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Elsewhere
Elsewhere
Author: Gabrielle Zevin
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
 192
Review Date: 5/27/2011


This was such a good book. Its target audience is young adult but I'm 42 and I loved it. It has such a good message about life and death and living life and moving on. I cried just once (when the main character's dog from her life on earth showed up at the end). The book is well-written and is a fast read. I read it during my lunch hour and in the evening in about three days. I highly recommend this book for young adults, probably age 13 and above.


Half a Life
Half a Life
Author: Darin Strauss
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.1/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 11/11/2010
Helpful Score: 2


I admit that I read this book out of morbid curiosity. I've known a few kids growing up that were killed accidentally (or not so accidentally). I've often wondered what the person who killed them went through in the years after the accident. So it was with this morbid curiosity that I bought this book. It was a good book - don't get me wrong - but Darin Strauss spends so much time philosophizing and comparing his feelings to other things in life - that it was hard to really enjoy the book. Now before you say "how can you enjoy a book about a girl who died?", let ME say that I think that this book really could have been enjoyable. He spent too much of the book philosophizing, pondering and comparing his feelings. This came off as "filler" to me. This book is a short read, and it would have been even shorter had he not had so much "filler". I read the book in about two and a half hours. I could be more of an "action" reader as well. I would recommend this book to anyone who has the same morbid curiosity as I did, and who wants a fairly quick read...but expect to be reading a LOT of description of feelings as well as a lot of comparisons.


Heist Society (Heist Society, Bk 1)
Heist Society (Heist Society, Bk 1)
Author: Ally Carter
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 5/24/2012


I don't know how anyone thought this was a fast-paced book. It takes half of the book before anything really happens and there are too many conversations that go nowhere and too many trips to other countries to have boring conversations with other people. I didn't like this book at all.


Life As We Knew It (Last Survivors, Bk 1)
Life As We Knew It (Last Survivors, Bk 1)
Author: Susan Beth Pfeffer
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 173
Review Date: 3/11/2011
Helpful Score: 1


Hands down, this is one of the best books I've ever read. I love reading young adult books because they're usually edgier and are usually page-turners. This one is both. I was a bit bored during the first 25 pages or so, reading about Miranda's normal life, but that was necessary for character development. But once the main event of the book (I won't give it away) happens, then things really pick up and I couldn't put it down. I can't wait to read the other two books in this series. I recommend this for both adults and young adults.


Private (Jack Morgan, Bk 1)
Private (Jack Morgan, Bk 1)
Author: James Patterson, Maxine Paetro
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 7/12/2011
Helpful Score: 2


I was disappointed in this book. There were three or four storylines going on and none of them got the attention they needed to really tell their stories. This book was actually quite boring. I really wanted to like the main character, Jack Morgan, but he's no Harry Bosch or Mike Bennett (I know Harry Bosch isn't a James Patterson character, I'm just using him as an example). I couldn't wait to finish this book so I could move to something else. I expected more from James Patterson and Maxine Paetro.


Storms: My Life with Lindsey Buckingham and Fleetwood Mac
Storms: My Life with Lindsey Buckingham and Fleetwood Mac
Author: Carol Ann Harris
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 2.8/5 Stars.
 2
Review Date: 11/11/2010
Helpful Score: 1


As a big fan of Fleetwood Mac with friends in the online Fleetwood Mac fan community, I immediately dismissed this book as "another book with half truths written to make money off Fleetwood Mac". I admit that I bought the book just to have in my small collection of Fleetwood Mac books. However, as soon as this book was released, word started to get around the online Fleetwood Mac community quickly - this book was well-written and the stories jived with stories we'd heard over the years from reliable sources. I dove into the book as soon as it hit my front porch from Amazon.com.

First - Carol Ann Harris was Lindsey Buckingham's girlfriend for a number of years. She was his girlfriend right after he and Stevie Nicks broke up. Carol Ann lets you know right up front that she's made mistakes in her own life and details a few of these mistakes. She doesn't come off as "I was Lindsey's girlfriend and was the best thing since sliced bread." She comes off as a smart woman who was a loyal girlfriend to a moody, sometimes abusive musician. She also doesn't bash Stevie Nicks, which a lot of fans were happy about.

Carol Ann really fills in the blanks on some of the famous stories, and she doesn't dwell too long on any one incident or era. She moves along, giving us enough detail but not too much. Fleetwood Mac had many connections and friends - and Carol Ann tells interesting stories about Dennis Wilson, Eric Clapton, even the Manson family.

If you are a Fleetwood Mac or Stevie Nicks fan or just like books about musicians, I highly recommend this book. Carol Ann Harris has earned a nice little chunk of respect in the Fleetwood Mac fan community for giving this well-written, truthful book.


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