Month: June 2012

BOOK REVIEW: 42 Miles by Tracie Vaughn Zimmer

Posted June 27, 2012 by Fizzy Pop in Tracie Vaughn Zimmer / 0 Comments

BOOK REVIEW: 42 Miles by Tracie Vaughn Zimmer42 Miles by Tracie Vaughn Zimmer
Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on 2008
Genres: General, Juvenile Nonfiction, Poetry
Pages: 73

JoEllen’s parents divorced when she was very young, so she was used to splitting her time between them, shuttling four blocks from one Cincinnati apartment to another. But when her dad moved to the old family farm last year, her life was suddenly divided. Now on weekdays she’s a city girl, called Ellen, who hangs out with her friends, plays the sax, and loves old movies. And on weekends she’s a country girl, nicknamed Joey, who rides horseback with her cousin, Hayden, goesfishing, and listens to bluegrass. So where do her loyalties lie? Who is the real JoEllen? Linked free-verse poems, illustrated with a quirky array of found objects and mementos, create the vivid, realistic portrait of a young girl at a defining moment in her life.

The premise of ’42 Miles’ by Tracie Vaughn Zimmer was good.  The writing was actually very good.  The difficulty is with the way it was laid out.  It was very difficult to follow the story at times.  I think the attempt to mirror a book of poetry while remaining prose created a conflicting story line.  The way the pages jumped to different ideas while at other points tried to tell a chronological story left me feeling a little out of the loop.  The story and writing has amazing potential but fell flat of what the intentions were.
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About Tracie Vaughn Zimmer

Tracie Vaughn Zimmer

Tracie Vaughn Zimmer is an award-winning children’s author who graduated from The Ohio State University and attained her master’s degree at Miami. Currently, she teaches at her alma mater in the Lakota Local School District near Cincinnati, Ohio. Writing in a variety of genres from historical fiction and poetry to novels-in-verse, Tracie’s six books have received critical acclaim including starred reviews as well as the Schneider Family Book Award. In addition, Tracie has created hundreds of guides for children’s and young adult literature that are available for free on her blog. She has presented at NCTE, IRA and ALA as well as schools and conferences across the country inspiring teachers, librarians and students with her infectious passion for literacy.

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BOOK REVIEW: Wizard’s First Rule by Terry Goodkind

BOOK REVIEW: Wizard’s First Rule by Terry Goodkind

Posted June 20, 2012 by Fizzy Pop in Sword of Truth, Terry Goodkind / 1 Comment

First and foremost I am typically not a fan of Fantasy, I just needed to say that. I read ‘Wizard’s First Rule” on the very high recommendation of a friend. It does not read as a typical fantasy book at all. I found the book extremely well written and was engaging to read. At times I struggled with the believably in the characters in the ways they interacted with each other. There were some information that I felt was too drawn out in story line and could have been revealed with less preamble and would not have effected the story line negatively. There were a few parts that I really wanted to just skim through and get on with the rest of the story. However, despite this, I really enjoyed the book and would read it again. And most definitely plan to read the following installments of the series.

BOOK REVIEW: PS, I Love You by Cecelia Ahern

BOOK REVIEW: PS, I Love You by Cecelia Ahern

Posted June 13, 2012 by Fizzy Pop in Cecelia Ahern / 0 Comments

OK, honestly I was torn between 4 and 5 stars on this one. I wish there were half stars! It was a really well written book that struck the right balance of emotion throughout but it was almost predictable emotion. It felt like another, more seamlessly integrated, version of the chick lit formula. I think the author did an excellent job of of weaving the story and the emotional roller coaster that Holly (or any other woman in similar situations) experienced after losing her husband at such a young age. ‘P.S. I Love You’ was, in my opinion, a well written account of true love that never dies. The books is also a testament to the meaning of true friendship. Friendships that deepen despite, and sometimes because of, tragedy. I think we all need to be reminded sometimes who are true friends are, whether our lives face tragedy or joy, […]