Librarians Read Too!

Ever wondered what your favorite librarians are reading? Now you can find out!

Below, you’ll find the titles and authors listed along with the librarian who’s reading or has already read the book and what they have to say about it.


Don’t Let Me Go by J.H. Trumble   

Read by: Anna/Copley Teen Room

 This is the story of a gay teen, Nate, who forces himself to say goodbye to the love of his life when his boyfriend, Adam, takes on a position at an off-Broadway theater far away from the town they grew up in. Adam moves in with roommates, and suddenly doesn’t have the time to talk to Nate as much as he used to. Nate gets jealous when Adam’s naked roommate keeps walking into their Skype conversation and touching Adam, making references to things that might or might not have happened.

 Lots of emotion is flung around in this novel. Nate makes new friends, and attempts to gain a new boyfriend, even though he can’t get Adam out of his head. I truly enjoyed this story for the real raw emotions it portrayed. There were a lot of tears, a lot of anger, but it was all worth it for the happy ending. If you like reading gay romance novels, I would highly recommend this well written novel! Plus, there’s a playlist at the very end if you’re interested in that kind of thing.

Eyes Like Stars by Lisa Mantchev

Read by: Anna/Copley Teen Room

 I picked up this book only because the cover of the third book in the series really drew me in. I loved the character’s white hair, and the fairies flying around her head. It turns out, Bertie loves to dye her hair in different outrageous colors. In the first book it’s blue, with the wild name of Cobalt Flame. Bertie was left at a magical theater when she was just a little child and doesn’t remember her mother. The theater, is home to every character ever written into a play, from Hamlet to the Sea Witch from The Little Mermaid. These characters are bound to the theater, unable to leave its confines through the use of magic. But what happens when one of those characters, figures out a way to free himself? Bertie, must find a way to stop him from destroying the entire theater, all while proving her usefulness by directing a new production of Hamlet in less than a week.

 This book was a great lighthearted read. My favorite parts had the four fairies from A Midsummer Night’s Dream making trouble and causing laughs. It was an enjoyable surprise to find out who Bertie’s mother actually was, and I also liked the fact that all the characters stayed in character even when they were not acting in a play. Nate, from The Little Mermaid was constantly dressed, acting, and talking like a pirate, for example, even when he was talking to Ophelia who constantly wanted to drown herself on the Little Mermaid set. The interactions between the characters were the best part of this book for me, and I’m wondering what will happen in the next book when Bertie leaves the theater to continue her adventures.

Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Read by: Anna/ Copley Teen Room

Are you looking for an enchanting read? Night Circus is the story of a young man and a young woman pitted against each other in a strange, twisted magical challenge that could very well last for years, maybe even until they die. There are no set parameters for the challenge that they know of. Both of their instructors are vague on the details, but what each of them does know, is that the strange circus, unlike any circus you’ve ever been to, is their playground, the place where they can experiment with real magic, and challenge each other. These are not parlor tricks they play. They do not pull rabbits out of hats or slot rings together. They do not ride on the backs of elephants or send large cats through hoops of fire. Instead, they make wishing trees, and caves of ice, places where the circus patrons can venture through and explore, things they can create for each other. Even as love blossoms between them, they rarely ever meet in person.

 This is no ordinary circus. The gates don’t open until dark, and they don’t close until dawn. The circus arrives one day with nothing to announce it’s coming. And it leaves just the same. It is simply there one day, and gone the next. The cast of characters that inhabit the circus are just as interesting as the two main characters, for it is they, who make up the circus: The fortune teller, who’s in love with one of the challengers, the illusionist, the contortionist, the two twins with shocking red hair, one born just before the first ever opening of the circus, and the other born just after.

 This is a riveting read you won’t be able to put down until the very end. Trust me on this. Pick up your copy today, and give it a read. You will be glad you did. And maybe someday, somewhere around the world you’ll see those famous black and white striped tents, and the magical clock striking midnight in your backyard…

Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott

Read by: Kate Procyshyn / Floater Librarian

 When “Alice” was 10, Ray kidnapped her from the aquarium, where she was visiting with her class.Alicehad been separated from her friends because of a fight she had about sharing her lip gloss. Ray pretends to be a concerned Aquarium worker, but stealthily takes her back to his car.

