Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Head on over to this site and you can snag a few chapters of the audiobook. the book is available for purchase now online. I plan on reviewing the book and will let you know more details as soon as I know of them, but for right now, go on over to this site and download your free audio chapters, you WON'T be disappointed!
If at the very least, go to the site and check out the book trailer, if you're a fan of Harry Potter, like me, you won't want to miss this book!
Monday, August 24, 2009
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
The reader really gets a sense of who the main character is, even though she doesn't. And that's very hard to write indeed.
Faith Duckle tries to reinvent herself at high school by losing weight at an institution after a failed suicide attempt. Despite the weight loss, Faith doesn't make any waves during her reentry into high school until a single, violent act forces her to flee her home and meet up with a friend who has disappeared into a small, traveling circus.
Faith, fearing capture, renames herself Annabelle and goes on a multi-state journey before finding the circus--only to find that her friend is long gone, his whereabouts unknown. She begins working at the circus as Annabelle, doing various grunt and dirty work until she becomes part of the show, thanks to her involvement with the elephants.
Throughout her physical journey, the Fat Girl she once was offers commentary and criticism. Most of the time, Faith/Annabelle fights with the fat girl, but when her newfound life at the circus is threatened, the fat girl teaches Faith/Annabelle a few important things and proves a well of strength.
I really liked this journey of self discovery, it is unfortunate that author Amanda Davis died so soon after it's completion. The afterword by Michael Chabon memorializes this bright light of American literature that was extinguished too soon.
One time 'Daddy's Girl' Meredith holds a secret so terrible that it is talked about by everyone--her neighbors, her schoolmates and even people she doesn't know. Meredith's testimony at her father's trial three years ago was the nail in the coffin--and he should have been in prison for a very long time.
His good behavior, however, gets him back on the streets and back into her house, free to become the predator he once was. This time, Meredith is older and, now 15, she can trap him. In order to do so, she enlists the help of an ex-policeman neighbor, her handicapped boyfriend (who was also once a victim of her father's appetites) and her boyfriend's mother (the former lover of the monster himself).
In order to trap him and keep other children safe, Meredith will have to use herself as bait--an action that will alienate her from her mother--the one person's in Meredith's father's corner. Meredith makes some tough but believeable decisions. In Meredith, Weiss has created a strong, believeable character than fans of Laurie Halse Anderson's 'Speak' will embrace and remember for years to come.
I really enjoyed reading the book, it was a quick read that I tried to take my time on, but Greer has a real way with words, so it wasn't a labor. I will definitely read other books he's written (including the Confessions of Max Tivoli).
A great book. It's been bookcrossed, so I'm hoping to release it somewhere soon. My review is below. Enjoy!
Pearlie lives live much like any other housewife in Northern California in the early 1950s. She dutifully works to keep the house clean, keeps her polio striken son as healthy and vibrant as possible and her husband happy and calm (so as not to aggrevate his heart condition. All seems well, or at least liveable (like her husband's affair) until a knock at the door turns Pearlie's world upside down.
A white man's startling revelation about his relationship with Pearlie's husband during their wartime stay in the hospital should tear her world apart; instead the revelation opens doors she never knew existed. Pearlie and the man strike up an unlikely friendship and, ultimately, he delivers stunning plans for her husband, plans that will have huge ramifications for Pearlie and her son.
Now Pearlie must scramble to put a price on love, a figure high enough to secure a happy future for herself and her son. Greer's language turns what might be an interesting story into a compelling, must-read book. Hailed by authors and critics alike, The Story of a Marriage, will stick with the reader for a long time.
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