Lucky Linderman didn't ask for his life. He didn't ask his grandfather not to come home from the Vietnam War. He didn't ask for a father who never got over it. He didn't ask for a mother who keeps pretending their family is fine. And he certainly didn't ask to be the recipient of Nadar McMillan's relentless bullying, which has finally gone too far.
Lucky has a secret—one that helps him wade through the daily dysfunction of his life. Grandad Harry, trapped in the jungles of Laos, has been visiting Lucky in his dreams—and the dreams just might be real: an alternate reality where he can be whoever he wants to be and his life might still be worth living. But how long can Lucky remain in hiding there before reality forces its way inside?
Printz Honor recipient A. S. King's distinctive, smart, and accessible writing shines in this powerful novel about learning to cope with the shrapnel life throws at you, and then taking a stand against it.
Lucky- He's a good kid who is a little lost, confused, and broken but he is trying to get to better ground. He was funny too, you know if your into that thing.
The ants were very sarcastic and basically a reality check for Lucky. I rather agree with Lucky when he said that sometime there job looked fun.
Ginny- Best described as a kindness ninja :D She really helps Lucky grow and changes his life for the better. I loved that she knew she was better than just her hair.
I loved all the little chuckle moments planted all over in the book, whether the ants or Lucky himself. They made a slightly dark topic come into some light.
Granddad Harry- I almost want to say that he was Lucky's conscience. He was always so patient with Lucky and the people around him, a truly wise man.
The whole book is about growing up and dealing with your problems head on. Oh and about turtles and squids!!
Aunt Jodi- Yes she is a nutter and probably takes too many pills but her heart is in the right place and sometimes that is enough.
Uncle Dave- I liked him to begin with and I still think he taught lucky something. In the end his true colors seemed to show.
Lucky gets a scar and as it heals he says it looks like the shape of certain states. It was funny because he would say stuff like I looked at Ohio in the mirror.
Nader rules the world of fails. He is a creepy psycho bully who scars the outside and the inside.
Overall: A funny book about a boy with a state shaped scar,the people who helped the boy grow, and ants that have the funnest jobs.
Books That Have Been On My Shelf For The Longest But I've Never Read
The Replacements by Brenna Yovanoff- This is one that I coveted for months on end before it came out and as soon as I got it I put it on my shelf. I just couldn't read it then and now it's still there, on the shelf.
Linger and Forever by Maggie Stiefvater- (oh-the-irony) I have abandonment issues with series. After this list you will see what I mean. I LOVED Shiver, like with all my heart, so why can't I finish this series? Maybe because I know what Maggie is capable of her writing is both heart-breaking and beautiful.
Delirium by Lauren Oliver- I tried to read it but if I don't read books when I am in the mood for them sometimes it makes me hate the book so I put it down and just haven't picked it back up yet.
The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa- Again abandonment issues. The only thing that will get me into these books is the world. I hate the whinny which-guy-am-going-to-choose-syndrome.
Looking for Alaska and An Abundance of Katherines by John Green- I have tried several times to get into either of these but there is like this wall that I keep hitting with both of them.
Matched by Ally Condie- Same case as The Replacement, wanted it something fierce before it came out, saved money to get it , and then I didn't read it.
City of Ashes, Glass, and Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare- I warned you.... The first one didn't sit well with me and I don't know if I can go back into that world.
Gone by Lisa McMann- I'm getting redundant now. I read Wake my Sophomore year proclaiming it better than Twilight, because it was. Then my series abandonment kicked it and only just recently read Fade.
The Lost Hero, The Red Pyramid, and The Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan- Technically this isn't abandonment because they are new series from him, right? I LOVED the Percy Jackson series so I don't know why it's so hard for me to pick these up.
Eon by Alison Goodman- It's about a ninja so why haven't I read it? *shrugs* Maybe because of it's size...
Description: Jill MacSweeney just wants everything to go back to normal. But ever since her dad died, she's been isolating herself from her boyfriend, her best friends--everyone who wants to support her. You can't lose one family member and simply replace him with a new one, and when her mom decides to adopt a baby, that's exactly what it feels like she's trying to do. And that's decidedly not normal. With her world crumbling around her, can Jill come to embrace a new member of the family?
Mandy Kalinowski knows what it's like to grow up unwanted--to be raised by a mother who never intended to have a child. So when Mandy becomes pregnant, she knows she wants a better life for her baby. But can giving up a child be as easy as it seems? And will she ever be able to find someone to care for her, too?
Critically acclaimed author and National Book Award finalist Sara Zarr delivers a heart-wrenching story, told from dual perspectives, about what it means to be a family and the many roads we can take to become one.
Message (one): Sometimes pushing people away, thought it seems better, isn't the answer.
Message (two): Usually what you think of as the WORST case scenario is really that thing you have needed in your life.
Message (three): You just have to trust other people and that maybe doing it all by yourself just won't work.
Jill- Synical and smart her personality cuts through the pages. She was the character I loved the most.
Mandy- She was totally insane. Insane like Luna Lovegood. She was sweet and strong, always meaning well. She was so much smarter then people thought.
Dylan- He was a sweetheart but he seemed at a loss of what to do. I REALLY loved the way he treated Mandy (I kept waiting for something to happen there).
