Book review #33: The Grownup- Gillian Flynn

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Title: The Grownup
Author: Gillian Flynn
Publication: November 3rd 2015, Crown
Genre: Short Stories, Fiction, Horror
Pages: 66
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 1101907320 / 9781101907320

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A canny young woman is struggling to survive by perpetrating various levels of mostly harmless fraud. On a rainy April morning, she is reading auras at Spiritual Palms when Susan Burke walks in. A keen observer of human behavior, our unnamed narrator immediately diagnoses beautiful, rich Susan as an unhappy woman eager to give her lovely life a drama injection. However, when the “psychic” visits the eerie Victorian home that has been the source of Susan’s terror and grief, she realizes she may not have to pretend to believe in ghosts anymore. Miles, Susan’s teenage stepson, doesn’t help matters with his disturbing manner and grisly imagination. The three are soon locked in a chilling battle to discover where the evil truly lurks and what, if anything, can be done to escape it.


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“I’m not really a nerd; I only aspire to be one.”

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Book Review #32: November 9- Colleen Hoover

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Title: November 9
Author: Colleen Hoover
Publication: November 10th 2015, Atria Books
Genre: New Adult, Romance
Pages: 310
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 1501110349 / 9781501110344

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Fallon meets Ben, an aspiring novelist, the day before her scheduled cross-country move. Their untimely attraction leads them to spend Fallon’s last day in L.A. together, and her eventful life becomes the creative inspiration Ben has always sought for his novel. Over time and amidst the various relationships and tribulations of their own separate lives, they continue to meet on the same date every year. Until one day Fallon becomes unsure if Ben has been telling her the truth or fabricating a perfect reality for the sake of the ultimate plot twist.


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“When you find love, you take it. You grab it with both hands and you do everything in your power not to let it go. You can’t just walk away from it and expect it to linger until you’re ready for it.”

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Book Review #31: Extraordinary Means- Robyn Schneider

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Title: Extraordinary Means
Author: Robyn Schneider
Publication: May 26th 2015, Katherine Tegen Books
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Pages: 324
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0062392557 / 9780062392558

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At seventeen, overachieving Lane finds himself at Latham House, a sanatorium for teens suffering from an incurable strain of tuberculosis. Part hospital and part boarding school, Latham is a place of endless rules and confusing rituals, where it’s easier to fail breakfast than it is to flunk French.

There, Lane encounters a girl he knew years ago. Instead of the shy loner he remembers, Sadie has transformed. At Latham, she is sarcastic, fearless, and utterly compelling. Her friends, a group of eccentric troublemakers, fascinate Lane, who has never stepped out of bounds his whole life. And as he gradually becomes one of them, Sadie shows him their secrets: how to steal internet, how to sneak into town, and how to disable the med sensors they must wear at all times.

But there are consequences to having secrets, particularly at Latham House. And as Lane and Sadie begin to fall in love and their group begins to fall sicker, their insular world threatens to come crashing down.


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“Being temporary doesn’t make something matter any less, because the point isn’t for how long, the point is that it happened.”

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Book Review #30: I’ll Give You the Sun- Jandy Nelson

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Title: I’ll Give You the Sun
Author: Jandy Nelson
Publication: September 16th 2014, Dial Books
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 371
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 0803734964 / 9780803734968

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Jude and her twin brother, Noah, are incredibly close. At thirteen, isolated Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude cliff-dives and wears red-red lipstick and does the talking for both of them. But three years later, Jude and Noah are barely speaking. Something has happened to wreck the twins in different and dramatic ways . . . until Jude meets a cocky, broken, beautiful boy, as well as someone else—an even more unpredictable new force in her life. The early years are Noah’s story to tell. The later years are Jude’s. What the twins don’t realize is that they each have only half the story, and if they could just find their way back to one another, they’d have a chance to remake their world.


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“Meeting your soul mate is like walking into a house you’ve been in before – you will recognize the furniture, the pictures on the wall, the books on the shelves, the contents of drawers: You could find your way around in the dark if you had to.”

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Book Review #29: Memories- Lang Leav

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Title: Memories
Author: Lang Leav
Publication: October 6th 2015, Andrews McMeel Publishing
Genre: Poetry, Romance
Pages: 256
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 1449472397 / 9781449472399

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Best-selling poet Lang Leav presents a gorgeous hardcover gift book featuring the best of Lullabies and Love & Misadventure plus thirty-five new poems for fans to discover, along with original color illustrations by the author.

For fans of Lang Leav, this beautiful gift book is a must-have! Beloved pieces from Lullabies and Love & Misadventure are collected together in this illustrated treasury. In addition, 35 new poems that have not been published in any Lang Leav collection offer something new to discover. The author’s original art is presented in lovely four-color illustrations.

Lang Leav’s evocative poetry in a gorgeous package with ribbon marker and cloth spine is an irresistible gift for any poetry lover!


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“I do know there are all kinds of barriers to love. I do believe the world needs less of them.”

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Book Review #28: My Heart and Other Black Holes- Jasmine Warga

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Title: My Heart and Other Black Holes
Author: Jasmine Warga
Publication: February 10th 2015, Balzer + Bray
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Pages: 320
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0062391127 / 9780062391124)

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Sixteen-year-old physics nerd Aysel is obsessed with plotting her own death. With a mother who can barely look at her without wincing, classmates who whisper behind her back, and a father whose violent crime rocked her small town, Aysel is ready to turn her potential energy into nothingness.

There’s only one problem: she’s not sure she has the courage to do it alone. But once she discovers a website with a section called Suicide Partners, Aysel’s convinced she’s found her solution—Roman, a teenage boy who’s haunted by a family tragedy, is looking for a partner.

Even though Aysel and Roman have nothing in common, they slowly start to fill in each other’s broken lives. But as their suicide pact becomes more concrete, Aysel begins to question whether she really wants to go through with it. Ultimately, she must choose between wanting to die or trying to convince Roman to live so they can discover the potential of their energy together.


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“Life can seem awful and unfixable until the universe shifts a little and the observation point is altered, and then suddenly, everything seems more bearable.”

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Book Review #27: The 5th Wave- Rick Yancey

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Title: The 5th Wave
Author: Rick Yancey
Publication: November 3rd 2015, Speak
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction
Pages: 457
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 014751908X / 9780147519085

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After the 1st wave, only darkness remains.
After the 2nd, only the lucky escape.
And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive.
After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.

Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother–or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.


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“We’re here, and then we’re gone, and it’s not about the time we’re here, but what we do with the time.”

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Book Review #26: Maybe Not- Colleen Hoover

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Title: Maybe Not
Author: Colleen Hoover
Publication: December 22nd 2015, Atria Books
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Pages: 130
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 1501125710 / 9781501125713

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When Warren has the opportunity to live with a female roommate, he instantly agrees. It could be an exciting change.

Or maybe not.

Especially when that roommate is the cold and seemingly calculating Bridgette. Tensions run high and tempers flare as the two can hardly stand to be in the same room together. But Warren has a theory about Bridgette: anyone who can hate with that much passion should also have the capability to love with that much passion. And he wants to be the one to test this theory.

Will Bridgette find it in herself to warm her heart to Warren and finally learn to love?

Maybe.

Maybe not.


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“The only difference between falling in love and being in love is that your heart already knows how you feel, but your mind is too stubborn to admit it.”

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