I saw American Rose: A Nation Laid Bare, the Life and Times of Gypsy Rose Lee at the airport this week and really wanted to read it. I didn’t let myself buy it since I’d just mailed home 4 boxes of books from ALA Midwinter, so I would love to win a copy. You can enter to win a copy at Joshilyn Jackson’s site!
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I’ve been back at work for 2 weeks, but teachers started this week and the students start next week. I’m a bit busy getting everything going, so posting will be sporadic to non-existent. But please stay tuned, I will return!
Don’t forget about the ARC giveaway of Margaret Atwood’s newest book, The Year of the Flood.
I received, from Doubleday, two ARCs of Margaret Atwood’s new book, The Year of the Flood. It doesn’t come out until September 22nd, but you can read it now. Because I haven’t gotten a chance to read it, I am only giving away one copy right now. The contest will run from today, August 25th through Friday, September 4th at 5 pm. Leave a comment on this post for one entry. You can get one additional entry for each place you post about this contest, such as your blog or Twitter. Please leave links to where these are so I can keep track of how many entries you get. ALSO, please provide a way I can reach you if you win – email, etc. Contest is only open to residents of the US.
In Becca Fitzpatrick’s debut novel, Hush, Hush, Nora Grey is a sophomore, trying to focus on school work and move past the death of her father. Her focus is shaken when her Biology teacher switches lab partners around. Her best friend Vee has to give up her seat to the quiet transfer student in the class, Patch. The first assignment is to get to know their new lab partner better. While Patch seems to know enough about Nora to make her a bit uncomfortable, he dodges every question she throws at him. His familiarity with her freaks her out, but Nora can’t help but be drawn into his easy smiles.
A hooded figure is following Nora around town, and weird things keep happening – accidents that she swears she experiences but then every trace of it is erased. Is she going crazy? Is the hooded person Patch or someone else? People begin to warn her to stay away from Patch; they think he’s dangerous and his mysterious past doesn’t do anything to disprove their theories. When Vee is attacked by someone who mistakes her for Nora, she realizes that the danger lurking around her is growing. Despite the warnings, Nora continues to find herself spending time with Patch, falling for him. Is she falling in love, or risking her life?
I was torn about this book for the first half of it. I kept getting frustrated with Nora – she is supposed to be a smart, serious girl, but she keeps making stupid choices. For example, when she and Vee split up to try to trap the person following Nora, they decide to meet in a deserted cemetery, rather than just down the street. Despite my frustration, I couldn’t put the book down. I needed to know what was going to happen. The plot moves along at a fast pace. Every time I told myself I would stop at the end of the chapter, the end would force me to keep turning the pages. The characters are great. Nora is likable, Vee is a hilarious best friend, and as Nora grew closer to Patch, I found my stomach doing flip-flops when he’d smile or flirt with her. Patch is adorable. He’s quick with a smile, witty, and sexy. Love, love, love Patch.
I was left with some minor questions. I do not know if they will be addressed in the sequel or if I was just reading too far into things. Among others, why does Patch always seem to be wearing a hat? Does Nora’s dad’s death have anything to do with the danger surrounding her life? But these questions didn’t impede my enjoyment of the book.
I can’t wait for Hush, Hush to come out. With its easy appeal to fans of the supernatural and romance, I think it is going to be popular - can you resist that cover? – and will inevitably be compared to Twilight. I honestly prefer Patch and his smiles over emo Edward any day. Another reason I can’t wait for the release – Becca Fitzpatrick has stated on her blog that the book will have a different, top secret ending than what is in the ARC. October 13th is so far away! Ms. Fitzpatrick can also be found on her website.
Ms. Fitzpatrick won me over before I even started reading the book as her bio mentions that she grew up reading Trixie Belden and Nancy Drew. I was never a Drew fan, but I love my Trixie! At one point, Nora and Vee discuss their sleuthing skills, which totally reminded me of Trixie and Honey. When I was reading the mention that Nora drives a Fiat Spider, I thought maybe this was a car Nancy Drew drove and thus a shout out to her. After further research, I discovered I was wrong and that the Wakefield twins drove one in Sweet Valley High. I don’t know if this was just a coincidence or not. I will always love a fellow Trixie Belden fan, though.
Thanks to Simon and Schuster, I have one ARC of Hush, Hush to give away. The contest will run from today, August 5th through Wednesday, August 19th at 5 pm. Leave a comment on this post for one entry. You can get one additional entry for each place you post about this contest, such as your blog or Twitter. Please leave links to where these are so I can keep track of how many entries you get. ALSO, please provide a way I can reach you if you win – email, etc. Good luck!
