Category Archive: Book Review

Jul 30

Book Review: The Flamethrowers

The Flamethrowers by Rachel Kushner This book feels very literary to me in that it’s full of a lot of different things, but if you asked me what it was about, I’d have a hard time answering. About a girl who dated a rich man? About poseur artists? About speed? About motorcycles? The main character …

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Jul 28

Book Review: Hatchet

Hatchet by Gary Paulsen My kid read this for school and liked it, so when I found myself in a reading doldrum, I picked it up. This is standard survivalist fare, paced to make it interesting and voiced for younger teens. Adults should like it too, as I did. Boy crashes in a plane, lands …

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Jun 09

Book Review: Hawk

Hawk by Steven Brust I’ve read so many of these things that I couldn’t even tell you. How long has he been doing this series? When it started out, Vlad Taltos was a gritty street thug/assassin, just trying to get by in the dirty city of Adrilahnka (or however you spell that). I loved especially …

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Jun 04

Book Review: Divergent

Divergent by Veronica Roth This book feels like it fits so neatly into the standard successful YA tropes it could have been written by a marketing team. Young girl (16) has to go take a test that will tell her what faction she will belong to for the rest of her life. Will she choose …

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May 28

Book Review: Protecting the Gift

Protecting the Gift: Keeping Children and Teenagers Safe by Gavin de Becker My rating: 3 of 5 stars I bought this book based on how valuable and life-changing Gift of Fear was. I figured it would be a great alternative to constantly nagging my girls to read Gift of Fear for themselves. Unlike Gift of …

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