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Sunday, June 14, 2009

In My Mailbox (7)

I havent written one of these posts in so long . . . Well, since i dont think I'll be falling asleep any time soon, and since it's Sunday (its 12:16 AM) . . . why not write one?

I went to the library this week with my terrific friend, Hannah, who leaves for camp today (LOVE YOU, HANZY!!! HAVE FUN!!!!), which makes me sad . . . :( anyway, we went to the library together and i picked up a few books:

***Ghostgirl by Tonya Hurley

Now I lay me down to sleep,
I pray the Lord my soul to keep.
And if I should die before I awake,
I pray the popular attend my wake.

Charlotte Usher feels practically invisible at school, and then one day she really is invisible. Even worse: she's dead. And all because she choked on a gummy bear. But being dead doesn't stop Charlotte from wanting to be popular; it just makes her more creative about achieving her goal. If you thought high school was a matter of life or death, wait till you see just how true that is. In this satirical, yet heartfelt novel, Hurley explores the invisibility we all feel at some times and the lengths we'll go to be seen.

****Grace Happens by Jan M. Czech

Grace's mother is a movie star. World travel, famous people, and movie sets are her life. So are bodyguards, paparazzi, and constant chaos. Grace dreams of a normal life with regular school and real friends. She also dreams of knowing her father, whose identity her mother has never revealed. When her secretive mother announces they're going to Martha's Vineyard for the summer, Grace doesn't know the island holds the keys to her family history. But once the connection becomes clear, she can't resist searching for some answers. Grace makes some surprising moves along the way, from making a friend and piercing her ears to developing a strong suspicion of who her father is.

****All We Know of Heaven by Jacquelyn Mitchard

Bridget Flannery and Maureen O'Malley have been BFFs since forever. Then a brief moment of inattention on an icy road leaves one girl dead and the other in a coma, battered beyond recognition. Family and friends mourn one friend's loss and pray for the other's recovery. Then the doctors discover they have made a terrible mistake. The girl who lived is the one who everyone thought had died.

Based on a true case of mistaken identity, All We Know of Heaven is a universal story that no one can read unmoved: a drama of ordinary people caught up in an unimaginable tragedy and of the healing power of hope and love.

(this happened in a House episode, too . . .they mixed up these two girls who worked together and got caught in a fire or something at the office . . . one died, and the other was seriously unrecognizeable . . . so they mixed them up . . . didnt turn out so well.)

****Sucks to be Me by Kimberly Pauley

Mina Hamilton's parents want her dead. (Or undead to be precise.) They're vampires, and like it or not, Mina must decide whether to become a vampire herself. But Mina's more interested in hanging out with best friend Serena and trying to catch the eye of the too-hot-for-high-school Nathan Able than in the vampire training classes she's being forced to take. How's a girl supposed to find the perfect prom date and pass third-year French when her mom and dad are breathing down her neck--literally?

**** Bounce by Natasha Friend

Evyns had enough problems in her life, starting with her mother's death when she was young. But now her fathers thrown a whole new batch her way. Not only is he marrying a woman Evyn hardly knows, but hes uprooting Evyn and her brother to go live with this woman and her children. Its a lot of adjustment to make at once, andEvyn has no desire to adjust. She knows shes supposed to bounce along with the changesbut what happens if she doesnt? With her trademark knowledge of whatits like to be a girl, Natasha Friend gives us the insightful, heartfelt story of a girl who must learn how to manage her life even when so many things are beyond her control.

****Leftovers by Laura Weiss

Blair and Ardith are best friends who have committed an unforgivable act in the name of love and justice. But in order to understand what could drive two young women to such extreme measures, first you'll have to understand why. You'll have to listen as they describe parents who are alternately absent and smothering, classmates who mock and shun anyone different, and young men who are allowed to hurt and dominate without consequence. You will have to learn what it's like to be a teenage girl who locks her bedroom door at night, who has been written off by the adults around her as damaged goods. A girl who has no one to trust except the one person she's forbidden to see. You'll have to understand what it's really like to be forgotten and abandoned in America today.

Are you ready?

****Fix by Leslie Margolis

It hurts to be beautiful.

Pretty, blond, popular Cameron Beekman has it all -- lots of girlfriends, a hot boyfriend, and a successful family. She's perfection. Gone are her days as the outcast, huge-nosed "Beakface." Which, as it turns out, was nothing a good nose job couldn't fix.

While her little sister, Allie, struggles with doubts about her own approaching "procedure," Cameron wants more. She's headed to UC "Santa Barbie" and needs to look the part. After all, why settle for smart and pretty when smart and drop-dead gorgeous is just a surgery away?

That's it guys, unless i end up going to the bookstore later today, which i really want to do:) In which case, i will just save those titles/summaries to post up for next sunday! Hope you had a FABULOUS week!



Brooke Reviews said...

I need to finish Ghostgirl, what I read was good. Leftovers is also great! Great week and enjoy!

Anonymous said...

All We Know of Heaven is a pretty good read. I hope you like it.

Happy reading! =D

Bookworm said...

Oooh I loved Sucks to Be Me! It was awesome. Have fun reading!

simply nerdy book reviews said...

thanks guys!!!

Liyana said...

You 'ave been memefied.. I mean tagged:

Laina said...

Great week!!! You know that All We Know of Heavan one? The same thing happened in real life. Car accident. One girl survived, one didn't, but she couldn't say so, or something like that. I saw it on Oprah. (My mom had control of the remote.)


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