Category Archives: Fiction – Young Adult

A Review of Lois Lowry’s Messenger (by Jill)

  With Messenger, the worlds of The Giver and Gathering Blue finally begin to weave together. Kira’s friend Matt, now Matty, is the protagonist here, and it turns out that the community Kira’s dad came from is the one that … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, with Digressions (by Bethany)

I think most lifelong readers must have mental lists of the gaps in their reading experience – the books that everyone else has read but that they haven’t. Fahrenheit 451 has been on my list for years – and, actually, … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Ransom Riggs’ Hollow City: The Second Novel of Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children (by Jill)

I’ll admit that I’ve been putting off writing my review of Hollow City. Not because I didn’t enjoy it, because I did. Mostly it’s because it’s the second book in either a trilogy or a series, and I haven’t felt … Continue reading

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A Review of Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief (by Bethany)

I am slightly less annoyed with this book than I was the last time I wrote about it (which was here). It is possible at times to forget that “Death” is telling the story, although I still snorted whenever I … Continue reading

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Progress Report on Lois Lowry’s The Giver (by Jill)

  I’m reading this book for a few reasons: first, my friend Lauren recommended I read The Giver and its sequels; second, I got a new Kindle Paperwhite as an early birthday gift and I wanted to read a book … Continue reading

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A Review of Jennifer Miller’s The Year of the Gadfly (by Bethany)

Books often present adolescent angst as more organized than it actually is. Books for and about teenagers are full of secret societies, secret passageways in the bowels of high schools, passwords and codes that are passed along through the years … Continue reading

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Final Thoughts on Veronica Roth’s Divergent (by Jill)

I love dystopian young adult fiction. Its major downside is that it doesn’t necessarily lend itself to intelligent discourse and discussion. I finished Divergent last Friday and have been trying to figure out what direction to take my review in … Continue reading

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A tale of two books: Progress Report on John Williams’ Stoner and Veronica Roth’s Divergent (by Jill)

I bet everyone has heard of at least one of these books, and I bet it isn’t the one by the guy with the same name as the guy who composed all the music for all the Star Wars movies. … Continue reading

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A Review of Gin Phillips’ The Well and the Mine (by Bethany)

If themes and character types could be protected as intellectual property, Harper Lee would be a billionaire. To Kill a Mockingbird has got to be the most-scavenged, most-cribbed novel in the world, or at least in the United States. To … Continue reading

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A Review of (Among Other Things) John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars (by Bethany)

I have a rule about books that involve dying children; that rule is DON’T READ THEM. The clichés, the dying requests – none of it can come to any good. I break this rule sometimes, of course – just often … Continue reading

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