Tuesday, 1 March 2016

February's reads

What I read in February. Certainly didn't read a book a day, but I did read some fabulous books.

1. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Kady and Ezra have just broken up and now the end of the world as they know it is upon them. Told in a variety of texts, this well crafted book outlines AI going haywire. Great read of romance, science fiction, and suspenseful adventure.

2. Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
Simon is gay but he hasn't told anyone yet, except a boy he has met online who just happens to attend the same school as Simon. Things quickly take a turn for the worst when Simon forgets to sign out of his email on a school computer. A great read.

3. Underneath Everything by Marcy Beller Paul
Mattie walked away from her best friend a year ago, or did she? Mattie betrays all her friends throughout the novel. Always difficult to like a book when you can't stand the main character.

4. The Memory of Light by Francisco X Stork
Vicky wakes up in the hospital realizing that her suicide attempt failed. the novel follows Vicky as she becomes aware of her depression and the steps she must take to deal with it. A very honest look at depression but I found it very difficult to get to know Vicky.

5. Losers Take All by David Klass
Jack's new principal has decided every student must belong to an athletic team. Jack and his friends aren't really fans of the new policy and decide to form their own soccer team whose goal is to lose. A quirky and refreshing take on the drive to win championships.

6. The Year We Fell Apart by Emily Martin
Harper is trying to deal with her mother's cancer but everything is falling apart around her. When Declan returns to town, Harper needs to decide if she's still the same Harper that fell in love with Declan.

7. Stick by Michael Harmon
Stick has lost his love of playing football. Preston is the school scapegoat. An unlikely friendship blossoms between the two and they help each other through the mine fields of life. An absolutely fabulous read.

8. Faceless by Alyssa B. Sheinmel
An accident leaves Maisie with parts of her face missing. Maisie makes the decision to get a partial face transplant. Everyone keeps telling Maisie how lucky she is but she certainly doesn't feel lucky. She can't look at the stranger in the mirror or deal with her friends and family because she doesn't know who she really is anymore. Great novel for middle school and high school students.

9. Awkward by Svetlana Chmakova
Peppi is new to the school and has found her place within the art club. The trouble with being a member of the art club is that you can't be friends with someone, like Jaime, in the rival club, the science club. When the rivalry gets out of hand, Peppi decides to talk to Jaime and try to put an end to the fighting. I can see why this graphic novel is so popular; it's a wonderful read.

10. Pax by Sara Pennypacker
Peter rescued Pax when he was a kit but now Peter has to abandon Pax. Wrecked with guilt for what he has done, Peter is determined to trek back and find Pax. Meanwhile, Pax has to learn how to be a fox. A brilliant read illustrated by the great Jon Klassen

11. Prince S by Mikayla Spence

I don't usually mention picture books but I had to review this one. Spence is a former student of our school district and her picture book is stunning. Prince S doesn't want to be a prince, he wants to be a princess and attempts to be just that. A great addition to any library.

12. The Memory of Light by Francisco X. Stork
Vicky wakes up after a failed suicide attempt. The reader follows Vicky as she deals with her suicide attempt and tries to get to the bottom of her depression. A different approach to depression and suicide but a very real book that I think most teens will enjoy.

13. Losers Take All by David Klass
Jack's school is sport crazy, so much so that the new principal has decreed that every student must be on a sports team. Jack and his friends aren't fans of the new rule and decide that their soccer team is going to be the best - at losing. A very good read.

14. Ms. Marvel by G Willow Wilson
I finally wrestled the first Ms. Marvel away from my boys and I can see why they love it. Kamala is an ordinary girl who suddenly has been given superpowers that she has to learn how to control. I'm looking forward to reading the rest in this series.

15. Superheroes Don't Eat Veggie Burgers by Gretchen Kelley
Charlie's in middle school and everything is changing. The icing on the cake is Charlie's science teacher who hands out journals and expects Charlie to write something other than lab reports in it. A different book that sadly falls a tad too short.

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