Showing posts with label Mental Health. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Mental Health. Show all posts

10 February 2016

{Waiting on Wednesday} A World Without You by Beth Revis

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Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted over at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Who wouldn't be interested in reading a book that lands within so many, normally conflicting, genres?

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A World Without You
Author: Beth Revis
Release Date: July 19th, 2016
Publisher: Razorbill

After the unexpected loss of his girlfriend, a teenage boy suffering from delusions is convinced that he can travel through time to save her, in this gripping new novel from New York Times bestselling author Beth Revis.

Seventeen-year-old Bo has always had delusions that he can travel through time. When he was ten, Bo claimed to have witnessed the Titanic hit an iceberg, and at fifteen, he found himself on a Civil War battlefield, horrified by the bodies surrounding him. So when his concerned parents send him to a school for troubled youth, Bo assumes he knows the truth: that he’s actually attending The Academy, a school for kids who, like Bo, have "superpowers."

At The Academy, Bo falls in love with Sofia, a quiet girl with a tragic past and the superpower of invisibility. Sofia helps Bo open up in a way he never has before. In turn, Bo provides comfort to Sofia, who lost her mother and two sisters at a very young age.
 
But even the strength of their love isn’t enough to help Sofia escape her deep depression. After she commits suicide, Bo is convinced that she's not actually dead. He believes that she's stuck somewhere in time — that he somehow left her in the past, and now it's his job to save her. 
Not since Ned Vizzini’s It’s Kind of a Funny Story has there been such a heartrending depiction of mental illness. In her first contemporary novel, Beth Revis guides readers through the mind of a young man struggling to process his grief as he fights his way through his delusions. As Bo becomes more and more determined to save Sofia, he has to decide whether to face his demons head-on, or succumb to a psychosis that will let him be with the girl he loves.

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11 January 2016

{Book Review} The Mystery Of Hollow Places by Rebecca Podos

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The Mystery Of Hollow Places
Author: Rebecca Podos
Release Date: January 26th, 2016
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Pages: 304
Rating: 3.5 Birds

All Imogene Scott knows of her mother is the bedtime story her father told her as a child. It's the story of how her parents met: he, a forensic pathologist, she, a mysterious woman who came to identify a body. A woman who left Imogene and her father when she was a baby, a woman who was always possessed by a powerful loneliness, a woman who many referred to as troubled waters.

When Imogene is seventeen, her father, now a famous author of medical mysteries, strikes out in the middle of the night and doesn't come back. Neither Imogene's stepmother nor the police know where he could've gone, but Imogene is convinced he's looking for her mother. She decides to put to use the skills she's gleaned from a lifetime of her father's books to track down a woman she's never known, in order to find him and, perhaps, the answer to the question she's carried with her for her entire life.

Rebecca Podos' debut is a powerful, affecting story of the pieces of ourselves that remain mysteries even to us - the desperate search through empty spaces for something to hold on to.

A journey of self discovery that I found incredibly interesting at the beginning, but as the pieces started to click into place, I wound up feeling slightly underwhelmed with it by the end. I’m not sure if I was excepting something different when it came to how the book was wrapped up. I’ve even found myself wondering if I would be happy if it ended the way I would have liked it to – and honestly my answer was I Don’t Know.

What I do know is that Imogene Scott is my kind of girl. She’s complex and real and weird which I find to be the best part about her.  She likes the dark and creepy, the twisted and basically everything a regular kid would not like. She's definitely a strong front runner for the best MC I’ve read. Add in her desire to take on the search of her father and her love for mystery and if I could bottle this girl up I would.

Her mission to find her dad is very believable. Even with a wealthy family there’s no hiring of PI’s or money spent crazy on things that no normal teenager could get their hands on to help in the job. I liked this. The believeability was great on that side of things. They way the police/Imogene’s step-mom handled felt a bit lacking and almost silly at times. It was enough for me to wonder if they really wanted to find her dad.

