Wednesday, October 5, 2016

10-12 Book Club Report

We were missing eight of our members last night from 10-12 Book Club, mostly due to choir rehearsals (and volleyball games), but had a rousing discussion amongst the rest of us (15) about Glory O'Brien's History of the Future, by A. S. King. Everybody enjoyed the bat part, and some really enjoyed the rest (three ratings of nine), while others felt that Glory was too negative and should have worked through her issues in the 13 years she had had to do so. Some understood the whole friends-by-proximity thing, while others felt that Glory was being mean to Ellie (and somewhat hypocritical about her feminist stance). Everyone liked the visions-of-the-future bit, though some were put off by the bleakness of said future! Our final ratings ranged from a high of 9 to a low of 2 out of 10, with a final score of 7.

Next month we will read and discuss (oh boy!) A Darker Shade of Magic, by V. E. Schwab. Those of you who didn't attend may pick up your book from either Central or Buena Vista. (Some of you are receiving them from other book club members who took one home for you.)

And as the following month's selection, after three sets of ties between three books, we chose Eleanor and Park, by Rainbow Rowell.

Other books we considered, in descending order of preference, were:

I'll Give You the Sun, by Jandy Nelson
Side Effects May Vary, by Julie Murphy
Shadowshaper, by Daniel José Older
Eating Animals, by Jonathan Safran Foer
The Monstrumologist, by Rick Yancey
Counting by Sevens, by Holly Goldberg Sloan

We will keep them on "the list"! Our next meeting is on November 1.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Teen review: Fun Rom-Com

P.S. I Like You
by Kasie West
326 Pages
Genre: Realistic Fiction/Contemporary Romance
Not part of a series
Recommended: High School

Reviewed by A. D., grade 12

Lily loves music, songwriting most of all.. One day in her chemistry class, she writes down her favorite lyrics on her desk in hopes of avoiding the inevitable boredom of note-taking. She never expected that someone would continue her lyrics and write her a little message the day after. It wasn’t very long until Lily and her anonymous pen-pal start exchanging letters--letter after letter as they got to know each other better, Lily fell in love with her responder, so she went looking to uncover his identity. Lily discovers a lot more than her anonymous pen-pal. She finds her voice in music, and she finds herself amongst the chaos of her school year.

This book got me to start reading again. I've had such a long, dry, no-reading-for-fun year. So I highly recommend it, if you were in a slump like I was and you have a predilection for rom-com type novels. This book is such a fun and cute read. It was easy to read in one sitting too! The characters are all charming (if a bit clichéd), but that's the fun of it! I've read my fair share of contemporary YA novels, and I like how it has a strong, solid plot paired with some strong, solid characters. I'd rate this a 4 out of 5 (slightly too predictable to give a full 5, but all-in- all a great, adorable read).

Editor's note: There seems to be a lot of going on in YA titles--we just posted a review a few days ago of a book called P.S. I Still Love You, not even by the same author! Burbank PL doesn't own this book for some reason, but we do own three other books by the same author.