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Monday, September 22, 2014

The Impossible Knife of Memory: By Laurie Halse Anderson

Hey readers,  how's your school year going? I am here to talk about a book called The Impossible Knife of Memory.

This book is about a girl named Hayley. Hayley is 17 and she and her dad, Andy, have been on the road running from her dad's past. After traveling for 5 years, they finally settle back into the town of her childhood. She is forced to go to school in her senior year as a new student. Hayley hates school and the people in it, except for Grace, her only friend.  Even after meeting a hot boy named Finn, who likes her, Hayley is struggling to maintain a normal life. It is difficult dealing with school as well as her father who is haunted by both his troubled past as a war soldier from Iraq and the death of his wife/Hayley's mother.  Hayley has to act as a parent to her dad because he keeps quitting his jobs and is busy getting drunk and not taking care of himself. As Hayley tries to block out her past and deal with her school life, she is struggling with her father's unpredictable behavior while trying to live a "normal" life.

I really liked this book because it was very realistic and Anderson still found many ways to put in exciting twists. I didn't like how the relationship with Finn and Hayley was so predictable but I did like the fact even though there was a love component to the book, it didn't take it over. Although this book didn't have a lot of action, which is what I usually like in a book, it did keep me interested which isn't always easy!  I would definitely recommend this book.

Thank you to my friend, Laurie Lichtenstein, for the recommendation!

Your Friend,
Rae Sparks

Sunday, September 7, 2014

An Abundance of Katherine's: By John Green

Hey readers, An Abundance of Katherine's was by far the least interesting book that I've read so far by John Green. I had high hopes for this book because I loved Looking for Alaska and The Fault in our Stars. I had high hopes for this book but it didn't meet even my lowest expectations so I had to stop reading it about a quarter of the way through.

Colin, the protagonist, is a genius. He was a child prodigy and is extremely bright but he only dates girls named Katherine. He has had 19 girlfriends and every single last one of them has been named Katherine. In the beginning of the book his most recent Katherine has dumped him and his best friend Hassan takes him on a road trip to get his mind off of her. They end up going on a history tour where they meet a girl named Lindsey.

The reason I could not read too much more of this book is because it was so boring. Normally I don't stop a book midway, it just isn't like me. Although with this book I was being tortured by it's slowness and inability to hook me onto its' words.  I found myself having to reread pages because my mind drifted off. If you like this book I applaud you, but this wasn't the book for me and I do not recommend it.

Your Friend,
Rae Sparks