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July 24, 2014 / Melanie Rosson

Complicit by Stephanie Kuehn

kuehn, stephanie - complicitthumbs_up  ) This is an awesome novel if you like psychological thrillers. The ending caught me by complete surprise.

A brother and sister are adopted by a rich family after their mother was “murdered” in front of them. The main character is the brother, Jamie. He has supposed anxiety: panic attacks, loss of hand motor control, and a problem with pulling out his eyebrows. But he grows up a straight A student while his sister is known around town as disturbingly loud and crazy.

It is not a surprise to the town when a fire is set (that severely injures a girl) and Cate, the sister, fesses up to it. Only now, when Cate is out of juvenile detention and comes to see Jamie, secrets from the past emerge and the truth isn’t what everyone thought.

It’s an awesome work of fiction. It had me craving to get back to it. I plan to read more by this author.

July 23, 2014 / Melanie Rosson

The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta

perrotta, tom - the leftovers( thumbs_up ) This book isn’t an A, but it’s not a C either. I’d say it’s more like a B+.

Imagine one-third of the population disappearing without any explanation. And no, it’s not the rapture because the departed weren’t all believers or known to be especially good people. No one can explain why, but are only left with the aftermath of the missing.

Cults form with criminal underpinnings. Families break apart. But there is some hope and humanity left among those still on earth. This book follows the stories of multiple people, all intertwined by each other in some way. It’s not bad, so it’s no wonder it ended up having a television show made based off of it.

July 15, 2014 / Melanie Rosson

Not a Genuine Black Man by Brian Copeland

copeland, brian - not a genuine black man ( thumbs_up ) Being white and female, I cannot even begin to imagine the kind of obstacles a black male would have to endure in a racist society, especially one as segregated as San Leandro, CA was in the 70′s/80′s.

This book delves into this. And, although I’ll never be able to walk in Mr. Copeland’s shoes, I have now got a much clearer picture of what life was and is like for him.

Copeland delves into stories from both his childhood and adult years, as well as pulls from black history. He is not shy in chronicling his depression, or his abusive childhood. Copeland tells it straight, all the while building up an answer to the question of “What constitutes a ‘genuine’ black man.”

It’s a great read if you’re into social justice and enjoy memoir-like stories.

July 10, 2014 / Melanie Rosson

Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella

( thumbs_upkinsella, sophie - confessions of a shopaholic ) I’ve read a book about a woman who is addicted to shopping before, but it did not stir up my emotions in the way this novel does. This tugs at your heart strings, and causes you to sympathize with all the main character’s (Rebecca Bloomwood’s) plights.

Sure, it’s a bit exaggerated. But it’s highly entertaining, and makes you wonder why you have never had a struggle with overspending as well.

This book did not get made into a movie for no reason. It has real substance, and a real pull for the reader’s attention. I was sucked into this book, and loved it. You’ll love it as well.

However be warned that the drama can be pretty extreme at times, to the point where it feels stupid. But as I said, it’s entertaining. It is fiction, after all.

July 8, 2014 / Melanie Rosson

The Girls’ Guide to Hunting and Fishing by Melissa Bank

bank, melissa - the girls' guide to hunting and fishing( thumbs_side ) This is basically a bunch of stories about the same woman in different situations with relationships with men.

The cover says it’s fiction, but with how real the writing is I would have easily believed it to be real.

The inside cover says it is the auttor’s reaction to the stupid, manipulative books that are published telling women how to catch a man. I only got that impression in the very last chapter though. On that note, only the beginning section and the last section of the book were worth reading. They had the most honest and humorous writing in them, in my opinion. 

This book is actually in between a thumbs up and a side-thumb. Those two sections are on point, but the rest is just ehhh.

July 1, 2014 / Melanie Rosson

Girls in White Dresses by Jennifer Close

close, jennifer - girls in white dresses( thumbs_side ) I found this book when searching the internet for books recommended for girls in their 20′s. I prefer to read something near my age group, and this perfect.

The story, or actually I should say, stories, follow various girls in a group of friends throughout their lives. It’s reminiscent of the book, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. Everyone has very contrasting circumstances and choices they make that land them all in very different situations. However, that never prevents from them from coming together to keep up their friendship and catch up.

It’s cute to read, but not much else. I didn’t have trouble finishing it, but I would never pick it up again.

June 26, 2014 / Melanie Rosson

Damned by Chuck Palahniuk

palanuik, chuck - damned(thumbs_down) This book was highly recommended to me by an avid Palahniuk reader. I liked his earlier works, so I thought I’d give this a shot.

Unfortunately, this disappointed me greatly.

It portrays an obese girl who is damned to “hell” after playing a choking game with her step brother. Hell is nothing like anyone imagined, and the social setting she finds herself in his reminiscent of the Breakfast Club.

She soon finds she thrives in hell, becoming one that people fear. She even goes so far as to lure not yet dead people to be damned. The end reveals why – but it is not a very satisfying end.

This was hard for me to get through, and I hate that I wasted my time on it. Don’t waste yours.


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