Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
When Sam's best friend gets her first boyfriend, she's not ready to spend the summer listening to the two of them call each other "pookie." Sick of being a third wheel, Sam applies to be a counselor-in-training at Whispering Pines camp in the New York Catskills. But what she doesn't realize is that it's not going to be all Kumbaya sing-alongs and gooey s'mores. If Ashley, the alpha queen of Whispering Pines, doesn't ruin Sam's summer, then her raging crush on the surfer-blond and flirtatious Hunter just might. At least she has playful Cole, who's always teasing her, but is oh-so-comfortable to hang out with, and the singular gang of girls that become fast friends with Sam-they call themselves the Sleepaway Girls.
Sleepaway Girls was an enjoyable read that I read while sitting out in the sun. It's the perfect book to read on a lazy day; not too serious yet not too fluffy. With it's funny characters, realistic relationships, and camp setting you won't be able to put this one down until you're left wanting more. I really hope I'll get to read more about Whispering Pines!
Monday, April 27, 2009
Meet Haruhi - a cute, determined girl, starting high school in a city where nothing exciting happens and absolutely no one understands her. Meet Kyon - the sarcastic guy who sits behind Haruhi in homeroom and the only boy Haruhi has ever opened up to. His fate is now tied to hers. Meet the S.O.S. Brigade - an after-school club organized by Haruhi with a mission to seek out the extraordinary. Oh, and their second mission? Keeping Haruhi happy . . . because even though she doesn't know it, Haruhi has the power to destroy the universe. Seriously.
The whole premise of the story was very interesting. I started to ask my friends questions that were from the book and they thought I was getting philosophical on them. I also enjoyed how the story was set in Japan. I was able to get a view of their culture and how the schools are like there. The ending felt a bit unfinished but I believe that's because the author is still working on the Japanese Manga, which is what this book was translated from. I honestly can not wait to see how Haruhi reacts to what Kyon has to tell her about all of the things he learned that we right in front of her the whole time.
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Dork Diaries: Tales from a Not-So-Fabulous Life by Rachel R Russell
New school. New mean girl. New crush.
New diary so Nikki can spill about all of it...
Thoughts: Sorry, that's the best description I could find. The book also came with a purse filled with goodies.
Something, Maybe by Elizabeth Scott
Everyone thinks their parents are embarrassing, but Hannah knows she's got them all beat. Her dad made a fortune showcasing photos of pretty girls and his party lifestyle all over the Internet, and her mom was once one of her dad's girlfriends and is now the star of her own website. After getting the wrong kind of attention for way too long, Hannah has mastered the art of staying under the radar...and that's just how she likes it. Of course, that doesn't help her get noticed by her crush. Hannah's sure that gorgeous, sensitive Josh is her soul mate. But trying to get him to notice her; wondering why she suddenly can't stop thinking about another guy, Finn; and dealing with her parents make Hannah feel like she's going crazy. Yet she's determined to make things work out the way she wants — only what she wants may not be what she needs....
Thoughts: Thank you SOOO much Kristi!! I checked the mail yesterday not expecting a thing, and when I saw it, I started opening the envelope in my jammies on the porch. Thanks again!!
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Recommend to read- 9/10
For Janie and Cabel, real life is getting tougher than the dreams. They're just trying to carve out a little (secret) time together, but no such luck. Disturbing things are happening at Fieldridge High, yet nobody's talking. When Janie taps into a classmate's violent nightmares, the case finally breaks open — but nothing goes as planned. Not even close. Janie's in way over her head, and Cabe's shocking behavior has grave consequences for them both. Worse yet, Janie learns the truth about herself and her ability — and it's bleak. Seriously, brutally bleak. Not only is her fate as a dream catcher sealed, but what's to come is way darker than she'd feared....
Can I PLEASE squeel like a fangirl!? I am completely obsessed with these books! I think I liked Fade more than Wake because Janie is actually accepting and living with her ability rather then resenting it. I also like the mystery in this one more as well. Janie is becoming more brave, which is fantastic, but we also learn that Cabel is the jealous type. Of course we know that he doesn't want to see Janie in danger but he also doesn't like when other guys touch her...which was a little strange to me, because he was coming across as over protective. Luckily, later we learned why Cabel was acting this way. That said, you can tell I loved all of the characters. I even enjoyed reading about the "bad guy". Speaking of him, I kind of knew all along, I just didn't know what all he did and was attached to. I was constantly at the edge of my seat waiting to see how the next interaction with him and Janie went. That's another thing I loved about Fade, McMann was able to make me FEEL the story. Overall I think that Fade was a improvement over Wake even though they were both fabulous!
