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Hello everyone :)! [16 Jul 2004|08:06am]

Hello new member! I'm Beth I'm a teen...obviously and I love to read.

Some of my favorite books:
Harry Potter (of course) by JK Rowling
Pirates (it's a really good susepnsful story) by Celia Rees
and my all time favorite series...
His Dark Materials by Phillip Pullman. If you haven't read the His Dark Materials books yet you HAVE to read them. They're so emotional yet fantasy and SO good.

As you can see I'm slighly obsessed with fantasy. :) My parents keep trying to get me to read nonfiction...ugh. Lol...does anyone know some good non-fiction books I might like?
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Getting there... [13 Jul 2004|06:57pm]

[ mood | full ]

All-American Girl by Meg Cabot                  pgs. 247

Hard to buy storyline…

            As someone who has read many YA books, I have to admit this one doesn’t stand out, except maybe for the sheer outrageousness of the storyline. Samantha Madison is teenage artist living in Washington, D.C. One day while skipping her art classes her parents force her to attend she inadvertently saves the president’s life. Along with her newfound celebrity comes…yup, you guessed it, a romance with the president’s son. I could see most “twists” in the story from a mile away. I do like the minor plot about art however. 2/5


Burger Wuss By M.T Anderson           pgs. 192

Good writer, bad plot…

            I really do believe that M. T Anderson is a good writer, and you see glimpses of this in this book. Those few glimpses aren’t enough to pull this mixed-up plot of feuding fast-food chains, bullies and love into a coherent, entertaining novel. Anthony, who caught his girlfriend cheating on him with a guy (Turner) that works at the local fast-food joint, O’Dermott’s, decides he should work there too to get “revenge” on Turner. Anthony’s crazy ideas end up getting him in some very odd situations, none which reflect very well on his employer. Just…blah…. 2/5



TO DATE: 10121/15000 or 67% done!

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[x] 1 girl + 2 boys - 2 parents + 1 island = best summer ever!! [11 Jul 2004|10:04pm]

Hey! I am about halfway thru reading this book Maine Squeeze by Catherine Clark. I really like it thus far.
If the equation in the subject line doesn't spell out a good book, I don't know what does. :)
.:hugz 'n snogs:.

Love You! Leah
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i reeeeeeeeally need to update! [19 Jun 2004|01:57pm]

[ mood | determined ]

#32. The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale pgs.383
Dragged on FAR too long…
As someone who has never heard the actual Grimm fairy tale about the goose girl/princess, I can’t exactly judge this book against the original story. As a story in itself, I found it just okay. We are first introduced to Anidori-Kiladra Talianna Isilee, Crown Princess of Kildenree when she is just a young girl, and helped by her aunt, discovers she has the ability to speak to animals. As the first child born to the King and Queen, she is supposed to be first in line to the throne, but Ani (as she is called) doesn’t really feel like she fits in. After her father dies, the Queen announces that Ani’s younger brother will take the throne and Ani will be send to marry the prince of Bayern, a nearby country that Kildenree has only a “civil” relationship with. Ani, her guards and her lady-in-waiting, Selia, set off on the long journey to Bayern, only to find out that Selia has other plans. Ani eventually arrives in Bayern, but must be careful to blend in. She ends up taking a job as goose girl. While I think this first book by the author was good, it wasn’t GREAT. Too many characters and the fact it dragged on in some spots made me not like it as much as I could have. I think I might check out the next book by Hale however, because it centers on interesting and little developed character that appeared in this book. 2/5

#33. Aleutian Sparrow by Karen Hesse pgs.158
Not a fan of poetry? You don’t have to be!
This book, a collection of short poems, tells the story of a little known event during WWII. In 1942, Japan attacked the Aleutian Islands. Vera, the narrator tells of how the native people, the Aleuts, were removed from the islands and relocated to the Alaskan mainland. The military claimed it was for their own protection. Over the course of three long, hard years, we see how Vera and her fellow people deal with prejudice (because of their resemblance the Japanese) and daily life in an internment camp. Hesse is wonderful at conveying many emotions to the reader. Though it was a short read, it made me want to learn more about the Aleutian Islands and maybe attempt to read more poetry, and that’s saying a lot!3/5

TO DATE: 7791/15000 or 52% done!

