Roomies by Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando

Posted: June 4, 2014 by cplteen in books

RoomiesRoomies takes us through the adventures of Elizabeth and Lauren as they enjoy/endure their last summer at home before college.  Both girls are attending UC Berkeley and have discovered that they have been assigned as roommates.  Elizabeth is from New Jersey but Lauren is a native Californian.  Excited at the prospect of getting away from her home situation and possibly seeing her estranged father, Elizabeth (also known as EB) sends Lauren an email introducing herself and telling a bit more about herself than maybe she wanted.  Soon the two are writing back and forth, sometimes telling secrets even their friends don’t know.  Will all this openness lead to a close friendship at college or drive the two apart?

The book is written in alternating chapters with Elizabeth starting everything out.  The two communicate by email, but the story is not told just through that medium.  Each of the girls has a distinctive voice and personality as well as their own issues to deal with.  I liked how when differences arise, the two work with each other instead of against each other.  I won’t say anything more because I don’t want to give anything else away.

This is a great book to while away a gloomy afternoon – it is fun and upbeat and I love the cover.  Isn’t the artwork great?

Did you read it?  Tell us what you thought.

As some of you know, John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars is one of my all-time favorite books.  It is of course being made into a movie as well (I think most of you have heard about that too).  The extended trailer came out either last week or the week before and as I went searching for more clips and pictures, I found the official movie website.  <Squeals excitedly>

So for your viewing pleasure – I present to you ………..

The Fault in Our Stars movie trailer and the link to the official website!

Here’s the link to the webpage: http://thefaultinourstarsmovie.com/

 

League of Extraordinary Teens

Posted: April 29, 2014 by cplteen in books

Hey everyone!  The League meets tomorrow night at Josey Ranch Lake.  Come one, come all for pizza, soda, library business and some free books.

 

Where – Josey Ranch Lake Library conference room

When – 6:30

 

Rotten by Michael Northrop

Posted: April 3, 2014 by cplteen in books

Rotten  Rotten is the story of JD and JR.  Jimmer Dobbs spent the summer “with his aunt” but now he’s back home. When he gets there he finds he has a new roommate, a Rottweiler he names Johnny Rotten (JR for short).  As the two begin to bond, a betrayal by a friend threatens to ruin everything.  A single bite can end everything.  What started as a new beginning starts turning sour when JD’s secrets begin to leak out and his pet is threatened.

I liked this book, but I admit, if you are looking for a fast paced drama, you might want to look elsewhere.  The story is a bit slow, and where JD was all summer is left as a mystery; but the story builds so that the truths are revealed in their own natural way.

I had a hard time relating to JD because the story is told from his perspective and, well, I’m not a guy.  That’s not to say that I didn’t like him.  I rolled my eyes and laughed at some of his actions but that’s mainly because I’ve never had the “guy experience.” His friendships ring true, though, as do most of his actions.

If you are looking for a quick read that is relaxing with some suspense, take a look at this one.  I enjoyed stepping into JD’s shoes for a while and I loved how JD and JR, both somewhat lost souls, learn to trust and love one another.  You will be rooting for a happy ending in this one.  Check it out to see if it happens.

Let me know what you think.

 

League of Extraordinary Teens – March

Posted: March 26, 2014 by cplteen in books

Hi everyone!  Tonight is our monthly League of Extraordinary Teens meeting.  Come by Josey Ranch Lake at 6:30 to talk teen programs and hang out.  We will have pizza and soft drinks.  Hope to see you there.