The ending seemed to wrap up a little to “bow on top” for me considering the magnitude of the disappearance, the mental health of characters and so forth, and ultimately I think this is what changed my thought process on the book overall. That ending stays with you, you know? I have to say that I do recommend this, and I would LOVE to chat with anyone who’' has read it! If you want that chat in the comments though, do try to remain spoiler free.

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13 October 2015

{MMSAI Tours Presents} I'm Not Crazy…I'm Allergic! By Sherilyn Powers

By: Me My Shelf And I | 13 October 2015 at 11:30 AM | | | | 1 Comment so far

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The I'M NOT CRAZY…I'M ALLERGIC tour will run 7 days and offer review and author post options for the hosts. All who want to review on the tour, will be given a PDF copy of the title.

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01 June 2015

{Book Review} Finding Audrey by Spohie Kinsella






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Author: Sophie Kinsella
Publisher: Delacotre Press
Release Date: June 9th, 2015
Rating: 4 Birds


From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Shopaholic series comes a terrific blend of comedy, romance, and psychological recovery in a contemporary YA novel sure to inspire and entertain.
An anxiety disorder disrupts fourteen-year-old Audrey’s daily life. She has been making slow but steady progress with Dr. Sarah, but when Audrey meets Linus, her brother’s gaming teammate, she is energized. She connects with him. Audrey can talk through her fears with Linus in a way she’s never been able to do with anyone before. As their friendship deepens and her recovery gains momentum, a sweet romantic connection develops, one that helps not just Audrey but also her entire family.



A fiercely honest and humorous look at life. Real life. 

I have to say that I really enjoyed Audrey and her incredibly normal life. How, you might ask, am I calling a girl with a severe social anxiety, a helicopter mother, a brother with (or perhaps with out) a video game addiction and a father who is just kind of there, "normal life". Well I ask you to go back over that list and tell me - how normal it is in this day and age for all those things to exist. 

This take on life, health, parenting, first loves, bullying was fresh and interesting. I didn't bore 25 pages in because I knew what was coming next, and Kinsella doesn't sugar coat any of it. Not the somewhat crazy mom, or the clueless dad, not even the medication and therapy. It's honest It's real. It's exactly what I needed in a contemporary novel. 

Kinsella's ability to stitch together a story of truth isn't her only talent, but weaving in at an expert level, humor as well. This is a shining star of a novel, it need to be on your TBR list as soon as possible!



02 May 2015

{Review} Black Iris by Leah Raeder

By: Me My Shelf And I | 02 May 2015 at 12:56 AM | | | | | | Be the first to comment!

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Black Iris
Author: Leah Raeder
Release Date: April 28th, 2015
Publisher: Atria Books
Genre: New Adult
Rating: 5 Birds

The next dark and sexy romantic suspense novel from the USA Todaybestselling author of Unteachable.

It only took one moment of weakness for Laney Keating’s world to fall apart. One stupid gesture for a hopeless crush. Then the rumors began. Slut, they called her. Queer. Psycho. Mentally ill, messed up, so messed up even her own mother decided she wasn't worth sticking around for.
If Laney could erase that whole year, she would. College is her chance to start with a clean slate.

She's not looking for new friends, but they find her: charming, handsome Armin, the only guy patient enough to work through her thorny defenses—and fiery, filterless Blythe, the bad girl and partner in crime who has thorns of her own.

But Laney knows nothing good ever lasts. When a ghost from her past resurfaces—the bully who broke her down completely—she decides it's time to live up to her own legend. And Armin and Blythe are going to help.

Which was the plan all along.
Because the rumors are true. Every single one. And Laney is going to show them just how true.

She's going to show them all.

I don't recall the last time I read something so dark, so twisty, so hot and so addictive. In fact, I may never have. BLACK IRIS blew me back in my seat and left me there until the last page. It was beyond unputdownable and so very worth each agonizing day I spent waiting for it come out.

Laney is broken on the inside. A terrible childhood, a dead mother – she's got it all. She spends her time just going through the motions, not looking for anything or any one – until Blythe and Armin happen. They are fresh faces, not afraid of anything or any stereotypes that others might put on them.  They open Laney up, the give her back the beat to her heart – and the only trouble is – they both love her.

