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Author: Kimberly McCreight

With a pageant of mostly immature and unreliable adults, this book is about the mystery of the death of Amelia, a student at a trouble-filled and dysfunctional college prep academy. Up until close to her death, Amelia had been a diligent and conscientious student. Her world is turned upside down when she makes the mistake of joining a secret cruel society at her school. She also falls in love with a girl named Dylan who she mistakenly believes is reciprocating her love.

She is having a hard time relating to her mom because her mom is a high-powered lawyer with limited quality time to offer her. Dad is out of the picture. This was a page turner with flashbacks by both Amelia and her mother. (Watch the dates of the entries closely so you can figure out what is going on!) I was welcoming every break in my schedule to sit down and catch up with this book. McCreight really sets up the story cleverly. After I got the whole book finished, I had to return to certain passages which foreshadowed the ending SO WELL but I just did not see any of it coming!! I love when a book can take me for a ride like that and I am blind to what is actually happening. Whew!

Author: Doris Gates

I rated this book 1 star.

My granddaughter found this book at a book sale. Originally published in 1943, it was later reprinted in 1968. This looked like a delightful book, so I asked if I could read it. That way, when she was done reading it, we could have a book discussion! How fun!

Books were written entirely different that many years ago, and I took that into consideration.<--break- />

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Author: Gwendolen Gross

I rated this book 2 stars.

Linsey Hart is a responsible young girl, who days before leaving for college, disappears.  There are no clues, and we are taken behind the closed doors, and inside the homes of neighbors, in the search for missing Linsey.

Sometimes the synopsis of the book doesn't exactly match the context of the book. Upon reading the book, I didn't see that Linsey's mother was such a social outcast. Young families are busy and it is what it is! And as far as "secrets" go? I am sure behind every closed door there are many things that are not shared with the outside world. Would they be considered "secrets" or just family matters? Things that just NONE of other people's business. Period.

I didn't particularly care for the writer's style. Too meandering, segueing off into drivel. We were introduced to characters and what goes on behind closed doors. I never felt a real connection to any of the characters. It just fell flat.

I am debating whether I would read another one of this author's books. If I do, I will give it my best shot! But if it starts out like this one did? I will probably not finish it.

Title: Speechless
Author: Hannah Harrington

An amazing story about speaking up and finding oneself! A must read for all! 5 stars!

Nineteen Minutes

Author: Jodi Picoult

"In nineteen minutes, you can mow the front lawn, color your hair, watch a third of a hockey game. You can bake scones or get a tooth filled by a dentist. You can fold laundry for a family of five. Or as Peter Houghton knows... in nineteen minutes, you can bring the world to a screeching halt." After having been bullied from the first day of Kindergarten, one morning Peter walked into Sterling High School and killed ten people. What events would bring a seventeen year old to the point where they commit murder? Maybe his mother is to blame? Once again Picoult takes teen issues and places them directly under the microscope. You'll be thinking about this one for a lot longer than Nineteen Minutes!