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fantasy genre [04 Jun 2004|02:42pm]
Abarat by Clive Barker

This is a great read for people who enjoy fantasy stories as well as amazing images like the ones Clive Barker provides throughout the book in illustrations. This is only the first book in the series (or pair...I'm not sure, I know it has a sequel), so it only gives a taste into where the storyline is going to play. It all starts out with Candy Quackenbush who is given an assignment about writing a paper on her hometown of Chickentown, and her incredible thirst in finding something truly strange about her rather simple town. But what she ends up finding is a whole 'nother world in itself filled with unforgettable characters and gigantic secrets. This book is an easy read, but do beware that it will leave you yearning for more as you turn the last page. I recommend this book to those that enjoy reading fantasy (Philip Pullman, Madeleine L'Engle [butchered her name which I'm very sorry about]), but want an easy read, or those that liked the Wizard of Oz.
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[01 Jun 2004|09:16pm]

hmm I am most definately new to this community...yeah:-) anyways, I guess ill just start out by saying what my fav. books are...sounds like a good way to start:

Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke

InkHeart by Cornelia Funke

The Alex Rider Series (Stormbreaker, Point Blank, Skeleton Key, Eagle Strike, and Scorpia) by Anthony Horowitz

The Giver, Gathering Blue, and The Messenger by Lois Lowry

Ballet Shoes & Theatre Shoes by Noel Streatfield

Eragon by Christopher Paolini

Harry Potter books by JK Rowling

A Series of Unfortuante Events by Lemony Snicket

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

Olvier Twist by Charles Dickens

The Artemis Fowl books by Eoin Colfer

soooo anyone like any of these books...And does anyone have any suggestions on books to read?!?!

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Two more books! [22 May 2004|04:35pm]

[ mood | tired ]

27. Sirena by Donna Jo Napoli pgs. 210
Strange story…
Napoli has written numerous enjoyable retellings of folk and fairy tales for the young adult audience. In this book, I felt she faltered. She tells the story of the Greek Sirens (which are pictured to be mermaids).Sirena, the main character, knows that she is cursed, being half-human. The only way to lift the curse is to convince a man to mate with them. Then, she will become immortal. Sirena decides to separate from the other Sirens and finds a castaway alone on an island. They are initially afraid of each other, but begin to fall in love. Will Sirena want to be immortal after falling in love with a human man? I found the story dragging a lot, and perhaps because the story of the Sirens isn't as well known as some of Napoli's other retellings, it seemed a bit boring to me as well. I think she has written better. 2/5
28. Truth or Dairy by Catherine Clark pgs. 268
Hoped it was going to be better…
Yes, another teenage journal book. Except even thought it seemed promising, I never felt I could connect with the main character. Courtney Von Dragen Smith is starting her senior year of high school, and it's far from perfect. Her boyfriend has broken up with her because he is going to college 30 minutes away and doesn't want to have a "long-distance relationship". One of her ex's friends is flirting with her. And oh yeah, her family is strange, of course. She decides to not date for the entire year and also run for vice president of student council. These events and others are detailed in her journal, which skips all over the place. The journal follows her up until the New Year, when I felt like all the stuff that happened should have been put in a longer time frame. It also make the reader feel like they were hanging to stop at such a awkward point. My last problem with the book was the main character. She just wasn't that likable! There are better teen books written in this journal style. 2/5

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A Terry Pratchett YA novel! [18 May 2004|07:39pm]

[ mood | dirty ]

