Wednesday, February 23, 2011

The Hate List by Jennifer Brown Review

hatelistThe Hate List by Jennifer Brown
Publisher: Little Brown and Company
Pub. Date: September 1st, 2009  
Pages: 405
Age Level: Young Adult    
Obtained: Library

Five months ago, Valerie Leftman's boyfriend, Nick, opened fire on their school cafeteria. Shot trying to stop him, Valerie inadvertently saved the life of a classmate, but was implicated in the shootings because of the list she helped create. A list of people and things she and Nick hated. The list he used to pick his targets.

Now, after a summer of seclusion, Val is forced to confront her guilt as she returns to school to complete her senior year. Haunted by the memory of the boyfriend she still loves and navigating rocky relationships with her family, former friends and the girl whose life she saved, Val must come to grips with the tragedy that took place and her role in it, in order to make amends and move on with her life.

My Thoughts:

I read this around the time when a whole bunch of cases of bullying were turning up on the news and this just hit close to what was going on. I just felt so sorry for Valerie, because even though it wasn’t her fault that her boyfriend killed so many people, everyone seems to think she’s guilty. She also hates that she’s still in love with the one person who has caused her pain throughout this whole ordeal. This book is sometimes so painful to read but I honestly believe everyone in high school or not should pick it up. It’s abs beautifully written and you go on the most interesting adventure to find who Valerie really is. So don’t walk to your nearest bookstore, library or a friend’s house who owns it, RUN! It’s a must read and one of the best books I read in 2010. I give this novel 5 out of 5 paws!

5_paws_thumb[1]Comment Question of the blog:

How do you feel about bullying? Lemme know in the comment section below!

As always,
That Chick That Reads

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Fade (Dream Catcher #2) by Lisa McMann Review

FadeFade (Dream Catcher #2) by Lisa McMann
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Pub. Date: February 10th, 2009
Pages: 248
Age Level: Young Adult    
Obtained: Library

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....

My Thoughts:

I love the general idea of the novel, just hate the writing just like in the first novel. Very bland. I love the story though. I like that old characters that we thought were gone visit again. I just wish we would find out more about her relationship with her mother. It just doesn’t make sense sometimes. Like they were supposed to make nicknames for the certain teachers and when they went on the trip, Mr. Dublin calls the other teacher Mrs. Pancake. So I’m confused because I thought those were supposed to be top secret? It was sort of predictable but I guess.. I’m not going to sit here and bash this novel though so here are some of the good things I noticed. Cabe is awesome! I love him <3 Janie’s character is getting better with each book. Oh and I love the capt! She’s sweet but tough! Anyway, I’m going to read the next one to see if it get’s better, which I heard it does so we’ll see.. until then I give this novel 3.5 out of 5 paws.

3_5paws_thumb1Comment Question of the blog:

If you could work for the government as a spy, would you? Lemme know in the comment section below.

As always,
That Chick That Reads

Monday, February 7, 2011

We have a winner!!!


Lindsey is the winner of the Van Alan Legacy! Thank you to everyone who entered! Next on the giveaway is an ARC of The Lost Saint by Bree Despain! HAPPY READING EVERYONE!

Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson Review

wintergirlsWintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
Publisher: Viking Juvenile
Pub. Date: March 19th, 2009
Pages: 278
Age Level: Young Adult    
Obtained: Library

“Dead girl walking,” the boys say in the halls.
“Tell us your secret,” the girls whisper, one toilet to another.
I am that girl.
I am the space between my thighs, daylight shining through.
I am the bones they want, wired on a porcelain frame.
Lia and Cassie were best friends, wintergirls frozen in matchstick bodies. But now Cassie is dead. Lia's mother is busy saving other people's lives. Her father is away on business. Her step-mother is clueless. And the voice inside Lia's head keeps telling her to remain in control, stay strong, lose more, weigh less. If she keeps on going this way—thin, thinner, thinnest—maybe she'll disappear altogether.
In her most emotionally wrenching, lyrically written book since the National Book Award finalist Speak, best-selling author Laurie Halse Anderson explores one girl's chilling descent into the all-consuming vortex of anorexia.

My Thoughts:

Wow! Anderson did it again! She created something so breathtakingly beautiful and ugly at the same time. The novel is beautiful but the subject is ugly and something that should be talked about more often instead of just hiding behind in the shadows. I loved living inside Lia’s head. It made me feel a little closer to what someone with this disorder thinks. Just thinking about this novel takes my breath away. I loved the writing style, it seemed like a song and it felt as if this would have a girl I might have encountered at some point and time in my life. Anderson seriously had me on edge of my seat and made me want to know more of Lia’s story. I give this novel 4 out of 5 paws.

4_paws_thumb[1]Comment Question of the blog:

What’s your fav Anderson book? Why? Lemme know in the comment section below!

As always,
That Chick That Reads