Monthly Archives: December 2013

YA Book Review- Breathless by Lurlene McDaniel

Here’s another book review from our guest reviewer, Sophia!

“Lurlene McDaniel wrote the heart stopper book Breathless. Travis Morrison was popular and known as a champion diver. He had a loving girlfriend, Darla Gibson, a best friend since third grade, Copper, and a caring sister, Emily Morrison. Every chapter is told by a different person starting from when Travis jumps off of a cliff trying a diving stunt. Later on, Travis will find out in an emergency room that he has a bone cancer after almost accidently killing himself in his stunt. Travis becomes suicidal but turns paralyzed before he could even try to kill himself. At the end Travis dies and you will never guess who did it. Could it have been Cooper when he was drunk again and frustrated at how bad men were treating his mother? Or accidental Emily who is stresses and suffering from an abusive father and a mother who does not try to stop him? They are all possible scenarios but none of them is even close to what really happened. This story will leave you breathless.”

YA Book Review- Adaptation by Melinda Lo

Reese is waiting at the airport, struggling with the loss of a debate tournament and letting down her partner and crush David, when flocks of birds all over the country start flying directly in to planes causing countless crashes and thousands of deaths. Everyone around them starts to panic and they are just in time to grab a rental car out of the area. The highways going towards their San Francisco homes are gridlocked, but when they take a deserted highway north they have a horrible car accident that leaves them unconscious for almost a month. When they wake up, they are in a strange type of hospital in the middle of the desert. It isn’t long before they are sent home to their parents, but not before signing an agreement that prevents them from saying anything of what they experienced in the desert. This doesn’t seem like a problem for Reese, who just wants to get back to normal, until she starts noticing that her body seems very different than it was before her accident. This, combined with how different the country is after the bird attacks earlier in the summer, prompt her to confide in her conspiracy-theory-loving best friend Julian. Meanwhile, she meets a beautiful girl named Amber who sweeps her off her feet- but can Amber be trusted? Are all of these strange things related? What exactly is going on?

Melinda Lo writes a great alien-centric mystery in Adaptation. Readers will be guessing throughout the whole book at who, or what, is behind all of the strange things Reese is coming across. There is also a love triangle, but definitely not your typical one. Hand this to sci-fi and mystery lovers who also enjoy a little romance!

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Friday Crafternoon- Origami Trees

During Winter, it’s easy to miss all of the green vegetation we get used to seeing during the rest of the year. Fir trees are the only ones you will see around that stay green 365 days a year! Pay tribute to these beautiful beacons of nature by making your own origami fir trees using the instructions found here. Decorate your house with them!

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YA Book Review- Drowning Instinct by Ilsa J. Bick

More from our guest reviewer, Sophia!

“Drowning Instinct by Lisa J. Bick is no funny book unless you think Jenna Lord’s secret affair with her science teacher Mitch Anderson at her new school Turning High (filled with mentally unstable but very smart teens) is funny. Jenna¬† has been through sexual assaults from her Alzheimer’s-suffering grandfather and molestation from her pediatrician Dr. Kerby. School is not much better with a bully named Danielle hating her, while Danielle’s boyfriend David trying to use Jenna to get back at Danielle. Jenna struggles with accepting the loss of her older brother who is a soldier overseas. Mr. Anderson is there to help Jenna through it all because he sees a troubled girl who he just wants to fix so bad that he can be locked up for her…or worse. There are no innocents, not in this book, where everyone suffers and loved ones die.”

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YA Book Review: Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan

In a sleepy small town, a Gay Prom is held where two technicolor-haired boys meet for the first time. In another town a young man who feels nothing but emptiness tries to meet a guy online that can spark some emotion in him. At the same time, two ex-boyfriends who are now best friends plan to take on the monumental task of breaking the Guinness World Record for kissing (for over 32 hours straight). As all of these stories unfold, the spirits of a generation of gay men who lost their lives too soon to AIDs watch over these boys and celebrate their happinesses while mourning their own lost chances.

The omniscient narrators lend a unique perspective to a story that would otherwise see to bounce around unrealistically. This story is filled with hope and heartbreak, suspense and predictability, and will take the reader through some seriously emotional moments. Hand this title to anyone who likes tales of love, triumph, and especially those who are interested in reading a great GLBTQ book.

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