Posts Tagged ‘friendships’


Cindy Ella by Robin Palmer

July 20, 2008

Title: Cindy Ella

Author: Robin Palmer
Number of Pages: 264, Paperback
Released: ’08.
Rating: 3 out of 5.
Summary: Cindy Ella Gold is an anti-princess. She thinks the prom, alongside half of the city she lives in, is superficial. She writes a letter to the editor of her school paper explaining how she thinks the prom sucks, ya-da ya-da. Everyone at school thinks she is a weirdo. However, she has support from her best friends: India, who is vegan and beautiful, and Malcolm, who is gay and fabulous. Cindy is having a little trouble in the dating department. She’s more jeans and a t-shirt and doesn’t wear makeup. She resides in an L.A home with her dad, stepmother (who rather call her Cindy Ella… after the fairy tale character), Spencer (her half baby brother who rather be naked), and the Clones (her twin stepsisters who are like totally c-o-o-l). She is boyfriendless… and has never been kissed (well, properly… the one and only guy who thinks he’s a rapper doesn’t count). Cindy is juggling between three crushes–all who seem to be her soulmates. Super-popular and hot Adam Silver, mature and sophisticated tutor Noah, and playlist-making dream-boy (who lives 3000 miles away) BklynBoy. At the end of course, you have a happy ending.
My Thoughts (may contain spoilers): I liked this book somewhat. I thought it’d be better. It barely made me laugh, even though its supposed to. It’s not a timeless book with all pop culture comments. I liked Noah’s character. I think Cindy is character very easy to relate to… she has her friends but she’s not like the most popular girl ever. However, some of the music (Bob Dylan… etc) I don’t really know… and that was kinda big in the book. BklynBoy is so nice. I loved the ending… it was so unexpected (although I knew there’d be some kind of happy ending, I didn’t expect that exact one). It was weird with the kissing in the end. But I liked the ending. However, I just give it 3 stars, it got kind of boring at times and didn’t keep me on the edge.

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

July 7, 2008

Title: Thirteen Reasons Why

Author: Jay Asher
Number of Pages: 288.   

Subject(s): Drama
Released: ’07.
Rating: 4 ½ out of 5.
It was: awesome.
Summary: Clay has just received cassettes that tell the story of his used-to-be crush’s life, Hannah, who committed suicide. She explains her thirteen reasons to end her life and Clay (as well as the other 12 people) have to hear them. Throughout the stories, the 13 people will learn what really happened and everything Hannah has been through.

My Thoughts:
Hannah was amazingly well written. I understood everything she said. Clay got kind of annoying because he kept thinking in his mind as he was hearing the tapes. The ending is good. Mr. Porter made me angry, what kind of counselor speaks like that? It was intriguing. It got more and more serious as the book went on because at first I was like why would you kill yourself for that? I liked how everything was interconnected (if this happens, then it causes this). It was a great book. Go read it now!

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.

Harmless by Dana Reinhardt

March 11, 2008

Title: Harmless

Author: Dana Reinhardt
Number of Pages: 229.

Rating: 2 1/2 out of 5.
It was: blah.
Expected more out of this book but nonetheless it was good. About three girls who become good friends: Mariah, popular, dates older men, Anna, quiet, not really popular, family-girl, and Emma, close to her brother, best friends for a long time with Anna, started to hang out with Mariah.
Mariah starts seeing DJ who invites them over to a party. At first it was a little lie and they got away with it. But having lied once will just surmount and you’ll consequently lie again and again to cover up the last lie. Emma seems to have found a new guy (one of DJs friends) and soon becomes quiet. Of course she got drunk, had sex and she wishes to take it back (my interpretation, anyway). Mariah gets heavy with DJ, who in the end basically ditches Mariah for another girl who he ultimately takes to prom. Mariah feels stupid. Anna feels left out, both Mariah and Emma seem to have gotten with a boy and she hasn’t. Between all this there’s more drama: that lie I told you about? Well, it was a bigger deal than I made it seem. To get out of their lie about going to yet another party instead of the movies the girls decide to lie about it–saying they were almost attacked by a homeless man that they see around the river. Of course it never happened, but its a story they manufacture to get out of trouble.
Clothing Sport Inspired from Eastbay Manufacturing that story is more trouble than they awaited, their parents take the to the police to inform the authorities about the supposed attack. Questions asked, they give false answers. Can’t they see its against the law?
A little girl goes missing. The authorities think of that maybe the girls’ case and this new girl, Eleanor’s case are connected. The cops cuff the homeless man, a suspect in both cases now. An overly dramatic (reminds me of Kiss My Book, look down… its a horrible book I read) march about women and them not being attacked because they have their rights and their getting together for a purpose……..
In the end Mariah, Emma, and Anna get in trouble for it, they’re caught. The homeless man decides not to press charges because the girls are “just kids and make mistakes and should be forgiven”. So the girls move away to different places and never speak again, with a chance at a new beginning.

