Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Saleena's reviews 11/14/17

Feeding my biography love is this fun graphic novel on the life of Agatha Christie, nicely done and well researched.  I found a lot of things I had no idea about, she really was an interesting person.

This book broke my heart, and it was an AMAZING story.  A boy is kidnapped, a young man named Dylan; and he is non-verbal boy with severe Autism.  When the police find him, they find another boy, Ethan who was kidnapped 5 years ago.  Ethan is not the same person he was when he was kidnapped at age 11; and he really isn't sure who he is or what to do with himself.  Ethan meets Caroline, Dylan's sister, when she comes looking for answers and they form a friendship.  Throughout the story, you see both Ethan and Caroline's views (alternating speaking in each chapter) and also see what they are going through individually.  Ultimately this book is about the journey through horrific circumstances of both characters, and it is definitely a journey that requires a lot of tissues.  I would encourage everyone to read this.

Gen and Ava are best friends, going to colleges on opposite sides of the country.  They are both determined to maintain their friendship and that "nothing will change"....but of course things do.  The whole story is told through emails and texts they send to each other.  I really like how different each character is and each person's journey is handled well.  As a reader you cringe when the character does something you know is a bad idea; but the author's show the reasons why and explore the consequences of those actions.   This is a book about college, so probably not appropriate for a young teen unfamiliar with life; but it's a quick and interesting read for older teens and could start some great conversations.

Mackenzi Lee has written a fascinating story with a fun premise; what if a young man who likes girls (but prefers boys) were a member of the upper class in England in the 1800s?  What would life be life for him?  The entirety of the novel takes place on Monty's "tour" where he is supposed to explore life and learn new things and then come home and be a proper lord and follow his father's orders.  What actually happens is that Monty and his sister and his friend (whom he is in love with) stumble onto a plot that has them running for their lives.  Lee balances serious topics with comedic moments and really gives you insight into the characters.  I love that all of the characters are fighting their own battles and the added danger elements just made the book more interesting.  I admit, I wasn't sure about this book as I thought it would devolve into a farce with a lot of prat falls and it really didn't.  A really interesting book that is well worth the read.

I have to admit, I listened to this story rather than reading it; and I'm kind of glad I did as it made the characters more real (different actors for each character helped).  However it also prevented me from skipping to the end when I got frustrated, so......
One of Us is Lying is a classic "whodunnit" book, with four suspects, one victim and the title that tells you someone is lying.  As a reader you are really trying to figure out what really happened and suspect everyone, but you won't figure it out (or maybe you will because you're smarter than me).  I wasn't surprised by the ending; but I was.....it was a whole "of course" moment that I felt that I should have anticipated (but I won't give it away as that would be cheating).  Anyway, highly recommended to read or listen to.

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