Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson - This is a fabulous novel about a high school student who spends her freshman year isolated and in pain after being raped during the summer. The book is beautifully written, with so much compassion for Melinda. I know this one will stay with me for a long time.
The Music Teacher by Barbara Hall - I think this book could have been so much better. It started off so good - I couldn't put it down! But then about halfway through, it lost it's momentum and became hard to read. The book deals with a violin teacher who has a young girl come to her for lessons - and the girl is brilliant, with natural talent for the violin. I would have enjoyed reading more about the interaction between the teacher and student, rather than so much about the natural talent and how a musician is close to God...
Love the One You're With by Emily Giffin - I really enjoyed this book about a married woman who runs into an old lover and begins to question her choices in life. My biggest complaint about this book is that it is almost all narrative. There is very little "action" or dialogue - most of the book is Ellen's internal discussions about the choice she must make. Overall, the book is very good, but not as good as her others, especially Something Borrowed and Something Blue, two favorites of mine.
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