From the cold cement floors of the garage where her mother hung lifeless, to the deep seedy underground of the club life and ever spot in between – BLACK IRIS will take you places you never even knew existed! It's everything you could want in a New Adult novel, and so much more. But be warned my lovely readers for Leah Raeder's writing is deliciously addictive, and once you start you will never, ever stop wanting more.

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Leah Raeder is a writer and unabashed nerd. Aside from reading her brains out, she enjoys graphic design, video games, fine whiskey, and the art of self-deprecation. She lives with her very own manic pixie dream boy in Chicago. Visit her at LeahRaeder.com.


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27 March 2015

{Book Review} Mosquitoland by David Arnold

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Though it be late, I am still really honored to be on this tour. This is one of those books that I don't even want to tell you about, I just want to buy the whole world a copy.

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Mosquitoland
Author: David Arnold
Release Date: March 3rd, 2015
Publisher: Viking's Children
Pages: 336
Rating 5 Birds!

"I am a collection of oddities, a circus of neurons and electrons: my heart is the ringmaster, my soul is the trapeze artist, and the world is my audience. It sounds strange because it is, and it is, because I am strange."

After the sudden collapse of her family, Mim Malone is dragged from her home in northern Ohio to the "wastelands" of Mississippi, where she lives in a medicated milieu with her dad and new stepmom. Before the dust has a chance to settle, she learns her mother is sick back in Cleveland.

So she ditches her new life and hops aboard a northbound Greyhound bus to her real home and her real mother, meeting a quirky cast of fellow travelers along the way. But when her thousand-mile journey takes a few turns she could never see coming, Mim must confront her own demons, redefining her notions of love, loyalty, and what it means to be sane.
Told in an unforgettable, kaleidoscopic voice, "Mosquitoland" is a modern American odyssey, as hilarious as it is heartbreaking.

To simply say that Mosquitoland was profound, is an understatement. Much like Mary Iris Malone, it's main character, it is a collection of oddities. It's the kind of book that isn't just one thing, it doesn't have just one moral, or one lesson – it's the kind of book I want to read again and again because I know no matter how many times it's pages pass through my fingers, I will learn something else. I will see something else depending entirely upon what is going on with me at that time. It's lessons and possibilities are endless, like a book that rewrites itself for you each time you complete it.

Mary Iris Malone, or Mim as you will come to know her, is on a journey. At first it seems a simple one – to get to her mother before Labor Day and figure out why she's no longer writing or calling. But with every mile she crosses from her new home with her dad and new step-mom in what she calls Mosquitoland to Cleveland Ohio, you quickly learn that it was a journey of her heart, and soul.  

Mim meets many people on her simple 4 day journey. Some are the evilest of evil. Some are the kindest of kind. Some, well some don't make it the whole 4 days. Mim will learn that her demons may not be as bad as she once thought, that love isn't solid or liquid, and that despite some peoples greatest efforts, they can crumble and disappoint.

Told with such honesty that at some points it's nearly heart-breaking, experience the journey of a lifetime through the open heart and mind of Mary Iris Malone.

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28 February 2015

{Book Review} One Last Song by S.K. Falls

By: Me My Shelf And I | 28 February 2015 at 12:01 AM | | | | | | | 1 Comment so far

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One Last Song
Author: S.K. Falls
Release Date: January 13, 2015
Publisher: Forever Yours
Rating 5 Birds

I was seven when I swallowed my first needle.
My mom freaked out and rushed me to the emergency room.
She stayed by my side all night.
I never wanted it to end.
When you spend your whole life feeling invisible-when your parents care more about deals and deadlines than they do about you-you find ways of making people take notice. Little things at first. Then bigger. It's scary how fast it grows. Then one day something happens that makes you want to stop. To get better. To be better. And for the first time, you understand what it's like to feel whole, happy . . . loved. For the first time, you love someone back.
For me, that someone was Drew.

ONE LAST SONG is a profound reminder that no one is safe from inner demons.

