Monday, May 25, 2009

Certain Girls by Jennifer Weiner

Cannie Shapiro settled into anonymously writing the Star Girl series in her townhouse in Philadelphia, starring the kick butt character Lyla Dare, after writing a fictionalized version of her own life. She settled into a life of watching her daughter Joy's drama rehersals and taking yoga classes. To Cannie everything seems right when they start preperations for Joy's bat mitzvah. Cannie is happily married to Peter Krushelevansky.

On the other hand, in Joy's world she is sick of her overbearing mom watching her constantly and not allowing her to do things like dress like the rest of the girls at school or straighten her hair. Also on thop of having an overbearing mom, she finds out that her mom wrote a book and it's not the most appropriate book. Joy finds this book so overwhelming that she has to black out some of the pages in the book.

Peter wants a baby. The search for a surrogate soon begins when they figure out everything. When they find Betsy, who gave birth to a baby for a gay couple and has done this before, they know that she would be a great person to help them. Betsy is a nurse and is married with 2 little boys.

I thought this book was good. It is an adult novel but I recommend it. Jennifer Weiner captures the mother-daughter relationship almost perfectly. Joy is like any typical teenage girl who is annoyed by her mom and doesn't want her constantly butting into her life. Although Cannie is totally oblivious to why Joy is acting so weird and what she is doing wrong. If it weren't for the novel that Cannie wrote in this i bet most girls would be able to relate to this book.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Tallulah Falls by Christine Fletcher

Tennessee!?
Why did Derek leave her alone in the hotel room? He took all her money except about a dollar. The worst thing was that she would never get to Maeve without money, food, comfortable shoes, or help.

All Tallulah had was a duffel bag of clothes and not even a dollar in change. She didn't even think to bring her sneakers she just thought that the boots would look so much cuter. Tallulah could only bring one pair of shoes so she had to pick one and she picked the wrong pair. Tallulah is stuck hitchhiking to get to Florida after Derek ditches her at the hotel and robs her in the middle of nowhere, Tennessee.

I have to get to Maeve. She needs these journals and me in Florida not Tennessee.
*Frantic phone calls to Maeve*
I'm stuck in Tennessee and I'm in jail! Come get me, come help me.

It's been over a week and no Maeve. After working at the vet's office for Dr. Poteet cleaning the cages isn't getting any better.


Tallulah and Maeve have been best friends since the motorcycle show. Debbie wasdaring but not very smart. Putting a knife down your shirt isn't the smartest thing, but why did Maeve come to Debbie's rescue when they didn't even know each other? Maeve kept calling Debbie this different name though, Tallulah. Maeve said "Trust me, it is" whenn Debbie tried to tell her that her name wasn't Tallulah and after being around Maeve for so long the name just stuck. Tallulah Addy.

Maeve might never show up. Tallulah can't stand to think that her best friend would just abandon her and leave her in Tennessee. Does Maeve even care? Why would she not want her precious journals? What is going on? Does Ruth even mind having Tallulah skeep on her pull out couch? How will Kile feel after Tallulah is gone?

I thought this book was ok, a little depressing though. When animals die in the book it kind of sad and when Tallulah runs into a little trouble on the road it is also really sad. I know she runs into trouble on the road doesn't sound sad but if you read the book you will realize why I mean that it is kind of sad and shocking. Tallulah is a very determined and strong character. She never gives up the hope that Maeve is going to come help her. At least she doesn't give it up until she figures out that she doesn't want Maeve to come get her. Tallulah may not be book smart but she finds ways to help people on the street. Tallulah is very brave and she could do anything that she set her mind to. I thought the book was ok, not an absolute have to read but a good read nonetheless. I found Tallulah Falls in a discount bookstore, I think we only paid about $3 for it so it was worth the $3 but like I said not an absolute must read. I like the cover for the hard cover (the blue one) but I think I like the cover for the parerback better.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Wings by Aprilynne Pike

Laurel has a normal if not perfect life. Her skin looks airbrushed and she has never had a blemish on her face. Until she starts going to public school after being home-schooled for so long. Laurel makes friends pretty easily. David is the sweetest, he asks her to eat lunch with him and when she says she wants to eat outside she eats with him.

Although when David asks her to go to the beach with him she can't because there is a softball sized zit on her back! What comes out of the zit isn't normal though. It's a flower, a beautiful growth that she has to hide from everyone but David and others of her kind. It takes Laurel a little while to actually believe that she isn't a person but a plant and that she is a faerie. How could this happen? Also there is something completely creepy about the guy that her mom is going to sell the land to.

Will Laurel ever figure out why the guy is so creepy? Will Laurel ever get to let her blossom out in public so everyone can see just how beautiful she really is? Is all of this the reason for her strange eating habits? Could it get anymore confusing?

I loved this book. I'm a little biased because the main character has the same name as me but it was a great book anyway. I liked that it wasn't just your typical faerie story but it was kind of saying that all other faerie stories were nonsense. It wasn't to imaginary though. I mean the plant thing probably wouldn't happen but anything else probably could. You can find Wings in bookstores now. Go out and get it.