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Life of Pi by Yann Martel

May 02, 2013

Pi Patel is a very likeable Indian teenager who chooses to actively practice three religions:  Hinduism, Christianity, and Islam.  As the son of a zoo owner, Pi is also very knowledgeable about animals and their behaviors.   The family zoo is located in the southern Indian city of Pondicherry and its animals and their habitats are … Continue reading Life of Pi by Yann Martel

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The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

April 25, 2013

In the summer of 1922, 29 year old Nick Carraway has just moved from Minnesota to New York.  Nick rents a house in the West Egg district of Long Island.  West Egg is mostly populated with the newly rich who do not have many social connections and tend to find ways to elaborately display their wealth.  Jay … Continue reading The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

April 12, 2013

Every so often I read a book that is so good I have trouble writing a review about it.  Will I do the book justice?  Can I convince you in just a couple short paragraphs that this book should be moved to the top of your “to read” pile?  Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell is one … Continue reading Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

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Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

April 11, 2013

Set in North Carthage, Missouri, Gone Girl tells the story of Nick and Amy Dunne.  The novel begins on Nick and Amy’s fifth wedding anniversary.  Nick leaves for work the morning of their anniversary only to soon be called back home by a neighbor who has suspicions about happenings at the Dunne house.  Nick returns home … Continue reading Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

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Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

April 09, 2013

College freshman, Abby Abernathy decided to attend Eastern University in attempts to escape her past life in Wichita, Kansas.  Abby adopts a sophisticated, prim and proper look when she arrives at Eastern with the hope that the old Abby will not resurface.  Things are going great until Abby meets Travis Maddox, Eastern’s   “bad boy”. … Continue reading Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

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Looking For Alaska by John Green

March 21, 2013

Sixteen year old Miles “Pudge” Halter, who has a talent for remembering famous last words, is in search of the “Great Perhaps.” He is done with his boring,  friendless life in Florida and decides to follow in his father’s footsteps by enrolling at the Culver Creek Boarding School.  Upon arrival, Miles meets his roommate Chip … Continue reading Looking For Alaska by John Green

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Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple

March 12, 2013

Where’d You Go, Bernadette? begins with 15 year old Bee’s journey to find her mother, Bernadette, who has disappeared.  Bee tells her mother’s story leading up to the disappearance through a number of emails, letters, faxes, and texts written by Bernadette, Bee’s father, and “the gnats,” just to name a few.  Before moving to Seattle, … Continue reading Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple

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Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

March 04, 2013

Warning: Siege and Storm is the second book in Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha Trilogy.  If you have not read the first book, Shadow and Bone, then there will definitely be spoilers in this review.  Check out my review of the first book here: Shadow and Bone.  Synopsis: Siege and Storm begins right where Shadow and Bone left off. … Continue reading Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

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Girlchild by Tupelo Hassman

February 27, 2013

Set in the 1980s, Rory Dawn Hendrix is a young girl living with her mother in a Reno trailer park. Rory’s maternal lineage includes a mother and grandmother who were both pregnant before turning 16.  They are also high school dropouts, chain smokers, and welfare dependents.  Rory’s trailer park, the Calle de la Flores, is … Continue reading Girlchild by Tupelo Hassman

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Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt

February 20, 2013

“The sun kept on with its slipping away, and I thought how many good things in the world might be resting on the shoulders of something terrible.”Carol Rifka Brunt’s heart wrenching novel begins by introducing 14 year old June Elbus.  June is a self proclaimed “weird” girl who enjoys venturing into the woods behind her … Continue reading Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt

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