If I could say one thing to author SK Falls I would use her own words and say:  "You've performed magic with a fistful of words." I commend her for taking something hard to understand and ugly, something that people barely speak about in whispers and bringing it to the masses through her book. Were some of the scenes hard to mentally process, or in fear of making a terrible pun…swallow? Sure. But while some have found this as a reason to set the book aside,  I challenge readers push past those, small handful of sentences scattered through out the book and see the deeper meaning behind ONE LAST SONG.

Not all illnesses can be wrapped up with a label and bow. Not all stories about them can be painted with metaphors, softening their edges. Some need to be seen, flat out, no hiding, in order for one to best understand it. There's no fading to black when it comes to Saylor and her disease. You see it, just as she does.

ONE LAST SONG is not just a story about Munchausen's. It's not just the tale of a broken family, each with their own secrets and demons. It's noy just a love story, with heart pounding scenes of romance. It's not just the story of finally fitting in and friendship, nor is it just a story of unbearable loss. It's all of these things and more. It takes an incredibly talented author to weave all of these topics together in a way that if you are anything like me, will leave you sobbing by the end, a mountain of used Kleenex next to you. 

I was thoroughly blown away by ONE LAST SONG. I urge you to read it, and I warn you that it can be a little graphic from time to time – but if you can push past it, the story around those spots will change you.

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14 September 2014

{Book Review} Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer

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Belzhar
Author: Meg Wolitzer
Release Date: September 30th, 2014
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
Reading Level: Young Adult
Rating: 4 Birds
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If life were fair, Jam Gallahue would still be  at home in New Jersey with her sweet British  boyfriend, Reeve Maxfield. She’d be watching  old comedy sketches with him. She’d be kissing  him in the library stacks.
She certainly wouldn’t be at The Wooden Barn, a therapeutic boarding school in rural Vermont, living with a weird roommate, and signed up for an exclusive, mysterious class called Special Topics in English.
But life isn’t fair, and Reeve Maxfield is dead.
Until a journal-writing assignment leads Jam to Belzhar, where the untainted past is restored, and Jam can feel Reeve’s arms around her once again. But there are hidden truths on Jam’s path to reclaim her loss.
From New York Times bestselling author Meg Wolitzer comes a breathtaking and surprising story about first love, deep sorrow, and the power of acceptance.

The first thing you need to know about reading BELZHAR, is to not at any time think you know what's coming. It is exactly at that time, the book will whip a u-turn and blow you away with it's change of direction.

When I started BELZHAR, I made the very mistake I just told you not to make. I thought it was going to be another contemporary novel about love and loss and overcoming. You're likely looking at this review and wondering how I thought that because the synopsis reveals enough that you know Jam's journal restores her past in a tangible way. Well, I don't always read the full synopsis – as soon as it grabs me, I just stop. And this one grabbed me pretty much right away…so I didn't exactly see that part.

What I loved the most about this book was that it had an element of "magic" in it, but it's not magic. There's no wands or spells or anything. It's just an unexplained twist that is so well explained that you believe it with out a second thought. To me, this is the best kind of magic, the kind that fits seamlessly into the real world.

Jam, and the other 4 kids in the coveted Special Topics in English class are pretty much a band of misfits, thrown together on the same journey who are eventually required to work together to figure out what on Earth is happening. Their back stories, the things that happened to them that brought them to The Wooden Barn school are incredible! They make the characters all the more remarkable and interesting.

It is however Jam's story, that will surprise you the most. Even though you know it from the start, it's ending will drop your jaw to the ground and you will no doubt utter "Woah…" because like I said – you never really know where this book is headed.

I did have a few small issues with some of the believability the book. Firstly, the vocabulary felt forced from the kids from time to time. It wasn't constant, but it was here and there. 

Also, and this stuck with me and it might sound weird – but one story explains a devastating fire that started in a barn (not The Wooden Barn) by the smoldering end of a joint. The person whose story this is, is busted because though the joint started the blaze, the fireman was able to locate (in a pile of hay) the discarded end as if this tiny, already on fire piece of paper and pot could possibly have survived…

I gave the book 4 stars, because despite my overly picky brain, the concept and ending of this book are beyond anything I could have expected, and it shocked me. This isn't something I can admit very often, and I like when books shock me.

