New from the author of The Beetle and Me comes this fascinating portrait of coming of age in the Sixties. Young introduces an unforgettably spirited heroine–almost-13-year-old Cherie Witkowski–and her equally memorable family. I really liked ‘Outside In’ by Karen Romano Young. I wasn’t so sure about that in the beginning as it took a bit to get into the main character’s head. But once I found ‘that space’ it was an amazing read from there. Set in the 60’s, ‘Outside In’ shows the world through the eyes of almost 13 year old Cherie Witkowski. Cherie learns more about the world, good and bad, than she ever intended when she takes over a friend’s paper route. Vietnam, Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, Robert Kennedy’s assassination, the disappearance of a 13 year old girl from a local community, Apollo 10. As she tries to figure out how the news affects her world […]
Author: Fizzy Pop
Nobody understands Wallace Wallace. This reluctant school football hero has been suspended from the team for writing an unfavorable book report of Old Shep, My Pal. But Wallace won’t tell a lie — he hated every minute of the book! Why does the dog in every classic novel have to croak at the end?After refusing to do a rewrite, his English teacher, who happens to be directing the school play Old Shep, My Pal, forces him go to the rehearsals as punishment. Although Wallace doesn’t change his mind, he does end up changing the play into a rock-and-roll rendition, complete with Rollerblades and a moped! Wallace Wallace does not lie. No seriously. He. Does. Not. Lie. Which, besides the point of who names their kid Wallace Wallace?!?, is a problem. When given an assignment to write a book review of Old Shep, My Pal for school, he writes it exactly […]
‘The Collision’ by Jeff Abbott was a random book selection for me. I’d not heard of the author but the story concept looked intriguing when I read the jacket. And it was really well written. I had trouble in the beginning following the different storyline beginnings. I think this stems more from my personal inability to remember names than it does the writing itself. Once the different story lines merged into the meat of the subject matter the story took off for me. (Though I still struggled with a few too many names.) This was a great book that I would recommend to other friends who enjoy the genre or a similar style. The main drawback, for me, was it was almost written to close to ‘formula’. Good guy in trouble for something he didn’t do, bad guy in trouble well because he’s bad guy. Supposed other good guy is […]
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.
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.