Thursday, September 6, 2012


Tell The Wolves I'm HomeTell The Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka Brunt
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A beautiful book on the surface about a young girl who has lost her beloved uncle to AIDS, and her growing friendship with his lover.  But with as much depth as this book has, it's hard to describe it that simply and do it any justice.  It's a coming-of-age, it's a romance, it's about two sisters finding their friendship again, it's about honoring a dying person's wishes.  It's about first love, and saying goodbye.  And doing bad things for the right reasons, and forgiveness.



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Saturday, September 1, 2012


A Monster CallsA Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is one of those rare books that not just pulls you in and brings so much emotion out, but is so beautifully written that you have to go slowly and savor each word.

Even now, a month after reading it, I still am haunted by it.  On the surface:  A young boy with a dying mother is visited by a monster who tells him stories.  On a deeper level, the monster serves to help him deal with the loss of his mother.  But there's even more than that.  It's a story about stories, about loss, about love, and relationships.

I will definitely read this one again - I will have a copy on my keeper shelf and share it with as many people as I can talk into reading it.


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