy will never be the same... So I totally did not know this was kinda like a kid's book until I started reading it and saw that she's 12! But it's ok cuz it was still a really good book that focused on other things teen books don't sometimes as much I guess. With Dizzy's mom being gone and then she gets to go with her to different festivals and live the hippie type of lifestyle. I had a feeling the whole time her dad didn't know and I was right, how her mom, Storm, never sent those postcards. It's really sad actually. And how Dizzy thought her dad didn't miss her! And she learned new things about family there, with Finn and Mouse. It was sad Mouse being all alone like that and then they became a family, but then Mouse and Finn both got burned, that was so sad I was like oh no!!! That's so sad! But I really liked the character and how she's struggling with things and it's like man younger and younger you are having to deal with split parents and changing lifestyles and boys and friends, it's like I never had any of those things going on for me when I was 12 I mean yeah I liked a guy but I mean wow. It was a good book though, I liked it.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Viva Vermont! by Melody Carlson

Back Cover: Winter is coming and Mrs. Carter treats the girls to a weekend trip to General Harding's luxurious Vermont ski lodge. Naturally, she has no idea that Taylor has invited some guys to follow them- boys who have a different type of adventure in mind. As usual, Mrs. Carter does not pay close attention to the girls' activities. When a dinner outing and small accident keep her away overnight, DJ, Eliza, Taylor, Kriti, Rhiannnon, and Casey are quickly in over their heads. As a party gets completely out of hand, only God's help can get the Carter House girls out of this gigantic mess. I love this series! Except the cover kinda confuses me cuz it's like an outfit but is there no body in it or am I just crazy? haha Anyways... it was a great book! And I wish I knew how to snowboard cuz thatd be amazing fer shure! And I thought it was kinda weird in thte summary they hardly mentioned whatsup with Haley. And that was crazy, I mean seriously girls can be so vicious and mean, I'm so glad I never had to experience hate friend an enemy's friends. I never even had any enemies really! Of course Taylor and Eliza are all about the partying and drinking. YUCK! I can't wait to drink when I am 21 and have no problems or worries about it I mean whatsup with teen drinking, hate it. That was scary at the end where Haley took all that aspirin. And DJ praying so diligently for her, it's amazing. I don't think I've really had to do that but I will someday I'm sure. In the meantime, I'll keep on reading! So close to my goal now, recently I've been behind I dunno why but I know I can do it! WOOHOO

Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk

Back Front Cover: The first rule about fight club is you don't talk about fight club. The second rule about fight club is you don't talk about fight club. The third rule of fight club is two men per fight. The fourth rule of fight club is one fight at a time. The fifth rule of fight club is no shoes, no shirts in the fight. The sixth rule of fight club is the fights go on as long as they have to. So this book was really weird. First of all, I've never seen the movie, so I dunno anything really. But I didn't really like it. Some people in my class love it and everything and thats fine for them, but not me. It was alright. Really confusing. Some things I guess make sense but it was alot of guessing. I kinda thought at the beginning that Tyler and Joe were the same person but then my prof ruined it and told us in class yesterday, of course he told us right before you could tell he was both people and a split personality. It is weird but it makes sense I guess that he's Tyler when he's sleeping since he doesn't remember, but then how in the world this one part where Tyler leaves whenever Marla is there is he talking about himself or what? But the only way to overcome this Tyler personality was to kill himself and he does. So yeah it was ok. I'm not keeping it though. the only book I'll probaly keep is Monster, and maybe Laramie Project, I haven't read it yet but it's a play I think about the hanging of a gay man so should be interesting!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Prom Queen Geeks by Laura Preble

Back Cover: It's prom season, and Green Pines High is split- between those perfecting their strapless tans for the big night, and those who'd have to sell a kidney to afford the ticket. Instead of staying in to watch Buffy reruns, the Queen Geeks decide to throw the first-ever Geek Prom, a low-cost, delightfully high-drama alternative. It'll be loads of work, especially with the popular kids doing everything they can to stop it. Friendships among the QGs will be tested, boyfriends jilted, and feelings hurt. But when they expand the Geek Prom beyond Green Pines, hoping to make it the biggest virtual prom ever, the girls realize they're not just doing it for themselves- they're doing it for all geeks everywhere... Continuation of the last book and it was great! I love how Shelby decided to just go to both I mean really how could someone not notice that you were gone for an hour then there for a few minutes half an hour then gone again. It was hilarious when she found out they both knew and I totally didn't expect that to happen! But it was def fun. The one thing is that damn Becca only wants her way jeeez! lol The prom isn't all that bad, for me it wasn't. It's just how you look at the generalized picture of it and mine def wasnt that! But it was a cute book and love the characters, especially of course Euphoria. I love just reading that name for some reason haha oh but the cover is cute, but the legs to me look weird like its a relaly small person or a little kid dont even ask hahaha