Ravi-He was so understanding of what Jill was going through and was the only one she could really talk to about what happened. He's one of those truly good guys.
I always love when books go back and forth between different point-of-views and How to Save a Life was no exception. The balance between Jill and Mandys' personalities was perfect and clear.
Hugable: A book so good that it has the after effect of overwhelmingly needing to hug it. This book has it and Ecey knew this when she told me I needed to read it. (Thanks hon!!)
It's such a sweet story about family, especially the family that ISN'T blood related.
At one point Mandy thinks, Maybe I should just do the opposite of what my mom says to do, with this I agree. Her mom was always so nasty towards Mandy.
Ken, I was on to him from the beginning.
Overall: A book you can't put into accurate enough words to describe it's awesomeness.
Description: The Near Witch is only an old story told to frighten children.
If the wind calls at night, you must not listen. The wind is lonely, and always looking for company.
And there are no strangers in the town of Near.
These are the truths that Lexi has heard all her life.
But when an actual stranger—a boy who seems to fade like smoke—appears outside her home on the moor at night, she knows that at least one of these sayings is no longer true.
The next night, the children of Near start disappearing from their beds, and the mysterious boy falls under suspicion. Still, he insists on helping Lexi search for them. Something tells her she can trust him.
As the hunt for the children intensifies, so does Lexi’s need to know—about the witch that just might be more than a bedtime story, about the wind that seems to speak through the walls at night, and about the history of this nameless boy.
Part fairy tale, part love story, Victoria Schwab’s debut novel is entirely original yet achingly familiar: a song you heard long ago, a whisper carried by the wind, and a dream you won’t soon forget.
This book, for starters, was like mental candy and I am kind of addicted to it. A strait shot of awesome!
The plot kept twisting and turning in delicious and devious ways, thrusting me into the story and keeping me entirely too hooked.
Lexi- She was the hardcore, knife-wielding, butt kicking type of heroine that I LOVE to read about.
Cole- He was mysterious with sides of magical and sweet. He made the perfect match to Lexi's personality.
The setting- Near was a small town full of dark secrets from the past and unbridled fear making it the perfect setting for the plot.
The time period- I could never pin down an actual time period but they used candles and the girls all wore dresses or skirts so it wasn't modern day.
The Sisters- They were wise/all seeing women. They almost remind me of the fates from Greek myth, except they have all there eyes and they were minus a sister.
Schwab has this amazing talent with transporting. I swear it's like I am sucked into the pages and into the story.
Lexi's mother- She went from being considered a 'ghost' to, in her small ways, taking a stand.
Not a fan of Tyler or Bo for that matter.
Overall: A book that wraps you up in the characters, the plot and the setting seamlessly.
Want more information about The Near Witch? Check out the Goodreads page here.
Description: It happens at the start of every November: the Scorpio Races. Riders attempt to keep hold of their water horses long enough to make it to the finish line. Some riders live. Others die.
At age nineteen, Sean Kendrick is the returning champion. He is a young man of few words, and if he has any fears, he keeps them buried deep, where no one else can see them.
Puck Connolly is different. She never meant to ride in the Scorpio Races. But fate hasn’t given her much of a chance. So she enters the competition — the first girl ever to do so. She is in no way prepared for what is going to happen
I loved the way Maggie intertwined the voice of Puck Connolly and Sean Kingston.
Puck- She was fierce, smart, and above all she's a one of a kind character that you can't help but root for.
Sean- He was quiet, ready, and controlled. He didn't love easily but when he did it ran deep through to his veins.
Sean and Puck's love formed from a mutual respect for each other. It wasn't instant and it flowed evenly.
Killer horses- These creatures were fantastic in my head litterally racing through my mind. A beautifully recreated myth.
The setting- Thisby is an island, I'm guessing off of England, that is like another world. I couldn't quite put a time period on this book but it didn't matter all that much.
George Holly- Honestly? He reminded me, not sure why, of Gatsby from The Great Gatsby. The nice clothes, the huge fortune, the funky hat, and just the way he spoke. All of his words were important.
The ending was perfect through my eyes and I couldn't/wouldn't ask for a sequel.
The Malverns- Rich, powerful, and they like to play games with people's lives for fun.
Overall: A masterful piece of literature that will always reside on my favorites shelf.
One book that I am grateful for. (Just one? Really? Fine)
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K Rowling:
This is the first book (aside from the many books by Dr. Seuss) that I read. No I didn't start with the first book in the Harry Potter series, I started with this one. This book opened my eye to the possibility of exactly WHAT a book could do for you. It was the door way to so many other books, so I thank it for that.
Everyday I had a commute to my college. It was short but I was going nuts trying to listen to the radio, so I tried audio books. As I was finishing this one up (the ending is so heart breaking) I was on my way to class. Needless to day I was a mess that day. (this one can also be under the categories of Made me randomly smile, made me laugh till I cried, and broke my freaking heart.)
This book gave me a new experience. I had NEVER experience this with any other book. Pure anxiety. I felt like I was the one jumping off the moving train or of the ledge of the 100 story building. It threw me off guard but I LOVED it.