A blog for reviewing YA, children's, classics and whatever I feel like.
Also for discussing developments in the the book world, specifically in the St. Paul, Minnesota.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Book Review: Pointe

Author: Brandy Colbert
Reviewer: Book Girl

Theo is a girl whose life is solely focused on ballet.  She is trying to put her past behind her, a past that includes getting treatment for her anorexia and the kidnapping of her friend Donovan, which occurred four years ago.  Then Theo receives news that she though was no longer possible.  Donovan has returned.  But he is no longer speaking.

Theo tries to move on with her life.  She finds a guy that seems sweet and interested in her, even if he does already have a girlfriend.  She throws herself into preparations for a summer intensive ballet program.  And then she finds out something that completely changes everything.  She knows Donovan's kidnapper.

This book is one of the best I've read all year.  Theo's struggles are many, but are very real to her and to the reader.  She is a strong female character, especially as regards to her love interest, Hosea.  I would love to go into more detail about the book. but don't want to give away anything major, so I'll stop here.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Book Review: Chomp

Author: Carl Hiassen
Reviewer: Sam

Chomp is a book about a kid named Wahoo whose dad owns a ton of animals.  They are hired by a TV show called Expedition Survival  which involves a person who goes out into the wilderness with only a straw and a Swiss army knife to survive a few days.  Wahoo and his father know that Derek Badger, the guy who goes out to survive, is a fake.  Wahoo meets this girl at Wal-Mart, who lives there with her dad, and finds out that her dad has been mistreating her, so when Derek badger and the crew of Expedition Survival invite Wahoo and his dad to go with them to the Everglades, Wahoo invites the girl, Tuna, to go with them.  When her father comes looking for her and Derek Badger disappears, chaos comes and it's here to stay.  It's up to Wahoo and Tuna to find Derek Badger without getting killed by Tuna's psycho Dad. 

                I love this book because although there are many characters to keep track of and  a lot of things that might be the main plot, you still remember everything. I like how this could be a love story between Wahoo and Tuna, but that isn't what the author is focusing on. I would recommend this to anyone who especially cares about endangered animals, or just wants a good laugh about the mistakes Derek Badger will make.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Daybreak Press: A New Bookstore in St. Paul

A new bookstore is opening up in St. Paul, whose full name is Daybreak Press Global Bookshop and Gathering Space.  This is a new style of bookstore, that focuses on equality and women's issues.  Another rather unique thing about the store is that it organizes its books by continent, including a section for books about Antarctica.  This bookstore is located near Macalester College, and fits perfectly with the kind of students Macalester attracts.  Hopefully its unique aspects will keep it afloat, because the area is certainly not lacking for bookstores, with Garrison Keillor's Common Good Books just a few blocks away.  I am looking forward to going to see this new bookstore.  You can read more about it here.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

The Future Library

I recently discovered a project known as the Future Library, and decided to share my thoughts.  The idea of the project is that every year an author is chosen by a committee.  This author produces a work that will be released to the public in 100 years.  You can read more about this project here.

My first reaction to this project was disappointment, since in all likelihood I will not live to see the works that the authors who participate in this project produce.  But after giving it a little thought, I decided that if someone told me a new Louisa May Alcott book was about to come out I would be thrilled.  So overall, I think this project is a neat idea.