Books Not to be Missed

teen reading, books, novels, young adult novels, fiction, literatureVatsala is a 16-year-old from Amritsar, India. She enjoys listening to music, reading books, writing, doodling and her favorite subjects are English and Math. She wants to grow up to be a TV Journalist.

 

 

Books are something that send somebody into an alternative world, a place where one can imagine doing anything the characters are doing! You cry with them , you fall in love with them, you get the sense of satisfaction that is hard to get in real life. You aspire to be like the characters, or you just get to know what people in the world go through. You feel their pain which makes you empathetic. A few of the books, which are a must read for Young Adults are :

 

The Millennium Trilogy By Steig Larsson

This story about a computer hacker Lisbeth Salander is a total page turner. The pain The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo goes through will definitely make somebody Kick the Hornet’s Net. She was brave and was used to Playing with Fire. This trilogy is full of suspense and Salander’s way of living life just blows away your mind.

 

 

Who Moved My Cheese? By Spencer Johnson

An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life, published in 1998, is a motivational book by Spencer Johnson written in the style of a parable or business fable. It describes change in one’s work and life, and four typical reactions to said change by two mice and two “littlepeople”, during their hunt for cheese. It can really help somebody who is going through some changes in one’s life.

 

 

The Hunger Games By Suzanne Collins

The book whose movie was just released is really something that gets you up and running to make a change. Katniss – the main character from the book unknowingly becomes such a big example for the whole of Panem, and it is wonderful how a little love story is stuffed into this sci-fi post-apocalyptic story.

 

Prisoner Of Birth By Jeffery Archer

This is a story of how innocent people are accused of something they haven’t done because of powerful people. This book makes you empathetic towards the poor guy Danny who has been accused of killing his best-friend/soon to be brother-in-law and the only people who believe that he is innocent are his fiance and his lawyer.

 

Lord Of The Rings By J.R.R.Tolkien

The major movie franchise came from the amazing book The Lord of the Rings, which is an epic high fantasy novel written by English philologist and University of Oxford professor J. R. R. Tolkien. It is a book which should not be missed! It didn’t become a best seller for nothing.

 

 

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To Read or Not To Read: Tips for Parents

 teen reading, literature, books, reading list, novels, fictionCatherine is a 15 year-old from California. She loves reading novels and her favorite subject is English.

 

Remember when your child used to ask you to read them a bedtime story? Well, most likely your bedtime stories simply entailed innocent princesses, three bears, or an evil witch here and there. Yet years have gone by and they’ve learned to read on their own and selected books that differ greatly in comparison to the books they read as tiny tots. Recently teen novels have become more graphic, depicting drug usage, strong language, and underage sex. This comes from a world where teens are “growing up” faster than ever before, being more exposed to these types of things at an earlier age than in previous decades.

However, with all these new novels, it’s hard for parents to keep track of what their teens are reading. It isn’t necessarily what teens are reading that cause parents to fret, but how the story will influence their children’s viewpoint of a certain topic.  Books are powerful in the sense that they can have a serious impact on the reader, changing one’s ideas and beliefs.

Some books have stirred controversy amongst parents throughout the years due to its explicit content. One such book is The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, a story about a shy freshman dealing with the trials and tribulations of high school on his own. “The Perks” is known for containing touchy topics such as molestation, suicide, drugs, and homosexuality. Most parents would feel uncomfortable talking about any of these topics with their own children, much less having them read about them in detail. According to a parenting poll on Yahoo, sex and drugs/drinking/smoking are the top two toughest topics to discuss with their teen. Nevertheless, just because parents disapprove of these novels doesn’t mean that authors will stop writing them, and publishers will stop publishing these books. And admittedly, not being allowed to read the novel makes it all the more tempting for me to read. On the other hand, I do understand why my mom doesn’t want me to read the book. It does contain content I otherwise I would not have read when I was younger. Since then, I have thought of some ideas that may convince my mom to let me read the book, and hopefully these could work for you too!

Here are some tips if your teen wants to read a book that you’re not so sure is completely appropriate for them:

 1) Read the novel your child wants to read to see what the novel’s about. You can’t decide whether the novel is really inappropriate for them or not by just reading the back of the book. It may not be as bad as it seems. Remember “don’t judge a book by its cover!”

 2) When reading the novel, take into consideration your child’s maturity level, and how you think they’ll handle the content in the book. Will they be able to handle it, or is it just too much, too soon?

