“Dark Places” by Gillian Flynn | Book Review

This has been a very strange week. This is one of the first weeks I’ve spent where my main job(s) are all working from home, so Thanksgiving didn’t feel as much like a “break” from something as it usually does. I have very fond memories of the previous two Thanksgivings when I’ve devoured books during my breaks from work. In 2012 it was The Fault in Our Stars and Silver Linings Playbook. In 2013 it was Bridget Jones: Mad about the Boy and Fangirl (Fannnngirrrrrlllll!). This year I was obsessed with Dark Places by Gillian Flynn. Flynn’s second novel, Dark Places takes you inside the mind of three people. First, the main narrator is Libby Day. As a child, Libby survived a massacre that took her two older sisters and mother away from her. Libby famously testified that her older brother, Ben, was the murderer. Now in her early thirties, Libby has no contact with Ben, who is in prison for life. Alternating the Libby chapters are chapters from Libby’s mother’s perspective and Ben’s perspective both weaving a timeline to that fateful day in 1985. Libby is broke, so when a macabre, morbid group called the Kill Club offers to pay her to investigate the murders, she reluctantly...

“Anna and the French Kiss” by Stephanie Perkins | Book Review

Perkins, Stephanie. Anna and the French Kiss. New York: Dutton Juvenile (Penguin), 2010. Genre: Contemporary, Romance Recommended Audience: 14 and up Personal reaction to the book In Anna and the French Kiss, the first of a trilogy of YA romance books by Stephanie Perkins, we meet young Anna, whose dad has shipped her off to an international boarding school in Paris for her final year of high school. Anna falls in with a semi-popular crowd and centers her attention around the adorable Etienne St. Clair, a French-British guy who is charming, attractive, and whimsical. So begins their romance.


“King Dork” by Frank Portman | Book Review

Portman, Frank. King Dork. New York: Delacorte Press, 2006. Genre: Contemporary Intended Audience: Ages 14-up Personal reaction to the book King Dork is a semi-parody of The Catcher in the Rye and is told from the perspective of Tom Henderson, a teen growing up in California in the late 90’s-early 00’s (dates are kind of ambiguous). He is alienated and bullied at his high school, and pretty much his only friend is Sam Hellerman. Tom and Sam are in a band together with a name that’s always changing.


“Landline” by Rainbow Rowell | Book Review

The ever-glorious Rainbow Rowell has the honor of writing the first non-YA book I’ve read since August. I’m back in the saddle, ladies and gents, and it feels good! Rainbow Rowell is just…magic. I want to crawl between the covers of her novels and live there forever. I want to snuggle in her words and dream, dimly aware of the obligations of the “real world.”  Synopsis: Landline, Rowell’s first non-YA novel since Attachments is anchored in the character of Georgie McCool, one half of a sitcom writing dream team. Georgie and her writing partner, Seth, have one shot to impress a big-time producer that they have the perfect mid-season replacement show.


“The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Bank”s by E. Lockhart | Book Review

Lockhart, E. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks. New York: Hyperion, 2009. Genre: Contemporary Intended Audience: Grades  7-up Personal reaction to the book This book was just what I needed. I was sick of cardboard female characters who only cared about falling in love. Frankie, the heroine in this novel, figured out a way to outsmart the old boys club all-male secret society at her boarding school. She infiltrates the patriarchal system and makes the boys do her bidding.


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