In the middle of it – Every day by David Levithan

Every day by David LevithanImagine if you woke up every morning in a different body. You would wake up with a kind of knowing–your name, your age, whether you’re a boy or girl–and all the other little details reveal themselves throughout the day. Until you wake up the next day. This is what A–the main character in David Levithan’s Every day faces each morning.

I’m just a few chapters into the book, but so far so wonderful. Passing from body to body for 5, 994 days at the start of the book, A awakes in the body of a boy named Justin. During the course of the day, A falls in love with Justin’s girlfriend. The smart thing to do would be to let all memories of the girl slowly fade away as A has done in times past. But A won’t let her go and instead takes any opportunity to see or speak to Rhiannon no matter the body or life.

Interesting, right? And so very well written! The book is just so bursting with good lines, I’m going to have to start writing them down. Here’s one that caught my eye:

What is it about the moment you fall in love? How can such a small measure of time contain such enormity? I suddenly realize why people believe in deja veu, why people believe they’ve lived past lives, because there is no way the years I’ve spent on this earth could possibly encapsulate what I’m feeling.

And I could go on and on, but then I might as well just write out the whole book and well, that would just be illegal. So far this book appears to be the perfect title for all you romantics out there. But, as I said, I’m just a few chapters in. There could still be heartbreak and sadness ahead but hey, I’m also an optimist.

In the middle of it – On the Day I Died by Candace Fleming

Book cover On the Day I Died

On the Day I Died by Candace Fleming

I’m in the middle of listening to On the Day I Died: Stories from the Grave by Candace Fleming. Mike is in a panic because he’s about to miss curfew…again. He’s in such a hurry that he narrowly misses a hitchhiker standing in the middle of the road. Always a gentleman, he drives the girl home only to discover that his passenger drowned many years ago. In a search to discover the truth, he comes upon a cemetery of teenagers. He also discovers the ghosts of the teenagers themselves–all ready to share the stories of how they met their tragic ends.

I have a love-hate relationship with scary stories. I love the adrenaline rush I get when reading them. I hate that they make me paranoid that specters could be lurking in dark corners. That being said, I was bracing myself to be spooked out by this book. I’m not sure if it’s the different narrators or the stories themselves, but I’m just not feeling very terrified…or on edge even. It’s almost as if the stories are too short. Just when you start really getting into it, it’s over. I think I like my scary with a whole lot of suspense.

If you’re looking for a book you can pick up, read for a little bit, then pick up again much later, give On the Day I Died a try. It’s pretty good for stop and start listening too; although the different voices of the narrators can be kind of disconcerting. I think I’ll finish it. Mostly because I have a sneaking suspicion that there’s some kind of twist at the end and I really want to find out what it is.

In the middle of it…The knife of never letting go by Patrick Ness

The knife of never letting go by Patrick Ness

The knife of never letting go by Patrick Ness

In Todd Hewitt’s world, everyone can hear everyone’s and everything’s thoughts. This jumble of words, images, and sounds is called Noise and it is impossible to tune out. When Todd stumbles upon a patch of quiet in the Noise, he finds himself in danger. On the run from an army, Todd is fighting, not just for his life, but to come to terms with the fact that everything he’s ever known is a lie.

 I’m actually listening to The knife of never letting go by Patrick Ness right now and I am riveted. It’s definitely not a lighthearted story. I really feel as if Todd is telling me what’s happening. I can really feel his anxieties and fears. It just sucked me in! I’m so into the story that I’ve found myself yelling at the characters to stop talking and start running. I’m really getting into it!

 The print version of the book is interesting because they use a different font for the Noise. I had started reading it ages ago, but to tell you the truth, I never finished. I must say that it’s definitely an amazing book to listen to! I’m a big fan of Nick Podehl (the book’s narrator) and I must say that this is definitely some of his best work. The people of “New World” speak in pidgin English and Podehl really pulls it off.

 This book is part of the Chaos Walking trilogy. I CAN NOT wait to listen to the other books in the series! If you’ve read or listened to any of them, tell us what you think!

Carter finally gets it by Brent Crawford

Carter finally gets it by Brent Crawford

Carter finally gets it by Brent Crawford

Will Carter is fumbling his way through freshman year. He found the perfect girl then lost her, let his swim team down during a big race, and the school bully is really pushing his buttons. But Carter, being Carter, soldiers on and without realizing it, he’s learning a lot about himself. So much so that, by the end of the year, he just might have life figured out….for the time being at least. 

