Sunday, January 31, 2010
Saturday, January 23, 2010
Saturday, January 16, 2010
I can not wait for this book!
Friday, January 15, 2010
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Monday, January 11, 2010
1. Describe Breathing in 6 words. – romantic summer story about following dreams
2. I liked the interesting names for your characters (especially the story behind Savannah and Dog's name,) how did you come up with them? – these names just came to me. I closed my eyes and imagined the mom trying to come up with their names and the scenarios just appeared. I imagined her turning on the radio when Savannah was born and the idea of a tornado heading for Savannah, Georgia popped into my mind. Then I imagined Dog being born and Porsha being too afraid to turn on the radio, looking out her window instead. I imagined the trees in NC and remembered how beautiful the dogwoods are when they’re blooming, and then Dog had a name!
3. In what ways are you NOT like Savannah? – I hope she’s more stubborn and insistent than I am :)
4. Breathing is a great summer book. Do you have any favorite summer books? I love summer stories, especially when they have romance in them. Sarah Dessen has some good ones.
5. What is your favorite summer memory? – Summer was always my favorite time of year, mostly because I was so happy to go to my sleep-away camp or in later years to visit my long-distance boyfriend.
6. Can you remember the moment you decided to write this novel? Yep, it started in a writing group exercise. I wrote a scene from the first chapter. And as soon as I read it out to the group, I knew there was a kind of energy behind this character I had to follow.
7. What character was hardest for you to write? I think the mom’s boyfriend, DC.
8. How was it writing about Savannah's breathing/asthma? Did/do you have any personal experiences? My personal experience with asthma comes from two areas: working in a pediatric hospital unit in college and then seeing my husband and daughter struggle with mild asthma. Luckily, we’ve never had any extreme experiences like Savannah’s. But I researched it a lot and tried to imagine what it would feel like for her.
9. Are you good at art, like Jackson is, in the book? No :( But I so wish I was! That’s the great thing about writing – you get to pretend :D
10. What are your next book plans? I’m working on a new book. It’s very different from Breathing, but carries over the same hopeful feeling.
11. What is your favorite clothing store? Ambiance in San Francisco.
12. Mexican or Chinese food? Thai. But since that’s not an option I’ll go with Mexican.
13. What is your favorite 'feel good' song? I don’t know if I could limit it to one favorite. But 1,2,3,4 by the Plain White Tees is a fun “feel good” song.
14. Chocolate chip cookies or sugar cookies? Definitely chocolate chip!
15. What was the last movie you watched? Avatar
Saturday, January 9, 2010
But things aren't so simple with Saskia around. Paul's real girlfriend is willowy and perfect... and nothing like Holly. To make matters worse, she and Holly are becoming friends. Suddenly the consequences of Holly's choices are all too real, and Holly stands to lose more than she ever realized she had."
Review: Nothing Like You is a short book, around 200 pages of reading but it certainly is able to cover a lot of stuff and was easy to get into.
This book was filled with angst well, actually I'm not sure if that's the right word...but it definitely was able to make me feel bad for some characters, especially Holly. She and Paul Bennett are having some sort of relationship that is basically only sex. Meanwhile, Paul is dating Saskia who becomes good friends with Holly. Then, there is Holly's best friend, Nils. I absolutely loved reading about their friendship.
I loved the parts with Holly and her father, Jeff. Holly's mother died a six months before and they are trying to deal with it the best way they can. I liked the scenes with Holly and her theatre teacher. Lauren Strasnick does a fantastic job making the book realistic and there are a lot of things that people can relate to.
The ending was bittersweet but I thought it was a good way to end the book. Can't wait to read more books by Lauren!
*Oh and I liked to mention that this book wasn't graphic with sex at all. So if you're worried about that, don't be.
Friday, January 8, 2010
Left to rot in boarding school . . .
Viola doesn't want to go to boarding school, but somehow she ends up at an all-girls school in South Bend, Indiana, far, far away from her home in Brooklyn, New York. Now Viola is stuck for a whole year in the sherbet-colored sweater capital of the world.
There's no way Viola's going to survive the year—especially since she has to replace her best friend Andrew with three new roommates who, disturbingly, actually seem to like it there. She resorts to viewing the world (and hiding) behind the lens of her video camera.
Boarding school, though, and her roommates and even the Midwest are nothing like she thought they would be, and soon Viola realizes she may be in for the most incredible year of her life.
But first she has to put the camera down and let the world in."