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Queen Geeks in Love by Laura Preble

Back Cover: Shelby Chapelle was a loner whose ideal night involved old sci-fi flicks and chocolate. But last year, she met the tall, tattooed Becca Gallagher and her life changed. Together with Goth-poet Amber Fellerman and number-obsessed Elisa Crunch, they formed the Queen Geek Social Club and set out to find others of their kind. This year, Becca has big plans for the Queen Geeks. She thinks working on the club's website and planning GeekFest (a talent show of geek-tastic proportions) should be Shelby's number one priority. Guys always have been strictly secondary to the goal of spreaking geekiness to every corner of Green Pines High School.. and then the world! But sophomore year heats up when Shelby is swept off her feet by the karaoke stylings of a guy named Fletcher. Then Becca and Amber fall for the same guy, which results in a cursed love triangle. (Or a doomed love rhombus, if you count Shelby and Fletcher.) The going can get tought when Queen Geeks fall in love, but Shelby knows that being true to your inner geek is the most important thing. that, plus peace, love and chocolate. This was a great book. Hilarious. I was kinda mad at Shelby for acting how she did toward Fletcher, but hey she's only 15 right? So I guess that's a good enough excuse. It was funny because it's so great to look at like the opposite of these series like A List and Gossip Girl where they're all rich. These girls are geeks, and they still are having a good time with life and having problems like everyone else does. And the cover is great. Love the purple tights and pink shoes. So fun! And that robot Euphoria is funny. At first I waslike wth. But then I guess I got used to it, but it is def weird and I guess geeky, but also cool. And the others characters are great. I loved those costumes and names they made up, it was like ok... but funny. And I so totally knew that big tall guy Carl had to be the bunny! And he was! And now everyone is paired off, so let's see what happens at prom!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Something Borrowed by Catherine Hapka

Back Cover: When Ava gets dumped by her boyfriend she's pretty upset. He wasn't the love of her life or anything, but with her sister's wedding- a.k.a the social event of the season- just two weeks away, Ava's got to save face by finding someone cute and fun to bring as her date. With the clock ticking and no dates in sight, Ava asks her best friend if she can "borrow" her boyfriend, Jason, for the night. Ava's never been a big Jason fan, but he'll look great in a tux, and at least she'll have someone to dance with. But it doesn't take long for Ava to realize she's got him all wrong... What do you do when Mr. Right is wrapped up in a package that belongs to your best friend? Cute book, and Ava is def boy crazy thats fer shure! It should've mentioned all those guys she went through to finally even think of asking Jason! There was Lance, who broke up with her. And I don't remember exact order I don't think but anyways, then Zoom, then Oliver, then Rocko, then I thought someone else and then Jason but man! But she does have guts I could never do all of that I'm way too shy! And I'm glad she has such a great best friend that she's ok with it. But of course if they relaly loved each other before thatd be different but ya know, technically my boyfriend is my best friend's ex, but my boyfriend even told me he just went out with her cuz she was hot, so ya know and they weren't such a great couple plus that was in freaking 8th grade! haha but yeah cute book, only thing to criticize is I would think the dress on the cover would be that horrible pink dress she hates but oh well.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Drive Me Crazy by Erin Downing

Back Cover: Kate and her two best friends, Sierra and Alexis, are geared up for a week of fun and excitement on the road to their family lake houses in Love, Wisconsin. Best of all, when Kate reaches Love, she'll be reunited with Lucas with whom she shared a steamy end-of-summer kiss last year. She can't wait to see Lucas again and pick things up exactly where they left off. Then Kate gets some seriously bad news: Alexis's sarcastic, condescending, hot-but-he-knows-it cousin is crashing the girls' road trip. Adam bugs Kate in every possible way. Now Kate just wants to get the road trip over with so she can spend the summer in Lucas's arms. But the road to Love is full of surprises... I thought it was pretty good. Like I always say just cute little romance stories that I like to read for some reason haha. They're fun and also take your mind off of other things going on in life. But I did think it wasn't good of Kate to be imagining all those things about Lucas when she hardly knew him, and then he was being an ass! I knew she'd end up with Adam, you can just always tell with these things. The guy that makes you mad and heated is the one you end up with. Why? Because they make you feel something! Haha not always though, cuz I met my boo in school and we were friends first and everything but anyways, the book was good. I like the cover. It's cute, and that color car probably isn't very popular haha. But yeah.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Violence by Slavoj Zizek

