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4 of 5 stars for The Silver Star by Jeannette Walls

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4 of 5 stars for The Silver Star by Jeanette Walls

I love when an author has me despising characters and adoring others.
Jeanette Walls has done this with The Silver Star.

I adored the spunky Bean Holladay! I was routing for her and her sister Liz!

Her unstable mother Charlotte frustrated me, and Maddox….I just wanted to punch in the face!

I haven’t read a book set in the early 70’s in awhile.
Loved it!

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IS THIS TOMORROW by Caroline Leavitt

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IS THIS TOMORROW by Caroline Leavitt

Great novel!
4 of 5 stars

In 1956, when divorced working-mom Ava Lark rents a house with her twelve-year-old son, Lewis, in a Boston suburb, the neighborhood is less than welcoming. Lewis yearns for his absent father, befriending the only other fatherless kids: Jimmy and Rose. One afternoon, Jimmy goes missing. The neighborhood in the era of the Cold War, bomb scares, and paranoia seizes the opportunity to further ostracize Ava and her son. Lewis never recovers from the disappearance of his childhood friend. By the time he reaches his twenties, he’s living a directionless life, a failure in love, estranged from his mother. Rose is now a schoolteacher in another city, watching over children as she was never able to watch over her own brother. Ava is building a new life for herself in a new decade. When the mystery of Jimmy’s disappearance is unexpectedly solved, all three must try to reclaim what they have lost.

The author has a way of making the characters seem so real.
I was touched by Lewis’s relationship with Sheila, and how he felt after she was gone.
The ignorance of people during this time, with Ava being a single mother.
So much going on, but flows easily.

DASH AND LILY’s BOOK OF DARES

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DASH AND LILY's BOOK OF DARES

4 of 5 stars

First…I loved the process the authors wrote this in.
David Levithan wrote Dash’s chapters and Rachel Cohn wrote Lily’s. They emailed the chapters back and forth to each other, without planning anything out beforehand. LOVE that!

I loved the whole idea about this novel.
Lily: “Well, I’ve been corresponding with a complete stranger in a notebook, telling him my innermost feelings and thoughts and then blindly going to mystery places where he dares me to go….”

I love the places that they sent each other.

“Fate has a strange way of making plans..”

“The important people in our lives leave imprints. They may stay or go in the physical realm, but they are always there in your hart, because they helped form your heart. There’s no getting over that.”

Dash’s Postcard 2:
“Why is it so much easier to talk to a stranger? Why do we feel we need that disconnect in order to connect? If I wrote “Dear Sofia” or “Dear Boomer” or “Dear Lily’s Great-Aunt” at the top of this postcard, wouldn’t that chane the words that follow? Of course it would. But the question is: When I wrote “Dear Lily,” was that ust a version of “Dear Myself”? I know it was more than that. But it was also less than that, too.”

And I loved the chapter when Dash met Lily’s Great Aunt Ida…the Q & A back and forth was entertaining.

FEVER by Mary Beth Keane

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FEVER by Mary Beth Keane

5 of 5 stars!!

So interesting! Highly recommend!

I remember vaguely hearing of ‘Typhoid Mary’, but never really knew her story.

Mary Beth Keane does an amazing job of combining fact and fiction, bringing Mary Mallon’s story to life. I was a little nervous that the facts wouldn’t be there, but they were.

I was fascinated by the story of Mary Mallon. Her life on North Brother Island, in NYC, where she was quarantined until her death in 1938.

I had never even realized such an island existed. I researched it a bit more, after reading this book. Very interesting.

I had written some notes as I was reading, but unfortunately did not save them in time, before my access was gone from the ARC. I definetely will be purchasing this one for my bookshelf, and will be reading it again! I can always add more thoughts again later

A Must Read!! IF YOU FIND ME by Emily Murdoch

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A Must Read!!  IF YOU FIND ME by Emily Murdoch

5 of 5 Stars!
Holy Cow! Put this one on your to-read list!

