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Just One Day by Gayle Forman June 13, 2013

Just One DayStraight-A student, Allyson Headley’s parents send her on a European tour as a graduation present. Teen Tours is a whirlwind of museums, cathedrals, picturesque sites, and photo opportunities. Most of the other kids go to bars to take advantage of the lower drinking age, but not Allyson. She watches movies in her hotel room and goes to sleep early. On the last day of the trip, her friend Melanie convinces her to skip out on the evening’s activity to go to an impromptu outdoor Shakespeare performance. That’s when Allyson sees him. After the performance, she does something completely unlike her. She talks to the tall, cute boy from the play. The next day, she runs into him again and is talked into spending just one day with him in Paris. This magical day changes her life forever.

The plot of this book was fairly predictable. Straight-laced female does something daring that changes her life and opens up things she would have never dreamed about before. Allyson really grows as a character and sets her life on a course that makes her happy instead of pleasing her overbearing mother. I would recommend this to older teens and adults who like realistic fiction and travel fiction.

4 out of 5 stars



Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson March 10, 2012

The last thing Amy Curry wants to do is get in a car.  Her dad died and her mother moved from their home in California to Connecticut.  Amy is the last one to leave their childhood home, but she can’t bear to get behind the wheel and drive the family car where it needs to go.  Her mother comes up with what she believes to be the perfect plan- her friend’s nineteen-year-old son, Roger, will drive Amy across the country.  Roger, on his way to Philadelphia to stay with his father for the summer, is unexpectedly cute and has some emotional baggage of his own.  What’s a girl to do?

Once on the road, Amy and Roger decide to stray from her mother’s carefully planned itinerary and take an epic detour.  They drive the Loneliest Road in America, cross the Kansas Plains, and visit Graceland.  Along the way, Amy gains an unexpected friend to help her let go of the past and get closer to the person she used to be.

Finally, a good book!  The last few books I read were not great, so I was excited to have a quick, enjoyable read in my hands.  Amy and Roger were both likable characters, there was good character development, and the plot was fun yet believable.  There was only one part near the end that didn’t seem to fit with the rest of the book.  I would recommend this to teen girls looking for light drama, romance, and/or adventure by road trip.


Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen November 9, 2010

The first time Juli Baker saw Bryce Loski was in second grade.  She flipped; he ran. The years went by and Bryce can only explain it as:  “It’s been six years of strategic avoidance and social discomfort” as Juli pursued him for her first kiss.  But all of a sudden things changed.  Something happens that makes Juli think that maybe her beloved Bryce isn’t worth her time.  At the same time, Bryce is looking at Juli in a different way – and he can’t stop.  Things have flipped.


The Boyfriend List by E. Lockhart

Ruby Oliver is fifteen and has a shrink.  She has a shrink because of her panic attacks.  She’s having panic attacks because of what happened with a boy.  She put that boy (and 14 others) on The Boyfriend List.  Hear the story of Ruby’s ten horrible days leading up to the panic attacks and tell me that you wouldn’t have done the same thing.


Twilight: The Mediator by Meg Cabot

Suze Simon is a normal teenage girl… kind of.  She goes to school, is embarrassed by her parents, and gets excited about dances.  The only thing different about Suze is that she’s a mediator.  She can communicate with the dead and see ghosts.  She’s not alone; her classmate Paul is also a mediator, but he always seems to be doing more harm than good.  And then there’s Jesse- Suze’s boyfriend.  There’s just one catch- Jesse is a ghost of a man that was killed in the 1800s.  Everything is going as normal as it goes for a mediator until Paul makes a threat to do something that Suze couldn’t even imagine.  Paul find out that he can travel back in time and change things in the past.  Things like Jesse being killed.  Which would mean that Suze and Jesse would have never met.  Suddenly, Suze has to decide – does she allow the man she loves to have the life he’s always longed for or keep him anchored forever in half-life at her side.


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