Tag: YA Literature


The Book Thief – Mark Zusak (Take 2)

The Book Thief – Mark Zusak (Take 2)

Title: The Book ThiefAuthor: Markus ZusakPublished: 2005 Pages: 550Audio Time: 13 hr, 56 minGenre: FictionRating: 5/5 I’m kind of funny about recommending books to others; with the exception of my immediate family I rarely recommend books and even with family members I pick and choose books carefully. Because reading can be such a singular and personal activity I have to really know a person to recommend a book. But, I make an exception with The Book […]

Posted 3 February, 2011 by Trish in Reading Nook, Review / 35 Comments
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Just Listen – Sarah Dessen

Just Listen – Sarah Dessen

Title: Just ListenAuthor: Sarah DessenPublished: 2006; Pages: 371Genre: Fiction (YA)Rating: 3.75/5 Just Listen is the story of Annabel Greene, who at first glances appears to have everything, but as she starts a new school year this couldn’t be further from the truth.  Something has happened over the summer and she has become alienated from her best friend Sophie and it seems everyone else has turned their shoulder on her as well.  Annabel seeks refuge at […]

Posted 23 September, 2010 by Trish in Reading Nook, Review / 14 Comments
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Thirteen Reasons Why – Jay Asher

Thirteen Reasons Why – Jay Asher

Title: Thirteen Reasons WhyAuthor: Jay AsherPublished: 2007 Pages: 320Audio: 6.5 hoursGenre: Young Adult FictionRating: 4.5/5 (for audio version) So, my new thing is downloading audiobooks from the library and listening to them during my hour-each-way work commute and while I clean the house.  Why didn’t I think of this earlier?  Since I can’t seem to find the time to pick up a physical book (please don’t get me started on making v. finding time), this is the […]

Posted 5 July, 2010 by Trish in Reading Nook, Review / 13 Comments
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Will Grayson, Will Grayson – John Green and David Levithan

Will Grayson, Will Grayson – John Green and David Levithan

Title: Will Grayson, Will GraysonAuthors: John Green and David LevithanPublished: 2010  Pages: 310Genre: Young Adult FictionRating: 3.5/5 First can I just say Yippee for finally finishing a book?  It’s not just that I haven’t been writing reviews lately, it’s that I haven’t finished any books [recently] to write reviews!   So, big fat Yippee! Will Grayson, Will Grayson is the story of two teenaged characters by the name of…yup…Will Grayson.  John Green and David Levithan cowrote the story, […]

Posted 13 June, 2010 by Trish in Reading Nook, Review / 11 Comments
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The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks – E. Lockhart

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks – E. Lockhart

Title: The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-BanksAuthor: E. LockhartPublished: 2008 Pages: 342Genre: Young Adult FictionRating: 4.25/5 The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks is one of those books that I heard about all over the blogosphere and finally grabbed my own copy at Borders Bookstore from one of their bargain shelves. I’m kind of funny when it comes to reading reviews–I don’t read a lot of summaries and I have a terrible memory, so I often […]

Posted 3 November, 2009 by Trish in Reading Nook, Review / 33 Comments
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The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas – John Boyne

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas – John Boyne

Title: The Boy in the Striped PyjamasAuthor: John BoynePublished: 2006 Pages: 216Genre: YA FictionRating: 3/5 My poor brother has been asking me to read this book for months now (he’s thirteen). I’m always reluctant to borrow books from people because I know my turnaround will never be as quick as if I loan out a book. There’s so many I’ve obligated myself to read for challenges or for authors/publishers, not to mention the giant shelf […]

Posted 26 October, 2009 by Trish in Reading Nook, Review / 41 Comments
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Speak – Laurie Halse Anderson

Speak – Laurie Halse Anderson

Title: SpeakAuthor: Laurie Halse AndersonPublished: 1999 Pages: 198Genre: Young Adult FictionRating: 5/5 Speak is an incredibly powerful book about a young girl struggling with a truth she cannot possibly tell. As we crawl inside Melinda’s thirteen-year-old mind, we slowly learn the secrets that are eating her alive and the thoughts she has but cannot speak. Extreme warning. This book struck an incredibly resonant chord with me. In many ways it was painful to read, but […]

Posted 30 September, 2009 by Trish in Life, Reading Nook, Review / 24 Comments
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Eclipse – Stephenie Meyer

Eclipse – Stephenie Meyer

Title: EclipseAuthor: Stephenie MeyerPublished: 2007 Pages: 629Genre: YA FictionRating: 4.25/5 “And I pray one prayer-I repeat it till my tongue stiffens-Catherine Earnshaw, may you not rest as long as I am living! You said I killed you-haunt me, then! The murdered do hunt their murderers. I believe-I know that ghosts have wandered on earth. Be with me always-take any form-drive me mad! only do not leave me in this abyss, where I cannot find you! […]

Posted 21 August, 2009 by Trish in Reading Nook, Review / 28 Comments
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The Tales of Beedle the Bard – JK Rowling

The Tales of Beedle the Bard – JK Rowling

Title: The Tales of Beedle the BardAuthor: J.K. RowlingPublished: 2008 Pages: 107Genre: Fantasy/Fairy TaleRating: 3/5 Has it really been two weeks since I posted about an actual book? Time has gotten away from me, as I suspected it would, ever since the read-a-thon. Or maybe it’s just because I’m not keeping with my book a week average since I’m still slogging through Middlemarch and will be for another week or so. Without the pressure of […]

Posted 12 May, 2009 by Trish in Reading Nook / 34 Comments
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The Outsiders and Sam’s Letters to Jennifer (2 mini-reviews)

The Outsiders and Sam’s Letters to Jennifer (2 mini-reviews)

After every read-a-thon I get a little case of blog/book burnout. I’m trying not to go there this time, so I’m keeping these two reviews short. I have a book tour review for Thursday and will probably post “regular” reviews on the other read-a-thon books over the next few weeks. Is everyone else all caught up on sleep yet? ***************************************************************************** Title: The OutsidersAuthor: S.E. HintonPublished: 1967 Pages: 180Genre: YA Fiction At first glance Ponyboy Curtis […]

Posted 21 April, 2009 by Trish in Reading Nook, Review / 28 Comments
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