As I’m part way through the month and need to get something posted, I thought I’d tell you about the books I read last month. I have very varied tastes, as you’ll see, but hopefully you’ll find something that intrigues you and makes you want to drop what you’re doing and rush to the bookstore post haste.
Moth Girls by Anne Cassidy
Three friends are drawn to a local house. It is overgrown and dilapidated. An old reclusive man lives in one room of the house. The girls seem fascinated by this. One day they decide to go in and explore. One of the girls, Mandy, gets cold feet and refuses to go. The other two, Petra and Tina go ahead.
The girls are never seen again.
Five years later Mandy still has guilt about that day. She watches as the house is demolished and wonders what became of her childhood friends. No one knows. No bodies were ever found. Five years might be a long time, but Mandy cannot forget them.
I really liked this book. It was a quick and enjoyable read and I’d recommend it to anyone looking for something a bit different. The characters were well developed and you really cared about them and had to keep on reading to find out what happened to them. I can’t say too much, as I don’t want to spoil the story, but I’d definitely say give it a try. You won’t be disappointed.
Simon Vs The Homosapien Agenda by Becky Albertalli
Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.
With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.
This is a great book. Very funny and impossible to put down. You’ll stay up all night wondering along with Simon who the mysterious Blue is and if they’ll ever be together. Buy it now.
Don’t Get Caught by Kurt Dinan
10:00 tonight at the water tower. Tell no one. -Chaos Club
When Max receives a mysterious invite from the untraceable, epic prank-pulling Chaos Club, he has to ask: why him? After all, he’s Mr. 2.5 GPA, Mr. No Social Life. He’s Just Max. And his favorite heist movies have taught him this situation calls for Rule #4: Be suspicious. But it’s also his one shot to leave Just Max in the dust…
Yeah, not so much. Max and four fellow students-who also received invites-are standing on the newly defaced water tower when campus security “catches” them. Definitely a setup. And this time, Max has had enough. It’s time for Rule #7: Always get payback.
Let the prank war begin.
I enjoyed this book and thought the characters were very well written and fun to follow. It reminded me of The Breakfast Club, with it’s cast of misfits, and I loved the set-up and use of code names and rules. It’s Ocean’s 11 for the teenage generation.
Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum
Everything about Jessie is wrong. At least, that’s what it feels like during her first week as a junior at her new ultra-intimidating prep school in Los Angeles. It’s been barely two years since her mother’s death, and because her father eloped with a woman he met online, Jessie has been forced to move across the country to live with her stepmonster and her pretentious teenage son.
Just when she’s thinking about hightailing it back to Chicago, she gets an email from a person calling themselves Somebody/Nobody (SN for short), offering to help her navigate the wilds of Wood Valley High School. Is it an elaborate hoax? Or can she rely on SN for some much-needed help?
In a leap of faith—or an act of complete desperation—Jessie begins to rely on SN, and SN quickly becomes her lifeline and closest ally. Jessie can’t help wanting to meet SN in person. But are some mysteries better left unsolved?
A great character driven novel. You feel for Jessie from the start and are as desperate as her to find out the identity of the mysterious Somebody/Nobody. Sad in places, funny in others. I highly recommend picking up a copy. You’ll be hooked from the start.