“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.


“A Little Something Different” by Sandy Hall | Book Review

Hall, Sandy. A Little Something Different. New York: Macmillan, 2014. Genre: Contemporary, Romance Intended Audience: ages 12 and above Personal reaction to the book: Oof. In this novel, Hall looks at the budding romance between two college classmates and tells the story from 14 different perspectives ranging from roommates, a bus driver, a brother, a bench, a squirrel, and so on.


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