Friday, January 19, 2018

Book Review: I Hate Everyone But You

Ava and Gen have been friends their entire lives, and Ava is nothing but supportive when Gen decides to accept a journalism scholarship to a small Boston college without her parent’s permission, across the country from where Ava will be attending film school at USC.  Can their friendship withstand the distance, new friendships and love interests, anxiety issues, and sexual exploration?

I Hate Everyone But You, by Gaby Dunn and Allison Raskin, is a coming-of-age story written entirely in emails and text messages between Ava and Gen during their first semester of college.  Their friendship has always had ups and downs, but they find that the distance is more difficult than they first imagined.  The book is a great, quick read, although I would recommend it for more mature audiences for language, alcohol, drugs, and sex.  If you are looking for a mix of Ellen Hopkins and John Green (without a depressing ending), try I Hate Everyone But You, by Gaby Dunn and Allison Raskin.





Thursday, January 18, 2018

Book Review: Renegades, by Marissa Meyer




When people start getting powers, and people without powers start fighting against them, 
the world comes to a standstill. Governments topple and chaos reigns. Until the Renegades, a group of superheroes, band together to defeat the Anarchists, led by Ace Anarchy. Now the Renegades are working to rebuild civilization, although it’s much harder than it sounds. But things are looking up. Prodigies, or people with powers, aren’t fighting in the streets. Instead, they can petition to join the Renegades and help rebuild and restore order.

But the Anarchists aren’t quite finished yet. Nova joined the Anarchists as a child, when her 
family was killed.  Nova hates the Renegades, who promised to be there to protect her family. After a failed attempt to kill the leader of the Renegades, Nova, known to the Anarchists as Nightmare, joins the Renegades as a prodigy to try to take down the organization from the inside, and changes her name to Insomnia.

She faces a particularly difficult obstacle in the mysterious Renegade named the Sentinel, 
who is on the hunt for Nightmare.  And when she joins the team led by Adrian, known as 
Sketch and the son of the leaders of the Renegades, she has second thoughts about how she can achieve her goal. Can the Renegades really be so bad when Adrian’s team just wants to help people?

Nightmare, Insomnia, Sentinel, Sketch, Anarchists, Renegades, justice, revenge. So many 
secrets. Will Nova manage to take down the Renegades?  Will the Sentinel discover 
Nightmare’s secret and bring her to justice?  Or maybe justice is not as black and white as the Renegades want it to be.

Find out more in The Renegades, by Marissa Meyer (author of the Lunar Chronicles series). If you are a fan of Steelheart, by Brandon Sanderson, you will love this book!



Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Book spotlight: Orbiting Jupiter


Jack is not excited to have a foster brother, but maybe he can help with chores around the farm.

But when Joseph arrives, he isn’t interested in Jack or chores or anything else.

All he wants is to find his kid, Jupiter, who he has never met.


Should Jack help him? Will Joseph ever get to meet his own child? Will anyone ever give him a chance to do the right thing?

Monday, January 8, 2018

Book Spotlight: Lost in the Sun

It was an accident.

But it was Trent’s fault.  
He hit the puck that hit Jared.
And now Jared is dead.
And everyone hates Trent.

But not as much as he hates himself.

Will he ever have a friend again?
Will he ever be able to control his rage?

Will he ever find forgiveness?


Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Book Spotlight: One Safe Place

Where is Devin’s one safe place?
The farm? His grandfather has died

The desert? No food or water

The city? He is beaten up and all his belongings are stolen

The Penn Home for Childhood? Seems perfect.  Plenty of food and toys. But something is strange. Children disappear and come back not quite themselves.

What is going on? 

Will Devin ever find a truly safe place?


Monday, December 18, 2017

Books to Movies 2018

Adapted/partial list from blog post, The Perpetual PageTurner

See the full list here!
http://www.perpetualpageturner.com/2017/12/2018-books-to-movies.html


These are books that will be turned into movies, coming in 2018!!  Read the books before seeing the movie!



Every day A wakes up up in another body and experiences another life for twenty four hours. A has no control over it and never knows what body will be next nor the rhyme or reason to it. All A knows is that the best way to get through the day is to just go through the motions of the characters life and try not to do anything out of character or that would really interfere with their life. A has successfully been able to do that until Justin’s body where A meets Rhiannon — Justin’s girlfriend — and makes a very real connection with her.
Every Day will be in theaters February 23.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt7026672/videoplayer/vi1251457049


Simon Vs The Homosapiens Agenda

Sixteen year old Simon is gay and hasn’t yet come out — until a classmate finds an email of his to Blue, a boy he likes and has been writing back and forth to anonymously from his school who might just like him too, and threatens to out him unless he helps him get a girl that Simon is friends with. Not wanting to screw up things with Blue or let someone else tell everyone that he’s gay, he goes along with it all while trying to navigate this growing relationship with Blue and shifting dynamics amongst his closest group of friends.
Out In Theaters (as Love, Simon) March 16
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5164432/videoplayer/vi4121278489


“A teenager finds himself incarcerated at a New York juvenile detention center and charged with robbery and felony murder. Presented as a screenplay of Steve’s own imagination, and peppered with journal entries, the book shows how one single decision can change our whole lives.”
Monster will be premiering at Sundance Film Festival in January 2018.

The Death Cure (book 3 of The Maze Runner series)


Out in Theaters January 26
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4500922/videoplayer/vi1922152473




“After her anxiety-ridden mother disappears, 15-year-old Bee does everything she can to track her down, discovering her troubled past in the process”
Out In Theaters May 11
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2365580/?ref_=nv_sr_1

Ready Player One

“When the creator of a virtual reality world called the OASIS dies, he releases a video in which he challenges all OASIS users to find his Easter Egg, which will give the finder his fortune. Wade Watts finds the first clue and starts a race for the Egg.”
Out In Theaters March 30
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1677720/videoplayer/vi2710747161




A Wrinkle In Time
Out In Theaters March 9
“After the disappearance of her scientist father, three peculiar beings send Meg, her brother, and her friend to space in order to find him.”
Out In Theaters March 9
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1620680/?ref_=nv_sr_1


To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before

“A teenage girl’s secret love letters are exposed and wreak havoc on her love life.”
Out in theaters 2018 (date to be announced)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3846674/?ref_=nv_sr_1

“In 1941, an aspiring artist and her family are deported to Siberia amidst Stalin’s brutal dismantling of the Baltic region. In a seemingly hopeless place, love is the only means of survival”
Out in 2018 (date to be announced, under the name Ashes to Snow) 
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3759298/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1



Monday, December 11, 2017

Book Spotlight: Emmy & Oliver


Oliver: 
Kidnapped by his dad in 2nd grade, but didn’t know it until his dad was arrested, ten years later

Emmy: 
Waiting at home for her best friend, wondering what ever happened to him and if he would ever come home

When he returns: 

Everything changes.

Available in your school library!