Front Flap: Using history, philosophy, books, movies, Lacanian psychiatry, and jokes, Slavoj Zizek examines the ways we perceive and misperceive violence. Drawing from his unique cultural vision, Zizek brings new light to the Paris riots of 2005; he questions the permissiveness of violence in philanthrophy; and, in daring terms, he reflects on the powerful image and determination of contemporary terrorists. Violence, Zizek states, takes three forms- subjective (crime, terror), objective (racism, hate-speech, discrimination), and systemic (the catastrophic effects of economic and political systems)- and often one form of violence blunts our ability to see the others, raising complicated questions. Does the advent of capitalism and, indeed, civilization cause more violence than it prevents? Is there violence in the simple idea of "the neighbor"? And could the appropriate form of action against violence today simply be to contemplate, to think? Beginning with these and other equally contemplative questions, Zizek discusses the inherent violence of globalization, capitalism, fundamentalism, and language in a work that will confirm his standing as one of our most erudite and incendiary modern thinkers. Obviously I didn't read this for my own enjoyment, it was for my social and political philosophy class. This book was like one thing and its complete opposite. It made sense, but then it didn't. It was confusing, but then some parts were easy to understand. One thing alot different from the other book I read for this class was that he has a lot of examples that I know like events and movies and books that I guess are more popular or well known. Like the Hitler, 9/11, the movie The Village, Bill Gates, and others I can't remember. But now I'm done with two books and only need to do one more!

Monday, November 9, 2009

The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien

Back Cover: They carried malaria tablets, love letters, 28-pound mine detectors, dope, illustrated Bibles, each other. and if they made it home alive, they carried unrelenting images of a nightmarish war that history is only beginning to absorb. Since its first publication, The Things They Carried has become an unparalleled Vietnam testament, a classic work of American literature, and a profound study of men at war that illuminates the capacity, and the limits, of the human heart and soul. I had to read this for english, but it was really good. Of course I was looking for things having to do with masculinity and violence, but it still catches your attention. There's short stories within the book, some have the same things and repeat themselves, the same event coming up 6 times in the book, but it's amazing. A really great book about war and the things that men, or you can even say, boys go through. Because all these things happened when they were my age, only 19 20 21 around there. And how these things they carried transformed their lives. Some couldn't take it, while others are still here today. Either way, they won't be the same ever again, no matter what they do. Going to war is an experience only those who did it can relate to each other. And the story at the end is the saddest, about a girl he knew when he was nine, Linda and she died of a brain tumor. Very sad. But the people he has in the book and the stories they go through is just amazing.

Nicola and the Viscount by Meg Cabot

Back Cover: Nicola Sparks, sixteen and an orphan, is ready to dive headlong into her first glittering London society season. She's also ready to dive headlong into the arms of handsome and debonair Lord Sebastian Bartholomew. Nicola's dream is a proposal from the viscount- a dream she's about to realize at last! So naturally, Nathaniel Sheridan's insinuations about her fiance's flawed characters annoy her mightily. But when Nicola's natural curiosity gets the best of her, she begins to piece together a few things for herself. To her great surprise, Nicola realizes she's had the wrong viscount all along... but is it too late to make things right? I loved it! Because it's in a different time period, there's such different things how what's right and what's wrong and how someone is supposed to act! It's so great really. And I knew she'd end up with Nathaniel. It's always that other people can tell, but not the two people themselves. Nicola is so rash, that's crazy. That's norma nowadays. I always wonder what the turning point for that was, when women started acting that way and how it was ok for us to act like men I guess. But Nicola is great! And so is her attitude and she decided not to marry Lord Sebastian for a great reason, when he ended up being really bad news anyways, so go her! And the cover is cute, it's like me! haha. Love pink, and has black curlyish hair but I'm not white lol anyways it was a great book, of course it's Meg Cabot so I knew it would be right!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

