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Baby's Colors (Karen Katz's Brand-New Baby)
I'm a fan of Karen Katz's board books and give them as gifts to all the babies in my life. I'm told that the one-year-old I got this for immediately started eating the cover - a good sign. This is a board …
Fancy Nancy and the Delectable Cupcakes (I Can
Fancy Nancy has to make cupcakes for a school bake sale, and this colorfully illustrated book lets her tell her story and share some vocabulary words, like exhausted and velvet. I's a simple story geared …
reviewed Substitute Me. August 24, 2010
Substitute Me
Spoilers, Substitute Me alternates points of view among Zora Anderson, a 30-year-old black woman who, after living in Paris, decides to take a job as a nanny to a white family--something she knows would …
Murder in Vein (A Fang-in-Cheek Mystery)
I'm a fan of Sue Ann Jaffarian's other mystery series, but don't tend to read vampire stories so wasn't sure what I would think, but I loved this whodunnit, which delves into the world of vampires and …
reviewed Plus. August 05, 2010
Plus
This is now one of my favorite YA novels. Bee is a typical college student, dealing with boys, trying to lose her virginity, and her weight, only to get dumped. While she's gorging, she gets discovered …
Pretty In Ink: A Tattoo Shop Mystery
I thought this book was even better than the first in the serious. It starts out with a bang, literally, as a champagne cork is sent flying into the face of a drag queen. Brett is in the audience and …
The Missing Ink: A Tattoo Shop Mystery
I stumbled across this mystery in a store and it seemed up my alley--and it was! The first in Olson's tattoo shop mystery series, it centers around Las Vegas tattoo artist and shop owner Brett Kavanaugh, …
reviewed Reality Check. June 28, 2010
Reality Check
Spoilers. Who wouldn't want $10,000 an episode to hang out with their friends, shop, talk about boys and be themselves? That's why friends Charlie, Brooke, Kieran and Hallie sign up to be on The Cliffs, …
reviewed North of Beautiful. June 24, 2010
North of Beautiful
Another beautifully told YA novel from Headley, exploring beauty and friendship in various forms. You'll want to savor the writing as much as the story here.
reviewed Insatiable. June 21, 2010
Insatiable
Spoilers. I must admit that I don't think I've ever read a vampire novel before. Of course I can't truly escape vampire culture, but normally, it's just not my thing. But I am a big Meg Cabot fan and …
reviewed 29: A Novel. June 14, 2010
29: A Novel
Spoilers. This novel may be packaged like chick lit (not to knock it, I'm a fan), and maybe in some ways it is, if by "chick" you mean 75-year-old feisty grandmother. I'd expected this book to be about …
reviewed Forgive My Fins. June 14, 2010
Forgive My Fins
Spoilers. Forgive My Fins features Lily, a half mermaid, half terraped, with the soul of a teenage girl who's desperately in love with Brody. The only problem is, she gets kissed by Quince, the annoying …
reviewed Goddess Boot Camp. June 02, 2010
Goddess Boot Camp (Oh. My. Gods.)
I liked this sequel even better than the first one. Here, Phoebe knows she has powers, but has to go to Goddess Boot Camp to learn how to use them (her mishaps are entertaining to observe, however). Boot …
God Is in the Pancakes
God is in the Pancakes looks at an intergenerational friendship and a girl who's asked to do something that is both far beyond her years and the ultimate ethical dilemma: help an old man with Lou Gehrig's …
If You Knew Suzy: A Mother, a Daughter, a
If You Knew Suzy is unlike any memoir or biography I've ever read; it's intensely personal and poignant, yet Rosman is also every inch the journalist. In setting out to cover her mom's life, and death, …
Click: When We Knew We Were Feminists
This is a fascinating anthology, whether you consider yourself a feminist or not, which is an important point. It would be a shame for only self-identified feminist women to read this book, or to assume …
How to Get Divorced by 30: My Misguided Attempt at
I bought this book after hearing Sascha Rothchild speak at the LA Times Festival of Book's Memoir: All The Single Ladies panel. She related the basic story of why she got married at 27 (the timetable …
reviewed Some Girls: My Life in a Harem. April 27, 2010
Some Girls: My Life in a Harem
Some Girls is about, on the surface, Lauren's time spent in a harem in Brunei, but dig just marginally beneath that surface and you will see that this is a memoir that tackles major moments in both her …
Glitter Girls And The Great Fake Out (Allie
SPOILERS. Allie Finkle likes to play by the rules, and she has a lot of them. But here, even though she pretty much knows that she's breaking a rule of being a good friend, she justifies it and makes …
Yours Truly, Lucy B. Parker: Girl vs. Superstar
Lucy B. Parker is a spunky girl but whose life gets upended when her mom starts dating superstar Laurel Moses's dad. She's concerned that there might be a sudden onset of her first period, and that she's …
reviewed Some Girls Are. April 16, 2010
Some Girls Are
SPOILERS. With bullying so much in the news these days, this is an important novel about the heights of cruelty teen girls can reach. Because of that, it's not an easy book. Regina both takes part in …
reviewed Efrain's Secret. April 13, 2010
Efrain's Secret
Efrain is smart, and he knows it. He works hard in school and wants to go to Harvard, but getting there from his South Bronx neighborhood isn't so easy. He doesn't have the cash to take an SAT prep course …
reviewed Oh. My. Gods.. April 11, 2010
Oh. My. Gods.
