Since I'm all about shortcuts:
- Rules by Cynthia Lord (ya/teen) - Artistic Catherine takes care of her autisic little brother while experiencing the growing pains of 12 year old girls. This is lovely, nothing inappropriate (why do they do that in books for young girls?) and sweet coming of age story. Totally should have won Newbery instead of that stupid Higher Power of Lucky book. 5 stars
- Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson (ya/teen) - for slightly older readers (I'd say high school for sure, although I'd also say if you are a parent you should read it first) after calling the cops at a party, Melinda completely ostracized and begins to withdraw into silence. What happened? Speak perfectly captures the agony of high school, made even worse by the torment of Melinda's situation. Is Laurie Halse Anderson the Jodi Piccoult of YA? (I hope not, but the thought struck me as I looked through her other books.) 4 stars
- Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris - finally mooched this for my introduction to Sedaris. Hmmm. A little goes a long way. I still laughed out loud a few times. But he's either way overhyped or I'm coming to the party late or both. Small doses are best but I'm glad I can see what the fuss is about and that I didn't buy it. :) 3+ stars
- If You Lived Here by Dana Sachs - an older book that has been on my list for quite a while. An international adoption, friendship story - the first half was great, the second half I anticipated would be even better (when they travel to Vietnam to pick up the baby), but it wasn't. And I'm still not sure why. 3 stars
And I finally got reviews of Snoop, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and The Gargoyle up on the FEED.
I have quite a few books almost finished, and a few review copies to wolf down this weekend. And I need to hunt down my cousin Trish's book rec: Gossip of the Starlings by Nina de Gramont. Any books you are looking to get your hands on?