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Christian College Geelong Senior Library: Lovers of literature

The Whole Thing Together by Ann Brashares

 

A beautifully written novel about love, class differences, and betrayal playing out over the course of a fractured American family’s Long Island summer from  #1 New York Times bestselling author Ann Brashares, author of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series.

“A gorgeously written novel on love, loss and family.” —NICOLA YOON, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Everything, Everything

Summer for Sasha and Ray means the sprawling old house on Long Island. Since they were children, they’ve shared almost everything—reading the same books, running down the same sandy footpaths to the beach, eating peaches from the same market, laughing around the same sun-soaked dining table. Even sleeping in the same bed, on the very same worn cotton sheets. But they’ve never met.

Sasha’s dad was once married to Ray’s mom, and together they had three daughters: Emma, the perfectionist; Mattie, the beauty; and Quinn, the favorite. But the marriage crumbled and the bitterness lingered. Now there are two new families—and neither one will give up the beach house that holds the memories, happy and sad, of summers past.

The choices we make come back to haunt us; the effect on our destinies ripples out of our control . . . or does it? This summer, the lives of Sasha, Ray, and their siblings intersect in ways none of them ever dreamed, in a novel about family relationships, keeping secrets, and most of all, love.

Penguin Random House.

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September 21, 2017 Posted by | Family/Relationships, Romance | , , | Leave a comment

Dead Dog In The Still Of The Night by Archimede Fusillo

Life is tough for Primo and is about to get even tougher. Crashing his father’s prized red Bambino Fiat 500 is just the first in a series of ill-fated events -events which are inexplicably entwined with a dead dog in the still of the night.

Primo is heading into the business end of his final year of school, when his already- challenging life begins a wild downward spiral into chaos. His dad’s not well, his mother doesn’t seem to get it. One brother has moved back home after marriage troubles, the other is old enough to be Primo’s father and in many ways is too much like their dad. An outing designed to impress his girlfriend goes disastrously wrong when he crashes his dad’s beloved Fiat Bambino. Wild schemes suddenly seem sensible, and many relationships are tested in an escalating race to fix the car before the damage is detected. Primo is making decisions on the fly and that’s never without consequences.

Dead Dog in the Still of the Night is a disturbingly real novel. It’s almost possible to smell the testosterone lifting off the pages as Primo, Tone, brothers and others bounce against and off each other with increasing intensity. The subtitle of this novel recalls the proverb about the two wolves that live inside all of us, one of which is evil. As the proverb reminds, the wolf that grows is the one that’s fed. Primo is a likeable protagonist and the friendship he has with Tone is strong. There are many relationships for Primo to navigate and define in this coming of age story. He has to decide whether he is in control of his own life or whether he is fated do as others have done, or would have him do. Themes include making choices, family, power, truth and responsibility. The dead dog of the title becomes pivotal in Primo’s transition from boy to young adult. Recommended for mature secondary readers.

 

May 26, 2014 Posted by | Family/Relationships | , , | Leave a comment

Love-shy by Lili Wilkinson

‘Funny and warm and irreverent and chock-full of sass … Lili Wilkinson creates utterly realistic and recognisable worlds, where everything is just a bit funnier, quippier and more colourful than in real life.’ Leanne Hall, author of This Is Shyness

Penny is a schoolgirl investigative journalist in search of a story. And she finds one: a boy at her school who is painfully love-shy. Surely he’s the perfect subject for a feature article. What could possibly go wrong?

Penny Drummond aspires to be a journalist. A good one. A Pulitzer prize-winning journalist. In the meantime, she’s honing her journalistic skills on the East Glendale Secondary College Gazette. When she discovers a boy at her school is posting anonymous messages on loveshy.com, Penny believes she has found just the story that will help make her name. Her mission: find him, fix him, feature-article him. Next stop: Pulitzer Prize.
But what will become of her ‘journey of the soul’ article if the love-shy boy is not who she expects? And what happens when Penny finds that her soul might be in need of a little attention as well?
Love-Shy is a lively, entertaining and warm-hearted romantic comedy filled with serious secrets, ambitious plans, awkward moments and unexpected friendships – funny and engaging to the very last page. Review Good Reads

May 24, 2012 Posted by | Humor, Romance | , | Leave a comment

Black Painted Fingernails by Steven Herrick

How about we toss a coin? Heads, it’s west and a lift. Tails, it’s still west, but no lift.’

James is heading into the country on his first teacher-training round when a mysterious girl asks him for a ride. Sophie has him all worked out: ‘You live with your parents and they bought you this car, and a very nice car it is too…’ At first James can’t see past her wild hair and attitude, but then Sophie trusts him with a secret she’s been keeping too long.
Steven Herrick masterfully reveals the essence of his characters in this tough and tender story about opening up to love and living a life that’s true.

Black Painted Fingernails is a captivating novel by the author of By the River and other popular, award-winning books.

This is a story about a boy searching for freedom, and a girl returning from hers. I love Aussie fiction, road-trips, new friendships, awkward male leads and confident females, so this was already a book for me before I even opened the first page. It is a story that heavily highlights the pressure parents can put on their children rather than letting them choose the path they would like to take themselves which I think is a common issue for teenagers, and parents, alike.  Review by Jess, The Tales Compendium

August 4, 2011 Posted by | Family/Relationships | , | Leave a comment