The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents by Terry Pratchett pgs. 241 He does better...
Maurice is a very clever talking cat. He travels from town to town in Discworld with a band of taking rats and a boy (who probably talks the least). Together, they run a "Pied Piper" scam. Now they've just arrived in Bad Blinitz, but what they don't now is this town is different from the others they've swindled. They join up with the Mayor's daughter(probably the best character) to try and solve the strange going ons the town is experiencing. Got quite confusing in a couple of bits, which is
one of the reasons I gave it a lower rating. Also, I felt like Pratchett's usual originality was sort of stifled in it. 2/5

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#24- [25 Apr 2004|06:58pm]

[ mood | cold ]

24. The Endless Steppe by Esther Hautzig pgs. 243
WWII from a different perspective…
It’s during 1942 when little Esther Rudomin’s life changes forever. A resident of Poland, who lived a comfortable life with her parents and extended family, Esther, along with her father, mother and grandparents are arrested by the Russians, suspected of being “capitalists” and ripped from their home. They are piled into cattle cars, their destination unknown. When the train finally stops, they realize they are in the harsh region of Siberia. For the next long five years, Esther recounts the struggles her family go through for food, clothing and shelter. We also see how Esther tries to fit in as a young teenager in the Siberian society. I found the book opened my eyes to an event I knew nothing about, while at the same time revealing to me the Siberian way of life during WWII.3/5

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[x] great book!!!!!!!!!!! [25 Apr 2004|04:48pm]

[ mood | artistic ]

Confessions Of a Not It Girl

Get it!
Read it!
I guarentee that you'll love it because its got it all...including a SUPER HOT guy named Josh ;)
.:hugz 'n snogs:.

Love You! Leah

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Another YA update! [20 Apr 2004|12:10am]

[ mood | annoyed ]

#21. Alias by Mary Elizabeth Ryan pgs. 170
Interesting idea, poor execution…
In this book, which has NOTHING to do with the television series of the same name, we are introduced to Toby Chase and his mother, who seems to change her name every time they move to a new place. Toby’s had always been used to the fact that he never had a phone in his home or that his mother seemed to change her hair color and place of residence on a whim. Now that he’s getting older, he begins to question his mother’s behavior, and gets nothing in return. It isn’t until Toby and his mom move to Idaho and Toby discovers, via the Internet, who his mother really is. I have to admit, when I found it, it was sort of anti-climactic. I also felt that the book ended rather strangely, with the author trying to wrap up all the loose ends and loose realism that way. If you’re looking for a book about a family on the run, leave this book in the dust. 1/5

#22. Leslie’s Journal by Allan Stratton pgs. 189
A scary, gripping read…
I’ll admit I didn’t have the highest hopes for this story about Leslie, a daughter of divorced parents, who starts to write her most personal thoughts in a journal assigned to her by her English teacher. It seems like Leslie’s only outlet, and since her teacher promised never to read it, what’s the harm in putting down personal stuff, like the fact she likes Jason? Jason isn’t exactly your average boyfriend however. His first “date” with Leslie involves too much alcohol and it isn’t until later that Leslie realizes she’s been raped. Leslie continues to see Jason after this, seeing something in the much older and richer guy. His behavior just starts to escalate, and then a new English teacher turns over Leslie’s journal to the principal. Leslie’s scared for her life and so are the readers in this disturbing story of teenage relationship violence. 3/5

TO DATE:5095/15000 or 37% done!

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[04 Apr 2004|01:31pm]

Hey everyone!

I've already posted in here, but just to refresh your memories...
There's a new RPG, a Gossip Girl RPG! We're starting up (finally!) on Monday. This means several things:
1. On Monday, you can read conversations, meetings, journal entries between characters
2. You can STILL JOIN!
3. New plotlines, events and things to read.

Don't miss out... it's going to be crazy fun. So far, we have a Serena, Blair, Elise, Jenny, Kati, Isabel, and Nate.
But here's the good part about that: you can take a minor character, and develop them any way you want!
For example: Flow. A drug addict? A WOMAN? Let your creativity be known by picking a minor character.

