Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Book 85 - Get Well Soon

Book number 85 was Get Well Soon by Julie Halpern. I just happened to find this on for $3 and thought it looked good. Anna is depressed and is having panic attacks. So, instead of dealing with her themselves, her parents decide to take her shrink's advice and send her to a "mental health facility", AKA looney bin. At first not only is Anna humiliated to have to go through this but also horrified at the thought of spending her first three days in this place in a hallway. Things get a little better after she gets her own room, especially because she is now allowed to go to "Community", where patients tell other patients what they appreciate and like about them. While there, she meets fellow patient Justin. And, crazier than falling in love with him at first sight, she thinks he actually might feel the same way about her. Just as she's starting to actually like the place, her parent's insurance runs out and the doctor assures her that she's "cured". But what if she doesn't want to leave just yet? What if she finds out about Justin's feelings and wonders if it's too late?
Grade: A-
SC: 5
V: 4
C: 7

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Book 84 - The Power of Six

My 84th book was The Power of Six by Pittacus Lore. This book picks up where I Am Number Four left off, with John, Sam, and Six running away from the police and trying to find the other members of the Garde from the planet of Lorien. As they're evading the police and trying to figure out how to open the chest left to John by Henri, Marina is in Spain. She is Number 7, living in an orphanage in a small town. Her protector, Adelina, has seemed to forget their purpose on Earth so, for a while, Marina has been on her own. She has developed Legacies but she has no idea how to use them. She starts to notice strange things around town, such as a man looking in the window, someone inside of her secret cave, and a strange man in the town's cafe. So, she, along with her new friend Ella, start looking for her chest, which Adelina hid when they arrived. But, as she starts finding out not only about herself but about John Smith in Ohio, she starts to wonder if she'll ever meet the others from her planet. But, maybe with Six's help, she'll be able to survive long enough to do just that.
Grade: A
SC: 3
V: 8
C: 4

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Book 83 - The Best of Me

My eighty-third book was The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks. I have read all of his other books and was super excited when I saw this one at Kroger. This book was definitely not Sparks's best but it was still good. Dawson Cole has a bad reputation through no fault of his own. His family is known around their small community for being troublemakers and criminals. From the start, Dawson is determined to prove that he is nothing like the rest of his family. When he meets Amanda Collier in 1984, he was sure that his luck had finally turned around. Soon, he and Amanda are deeply in love, defying both family's expectations. But Dawson's life is ruined after Amanda leaves him for college and an unfortunate accident sends him to jail. In present day, Amanda is married to an alcoholic with three children and Dawson lives on his own, working on an oil rig for months at a time. The one thing that still connects them is an elderly man named Tuck. When they receive word of his death, they both come back to the small town of Oriental to say their goodbyes. But, little do they know, while they're saying goodbye to Tuck, they'll be saying hello again to their former relationship.
Grade: B+