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Book Trailer Thursday (13): Where She Went by Gayle Forman

Where She WentTitle: Where She Went

Author: Gayle Forman

Publisher: Dutton Juvenile

Published: April 5, 2011

Series: If I Stay #2

Summary (from Goodreads): It’s been three years since the devastating accident . . . three years since Mia walked out of Adam’s life forever.

Now living on opposite coasts, Mia is Juilliard’s rising star and Adam is LA tabloid fodder, thanks to his new rock star status and celebrity girlfriend. When Adam gets stuck in New York by himself, chance brings the couple together again, for one last night. As they explore the city that has become Mia’s home, Adam and Mia revisit the past and open their hearts to the future-and each other.

Told from Adam’s point of view in the spare, lyrical prose that defined If I StayWhere She Went explores the devastation of grief, the promise of new hope, and the flame of rekindled romance.

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Review: Just One Day by Gayle Forman

Just One DayTitle: Just One Day (Just One Day #1)

Author: Gayle Forman

Publisher: Dutton Juvenile

Published: January 8, 2013

Source: ARC (NCTE)

Summary (Goodreads): When sheltered American good girl Allyson “LuLu” Healey first meets laid-back Dutch actor Willem De Ruiter at an underground performance ofTwelfth Night in England, there’s an undeniable spark. After just one day together, that spark bursts into a flame, or so it seems to Allyson, until the following morning, when she wakes up after a whirlwind day in Paris to discover that Willem has left. Over the next year, Allyson embarks on a journey to come to terms with the narrow confines of her life, and through Shakespeare, travel, and a quest for her almost-true-love, to break free of those confines.

 

 

Review: I absolutely enjoyed this book. However, I did find it to be a little slow in spots which is probably why I read several other books before really reading this one. But once I got into it, I couldn’t put it down. It’s a great coming-of-age book that not only explores becoming a responsible adult but also the woes of love. And while I found Allyson to be a little whiny at times, I think that Forman did an excellent job capturing the feelings of a first love. More importantly I liked the underlying story of the overzealous parent who wants to live vicariously through their child–with good intentions of course. There were parts that made me laugh out loud (especially Dee) and parts that brought me to tears (her falling out with her best friend). There is Shakespeare, Paris, and love, what’s not to like.

This is my first book by Forman and I can’t wait for Just One Year, which comes out in the fall. In the meantime, I plan on picking up other books by her. I enjoyed her writing style and loved the characters she made come to life.

 

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It’s Monday: Here’s What I’m Reading

It’s Monday! What are you Reading?: From Picture Books to YA is a meme hosted by TeachMentorTexts . It’s a spin off from Sheila at Book Journeys It’s Monday! What are you Reading? with a focus on Children’s books and YA (pretty obvious).

Here’s what I read this past week:

The Tragedy PaperThe Tragedy Paper by Elizabeth LaBan

Summary from Goodreads: Tim Macbeth, a seventeen-year-old albino and a recent transfer to the prestigious Irving School, where the motto is “Enter here to be and find a friend.” A friend is the last thing Tim expects or wants—he just hopes to get through his senior year unnoticed. Yet, despite his efforts to blend into the background, he finds himself falling for the quintessential “It” girl, Vanessa Sheller, girlfriend of Irving’s most popular boy. To Tim’s surprise, Vanessa is into him, too, but she can kiss her social status goodbye if anyone ever finds out. Tim and Vanessa begin a clandestine romance, but looming over them is the Tragedy Paper, Irving’s version of a senior year thesis, assigned by the school’s least forgiving teacher.

Jumping between viewpoints of the love-struck Tim and Duncan, a current senior about to uncover the truth of Tim and Vanessa, The Tragedy Paper is a compelling tale of forbidden love and the lengths people will go to keep their .

Just One Day by Gayle FormanJust One Day

Summary from Goodreads: When sheltered American good girl Allyson “LuLu” Healey first meets laid-back Dutch actor Willem De Ruiter at an underground performance ofTwelfth Night in England, there’s an undeniable spark. After just one day together, that spark bursts into a flame, or so it seems to Allyson, until the following morning, when she wakes up after a whirlwind day in Paris to discover that Willem has left. Over the next year, Allyson embarks on a journey to come to terms with the narrow confines of her life, and through Shakespeare, travel, and a quest for her almost-true-love, to break free of those confines.

My reading plan for this week:

1. The Storyteller by Jodi PicoultThe Storyteller

2. Beta by Rachel CohnBeta

3. Revenge of the Girl With the Great Personality  by Elizabeth EulbergRevenge of the Girl with the Great Personality


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It’s Monday! Here’s What I’m Reading…

It’s Monday! What are you Reading?: From Picture Books to YA is a meme hosted by TeachMentorTexts . It’s a spin off from Sheila at Book Journeys It’s Monday! What are you Reading? with a focus on Children’s books and YA (pretty obvious).

Here’s what I read this past week:

CrossedCrossed by Ally Condie

Summary from Goodreads.

In search of a future that may not exist and faced with the decision of who to share it with, Cassia journeys to the Outer Provinces in pursuit of Ky — taken by the Society to his certain death — only to find that he has escaped, leaving a series of clues in his wake.

Cassia’s quest leads her to question much of what she holds dear, even as she finds glimmers of a different life across the border. But as Cassia nears resolve and certainty about her future with Ky, an invitation for rebellion, an unexpected betrayal, and a surprise visit from Xander — who may hold the key to the uprising and, still, to Cassia’s heart — change the game once again. Nothing is as expected on the edge of Society, where crosses and double crosses make the path more twisted than ever.

My reading plan for this week:

1. Reached by Ally Condie (audiobook)

2. Just One Day by Gayle Forman

3. Paper Valentine by Brenna Yovanoff (Kindle App)
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