Posts Tagged ‘two stars’

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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.
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The Bermudez Triangle by Maureen Johnson

November 2, 2007

Title: The Bermudez Triangle

Author: Maureen Johnson
Number of Pages: 370.
Rating: 2 ½ out of 5.

It was: blah.   

Eh… good book overall. It is about three best friends: Nina, Avery, & Mel. During junior year summer, Nina leaves off to Stanford camp and she meets Steve, however at the end of the camp they won’t be able to see each other for a year. During that time, Avery and Mel get close. I mean REALLY close. When Nina returns, she doesn’t know what has been going on for two months. During the school year, Avery becomes weirded out about the whole “lesbian” thing because she says she isn’t gay, Mel says she’s known all along. Meanwhile, Nina and Steve seem to be doing good, until Steve randomly dumps Nina for another girl. Nina gets crushed on by a friend of Mel’s at work named Parker. She wants Steve, she wants Parker, she wants other guys… she becomes self-conscious because rumors spread about her friends being gay.

It was pretty long and not that good for the first about 200 pages. Then so many twists happened that my mouth was open quite literally a lot. I’ve never read a story like this (having to do with lesbians) and it was pretty good. The story is good, not great though. I dislike third-person, it took me a while to get into the habit of it. There was a lot of characters also. Many things were left unanswered like Nina & Steve or Nina & Parker? But I learned a new view on various things.