 3) Another idea is to read it together, and if there are any topics you feel you need to discuss or explain further, talk about it with your child. Maybe talk about the pros and cons of the topic, and you can also talk about a certain character. Talk about what they did right or wrong, and what they could have done better. My mom always does this with me after we watch a movie together, which is kind of irksome, but for my benefit as well. J

Well, happy reading and hope all goes well! J

 

Advice for Students: Online Software

Julia is a 17-year old junior from New York City. She swims, plays the violin and loves spending time with her English bulldog Louie.
For students trying to challenge themselves with increasingly difficult high school classes, outside tools can be extremely helpful. Many top-tier universities have released helpful educational tools, including video/podcast lectures, handouts and even sometimes tests or exams to help high school students looking to challenge themselves or supplement their high school curriculums or even professionals hoping to expand their knowledge.

Some of the more helpful tools include OpenCourseWare (OWC) and
iTunes U. OWC is a free educational tool accessed online. Universities such as MIT and Yale post video lectures and PDF files on a website that can be accessed by anyone. Courses range in difficulty from intro classes to more advanced and specific classes, and include a wide variety of topics within multiple fields of discipline including science, humanities, math and engineering. Not all courses offer full access, but many courses have enough to be an extremely helpful tool to anyone struggling
with a topic or looking to learn a little bit beyond what their high school classes will teach them. Just this past year I watched an intro to biology lectures while prepping for my high school biology midterm. The class covered exactly what I was learning and helped clear up a few of my questions.

Another great tool is the iTunes U section of the iTunes store. Also completely free, it is open to anyone with an iTunes account.  It has tons of how to and educational tools, not all tied to universities but all helpful. Episodes, which are either visual or audio, can be downloaded individually or an entire class can be downloaded. Prestigious universities such as Harvard, Yale and MIT also offer video lectures.

Most OpenCourseWare classes can also be accessed so that videos can be watched from an iPod or other apple device.  Additionally, for students looking at colleges, this can be a great way to visit a college on a budget; sit in on a class or two with a professor on a topic that interests you and get a sense of what it is like. These tools are incredibly useful and expansive and are a great resource for pretty much anything you are looking to do. I encourage everyone to take advantage of this free resource!

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BOOK REVIEW: Bridger by Megan Curd

Gema is a 20-year old from Miami, FL. Reads like a maniac. Writes for sanity. It’s a fine line and she loves erasing it.

Bridger by Megan Curd

YA, ebook, 309 pages

 

Emotional wounds still fresh from her father’s death, Ashlyn McVean discovers that faeries exist. Not just that, but that she herself is a Bridger – one of two in existence. Add that to a plethora of secrets slowly seeping out of her family, being stuck between a friend who wants to be more than just a friend, a boyfriend she can’t be completely honest with, and a best friend who may or may not be psycho, and you have Ashlyn McVean’s life.

What I love about Ashlyn is that she is your average girl. She has a brother she loves to tease, a mother who cares deeply, and a grandmother she doesn’t always see eye-to-eye with. She’s not the most popular girl in school but she’s not completely invisible either. She’s just a funny, video-game-loving, down-to-earth girl, and that’s what makes her so lovable and relatable.

The book’s settings, plural, are impressive. Moving characters half way around the world can be tricky if the story isn’t about traveling. Curd manages to split the story between Ireland and the US effortlessly, delivering both the feel of a vacation abroad and the drone of high school effortlessly.

Faeries. Irish boys. Ninja grannies (okay, not really, but you’ll see what I mean,) this book is an entertaining read from one page to the next. The only downside is that it is currently only available as an ebook. It’ll be available on paperback at the end of the month through Amazon. But until then, get with the times! Download Bridger by Megan Curd and enjoy!

BOOK REVIEW: Trauma Queen by Barbara Dee

Gema is a 20-year old from Miami, FL. Reads like a maniac. Writes for sanity. It’s a fine line and she loves erasing it.


Trauma Queen by Barbara Dee

$6.99, Simon and Schuster, Ages 9-13, April 19, 2011

“And if there’s one thing I’ve learned about middle school by now, it’s this: Attention is bad.”