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Quote: SnowAngel: yeah, baby. i can groove to that.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Title: Tempo Change
Author: Barbara Hall
Release Date: June 9th
Blanche Kelly's dad is a famous indie rock icon, but not many people at the private school she attends on scholarship know this. Her father left when she was in the first grade, and she can’t quite forgive her mom for not understanding that an artist like her dad needs the time and space to connect to his muse.When Blanche creates an all-girl rock band, their sound captures a wide audience and the band is invited to compete at the Coachella Music Festival. Blanche feels this could be the perfect time for a reunion with her father. Won’t he be proud to hear her band? Won’t he be happy to get to know his only daughter?
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Recommend to read- 8/10
The good news: Zoey’s friends have her back again and Stevie Rae and the red fledglings aren’t Neferet’s secrets any longer. The bad news: Ancient evil with the face of an angel has been let loose – that and various other nasties (whose faces aren’t so angelic). Grandma Redbird is in trouble. Heath is in trouble. The House of Night is in trouble. Okay, let’s face it – Zoey’s whole world is in trouble! But when the trouble comes from a being who appears to be beauty personified, will the world believe it? Especially when only a teenager and a group of misfits are the only ones who really understand the danger he brings. Will Zoey have the strength and wisdom to reveal the truth? Especially when, in the House of Night, the truth is often hard to come by…
The characters this time around were amazingly not as annoying as before. Yeah Zoey still avoids cussing and ends up sounding like she's 8 with her replacement words, but it happened a lot less in Hunted. She actually got angry enough to really cuss, which I think was quite a breakthrough. I felt like some of the characters grew to a good point right now, like Aphrodite, but others are just floating along with nothing major happening to them causing them to grow such as Erin and Shaunee. They're supposed to be some of the main characters yet...I feel nothing from them.
As with the past four House of Night novels, I was mesmerized. A lot of things that I like in a story are present in these; vampires, boarding school, and boy issues. Teens are able to relate to a lot of what was going on with everyone's social life, and yet still have the aura of a fantasy novel right on their tongue. So while they were in this crazy place of a world they can still feel some truth to it, and not be completely put off by the fantasy. I'm not exactly sure how I feel about the whole Kalona thing. I know he's going to be trouble in the future and I'm intrigued in how this issue with him will, ultimately, be resolved. A lot more happened in Hunted than most of the other novels, yet I still wasn't completely satisfied. Let's hope that void is filled in the 6th book in the series to be called Tempted.
Monday, April 20, 2009
Recommend to read- 8/10
Crank. Glass. Ice. Crystal. Whatever you call it, it's all the same: a monster. And once it's got hold of you, this monster will never let you go. Kristina thinks she can control it. Now with a baby to care for, she's determined to be the one deciding when and how much, the one calling the shots. But the monster is too strong, and before she knows it, Kristina is back in its grips. She needs the monster to keep going, to face the pressures of day-to-day life. She needs it to feel alive. Once again the monster takes over Kristina's life and she will do anything for it, including giving up the one person who gives her the unconditional love she craves — her baby. The sequel to Crank, this is the continuing story of Kristina and her descent back to hell. Told in verse, it's a harrowing and disturbing look at addiction and the damage that it inflicts.
Just like Crank, Glass rendered me speechless. Glass was full of such raw truth that we are able to come to realize and that Kristina might not ever see. I was proud of Kristina in the beginning when I learned that she cleaned up and is actually taking care of her baby. But then of course I had to watch her spiral out of control, which made me really angry at her. She should have know that she couldn't stat in control. That though was pretty much the only time that I could be mad at the real Kristina almost every other action of hers was a result of the drugs.
For the first time I really started to understand her addiction. It was sad to see that Kristina thought that she could "control" her addiction, but I suppose that's how most addicts think. It was hard for me to read about every one of Kristina's mistakes and knowing the consequences would be bad. I was constantly worried about the safety of her baby when he was in Kristina's care.
When you're deep inside Kristina's mind you can sympathize with her and dislike her mother, but in reality her mom is one of the few people trying to keep her grounded. Overall I think that Glass was a fantastic sequel to Crank and I can't wait to see how the story will end in the third and final book of the trilogy titled Fallout.
Sunday, April 19, 2009
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Have you ever been to summer camp?
Ah, the big question. I get asked this question a lot. So here's the official answer: yes.....I did. When I was fifteen, I went away to "science camp" for six weeks. I got high school credit for it, we did research all day, I learned a whole lot about nothing .... and it was truly awesome. I honestly don't think I've ever laughed so much in my life. I made lots of friends and I still keep in touch with two of them. It's been almost fifteen years since our summer at camp "idontwannanameya", we've since grown up, have all gotten married and we now get together once or twice a year, laugh our bottoms off at our fifteen year old selves, make new memories, and then part ways knowing we'll be doing it again in another year. And yes, camp "idontwannanameya" did inspire certain portions of Milestones but truly, the influence was rather minimal.
Would you like to go to a strange camp like Camp Milestone?
Depends on who I meet there. To me, the most fun activities in the world can be made boring if the wrong group of people are involved. Likewise, the most boring activities in the world can become amazing if shared with the right people.