By the way, a RPG is a role-playing-game. It's not the movie. It's just people, being the book characters, okay? Please don't ask me if you can be in the movie. I have no control over that. If I did, Lindsay Lohan would DEFINETELY NOT be Blair.

So come join! I promise fun... hahaha. See? I'm having fun already! Thanks!
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#18 & #19 Even more YA fare... [31 Mar 2004|10:10pm]

[ mood | thirsty ]

#18. The Stones are Hatching by Geraldine McCaughrean        pgs. 230

Tired of Harry Potter? Try Philem Green!

This young adult fantasy set in 1919 England grabs you right away. The hero of our story, Phelim, awakens one morning to find his kitchen filled with glashans, a people who are normally invisible to humans. The glashans want Phelim to help them, for the Worm is waking, and as she does, her Hatchings are wreaking havoc across the country. Phelim is quite confused at first, but with the help of a Fool, a Maiden, and a Horse, he discovers that he seems to be their only hope to stop the Storr Worm and prevent her strange, blood-thirsty hatchings from harming anyone else. Phelim has a lot to learn about these creatures and stories that died out generations ago but begin to surface again as he journeys to kill the giant monstrous worm. How will he do it? He hasn’t got a clue. 3/5


#19. The Girls by Amy Goldman Koss                                     pgs. 121

Short, but very true…

Maya’s a member of a middle-school clique, until one day, when their “leader” decides to ditch her. Maya’s confusion, along with three of the other girls in the clique’s emotions are explored in short chapters that switch back and forth from one girl to another. What emerges is a sad, but very true picture of how cliques function and how girls treat their “friends.” My main gripe with this book was that it was far too short and read more like a short story than a novel. I wish that the characters had been expanded a bit more, but maybe by keeping it short, the author was trying to prove a point. 2/5


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[x] hey!! [28 Mar 2004|04:09pm]

[ mood | cheerful ]

Hey, I'm new here. My name is Leah and I'm 17 years old.
Any odds, I just want to share with you this *really* awesome book that I'm currently reading.
It is called The Boy Next Door by Meggin Cabot who is a NYTimes bestselling author.
It's such a great book. It's a total of 374 pages, but it's such an easy read and such a fab book that its a quick read. FUNNY too. I just wanted to recomend it to everyone.
.:hugz 'n snogs:.

Love You! Leah

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#16 & #17 Two more YA books, one eh, one good... [27 Mar 2004|10:16pm]

[ mood | thirsty ]

#16. Son of the Mob by Gordon Korman         pgs. 262 


Don’t expect the Sopranos….

This book tells the story of Vince Luca, a pretty normal 17 year old, except for, oh yeah, he’s family is in the mob. The story moves back and forth between Vince trying to figure out how much, if any, he wants to be involved in the “family business” and his budding love affair with Kendra. Oh, Kendra’s dad just so HAPPENS to be an FBI agent, and the one that’s investigating Vince’s family. I saw most of the twists in the story coming from miles away, and it everything was a bit unbelievable. Plus, I felt like Vince never really got developed as a character. 2/5

#17. Nightfather by Carl Friedman                   pgs. 130 

Short, but moving, vignettes…

I’ve read many books about the Holocaust, and this book is like no other I’ve come across. It mainly deals with what happened afterwards, and how three siblings struggle to understand what their father went through while imprisoned in a concentration camp. The youngest sibling, a girl, who remains unnamed for the duration of the story, listens along with her two older brothers as their father tells them stories of torture, murder, and survival. Each chapter is short, but tells of one experience, some big, some small, of how the children were effected their father’s stories, or, struggle to understand the man behind them. For the amount of time it took me to read, I sure got a lot out of it. 4/5

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[23 Mar 2004|08:41pm]

Hey Everyone!
My sister and I have started a Gossip Girl RPG. We're so excited to get started, but we need a few more essential characters. People Needed-

(There are no made-ups, but you are allowed to pick minor characters and develop them...)

