Saturday, August 14, 2010

Liar by Justine Larbalestier

LiarLiar by Justine Larbalestier

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Micah is a liar. She spends her first 2 weeks of high school as a boy after a teacher takes in her name, short hair and flat torso. She tells everyone her father is an international arms dealer after he picks her up at school in a luxury limousine he's reviewing for a magazine. Micah tells us the honest "truth" of her life before and after her secret boyfriend is found dead in Central Park after they ran together the night before. The problem is that once you are completely believing her, she suddenly tells you the "real truth."
I had a hard time getting into this book and then once it got the 2nd part, I didn't even like it anymore! It was well written and done, but the character, Micah, is just a despicable person. I hope that's what Larbalestier wanted because when I finally got the end of the book, I hated Micah and wanted nothing more to do with her. It will be interesting to see what my students think of this book. Will they like it? Will they hate it? Will it intrigue them?

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Hold Still by NIna LaCour

Hold StillHold Still by Nina LaCour

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Caitlin's best friend Ingrid has taken her own life a few weeks before the end of the last school-year and now Caitlin is all alone. As she tries to learn to breath again and her parents watch her closely, she keeps herself hidden within herself. After finding Ingrid's journal stashed under Caitlin's bed she reads a bit at a time and gets to see a clearer picture inside Ingrid's head than she ever let anyone else see. Gradually Caitlin makes new friends and begins to live her life again with their help. This was a wonderful book about the loss, regret and guilt that we all feel after someone close to us makes the ultimate decision to end their own life and what that does to the people around them who loved them. Nina LaCour got it just right. Not too raw, but just raw enough to feel real. To feel the ache that exists in Caitlin's core at the loss of her other half. Plus there's the added bonus of the illustrations throughout the novel which make the story all the more real. I might even sit down and read this one again!

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Sunday, August 1, 2010

Earthlight, Volume 2 by Christopher Schons

Earthlight Volume 2Earthlight Volume 2 by Christopher Schons

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Earthlight colony is still trying to find balance and feel safe after it's terrible terrorist takeover that was perpetrated by some of their own, but Damon's father also has to keep the colony from being shut down by Earth. While the grown ups are busy as usual with their jobs and fixing the mess leftover after the takeover; the kids are left with no one. What will happen next? Will the colony stay open? Will the video they kids decide to make about Earthlight help?
This one was a nice carry through from Volume 1, but the ending was great! It left me dying to read the next one!!

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