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What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty April 22, 2014

What Alice ForgotAlice wakes up on the floor with a crowd of concerned people standing over her. When she realizes she’s passed  out at the gym, she is so confused. She doesn’t work out. And she’s pregnant. Why is everyone acting like she’s not making sense?

When her sister arrives at the hospital, things get even more confusing. Alice knows she’s 29 years old, has a loving husband at home, and is pregnant with their first child. Her sister gently breaks the news- Alice is 39, is on the brink of a nasty divorce, and has three kids at home. When Alice gets home from the hospital, she tries to regain her memory of how things came to be. But does she want to remember the past 10 years when things are so different… and wrong?

As I said in an earlier post, I’ve fallen in love with this author. This book was my favorite of the three I’ve read. Alice’s memories of her life when things were happy and carefree had me crying with regret for the way things had deteriorated for her. I wondered how I would feel having woken up with no memory of the past decade. Would I want to go back to the person I was back then? The answer is no for me, but you will desperately want it for Alice. This book is highly recommended for women who like realistic fiction and family drama.

5 out of 5 stars


Beauty Queens by Libba Bray November 13, 2011

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Contestants from all 50 states board a plane for the Miss Teen Dream competition.  On the way to the island destination, the plane crashes, leaving only a fraction of the contestants alive.  Now the girls must survive alone on a deserted desert island.  Or are they alone?

What started as a humorous, witty commentary on the roles of advertising and consumerism in the lives of Americans today, slowly degraded into a silly, tiresome attempt at female empowerment.  I was really disappointed in the last third of the book.  It seemed too forced and I almost didn’t finish.


Sisterhood Everlasting by Ann Brashares September 26, 2011

The four young women of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series are back, 10 years later.  As Bridget, Lena, Carmen, and Tibby are about to turn 30, a lot of things have changed.  The girls are spread across the globe, with Bridget in San Francisco, Carmen and Lena on the east coast, and Tibby in Australia and out of touch.  When Tibby suggests a reunion in Greece, the girls are thrilled.  The reunion turns into something that will change their lives forever and forces them to think about their friendship, their lives, and their futures.

I read the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants books years ago and, for the most part, enjoyed the drama and the tales of friendship, loss, and love.  I was eager to read the last book, where the girls are now my age and making decisions about their futures.  It was a hard book to get through; the book turns very sad very quickly and only near the end does it answer your questions and ease your mind.  As the only person I know to finish the book, I had to share the ending.  It was a hard one, but if you start it, you should finish.


Teen Idol by Meg Cabot November 9, 2010

Jenny Greenley is the mayonnaise.  She keeps all the parts of the sandwich, aka people in her life, together.  Everyone likes her and trusts her.  This is why she was chosen to be Ask Annie for the school paper.  She could be trusted to keep her advice columnist identity a secret and objectively solve the problems of her loyal writers.  She is so trustworthy that her school teachers decide to give her an assignment that involves keeping a huge secret: teen heartthrob Luke Striker is researching for a part as a high school student.  Jenny’s job is to act as his student guide, keeping his identity a secret.  But keeping Luke’s identity a secret, being Ask Annie, and trying to be everyone’s friend ends up being more taxing that Jenny had realized.  Will the sandwich fall apart when the mayonnaise comes unstuck?


Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen

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.


Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen

Halley and Scarlett have been best friends for years.  Scarlett is the popular, confident one, Halley the quiet sidekick.  Scarlett has always been the one who knows how to take care of everything.  Then Halley gets the call.  Scarlett’s boyfriend, her first love, is killed in a motorcycle accident.  Shortly afterward, Scarlett finds out she is carrying his baby.  Now the tables have turned and Scarlett needs Halley.  But will Halley be able to take care of everything when she is needed the most?


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.


Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen November 8, 2010

All business and no fun. That was Auden’s life until this summer. After high school graduation, she decided on a whim to stay with her brooding father, perky stepmother, and their fussy baby for the summer. Armed with a suitcase full of textbooks for college preparation, Auden leaves her serious, black-clad college professor mother behind and embarks on an adventure. With the help of a quiet and mysterious boy, Auden begins to realize how much she’s missed through the years and sets out on a quest to catch up. Along for the Ride is lighter than Dessen’s typical problem novels. The story line was predictable and the supposedly socially awkward Auden seemed to fit in quite easily with her peers.


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