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13 September 2014

{Book Review} Kiss of Broken Glass by Madeleine Kuderick

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Kiss of Broken Glass
Author: Madeleine Kuderick
Publisher: Harper Teen
Release Date: September 9th, 2014
Rating: 4.5 Birds
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Madeleine Kuderick’s gripping debut is a darkly beautiful and lyrical novel in verse, perfect for fans of Sonya Sones and Laurie Halse Anderson. Kiss of Broken Glass pulses with emotion and lingers long after the last page.
In the next seventy-two hours, Kenna may lose everything—her friends, her freedom, and maybe even herself. One kiss of the blade was all it took to get her sent to the psych ward for seventy-two hours. There she will face her addiction to cutting, though the outcome is far from certain.
When fifteen-year-old Kenna is found cutting herself in the school bathroom, she is sent to a facility for mandatory psychiatric watch. There, Kenna meets other kids like her—her roommate, Donya, who’s there for her fifth time; the birdlike Skylar; and Jag, a boy cute enough to make her forget her problems . . . for a moment.

From the outside, Kiss of Broken Glass looks like a really short book, but it’s SO FAR from that. Each and every page is filled with hurt, pain, anger, and a wide array of other emotions. It’s dark, emotional and meaningful.

After being caught cutting her wrists in the school bathroom, Kenna is sent off to a physic ward, where she is suppose to do some serious “healing”. But with the constant urge to cut or hurt herself, Kenna is having a really hard time.

Kenna has to spend the next three days locked up in this physic ward, because it’s going to “help” her. While she does witness a few crazy things that make her reconsider what she’s doing, like finding one of her fellow members covered in blood and screaming, another one of the members deciding to head to a different clinic looking for true healing, and yet a third ready to finally get out and back to what she was doing before.

But after seventy two hours of meaningless meetings, sitting around and being under constant watch, Kenna is released. She knows things will go back to normal, that it will be hard to stop what she’s doing, and to change. But she’s going to do her best, to do her best for her baby brother. He’s her butterfly, that’s why.

Kiss of Broken Glass was not only a short and quick read, but so much more than the cover and synopsis are letting on. I usually like happy endings, or endings that are drastic, but Kiss of Broken Glass doesn’t have that. The ending, is more of a realization, nothing too extravagant, or bizarre, but I liked it. I liked that Kenna wasn’t “healed” after only seventy two hours; it made her a real person to me.

I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this book, but it gave me so much more than I could have ever thought of or asked for…such a truly amazing story.

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07 July 2014

{Book Review} The Half Life of Molly Pierce by Katrina Leno

By: Me My Shelf And I | 07 July 2014 at 12:00 AM | | | | | | | | Be the first to comment!

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The Half Life of Molly Pierce
Author: Katrina Leno
Release Date: July 8th 2014
Publisher: HarperTeen
Rating: 5 Birds

You take it for granted. Waking up. Going to school, talking to your friends. Watching a show on television or reading a book or going out to lunch.
You take for granted going to sleep at night, getting up the next day, and remembering everything that happened to you before you closed your eyes.
You live and you remember.
Me, I live and I forget.
But now—now I am remembering.

For all of her seventeen years, Molly feels like she’s missed bits and pieces of her life. Now, she’s figuring out why. Now, she’s remembering her own secrets. And in doing so, Molly uncovers the separate life she seems to have led…and the love that she can’t let go.
The Half Life of Molly Pierce is a suspenseful, evocative psychological mystery about uncovering the secrets of our pasts, facing the unknowns of our futures, and accepting our whole selves.

What started out as a novel I worried I might not like because of the disjointed feeling from the writing style, is easily one of the most interesting and well put together books I've read all year.

Molly is missing bits of her life. When the novel opens she's driving and has no idea how she got there or how long she has been gone. She knows she's wearing her favorite sweater and that she put it on before she left for school that morning. She knows she went to school, but how long she stayed is a mystery to her. At this point I thought this was going to be a simple memory loss novel, something that I had read before but with new faces and a new cover. I couldn't have been more wrong. It's not a memory loss novel – not even close. This is nothing like I have read before, and likely nothing like I will ever read again. It's stands on it's own, powerful and captivating – and even when you figure it out he author still has so much riding on the rest of the pages you will only want to read faster.