If anyone is interested, check out our community, __gossipgirl. The application is under our user info. We hope to be hearing from people soon!
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Read or currently reading.. [08 Mar 2004|10:28pm]

[ mood | accomplished ]

Reading now

Henning Mankell-The White Lioness
Lester Bangs-Phycotic reactions and carburator Dung
Nick Hornby-High Fidelity (for the umtempth time)

Georgoes Simenon-My Friend Maigret
Raymond Chandler-The big sleep

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[06 Mar 2004|10:33pm]

Yes I'm new here, hope you don't mind. First of all, let me introduce myself.
I'm Alex, I love to read and hang out with friends. I am fourteen years old and I'm a quadruplet. We are all girls. Here are some pictures of me (behind the cut)
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The books that interest me that i have read and not read are....
Catalyst(read...and loved it)
Boy meets Boy (read and loved it)
Girl meets Boy (I'm still reading this one....I love it so far)
Zel (read and loved it)
Gone-Away Lake (read and LOVED it)
My alltime favorite book though is Catalyst. You should check it out, ughh damn, i forget who wrote it though, but its such a great book, you'll be on the edge of your seat through the entire book. And Terri really is a sweet girl in the book. Its definately a page-turner...haha.
Alright well thats enough of me, You can add me to your friends list or whatever, and I'll probably add you back seiing that my journal is friends only. Alright I'll talk to you guys later...
Lore Later,
Edit: also posted in teenreading
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#12 & #13 [06 Mar 2004|07:26pm]

[ mood | grumpy ]

#12. A Bone from a Dry Sea by Peter Dickinson     pgs.199

Interesting ideas about our ancestors...


There are really two, very parallel, stories told in this book, and they are only separated by a couple of million years. In the present, a young teenager named Vinny has convinced her mother to let her spend summer vacation with her father in Africa. Her father, Sam, is working in an archeological site in Africa without much success. Vinny turns out to be his good luck charm. Flip back to the past and we see a teenager called Li that is half-ape, half-human that thinks way beyond her time. Each chapter goes back and forth between past and present. A couple of times I was lost in the paleontology talk and the present storyline was a bit boring, but I liked the author's way of describing the past storyline. 2/5

#13. Pig Tale by Verlyn Flieger                                pgs. 336

A dark fairy-tale...


One day, a foundling is discovered on the edge of the village of Little Wicken, the night after a storm. The young girl grows up to be Mokie, which means "pig girl". Without a true family, Mokie feels safest when she is with the pig herd, especially when she's deep in Wickenwood, the mysterious forest that's nearby. It's not until Mokie bonds with Apple, the 13th baby pig of a sow, who also happens to be born during a storm, that Mokie experiences many emotions for the first time. A rape scene marks the turning point for Mokie, for she flees with Apple in Wickenwood and eventually meets up with a trio of supposed gypsies. The details in this book were great, and the whole fairy tale felt like it was written more for grownups. A couple of times I got a bit lost with what the "gypsies" were talking about, but for the most part, it was a good first book by the author. 3/5


TO DATE: 3118/15000 21% done!


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[02 Mar 2004|09:38pm]

I read some books recently, quite diverse in genre, but all very excellent.

Stupid White Men by Micheal Moore: This book was hard for me to put down, as I like expose sort of stuff, plus it mocks Bush quite a bit. Hehe. And Micheal Moore rocks.

Cry, The Beloved Country by Alan Paton: This book is about South Africa and apartheid sort of. It's also about a catholic priest and his son and a white man named Jarvis who plays an important part. I enjoyed Paton's writing style very much, as it was beautiul and kind of lyrical, but not. Very good book though.

The Virgin Suicides by Jeffery Eugenides: Another impossible to put down book. Although some of it is a bit graphic, IMO, it was really good. I got a bit confused. But I really liked Eugenides's writing style.

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