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Rebels by Accident
Rebels by Accident
by Patricia Dunn
Edition: Paperback
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rebels by Accident -- Adventure on Purpose!, August 15, 2012
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This is a fast-paced, exciting YA novel. I started reading it and couldn't put it down! The protagonist is likeable and relatable as a young adolescent who transforms into a self-assured, confident person who learns to appreciate her cultural heritage. It's a contemporary novel, taking place during the 2011 Egyptian revolution, and Dunn realistically portrays the technological (Facebook, twitter, iPhones) and cultural and even linguistic (OMG!) usages of modern-day teenagers. The friendship between Deanna and Mariam is one of the richest and most realistic in any recent YA novel I've read. Oh, and there are plenty of cute boys and kisses as well. I loved it.

Skies Over Sweetwater
Skies Over Sweetwater
by Julia Moberg
Edition: Paperback
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great for adults as well as younger readers, March 18, 2008
This review is from: Skies Over Sweetwater (Paperback)
Moberg's novel, although geared towards the "tween" set, is inspiring for readers of all ages. It reminded me a bit of the "American Girls" series (which I love) because of the historical setting, but this book is much more richly developed. The characters are also all well developed -- I was pleased to discover that Cornelia, who at first appears to be cast as simply "the rich snob," has in fact a much more complex background. All of the characters are engaging, and this book is definitely a wonderful way to learn about a little-known aspect of American history while enjoying a memorable story. Highly recommended.

by Emma Donoghue
Edition: Paperback
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I cannot put into words how much I love this book., August 11, 2004
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I have read this book many times, and at times it makes me sob with bitter sadness, and at other times it makes me laugh out loud. The writing is exquisite; the bathtub scene (Pen's memory of a peaceful time with her and her recently deceased lover) captures perfectly what the essence of love is. It's beautiful. The frustration that Pen feels at having to keep silent about her partner's death (because she works at a Catholic school and because she lives in Ireland) transmits frustration to the readers as well -- but not in that hokey, "oh being a lesbian is so hard" preachy way. It is Pen's evolution as she learns to cope with Cara's death and to face certain truths she didn't want to deal with previously. I also believe that it is a beautiful love story but in a realistic way - the main characters are not perfect, yet their love is so intense. It's not a "romance" -- it's a real-life, complex love story. I haven't been as big a fan of Donoghue's other novels so far, but this one stands out as exceptional for its writing, story line and character development. Read Hood -- with a box of tissues nearby.

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