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Book Review: Melodies

Author: Pamela Srey Published: 2012 Number of Pages: 239 My Rating: 5/5  (for YA fans)

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        Seventeen year old Bianca Grey had a not so usual teenage life. Adopted with an abusive foster mother and unpopular at Philadelphia High School, Bianca found peace with her artistic talents. Pete Carrara Jr., had a different life. He was popular in school, musically talented with good looks and brains. Pete had the ideal perfect life with the perfect family and friends. Love had never crossed his mind until one day when he ran into Bianca. That very day, he thought love to be very possible.         Bianca was guarded and had never let anyone get close to her. No one knew she was adopted, not even the school. The more Pete got to know her, the more he fell in love with her. Bianca was not so certain on how much Pete should know about her personal life but the more she learned about Pete, the more she cared for him. With him, her complicated life wasn't so complicated…

Book Review: We Were Liars

Author: E. Lockhart Published: 2014 Publisher: Delacorte Press Number of Pages: 240 My Rating: 3.5/ 4

Summary from    A beautiful and distinguished family.    A private island.    A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.    A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.    A revolution. An accident. A secret.    Lies upon lies.    True love.    The truth. We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from National Book Award finalist and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart. Read it. And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.

    Where to start... Honestly, the first thing I want to talk about is the ending, BUT, considering I don't have spoilers in my reviews, I suppose I will just start at the beginning. 
        We Were Liars is a Young Adult novel about an upper class, white, well-educated family who spend their summers on a private island with maids and cooks. Rough, right? But if you are anything like me and assume that it's…

Book Review: The Underground Girls of Kabul

Author: Jenny Nordberg Published: 2014 Publisher: Crown Number of Pages: 368 My Rating: 5
Summary from          In Afghanistan, a culture ruled almost entirely by men, the birth of a son is cause for celebration and the arrival of a daughter is often mourned as misfortune. A bacha posh (literally translated from Dari as “dressed up like a boy”) is a third kind of child – a girl temporarily raised as a boy and presented as such to the outside world. Jenny Nordberg, the reporter who broke the story of this phenomenon for the New York Times, constructs a powerful and moving account of those secretly living on the other side of a deeply segregated society where women have almost no rights and little freedom. 
         The Underground Girls of Kabul is anchored by vivid characters who bring this remarkable story to life: Azita, a female parliamentarian who sees no other choice but to turn her fourth daughter Mehran into a boy; Zahra, the tomboy teenager who struggles with puberty a…

Book Review: Orange is the New Black

Author: Piper Kerman Published: 2010 Publisher: Spiegel & Grau Number of Pages: 298 My Rating: 3

Summary from          With a career, a boyfriend, and a loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the reckless young woman who delivered a suitcase of drug money ten years before. But that past has caught up with her. Convicted and sentenced to fifteen months at the infamous federal correctional facility in Danbury, Connecticut, the well-heeled Smith College alumna is now inmate #11187–424—one of the millions of people who disappear “down the rabbit hole” of the American penal system. From her first strip search to her final release, Kerman learns to navigate this strange world with its strictly enforced codes of behavior and arbitrary rules. She meets women from all walks of life, who surprise her with small tokens of generosity, hard words of wisdom, and simple acts of acceptance. Heartbreaking, hilarious, and at times enraging, Kerman’s story offers a rare look into the …

Book Review: A Fifty-Year Silence

Author: Miranda Richmond Mouillot Published: 2015 Publisher: Crown Number of Pages: 288 My Rating: 4

Summary from        In 1948, after surviving World War II by escaping Nazi-occupied France for refugee camps in Switzerland, the author's grandparents, Anna and Armand, bought an old stone house in a remote, picturesque village in the South of France. Five years later, Anna packed her bags and walked out on Armand, taking the typewriter and their children. The two never saw or spoke to each other again, never remarried, and never revealed what had divided them forever.                A Fifty-Year Silence is the deeply involving account of Miranda Richmond Mouillot's journey to find out what happened between her grandmother, a physician, and her grandfather, an interpreter at the Nuremberg Trials, who refused to utter his wife's name aloud after she left him.  To discover the roots of their embittered and entrenched silence, Miranda abandons her plans for the future …

Book Review: The Secret Life of Bees

Author: Sue Monk Kidd Published: 2003 Publisher: Penguin Books Number of Pages: 318 My Rating: 4

Summary from          Set in South Carolina in 1964, The Secret Life of Bees tells the story of Lily Owens, whose life has been shaped around the blurred memory of the afternoon her mother was killed. When Lily's fierce-hearted black "stand-in mother," Rosaleen, insults three of the deepest racists in town, Lily decides to spring them both free. They escape to Tiburon, South Carolina--a town that holds the secret to her mother's past. Taken in by an eccentric trio of black beekeeping sisters, Lily is introduced to their mesmerizing world of bees and honey, and the Black Madonna. This is a remarkable novel about divine female power, a story women will share and pass on to their daughters for years to come.

Do you ever find a book that just makes you all warm and fuzzy inside when you read it? Well, The Secret Life of Bees gave me those exact feelings. 
      This is…

Book Review: Doctor Sleep

Author: Stephen King Published: 2013 Publisher: Scribner Number of Pages: 531 My Rating: 4

Summary from Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special twelve-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals. On highways across America, a tribe of people called The True Knot travel in search of sustenance. They look harmless—mostly old, lots of polyester, and married to their RVs. But as Dan Torrance knows, and spunky twelve-year-old Abra Stone learns, The True Knot are quasi-immortal, living off the “steam” that children with the “shining” produce when they are slowly tortured to death. Haunted by the inhabitants of the Overlook Hotel where he spent one horrific childhood year, Dan has been drifting for decades, desperate to shed his father’s legacy of despair, alcoholism, and…