What follows areAlice’s recollections of the past 5 years living as Alice, Ray’s child slave. AsAlicenears 15 she begins to feel that Ray will want to replace her with another child.Alicebegins to hope that she will be able to return to her life, her family onDaisy Lane, but knows that Ray will go one with his horrible ways with another child after her; just as she knows that she was not the first child to suffer Ray’s ways.

The subject matter is profoundly disturbing, butAlice’s character unfolds with such haunting imagery that the reader is held captive wondering if she will return to life beforeAlice, or suffer the consequences of fate held at Ray’s hands. A most disturbing young adult book that deals with suffering, loss of self, and pedophilia.

You Against Me by Jenny Downham

Read by: Kate Procyshyn/Floater Librarian

Mikey’s sister, Karyn, claims to have been sexually assaulted by Tom Parker. Mikey gets it into his head to get his friends together and beat Tom Parker up. Through rumor Mikey learns that the Parker’s are having an “out on bail” party for Tom. Mikey and his friends quietly crash the party to learn as much information about Tom as possible, to later hunt him down and also to help prove Karyn’s innocence. While at the party Mikey meets Ellie, Tom’s sister.

Ellie feels trapped between coming forward with the truth about the night Karyn was assaulted and standing by her brother. When Mikey and Ellie meet two worlds collide and the true story slowly begins to unfold. Both Ellie and Mikey initially have ulterior motives for hanging out with each other that slowly turn to something more. Ellie must decide whether to come forward with her first-hand account of the night Karyn was assaulted and therefore ruining her family or staying silent.

This is a fantastic book that covers some hard topics in YA literature. Downham is able to talk about rape, loss, isolation, and family loyalty effortlessly. This book will keep any reader on their toes, always questioning who is lying or telling the truth, to the very end. Obviously there is sexual content so I would recommend this book to those able to deal with such emotion.

The Last Herald Mage by Mercedes Lackey

Read by: Anna/Copley Teen Room

This is the fantasy/gay romance trilogy by Mercedes Lackey which begins with the book Magic’s Pawn, which I’ve previously reviewed here. All three books contained in this large, single volume are these: Magic’s Pawn, Magic’s Promise, and Magic’s Price.  Now that I’ve finished all three books, I cannot speak highly enough of all three. Mercedes Lackey is one heck of an amazing author. All three books deal with many serious issues (such as rape, death of a loved one, suicide, and others) in a straightforward way. Some issues can be hard to deal with in a real life setting, and she shows just how hard they can be even in a magical place. Yet, at the same time, you won’t find these books hard to read. The characters are easily relatable, and most of the magic is easily understood. Here, there are no wands or Harry Potter-like magic. Within the world, the magic used is commonly referred to as “mind magic”. Hard to explain, but once you read it, it makes perfect sense.

This trilogy is roughly twenty years old now, but it’s no worse for the passage of time. If you enjoy fantasy books and like gay romance, you will thoroughly enjoy this book. Hands down.

Magic’s Pawn by Mercedes Lackey

read by: Anna/Copley Teen Room

I started reading this book before I really knew what I was getting into. I knew it was a fantasy book written over twenty years ago now, and it had been recommended to me by a friend of mine who had mentioned something about gay romance in the book. I was a little interested, and unsure where it would go, considering the age and content of the book.

I have to say I was very surprised by it and once I got into it, I simply could not put it down. Please don’t let the cover fool you. It might look aged, but this is a truly ageless book. It is fantasy after all.

This is the story of a young man, 16-years-old, who is destined to take the place of his father in charge of the keep where they live. The only thing is, Vanyel doesn’t want that job. He wants to be a bard, to play music for others. He doesn’t want to fight, and the armsmaster who teaches him is ruthless and cruel to boot. But when he gets shipped off to his aunt who happens to be a herald mage, he finds that his life doesn’t have to be so boring. He falls in love with a fellow male student there, and it is this love, which he’d once thought forbidden, that changes his life forever. Young Vanyel has strengths he never knew he had, strengths he’ll need to learn to control, if he’s to survive, and save the country.