You know it’s good when you read it in a day!
First…I have to say…this is not for young-Young Adults. Definetely high school or older, because of some disturbing content.
(Not graphic, unfortunately a heartbreaking reality)

I could not put this down. The author did an excellent job of keeping me turning the pages! And her writing…I felt like I was watching a movie in my head, not reading a book.
My heart broke for the two sisters, Carey and Janessa!

So sad when Carey and Janessa compared themselves to the baby birds,” who’s mama pulls away the straws one by one, until the babies are left balancing on the branches.” Janessa told Carey the baby birds were brave, just like them, because there mama wasn’t there.

It was so hard to watch Carey have to learn how to have her new life and realize it wasn’t a dream. “The peopled world is so fast, so loud and busy. Always things to do, with none seeming all that important.”

Her stepmom: “Your dad couldn’t understand how you girls could ever be homesick, especially after the way you were living. But I could. We make attachments to what’s familiar. We find the beauty, even in the lack. That’s human. We make the best of what we’re given.”

ME BEFORE YOU by JoJo Moyes

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ME BEFORE YOU by JoJo Moyes

WOW!
I was hooked from the start! I kept thinking to myself what a great movie this would be, and was happy to hear that it is already in the works!
I have to say, I honestly cannot remember the last time a novel had me crying. Yes, real tears here…I got so emotional over this book! I am still reeling!

I was routing for Louisa all along, hoping and praying her plan would work….but at the same time, I felt for Will too, and how he was feeling…
“If you’re here, you accept it’s my choice. This is the first thing I’ve been in control of since the accident.”
So heartbreakingly true!

I literally could not pick up another book for a couple of days. I just wanted to hide and soak it all in.

I will be buying this one for my shelf to read again!

Shine Shine Shine by Lydia Netzer

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A debut unlike any other, Shine, Shine, Shine is a shocking, searing, breathless love story, a gripping portrait of modern family, and a stunning exploration of love, death and what it means to be human

Sunny Mann has masterminded a life for herself and her family in a quiet Virginia town. Her house and her friends are picture-perfect. Even her genius husband, Maxon, has been trained to pass for normal. But when a fender bender on an average day sends her coiffed blonde wig sailing out the window, her secret is exposed. Not only is she bald, Sunny is nothing like the Stepford wife she’s trying to be. As her facade begins to unravel, we discover the singular world of Sunny, an everywoman searching for the perfect life, and Maxon, an astronaut on his way to colonize the moon.
Theirs is a wondrous, strange relationship formed of dark secrets, decades-old murders and the urgent desire for connection. As children, the bald, temperamental Sunny and the neglected savant Maxon found an unlikely friendship no one else could understand. She taught him to feel—helped him translate his intelligence for numbers into a language of emotion. He saw her spirit where others saw only a freak. As they grew into adults, their profound understanding blossomed into love and marriage.
But with motherhood comes a craving for normalcy that begins to strangle Sunny’s marriage and family. As Sunny and Maxon are on the brink of destruction, at each other’s throats with blame and fear of how they’ve lost their way, Maxon departs for the moon, where he’s charged with programming the robots that will build the fledgling colony. Just as the car accident jars Sunny out of her wig and into an awareness of what she really needs, an accident involving Maxon’s rocket threatens everything they’ve built, revealing the things they’ve kept hidden. And nothing will ever be the same.

 

My review:   3.5 – 4 stars

Such a creative and unique storyline.  Different than anything else I’ve ever read. I kept asking myself, as I was reading…is this romance? sci-fi? general fiction? It was a little taste of each.
I admired Sunny’s strength.  Coming out with her baldness, after the accident, doing her best for Bubby, her son, who is autistic, her dying mother, being very pregnant and having her husband’s rocket have an accident while in space.
I have some great quotes I would like to add, after the book is published.

28 More Days!!

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World Book Night USA!! Cannot wait!

I was so fortunate to be chosen as a book giver on April 23rd, for World Book Night.

I will be sharing one of my favorite books, A Prayer For Owen Meany, by John Irving.

My oldest daughter is also a giver!  She will be giving The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini.

So happy to be part of something so special, fun and exciting with her before she leaves for her first year of college later this summer.

www.worldbooknight.org