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Recommend A…book with a character who plays a sport

Playing Hurt – Holly Schindler
Flux – March 8, 2011
Tradesize Paperback – 312 pages

Purchase from Amazon Playing Hurt (Paperback) or Playing Hurt (Kindle)

Star basketball player Chelsea “Nitro” Keyes had the promise of a full ride to college—and everyone’s admiration in her hometown. But everything changed senior year, when she took a horrible fall during a game. Now a metal plate holds her together and she feels like a stranger in her own family.

As a graduation present, Chelsea’s dad springs for a three-week summer “boot camp” program at a northern Minnesota lake resort. There, she’s immediately drawn to her trainer, Clint, a nineteen-year-old ex-hockey player who’s haunted by his own traumatic past. As they grow close, Chelsea is torn between her feelings for Clint and her loyalty to her devoted boyfriend back home. Will an unexpected romance just end up causing Chelsea and Clint more pain—or finally heal their heartbreak?

What I liked the most about this book wasn’t that it focused on the sport, but rather the recovery after getting hurt and it wasn’t idealized in a way that made no sense. You saw the pain the Chelsea was going through to try and regain herself, how she felt like she had lost a part of her. And you could see the same reflected in Clint. Although, I did want to beat them over the head a few times with dumb teenager stuff…but I figure that is the case in most YA…Overall, I gave it 3 stars and will be interested to check out more of the authors stuff in the future.

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Posted by on August 27, 2012 in Recommend A...


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Recommend A…Book By A Debut Author

Kiss the Morning Star – Elissa Janine Hoole
Amazon Children’s Publishing – May 15, 2012
Harcover – 240 pages

Purchase from Amazon Kiss the Morning Star (Hardcover) or Kiss the Morning Star (Kindle – or you can borrow for free as part of their Kindle Lending Library)

The summer after high-school graduation, a year after her mother’s tragic death, Anna has no plans – beyond her need to put a lot of miles between herself and the past. With forever friend Kat, a battered copy of Kerouac’s DHARMA BUMS, and a car with a dodgy oil filter, the girls set out on an epic road trip across the USA. Maybe somewhere along the way they’ll prove or disprove the existence of God. Maybe they’ll even get laid . . .

All I can say after finishing this book was, oh gawd, was I that awkward and idiotic as a teenager…well, actually, they weren’t that bad – but looking at them through the eyes of someone over a decade older than they were, I felt like if they were my kids, I never would have trusted them on a cross-country trip. But that being said, their idiocy and naivity in parts, is what made it a fun and cute read. Plus I just love the cover. Although it isn’t disclosed on the book jacket, it should be pointed out that there is some same gender relationships that develop – this didn’t bother me, but it did take me a bit by surprise, so you are warned


Posted by on August 20, 2012 in Recommend A...


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Recommend A Book…With A Blue Cover

If I Stay – Gayle Forman

Dutton Juvenile, April 2, 2009
Hardcover, 208 pages

Purchase from Amazon here: If I Stay (Paperback) or If I Stay (Kindle)

In a single moment, everything changes. Seventeen-year-old Mia has no memory of the accident; she can only recall riding along the snow-wet Oregon road with her family. Then, in a blink, she finds herself watching as her own damaged body is taken from the wreck…

While the cover of this book has been re-issued and is no longer the bright blue of the posted cover, I did read the bright blue one, so it fits 😉 A lot of questions arose for me while I was reading this book – when faced with death and if you could make the decision to die or to live, what would you do? What if you were the only member of your family to survive – would that change your perception? I was pretty much in a blubbering mess as I was reading this. It wasn’t an overly difficult read, but a thought-provoking one.


Posted by on August 13, 2012 in Recommend A...


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Recommend A….First Book in a Series

The Name of the Star – Maureen Johnson
September 29, 2011 from Putnam Juvenile
Hardcover – 372 pages
Available from Amazon here: The Name of the Star (Shades of London)

The day Louisiana teenager Rory Deveaux arrives in London marks a memorable occasion. For Rory, it’s the start of a new life at a London boarding school. But for many, this will be remembered as the day a series of brutal murders broke out across the city, gruesome crimes mimicking the horrific Jack the Ripper events of more than a century ago.

I love books that use Jack the Ripper as a plot because even now over a century later, the mystery behind him hasn’t been solved – although there are many hypotheses. So for me reading a YA book with a Jack the Ripper twist was interesting and I was immediately drawn into Rory’s story. Unfortunately, the second book in the series isn’t scheduled to be released until 2013 (although it is supposed to be early in the year). But I am tracking on its release and can’t wait to see what the author does next.


Posted by on July 30, 2012 in Blog Hop, Recommend A...


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Recommend A… Book You Read This Year

Forbidden – Tabitha Suzuma
November 27, 2006 from Simon Pulse
ISBN: 978-1442419957
Available from Amazon here: Forbidden

She is pretty and talented – sweet sixteen and never been kissed. He is seventeen; gorgeous and on the brink of a bright future. And now they have fallen in love. But… they are brother and sister.

I likely never would have picked up this book if it hadn’t been a voted on group read in YA-MA rated group on Goodreads – although it finally came into the library almost 3 months after the group had read it, so I was a bit behind. I’ve lost track now of how many times I have recommended this book to different people for different reasons. As of right now, I haven’t read any other books by Ms Suzuma, but when I can reduce Mt. TBR to a less significant pile, I am going to seek out some more.

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Posted by on July 23, 2012 in Blog Hop, Recommend A...


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Recommend A… Book by a Male Author

Author: Neal Shusterman

Book Description:
The Second Civil War was fought over reproductive rights. The chilling resolution: Life is inviolable from the moment of conception until age thirteen. Between the ages of thirteen and eighteen, however, parents can have their child “unwound,” whereby all of the child’s organs are transplanted into different donors, so life doesn’t technically end. Connor is too difficult for his parents to control. Risa, a ward of the state is not enough to be kept alive. And Lev is a tithe, a child conceived and raised to be unwound. Together, they may have a chance to escape and to survive.

Why I Recommend This Book:
When you look at the variety of YA books available nowadays, there is an abundance of dystopia type books, but for the most part, they don’t get as in depth into the various issues as adult books in the same genre do, with the exception of Unwind. I picked this up randomly based on a new recommendation search engine that I was trying out and was blown away. The level of detail and development that Shusterman put into the world is unlike anything I have come across recently, and there is one chapter that will blow any reader away. A co-worker of mine recently picked it up and asked me if I had read it – I told her yes and then just said, there is one chapter that is soo screwed up, but didn’t say anything more…when she got to it, she knew exactly what I was talking about. This is a book that I hope more kids read – I ended up staying up all night reading it (which made for a very long day at work the next). I can’t wait for the second book to come out in September (after a near 4 year hiatus) and hope that it will live up to the first

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Posted by on July 16, 2012 in Recommend A...


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