Fr0m Andrea Kalinowski
Author: Shari Shattuck
Title: Invisible Ellen
Have you ever wanted to be invisible? Have you ever wanted to slide along a wall and disappear into it or through the floorboards, perhaps, when someone is reading you the riot act? In Invisible Ellen by Shari Shattuck the principal character, Ellen, makes herself as invisible as possible. She observes the life of her neighbors and as an anthropologist would, records everything, but everything, in her notebooks. Her childhood was troubled and, being or attempting to be invisible, was a coping method. Do not move and the hunter cannot see you. Ellen is a habitual bus rider and her curiosity about the life of a blind rider forces her off the bus and onto her trail. This small act of curiosity, following the blind girl off the bus, somehow compels Ellen to a major act of bravery when she foils an attack on the blind girl. It is this one tiny impulsive action which begins the shredding of her invisibility shield. The blind girl, Temerity, draws Ellen back into the sometimes frustrating but sometimes wonderful world of humankind. It was a little slow to draw me in but overall a good, humorous read.
From Jackie Cantwell
Author: Geneen Roth
Lost and found: unexpected revelations about food and money
Well-known author Geneen Roth was another victim of Bernie Madoff’s investment scheme. What may differentiate her from other victims is her ability to lay bare her deep-seated, once subconscious beliefs about money and share these hard-earned truths with the reader. Her father’s entire family was killed in the Holocaust. Since he felt that God failed him and his family, he trusted no one and his life was dedicated to accumulating wealth and material things. As a young woman, Geneen was torn between wanting independence and depending on her father’s largesse for all her expenses. Geneen draws the parallel between our relationship with our fathers, our money, our choice of mates, and even our relationship with food. She encourages us to see if how we’re actually handling our finances jibes with our concern for the environment, our values, and our responsibilities to our families. She warns us that being willfully ignorant of our relationship with money, as she once was, can have dire consequences to our very souls.
From Divya, Teen Book Reviewer
author: Keplinger, Kody
Bianca, from the novel The Duff by Kody Keplinger, has problems in her life. Her mother, who is never home, might divorce her dad, who is a recovering alcoholic. She feels as though she is the “duff” in her group of friends, or the “Designated, Ugly, Fat, Friend,” the weak link. Her ex-boyfriend, who broke her heart when she was fourteen, is visiting town from his college with his fiancee. The boy she has a massive crush on, Toby, doesn’t even know that she exists. Bianca wants a distraction, a way to let out all these emotions so she won’t go crazy. So she starts sleeping with Wesley Rush, her high school’s womanizer. She doesn’t like him at all, she actually despises him, but all she is looking for is a fling and that is exactly what Wesley can provide. But Bianca actually finds out they have more in common then she thought and realizes that she might actually care for him. And what will happen when all the problems she has been running away from catch up!
with her? Read the book to find out! I would definitely recommend this book to any girl to a girl in middle or high school. I would give this book a 9 out of 10 because it truly is an excellent read for any girl as it explores important issues such as self-esteem, reputations, and many more that are easy to relate too. However, this book contains a lot of mature content so the reader should probably be over the age of 10. So go out and read The Duff!
From Divya, Teen Book Reviewer
author: Vail, Rachel
“Gorgeous” by Rachel Vail is a great read for any girl above the age of 10. This book is about Allison Avery, the 14-year-old middle sister in between two beautiful, perfect girls. Being always be called “interesting-looking” compared to her brainy older sister Quinn and her popular younger sister Pheobe, she always feels as if that there is nothing that sets her apart from everyone else. So when the devil comes to her one night and offers to turn her gorgeous in the eyes of seven people, she jumps at the chance. But instead of her soul. the devil wants something else: her cell phone. Soon after, Allison suddenly becomes popular with a new best friend and the boy that she has a crush suddenly is chasing after her. And like any other family, there are many issues with money challenging the Averys. All the while, Allison runs off with her new friend Roxie, a model, to New York City for an audition for a teen magazine. With all this going on, Allison doesn’t know what to do or who is actually her friend or is just doing it because she is suddenly
gorgeous. I would give this book 8 out of 10 stars because it shows that sometimes family and friends are more important than looking amazing. I look forward to reading “Lucky,” another book set in the same family.