Brittany Ellis is forced to be lab partners with Alex Fuentes, a Latino Blood gang member, and he is about to threaten everything she’s worked so hard for—her flawless reputation, her boyfriend, and the secret that her home life is anything but perfect.
Alex is a bad boy and he knows it.
So when he makes a bet with his friends to lure Brittany into his life, he thinks nothing of it. But soon the bet Alex made in arrogance turns into something much more.
In this passionate story about looking beneath the surface. Simone Elkeles breaks through the stereotypes and barriers that threaten to keep Brittany and Alex apart and creates a gripping love story sure to keep the pages turning.
“I stayed up all night reading this book. I loved the characters, the chemistry, the heartbreaking/euphoric ending. The emotions in this book are so palpable you can’t help but get completely caught up in the story.” ~Katrina
For seventeen-year-old Janie, getting sucked into other people’s dreams is getting old. Especially the falling dreams, the naked-but-nobody-notices dreams, and the sex-crazed dreams. Janie’s seen enough fantasy booty to last her a lifetime.
She can’t tell anybody about what she does they’d never believe her, or worse, they’d think she’s a freak. So Janie lives on the fringe, cursed with an ability she doesn’t want and can’t control.
Then she falls into a gruesome nightmare, one that chills her to the bone. For the first time, Janie is more than a witness to someone else’s twisted psyche. She is a participant…
“The unexpected twists and fast pace will keep teens turning pages as fast as they can. McMann has created a perfect balance of obstacles and hope, love and action. I’m really looking forward to reading book 2, Fade.” ~Katrina
Kristina Georgia Snow is the perfect daughter: gifted high school junior, quiet, never any trouble. But on a trip to visit her absentee father, Kristina disappears and Bree takes her place. Bree is the exact opposite of Kristina — she’s fearless.Through a boy, Bree meets the monster: crank. And what begins as a wild, ecstatic ride turns into a struggle through hell for her mind, her soul — her life.
It is gripping in a totally different way than an adventure story. I guess the best comparison I can make is driving by a car accident. It is gruesome and horrifying but you can’t look away.
I’m not a big poetry fan but Crank is written in verse which I found particularly very clever and powerful both because of Hopkins’ word choice and the way the poems are formatted. I admire the skill it takes to do such a think and added a whole other dimension to the story.
This book has a sequel to it called Glass that is equally powerful.
Originally published to wide critical acclaim in France, where it elicited comparisons to Art Spiegelman’s Maus, Persepolis is Marjane Satrapi’s wise, funny, and heartbreaking memoir of growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. In powerful black-and-white comic strip images, Satrapi tells the story of her life in Tehran from ages six to fourteen, years that saw the overthrow of the Shah’s regime, the triumph of the Islamic Revolution, and the devastating effects of war with Iraq. The intelligent and outspoken only child of committed Marxists and the great-granddaughter of one of Iran’s last emperors, Marjane bears witness to a childhood uniquely entwined with the history of her country.
Persepolis paints an unforgettable portrait of daily life in Iran: of the bewildering contradictions between home life and public life and of the enormous toll repressive regimes exact on the individual spirit. Marjane’s child’s-eye-view of dethroned emperors, state-sanctioned whippings, and heroes of the revolution allows us to learn as she does the history of this fascinating country and of her own extraordinary family. Intensely personal, profoundly political, and wholly original, Persepolis is at once a story of growing up and a stunning reminder of the human cost of war and political repression. It shows how we carry on, through laughter and tears, in the face of absurdity. And, finally, it introduces us to an irresistible little girl with whom we cannot help but fall in love.
Here is the author in Seattle discussing Persepolis during a Seattle Reads conference. It’s a long-ish video (75 minutes,) but it is really interesting to hear her talk about her book.
Miles Halter is fascinated by famous last words and tired of his safe life at home. He leaves for boarding school to seek what the dying poet Francois Rabelais called the “Great Perhaps.” Much awaits Miles at Culver Creek, including Alaska Young. Clever, funny, screwed-up, and dead sexy, Alaska will pull Miles into her labyrinth and catapult him into the Great Perhaps.
Looking for Alaska brilliantly chronicles the indelible impact one life can have on another. A stunning debut, it marks John Green’s arrival as an important new voice in contemporary fiction.
If you are interested in hearing what the author has to say, click here.