This is definitely one of the funniest coming-of-age stories I’ve read in quite a while. I listened to the book on CD. Nick Podehl was so perfect as Carter. It really felt as if Carter was right there, cracking me up with all his misadventures. Sometimes I found myself laughing so hard anyone driving by me would have thought I was quite strange.

So, if you’re feeling down and need a good laugh or just want to be reminded that you’re not the only one having embarrassing, crappy moments, pick up Carter finally gets it–and come talk to me after you read about Carter and Abby’s first date. :)

In the middle of it…The roar by Emma Clayton

The roar by Emma Clayton

The roar by Emma Clayton

Since his twin’s disappearance a year ago, Mika hasn’t felt complete. Everyone, his parents included, thinks that Elli is dead. Mika however, is convinced that Elli lives. Convinced that it somehow has a connection to Elli, he begins playing a video game called Podfighter.

It’s hard to talk about Emma Clayton’s The roar without giving anything away! There is definitely a lot going on in the book so far. I’m still not sure how I feel about it. I think it’s because I’m thinking too much about how the stories fit together. 

As it turns out, Elli IS alive and being held captive by a man named Mal Gorman. She appears to be an important part of Gorman’s plans but so far, these plans remain a mystery to me. It probably has something to do with special powers both she and Mika have, but I can’t say for sure. I feel like I’m on the verge of something big happening so I’m definitely going to have to keep listening.

BTW, if you want to give this title a try, I highly recommend checking out the book on CD. The narrator does a great job with all the voices!

In the middle of it…The sweetheart of Prosper County by Jill Alexander

The sweetheart of Prosper County by Jill Alexander

The sweetheart of Prosper County by Jill Alexander

More than anything, Austin Gray was to be a “hood ornament” in the annual Christmas parade. The sweetheart of Prosper County follows Austin on her journey to becoming a Sweetheart, specifically the Future Farmers of America Sweetheart, thus earning a hood. Step one, (after joining the Future Farmers, of course) is raising a prizewinning chicken. Step two: win the hearts and loyalty of her fellow FFA members so that they choose her for Sweetheart.

I’m listening to this book on CD right now and am on the very last disc. It’s not my favorite book of all time, but it is a book worth reading and definitely a change from the vampire-werewolf-fairy-fallen-angel books that seem to be my usual reading choices. ANYWAY, when I first started listening, I thought the book would be mainly about Austin’s ups and downs as she grooms her rooster, Charles Dickens, to blue ribbon winning potential. (Can you blame me? I mean, come on, there’s a picture of a rooster on the cover of the book.) It is not.

This is not a bad thing (unless of course, you really wanted to read a book about rooster raising, in which case you will probably be pretty disappointed). It’s a book about grieving and growing up and friendship. But mostly it’s a book about liking yourself and being proud of it—a nice message that will probably even appeal to rooster-raising fans.

I haven’t read it myself, but I’ve heard that people who like Catherine Gilbert Murdock’s books: Dairy Queen (our copies are gone but I’m ordering more) and The off season may also like The sweetheart of Prosper County. If you’ve read those books and/or this book and are looking for even more like it, I highly recommend books by Joan Bauer, especially Hope was here.

In the middle of it…Ghostgirl by Tonya Hurley

Ghostgirl by Tonya Hurley

Ghostgirl by Tonya Hurley

Things are beginning to look up for Charlotte. She’s got a new look, plans to try out for cheerleading, and has just been partnered up with her crush for physics. As far as she’s concerned, her dreams of finally being noticed are about to be realized. Unfortunately, an accident with a stubborn gummi bear disintegrates Charlotte’s dreams of popularity and she finds herself in “Dead Ed”–high school for teen ghosts.

I am almost done with Ghostgirl and it’s really grown on me. It’s snarky and kinda’ cute at the same time. It’s definitely turned out to be a different story than I thought it would be. It was rough going for a while because I’m listening to the book on CD and the narrator just isn’t working for me. This really surprised my because the narrator is actress Parker Posey who I really do like. Unfortunately, she reads the book in such an emotionless monotone it’s been quite a battle to finish it. I’m powering through though and just have one disc left to go! If I do decide to pick up the sequel, Ghostgirl: homecoming, I will definitely read it and not do it on audio.

If you’re intrigued by Ghostgirl, you definitely have to check out the Ghostgirl website. It’s got tons of Ghostgirl related games and activities. My favorite part? The Ghostgirl “paper doll.” 

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