Archive for June, 2010

The Karma Club by Jessica Brody

Madison Kasparkova decides to take Karma into her own hands when her boyfriend breaks up with her to be with her worst enemy. Her best friends who have been equally burned in the past by their ex boyfriends agree to form a Karma club with her to dish out some punishment. While the girls are attempting to teach those who hurt them a lesson, they learn that life is teaching them a lesson as well. A hilarious, fast paced and fun summer read that YA readers won’t be able to put down!
Tee Cotter, Port Chester

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June 22, 2010 at 7:49 pm Leave a comment

The Unwritten Rule by Elizabeth Scott

A realistic YA portraying 2 best friends and their love for the same boy. Scott does a great job depicting the conflict and turmoil between Sarah who has a crush on Ryan and Ryan who likes Sarah but is dating her best friend Brianna. The dysfunctional friendship between the 2 girls becomes evident as the story goes on, especially when Brianna continuously puts Sarah down and Sarah’s neediness for her friend. While the ending is a bit abrupt, it leaves readers wanting more.
YA— Tee Cotter, Port Chester

June 22, 2010 at 7:48 pm Leave a comment

The Powers of Time

“In America, a child drops out of school every 9 seconds”.

“a recent study shows that by the time he is 21 a boy has spent at least 10,000 hours playing video games. alone”.

June 7, 2010 at 1:22 pm Leave a comment

Somebody Everybody Listens To by Suzanne Staples

Retta Lee Jones has a beautiful voice, a dream to become a country music star, no money, and just graduated high school. Living in a rural town in Tennessee, two hours from Nashville, her dream seems out of reach; or is it?
As her parents marriage disintegrates, her best friend Brenda, encourages her to borrow an Aunt’s car and go, despite Rhetta’s compassion to stay behind and support her parents through their crisis. Her physical, emotional and professional journey is at times heartbreaking, very challenging, but highly inspirational. The plot beautifully pushes the character development of a good-hearted, young lady who doesn’t betray her core values, and doesn’t give up on her dream.

Readers don’t have to be fans of country music or even female to enjoy this book. They will be rooting for the resourceful Rhetta, and at times will find themselves unable to put this outstanding novel down. It’s all about the quest. Ages 13 and up.

Anne Beier, Hendrick Hudson Free Library

June 4, 2010 at 7:16 pm Leave a comment

The Carrie Diaries by Candace Bushnell

Candace Bushnell’s The Carrie Diaries is sure to be a hit with Sex and the City fans. Older Teens will enjoy meeting teenage Carrie Bradshaw as she encounters the trials and tribulations of her senior year in high school. The story moved at a fast pace and included an array of characters and storylines that the reader could relate to. I’m not sure why the author has Carrie’s friends calling her Bradley (that made no sense to me).

Supposedly installment #2 will be out this time next year. Teens and Adult fans of Sex and the City will enjoy this light summer reading. A great book to bring to the beach.

Tee Cotter, Port Chester

June 4, 2010 at 7:12 pm Leave a comment

The Cardturner by Louis Sachar

I had been eagerly awaiting to read Sachar’s latest work–The Cardturner. 17-year-old Alton gets roped into turning bridge cards for his wealthy great uncle Lester who has recently gone blind. Alton’s family wants him to get closer to his ill uncle, so that way when his great uncle passes away he might leave a bulk of his fortune to them.

Sachar’s latest novel delivers a fast paced story that unravels with various twists and turns. However, Sachar’s personal fascination with bridge leads him to write many lengthy passages detailing the ins and outs of playing bridge which I found detracted from the story. I am sure Sachar knew some readers would find the bridge sections hard to get through because he depicts a whale above each section of the story that has bridge references (that way the reader can skip the bridge parts and move ahead with the story.)

As a non bridge player, I got throught the first couple of chapters ok, but as the story went on I skipped ahead. I wish Sachar would have gone into more detail with the characters and interesting story.

Tee Cotter, Port Chester

June 4, 2010 at 7:11 pm Leave a comment


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