Saturday, April 25, 2015

We Were Liars

We Were LiarsWe Were Liars by E. Lockhart
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The great thing about this book is that no one is really willing to talk about this book. It's shrouded in enough mystery to make you want you want to read it and tells an interesting enough story to keep you reading. The cast of characters in "We Were Liars" is reminiscent of Rory's Chilton friends in Gilmore Girls - excessively wealthy but broken families from the east coast. Some details are so subtle that it wasn't until the final pages that I understand Lockhart's craft. That said, I'm not in love. I'm still so frustrated that like Gone Girl, I can't decide whether to recommend this book despite the fact that my mouse hovered over that fourth star for a long time. Ultimately, I just know that I am intrigued enough by Lockhart's storytelling that I will be checking out her other well loved books very, very soon. Summer can't come soon enough for me or the infamous liars....

Happy reading!

Saturday, April 18, 2015

I Was Here

I Was HereI Was Here by Gayle Forman
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

There must be some sort of magnetic pull between knowing Gayle Forman has a new book and the compulsion I have to add her books to my already too tall stack at Barnes & Noble or to use her latest book to tip my Amazon order over $35 for free shipping.  Whatever it is, since I read Forman's "if I stay", I have devoured each of her new books within a couple months of them coming out regardless of the topic. This time, the book was about the suicide of a college freshman from a small town in Washington, and while some of the plot points were overly dramatic in pure YA style, I read on and on and on. Forman has that kind of power over me, and I'm sure despite the occasional involuntary eye rolls that these books give me, I will eagerly await her next book. My inner fifteen-year-old simply can't help it.

Friday, April 3, 2015


Today school will officially let out for spring break. There is a collective sigh about to issue from the entire San Ramon Valley. At 3:06, the halls will empty, I will lock my classroom door and try not to skip on the way to my car. So excited for nine days filled with the joys of General Conference, Easter, family, and Seth. Happy Spring and Happy Easter!!