French Kissmas by Cathy Hapka

Back Cover: For Nicole Larson, the Christmas season in Paris is more than just a romantic interlude- it's also a homecoming. Nic studied abroad in Paris a year ago, and is back in town with her friend Annike to film a promotional video about the S.A.S.S. program- and to spend Christmas and New Year's in the City of Light. Of course, now that Nic is there, the chemistry she once had with Parisian hottie Luc instantly reignites. But why fuel a romance that has only three weeks to survive? Nic would rather spend with with her buddy Mike... until it becomes clear that Mike is also interested in being more than friends. With a backdrop of twinkling lights on the Champs-Elysees, charming Christmas markets, and Parisian Christmas carols, it's going to be difficult for Nic to deny the holiday magic and romance around her... A very good book! I love these S.A.S.S. ones, they're so great and I learn a little about other places too while enjoying a great book! But I must say, Nicole is so oblivious that she needs to pick one guy and stop going out with both of them, poor guys, and that she obviously needs to be with Luc from the moment she gets to Paris she's thinking about him, even before! It doesn't help that he's so flirtatious either haha. But this def makes me in a good mood. It would be really weird though, like super duper weird not to be at home during Christmas! Like wth? Weirdness indeed! But it was cute and fun to read, but it sucked cuz theres been a few books where they talk a little in spanish and i knew what they were saying so I was like yay! But them speaking French I was huh? lol oh well.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Picture Perfect by Catherine Clark

Back Cover: Name: Emily Matthias Phone: call me anytime! Date: I'd love one! Print Quality Um, a billion? I need pictures of everyone and everything. It's the Outer Banks- everything is photogenic here. Especially Blake. And Spencer. Size: They're tall. And handsome. Oh, you mean the photos? Film: Actually, yes, this summer would make an excellent movie. Single/double: Starting the vacation single. But maybe I'll find Prints Charming! This was a cute book. I totally guessed from the start that Spencer and Emily would get together, and that Spencer actually did go through freshman year already and it's his second time. I'm good right? :] But it was good, and it was very easy going and relaxing type read. That sounds like a fun family with friends and everything, even if it may seem embarrassing to the people in it, it sounds fun and cool to me! But what do I know right? haha. Cute cover too, I mean all these romance books are like the same, what's there to say about them besides them being cute and sweet and guy and girl always end up together, ya know. they're great though, a lot of them in the summer though haha but oh well. Trying not to read a whole bunch of summer ones in a row!

Environmentalism A Global History by Ramachandra Guha

Back Cover: Environmentalism: A Gloabl History is an addition to the popular Longman World History Series, edited by Michael Adas. Written by one of the foremost thinkers on ecological issues relating to South Asia, this new text offers a cross-cultural and global survey of environmental thinking and the movements it has spawned. In this brief text, Ramachandra Guha identifies commonalities and differences in environmental thinking and activism through case studies. The experience of areas as diverse as the United Stated, the former Soviet Union, China, India, Africa, and Brazil provide an excellent overview of each country's strengths and contributions. Students will find Environmentalism: A Global History to be a lively and engaging study of ideas and debates on a topic that is central to our lives in the twenty-first century. I had to read this book for anthro. It was pretty interesting, but it did have a lot of data, like people and groups and countries and times and years! But it was cool it had included like actual documents from the groups or from a person or a poem, and good quotes from people. I guess this was more about the people and the history, then like learning about actual environmentalism itself, but yeah it was ok, boring at points, but not too bad. At least I understand it!

Perfect Mistake by Kate Brian

Back Cover: Ariana Osgood has everything she's ever wanted. A place at elite Atherton-Pryce boarding school. Fabulous friends. A new crush. And most importantly, a new identity. Now that she's officially become Briana Leigh Covington, Ariana's troubled past is dead and buried. Or is it? When the one person who knows her secrets arrives on campus, Ariana decides it's time to say good-bye to her ex-best friend- forever. Warning, don't read if you don't want to know any juicy details! WOW. Kate Brian is so amazing and def knows how to work the suspenseful and wanting more endings. I cannot believe it, that Kaitlyn is back and is Ariana's room mate, I mean that'd be so horrible! And Ariana can never relax again. Yeah she has all those great things, but that's just appearance. She really likes her supposed best friend's ex. She has to get Kaitlyn into the exclusive party by Brigit. She has to keep her grades up. Then there's getting into Stone and Grave, the secret society, she has to do a certain task. How can she cope with all of this? It was intense the whole way through. Especially the ending, I can't believe Brigit is dead now! She was the sweetest. I mean how cruel can Kaitlyn get, all this murdering just to get into this little society thing and yeah she wants to clear her name up, but by murdering more people! That's scary. Can't wait for the next one to come out. Great book, loved it. Especially the ending and suspense from it. Like how the heck did Kaitlyn kill Brigit? And will Palmer ever get to gether with Ariana? What will this death do to everyone? Wow, I dunno how long until the next one comes out but I know it'll be just as amazing.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Model Behaviour by Geraldine Ryan

