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It’s Kind of a Funny Story- Ned Vizzini
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It’s Kind of a Funny Story- Ned Vizzini

I found Ned Vizzini’s novel, It’s Kind of a Funny Story, on our middle school’s lost and found cart in the cafeteria. I skimmed through it and it did seem kind of funny, so I decided to borrow it. (I promise to bring it back!) After the first few pages, […]

Pure – Julianna Baggott
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Pure – Julianna Baggott

Imagine receiving a message from the chosen ones; the people who were saved from the horrors of an apocalypse: “We know you are here, our brothers and sisters. We will, one day, emerge from the Dome to join you in peace. For now, we watch from afar, benevolently.” Imagine waiting […]

Divergent-  Veronica Roth
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Divergent- Veronica Roth

One of my favorite quotes from Veronica Roth’s Divergent is: “I like to think I’m helping them by hating them. I’m reminding them that they aren’t God’s gift to humankind.” (Said by Christina, one of the Dauntless initiates). In Roth’s dystopian world, people are grouped by factions which include the […]

So B. It by Sarah Weeks
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So B. It by Sarah Weeks

I hadn’t planned on reading So B. It by Sarah Weeks in its entirety on Wednesday evening but it was such a quick, fun read that I couldn’t put it down. In fact, I was drawn in by the first sentence: “If truth was a crayon and it was up to […]

Strings Attached by Judy Blundell
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Strings Attached by Judy Blundell

Judy Blundell’s YA novel, Strings Attached, is set in New York City, 1950. Seventeen-year-old Kit Corrigan has left her home in Providence, Rhode Island; her brother Jamie, her sister Muddie, (they’re triplets) her father, and her aunt, to fulfill her dream of Broadway stardom. In fact, she scored a part […]

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
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Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys is hauntingly krasivaya (Russian for beautiful). I think the Washington Post describes it best, “Few books are beautifully written, fewer still are important; this novel is both.” Between Shades of Gray is set in Lithuania, June 1941 and tells the story of fifteen-year-old […]

The Handmaid’s Tale- Margaret Atwood
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The Handmaid’s Tale- Margaret Atwood

My friends and fellow writers, Diane and Kristi recommended The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. It’s a dystopian novel, first published in 1985, and the title was inspired by The Canterbury Tales. The protagonist is a handmaid, a.k.a. a concubine, called “Offred (Of-Fred).” The United States that Offred inhabits is […]

“Dies the Fire” by S.M. Stirling
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“Dies the Fire” by S.M. Stirling

“Dies the Fire” is a post-apocalyptic novel by S.M. Stirling that my friends Kristi and Adam recommended. I’m in the research stage of writing a post-apocalyptic/dystopian novel. (Movies that have helped with my research include: “The Book of Eli,” “The Road,” “Equilibrium,”  “I Am Legend,” “In Time,” “Children of Men,” […]

“The Raft” by S.A. Bodeen
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“The Raft” by S.A. Bodeen

“The Raft” is a young adult novel by S.A. Bodeen. The protagonist is a fifteen-year-old girl named Robey who is marooned at sea after a plane crash. This book was a very quick but satisfying read. The book opens with Robie asking the guy who’s about to pierce her nose […]

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
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Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

  Flynn opens Gone Girl from Nick Dunne’s point of view: “When I think of my wife, I always think of her head.” And a few paragraphs later, “Like a child, I picture opening her skull, unspooling her brain and sifting through it…” Right away, Nick reminded me of serial […]

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