After a few pages you realize the disjointed writing style, where in a better explanation things are spoken simply. Effectively. Is not only essential to the plot, but almost becomes it's own character in the book. The other life Molly learns she's living, is perfectly represented by this.

Molly must unravel this mystery on her own, working backward in flashes, all set in motion from the minute she's driving at the beginning of the book. She's all but catapulted into things when shortly after she's aware she's in a car a motorcycle that was recklessly chasing her is involved in an accident and the boy in under the helmet knows her, but she doesn't know him. Or does she?

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23 April 2014

The Museum of Intangible Things by Wendy Wunder

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The Museum of Intangible Things is a book filled with love, true friendship, heartache, and so much more.

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The Museum of Intangible Things
Author:
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Release Date: April 10, 2014
Publisher: Razorbill
Rating: 5 Birds

Loyalty. Envy. Obligation. Dreams. Disappointment. Fear. Negligence. Coping. Elation. Lust. Nature. Freedom. Heartbreak. Insouciance. Audacity. Gluttony. Belief. God. Karma. Knowing what you want (there is probably a French word for it). Saying Yes. Destiny. Truth. Devotion. Forgiveness. Life. Happiness (ever after).
Hannah and Zoe haven’t had much in their lives, but they’ve always had each other. So when Zoe tells Hannah she needs to get out of their down-and-out New Jersey town, they pile into Hannah’s beat-up old Le Mans and head west, putting everything—their deadbeat parents, their disappointing love lives, their inevitable enrollment at community college—behind them.
As they chase storms and make new friends, Zoe tells Hannah she wants more for her. She wants her to live bigger, dream grander, aim higher. And so Zoe begins teaching Hannah all about life’s intangible things, concepts sadly missing from her existence—things like audacity,insouciance, karma, and even happiness.
An unforgettable read from the acclaimed author of The Probability of Miracles, The Museum of Intangible Things sparkles with the humor and heartbreak of true friendship and first love.

The Museum of Intangible Things is a book filled with love, true friendship, heartache, and so much more. Picking up this book, I thought it would be a light summer read, thanks to the amazing looking cover and the synopsis, but I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I didn’t know that I would laugh on one page, and cry my eyes out on the next. There was just so much emotion in this story, and I absolutely LOVED every single bit of it.

The Museum of Intangible Things follows the story of two best friends, Hannah and Zoe. They couldn’t be more opposite, but have been friends for what seems like ever! While neither of the two girls have much in their lives, they know they will always have each other.

Life is boring in the small town in New Jersey where they live. They attend a poor school, which offers almost nothing besides the basic required classes. Hannah spends her time out by the lake, or selling hot dogs from her hot dog cart (in the hopes to earn enough money to attend college) and Zoe spends her time with boys, thinking about boys or talking about boys (basically anything that revolves around boys). With almost nothing to do, the girls sneak into the private high school on the other side of town to sit and watch classes taking place from above. Hannah sneaks in to learn, and Zoe sneaks in to swoon over any cute guy that catches her attention.

After attending a party thrown by the newest cute guy Zoe can’t enough of, Hannah wakes up in the basement covered in cold hot dogs…just another prank making fun of her job. She gets up and looks for Zoe, finding her standing outside in the storm, with a look on her face, only Hannah knows what it means.

Zoe is seeing things again…

A week passes by, Zoe isn’t eating, isn’t getting out of bed, and Hannah can’t seem to get in contact with her, not matter how many text messages or voicemails she leaves her.

Even though her best friend isn’t leaving the house, things seem to look a little brighter for Hannah. She just kissed the boy she’s been crushing on since middle school, and the hot dog cart seems to be doing well. THAT IS until she goes on her computer to check how much she’s saved up, and realizes almost all of it is gone..She refreshes the page just to make sure her eyes aren’t fooling her, but still nothing. Hannah knows who took it, and she can’t believe he would do that.

