A book is like a baby. . .it doesn't matter how ugly it is,
the mom/writer is still going to love it.

You won't find snarky reviews here.

What you'll find in this blog are books that teens
who hate reading are reading. . .and liking.

Friday, April 16, 2010

It's Not You, It's Me by Kerry Cohen Hoffman


Flash Burnout by L. K. Madigan

Blake is a regular fifteen/sixteen year old guy going to school in Portland, Oregon.  He is going out with the lovely and talented Shannon, but still can't believe he could be that lucky.  His world changes when he takes a picture of a woman who has passed out on the street in Old Town.  Who would have guessed that the strung out woman would be the mother of a friend of his in his Photo class?

Now Blake is sucked into the world of Marissa.  Marissa is living with her grandma because of her mom's meth habit.  When she sees Blake's picture, she begs him to help her find her mother.

So what happens when a guy starts hanging out with a "girl" friend?  Especialy when he already has a girlfriend?  The rumor mill starts grinding away, creating drama where there shouldn't be any drama.  What will happen if he messes up?  How long can Shannon believe there's nothing going on between Blake and Marissa?  What will she do when she sees the pictures?

Friday, April 9, 2010

Unwind by Neal Shusterman

In the future a war is fought in the United States over one issue--abortion.  To end the fight, the two warring groups come to an agreement: parents can no longer abort their children, BUT they can, for whatever reason, choose to have their son or daughter unwound while that child is between the ages of thirteen and eighteen.  Unwinding is the term used to describe the process of taking the different body parts and giving them as an organ donation to other people, so technically, the teen isn't dead, he/she is alive in hundreds of other people. 

Connor gets into too many fights.  His parents are planning a vacation to the Bahamas while he is getting unwound.  Risa isn't good enough.  She lives in a State Home.  New babies are coming in, and if you aren't good enough, you get unwound.  Lev is a tithe.  In his religion, God is given ten percent of all a person possesses.  Lev is the tenth child, he is going to be unwound as a way of giving back to God. Being a "tithe" is a great honor, and Lev is proud of his status.  That changes when a crazy guy grabs him and takes him on a wild trip.
With short chapters and lots of suspense, this is a book you won't want to put down.

AWARDS: Evergreen Young Adult Book Award Winner - 2010, YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers - 2008