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2. This book put a spell on me
For some reason I got to wrapped up in this book that during and long after reading I still felt inside of the story.

Books & Cupcakes: October Book Photo Challenge

2. This book put a spell on me

For some reason I got to wrapped up in this book that during and long after reading I still felt inside of the story.

Books & Cupcakes: October Book Photo Challenge
1. Thriller, thriller night
I could not put this book down.

Books & Cupcakes: October Book Photo Challenge

1. Thriller, thriller night

I could not put this book down.

Read This Month | September 2014
Missing: Bittersweet by Sarah Ockler, How I Lost You by Janet Gurtler, Teen Spirit by Francesca Lia Block, Emily’s Dress and Other Missing Things by Kathryn Burak, Shine by Lauren Myracle, Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta, The Unseemly Education of Anne Merchant by Joanna Wiebe, The F- It List by Julie Halpern, and A Really Awesome Mess by Trish Cook and Brendan Halpin because I returned them to the library and once again silly me forgot to take a picture.

Read This Month | September 2014

Missing: Bittersweet by Sarah Ockler, How I Lost You by Janet Gurtler, Teen Spirit by Francesca Lia Block, Emily’s Dress and Other Missing Things by Kathryn Burak, Shine by Lauren Myracle, Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta, The Unseemly Education of Anne Merchant by Joanna Wiebe, The F- It List by Julie Halpern, and A Really Awesome Mess by Trish Cook and Brendan Halpin because I returned them to the library and once again silly me forgot to take a picture.

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Shine: Lauren Myracle

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Shine; Lauren Myracle. 350 pages.

FROM THE BOOK JACKET:

When Patrick is found near death, strung to the pump of the local gas station, sixteen-year-old Cat emerges from her self-imposed exile to avenge the horrors inflicted on her former best friend. The local sheriff is ready to pin the crime on gay-bashing out-of-towners, but Cat’s suspicions lie elsewhere. Despite ominous warnings to leave it be, Cat finds the will - fueled by fury born out of an old injustice - to expose the homegrown hatred that gave rise to Patrick’s attack.

I was a little hesitant to read a serious book by Myracle because her characters are usually very silly and eccentric in her other books. I actually kind of like her writing more in this book, though. She does a good job of fleshing out characters and exploring the theme of hate, more specifically homophobia. It’s a full-on mystery from the get-go as Cat tries to piece together the events that happened before Patrick’s attack through interrogation and exploration. She feels she owes it to Patrick given the way she let things fall apart between them for her own twisted and tragic reason. This is a dark and probing book, and while there were times I wasn’t fully into the plot or characters, I appreciate the story.

Emily’s Dress and Other Missing Things: Kathryn Burak

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Emily’s Dress and Other Missing Things; Kathryn Burak. 232 pages.

FROM THE BOOK JACKET:

When your mother dies and your best friend disappears the same year, and you were the last person to speak to them, people can certainly get the wrong impression. Like, how careless can you be? That’s where Claire is when she arrives in Amherst, Massachusetts, home of the famously reclusive poet Emily Dickinson.

Claire’s father believes their new home is the perfect place to start over, but Claire isn’t so sure, especially when she finds herself breaking into the Emily Dickinson house one night. What follows is an adventure involving a stolen dress, a road trip across state lines with a former student teacher, and a trail of clues that will hopefully solve the mystery of a young man’s disappearance. 

At first I could not stand this book, more specifically, Claire and her narration. It’s negative and bitter and sarcastic in a bad way and just weird. As I got through about a third of the novel, though, I found myself actually enjoying the book. The prose is still unique, but in a better way. Claire is also definitely unique, which can be equal parts interesting and disarming. This book is about her coming to terms with herself and her life, and finally finding her place, along with a bit of mystery thrown in.

Teen Spirit: Francesca Lia Block

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Teen Spirit; Francesca Lia Block. 234 pages.

FROM THE BOOK JACKET:

Julie’s life has never been perfect. But she’s always been able to deal with it by seeking comfort in her grandmother Miriam’s sage advice. Now that Miriam is gone, Julie’s entire world is beginning to unravel - her mother loses her job and then their house, and Julie has to start over at a new school. She’s desperate to discover a way to stay connected to her grandmother.

Then Julie meets Clark. He’s clever, awkward, and slightly damaged - just the sort of friend Julie needs right now. One night, the two use a Ouija board that Julie finds in her new house, believing it’s a chance to reach out to her grandmother. But when they get a response, it isn’t from Miriam. And Julie discovers that while she has been eager to regain her past, Clark is haunted by his…

I like the paranormal elements in this novel, and that there are so many twists and turns. Julie’s tone and voice aren’t as serious as the subject matter might foreshadow them to be, and her unique personality shines through, which is nice. Also, usually it can be a little annoying when outfits are mentioned a lot, but in this case it happens so naturally that I like it. I was actually looking forward to outfit mentions. The story is a lot more interesting than I thought it would be and a lot different, in a good way. 

Track: How To Save A Life
Artist: The Fray
Caption:

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The Fray- How To Save A Life

This song fits Grace and Kya’s relationship, except How I Lost You doesn’t quite pack the emotional punch this song does.

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How I Lost You: Janet Gurtler

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How I Lost You; Janet Gurtler. 309 pages.

FROM THE BOOK JACKET:

Grace and Kya always do everything together, and nothing can get in the way of their friendship. They have a pact: Sisters Before Misters. Buds Before Studs.

Only Grace knows what Kya’s been through, or how much she needs someone to stick by her. No matter what. Besides, Kya keeps life exciting - pulling Grace into things she’d never dare do on her own. But inch by inch, daring is starting to turn dangerous. And Grace will have to decide how far she can go to save her friendship with Kya…before she ends up losing everything else. 

This book has what should be the elements of an amazing book: a strong and lively voice, true-to-life dialogue, relatability, deep personal issues. For some reason, though, something is a little off. I can’t pinpoint it, but I don’t like this book as much as I feel I should given the elements involved. Maybe the dialogue is too real? Maybe Grace’s narrative is full of personality, but has a hint of stilt? In any case, neither the narrative nor characters won me over. The message is pretty okay and refreshing to see, but the way the story pans out sometimes doesn’t correlate to the reactions. This is a fairly interesting read, but something(s?) just don’t click for me.

Library trips are my favourite.

Library trips are my favourite.