As if on cue, Zoe walks in, asking Hannah to leave town with her. She doesn’t want to be gone too long, but she explains to Hannah over and over again that she needs a small break, a weekend road trip. Unsure of what to do, and kind of worried that she won’t have a perfect attendance anymore at school, she knows Zoe means everything to her, so Hannah agrees to come.

The two girls sneak into IKEA one night, flash cowboys on the highway, steal their horses, and want to see a buffalo and so much more! All that, with nothing but an old van and a box full of change!

This road trip will be the time of their lives, but also completely change their lives. While Zoe and Hannah seem to be doing a lot of fun and crazy things, Hannah knows something deeper is going on inside of Zoe’s head. The only thing Hannah can do is to be by her best friend’s side, protect her, and take care of her. Even if it means going off the edge…

The Museum of Intangible Things was one of those books that will stick with me forever. There were just so many FEELS in this book that I was crying and laughing at the same time. It was easy to connect with the characters, and I think that’s why I felt all the emotions that they were feeling as well.

Zoe and Hannah were both amazing characters. The main reason I decided to pick this one up, was simply because of the friendship. Yes, I do like romance (A LOT actually…) but I also do like books that focus on friendship. The Museum of Intangible Things did have a bit of romance, but it was definitely in the background. The cover and the synopsis failed to mentioned anything about Zoe’s problems, which added a whole different element into the story.

Besides the friendship with each other, Hannah and Zoe did have a lot of other things going on around them. Hannah’s dad is an alcoholic newsman, and her mom barely gets out of bed. Zoe has her younger brother, who is so close to Hannah, she considers him, hers as well. And Zoe’s mom, who is constantly paranoid about her daughter’s problem and what was going on in Zoe’s head.

I liked that these characters were down to earth, and REAL.

OH, the ending? YES, it broke my heart. It yanked it out of my chest, threw it on the ground, shattered it into a million pieces, swept it up and flushed it down the toilet. The story ended in a way I never saw coming, and that completely took me by surprise…But looking back at everything that happened before and during the trip, I saw the signs and the meaning behind the trip in the first place.

Overall I enjoyed Wendy Wunder’s Museum of Intangible Things! I would recommend this one to anyone looking for a good road trip story, something emotionally beautiful and filled with love.

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Review by the fantastic Lisa who has her own blog when not guest reviewing for us! Check out Turning Pages!

06 June 2012

{Guest Post} Lauren Hammond

By: Me My Shelf And I | 06 June 2012 at 9:34 AM | | | | | | | | 2 Comments so far

 

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I’m a big…big… music person when it comes to my writing. I have very
eclectic tastes though. One minute a classical song could inspire me, the
next who knows, maybe a rap song.

I’m an emotional writer and I think that’s why I relate music to my writing.
Because with music there’s so much emotion in certain songs and with
some I can actually feel like they fit the novel.

And this…is what I was listening to when I wrote Insanity.

1. My Boy Builds Coffins - Florence and the Machine
2. Claire de Lune - Claude Debussy
3. Change In The House Of Flies - Deftones
4. Breath of Life - Florence and the Machine
5. Hospital Beds - Florence and the Machine
6. Blood Bank - Bon Iver
7. Climax - Usher
8. Criminal - Fiona Apple
9. Crazy - Stars Go Dim
10. A Drop in the Ocean - Ron Pope
11. Stronger - Kelly Clarkson
12. When I'm Gone - Eminem
13. Lullaby - Nickelback
14. Heart Shaped Box - Nirvana
15. My Heart - Paramore
16. Heart Attack - Trey Songz

Check out INSANITY by Lauren Hammond
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Insanity

