Friday, September 27, 2013

The Fine Art of Truth or Dare
By Melissa Jensen

3.5 out of 5

Ella Marino has survived two years of high school with her bottom of the social hierarchy position and her unrequited love for her schools founder, Edward Willing, who has been dead for 100 years. Ella understands that she doesn't have a chance with Edward, him being dead and all, but to her, Edward seems to be the perfect man. In the real world, Alex Bainbridge is the one who holds Ella's affections, but he is dating the psycho bitch, Amanda. But things are never all they seem, and everything is about to change. Alex is tasked with tutoring Ella in French, and Ella is tasked with researching Edward Willing for her thesis paper. Will feelings and  relationships change due to all of this alone time?? God we sure hope so :))

A cute book, with a great story about a young girl growing into her own skin, literally. The story of Ella is charming, but in a predictable kind of way. The quiet girl who has no self confidence, snags the high school hottie, who turns out to be a great guy and not some airhead dick. Of course the girl has the two best friends, who help her through every struggle and feel that she is way better than the hottie who has stolen her heart.

But having said all this, I still adored the book, and I squealed with joy whenever Ella and Alex had their cute romantic moments. Such a cute chick flick, and it was a perfect escape from an emotional rollercoaster of the first month of college.

Friday, September 20, 2013

By Emma Donoghue

3.5 out of 5

Jack has just turned five and that is now his favorite number. In the morning Ma makes him breakfast, and then they shower and run laps around the bed, then they watch tv, but not too much. Then at night, Jack has to stay in the closet, while Old Nick comes and makes the bed squeak with Ma. Jack and Ma are living in Room, and it is all that Jack has ever known. Ma was kidnapped seven years ago and she has been held captive in a metal shed ever since. Jack has never been in the Outside world, but if all works out, he will be in the Outside soon enough.

Definitely a very different book, than anything I had ever read, and it was such a different story from anything else. the story line is amazing, and it was really unique to take the story from the point of view of the child, and Jack has such a fresh perspective on everything we have ever heard from the news. Because the story is a serious topic, and really is an adult book, so Jack's perspective is something completely different from what is typically going on in our minds. Really a very interesting book, and it is thought provoking in a way that is good for everyone, from time to time.