Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Time to catch up a little bit more.

Pants On Fire by Meg Cabot was cute, if predictable. And it's no joke that "Kissing--Fiction" is a subject heading for this book.

Hex Education by Emily Gould and Zareen Jaffery was fairly insubstantial - like a cute and fluffy version of The Craft.

The Four Dorothys by Paul Ruditis was fun. It takes place at an exclusive private school in Malibu during the spring musical production of The Wizard Of Oz. There are four Dorothys splitting the role and one by one they're being eliminated from the show. it's up to Scarecrow #2 to find out why and who's behind it.

Totally Joe by James Howe was a pretty enjoyable book about an out and relatively proud-ish junior high school student dealing with a boyfriend who's not quite as comfortable with himself.

I really enjoyed Bloom by Elizabeth Scott. It was like the Sarah Dessen version of Pants On Fire. Lauren has a perfect, if slightly boring, boyfriend, friends she's not sure she can really trust, and a distant father and absent mother. So far she's been content to just coast along until a boy from her past comes back into her life and shakes things up. Seriously, it was just a fully-developed subplot or two short of full Sarah Dessen awesomeness. This was her first book I believe, and I'll definitely be on the lookout for her next.

Tam Lin by Pamela Dean was an absorbing retelling of the old ballad "Tam Lin" but set in the 1970s at a small liberal arts college. It meanders through Janet's four years there, but paints an interesting portrait of campus life and of the time period. I suppose it's a little like what I imagined college would be at, like, Reed or something, but my university experience was far, far removed from anything depicted in this book. Which is not to say I didn't enjoy it, although I did get impatient with it more than once when I felt it wasn't moving along quickly enough for my tastes.

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