Monday, October 15, 2007

I just read Just Listen by Sarah Dessen. It is an interesting book which follows the lives of 3 very beautiful sisters who were child models and now are in their teens and early twenties and dealing with everything from first love to eating disorders and other deep dark secrets too awful to mention. It has all the ins and outs of their relationships, both with each other and with their mother, the typical model/manager mom who leaves one wondering how people can be so close but so far from each other. It is also a study in the hierarchy of the high school’s “who’s who” list and how teenagers rise and fall in popularity. This is another great book from an accomplished North Carolina author.

By Guest Reviewer Cindy Dye

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

By Sonya Sones ~

The title immediately attracted me to this book, but when I opened it up and saw it seemed to be written in free verse; a poem a page, I had second thoughts. I’m very glad I gave it a try. It’s the story of Ruby, a 14 year old, uprooted by the death of her mother, to go to California to live with her famous father, whom she never met. Ruby has to leave her boyfriend Ray and best friend Liz and start all over again. Did I mention she hates her father? Why is he being so nice to her when he never took the time before? And what kind of name is Whip Logan? As Ruby says:
Can you believe that name?
It sounds so…so made up.
How did he ever come up with something that lame?

By Special Guest Reviewer, Kelly Prewett