Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Reading Report 14

What I read from 
August 28-September 11

Summer was so slow for my reading (I think I read 4 in 4 weeks) but I'm happy to see that I'm back with a bang. Here's what I read the last 2 weeks.

After Hello by Lisa Mangum
Young Adult, Contemporary

Sarah is in NYC for only one day and runs into Sam who brings her along om a quick job. Only it turns into a little more than either expected. How much can you learn about yourself and a new friend in 24 hours?
I felt like this one could have had a stronger punch. The characters were solid, the writing good, the storyline was interesting but I felt I knew the story by about 1/3 into the book.  I wish it would have been, I dont know, a tad deeper maybe? With that said it was still a cute story and fun read. 

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

I seriously haven't ever read this before so it was great to finally get to see the original work. I love both the movies so I was sure it'd be a good one. Plus it was fun to see what each movie pulled into their story from the book.

Ten Things We Did (and probably shouldn't have) by Saray Mlynowski
Contemporary, Young Adult

April is 16 but her parents have moved and she wants to stay at her high school to finish the year. She somehow convinces her parents to let her live with her friend Viv with no adult supervision (small lie) for the rest of the school year. April uses her freedom to make some pretty adult decisions and also gets to deal with the consequences. 

I'd probably give this one a loose 3 stars. It was just a little to care free for my taste. The plot was interesting but I felt the characters could have used some more depth. 

How to Talk to Your Child About Sex by Linda and Richard Eyre
Self Help, Parenting

It's never too soon or too late to talk to your kids about sex and values.

Like any self help book I took what I liked/agreed with and considered the rest. Helpful ideas in how to prepare yourself and your kids for the sex talk, and also ideas on exactly what, when and how much to say. 

Just Like Fate by Cat Patrick and Suzanne Young
Young Adult, Contemporary

Caroline's grandma (who helped raise her) is passing away. One night she has a decision to make, stay or go. Told in the format of how the story would unfold in two directions from that decision.

I really liked this one! I think the story of two perspectives really drew me in. Each chapter switches back and forth from her decision to stay or go and shows us where the paths may have led. This is a classic 'girl trying to figure herself out' but I liked the twist of the story telling and I enjoyed Caroline and Chris the most.

Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl

Another oldie that I just got around to reading. I read it alone but I'm excited to read this with my kids too. 


Kayla said...

I always love seeing what you're reading! I can always count on you for a good recommendation! I've been thinking about picking up the Eyre's book, I'd love to hear about what you liked/didn't like about it!

Cranberryfries said...

I would totally recommend that book to anyone! I'll write up a little thought and email it to you.

Unknown said...

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