Sunday, August 23, 2009

In My Mailbox (13)

Pretty good week for me. Yay for libraries!

The Bought:

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
In his first book for young adults, bestselling author Sherman Alexie tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school on the rez to attend an all-white farm town high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot. Heartbreaking, funny, and beautifully written, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, which is based on the author's own experiences, coupled with poignant drawings by acclaimed artist Ellen Forney, that reflect the character's art, chronicles the contemporary adolescence of one Native American boy as he attempts to break away from the life he was destined to live.

Umm. So, I've never actually read this book, but have been wanting to for AGES. I requested it from my library a while back, still haven't gotten it (now thinking maybe I actually never did request it...?), so when I ended up going to an Indigo I never go to because it's far away, I convinced my mom to buy it for me. :-)

The Borrowed:

The Treasure Map of Boys by E. Lockhart
Ruby is back at Tate Prep, and it's her thirty-seventh week in the state of Noboyfriend. Her panic attacks are bad, her love life is even worse, and what's more: Noel is writing her notes, Jackson is giving her frogs, Gideon is helping her cook, and Finn is making her brownies. Rumors are flying, and Ruby's already-sucky reputation is heading downhill. Not only that, she's also: running a bake sale, learning the secrets of heavymetal therapy, encountering some seriously smelly feet, defending the rights of pygmy goats, and bodyguarding Noel from unwanted advances. In this companion novel to The Boyfriend List and The Boy Book, Ruby struggles to secure some sort of mental health, to understand what constitutes a real friendship, and to find true love--if such a thing exists.

Yayy! I haven't read about Ruby Oliver in a longlong time. It's been... 4 years? Maybe 3? :/ Lauren just finished this one though and loved it. I'll get around to reading it eventually. Hopefully.

Just One Wish by Jannette Rallison
Seventeen-year-old Annika Truman knows about the power of positive thinking. With a little brother who has cancer, it’s all she ever hears about. And in order to help Jeremy, she will go to the ends of the earth (or at least as far as Hollywood) to help him believe he can survive his upcoming surgery.

But Annika’s plan to convince Jeremy that a magic genie will grant him any wish throws her a curveball when he unexpectedly wishes that his television idol would visit him. Annika suddenly fi nds herself in the desperate predicament of getting access to a hunky star actor and convincing him to come home with her. Piece of cake, right?

Janette Rallison’s proven talent for laugh-out-loud humor, teen romance, and deep-hearted storytelling shines in a novel that will have readers laughing and crying at the same time.

I actually keep getting this one and "As You Wish" confused. The titles are so similar and I find that the covers resemble one another also. :/ The plot seems a lot different though. I just get confused.

The ABC's of Kissing Boys by Tina Ferraro
Parker Stanhope has played soccer practically since she could walk. And now that she’s a high school junior, everything she’s worked for is finally coming together. She’s paid her dues on the field, and as an upperclassman, she’s a shoo-in for the varsity team. But that’s not what happens.

This year, Coach Hartley moved up every JV player but two—and one of those two was Parker. Now, she’s stuck with the freshmen, her friends are cutting her loose, and her love of the game is seriously beginning to fail. But Parker is determined to get her life back. She has to get on the varsity team, and she has the perfect plan. All she needs now is the right kind of coach. A kissing coach.

I'm not too sure how soccer and kissing is related, but sure, it sounds like a fun book.

You Are So Undead To Me by Stacey Jay
Fifteen-year-old Megan Berry is a Zombie Settler by birth, which means she’s part-time shrink to a bunch of dead people with a whole lot of issues.

All Megan wants is to be normal—and go to homecoming, of course. Unfortunately, it’s a little difficult when your dates keep getting interrupted by a bunch of slobbering Undead.

Things are about to get even more complicated for Megan. Someone in school is using black magic to turn average, angsty Undead into flesh-eating Zombies, and it’s looking like homecoming will turn out to be a very different kind of party—the bloody kind.

Megan must stop the Zombie apocalypse descending on Carol, Arkansas. Her life—and more importantly, homecoming—depends on it.

Sounds like a cute zombie book- unique, for sure.

Deadly Little Secret by Laurie Faria Stolarz
Until three months ago, everything about sixteen-year-old Camelia's life had been fairly ordinary: decent grades; an okay relationship with her parents; and a pretty cool part-time job at an art studio downtown. But when Ben, the mysterious new guy, starts junior year at her high school, Camelia's life becomes far from ordinary.

Rumored to be somehow responsible for his ex-girlfriend's accidental death, Ben is immediately ostracized by everyone on campus. Except for Camelia. She's reluctant to believe he's trouble, even when her friends try to convince her otherwise. Instead she's inexplicably drawn to Ben...and to his touch. But soon, Camelia is receiving eerie phone calls and strange packages with threatening notes. Ben insists she is in danger, and that he can help – but can he be trusted? She knows he's hiding something...but he's not the only one with a secret.

