Posts Tagged ‘coming-of-age’

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The Outsiders by S.E Hinton

July 26, 2008

Title: The Outsiders

Author: S.E Hinton
Number of Pages: 180, paperback.
Released: 1967.
Rating: 3 out of 5.
It was: Blawsome.
Summary: Ponyboy Curtis is a greaser. Greasers barely have money, own no madras jackets, and drive no Corvettes– unlike the Socials. The Socials, or Socs, have everything you can think they’d want. Yet their number one hobby is beating up the greasers. Ponyboy has to be careful of Socs when he walks the streets, that’s why he and his friends have each other’s backs. His brothers, biological or not… Soda, Darry, Dally, Johnny, Two-Bit, and Steve will do anything to keep each other safe from Socs. One night however, after picking up a couple of the Soc’s girlfriends, the Socs come back to beat up Johnny and Ponyboy, taking things too far. Johnny kills a Soc, trying to save Ponyboy from being killed. Now Johnny and Ponyboy are being chased by the cops. The murder sticks to Ponyboy, who no longer is proud of the fact that Socs and greasers fight. More unbelievable acts occur, shaking the greasers. Ponyboy asks himself, why do we fight, if all we do is cause more hatred?
My Thoughts (may contain spoilers): Good book. Easy, short read. I thought it was going to be better though. I don’t know, I’m weird. I liked That Was Then, This Is Now better than The Outsiders. Ponyboy was real. I was very sad that Johnny and Dally died, more Johnny because he was sweet and liked when Ponyboy read to him. I think Darry’s and Ponyboy’s relationship was real, since Darry was like the guardian taking care of Soda and him. I kinda wished something happened between Ponyboy and Cherry, they were cute when they spoke together. Again, good read, but I thought it would’ve been better.
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13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson

July 14, 2008

Title: 13 Little Blue Envelopes

Author: Maureen Johnson
Number of Pages: 319.
Released: ’05.
Rating: 3 of 5.
It was: BLAWSOME.
Summary: Shy, average Ginny has been sent 13 little blue envelopes by her deceased aunt, Peg, to go on an adventure/game through Aunt Peg’s carefree life. Aunt Peg has given instructions for Ginny to follow: don’t bring guidebooks, you can’t call home, you can’t bring maps, etc. Ginny has to retrace the steps of her artist aunt’s life, one city at a time, traveling all over Europe. Along the way Ginny meets some interesting characters: Aunt Peg’s idol Mari, Richard (who Aunt Peg was roommates with), she finds herself living with the robotic family of the Knapps and Australians going as they pleased around Europe as well. She meets a boy, Keith, as well, who is a Londoner whom she falls for. Throughout the trip Ginny has to comply with specific tasks described in the envelopes her aunt wrote. At the end, Ginny has grown as a person and will see herself in a whole different way.
My Thoughts (may contain spoilers): 13 Little Blue Envelopes is a charming book. Some parts are less great than others and some parts are very predictable and used a lot in books (Ginny being pushed to sing on karaoke even though she’s shy, etc). We didn’t see much of Keith, which I wanted more of. The Knapps were kinda weird and the Australians were whatever. The Richard part was baffling, kinda. I liked the 13th envelope, although the happy ending was kind of random. I wonder what happens to Ginny in the end (with Keith and all).
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The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart

July 9, 2008

Title: The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks

Author: E. Lockhart
Number of Pages: 342
Released: ’08
Subject(s): Drama
It took me: 3 days
Rating: 4 ½ out of 5
It was: AWESOME
Summary: Frankie Landau-Banks has always just been Bunny Rabbit. Known as harmless and adorable to the people around her. She attends Alabaster, a boarding school that her dad thinks more of a way of making connections for after you graduate rather than for its magnificent education system. Frankie comes back for her sophomore year a new woman… she is prettier and has grown boobs. Of course, big man on campus Matthew Livingston notices this when he stumbles on her having fallen over her bike. They begin a relationship. But this relationship is not ordinary. Matthew is keeping secrets from her. The loyalty he has with the Loyal Order of the Basset Hounds is greater than a 2-month-old relationship. Since Matthew doesn’t seem to want to tell Frankie about this secret society, Frankie tries to find out herself. And what she does after that is more than any other Basset has ever done (which have all been males, by the way). Frankie has always been underestimated and in this way she thinks to prove to everybody what she is capable of. However, what happens when things get more complicated?
My Thoughts (may contain spoilers): Great book! I mean, it took me around 60 or 70 pages to really get into it. But then on it was nonstop action. It made me laugh (once) even though it’s not supposed to. I really didn’t like Matthew much. He was so ugh, acting as though he didn’t remember her from freshman year, etc. I wished something happened with Alpha. However, this book kept me on the edge of my seat as I was reading. Frankie is really something and I admire her character. I think I’ll start using neglected positives from now on, haha.
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Keeping the Moon by Sarah Dessen

