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Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

December 9, 2008

Hi guys. 

 

This is a new idea I’m working with. This is a review for Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List… in a video!

Watch out for the spoilers (I warn you in the video).

 

I hope you like this and tell me your thoughts in the comments! 

 

 

What are your thoughts on the book? Did you like it? Dislike it? Why?

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Teen Tuesday (12.9.08): Long Time, No See, Teen Tuesday

December 9, 2008

*Teen Tuesday is the day we set aside for teen book lovers to visit with each other to find out what’s being read in the world of young adult literature. You can comment whether you are a participant or not. Visit all the posters at teentuesday.blogspot.com*

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Hi there. Yeah, I’m still alive.

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Lately I’ve been reading a consistent amount of books. However, I kind of have a problem. I’m reading too many books at once.
 

I started reading The Mrs Marridge Project by Pauline Fisk and got like 30 pages through when I was assigned Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers for my English class. I thought it went kind of slow at times but was still good in the end. It took me a while to finish it because it wasn’t that spectacular until like 200 pages in.
While in between those two books I got sidetracked (I just wanted something that wasn’t about the Vietnam war and killing–which is what Fallen Angels is about) so I started The Year of Secret Assignments by Jaclyn Moriarty. I really like it and how it’s presented. I got 30 pages into that one too.

I exchanged books with my friend Danny and guess what I got? Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.
Is it weird that I’ve never actually read the books? When they first came out I was like six. When the first movie came out I was ten and I went to the theatre to watch it and didn’t really like it. When the book really got hyped and the fandom was starting to peek, I wasn’t much of a reader. Recall that I don’t like fantasy much also, in books and movies.
But since I watch the fiveawesomegirls so much and they blab about Harry so much, I gave in and started reading it. I’m about halfway done with it and I really like it. I see how things are shaping, I know there’s lots of space for a lot of things to happen. I’m glad I don’t remember any spoilers from anything. It’s so weird how Harry is 11 years old right now that I’m reading him, but when I think of Harry I think of Daniel Radcliffe and he’s so much older now. (Remember when Hermione/Emma Watson’s hair was a frizz-ball?)
After I’m done with that book I will read The Year of Secret Assignments and then The Mrs Marridge Project.
 

By the way, I finally have made a new review. I did it differently this time… I made a video review.
The review is for Naomi & Ely’s No Kiss List by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan. Just click here to watch it. I’m posting it on my wordpress site also. Leave comments on youtube or wordpress, I don’t mind where… Hope you like it!

 

Lastly, I would like for you guys to know that on Dec. 15th I will post some information regarding a contest of Lisa Schroeder‘s for her new book which is titled Far From You.
Check it out then. 🙂
Till next time,
Vanessa
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What have you read this week? What have you bought this week? 🙂

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Books I Read in Oct. 2008

November 1, 2008

Here’s a list of books I’ve read this past month:

  1. Anthem by Ayn Rand
  2. Naomi & Ely’s No Kiss List by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
  3. An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

My favorite this month was Anthem. It was superb and I loved it. I will be posting a review soon!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What books have you read this past month? Which did you like the best? The least? Tell me in the comments!

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Gingerbread by Rachel Cohn

October 24, 2008

Title: Gingerbread

Author: Rachel Cohn

Grade: C 

Number of Pages: 205

Edition: Paperback

Year: 2002

Extra Info: First book in the Gingerbread series… the next two books are Shrimp and Cupcake.

Contains: Drama, coming-of-age, romance, relationships. 

Analysis of Book (1-10 on each aspect):

Characters: 9

Plot: 5

Writing: 8

Wow Factor: 6

 

Summary (from rachelcohn.com): After being kicked out of a fancy New England boarding school, Cyd Charisse is back home in San Francisco with her parents, Sid and Nancy, in a household that drives her crazy. Lucky for Cyd, she’s always had Gingerbread, her childhood rag doll and confidante. 

After Cyd tests her parents’ permissiveness, she is grounded in Alcatraz (as Cyd calls her room). But when her incarceration proves too painful for the whole family, Cyd’s parents decide to send her to New York to meet her biological father and his family, whom Cyd has always longed to know. 
Summer in the city is not what Cyd Charisse expects – and Cyd isn’t what her newfound family expects, either. 

My Review : It was good, charming, and fast. The plot isn’t really all that special, but Cyd Charisse definitely is. I loved Cyd and her spontaneity towards anything and everything. She just really does what goes through her mind and sometimes I wish I could do that. I really liked the characters in this book, especially Wallace (hopefully there’s more of him in the next books), and Cyd’s half-sib from her dad’s side Danny. I loved how the chapters were short, so you always have a good stopping point if you’re on the go. The thing with this book is that it was fair overall as in anyone can write from this plot. I expected a lot more coming from Rachel Cohn (having already read Nick & Norah’s). I guess this can be defended by the fact that it’s her first book and she’s gotten better since. Give it a shot, you’ll love the quirky writing, the crazily amazing Cyd, the support characters, and the fact that there’s two more books in the series!

 

Have you read this book? What did you think? Would you like to read this book? Why?