Tuesday, May 19, 2015

None of the Above


by I.W. Gregorio

****Guest Post by Amanda B.****

For high school senior Kristin, life wasn't perfect but it wasn't bad either. She had good friends, a cute boyfriend, and a scholarship to a Division I college for hurdling. Things were going well until a trip to the doctor’s causes her to learn that she has a male chromosome and is intersex. Kristin doesn't know what to make of her new situation and it doesn't help when the whole school finds out.

Kristin’s story deals with the struggles one faces when they learn they are intersex. While different than most characters, Kristin demonstrates one still can be similar. The other characters in this book all react to Kristin's news differently which helps shape this story. 

The author also provides valuable information one can learn about those who are intersex. 

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Pushing the Limits

by Katie McGarry

****Guest Post by Amanda B.****

Echo was the popular girl, until an event she can't remember left her with scars and as an outcast. Noah is a bad boy foster kid who has never been in the same circle as Echo. They both have their issues, they just don't know how to face them. When the guidance concealer enlists Echo to tutor Noah, the two slowly learn they may be just what the other needs.

Told in the alternating points of view of Echo and Noah, this captivating and suspenseful story will be hard to put down. Noah is a great bad boy crush, but readers will still route for him and Echo. Readers will find enjoyment in the secondary characters as well as the two protagonists.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Sisters

Suggestions by Amanda B.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Thrift Shopping

by Sandy Donovan

Discovering Bargains and Hidden Treasures

Are you interested in thrift store shopping? Vintage clothes or sunglasses or scarves? This book explains where to go, what to look for and how to bargain! The summer is coming and that means flea markets and garage sales - use this author's tips for finding the things you want at a low low price!
This book also contains ideas for upcycling your finds, making your own garage sale or selling items online! There is a list of additional books and articles to read in the back, and at under 70 pages, this will be a quick read for many of you!

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Where She Went

by Gayle Forman

This is a sequel to the book "If I Stay." Where "If I Stay" was told from Mia's point of view, "Where She Went" is told from Adam, the boyfriend's point of view.
Time has passed. Adam is different. He and Mia broke up, and he wrote an amazing album while dealing with the loss and pain of their relationship. His music career is going great, but he feels lost. Now, Mia, who is an award-winning and world class cellist, is near enough to see, they are in the same place at the same time, but neither knows what to expect.
This is a very honest, different perspective from "If I Stay." Obviously years later, it also gives readers a view of the after-effects and the after after-effects of tragedy, first love, loss and celebrity. This is an excellent story.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Get Happy

By Mary Amato


Minerva finds out, on her birthday, that the dad she never knew is trying to get in touch with her. She doesn't tell her mom ( who WILL freak out about it). She's not sure what to do. In the meantime, she and her best friend audition for after school jobs performing as characters at children's birthday parties. Min gets the job and learns to be a mermaid for kids, earns money to buy a ukulele for her songwriting, and gets to know a guy in her school who is working at the same agency. Things are a roller coaster from there - will she meet her dad? Will her mom stop freaking out? Will her songs get her through tough times?
Min is a great character who readers will relate to, and her choices, though you may not agree with them, all make sense. If you like Meg Cabot, e. Lockhart or Tara Altabrando, you'll like this!