Okay I just dated myself, I know it and I embrace it. But it helps me with this post. When I hear this phrase I think of girls who are rich, popular, and oh yea SPOILED!!! It is Friday, my last full day of school before the summer (woohoo) and I have a book to review. This book was given to me by one of my students who eats books up. I can’t give her enough. Seriously. She takes a few at a time, returns them within 3 days and has more sitting at home. Its crazy. But anyway…so my student gave this book and I promised her I would finish it before the end of the year. I finished it in 4 days.
Spoiled by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan
Spoiled tells the story of a young girl, Molly, who finds out that her biological father is actually a famous movie star. Molly is interested in learning about her father and moves to LA to live with him and get to know him. Just as she is adjusting to the red carpet lifestyle she meets her half-sister Brooke, who is as Beverly Hills as you can get. But in a town where image is everything, and the smoke and mirrors cover more than eye can see, Molly gets a dose of reality and learns that everything is not what is seems. I enjoyed this book for many reasons. The tongue in cheek manner in which the authors wrote the book is wonderful, they take what we as non-celebrities observe to be true and run with it. We all know that celebrities are just like us we read it in US Weekly and In Touch every week (wink wink), but they write this world in a way that allows us to feast on that lifestyle. Plus this story is not told only through Molly’s eyes. Brooke is also a narrator, and this is key, because if you only read from Molly’s eyes you would get a one sided view of a character that though is a mean girl on the outside does have some redeeming qualities. This is a great book for YA readers and for middle school. This shines a new light on the mean girls, and celebrity story, by adding that small touch of heart to it.
Happy Friday everyone. I hope that you have all had a successful work week and have a very relaxing and fun filled weekend planned. I have a book review for you today. Allow me to speak to you about If I Stay by Gayle Forman.
If I Stay was an amazing read. And a fast one. It tells the story of a teenager Mia, who is an extremely talented cello player; has a rock solid relationship with her best friend; a family bond that any kid would dream of; and the love of a rocker boyfriend who sees only the best in her. Mia’s life is full of ups and downs, but the worst is yet to come. After suffering through a car accident, that leaves her parents and younger brother dead, Mia now clings to life. However, she has been given the rare gift to choose, whether to stay or to go. Mia is having an outer-body experience, witnessing the hospital staff, family and friends visits, and Adam her boyfriend, waiting by her bedside to see which way she chooses. Told through flashbacks as well as actual time, Mia must decide should she stay with her family, or stay and experience life in a whole new way.
Please do not think that since it the character is having an outer-body experience that this is a supernatural like tale. Mia is the teenager we all once were. The one who questions her decisions. The one who falls head over heels in love, only to be unsure if this is the one she wants. The teenager who must decide what her future holds, and how she wants to live her dreams. This is a story we can all relate to, on some level.
This is a must read. Furthermore, the powers that be have decided that it would make a great feature film. It comes out this August, please check out the trailer below.
I recently had the pleasure of reading the latest graphic novel from author Jim Ottaviani called Primates: the Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Birute Galdikas. I was a fan of Mr. Ottaviani’s last book Feynman and was excited when I saw that he was coming out with a new book. When I received my copy I immediately ripped into it and started reading, and I must say I was pleased.
The novel talks about the lives of three great primatologists of the 1960’s as their lives cross with fellow scientist and mentor Louis Leaky. The book begins with following Jane from when she was a child and dreamed about Tarzan and the other Jane while she developed an interest in the work of Leaky who believed that women would make better scientists when observing animals in their natural habitats. Fossey and Galdikas stories follow the similar suit with each section showcasing how these three women forever changed the way we view our connection to primates all the while dealing with obstacles from government officials to poachers. The story, and I will call it just that, a story though it is based on actual events, it is not the in-depth biography some readers might be looking for, but it is a well executed and Maris Wicks’ fun and quirky illustrations brings these stories to life.
Primates: the Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Birute Galdikas
by Jim Ottaviani illustrated by Maris Wicks, published by First Second 2013 , 133 pages, Ages 10 and up.