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What Would You Do Wednesday! March 30, 2011

Its time for another What Would You Do Wednesday!  The question this week is…What would you do if you could co-write a book with any author?  Who would you choose?

Okay, I would have to choose Sarah Dessen just because one, I really enjoy her books and two, I feel like the subject matter she writes about is more stuff I could relate to so I would be able to actually help her with a plot and developing characters and stuff like that better.  Of course J.K Rowling would be fascinating to work with as well 🙂

Alright, like before please leave you comments below and let me know what you think!


If I Stay by Gayle Forman March 27, 2011

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I read this book this past summer and found it very interesting because it wasn’t like anything I’d ever read before. 

Mia is a 17 girl and a wonderful cellist well on her way to Juilliard.  Her boyfriend, Adam, is in a band and her life couldn’t be better when she wakes up one day to find its a snow day and there is no need to get ready for school.  The family decides to take advantage of the day off and visit some friends.  Suddenly, in a flash everything is gone, victim of a terrible accident, Mia finds herself in a coma, her parents have already passed on and she doesn’t know what happened to her brother.  It soon becomes apparent that Mia has a big choice to make, she must decide her future: on one hand how could she give up Juilliard and Adam, but on the other how can she do that without her parents?  As Mia thinks back on her life so far and looks to the choice that lies ahead, this tragic yet inspiring book keeps readers hooked until the very end.

I have to say, this places pretty high on my list of good books.  I’m just going to admit right away that this book made me cry and that rarely happens.  It just goes to show what a powerful book this truly was.  Just the whole idea behind the story that we, as humans, could control our own fate like that is quite intriguing.  As Mia watches the action around her and tries work out what she should do, we get a peek back at her past at how she and Adam met and the story has a romantic touch without being too sappy.  Although it is heart breaking and death hangs in the air constantly, I found that it wasn’t really depressing to a point that made it not enjoyable.  Mia’s journey is, in its own way, quite an uplifting story.  I think readers will find the way Mia weighs her options believable and realistic.  As she watches her other relatives and friends in the waiting room of the hospital, her situation seems so unimaginable, but it is told in such a way that its as if your right there with her, trying to make an almost impossible decision.  I won’t spoil the ending, but I’ll just say that for me, it was the perfect way to end the book.  Definitely worth the read, Gayle Forman’s debut book will not disapoint you!

For more reviews on this book and many more click here.


What Would You Do Wednesday! March 23, 2011

Its time for the first official What would you do Wednesday!  Let me explain, each Wednesday, I will propose a question which describes a situation or opportunity and ask what you would do given the chance or under those certain circumstances.  I will answer the question for myself and then its up to you to leave your comments below describing what you would do.

So for the first What Would You Do Wednesday question…What would you do if you could choose any character from any book and lead their life and why? (It doesn’t necessarily have to be the same gender, or even human…hey, if you want to be a dragon or something, who am I to judge?) 

For me it would definately have to Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter series. I’ll admit it, I’m kind of a Harry Potter nerd, but  I just couldn’t pass up an opportunity to have magical powers.  Hogwarts is just such an awesome place and it would be so cool to be a student there!  I know it would be kind of scary to be in all those situations they get themselves into with Voldemort and all that, but what fun is life without a little adventure?

So, yeah, thats what I would do and now I can’t wait to hear from you…so let me know!


Let’s Get Started! March 20, 2011

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Hey! Alright so here’s the deal, this blog is for teens who want reviews on books they’re thinking about reading.  When I read a book I’ll write my review/opinion/comments/whatever and you can decide if it will be worth you time to read.  I’ll keep the book summaries to a minimum because I’m just going to assume you know the gist of it if you’re thinking about reading it and that way we’ll get to the good stuff faster.  Also feel free to leave a comment to tell me what you thought of a book and/or my review and also leave requests or recommedations for books you think I should read and review.

Coming up next: Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen which I read because I love Sarah Dessen’s books and I hadn’t read this one yet, so I did.