Review: Viola In Reel Life is a book is a wonderful, fast-paced read. It's original and isn't the usual cliché boarding school book.
I knew that this book would be about a girl and her love for filming, but I hadn't thought it would talk so much about theatre. I absolutely love theatre and this book has mentions of Buster Keaton and other silent film actors, Arsenic and Old Lace..It was very interesting to read about.
Adriana Trigiani does a great job with the characters. Viola with her filming and sarcastic remarks learns to appreciate Prefects Academy along with her roommates. There's Suzanne, the pretty and tall blonde. Romy is the sportive one and Marisol is the Latina who is the one Viola goes to since she is non-judgmental. I loved this group of girls. They were always there for each other and supported each other.
Even though Viola goes to an all girls school, Trigiani is still able to throw guys into the mix. Andrew, her BFFAA from back home, continues to text and videoconference with her. I thought they had some chemistry, but they were just best friends. Then there is Jared, who Viola meets at a school dance. They share an interest in filming and both enter a video competition. I loved reading about Viola's short film and the story behind it.
I'd recommend this book to anyone who likes filming or theatre or stories about boarding schools. This was a great read!
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Saturday, January 2, 2010
Review: After seeing countless of reviews, claiming that Cracked Up To Be was pretty amazing, I couldn't help but order this! I wasn't planning on reading this until after I finished my other books, but I couldn't resist it any longer!
Cracked Up To Be is a fast-paced story that will keep you up reading all night. I'm almost at a lost of words for this book. The voice of Parker Fadley is incredible. She used to an A+ student, captain of the cheerleading squad, had a great boyfriend, and was popular. Something happened to Parker that changed her and everyone around her is trying to figure out what went wrong.
I really enjoyed Jake's character, the new kid in school, who tries to figure out Parker. Like she is with everyone, Parker is rude and sarcastic towards him. I liked reading about their partnership with an art project they have to do. All of the characters were nicely done. It was easy to envision each of them as I read.
Courtney Summers does an amazing job writing the flashbacks scenes throughout the book. These scenes are intriguing and you'll want to find out what happened to Parker.
Cracked Up To Be is excellent and such a realistic story! I could not have read a better book to read for the start of 2010!
Amid the music, the booze, the drugs, and the drama, her friends filled a notebook with heartbreakingly honest confessions of the moments that defined and shattered their young lives. Now, finally, Kara is ready to write her own."
Very Excited to read this!!!
Faithful: Two Diehard Boston Red Sox Fans Chronicle the Historic 2004 Season by Stewart O'Nan and Stephen King.
"Early in 2004, two writers and Red Sox fans, Stewart O'Nan and Stephen King, decided to chronicle the upcoming season, one of the most hotly anticipated in baseball history. They would sit together at Fenway. They would exchange emails. They would write about the games. And, as it happened, they would witness the greatest comeback ever in sports, and the first Red Sox championship in eighty-six years. What began as a Sox-filled summer like any other is now a fan's notes for the ages."
Probably won't interest most people; however, I'm a die-hard Red Sox fan!
Cane and Able by Stephen Cheeck
"Do you remember how you felt when you were learning to drive? You were nervous. You were scared. Your heart was racing and your mouth was dry. You were so frightened by failure that you wanted to call it quits...except that you were more trilled by the chance to experience something that could lead to freedom. Justin Cane, a Mississippi farmer's young boy in the summer of 1959, feels the same way as he learns about driving and about life. Justin's mentor is his father's trusted black farmhand, Able. Able comes across as an incredibly strong man, both physical and spiritually. As Justin and Able take a road trip together through the low lands of the Mississippi Delta, the boy learns not only to drive on the open road but, more important, about the wonder and cruelty of life."
Thanks you Stephen!!
Night World: The Ultimate Fan Guide
"You loved Secret Vampire and are counting down to the Strange Fate apocalypse. But who was the first made vampire? How do you properly greet a witch? And why are shapeshifters and werewolves rivals? Prepare to test your Night World knowledge with trivia questions from all nine books; get the inside information about the clans, the soulmate principle, Circle Daybreak, and the four Wild Powers; and take two quizzes to find out how you fit into the Night World. Best of all, L.J. Smith shares her inspiration for the series, answers the questions you've been asking, and even reveals fun facts about herself in this official guide. Plus, look for the sneak peek at the dramatic conclusion to the series,Strange Fate!"
Thank you Kristi!!
Friday, January 1, 2010