Saturday Breakfast (Book) Club/YA Style

Barbara Vey -- May 16th, 2009

We’re here in the second week of the Young Adult book club and we have new readers to welcome,  Jessika, Scarlett, Kaitlyn and Susan and Bekha.  Please make them feel at home and let them know how much we appreciate what they are doing. 

Deep Down Popular by Phoebe Stone

Read by Jessika, 11

Jessie Lou is a tomboy who doesn’t have any friends. But she likes Conrad, the most popular guy in school, and thinks about him all the time, even though he barely acknowledges her existence. Then after he becomes paralyzed and unpopular, Jessie Lou is assigned to help Conrad.

What happens next makes this book well worth reading.  I first started reading this book when my friend told me about it. Now I’ve told at least three of my friends that they should read this book, too.  It’s really engrossing.

Summer in the City by Elizabeth Chandler

Read by Susan, 20

Jamie has always been cursed with being "one of the guys."  Now, with her spontaneous move to Baltimore, she is determined to change that. With the help of her new found friends, can Jamie let her romantic side shine through and find her true Baltimore honey?

This is one of my favorite young adult romances.  Light and funny, it reminds readers of all ages what it is like to search for that special someone while staying true to yourself.  The unique character of Jamie is a mix between natural athlete and romantic teen resulting in laughs and fun the whole read through. Top of my recommendation list.

Intertwined by Gena Showalter

Read by Bekah, 17
Aden stone hears voices in his head. The good new is he’s not crazy. The bad news is they won’t go away. That is until he meets a girl named Mary Anne. Despite the fact that they are polar opposites, she seems to be the only one who gives him the peace he craves. With her help and the help of a few others he never would have believed existed, Aden hopes to ease the chaos in his mind for good.
This reminds me of the life of any teen in high school, whether they be new or have been in that society their whole life. Each and everyone of us hides bits and pieces of ourselves away and Intertwined dives into these inner workings and pains that teens go through. It is a story that any teen can relate to. I know I did.

crazy beautiful by Lauren Baratz-Logsted

Read by Maddy, 17

With tragedy in both of their pasts, Aurora and Lucius meet each other on a bus ride to school. The school is new to both of them, but they’re separated into different social groups. They both decided to join the school play "grease", will this finally bring them together? or will the drama of high school tear them apart?

Told from both Lucius and Auroras points of view, I really got inside the characters heads. I loved knowing what they were thinking, and how similar it was to my own thoughts. I would recommend this book to anyone in high school.

It Had to Be You by Sabrina Jordan

Read by Rachel, 11

Emma Miller is just enjoying her summer when a cute boy moves in next door, and suddenly her summer changes while she tries to impress him. Rather than following her own advice to her friends to just tell a boy when you like them, she gets herself into some wacky situations involving a dunk-tank, a carton of expired motor oil, and a thick mud mask. Throw in 3 annoying older brothers, a love-struck best friend, a cranky toddler, and a secret involving a school advice column.

I enjoyed reading this book because I can relate to Emma so easily about clothes, friendship, and boys. She can’t figure out what to do in some tough situations, but she always tries to make the right choice. I especially like reading about real-life problems girls have.

The Cave of Terror by Amber Dawn Bell

Read by Kaitlyn, 13

Cheyenne Wilde was born into the world of vampires. On her sixteenth birthday she was hoping for a sweet sixteen party but instead she found out that she is a vampire. Not only that, but she is a Vanator. A Vanator is a special vampire that is meant to fight evil and protect her clan and is only born every 500 years. Then she is strangely attracted to Ryan, the new kid at school. He has a secret and so does her best friend. Can she find out before the evil creature comes to take her as his own?

What I liked about the book is that it was very suspenseful and kept me up at night. I practically inhaled the book in two days and wouldn’t let anyone make me put it down. Amber Dawn Bell is a great writer and I would read a book by her anytime. She has the ability to write a book so good that I stayed up reading it until the darkest hours, my source of light became a candle.

Lily Dale:  Believing by Wendy Corsi Staub

Read by Scarlette, 16

After realizing there is more to her mother’s death than meet the eye Calla decides to stay in Lily Dale.  While in Lily Dale, Calla starts senior year and exploring her relationships with Jacy and Blue.  Her visions start coming more frequently and a killer is still on the lose.  Calla seems to be the only one who can stop him and he doesn’t like that.

This book was an amazing read.  You can feel the emotion that Calla feels over the death of her mother.  The depth of the main character really puts you into the story.  I also love the setting of the book Lily Dale.  The town sounds amazing and becouse of the book I actually want to visit Lily Dale.  Trust me, you want to read this book.  I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book in the series!

Thanks to the Saturday Breakfast (Book) Club blurbers for the great job they did this morning.  YA books are welcome, so email me if you would like your book considered.

Bottom Line:  "So please, oh PLEASE, we beg, we pray, Go throw your TV set away, And in its place you can install, A lovely bookshelf on the wall."— Roald Dahl, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

28 thoughts on “Saturday Breakfast (Book) Club/YA Style

  1. Jazz

    I’ve been looking forward to Crazy Beautiful for a while. I’m surprised you didn’t mention the hooks; that aspect is what really created interest for me.

  2. Gena Showalter

    Bekah, I’m so glad you related to the story! This was a tough book for me to write (I really struggled with it) so hearing you identified with the characters has brightened my week! Thank you!! Gena Showalter

  3. Jazz

    I’ve been looking forward to Crazy Beautiful for a while. No mentions of the hooks, though? I think that detail will create a lot of interest in readers.

  4. Pablo

    Bekah, Great job with the summary of the book. It sounds great and since I am a high schooler, you said it would be great for me, so I will take your advice. Thanks a lot!

  5. dorek

    great looking egg salad recipe….I cogitate on I will crack at it abroad, all things considered I sole comprise a hard-boil egg and that’s enough…

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