A Little Friendly Advice by Siobhan Vivian
Ruby's turning sixteen . . . but the day doesn't turn out to be as sweet as it's supposed to be. Her long lost father shows up, and Ruby doesn't want to have anything to do with him. Instead, she wants to hang out with her friends - loyal Beth, dangerous Katherine, and gossipy Maria. They have plenty of advice for her - about boys, about her dad, about how she should look and what she should be feeling. But really, Ruby doesn't know what to think or feel. Especially when a new boy comes into the picture . . . and Ruby discovers some of her friends aren't as truthful as they say.

I recently figured out that "Siobhan" is actually not pronounced See-Obe-Han but Shivan. O_O

Shadowed Summer by Saundra Mitchell
Nothing ever happened in Ondine, Louisiana, not even the summer Elijah Landry disappeared.

His mother knew he ascended to heaven, the police believed he ran away, and his girlfriend thought he was murdered.

Decades later, certain she saw his ghost in the town cemetery, fourteen-year-old Iris Rhame is determined to find out the truth behind "The Incident With the Landry Boy."

Enlisting the help of her best friend Collette, and forced to endure the company of Collette's latest crush, Ben, Iris spends a summer digging into the past and stirring old ghosts, in search of a boy she never knew.

What she doesn't realize is that in a town as small as Ondine, every secret is a family secret.

I'm quite interested in reading this one! Although I don't really like the cover. It's both spooky and old looking, which turns me off. Maybe it's the colours too?

Surface Tension by Brent Runyon
Lucas at 13 is excited about everything—swimming, fishing, skipping rocks, and searching for lucky stones—there’s so much to do in two weeks at the lake.

Lucas at 14 is a little more jaded. And more interested in looking at the hot girl next door than in looking for rocks.

Lucas at 15 is a little more angry. The friend he brings along makes him see his summer haven with new—and less appreciative—eyes.

Lucas at 16 is in love—until he gets a break-up post card from his girlfriend, and then he wants to die.

Brent Runyon has crafted a remarkable portrait of a boy at four distinct points in his life and literally shows us his coming-of-age. It’s a story about what is ever-changing and what is timeless, and how we are shaped by both the people and places we love.

I really like this idea and think it's very interesting, the life of a boy over 4 summers. :)

The Vast Fields of Ordinary by Nick Burd
It’s Dade’s last summer at home. He has a crappy job at Food World, a “boyfriend” who won’t publicly acknowledge his existence (maybe because Pablo also has a girlfriend), and parents on the verge of a divorce. College is Dade’s shining beacon of possibility, a horizon to keep him from floating away.

Then he meets the mysterious Alex Kincaid. Falling in real love finally lets Dade come out of the closet—and, ironically, ignites a ruthless passion in Pablo. But just when true happiness has set in, tragedy shatters the dreamy curtain of summer, and Dade will use every ounce of strength he’s gained to break from his past and start fresh with the future.

I think this one sounds really interesting, don't you think?

And that's it for me this week! What about all you?

As usual, this meme is hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren who was influenced by Alea at Pop Culture Junkie. :)

- Alex


  1. I just read The Boy Book two weeks ago and can't get hold of The Treasure Map of Boys'll probably me a few months before I'll be able to read it. Anyway, it looks like you have AWESOME books this week! :)

  2. Great books! I just finished Just One Wish- it was awesome. Enjoy your books(:

  3. Wow. You had a great week! Happy reading.

  4. Yay for the library! Love your finds this week :-)

  5. Wow, lots of stuff. I have been wanting to read The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian for a loooong time. A Little Friendly Advice is a good story, but I enjoyed Same Difference by Siobhan much more.

    Siobhan is teaching a YA lit class I'm taking this semester at the University of Pittsburgh. I'm looking forward to the first day to see how many people can't figure how to say her name.

  6. I see a few there I wanna read but I am dying to read Deadly Little Secret! It sounds awesome. Hope you enjoy your new books. :D


  7. I love reading your IMM posts!! You always have so many great looking books :D


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  9. Great book week! I loved "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian"! I honestly wasn't sure how I would feel about it because I read Alexie's other book "Flight" and wasn't too thrilled; however, I found this book to be really funny but still left me with a lot to think about.

  10. I can't wait to read Roo3. ABC's and You Are So Undead to Me are really good. Enjoy your books!

  11. The Vast Fields of Ordinary sounds great. Happy reading!

  12. Awesome books you got this week. They all look really good. Hope you enjoy reading all your books.


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