Monday, March 16, 2009
Dancing in the Dark by Mary Jane Clark
Diane Mayfield, KEY News Correspondent, had the perfect vacation planned for her and her over-stressed family to the Grand Canyon. Diane and her children are disappointed when Diane's boss at KEY news informs her she is needed on assignment in Ocean Grove, NJ, a small seaside vacation spot. A young girl went missing for three days and when she returned, unharmed, the police suspected the girl had faked her disappearance to get back at the boyfriend who had just dumped her. Diane's story on young women who fabricate kidnappings quickly turns into a murder investigation when another young girl disappears.
This is the third book I have read by Mary Jane Clark and is my favorite of the three. I have a few more of her books here on my shelf to read.
Saturday, March 7, 2009
Impulse by Ellen Hopkins
Three teens meet at a residential facility known as Aspen Springs. All three tried to commit suicide; all three battling their own demons. As the trio grows closer, they are able to help each other through the difficult program and unload their secrets to each other.
So far I have liked all of Ellen Hopkins books. I love the free verse style. They are a bit depressing though.
Monday, March 2, 2009
I am a huge fan of the show Jon and Kate Plus 8 so when I saw the book was out, I was curious to go beyond what we see on tv and learn some more of the back story of this intriguing family. I also knew that Kate, like myself, struggles from PCOS and went through the same fertility treatments I went through. I find it helpful to read another person's similar journey through fertility treatments.
I knew going in that there would be a heavy religious component to the book based on what I have seen from the show, but I felt the bible verses were a bit much. Although, I know it is a big part of the Gosselin's personal belief system and experience so I just ignored them as best I could. My only other complaint is how, just like in the documentary, Kate pretty much skips over the whole PCOS issue. It is literally 1 sentence. Which I fine, I guess, I just wish more people would speak out about PCOS and help raise much needed awareness.
All in all I found this book enjoyable. It was fun to follow the Gosselin's on their journey in a more in depth and personal way.