Category Archives: Romance/Adventure

Lock and Key (Sarah Dessen)

So, as school got out on tuesday and I went to Hattie’s house that day, and I was dragged to her 4H meeting half an hour from our hometown, she had me read (yet another) of the books she has gotten from book fairs in the library at our school. So, in the course of the two to three hours, I got thirty or forty pages into this book.
 
In this novel, nearly-eighteen-year-old Ruby Cooper has been living alone with her mom since her older sister, Cora, left them to go to college. Ruby’s mom dissappears, though, and Ruby finds herself living with Cora, her husband and CEO/founder of social networking site UMe.com, Jamie, and their yappy, scared-to-death-of-the-oven-and-smoke-detectors, little-bitty dog, Roscoe. On her first night, Ruby tries to run off, but she can’t find the gate to the wooden fence behind Cora aand Jamie’s house, so she happens to meet Nate Cross, their neighbor, as he’s swimming laps in his pool.
 
Eventually, of course, Nate and Ruby end up together. And, even better, Cora and Ruby find their mom – in a rehab clinic in Tennesee.
 
Nate won’t make it easy for Ruby to help him with his hot-tempered, semi-evil dad, Mr. Blake Cross. And she wants to help so much, but he just doesn’t want her to. They break up, but, as predictable as every book targeted to the teenage girl, they get back together.
 
The last part of the book was hardest to understand. Cora and Jamie are taking Ruby somewhere, but it is never specified.
 
But I enjoyed this book. My twelve-year-old brother kept trying to talk to me in the car, but I was reading. And anyone that knows me understands how little I will tolerate when it comes to interruption of exciting, recreational literature. Better, though, is that I was texting Hattie the entire time.
 
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North of Beautiful (Justina Chen Headley)

So, my best friend (more like sister), Hattie, had me wait forever to read this book about a girl from Colville, Washington, with a huge, obnoxious, obvious port-wine stain on the right side of her face. For those of you that don’t understand, a port-wine stain is a birth mark that kind of looks like wine was spilled on your face. And Hattie told our friend Tony he could borrow it. Why he’d want to read a teenage girly book, I have no idea.
 
So, the girl, Terra, has gone through all this laser treatment and nothing has worked. Then one day, as they’re going back home, Terra nearly runs over a sixteen-year-old Chinese boy, Jacob, and Terra and her mother go with Jacob and his adopted mom, Nora, to go visit Terra’s big brother Merc in China. Then Terra goes on to find true beauty and accidentally falls in love with Jacob, even though she has a boyfriend, Eric, at home. So, et cetera, et cetera. Eventually Terra breaks up with Eric and Jacob and Terra can live happily after.
 
Now, I have four more things to say. 1.) This was an excellent book. Each time I uncovered something in the book, I would go up to her the next day and totally flip out. “Why didn’t you tell me that, Hattie?!” 2.)  Get it. Like I said. Great book. 3.) Hattie and I wonder – is it Merc like Mercer Island, but without the -er, or is it Merc like Mercury without the -cury? 4.) Please respond to these reviews. Also give people this site address. I want more readers. The more readers I get, the easier it’ll be for me to publish a book.
 
Thanks for reading! ~Flik

Saving Juliet

Earlier this month, author Suzanne Selfors came to visit my class. She’s the one that got me to begin this blog, as I have often dreamed of becoming an accomplished author. Anyways, Ms. Selfors has written “Smells Like Dog”, “Mad Love”, “Coffeehouse Angel”, and, of course, “Saving Juliet”. In “Saving Juliet”, Mimi Wallingford is a seventeen-year-old actress at her family’s theater. She dreams of becoming a doctor and having a life outside the Wallingford Theater, but her mother disagrees. Mimi is transported to Verona, Italy, 1594, after a heated argument with her mom, and so is actor/pop star Troy Summer. Troy and Mimi are trying to get home, but Mimi wants to save Romeo and Juliet from their awful fates.