Back Cover: I'm a model. Hard to believe (especially for me) but true. I'm about to breeze my way out of A Levels and on to a magazine cover. Modelling- looks so easy, doesn't it? Pout sexily a camera, anyone can do that- if they're lucky enough to look like a giraffe with good cheekbones, of course. And I do. It's just that no one tells you what goes on behind the camera... UGH! Only good pictures were this one, I guess the book isn't that popular or maybe old I dunno, but who cares, it was a great book! The main chracter, Chloe, is a funny person. She doesn't think she can model, but then everyone loves her. Then she falls in love with a guy in an up and coming band, but he's not what she thinks he is. And of course eventually the paparazzi come in eventually and ruin things, but hey it was a fun model book and I enjoyed reading about her and her sister and just her life in general I guess! And it's from England so A Levels might be like the SAT for us? I dunno. And digestive biscuits, that just sounds weird. lol

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Maine Squeeze by Catherine Clark

Back Cover: 2 Lbster rlls, 1 w/ extra mayo- yuck! 1 Lm'ade 1 Wtr Ignore Evan- Swap Tues to avoid? Call Ben! RITE AFTR WRK Get tmrw off- qlty time w/ Ben Stop lookg @ EVAN!!! What a great summary huh? Well I'll just tell you! lol. Colleen and her friends move into her house for the summer while her parents are off in Europe. And things get crazy. She has a boyfriend, Ben. But then the unthinkable happens, and her boyfriend from last summer, Evan, is back in town and working in the same place she is. She can't stop thinking about him, and although she tries to avoid him, she ends up doing the opposite, and Ben sees it, everyone sees it but her. So she breaks up with Ben and kinda just goes along with Evan. I kinda didn't really like the ending, cuz nothing happened, like she was kinda with Evan, but not really, I dunno it kinda just annoyed me a little for some reason. But it was a typical summer book like I said before I wanted a few books in between these since they're like all the same summer type thing! But I love the cover, it's adorable. And that umbrella and those chairs are totally me right? hehe. But yeah I can't believe how long it took me to read this, I need some catching up to do, man this is brutal.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Heart of Glass by Zoey Dean

Back Cover: High school is officially over, but the graduation celebration is cut short when unlikely pair Anna and Cammie find themselves in an even more unlikley situation- caught trespassing on a celeb's beach estate- and are forced to don steel handcuffs along with their Tiffany tennis bracelets. Luckily, the girls are spared a summer stuck in tacky orange jumpsuits when their hotshot lawyer lands them a cushy community service gig: helping plan a charity fashion show. But while it may seem like a plush job, Anna and Cammie are in for a challenge. can the girls handle the pressures of the vicious fashion world? Or will they fall to pieces faster than a Louis Vuitton knockoff? Great book! Def some crazy things going on that's fer shure. Especially at the end where Anna says she wants to date both guys in front of both of them? weird. And Poppy is gone, just what Sam wanted, while Champagne gets just what she wanted, a modeling job, because of Cammie. Wow, all these relationships and things going on because sof what one person did for the other! It's crazy haha. I wonder what's gonna happen with Adam, I have a feeling he's not gonna come back, he just keeps saying he loves it down there, sad for Cammie, especially since then she's gonna go after Ben, uh oh. Ben is such a troublesome character for the girls haha. But yeah, I liked the ideas in it and what happened with the charity fashion show thing sounded great, so randomly I read the next book in the series like months and months ago? So, I'll wait to read that again until after my little book goal cuz I can't put it on twice ya know?

