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You Don’t Even Know by Sue Lawson

Sue Lawson has a real winner with her latest young adult novel, it was one I couldn’t put down and spent the whole day reading from start to finish. This book will appeal to all teenagers, girls and boys……  be warned it is very confronting and highly emotional but one that ends on a positive.

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Alex Hudson is a good guy. He plays water polo. He has a part-time job. He’s doing okay at school.
Then the thing that anchors Alex is ripped away and his life seems pointless.
How can he make anyone else understand how he feels, when he doesn’t even know?

You Don’t Even Know is narrated by Alex as he lies in a hospital bed recovering from an accident he doesn’t remember. We feel for him, as in a series of flashbacks we glimpse a life with a domineering father and conceited older brother Ethan, and a terrible accident and death that has derailed him with both guilt and harrowing grief.

Alone and grieving, his only company is Mackie, a girl lying unconscious in the bed next to his. It is through her that he learns to see a way forward for himself.

This is a story about the pain of the terrible loss of a loved one, and of finding a way to be true to oneself. It is a confronting read and best suited to older readers. It should appeal to John Green fans and it won’t disappoint.
Review by  Marg, Good Reads

February 25, 2014 Posted by | Family/Relationships | , , | Leave a comment

Let it snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle

Fans of John Green will love this joint novel in which three different stories  interconnect tales of love, romance, and breathtaking kisses.

An ill-timed storm on Christmas Eve buries the residents of Gracetown under multiple feet of snow and causes quite a bit of chaos. One brave soul ventures out into the storm from her stranded train and sets off a chain of events that will change quite a few lives.

What do a Christmas Eve snowstorm, 14 perky cheerleaders, a Waffle House, and a guy covered in tin foil have in common? Answer: these romantic holiday stories. Through an interconnected cast of characters set in one small Southern town, each author reveals a serendipitous night in the life of a particular teen. In Johnson’s “Jubilee Express,” level-headed Jubilee experiences a traumatic day during which her parents get arrested, her train gets stuck in the snow, and she breaks up with her boyfriend, but in the end finds a new love. Green deftly portrays the teen male perspective with humor and wit in his “Cheertastic Christmas Miracle,” which starts with an urgent quest for cheerleaders and ends with an eye-opening experience of finding true love right before one’s eyes. In Myracle’s “Patron Saint of Pigs,” while agonizing over the pain of a recent breakup, Addie learns about herself and gains respect for relationships at the same time. Tender without being mushy, these carefully crafted stories of believable teen love will leave readers warm inside for the holidays.-Madeline J. Bryant, Los Angeles Public Library

February 17, 2014 Posted by | Family/Relationships, Romance | | Leave a comment

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

The feel-good hit of 2013, The Rosie Project is a classic screwball romance.

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This hilarious, feel-good novel is narrated by an oddly charming and socially challenged genetics professor on an unusual quest: to find out if he is capable of true love. For those who enjoyed reading The Curious Incident of the Dog then this book will be sure to please.

Don Tillman, professor of genetics, has never been on a second date. He is a man who can count all his friends on the fingers of one hand, whose lifelong difficulty with social rituals has convinced him that he is simply not wired for romance. So when an acquaintance informs him that he would make a “wonderful” husband, his first reaction is shock. Yet he must concede to the statistical probability that there is someone for everyone, and he embarks upon The Wife Project. In the orderly, evidence-based manner with which he approaches all things, Don sets out to find the perfect partner. She will be punctual and logical—most definitely not a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker, or a late-arriver.

Yet Rosie Jarman is all these things. She is also fiery, intelligent—and on a quest of her own. She is looking for her biological father, a search that a certain DNA expert might be able to help her with. Don’s Wife Project takes a back burner to the Father Project and an unlikely relationship blooms, forcing the scientifically minded geneticist to confront the spontaneous whirlwind that is Rosie—and the realization that love is not always what looks good on paper.

The Rosie Project is a moving and hilarious novel for anyone who has ever  gone after life or love in the face of overwhelming challenges. Review from Good Reads

February 7, 2014 Posted by | Humor, Relationships, Romance | | Leave a comment