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Perfect Escape by Jennifer Brown

My rating: 5 stars Kendra has always felt overshadowed by her brother’s OCD. Her family’s life was always centered around Grayson, while he was always focused on carefully coordinated routines. The only way Kendra could creep out from under her brother’s shadow is to be perfect – which she had down to an art, until […]

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

My rating: 4 stars Disclaimer: This is not the book for you if you are interested in a quick, easy, lighthearted read. Also, The Book Thief will tragically break your heart into pieces – in the best way. Liesel Meminger is an orphan and her brother dies on the train on the way to her […]

The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick

My rating: 5 stars After his release from a mental institution – the “bad place” – Pat Peoples, former history teacher, is left in the care of his mother and aloof father. Pat believes he was in the “bad place” for a handful of months rather than four years. Also, he has a theory: his […]

The Contortionist’s Handbook by Craig Clevenger

My Rating: 5 stars After an overdose of painkillers, Daniel Fletcher wakes up in a Los Angeles trauma center and is detained for psychiatric evaluation. Again. Except his name isn’t really Daniel Fletcher. Or Eric Bishop. Or Christopher Thorne. All of these names belong to one man – John Dolan Vincent – an intelligent and […]

The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling

My Rating: 4 stars In a novel vastly different from the widely known ¬Harry Potter phenomenon, The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling follows the lives of multiple people who live in the small town of Pagford. After the sudden, very shocking death of Barry Fairbrother (that’s Barry, not Harry), a chain reaction travels throughout Pagford. […]

Divergent by Veronica Roth

My Rating: 5 stars In Beatrice’s world, when one turns sixteen, the ultimate choice is made. One choice decides your future, your friends, and your values. At sixteen you must choose your faction: Abnegation, the selfless; Amity, the peaceful; Candor, the honest; Dauntless, the brave; or Erudite, the intelligent. From that choice on, you leave […]

Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver

My rating: 5 stars Lena has escaped. She’s in the Wilds. She is free. There is only one downside: Alex is dead. We follow along Lena’s journey past the fence and into the Wilds through two perspectives: “Then”: Days after escaping and leaving Alex behind, Lena wakes up in a dark and dingy room. She […]

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer

My Rating: 2 stars I may be biased, because I did not finish reading this book, but honestly, this novel was not as great as I thought it was going to be. I had read so many good reviews and heard so many good things about this novel, so I guess I started it with […]

“The Casual Vacancy”

I know I am very behind on this, but on Thursday, J.K. Rowling announced the title of her new novel for adults, called “The Casual Vacancy” and a brief synopsis of the book. “When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early forties, the little town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an […]

The Hunger Games

My Rating: 3 stars I walked into the theater with very high (very unrealistic) expectations for this movie. I guess had these high expectations because, well, the Hunger Games books themselves are one of the best young adult novels ever written, I expected its movie to be as mind-blowing as the book. Now, don’t me […]