Sunday, January 18, 2009

I really liked The Summer Of Naked Swim Parties by Jessica Anya Blau. It's about a teenage girl of hippie parents who is struggling toward that necessary separation of self from her parents. But what do you rebel against when there are no boundaries? How do you have a sexual awakening when everything is frank and upfront?

I read a couple of Elizabeth Scott books. The first, Stealing Heaven wasn't quite as good as Bloom, but I did like it. Dani and her mother are thieves and initially Heaven is just another job, but when Dani starts making friends and feeling like she might have a place there, she has to choose between the life she wants and the only life she's ever known. I liked Perfect You for the most part. Kate's best friend Anna, who managed to lose 70 pounds in 3 months (through magic, I suppose), suddenly got popular and hasn't looked back. Meanwhile Kate's father, after having an epiphany of some sort, quit his job to sell vitamins in a kiosk at the mall, causing tension in the family.

Kiki Strike: Inside The Shadow City by Kirsten Miller was a lot of fun. The pace drags a little here and there, but for the most part I really liked the adventures of Kiki Strike and her team of girls as they explore the Shadow City that exists under New York City.

Michele Jaffe's Kitty Kitty transports Jas and her crime-solving skills to Venice where she tries to find out who killed her new friend. These books are like MacGuyver crossed with Clueless. With a big helping of CSI in there. It took a bit to get started, but once Jas' friends arrived, the action (and laughs) were non-stop.

Debbie Harry Sings In French by Meagan brothers was pretty fantastic. Johnny, who has gotten himself shipped off to stay with his uncle after running into trouble at home, discovers love and acceptance when he dares to follow his heart. Initially it felt a little slight, but that might just be because I liked it so much that I wanted more of the story.

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