This is the first book in a trilogy, entitled The Last Herald Mage by Mercedes Lackey, and if you enjoy fantasy novels and gay romance, you’ll love this book! I don’t know what else I can say about it, other than it’s a book you need to check out today.

Without Sins by J. Tomas

Read by: Anna/Copley Teen Room

This was a cute romance between two boys at a Catholic Boarding School, as they try to stay covert in their affair. At first, this book seems like it’s on a one track mind, these two seemingly want nothing more than to be with each other. School work and classes are barely mentioned, but all that changes toward the end when Jacob ‘s temper flairs and he puts several boys in the hospital while trying to defend his boyfriend’s honor. Surely the school will kick him out now, right after he’s found the love of his life. The ending has a twist I never really saw coming, but it’s an ending that’s not exactly traditional for a romance novel, but will still leave readers happy, I think. My vote? If you like reading about two boys falling in love and want nothing else for a plot, you’ll really like this book. Give it a read, and write up a review for our blog here. Yep, we even post teen reviews too!

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

Read by Anna/Copley Teen Room

This book was awesome! It looks huge and daunting, but I finished it in only a couple of days because I just couldn’t put it down. There are demons, witches, vampires, humans, brothers, sisters, possible romances, lots of action, clockwork people on the hunt to kill, and people looking to protect those they don’t know very well. I can’t say much more than that without giving the plot away, but if you like steampunk paranormal stuff, you’ll love this book. I promise!

Flight of the Sparrows by Laura Baumbach

Read by: Anna/Copley Teen Room

This was an awesome book about a British teenage boy who’s on his own, looking for his father, by becoming a computer hacker. But when he and his friends steal important government files, they get more than they bargained for. Special Ops from the American Army show up to arrest them along with the British MI5 who want more than to simply arrest them. This is the heart wrenching and action packed story of how one teen finally meets his real father and claims a new family among military veterans, even as MI5 are still tracking him down, wanting him dead for the information he knows. Definitely a don’t miss novel! I loved it. Once I got started, I couldn’t put it down to save my life. I highly recommend it.

His Eyes by Renee Carter

Ready by: Anna/Copley Teen Room

This was a short, sweet, romance novel. Again, another book I couldn’t put down. Amy is a down to earth girl, about to graduate high school, and needing money to be able to attend her dream college. How she gets that money, is the interesting part. She’s hired to babysit a blind teenager from a very preppy school filled with rich kids. Only this kid, Tristan, newly blind from a show jumping accident, doesn’t want anything to do with anyone. Will he come around before it’s too late? Or will his ex-girlfriend, who doesn’t know he’s blind, and who’s intent on using him to get her on the cover of People Magazine, grab him up before Amy can get through to him? If you love romance novels, check this one out. A fast paced book, you won’t be able to put down.

Tiger’s Curse by Colleen Houck

Read by: Anna/Copley Teen Room 

I couldn’t have read this book at a better time: Colleen Houck is coming to the Copley Teen Room on Saturday November 5, 2011 at 3pm!!!

I LOVED this book. If you like fantasy/shifter type novels, especially if they involve hot guys and a little romance, this is the book for you. It’s the story of a girl in foster care who gets the opportunity to accompany a circus tiger inAmericato a special reserve inIndiawhere the tiger was supposedly born before being captured. But upon arriving inIndia, Kelsey realizes that the story she was told was anything but the truth, and the tiger, is anything but your typical circus tiger! Together, she and the centuries old tiger must go on a quest to end the curse put on Ren, the tiger. They battle plants that eat you alive, statues that come to life, a fear of snakes, a fear of love, and other things that are sure to keep you on the edge of your seat.

 The page numbers are daunting at 400, but I couldn’t put the book down as soon as I’d started, and I finished it a lot faster than I’d ever predicted. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a good fantasy read!  

 The second book in the series, Tiger’s Quest, came out just this year and the library already has several copies on order. You can put a copy on reserve through our catalog at Library copies of the first book, Tiger’s Curse, will be available in the teen room when she’s here, so have your library cards ready!