Kiss My Book by Jamie Michaels

January 29, 2008

Title: Kiss My Book

Author: Jamie Michaels

Number of Pages: 274.

Rating: 1 out of 5.
It was: blah!

Okay let me make this very clear. This book was HORRIBLE. That is all I have to say. 

It was plotless, endless, when something seemed to calm down another something came up and it just didn’t make any sense. Michaels’ is a terrible writer at least as this novel portrays. I can say that the first 30 pages were good. Ruby Crane is an aspiring writer at the age of 16. She’s popular now, she has a popular boyfriend and all the girls want to be like her. Interesting enough. She then is publicly accused of plagiarism. Ahh, cool. She runs away, even cooler. She ends up in her aunt’s little deserted town where nobody will really know her as Ruby Crane and adopts the name Georgie O’Dell. She first meets Rabbit (yes, I know), and they become instant friends. They go to the campfire place. She meets Jacob, a boy. You know what happens. Soon she can’t hide the fact that she loves books and opens up a little section with inspiring quotes in the Curious Cup, her aunt’s store. She makes weekly meetings to get the community involved (?). Then the guy who rents the store to Aunt Fin wants to build something else so the Curious Cup is being taken down. Ladies Wallets Designer Ladies Wallets from eBags
All of the teenagers in Whispering Oaks (the town) now like books so they protest (and Georgie writes a petition that says “kiss my book” to the owner like 30 times, so that’s their apparent slogan…). The lady that accused her finds her and Ruby’s plastered on the news. The people in the town at first don’t like her (causing her to dramatically say that plagiarism is wrong and she only did it because she wasn’t good enough). Jacob says her loves her on the last page (corny), he likes books too. Georgie tells Rabbit she’s beautiful because she’s not confident and then Rabbit gets a boyfriend. Oh, there’s a haunting as well. About a couple from long ago that had a forbidden love and that love is the same as Jacob’s and Ruby’s. She begins a new life in the high school with her new friends as Ruby, and forgets her old life. Its very stupid.
This summary actually compliments it really well. Just don’t read it, please.

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.

Ishmael by Daniel Quinn

January 4, 2008

Title: Ishmael

Author: Daniel Quinn

Number of Pages: 263.

Rating: 3 ½ out of 5.
It was: blawsome.
Another book for AP. It was way more interesting than Guns, Germs, and Steel. It had to do with a gorilla, Ishmael, who was taught to speak by his deceased owner and Ishmael has learned many things about humans. He puts an ad in the paper to look for a student to teach, the ad reads “Teacher seeks pupil. Must have an earnest desire to save the world.” The narrator takes up on that offer, at first feeling it was ridiculous for someone to ask for a student with an “earnest desire to save the world.” He soon feels even more ridiculous, learning that his teacher is a gorilla! And so what happens is that throughout the book Ishmael explains how mankind has been too smart for their own good. Humankind believes that Earth was made for him to rule it. The Takers of the world–most societies, including my own, are this. Takers have come up with a story of how it came to be… humans that is. “Oh, first there was a big bang, Earth created, water flourished and made life possible for little squirmy bacteria that led to bigger things… amphibians, reptiles, mammals, man.” But in reality, that’s just a story made up to keep the lifestyle we have started.  

Is it not true that we keep farming more and more land each year, making our population so incredible we don’t almost fit. Then we feed the starving people of the world, which make the population even higher to just reproduce more starving people. Is it not true that we’ve killed animals for feast, domesticated plants to help feed us. Why don’t we let other things around us be? Why don’t we let them act on the peace-keeping law, just like the law of gravity, it’s a must. Yet we don’t do it. We keep taking as if the world is ours. If we hadn’t then maybe there would be other species like us. Also, Leavers are viewed as savages, when they’re just like us, just living another lifestyle. They believe in the gods and how they are merely another aspect of the world and not how Takers think–that the world was MADE for them, that it belongs to them.
Sad to report, someone dies in the end. Ishmael. But he has left the narrator this information, to spread, to SAVE THE WORLD. Will we do it?