Why lightning? Why not falling in a well, or a tornado?
Ooh, that's a toughie if I don't want to give anything away. Let's just say that I needed it to "make an impact".
Do you have any favorite Young Adult books or authors?
Do I? Heck yes! Where do I even start? I was really influenced by Judy Blume growing up ("Are you there God? It's me Margaret," was one of my all-time faves). I loved the Baby-sitters Club series and I also went through a R.L Stine and Christopher Pike phase. Right now, I completely idolize J.K. Rowling. I suppose you could argue that she's isn't YA per se, but I beg to differ. She is brilliant, humble and a truly fantastic author/storyteller.
Recently though, I went out and bought a ton of YA books to familiarize myself with the new generation of YA authors and I have to say that Sarah Dessen became an immediate favorite.
How many books are you planning in this series?
Milestones is a trilogy. It was planned out that way from the beginning.
Do you plan to write anything else?
Absolutely! I can't live without writing, whether it's for myself or for others. As long as people are interested in what I write, I'll continue to write for others. I have a few more YA stories already brewing so stay tuned!
What are you doing right now?
Right now? I have a little vacation time. I'm using it to buy a house, buy a puppy and move from Michigan to Texas. Once July rolls around, I'll be an honest to goodness Pediatrician by day and YA author by night. Or vice versa (doctors have a lot of night shifts).
If you mean "right at this moment" though, I'm on the beach in Dubai, reading a french novel and sipping on some pina coladas. No honestly! It's my vacation!
Mac or PC?
PC. I tried to use a Mac recently and I got way too confused. I'm very slow to adapt to these things. For instance, I JUST joined Facebook today. It's sad, I know, but it takes me forever to conform to new societal norms. I'm the slow-poke, I suppose.
Monday, April 13, 2009
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Saturday, April 11, 2009
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Thanks for interviewing me Steph from Hey, Teenager Of The Year!!
I'm on spring break, but am still managing to update somewhat. I did get plenty of books s far this week, so that'll make for an interesting IMM post.
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Monday, April 6, 2009
Recommend to read- 8/10
Sunday, April 5, 2009
Thursday, April 2, 2009
What, ultimately, made you want to share your story?
I wanted to share my story for several reasons, including wanting other people struggling with eating disorders to know they aren't alone, to show that recovery is possible, to show people what living with an eating disorder is like and what treatment is really like as well as to help others. Helping other people with eating disorders (especially EDNOS) was my
main purpose in writing Purge.
What advice would you give teens struggling with their self image or an eating disorder?
I would tell them to talk about it, and not keep it to themselves or keep it a secret. They should talk to whomever they trust. Keeping their struggles to themselves is only going to allow their negative self image or eating disorder to grow stronger. Talking about it takes away the power of negative self-image and eating disorders.
What should someone do if they suspect their friend of having an eating disorder?
If you suspect a friend has an eating disorder, you should talk to them about it, and remind them that you care about them and love them no matter what. Also, try to encourage them to talk to an adult they trust, and try to get them help.
Who has always been there for you when you needed them?
My fiance, Brady, as well as my best friend from when I was a kid, Jess, a group of friends from boarding school, and my friend Liz who I actually met in treatment, as well as my grad school adviser Julie and my cousin Jocelyn. Before they died I was very close to my maternal grandparents (I actually grew up in the house next to them) and they were a constant source of support and love. I am lucky to have so many wonderful, caring people in my life, and to have so much support both in recovery and while writing and publishing Purge.
Do you have any favorite books or authors?
If I listed all my favorite books and authors, this list would be very long! I'll tell you my newest favorites. I just finished reading Chalked Up by Jennifer Sey, which is a memoir detailing the author's childhood and adolescence as an elite gymnast, and before that I read The Latehomecomer by Kao Kalia Yang, which is a memoir about the author's childhood in a Thai refugee camp and her family's immigration to Minnesota. I'm really on a memoir kick lately, although I'm also reading Louise Erdrich's The Antelope Wife, and I just finished up Jonathan Safran Foer's Everything is Illuminated.
Are you going to write anything else?
Yes. I'd love to write a sequel to Purge, but I'm also in the beginning of writing a book about the so-called "boy crisis." A few years ago Newsweek magazine ran an article about how boys are supposedly disenfranchised by a girl-focused educational system, and how feminism and Title IX are causing boys to backslide academically. I disagree with this view, and I am writing about and trying to debunk the myth of the boy crisis.
What are you doing right now?
Right now I'm sitting in my office draped in my favorite blanket while simultaneously answering interview questions and browsing amazon. I'm also trying to avoid helping my fiance do laundry because I hate doing laundry. ;)
Mac or PC?
PC. I have a Dell.
Thanks so much for your lovely review of Purge, and for interviewing me!!
Thanks so much Nicole!