Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Undone

Review for: Undone, by Brooke Taylor.   undone
Appropriate for: YA, 12+
Overall Starred Review:
****1/2

Summary: (From Publisher’s Website)

Kori Kitzler is the "dark angel" of her high school: beautiful, mysterious, the subject of rumors. Serena Moore is just an average girl, until a run-in with Kori in the bathroom in eighth grade. When Kori tells her that they are more alike than she thinks, Serena is instantly intrigued, and their fateful friendship begins.

When the girls are asked to complete a writing assignment listing the five things they would want to happen--their five ways to tempt fate--Serena doesn't take it seriously. But when something tragic happens to Kori, Serena is left with her loneliness and Kori's five things. Can Serena complete her best friend's tasks, or will she leave her list undone?

Undone is a striking debut novel about friendship, family, and the secrets we keep from the people to whom we are closest.

Critical Review:

For Serena Moore, Kori Kitzler is the one to look up to: she’s got the coolest attitude, she’s a true badass, and she’s just like her. When she finds Kori smoking in the eighth-grade bathroom, she instantly clicks with her, and they become best friends. They smoke, do drugs, and hang out at clubs together. But one day, Kori gets into a tragic event, and Serena is left alone, in shock, and no one to turn to. She feels like she needs to complete Kori’s list of five things she wanted to do.

The characters in Undone are spectacular. There wasn’t one character that I ever grew bored or tired of. Plus, they were stuck in my head for days! I kept replaying scenes from the book all the time. The characters were developed lovely. I feel like it was easy to root for both of them, Kori and Serena, because they were likeable.

I also feel like Taylor’s writing was quite good. It made me feel like I was actually in the story with those characters, suffering what they were suffering. The setting of the story was key for the development, and I feel like Taylor was able to do that beautifully. I actually really enjoyed the connections between things in the beginning that at some point played a role during the ending of the story.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Wish You Were Dead

 

Review for: Wish You Were Dead by Todd Strasser                            wish you were dead
Appropriate for: YA, 12+                                     
Overall Starred Rating:
****

Summary: From Publisher’s Website:

The day after anonymous blogger Str-S-d wishes the popular girl would die, Lucy vanishes. The students of Soundview High are scared and worried. Especially frightened and wracked with guilt is Madison Archer, Lucy’s friend and the last person to see her the night she disappeared.
As days pass with no sign of the missing girl, even the attention of Tyler, an attractive new student, is not enough to distract Madison from her growing sense of foreboding. When two more popular students disappear after their names are mentioned on Str-S-d’s blog, the residents of Soundview panic.
Meanwhile, Madison receives anonymous notes warning that she could be next. Desperate to solve the mystery before anyone else disappears, Madison turns to Tyler, but can she trust him when it becomes clear that he knows more than he’s sharing?
The clock is ticking. Madison must uncover the truth behind the mysterious disappearances . . . before her name appears in Str-S-d’s blog.

Critical Review:

Wish You Were Dead is about Madison Archer, a rich girl whose world turns upside down when one of her classmates, Lucy Cunningham, goes missing. And things take a turn for the worse when her disappearance may not be just an accident.

It’s a very interesting story. Original plot, original characters. I loved the development of the story. I still am critical of the character Madison Archer. Some things in the book make me want to think she’s on the way to Suedom, and then something happens, and she’s unhappy again.  It’s all very good. I applaud you, Mr. Strasser.

I love the eeriness of Soundview.  It sends a chill down your back.

Be sure to pick it up!