Sometimes love...can drive you crazy.
Adelaide Carmichael and Damien Allen couldn't be more opposite.
Adelaide's mother abandoned her when she was ten years old, leaving her to be raised by her abusive and alcoholic father.
Damien on the other hand came from a wealthy family, was a local celebrity, and seemed to have a bright future ahead of him.
Despite their differences, Adelaide and Damien were young, wild, and fiercely in love.
And they had a plan.
They were going to run away.
Be together forever.
And their plan was set in motion, until tragedy struck and for some reason, Adelaide wound up in The Oakhill Institution for the insane. Adelaide has no idea what she did to wind up at Oakhill, but she knows one thing for sure...
She wants out.
And after Damien follows her there to aid her in escaping, Adelaide slowly begins putting together the pieces of her memory that are missing.
And it doesn't take Adelaide long to figure out that sometimes...
That one true love never dies.
Excerpt~
Shoving my feet off the side of the bed, new surroundings burn my eyes. Tan plaster walls instead of thick white padded ones. One oblong barred window. Two dressers. Two closets. Two beds.
They've moved me to a different room. A gentle squeaking noise bounces off the walls and my eyes avert to my right. Oh crap. They put me in a room with a nut job.
They say I'm a nut job. But not like this. Not even close.
She rocks back and forth on her cot, knees to her chest, twisting a piece of her wiry, red hair between her fingertips. Her freckled arms are trembling. She sings with vibrato.
I am slowly going crazy. One. Two. Three. Four. Five. Six.
Switch.
Crazy going slowly am I. One. Two. Three. Four. Five. Six.
Switch.
I think about screaming again. I think about plugging my ears. Somebody turn her off. She lifts her head slowly, a maddening look in her big, brown eyes, an eerie smile crawling across her pale, freckled lips. “Shh,” she whispers. “They're coming for us.”
“Who's they?”
She shakes her head and lets out a cackle laced with the deepest kind of crazy. I think they put her in here with me purposely. They're trying to break me. They think if they put me around truly insane people that I'll accept my place here.
Well...They are wrong.

 

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05 February 2012

{Book Review} Love & Leftovers

By: Me My Shelf And I | 05 February 2012 at 12:00 AM | | | | | | | | 2 Comments so far

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Love & Leftovers
Author: Sarah Tregay
Format: ARC
Pages: 451
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Published: December 27, 2011
Rating: 5 Birds

My wish is to fall cranium over Converse in dizzy daydream-worthy love.

(If only it were that easy).

Marcie has been dragged away from home for the summer--from Idaho to a family summerhouse in New Hampshire. She's left behind her friends, a group of freaks and geeks called the Leftovers, including her emo-rocker boyfriend, and her father.

By the time Labor Day rolls around, Marcie suspects this "summer vacation" has become permanent. She has to start at a new school, and there she leaves behind her Leftover status when a cute boy brings her breakfast and a new romance heats up. But understanding love, especially when you've watched your parents' affections end, is elusive. What does it feel like, really? Can you even know it until you've lost it?

My take: So the biggest thing I didn’t know going in with this book, was that it’s written in complete poetry!  Wait, what?  A book written in poems, but with a storyline, a plot of sorts, and main characters?  Yes!  That was the first thing that made me fall in love!

From the time Marcie leaves Idaho to the time she’s in New Hampshire, it’s a slightly tumultuous journey of the life of a teen who’s extremely confused as to what’s happening between her parents.  She doesn’t want to believe that her father could possibly be gay and has moved on from her mother…or that her mother is just a little (or really, a lot) depressed and can’t really care for her the way a mother should.  Marcie had the best friends, the Leftovers if you will, and had the boyfriend.  How does a girl deal with that being uprooted and taken away from it all?

She tries to hide from making new friends, and even from falling for someone else.  It’s impossible to be so alone, and seeing her realize that was a moment that made me want to applaud writer Sarah Tregay for not making things just blatantly obvious!  Obviously, a girl can’t just hide away and be invisible, and it’s then that we get to really understand the power of a new boy, and what miles will do to a couple, and best friends.

When Marcie’s mom realizes she can’t handle her own issues as well as her teenage daughter’s, she brings dad back into the picture, and Marcie’s thrown back to her old life after a 7 month summer vaca.  So what happens when a girl gets thrown back into her old life after leading a new one for so long?  Well, I guess you’ll just have to read it for yourself to find out.

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