No matter, though, because when it’s working—as it is for most of its 394 pages—Half Bad is both gripping and surprisingly sophisticated in its consideration of how easy it is to turn any group into an all-purpose enemy that stands in for all the evils of the world.
Zoe’s introspective and surprisingly humorous voice will strike a chord with readers as they dwell on the space between guilt and innocence.
Death of the Black Haired Girl, like all good crime noir stories, has it all: love, hate, lust, betrayal, cover-ups, and revenge. It is also teeming with memorable characters...
Seuss explores the same philosophical message in his own inimitably wise and witty style.
In her new book, “Reign of Error,” she arrows in more directly, and polemically, on the privatization movement, which she calls a “hoax” and a “danger” that has fed on the myth that schools are failing.
I could gush for another few hundred words about Fangirl, but I’d rather just send you off to get started on this terrific story. I hope you'll enjoy it as much as I did.
has brought me to my literary knees with the beauty of its writing style. The plot is heartwarming and meaningful in and of itself, but the way Foer portrays his characters and story is what really makes the book a must-read.
The book’s folksy narrative adds brightness and humor to the story as Appelt explores the swamp’s rich history, varied denizens...while there’s little doubt who will emerge victorious, finding out how events unfurl is well worth the read.
In the memoir, Girl, Interrupted, Kaysen divides the material chronologically, with frequent references to related incidents that happened earlier in her life. She describes the day of her hospital admission in 1967 to her release in 1969.
The rising tension, skillfully executed scenarios, and rich characterizations all contribute to an exciting story bound to capture readers’ imaginations.
...Hosseini is communicating to millions of people a supple, conflicted and complex picture of his origin country, Afghanistan.
The plot-driven books in the Theorodre Boone series focus on the story more than the characters. Like Nancy Drew, Theodore is somewhat two-dimensional, missing the real depth of a teenager.
A setup like this would be hard to resolve in one book, and Yancey doesn’t try; there’s plenty of room left for a sequel or two. Smart man.
The thing that distinguishes Anne from so many "girls' books" of the first half of the 20th century is its dark underside: this is what gives Anne its frenetic, sometimes quasi-hallucinatory energy, and what makes its heroine's idealism and indignation so poignantly convincing.
What-will-happen-next reading best approached after picking up the series’ first two entries.
Witty banter, sarcasm, love triangles and flying ponies (compliments of Eleanor) will be found in this story. The writing style may not be out of this world but it's a brilliant holiday read.
The Mad Hatter's youthful, disheveled appearance makes him resemble a modern hipster, and the pop-up trial scene features a flying pack of cards. A clever and inventive interpretation.
This taut, atmospheric novel initially appeared as weekly instalments in 1859. Its insights remain relevant...
Scheming and action carry readers at a breathless pace to an end that may surprise them and will definitely leave them panting for the series’ conclusion.
Six Years, is a compulsively readable thriller. It’s also a love story.