I love food, but then who doesn’t, right? The Sweet Life of Stella Madison sounds like such an adorable YA novel. Alea is giving a copy away, you just have to tell her one of your favorite dining experiences. Zip on over there and enter!
Congratulations to Natalie, she is the winner of the ARC copy of Hate List. Natalie, I hope you love it as much as I did! Thank you to everyone who entered. Stay tuned, I am planning to do another giveaway in August.
From Good Reads:
Five months ago, Valerie Leftman’s boyfriend, Nick, opened fire on their school cafeteria. Shot trying to stop him, Valerie inadvertently saved the life of a classmate, but was implicated in the shootings because of the list she helped create. A list of people and things she and Nick hated. The list he used to pick his targets.
Now, after a summer of seclusion, Val is forced to confront her guilt as she returns to school to complete her senior year. Haunted by the memory of the boyfriend she still loves and navigating rocky relationships with her family, former friends and the girl whose life she saved, Val must come to grips with the tragedy that took place and her role in it, in order to make amends and move on with her life.
When hearing about school shootings, one might ask, “How did this go unnoticed until it was too late?” Reading Hate List and Columbine really helps you see how some signs are never there, or are never taken seriously. Hate List is a work of fiction, but Jennifer Brown must have spent some time researching school shootings because her book feels very authentic.
The novel moves about a bit – mostly going forward starting with Valerie’s first day back at school for her senior year, but it also jumps back occasionally to scenes in Nick and Val’s relationship, the day of the shooting, and her recovery over the summer. Each change in time fits in with the story structure. Also included are some newspaper articles from the town’s local paper. Most of these articles focus on a single victim of the shooting – who they were, what people say happened to them that day. My only complaint about these articles (and it’s really my only complaint with the book, and it’s possible that it could be fixed since this is just an ARC) is that all the articles are dated May 3rd, the day after the shooting. But some of the articles reference things that seem to need more than 24 hours to happen. One girl, Lin Yong (pg 234 in my copy) was hit in the arm with a bullet. The article says she’d had 4 surgeries already and is trying to learn to write with her left hand. It really took me out of the moment to question the realism of this girl having 4 arm surgeries and already re-learning to write in 24 hours. Maybe it’s possible? It just felt like an article that would be written a couple months later, not within 24 hours of the shooting. The articles are helpful to fill in details on characters and what people think about Nick and Valerie.
The character of Valerie broke my heart. Brown has created a fully-formed character. I understood the negativity she built up towards people as an outcast and how the Hate List she created with Nick was a way of venting for her. I cannot blame her for thinking that Nick was not serious about the list. I remember writing notes with my BFF Christi in 9th grade, saying we wished our English teacher would fall in a lake and drown because of the big rock necklace she always wore. Neither of us ever actually thought it would happen or plotted to make it happen. People commiserate in bad situations like high school bullying.
Valerie has a harder time accepting this. She knows that she didn’t ask Nick to bring a gun to school, but she is aware that most of the school thinks she did. She feels guilty because she misses Nick, the Nick who read Shakespeare to her and helped her escape from her house when her parents’ marriage began to crumble. How can she have missed a whole other side of Nick? And does that mean that side exists in her, too? That she just hasn’t realized it yet?
As Valerie works to recover, she has a rough road to travel on. Her parents no longer trust her, her friends no longer speak to her. She was already an outcast at school but this just makes it worse. Even some teachers eye her warily. The school principal is in denial that bullying still exists in the school. Valerie’s biggest supporter is her therapist, who is AWESOME. She also finds some surprising allies along the way as she learns that not everyone has just one side to them, and you need to look closely to see all their facets. Val must begin to work towards letting go of Nick, healing from that terrible day, and moving on with her life.
I couldn’t put this book down once I picked it up, and the end had me in tears. I can’t wait to buy this for my library and start recommending it to my students. The book comes out in September.
Thanks to Hachette, I have one ARC of Hate List to give away. The contest will run from today, July 17th through Thursday, July 23rd at 5 pm. Leave a comment on this post for one entry. You can get one additional entry for each place you post about this contest, such as your blog or Twitter. Please leave links to where these are so I can keep track of how many entries you get. ALSO, please provide a way I can reach you if you win – email, etc. Good luck!
Contests galore this week! Reviewer X, one of my favorite book bloggers, is giving away an ARC of Catching Fire. If you want one, hurry over there and enter! If you don’t know what Catching Fire is, then you must not have discovered the awesomeness that is The Hunger Games. Do yourself a favor and read it this summer!