5 Blings for Nerd Girls by Alan Lawrence Sitomer!

5 Blings for Nerd Girls!

Alan Lawrence Sitomer really gets it!  I’ve love all of his books. THE SECRET STORY OF SONIA RODRIGUEZ is a favorite, but I really do like them all.

NERD GIRLS: THE RISE OF THE DORKASAURUS is a different kind of Sitomer book. There are so many things I like about this book! It is really funny, without trying too hard or feeling fake. It is empowering without being super preachy or judgemental. And, maybe most of all, it is filled with characters that are real–the kind you really love or hate once you get to know them.

First of all, we have our Nerd Girls. Big-boned and food obsessed Maureen (Mo), our narrator, is the overweight middle child of her family. Her brother, Marty, is a prankster and her younger sister, Ashley, is a totally popular gymnast. There’s Allergy Alice Applebee (nicknamed Q for questions mark because she always makes you wonder). She is allergic to everything. Really. Everything! She is constantly puffing on her inhaler with a hysterical “Wheeesh-Whooosh!” Finally there is Beanpole Barbara, the clumsiest girl in the history of the world. She constantly trips, falls, and crashes into everything and anything around her. After the “Ouch!” you hear an immediate, “I’m okay, I’m okay!” She is a mess! All the Nerd Girls are a mess, really.

Of course, we meet the ThreePees: aka Brattany (Brittany), Sophie (Sophes), and Kiki. They are the  horrid, typical middle school Mean Girls. The P’s are for Pretty, Popular, and Perfect. They make boys swoon, treat girls like trash, and make the lives of nerd unbearable.

And of course, there is that boy: Logan Meyers. Maureen totally crushes on him and he is always around when she is doing something super dorky and embarrassing!

So, what’s so great about this book? Well, as I pointed out earlier, it is funny. Poor Big-Boned-Maureen tries to do the right thing, makes a fool of herself, and it gets plastered on YouTube. It is that kind of horrible, Oh-My-Gosh-I’m-So-Glad-That-Didn’t-Happen-To-Me kind of thing that keeps you up at night. It is also hysterical because it wasn’t me! Also, it is the kind of story that you can put yourself right in the middle of. Especially in our horrid middle school days. These three nerdy girls are brought together through necessity and the need for the kind of revenge that also screams for justice (another cool theme that runs through the book). A great friendship forms. You root for them. You want them to win. You feel their pain.

I don’t want to give away too much. There’s a terrible act of mean, a revenge plan involving a talent show, and a ton of laughs, Wheeesh-Whooosh-es, I’m Okay-s, and sneaky junk food from Paradise Palace. There’s even a robotic dog that pees. What’s not to like?

I will promise you that if you don’t like Nerd Girls, you are probably more of a ThreePees kinda girl. And, even if you were, you would be lying if you said you were never the victim of some kind mean girl type antics. Even ThreePees get treated poorly be other ThreePees.

In the end, what needs to happen happens. It isn’t one of those super cheesy happily ever after deals, either. It is what should happen and what really could happen. And, best of all, I’m totally rooting for a “Return of the Nerd Girls” type sequel to be in the works!

Read it, you’ll love it, all 5 Blings of it!

NERD GIRLS: THE RISE OF THE DORKASAURUS

Source: NetGalley

Release Date: July 5, 2011

Reading level: Young Adult

Publisher: Hyperion Book CH

ISBN-10: 1423139968  ISBN-13: 978-1423139966

Because I am Furniture by Thalia Chaltas

Since it is National Poetry Month, I think Because I am Furniture by Thalia Chaltas deserves a Shout-Out!

I ran across this book at the library a few months ago, read it in one evening (devoured it, really) and it has been on my mind ever since. Written in verse, it tells the story of a girl named Anke who isn’t being abused by dad, even though everyone else is. She grows stronger and stronger, both physically and emotionally, after making the volleyball team. All of the yelling of “Mine!” in the sport lead Anke to finally defend herself and her family from her abusive dad.

This book is amazing and totally earns all 5 of its Blings!

Today I am thankful

Today I am thankful that my parents let me read banned books, old books, over my age limit books, books that I should have outgrown, books that nobody else let their kids read, silly books, awful and trashy and horrible books, really just any books.

I am so thankful for their reading! My mom reads anything she can her hands on (and I was proud to be able to put a Kindle in her hands this year). My dad read magazines and trade publications and loved audio books on long car trips (he usually got the gist of it, but he never really paid much attention to the details).

They were readers. Now I am a reader. I get to inspire others to read.

THAT TOTALLY ROCKS!

Today I am thankful for my awesome parents and their love of reading. That is a feeling that is better than all the Bling in the World!

Wither by Lauren DeStefano

5 Bling Book!

Wither

I haven’t written a full review of Wither yet, mainly because I want to wait a few more days and read it again.

I was just so excited the first time I read it; I couldn’t wait to see what would happen next. I flipped pages like a maniac and I’m not ashamed to admit it!

Now that I know the story, I need to read it again slowly (and try to calm down!)  to really get my head around all of the AMAZING things that I love about this book.

It is totally a 5 Bling Book!

Pictures of You by Caroline Leavitt

 

5 Bling Book!

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Pictures of You is the kind of book that stays with you for a long time. It’s many layers touched me so deeply and on so many levels. It is a beautiful story that springs out of misfortune of two women trying to get away from their lives. The story covered me like a hand-made quilt in a warm bed on a rainy morning.

I stayed up reading this beautiful novel late into the night. I felt like so much of Caroline Leavitt’s story was written directly to the secrets of my heart. The love, loss, betrayal, and eventual healing were magical. Isabelle, Charlie, and Sam captured my attention and compassion so completely that I caught myself holding my breath several times throughout the book (and not just when Sam was at his asthmatic worst).

This is a story that will stay with me; one that I will read again and again. I believe that Pictures of You is the type of novel that will continue to reveal itself to me for a long time.

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