Adult Summer Reading Club review

From Elizabeth Castellano

 

Title/Author
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

Tell us about your book (50-100 words, please)
Conor is a young boy who gets bullied at school by a group of boys his age. Conor’s single Mom is dying of cancer and he can’t handle all his emotions. He calls on a tree monster to help him cope with his mother’s illness and overcome the school issues. Great book. How many stars does the book deserve?
☆☆☆☆

Adult Summer Reading Club review

From Claire Spencer

Title/Author
The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane /Lisa See
Li-yan is a young gal living in the remote hills of China where everyone’s life revolves around the tea industry. Books covers the intricacies of that industry along with the ancient customs and culture of the Aka people. Li-yan is definitely bright and is chosen by her teacher to be educated far beyond what her contemporaries and uses that and her understanding of tea harvesting to make her way in the world outside her very remote village. Along side Li-yan’s story is that of Haley who is of Chinese descent adopted by an professional American couple. It would be a spoiler to say anymore.
How many stars does the book deserve?
☆☆☆☆

Adult Summer Reading Club reviews

From Elaine Pasquali

Title/Author Manhunting / Jennifer Crusie

A romance novel about a wealthy, successful business woman and her search for a wealthy, successful husband. Well written; beach-blanket reading. How many stars does the book deserve? ☆☆
Title/Author Smart Women / Judy Blume

Ms. Blume does a wonderful job of character development. The main characters, Margo, Cloe, and BB, are in their 40s and divorced. They are smart professional women, but not very smart about the choices they make in their personal lives. They continue to repeat their dysfunctional relational patterns with ex-husbands, lovers, and children. As one of the children noted, they “court disaster.” An engaging novel from beginning to end. How many stars does the book deserve? ☆☆☆☆

Adult Summer Reading Club reviews

From Adele GRESSER

Title/Author NECESSARY LIES DIANNE CHAMBERLAIN

9IVY HARDT, A 15 YEAR OLD GIRL., LIVES IN A HOUSE WHERE SHE TAKES CARE OF HER 17 YR OLD SISTER AS WELL AS HER GRANDMOTHER. HER SISTER HAS A LOW IQ. HER SISTER MARY ELLEN HAS A 2 YR OLD SON WHOM SHE ALSO CARES FOR. THE OWNER OF THE TOBACCO FARM ALLOWS THEM TOLIVE RENT FREE. A NEW TO THE JOB. SOCISL WORKER, 9IS COMPASSSIONATE AND TRIES TO FIND WAYS OF HELPING THEM AS WELL AS THE IR NEIGHBORS WHO LIVE BELOW POVERTY LEVEL. SHE BECOMES INVOLVED WITH THE HART’S SO SOMETIMES SHE DOES THINGS THAT ARE NOT PART OF HER JOB. THEREFORE HER SUPERVISOR FIRES HER. INTERESTING AND OFTEN GRIPPING. How many stars does the book deserve? ☆☆☆☆
Title/Author THE INVENTION OF WINGS SUE MONK KIDD

‘HETTY GRIMKE KNOWN AS HANDFUL WAS BORN A SLAVE. IN THE 19TH CENTURY SLAVES WERE DEEMED NECESSARY TO MAKE A PLANTATION WORK. THERE SLAVES WERE CHASTIZED, BEATEN, AND BELITTLED. HANDFUL”s younger sister had a calling SHE WANTED RO FREE THE SLAVES.HETTY WAS GIVEN TO THE PLANTSATION OWNERS DAUGHTER WHO REALLY DOESN’T WANT A SLAVE SHE WAS 10 YEARS OLD. THE STORY OF HOW HANDFUL, HER MOTHER SARAH THE OWNER’S DAUGHTER FORM A BOND TO FREE THE SLAVES . FRIGHTENING BUT HOPEFUL.’ How many stars does the book deserve? ☆☆☆☆

Adult Summer Reading Club review

From Elaine Pasquali

Title/Author
Sushi for Beginners / Marion Keyes

I had diffiuclty getting into this book. Characters seemed one dimensional, but I stuck with it. Midway through the book, characters fleshed out and I found myself caring about what happened to them. I ended up enjoying the book.
How many stars does the book deserve?
☆☆

Title/Author Pie/ /Sara Weeks

Because of her pie crust,Alice’s Aunt Polly was a renown pie baking queen. When Aunt Polly died and her pie crust recipe was “lost,” most of the local women tried to replicate Polly’s recipe. Alice set about to solve the mystery of the missing recipe. Like “Jonathan Livingston Siegel”, this book is not about pie crust but about love. A Scholastic book, it is enjoyable for youths and adults. How many stars does the book deserve? ☆☆

Adult Summer Reading Club reviews

From Elaine Pasquali

Title/Author
The Christie Caper / Carolyn G. Hart

Annie Darling, owner of the Death on Demand bookstore, co-chairs a three day convention of renown authors to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Agatha Christie’s birth. Mystery and murder plague the attendees and Annie, her husband Max, and a few authors set about to unmask the murderer. There is a cast of 26 characters. Hart lists the characters at the beginning of the book. Despite this, the large number of characters is confusing. Hart also refers to Christie novels in almost every conversation, I found this distracting, especially if I hadn’t read the book . This said, the ending makes the book worth reading.
How many stars does the book deserve?
☆☆☆
Title/Author
Murder at Madingley Grange / Caroline Graham

Ms. Graham is a British author. If she had been French, I would have characterized this book as a French farce. Simon and Laurel Hannaford stage a mystery weekend for paying guests at their absent great-aunt’s estate. Is a real murder afoot or is it all part of the planned weekend? Guests act outrageously, fall in and out of love, threaten and argue with one another. Three surprises are revealed at the very end of the story. Try it; you might like it. I did.
How many stars does the book deserve?
☆☆☆