Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer

Life will NEVER be the same
Melinda has the life of a typical sixteen year old. Although one of the most major things to happen that year is happening very soon. The moon is supposed to be hit by a meteor. As usual teachers are assigning massive amounts of homework about the moon. The moon is all anyone is talking about. Especially after the meteor hits the moon.

For some reason when Melinda looks at the sky after the meteor hit the moon, Melinda has the feeling that the moon looks just a little bit too big. Melinda just can't shake the topic of the moon especially with all the homework that is going to be due about it. This meteor hitting the moon is a huge disaster in the making.

While Melinda is in school it starts raining so bad that the kids can't learn or even stay in the classrooms. Melinda's mom comes to get her at school so that Melinda can help get groceries since the grocery store is selling huge carts filled with anything you can fit in for $100 each. What people don't know is that they will need to stock up with everything they can. Every little crumb and antibiotic counts when you are fighting for your life.

Melinda is going to have to face a very tough year and lets just hope that her, her two brothers, Jonny and Matt, Horton, her mom and Mrs. Nesbitt can survive the huge effects that the meteor has caused the earth to go through. It can't get that bad can it? It'll be over soon, right? Who knew that one event could change the life of every person in the world.

I picked up this book because I love the last name of the author. I mean it's so much fun to say. I have to say though that I'm glad that I picked it up. It's a great book. It's written like a diary. When I read books that are more like diarys I just feel more connected to the character. The things the character writing the diary makes you want to cry when she's going through hard times, punch something when she's mad, smile when she's happy, and laugh when she talks about things that seem to her funny but you wouldn't actually think they were funny in real life. With Melinda when she was writing she made me think about how lucky we all are that we are all well fed and not diseased.

I guess what I'm trying to say is that if you read this book it just might change the way you think about how you live and even if you think that you are the unluckiest person on Earth it'll make you think about how lucky you actually are. I agree with www.teenreads.com who said" One of the year's best books. You will read it in one sitting, fighting back tears as you bite your nails." I wish I didn't have school because then I could have never put it down. You can find the next book The Dead and The Gone in the irresistable series at book stores now.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

The Breakup Bible by Melissa Kantor

Jennifer Lewis always though Max Brown was the perfect guy until he broke up with her using the line "it would be better if we were just friends." Jenn is devastated when Max breaks up with her. Her mom and her mom's book club don't help either. All those divorcees who hate men. Although Jenn's mother doesn't hate men because Jenn's father divorced her mother because he actually turned out to be gay.

Jenn is having trouble imagining how she is ever going to get over Max, or how she is going to get out of her bed each morning. Jenn will have to see Max at the meetings for The Hillsdale High Spectator. The Breakup Bible that Jenn's grandmother isn't helping so far either. The Breakup Bible claims to be able to make Jenn the "happiest dumpee on the block" if she follows the "commandments." Jenn is sure that her and Max aren't over and this breakup was just a mistake.

Will The Breakup Bible actually help? Well, Jenn will just have to figure that out, unless she throws out the book before she is actually the "happiest dumpee on the block," and if you want to know how Jenn makes out you won't throw your Breakup Bible in the trash before you get to the true story of it.

Great Book. First of all I love the cover, mostly because it looks worn and i don't know I just think it's kind of eye catching with the bright pink and gold. When I looked at it the one time I thought "Is this ripped?" but no, it wasn't actually ripped. I know laugh at me because I was fooled by a fake scratch on a book. But as you all know don't judge a book by it's cover.

I liked the basic idea of the story, too. You know usually stories are about the girls finding love and it was nice to read about a girl losing love and how she dealt with the trauma and humiliation of being dumped by a hot popular senior. It kind of showed what girls are feeling after they get dumped by a guy that they thought they loved, without the girls pretending to be okay when they weren't. I highly recommend this book. It's a great read.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Paradise Lost by Kate Brian

Reed has almost been killed two times. Easton has had 2 deaths so far. It's not like Reed had suspected her best friend and roommate at the moment was the sister of Ariana and a psycho killer. On top of finding out that her best friend is a nutcase she looses her boyfriend Josh and can't seem to stop thinking about him and Ivy. The day of Kiran's birthday party she has a gun pointed at her by none other than Sabine DuLac, right as the gun is fired Josh pushes the gun away from where it is pointed at Reed and ends up pointing it right at Ivy, his girlfriend.

Now, Reed wakes up in the hospital and has to go see Josh, she makes him promise to keep her updated on Ivy's condition when she gets to talk to him. When Reed goes out to talk to Noelle and some other friends that are in the waiting room Noelle tells her that she should go to St Barths with her and the rest of the Billings Girls. Reed agrees.

After a long flight they get there and the island is the most beautiful think that Reed has ever seen. Until she sees Upton Giles who is the finest male in the entire world, not just on the island either. What Reed doesn't understand is why Upton is so interested in her though. Forget about the Upton Games Reed has metaled in the Upton Olympics. Along with Upton comes Poppy the girl that has known him for 18 years and is in love with him, except he doesn't love her back, or does he? Poppy is like one of those girls who thinks if you call someone "my boyfriend" so many times they think that the person is actually going to start believing that he is your boyfriend.

I love this series. It's my favorite series ever. I always tend to like the guy that Reed likes at the moment but I have to say that I liked Josh more than Upton because Josh just seemed so honest and so sweet, where Upton was a player and kind of seemed a little untrustworthy. Reed seemed so much safer with Josh and with Upton she almost died twice.