21 08, 2015

NEVER SAID by Carol Lynch Williams

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NEVER SAID by Carol Lynch Williams

NEVER SAID by Carol Lynch WilliamsNever Said by Carol Lynch Williams
Published by Blink on August 25th 2015
Pages: 308
Genres: Fiction, Young Adult
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Annie and Sarah are fifteen-year-old fraternal twins who only spend time together because they're under the same roof. Annie's life has long been focused around her appearance and the beauty pageants that celebrate it, whereas Sarah's interests are sports and her runner boyfriend, Jeremy.

Then Annie begins to gain more and more weight, and all she seems to hear from her mother is, You used to be so pretty, followed by the latest diet to try.

Things begin to unravel for Sarah as well. Jeremy her boyfriend of more than a year decides to see if he and Sarah are "right" for each other, dumping her in order to get his head on straight.

Sarah is devastated. Her family is crumbling. The love of her life is dating other people. Her sister is getting heavier and more depressed. When Sarah learns, through gentle questioning, that a neighbor and very good family friend has been sexually abusing her sister, she knows she must act and help the sister who seemingly always had it all.

Told in alternating points of view, Never Said is the story of a family that has been caught up in what doesn't matter and about two sisters who realize that their relationship no matter how different the two of them are is most important."

The book Never Said is about 17-year old fraternal twins, Sarah and Annie, who have drifted apart since their childhood. Annie was the family’s stunning beauty since the first time she entered her first pageant when the girls were young, but now Annie is different then her once usually glamorous self. She has become […]

18 12, 2014

HIT by Lorie Ann Grover

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HIT by Lorie Ann Grover

HIT by Lorie Ann GroverHit by Lorie Ann Grover
Published by Blink on October 7th 2014
Pages: 224
Genres: Young Adult
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After receiving a full-ride scholarship to Mills College for Girls, it appears Sarah's future is all laid out before her ... that is until she walks into a poetry class led by Mr. Haddings, a student teacher from the nearby University of Washington. Suddenly, life on the UW campus seems very appealing, and Sarah finds herself using her poetry journal to subtly declare her feelings for Haddings. Convinced Mr. Haddings is flirting back, she sets off for school in the rain with a poem in her back pocket—one that will declare her feelings once and for all. Mr. Haddings has noticed Sarah's attention; the fallout from any perceived relationship with a student is too great a risk, and he has decided to end all speculation that morning. But everything changes when Mr. Haddings feels a thud on his front bumper when he glances away from the road, and finds Sarah in the street with blood pooling beneath her.

I have to say that this was a fast paced story. Hit took place over 3 days only. It is about a relationship between a student and a teacher, and a tragic accident. Unfortunately, this wasn’t a read I would recommend. Unless, of course, you want a really quick read, can over look […]

28 11, 2014

BOTH OF ME by Jonathan Friesen

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BOTH OF ME by Jonathan Friesen

BOTH OF ME by Jonathan FriesenBoth of Me by Jonathan Friesen
Published by Blink on December 23rd 2014
Pages: 256
Genres: Depression & Mental Illness, Social Issues, Young Adult
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From award winning author, Jonathan Friesen, a contemporary story dealing with mental illness and an unexpected friendship. Elias Phinn copes with his painful reality by slipping into the imaginary realm of Warilia, a world that colors his every waking moment and feels more real than the actual one around him. When his carry-on luggage is switched with that of the beautiful and mysterious Clara, Elias becomes convinced that she is a Warilian diplomat's daughter. But as the two become friends and their carefully constructed worlds begin to crack, Elias must save them both before everything falls apart. Poignant, heartrending, and powerfully real, Both of Me is the latest young adult novel from award-winning author Jonathon Friesen. As it explores themes of friendship, mental illness, and self-discovery, this gripping novel will catch--and keep--the attention of teen readers. Common Core Standards: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.3 and 11-12.3 Analyze the impact of the author's choices regarding how to develop and relate elements of a story or drama. CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.5 and 11-12.5 Analyze how an author's choices concerning how to structure specific parts of a text contribute to its overall structure and meaning as well as its aesthetic impact. CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.6 and 11-12.6 Analyze a case in which grasping a point of view requires distinguishing what is directly stated in a text from what is really meant.

My Review I just finished this book and all I can think is, “What just happened?” I started reading this book, I liked it. I got lost in it’s world. I got confused and lost track. Things got cleared up and then I needed a good cry. There is a lot of imagining […]

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