Friday, October 30, 2009

American Beauty by Zoey Dean

Back Cover: It's graduation for the A-List crew. That means lavish yacht parties, designer caps and gowns, and saying bye-bye to high school for good. Despite the festivities, Anna isn't in a partying mood. Ben's been acting distant and she is worried. Maybe her father's hot tattooed intern, Caine Manning, will help cheer Anna up! Ever since her illicit kiss with Parker, Sam has been Eduardo-less and heart-broken. But hopefully Sam will us her brains and considerable means to get creative about winning Eduardo back. And infamous Cammie? She couldn't care less about gradaution, not when she's so close to unraveling the mystery of her mother's death. She'll stop at nothing to find out the truth. Def a good book, nice to get back with the A-List crew, so many great series and crews ya know? Anyways, Anna is def not acting irrational because of the way Ben is acting, but I think there's def some chemistry between her and Caine, but I guess we'll see right? Ben def should have told her the truth about that Blythe girl! uh ohhh. Cammie is one determined girl, but will she even find anything out? When Sam finds her mom and she tells a different story than what her dad said? Oh jeez. And Sam is so cute getting Eduardo back! That's amazing, and I mean Eduardo could have at least listened to her ya know? But I'm glad they got back to together cuz he makes her so happy! I love talking about the book like it all happened and they're my friends haha. Then Dee, uh oh she shouldn't have said all that stuff, guys are scared of commitment most of the time, sooo we'll see whats going down next!

6X The Uncensored Confessions by Nina Malkin

Back Cover: Sex. Fame. Rock'n Roll. Four kids on the fast track to pop-rock superstardom reveal the unfiltered truth about the glamorous, backstabbing world of sudden celebrity. Introducing... The Voice. Sweet, trusting Kendall sings like an angel- and is about to discover her devilish side. The Body. Rich, spoiled Wynn can't keep a beat to save her life. But with curves like that... who cares? The Boss. No-nosense Stella is all confidence, attitude, style, and smarts. But her relationship with the band's manager makes her more vulnerable than she thinks. The Boy. A/B has got real talent. Now if only he can keep his mind on the music... instead of on the girls. I thought this was a good book. I like books that have more than one person and their point of views, it's more fun, especially when it's the same story and you get to hear inside of their head. And especially with this band, it's funny their nicknames, but I like it, it's different. And it was just a good story, I mean it was realistic, like how they just started out as this band and how it came together and they worked together. I wonder if there's another book after this one. But I got it for only $1 at Borders! DEf amazing haha, yeah.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Island Girls (And Boys) by Rachel Hawthorne

Back Cover: Coastal Campground Resort Date July 4 Rental type: 2-person sailboat Rented by: Jen Taylor and Dylan Nelson Rental Time: 8:15 p.m. Destination: Out to sea! Life Jackets: 2 Time back: ??? Don't wait up! Back Covers like these ones are so cute. But I love the cover, it's so cute too! And so animated, makes me think of like an island cartoon with girls in the coconut bras and all that and of course dolphins and palm trees and sun! Well this book was pretty good, went through it fine. Just one of those norma cute books about friends and love. I think it would be really fun to have a house with a few friends, but def you'd learn alot about them you thought you already knew them all the way, but living with them is a whole different story! And of course they all found boys or Chelsea already had one but whatever, same thing. Thatd be so fun too having three couples! That house sounded pretty big too! But it was just a cute little summer type book! I have a few others I bought I think I'll read another type in between them, it'll make me sad cuz I want it to be summer and be on vacation!

Blood Meridian Or the Evening Redness in the West by Cormac McCarthy

Back Cover: By the author of the critically acclaimed Border Trilogy, Blood Meridian is an epic novel of the violence and depravity that attended America's wetward expansion, brillantly subverting the conventions of the Western novel and the mythology of the "Wild West". Based on historical events that took place on the Texas-Mexico border in the 1850s, it traces the fortunes of the Kid, a fourteen-year-old Tennesseean who stumbles into a nightmarish world where Indians are being murdered and the market for their scalps in thriving. I HATED THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AH! Well, for english I had to read it, and I hate it. It's def violent though and random violence. SO yeah, that's all I gotta say I am just happy I finished it! I guess this author is brillant or whatever, but just not for me. sorry.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella

Front Flap: Lara Lington has always had an overactive imagination, but suddenly that imagination seems to be in overdrive. Normal professional twenty-something young women don't get visited by ghosts. Or do they? When the spirit of Lara's great-aunt Sadie- a feisty, demanding girl with firm ideas about fashion, love, and the right way to dance- mysteriously appears, she has one last request: Lara must find a missing necklace that had been in Sadie's possession for more than seventy-five years, and Sadie cannot rest without it. Lara, on the other hand, has a number of ongoing distractions. Her best friend and business partner has run off to Goa, her start-up company is floundering, and she's just been dumped by the "perfect" man. Sadie, however, could care less. Lara and Sadie make a hilarious sparring duo, and at first it seems as though they have nothing in common. But as the mission to find Sadie's necklace leads to intrigue and a new romance for Lara, these very different "twenties" girls learn some surprising truths from each other along the way. Written with all the irrepressible charm and humor that have made Sophie Kinsella's books beloved by millions, Twenties Girl is also a deeply moving testament to the transcendent bonds of friendship and family. This was amazing! I LOVED IT! I kinda saw reading confessions of a shopaholic the same type of girl in the other books, like thinking the same way, and they were alot alike, but this one it's alike but also totally different. and the story is so great, it's unique and it was so fun to read about Sadie and how she could do all those things for Lara. It was kinda annoying at the beginning though when Sadie kepy whining and saying like do it do it do it! or now now now! but she stopped that after a little bit haha and it was hilarious how she yelled things in people's ears and hey just glossed over, I can so imagine that right now, and also how spirited and lively she was and the difference she made, especially ratting out Uncle Bill, ugh not how a man should be right? But I really liked this book, and Sophie Kinsella is a great author fer shure.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Don't You Forget About me by Cecily von Ziegesar

Back Cover: Forget the tearful goodbyes, people- let's get on with the fabulous farewell parties! We're almost off to college, and these last days are like a perpetual New Year's Eve ball drop- total kiss-who-you-can-now insanity. So will everyone break down and spille their secrets at the last goodbye? I'll be thre to find out, and I certainly can't keep quiet... Man, I think I was pulling for Blair to get Nate, I dunno but I know I'm probably weird, but I hate cheaters, and Nate doing that with Serena while being with Blair made me so pissed off, so I an kinda glad he didn't pick either of them, since he couldn't stay away from either. But I'm glad the show isn't like that and that Dan and Serena are still together cuz they're so cute! But yeah, I'm so sad it ended, but I still do have the prequel left and also there's that newer one coming out soon about like their winter break or something like that? Should be interesting! yay, and now gotta start with the Carlyles!

Philosophy and Real Politics by Raymond Geuss

Front Flap: Many contemporary political thinkers are gripped by the belief that their task is to develop an ideal theory of rights or justice for guiding and judging political action. But in Philosophy and Real Politics, Raymond Geuss argues that philosophers should first try to understand why real political actors behave as they actually do. Far from being applied ethics, politics is a skill that allows people to survive and pursue their goals. To understand politics is to understand the powers, motives and concepts that people have and that shape how they deal with the problems they face in their particular historical situations. Philosophy and Real Politics both outlines a historically oriented, realistic, political philosophy and criticizes liberal political philosophies based on abstract conceptions of rights and justice. The book is a trenchant critique of established ways of thought and a provocative call for change.
Yeah, I had to real this for social and political philosophy. It was definitely one of the harder things I’ve had to read, but I read it all! And I really did read everything in this book, unlike some people who skim it, I actually read everything I’m assigned along with all the reading I do on the side so HA! I am amazing hehe

Would I Lie to you by Cecily von Ziegesar

Back Cover: Time to throw your hair into a messy pony and cut off your Sevens- we’re heading to the Hamptons! S & B are now co-muses to a super-famous designer, who just happens to live next door to N’s Hamptons estate… I wonder how neighborly these new neighbors are going to get. And what’s this I hear about V venturing surfside? Who’s next, D!? Never say never…Yay, I went to the bookstore and got the next GG! Oh man, of course Serena had to say she loves Nate, but I still think Nate and Blair belong together, and also, why the heck did Serena wait when they were together that whole time before? Well, Dan gay? Hmm I’m agreeing with Vanessa that it’s just another little phrase he’s going through, I mean really, Dan is just weird though haha. And I can’t believe it’s almost the end! The next book is the last one, well then there’s the newer one coming out, but that’s it after that right? SADNESS! I hope Nate can make it to Yale because I mean then Blair and Nate won’t be able to be going to college together and all that, but who knows. This next book is a lot longer, so I can only guess right?!