Don’t say your parents are embarrassing until you read about Marigold’s in Barbara Dee’s new middle grade novel, Trauma Queen. As the title suggests, the protagonist, Marigold, is the Trauma Queen. This poor girl knows humiliation like a gun victim knows a bullet. “Mom is what is known in the biz as a performance artist. That’s another way of saying she does embarrassing things in public.” And embarrassing they are – wrapping herself in saran wrap, inviting people in the dead of night to record her sleeping, wearing a scuba diving outfit to Marigold’s second grade class and pouring olive oil all over her body.

And yet, believe it or not, Marigold’s mom has done worse than embarrass her with a consistency that borderlines supernatural. Her antics and bluntness has cost Marigold her best friend. Now Marigold is miles away from her and is starting over in a new town and in a new school. Some of her new classmates are in a war against each other and  she lands in the heat of a battle. She has to pick a side without really knowing what happened or the people involved. All she wants now is a friend to help her through it all.

Marigold is a hilarious protagonist, especially when she’s frustrated. Her story rings true for anyone currently in middle school and brings forth body-cringing memories for those of us who have tried to forget we were ever there. Trauma Queen is a story about what it is to need a friend, to need someone to complain about your mom to over a manicure. It’s a story about acting on the impulse of rage and the consequences it can have on an entire family. “Words hurt…words are powerful, powerful weapons, Marigold.” That isn’t a lesson that Marigold just learns, but lives. Trauma Queen is about the good, bad and the ugly of being different and the center of attention. And, the best part, Trauma Queen is about love and forgiveness, something that even adults need to be reminded of. I highly recommend this heart-warming read for middle graders and their parents. I promise you’ll cringe, smile and “aww,” sometimes at the same time so beware of funny faces in public. Buy now.

The Power Of Book Blogging

Evangeline is a homeschooler from MalaysiaHer interests are reading, writing, Wikipedia, music and entertainment. She aspires to work in the media communications sector.

I received another book in the mail today. I received it because I am a book blogger.

 

Book blog is a form of blog that is gaining popularity in the internet. Book blogs usually contain book reviews and sometimes author interviews, author guest blog posts and book giveaways.

 

Book blogging is gaining popularity because authors are realizing the importance and value of online book reviews and promotion. Gone are the days when book lovers would browse in bookstores for books. Nowadays, many people buy books from the internet and they mainly rely on book reviews that can be found in the net. Not only that, promotion via the internet is accessible by anyone and can be viewed by everyone.

 

Most book bloggers write book reviews on books sent to them by authors, publicity companies or publishers. There is a common misconception that book blogging is all about free books. It isn’t. It is difficult for a blogger to maintain a book blog by solely relying on free books.

 

Now, you might be wondering what this has to do with teens. Book blogging has everything to do with teens. Yes, I am encouraging teens to book blog.

 

If you are thinking it will be a waste of time, think again. Firstly, all book reviews you do have a huge potential in swaying readers’ decision to buy a particular book or not. That means your book reviews have an impact on the book sales.

 

Secondly, book bloggers are an important asset to authors as their reviews help give feedback to authors regarding their books. Book bloggers are usually not associated with book review columns such as those found in magazines or newspapers. They are from the grass-root level. At such, authors are able to have an idea of how consumers are responding to their books.

 

Thirdly, book blogging gives teens a voice. Authors listen to you and you they value your opinions and input on their books.

 

Fourthly, there are many books in the teen genre. Publishers are churning out hundreds of these books every year. An adult reviewing a teen book might not have the same perspective as a teen reviewing a teen book from a teen viewpoint.

 

Starting a book blog and maintaining it is not easy at first as it is time consuming, but it is worthwhile in the long run. Just think about the influence you hold. You can either influence readers to read good books or to read bad books.

 

But here’s a note of caution: don’t jump into book blogging just because I encourage you to go for it or because you are looking for free books. It will be a passing fad for you. Enter the world of book blogging with the purpose and goal of wanting readers to read good books. Once you are resolute in book blogging because of that purpose, dive in and enjoy book blogging!

 

Winter Reads

Gema is an 19-year old from Miami, FL. She loves reading and writing young adult fiction and claims to pass out in the presence of sterile wit.

I love books. You can shout at them, stomp on them, or throw them against a wall, but they’ll wait patiently  for you to recover and continue the journey. Those are priceless journeys into the mind of another person and sometimes, into another world entirely.  Thousands of books are published every month. There’s always a new experience to look forward to.

