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Mostly Good Girls by Leila Sales February 28, 2012

Violet is in her junior year at Westfield, an academically challenging (to say the least) private school.  Even though she spends most of her time studying and virtually no time with cute Scott Walsh (her secret crush), life is good with her best friend Katie by her side.  But when Katie starts doing risky things that Violet doesn’t understand, their friendship is jeopardy.  Violet has worked too hard to succeed to fail at something so simple.  But what can she do to help her friend get back on the “right” path?

This book was a fairly straightforward drama about friendship, boys, peer pressure, and the overachieving teen.  It had some funny parts and the main character was endearing.  I didn’t love it, but it was fine.  I will recommend it to teen girls who like Sarah Dessen and the like.


Swamplandia! by Karen Russell February 27, 2012

Filed under: adult adventure,adult drama — Bethany @ 10:33 pm
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Visit Swamplandia!  See the amazing Hilola Bigtree wrestle alligators!  Visit the museum!  Tour the swamp!  The Bigtree family’s lives revolve around the tourist attraction they run and call home.  When the star of the show and mother of three, Hilola, dies after a short bout with cancer, Swamplandia! loses its draw.  When a huge amusement park on the mainland further threatens their business, the family has to cope with the changes.

This book was on many lists as one of the best books of 2011.  I had a hard time getting into it and an even harder time finishing it.  The setting was unique.  The characters were quirky but not endearing; I didn’t really care about any of them.  The book was jam-packed with metaphors and adjectives to the point of being arduous.  I did not enjoy the book and cannot recommend it to others.



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