Phoebe is shocked when her mom suddenly appears at her track meet with a man...who she is uprooting their little family for to move to Greece. She'd assumed she'd finish school in LA and go to USC as …
reviewed Heist Society. April 08, 2010
Heist Society
I'm a Gallagher Girls fan, but I liked that Ally Carter tried something new with Heist Society. There are some similarities, but Kat is very much her own person and has to navigate for herself. She's …
reviewed The Unwritten Rule. March 23, 2010
The Unwritten Rule
Spoilers. I have to say, when I started The Unwritten Rule, I found the protagonist a little whiny, a little mopey over a boy she'd basically let been "taken" from her boy her best friend. There didn't …
reviewed Seal It with a Kiss: Tips, Tricks, an.... March 22, 2010
Seal It with a Kiss: Tips, Tricks, and Techniques
To be honest, I never thought there'd be that much to say about kissing, but Violet Blue has managed to provide some expert tips and make me think about kissing in new ways. I guess I figured it was something …
Neon Angel: A Memoir of a Runaway
This wild ride of a memoir takes us from Currie's suburban upbringing as a young rebel, dyeing her hair red, white and blue and dressing up as her idol, David Bowie, to, in a turn that is dramatically …
Insatiable: A Young Mother's Struggle with
Insatiable is not, like any memoir about an eating disorder, an easy read. There are binges and paeans to suicide and disturbing moments when Rivera leaves her two sleeping toddlers to go for a run. I …
reviewed Lone Star Legend. March 11, 2010
Lone Star Legend
Sandy has a blog, and a boyfriend, only one of which excites her. She posts about her boyfriend Daniel and his insensitive ways under a pseudonym, assuming no one she knows will ever see it. Then she …
Babymouse #7: Skater Girl
This is one of my favorites of the Babymouse books, because while Babymouse, as she always does, throws herself into ice skating, she also learns that even if you can make it to the top, it doesn't always …
reviewed It's Raining Cupcakes. March 09, 2010
It's Raining Cupcakes
It's Raining Cupcakes is a fun story about a young girl trying to stake her place in her family and in the world, as her mother gets ready to open a cupcake bakery and her best friends goes to camp, having …
Sprinkle with Murder (Cupcake Bakery Mystery)
Who knew cupcakes were so dangerous? This fun, well-plotted mystery centers around two best friends, Melanie and Angie, who've just started a cupcake business, and are set to cater the wedding of their …
The Butcher and the Vegetarian: One Woman's Romp
As a former vegan and vegetarian, I was eager to read this book because I too have had to navigate the process of eating meat, though, unlike the author, not so much in the cooking department. Weaver …
If You Have to Cry, Go Outside: And Other Things
I have to admit that I know barely anything about fashion and had only seen Kelly Cutrone's name mentioned a few times, but I was curious to read this book because I liked the title and it seemed like …
The Bag Lady Papers: The Priceless Experience of
It would be easy to dismiss Alexandra Penney's woes as those of a rich woman far removed from the struggle for money those of us who regularly check our bank balance with panic, but that would be a mistake. …
reviewed Little Miss Red. February 15, 2010
Little Miss Red
With Little Miss Red, one of my favorite YA authors, Robin Palmer, has once again taken an ancient fairy tale and given it a modern, LA girl twist. Here, Sophie Greene is sick of being told she's not …
reviewed Smile. February 07, 2010
Smile
Smile starts with Raina as a typical pre-teen...until she falls and her two front teeth fall out. She's not only in major pain, but scared, and her trip to the dentist doesn't yield the greatest news; …
reviewed Babymouse #9: Monster Mash. February 07, 2010
Babymouse #9: Monster Mash
Another excellent enry in the Babymouse series. This time, Babymouse reluctantly invites (more like, is bullied into inviting) mean girl Felicia Furrypaws to her party. Very quickly, Felicia starts making …
Corpse on the Cob (The Odelia Grey Mysteries)
Sue Ann Jaffarian is back, with another riveting mystery that takes us into Odelia Gray's family tree and unlocks quite a few wild branches. Odelia goes to meet the mother who took off when she was 16, …
reviewed Liar. January 30, 2010
Liar
Spoilers. Liar was unlike any book I've ever read. I had heard about the book cover controversy and was intrigued, and for the first part of the book, I was totally with __, until we got to the twist …
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