Three new books that I’ve read in the past month are: Behemoth by Scott Westerfeld, Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare and Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. (All three are recommended.) But three books is nothing. I have a long pile of books that I have to read but an even longer list of books I want to buy – some of them that have yet to be released. It’s a sickness, really, this hunger for words. If you have a teen – or are a teen – that has such a ravenous mind, I’ve compiled a list of upcoming young adult releases to help. It’s a microscopic list, compared to the vast amount of books coming out, but these are the ones I’m personally looking forward to. I’ve included the synopses – found the authors’ or publisher’s websites.

WINTER 2010/2011

Deadly Little Games: A Touch Novel by Laurie Faria Stolarz

Until three months ago, everything about sixteen-year-old Camelia’s life had been fairly ordinary: decent grades; an okay relationship with her parents; and a pretty cool part-time job at an art studio downtown. But when Ben, the mysterious new guy, starts junior year at her high school, Camelia’s life becomes far from ordinary.

Rumored to be somehow responsible for his ex-girlfriend’s accidental death, Ben is immediately ostracized by everyone on campus. Except for Camelia. She’s reluctant to believe he’s trouble, even when her friends try to convince her otherwise. Instead she’s inexplicably drawn to Ben…and to his touch. But soon, Camelia is receiving eerie phone calls and strange packages with threatening notes. Ben insists she is in danger, and that he can help – but can he be trusted? She knows he’s hiding something…but he’s not the only one with a secret.

Rosebush by Michele Jaffe

Instead of celebrating Memorial Day weekend on the Jersey Shore, Jane is in the hospital surrounded by teddy bears, trying to piece together what happened last night. One minute she was at a party, wearing fairy wings and cuddling with her boyfriend. The next, she was lying near-dead in a rosebush after a hit-and-run.

Everyone believes it was an accident, despite the phone threats Jane swears were real. But the truth is a thorny thing. As Jane’s boyfriend, friends, and admirers come to visit, more memories surface-not just from the party, but from deeper in her past . . . including the night her best friend Bonnie died.

With nearly everyone in her life a suspect now, Jane must unravel the mystery before her killer attacks again. Along the way, she’s forced to examine the consequences of her life choices in this compulsively readable thriller.

Real Live Boyfriends by E. Lockhart

Ruby Oliver, the neurotic, hyperverbal heroine of the The Boyfriend List, The Boy Book, and The Treasure Map of Boys, is back!

Ruby Oliver is in love. Or it would be love, if Noel, her real live boyfriend, would call her back. But Noel seems to have turned into a pod-robot lobotomy patient, and Ruby can’t figure out why.

Not only is her romantic life a shambles:

Her dad is eating nothing but Cheetos,

Her mother’s got a piglet head in the refrigerator,

Hutch has gone to Paris to play baguette air guitar,

Gideon shows up shirtless,

And the pygmy goat Robespierre is no help whatsoever.

Will Ruby ever control her panic attacks?

Will she ever understand boys?

Will she ever stop making lists?

(No to that last one.)

Roo has lost most of her friends. She’s lost her true love, more than once. She’s lost her grandmother, her job, her reputation, and possibly her mind. But she’s never lost her sense of humor. The Ruby Oliver books are the record of her survival.

Something Like Hope by Shawn Goodman

17-year-old Shavonne has been in juvenile detention since the seventh grade. Mr Delpopolo is the first counselor to treat her as an equal, and he helps her get to the bottom of her self-destructive behavior, her guilt about past actions, and her fears about leaving the Center when she turns 18. Shavonne tells him the truth about her crack-addicted mother, the child she had (and gave up to foster care) at fifteen, and the secret shame she feels about what she did to her younger brother after her mother abandoned them. Meanwhile, Shavonne’s mentally unstable roommate Cinda makes a rash move, and Shavonne’s quick thinking saves her life—and gives her the opportunity to get out of the Center if she behaves well. But Shavonne’s faith is tested when her new roommate, mentally retarded and pregnant Mary, is targeted by a guard as a means to get revenge on Shavonne. As freedom begins to look more and more likely, Shavonne begins to believe that maybe she, like the goslings recently hatched on the Center’s property, could have a future somewhere else—and she begins to feel something like hope.

Entice by Carrie Jones

The next installment in Carrie Jones’s bestselling series

Zara and Nick are soul-mates – they’re meant to be together for ever. But that’s not quite how things have worked out. For starters, Nick is dead, and has been taken to Valhalla, a mystical resting place for warriors. If they can find the way there, Zara and her friends will try to get him back. But even if they do, Zara has turned pixie – and now she’s Astley’s queen!