July 6, 2008

Title: Keeping The Moon

Author: Sarah Dessen
Number of Pages: 228.
Released: ’99
Rating: 3.5 out of 5.
It was: blawsome.
Summary: Colie is a fifteen year old girl who, alongside her mom, used to be overweight and would move constantly. Wherever she stayed she was taunted for her fat. When her mom becomes Kiki Sparks the aerobics teacher, she sheds off the pounds. Now she is taunted for being a slut, although she isn’t. Colie’s mom is traveling for a tour in Europe to spread believe for overweight women everywhere to Become. Colie hasn’t Become yet, she’s still insecure. She ends up staying with her aunt Mira during the summer in Colby. Colie gets a job at the Last Chance Restaurant and begins new friendships with the two waitresses there: grumpy Isabel and organized Morgan who are best friends. Colie meets Norman, the “art freak” (like Mira) and although at first she wasn’t attracted to him something becomes of the relationship. Colie learns with her new friends at Colby to feel self-confident.
My Thoughts: It was nice. It took me a while to get into it. However, it was an easy read and cute. It was very predictable but still worthwhile. I’m happy for Colie at the end since she becomes self-confident. Sarah Dessen’s other works are better. But this one is better than That Summer and Someone Like You.
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Bloom by Elizabeth Scott

January 8, 2008


Title: Bloom 

Author: Elizabeth Scott

Number of Pages: 231.

Rating: 5 out of 5.
It was: awesome!
I loved it. Period. This book is about a girl named Lauren who has what freshman look at like a “perfect life.” Lauren has a perfect boyfriend, Dave, who is nothing but nice, athletic, and did I mention all other qualities to make him perfect. But Lauren feels nothing with him. Nothing at all, no butterflies, no sparks, he’s just there and not even his kisses feel that good. He’ll never touch her because he’s very religious and respects her. What girl wouldn’t like that? Lauren is one of them. Entering a new term, senior year, she meets someone for the second time. Evan Kirkland. Who is he? He’s one of his dad’s five girlfriends after Lauren’s mom left’s son. The last time she had seen him they were around 8. Now, Evan has moved to this high school, the third in three years. Soon, all Lauren does is think of him. About that even when she looks at him she feels more than how she feels when Dave talks and kisses her. He’s so safe and yet all the freshman girls drool over him and hate her. What is wrong with Lauren?   

She falls for Evan, quickly meeting him everyday after school at the library. He does his homework here because he works from 6pm-2am at freight. Crazy, but that explains the cuts and bruises he has. But every look at Evan, his messy hair and his smile makes her even more crazy over him. Apparently so has he because sooner than that they are kissing behind everybody’s back. Katie, Lauren’s best friend doesn’t even know what’s going on. Dave acts normal. Lauren doesn’t know how to end it with Dave and on he goes planning things of their future. But its just pointless because lauren doesn’t feel the same. Family drama here too. Her dad barely talks to her, mostly he’s on business stuff all the time. At the end Lauren makes her choice. The choice is not unpredictable but I loved how Elizabeth Scott ended it. When her dad spoke to her and told her exactly how she felt. Like it was all repeating. I love Evan and Lauren together.
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Easy by Kerry Cohen Hoffmann

November 3, 2007

Title: Easy

Author: Kerry Cohen Hoffmann
Number of Pages: 163.
Rating: 5 out of 5.

It was: awesome!  One of the best books I’ve read in a while. Who doesn’t like attention? Jessica lives with her mom and sister, Anne. Her mom is always crying and making people feel bad that her Dad left her for another woman, Dana. Jessica likes a boy in class who always just uses her sexually and doesn’t care about her emotionally, but she begs on for more because it does get her attention. Meanwhile, she meets a man named Ted, who gives her ALL the attention she wants. Jessica, an aspiring photographer, has a self-portrait due for a contest in 3 months.

She gets lost in her life, with her mother being how she is, her dad and Dana planning on getting married, Anne caring about her mother even if she doesn’t get it back. She has no one to take care for HER and she has no one to make her feel wanted. She tries finding herself, it takes a while but it happens. She ditched her friend Tiffany when she was going through the same thing on being called the school tramp. At the end of the book, she is the strongest. She gets her life together and she meets a boy, Cory, who seems to want to in the future care about her, oh and he’s a photographer too. I like the ending, its very happy… just like I like them.