Friday, June 27, 2008

Uglies by Scott Westerfeld-Tween-Teen

Rating: 3/5 Stars

About the Book: In a not so distant future society, Tally is awaiting her 16th birthday, but not for the reasons you may think. On your 16th birthday, you recieve an operation to turn you from ugly to pretty. The operation to turn pretty has made everyone equals and violence and destruction have gone down. But not everyone thinks the pretty operation is such a wonderful thing. Tally meets Shay, another soon to be pretty, who wants to forgo the pretty operation and run away to the Smoke, a secret community of people who don't believe in the operation. When Shay runs away without Tally, Tally finds herself being recruited by the fabled Specials. They want Tally to work for them and find Shay, the Smoke and help bring it all down. Sounds good to Tally, until she makes it there and realizes she just might agree with what they stand for-no more pretties.

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: This book has everything-action, adventure, secrets, mystery, and even a little romance. I actually listened to this book on CD and would recommend the audiobook as well as the book. This would be a great pick for those wanting a very mild sci-fi read. The ending will leave you clamoring for the sequels-four books in the series total.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Artichoke's Heart by Suzanne Supplee-Tween-Teen

Rating: 5/5 Stars

About the Book: Rosemary Goode is smart, funny, and sassy, but no one seems to notice. All anyone sees is her weight - all 200 pounds of it. She doesn’t fit in at school, she finds herself getting made fun of by the popular Bluebirds, and the only boyfriend she’ll ever have is Mr. Hershey, or Mr. M&M. At the start of a new year, Rosemary finds herself disappointed. Santa just brought her an unwanted treadmill for Christmas and her Aunt Mary gave her tickets to a "Healing the Fat Girl Within" Conference. On top of that, Rosemary’s mother has sneakily set up counseling sessions for weight loss. After a meltdown at her mother’s gossipy salon, Rosemary decides she is going to lose the weight - on her terms. Rosemary tries various methods to lose weight, but it’s a slow process. When Rosemary’s mother is diagnosed with cancer, the distance between them grows even more and Rosemary tries to keep from turning back to food. Things start to look up when Kyle Cox, the school’s newest football star, starts to take a notice in Rosemary. But how can popular, good-looking Kyle ever like a girl like Rosemary? And how will Rosemary bridge the ever-growing gap between her and her mother?

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: Upon opening this book, I found myself drawn in and I didn't want to leave the story. This is one of those stay in bed and read all day books. Don't be fooled by the cover of this book-although this has some chick lit elements, the story goes much deeper than typical light chick-lit fare. The characters are wonderfully drawn and relateable-I cheered for Rosemary and had a bit of a crush on Kyle. I'm looking forward to reading more from this debut author.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Cruel Summer by Alyson Noel-Teen

Rating: 4/5 Stars

About the Book: Colby Cavendish is in for a cruel summer. Her parents are involved in a bitter angry divorce and have shippped Colby off to a super small boring island in Greece to spend summer with her crazy aunt Tally. The timing couldn't be worse-Colby just recently managed to break into the "in-crowd" and become friends with the popular Amanda and finally hook up with her long-time crush, the hottie Levi. Colby is convinced this summer is going to be the worst ever until she opens herself up to the possibility of having a good time and meets a very cute local named Yannis. One thing is for sure, this summer will be one to remember.

GreenBeanTeenQueenSays: I am a HUGE fan of anything written by Alyson Noel, so I was super excited when an advanced copy of this book (actually signed by the author herself!) found it's way into my hands. I wasn't able to read it right away, because work got in the way, so this week I finally was able to sit down and travel to Greece with Colby and Yannis. The story is told through Colby's "Journal for Desperate Times", e-mails, letters and her blog. Colby's desperate measures made me laugh out loud and she was a great narrator and very relateable. The whole time I was reading I wanted to pack my bags and join Colby and Yannis on Tinos. This is one book that should be on everyone's summer beach read list!

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Teens Read Too Reviews

Check out my book reviews of One Small Step by P.B. Kerr and Suddenly Supernatural: School Spirit by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel at teensreadtoo.com!
 
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