Meanwhile, more teenagers go missing as a group of evil pixies devastates the town of Bedford. An all-out war seems imminent and Zara and her friends need all the warriors they can find . . .

All Just Glass by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

Sarah Vida has given up everything for love. From a legendary family of vampire-hunting witches, Sarah was raised to never trust a vampire, to never let her guard down, and to avoid all tricky attachments of the heart. But now Sarah IS a vampire—changed by the boy she thought she loved. Her family has forsaken her, and Sarah herself is disgusted by her appetite for blood.

Aida Vida is Sarah’s older sister, the good, reliable sibling who always does her family proud. But when Aida’s mother insists that Sarah be found and killed, Aida is given the one assignment that she may not be able to carry out.

Taking place over just twenty-four hours, ALL JUST GLASS tells the story of a game-changing battle that will forever change the world of the Den of Shadows. And at its center is the story of two sisters who must choose between love and duty. Dark, fully-imagined, and hard to put down, ALL JUST GLASS will thrill Amelia’s fans—old and new.

Darkness Becomes Her by Kelly Keaton

Ari can’t help feeling lost and alone. With teal eyes and freakish silver hair that can’t be changed or destroyed, Ari has always stood out. And after growing up in foster care, she longs for some understanding of where she came from and who she is.

Her search for answers uncovers just one message from her long dead mother: Run. Ari can sense that someone, or something, is getting closer than they should. But it’s impossible to protect herself when she doesn’t know what she’s running from or why she is being pursued.

She knows only one thing: she must return to her birthplace of New 2, the lush rebuilt city of New Orleans. Upon arriving, she discovers that New 2 is very…different. Here, Ari is seemingly normal. But every creature she encounters, no matter how deadly or horrifying, is afraid of her.

Ari won’t stop until she knows why. But some truths are too haunting, too terrifying, to ever be revealed.

These are the books I’m excited to read. What about you? Any books you’re looking forward to reading? Any books you want to share with your friends? If you find a book you love, the best thing you can do is pass it along and compare experiences. Happy reading.

Current Teen Reading Trend

Evangeline is a 16-year old homeschooler from Malaysia. Her interests are reading, writing, Wikipedia, music and entertainment. She hopes to take Mass Communications and aspires to work in the media communications sector. She is thankful to her friends for helping her compile this list.

There have been many reports on the decline of reading among teens. Despite that, thankfully, the teen reading culture has not yet died out. One of the obvious current teen reading trends is reading books involving vampires. However, although that dominates the current teen reading scene, there are many other books that are popular among various groups of teens. The teen reading scene tends to be a quite stable one and I have compiled a list of six of what I believe to be in the current teen reading trend. Some are old books that have been around for quite some time (and are still popular!) while others are new books that are the ‘in’ thing to be read.

1. General popular book series

Let me start with books that are both popular and that are in the ‘ in’ trend with teenage boys and girls. Book series has always been popular with both sexes. Authors of book series have to create a mouth-watering first book and then it wouldn’ t take much to get the demand for a book continuation going. Walk past a bookshop during the book launch of a book in a popular series and you will see long queues of young people excited to be getting their copy of the book. Two very popular book series that sell like hot cakes among teens is
the Twilight and Harry Potter series. Ask any average teen to name book series that he has read and either one or both of these series will most likely be in the list. Another series that is also very popular among teens is the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Despite being around for over half a century, this series still continue to attract a sizable amount of readers, many of whom are teens.

2. M anga

Originating from Japan, manga is making huge waves in the United States and many other countries. It is mainly popular with young people and has helped spread Japanese culture in various forms everywhere. Manga can be bought at a cost-effective price and many readers have gone on to watching anime after reading manga.

3. Science-fiction

Star Wars. The name says it all. Written by various writers, new Star Wars books are continually in the market and don’ t even start thinking that Star Wars is just a fad. Another book series in this category that is very popular among teens is The Hunger Games trilogy. In addition to being top-rated among book readers, two books in this series were New York Times bestsellers.

4. Chick lit

Chick lit has always been popular among teenage girls and will continue to be popular among them. Books in this genre usually top the bestseller lists and it is easy to see why. Many times there is the romance element in chick lit books and girls like that.

