Archive for May, 2011

Putting Makeup on Dead People by Jen Violi

May 31, 2011

This book wins for awesome title, awesome cover, but more importantly – awesome story! The fact that Donna is a grieving teen,  trying to live her life is the real pull into the emotional heart of this story. And it’s not her sadness, but how she finds her own way despite everyone else’s strong opinions about her feelings and their idea of grief that make the story interesting.  Despite her loss, she has choices to make – this boy or that one; this school or the one where you learn to put makeup on dead people that dominate her growth.  I just loved this book.  It’s the difference between finding a book you should read and one you want to read; the difference between a book about death and one where it’s a part of life. Put it on your list; I know you want to read it.

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Notes from the Blender by Brendan Halprin

May 31, 2011

Getting the voice of a teen boy and a teen girl to read true is no small accomplishment.  Declan and Neilly are soon to be step siblings, and this look at their lives is fresh, smart and funny.  It’s also a happy ending story, sweet but not treacly.  This will be a great beach read for your romance fans.

Mercy by Rebecca Lim

May 31, 2011

This take on an angel story is a good one; and you’ll be left wanting to see which body Mercy ends up in next –  her own or someone elses. Mercy has her own challenges, but is able to inhabit the body of someone in a coma to help them sort out their lives.  The acutal stories are predicatable, but the premise is fun, and this will be often requested by fans of the light paranormal.