Thursday, November 14, 2013

October 2013 Book Reviews

All YA this month:
 The Lucy Variations by Sara Zarr

Lucy is a pianist. But she doesn't know if she wants to be. She quit. Sort of. But life is messy and beautiful. Does she want the music back?

A lovely and poignant book about families and their power over us, music, relationships, and following your heart.
 Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

This book, written around a series of real antique photos featuring bizarre or unsettling images, is a tale of loss, mystery, time-travel, monsters, and evolutionary jumps. Strange, dark, and at times creepy, this book might be just the thing for a youth with an interest in the weird. As a writer, the story-building process is interesting, considering his photographic inspiration.
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

I admit, I'm a little late to this party. But that doesn't mean I appreciated it any less.

An unconventional romance blossoms between two teen cancer patients, and as they face illness, mortality, and the nature of love, we are exposed to two raw, vulnerable human beings who, thanks to John Green's considerable talents, let us see their gooey centers.

I cried a lot.

Warnings on: language, sexual situations.

It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini

Based on his own experience, the author shows us a young man in crisis. He ends up in the mental hospital, surrounded by an interesting cast of characters. It's a rather quick read, and more of a study of depression than plot heavy. But for youth curious about psychiatric facilities and what it's like to suffer from mental illness, or for those with their own emotional burdens, Vizzini's narrative may offer something very valuable.

Warnings on: language, sexual situations, discussions of suicide.

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