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This week was definitly a lot better for books(:
Exposed by Susan Vaught (Already Published/ Nov 2008/ Bloomsbury)
Following a disastrous affair with her former boyfriend that has left her with an STD and a reputation as shredded as an election-year campaign promise, Chan wishes for a perfect guy to talk to online—you know, all the fun but none of the problems of a real-life boyfriend. Well, be careful what you wish for . . . In short order Chan has begun a parent-defying and increasingly steamy online relationship with a “perfect” guy named Paul. In the meantime her morbidly obese father, who is recovering from a heart attack, continues to gobble those jumbo pizzas, her mother is increasingly shrill and controlling, and her younger sister is consumed by her desire to become an actress. And, oh, yes, Chan is a majorette and the regional twirling competition is upon us. Clearly, psychological complexity and thematic unity are in short supply in Vaught’s cautionary tale cum problem novel. But the perils of Chan make for compulsive, page-turning reading and the message about online predators—though heavy-handed—is inarguably an important one.
I'm so excited to read this! I love the plot, I think it's gonna be really good. Plus it's signed(:
Fade to Blue by Sean Beaudoin (ARC/ August 2009/ Little, Brown Young Readers)
Sophie Blue started wearing a black skirt and Midnight Noir lipstick on her last birthday. It was also the day her father disappeared. Or spontaneously combusted. Which is sort of bad timing, since a Popsicle truck with tinted windows has started circling the house.
Kenny Fade is a basketball god. His sneakers cost more than his Jeep. He's the guy all the ladies (and their mommas) want. Bad.
Sophie Blue and Kenny Fade don't have a thing in common. Aside from being reasonably sure they're losing their minds.
Acclaimed author Sean Beaudoin's wildly innovative novel combines uproarious humor with enough plot twists to fill a tube sock. Part thriller, part darkly comic philosophical discussion, and accompanied by a comic book interstitial, Fade to Blue is a whip-smart romp that keeps readers guessing until the last paragraph.
I'm kinda excited, kinda not excited to start this book. It sounds interesting but I'm not sure if I'm really going to like it.
My Big Nose and Other Natural Disasters by Sydney Salter (Already Published/ April 2009/ Graphia)
The summer before senior year is Jory’s last chance to transform herself and leave behind her mediocre grades, unrequited crushes, and especially her ugly nose. Intent on earning money for a nose job, she finds a job delivering wedding cakes near her home in Reno, Nevada, even though she can barely handle a stick shift, never mind parallel parking. In her wry, spirited voice, Jory reveals her jealousy of her girlfriends, mistakes at work, conflict with her appearance-obsessed mom, muddles with various boys (including one who turns out to be gay), and, always, her anguish over her proboscis. Obsession is boring and repetitive, and this first novel is too long in descriptions of Jory’s mess-ups and the message-heavy resolutions, as she learns to see the best in herself and finds the perfect boyfriend. But the contemporary dialogue is rapid and funny, and teens will enjoy Jory’s comic self-deprecation and the way she gets the signals wrong, both while driving and on dates.
This happens to be another book that I'm really excited to read. It sounds really good and it's also signed! (:
The Comeback by Marlene Perez (ARC/ August 2009/ Point)
Sophie Donnelly is one half of the most popular and powerful couple in school, until new girl Angie Vogel shows up and compromises everything. Angie steals Sophie's starring role in the school play, and, worse, her super-popular boyfriend. Sophie has been quickly dispatched to social Siberia, but not for long--she'll do anything it takes to make a triumphant comeback.
The Comeback sounds like an interesting book. I can't wait to start to read it and see it I really do like it, because I hope I do!
Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson (Already Published/ May 2009/ Point)
Johnson certainly seems to have the formula for good, clean, readable chick-lit down pat, and this title does not disappoint. According to tradition, when the Martin children turn 15, they inherit a suite in the family's small Manhattan hotel and a job: to take care of the rooms and their occupant. On Scarlett's 15th birthday, Amy Amberson sweeps into the suite that Scarlett has just inherited. The woman is demanding and brash, but she does have her charms (and large amounts of cash). In the beginning, Scarlett is overwhelmed, but then her role becomes that of Mrs. Amberson's assistant for her projects, which change on a whim. When Amy decides to help the theater troupe that Scarlett's brother is involved in put on Hamlet, the teen begins a romance with one of the actors. Then everything starts to go awry, and when things get tough, Amy abandons ship, and plucky Scarlett is left to step in and save what needs saving, something that she does with flair. Scarlett's brand of humor is particularly dry and well articulated. This novel blends sibling rivalry and the importance of family, friendship, and romance into a plot that is charming and well delivered.
This is the first time I've won a contest for a book so I'm excited(:
I didn't buy any books this week, no need(:
I didn't need to borrow any either(:
All summaries were taken from Amazon.com.
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