Posts Tagged ‘thriller/suspense’

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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!
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What Happened To Cass McBride? by Gail Giles

January 7, 2008

Title: What Happened To Cass McBride?

Author: Gail Giles

Number of Pages: 211 (small, though).

Rating: 3 ½ out of 5.
It was: blawsome.
Cass McBride, 17, girl, popular– has a problem. She has been taken from her home and ultimately been buried alive. Underground… in a crate grave. She has a tube to let her breath and a walkie-talkie taped to her hand. She is in that grave because according to Kyle Kirby, she needs to pay for the suicide his brother committed that he thinks she is the cause for. David Kirby hung himself a day after he found a note, by mistake, that Cass left behind for her friend saying he was gay, low in the food chain, etc. Kyle “tortures” Cass by keeping her down there. Cass decides what to do to get out. She will use what she knows can get her places–her mouth. She and Kyle start talking. And she knows how to do it well to a point where he cracks and loses control. He talks about how his mom was always yelling at David and him, mostly David because he looked like their dad who is never around anymore. Mrs. Kirby is not a happy lady apparently, and she’s very mean to her sons. Cass makes it clear that that’s why David killed himself and manages to get some water from Kyle.   

Ben is a detective assigned to the case. He digs down through Cass’ history. She knows how to get what she wants, very determined, she got that from her dad. Her mom lives in another state and they don’t talk. Cass’s boyfriend isn’t really her boyfriend, just a way for her to get more votes for Homecoming queen. Her best friend is just there. Cass makes other people feel bad to make her feel good, she reveals. Anyhow, this is a good book. Its so easy to read and straight to the point. It’s told in three different points of view.
Lots of family drama…. good.
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Size 14 Is Not Fat Either by Meg Cabot

December 18, 2007


Title: Size 14 is Not Fat Either

Author: Meg Cabot

Number of Pages: 343.
Rating: 3 ½ out of 5.

It was: blawsome.

Meg Cabot book, Size 12 is Not Fat is its predecessor (you don’t really need that book to understand this one though). It’s about a late 20-something year old who is a washed up pop star– maybe that’s why everyone always says “You know who you look like? Heather Wells… just thinner.” Enter Heather Wells, assistant director at New YorkCollege’s Fischer Hall—it’s not a dormitory, it’s a residence hall. This is a mystery novel so no doubt there was a decapitated cheerleader somewhere in it. Lindsay Combs’ head was found in a pot in the school’s cafeteria. And no doubt, Heather plays detective once again even though about 1,000 people tell her not to… specifically Cooper, Heather’s landlord, and Heather’s dream: date/boyfriend/husband. Cooper, an investigator himself, doesn’t feel that way though, or so he shows. Heather Wells is your average American at a size 12 (or 14, after all those Dove Bars she keeps eating). She takes it up on her sleeve to catch Lindsay’s killer because whoever it was may strike again.

Heather doesn’t necessarily have a family, until her ex-con dad shows up… and moves in with her and Cooper. Well, blood related I mean. She has lots of family at school, the neighborhood, and so on. They consist of: Reggie, the drug dealer in her street; Magda, her dramatic friend from work; Tom, her new director at Fischer Hall (who she actually likes, taking into consideration what happened in Size 12). She needs to get caught up in the manhunt since the police aren’t doing anything, right? She finds Wasser Hall has a fraternity… out of control. Does it have to do with Lindsay? Or is it what Lindsay’s friend said about a certain school official that has to do with Lindsay?

Whatever it is, Heather’s life is certainly on line… again.

(This book didn’t get good after about 100-something pages. The third book, Big Boned, is the follow up.)