Saturday, February 14, 2009

Book Review #530
The Dirt On Sex by Justin Lookadoo
Rating: four stars (out of four)

This book was great.  Justin Lookadoo's straightforward frank talk about sex is sure to get you thinking, and you will learn something along the way as well.  I love how Justin can talk about something so serious, but still keep the tone conversational even by adding hilarious asides.  He is also good at putting it in proper perspective.  I would recommend this book to every teenager.

Book Review #529
Match Point by Erynn Mangum
Rating: three stars (out of four)

I was definitely looking toward the ending in this series and this book didn't disappoint. Sure, there were moments that I thought were a little far-fetched, but for the most part I found this book extremely enjoyable. I didn't like it as much as the first two, partly because the tables were turned, but I still chuckled while reading. The only things that I thought were a little unbelievable was the amount of food, particularly the amount of coffee and chocolate that Laurie ate. If you are looking for a good clean romantic comedy in the form of a book, than this series is perfect for you. I laughed at the ridiculous things that happened and still found it endearingly sweet. I would definitely recommend.

Book Review #528
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
Rating: two stars (out of four)

I was really excited to read this book.  First, because it won the Newbery Medal, and second because it was written by Neil Gaiman.  I had heard wonderous things from all over the place as well.  But when I started reading, I was sadly disappointed and a little bit frustrated with the slow beginning.  I only stuck with it because of the above listed factors.  I kept waiting for the moment when I would go, "Oh, that's it!" but that moment never happened.  When I was finally finished with the book, I didn't feel overjoyed or happy or anything.  To describe my feelings for this book best, I would have to say that I didn't love it, nor did I hate it.  It was somewhere right in the middle.  Sure, there were parts of the book that I thought were witty and hilarious.  But there were also some loose ends that I wished had been wrapped up.  I probably won't recommend this book, just because it didn't have that much of an impact on me.  But if you are Neil Gaiman fan or love reading Newbery Medals, don't let this review stop you from checking it out.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Book Review #527
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart
Rating: one star (out of four)

The beginning of this book felt like it was going to go somewhere.  But rapidly approaching the middle, it took a turn for the worse.  I was not impressed with the main character, Frankie.  Her motives were often skewed and she didn't have the best sense of justice.  I enjoyed some of the story line, but couldn't get past some of the main plot details.  I was really annoyed with Frankie towards the end, I thought that the point of her doing certain things was completely pathetic and worthless.  The ending was a terrible disappointment as well.  I would not recommend this book.

Book Review #526
The Underneath by Kathi Appelt, illustrated by David Small
Rating: four stars (out of four)

Amazing!  This was my first thought when I finished this book.  I had a grin spread across my face and I was almost jumping for joy.  I loved this book That Much!  I loved the language of this novel, the words that were featured and used were so descriptive and thoughtful.  Several times while reading this book I would marvel at a sentence or paragraph and wonder how the author had ever contrived such lovely wording.  The plot was unpredictable, suspenseful, sweet, and endearing.  I fell in love with the characters and was on the edge of my seat to see what would happen next.  The ending almost gave me a heart attack.  The author ended a chapter on such a thrilling and horrifying thought that I might have gasped out loud.  But don't worry - everything worked out in the end.  There were elements of joy and sadness mingled throughout this story.  I also enjoyed the illustrations, they were great.  If you have not read this book, I insist that you check it out at your earliest convenience!  I'd totally recommend.

Book Review #525
The Surrender Tree by Margarita Engle
Rating: two stars (out of four)

This was an interesting book.  It just wasn't as good as I thought it would be - considering that it won the Newbery Honor.  I liked the style it was written in, with the poetry and smooth lines, but it wasn't fascinating.  The story line was pretty intriguing.  It was one I had not heard a lot of and I was grateful that I was getting some more information about it.  All in all, it was a decent book and I would probably recommend, but it is not going at the top of my lists anytime soon.