5. Entertainment magazines

Entertainment magazines sell well among teenagers, especially teenage girls. Many times, these magazines come with freebies, contests, and giveaways. Posters of celebrities that come from these magazines and which adorn the room walls of teenagers are an example. Furthermore, like everyone else, teenagers also like “ juicy news” .

6. Old favorite classicsDespite thousands of new books being published yearly, the good ol’ classics will never die out. Books by Jane Austen are an example. Her popular book, Pride and Prejudice, is still widely read by readers worldwide, especially among teenage girls.
Other old books that are still around in the teenage reading list are Sherlock Holmes and books by Mark Twain, such as The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

What Are Teens Reading These Days?

Lauren is a 14-year-old from Coshocton, OH. She enjoys reading, watching chick-flicks, also writing books. When she grows up she wants to be a missionary to the U.S.

Some may say nothing, while others say everything. What is the truth?

Most teens today may be busy with texting, friends, boyfriends or girlfriends, or family. There is school and family time, while some are busy with friends. Do they have time to learn, read, or do homework? If you ask a teacher what the percent of completed homework is in their class, they would probably give you a low amount.

Teens mostly read magazines, texts and their grades. Are they getting the brain power that they need? Are they eating a healthy breakfast which allows them to comprehend what they are actually reading? Most teenage girls like to read about the latest fashion item or the newest outfit. While, on the other hand, guys like to read about sports, cars, and chicks. Is this the future of our teens? Parents need to take a stand and give their children an education from books. Anyone of any age can learn a great deal from books.

I think that teens should be reading a lot more because it makes their brains think better and harder. It makes it work well and gives the teen the chance to have a better imagination. So Parents, how do you get your teen to read more?

1.)  Buy them interesting magazines that have articles about things they like and then slowly build it up to a book.

2.)  Give them the chance to explore the possibilities of books. Take them to the library or a garage sale and find some books!

BOOK REVIEW: This Is Me From Now On by Barbara Dee

Gema is a 19-year old from Miami, FL. She loves reading and writing young adult fiction and claims to pass out in the presence of sterile wit.

This Is Me From Now On by Barbara Dee

272 pages, Aladdin, $5.99, Ages 9-13

“Your problem, Evie, is that you have all these bloody rules about yourself.”

Evie is stuck in a rut. She’s starting seventh grade and has had the same best friends her entire life. It wouldn’t be too bad if her friends didn’t know just how to annoy her. Nisha teases and tries to dictate her life. Lily tries calms Evie down when Nisha’s done doing it. Evie’s only escape is home, where cell phones occupy her parents and her overachieving big sister demands silence to study.

Enter Francesca.  The niece of Evie’s mysterious neighbor, Francesca is vivacious, impulsive, has a questionable fashion sense and claims to be psychic. But as far as Evie is concerned, Francesca is nothing more than a liar. The more Evie tries to get away from her, the more she’s thrown in Francesca’s direction.  Finally, Evie ends up partnered with Francesca in a history assignment. But what starts off as a school project becomes a scheme that can change the lives of four people- not counting a dog.

I loved this book! Evie represents all of us at some point in our lives when everything is a dark shade of gray. The rut of being in seventh grade is the rut we eroded into either in school, at home, or in our friendships.  Francesca is the friend you want and fear. She distorts the shades of gray with her colorful personality. Her methods are questionable, her results are disastrous but her heart is always in the right place.

The story in this middle grade book is simple: a seventh grade girl stuck is in a rut and her new friend tries to save her. But the words on the pages go much deeper than that. It’s a story of gaining self-esteem, of not taking yourself too seriously, and accepting the flaws that make us all unique. I promise you’ll laugh every couple of pages and gasp at the twists. But in order to do that, you must read it This Is Me From Now On by Barbara Dee!

(Available: 4/27/2010)

Disclaimer:

New FTC guidelines say that I must mention if I received a book I’m giving a thumbs up to for free or not. So for the record, all the books that I’ve reviewed/will review were given to me for free for the purpose of reviewing. I judge a book on its literary content and not on how well I know, or don’t know, the author. Essentially, I am here to tell you, the reader, if I think a book is worth your time and money or not. Until (if ever) the FTC realizes the error in assuming that blog-reviewers are less honest than newspaper reviewers, this disclaimer will appear in all of my upcoming book reviews.