Battle Dress by Amy Efaw

Read by Anna/Copley Teen Room

This is the story of a recent high school graduate looking to get away from her nagging family, from  her mother who constantly puts her down to her father who doesn’t speak up for her, her annoying brother, and her sister who might be the best thing in her life. Her mother doesn’t think she’s meant for West Point, the elite school for those looking to get a college degree for free and get into the US Army. Her mother doesn’t think she’ll make it, thinks she’ll fail, and return home beaten, with mud on her face.

But just one out of two females amongst a group of rough, tough guys, she proves her mother wrong. Because anything is better than going back home. She can take the insults from an upperclassman, and she works hard to earn the respect of the other cadets, whether they’re newbies like herself, or the ones giving out the orders. This novel chronicles her first few weeks at West Point, known as Beast.

I found this book to be fantastic! It was a read I couldn’t put down, and if I happened to be reading it in the morning over breakfast, the fast pace of the book and the quick orders and insults being doled out to the characters had me jumping to get things done before someone noticed I’d left a piece of dust underneath my kitchen table and yelled at me for it. If reading about the Army is your type of thing, if you want to read about someone’s tough journey, to watch them get broken by the system just to be rebuilt into something stronger, to see if they succeed or fail, this is the book for you. It’s not a common journey found in most books, but it is a common journey for all those who go through West Point year after year after year. It’s a book you won’t forget. Check it out of your local branch today!

Carmen, an urban adaption of the opera by Walter Dean Myers

Read by: Ann/Egleston Branch

I love the opera Carmen and I love Walter Dean Myers and I wanted to love this but I could not. It is set up exactly as a play– the settings, the stage instructions, the music. Set in El Barrio (Spanish Harlem) the characters are modern reincarnations of the original novela, pre-Bizet, infact– modeled after West Side Story. Factory workers, cops instead of soldiers, a Hip Hop Star instead of a Toreador, but the story remains basically the same. I still love the idea, but i thought the dialog was stilted and unnatural (“We’ll do the caper…”?) and many of the characters and settings were dangerously close to stereotyping. Please– i still love Walter Dean Myers and he added an author’s note explaining why he wanted to work with Carmen, he spoke about the very public music in the Harlem of his youth, about the stereotyping he had encountered in different versions of the novella– in fact i enjoyed the author’s note very much– much more than the novela.

Unfortunately, I can see adults liking this a lot, but i do not see it speaking to kids– only to an adult idea of what speaks to kids. Myers does not usually write about Latinos, and Carmen, unfortunately, is not what he does best. Sorry. it was very well reviewed but I was so disappointed.

Vice: One Cop’s Story of Patrolling America’s Most Dangerous City by Sgt. John R. Baker

Read by: Anna/Copley Teen Room

This is a nonfiction book that reads like a novel. The action starts at the beginning with a brief history of Compton, California and how it’s gangs got started, and doesn’t end until the last page. Sgt. “Rick” Baker tells the story of how the Compton Police Department fought to protect and serve their city in a time of gang wars, and how they fought against the city council and the city’s many mayors to get the support they needed to do their job.

These police officers were known to use forces other than their guns to bring criminals down. While the LAPD would shoot first and ask questions later, the Compton PD would handle cases in an entirely different manner seeing as they’d grown up with the criminals they were now fighting. Everyone knew everyone, and the criminals, though they worked against the law, respected the cops enough to call for help when an officer was down.

Does it matter whether the general public knows what the Compton cops did? Does it matter whether we know how hard they fought to keep themselves going when things weren’t looking so good? They were only 130 officers strong while they were outnumbered with 10,000 criminals. In the end one of those officers said it didn’t matter, because THEY knew what they’d done. But Sgt. Rick Baker knew the public needed to know the truth, and so he gave us Vice.

This is a book I would HIGHLY recommend to anyone looking for a good nonfiction read, a memior, and the history of many of our most prominant gangs as well as the history of the city itself. Check it out TODAY!

The Marbury Lens by Andrew Smith

Read by: Anna/Copley Teen Room

This book is crazy and insane all at once. It’s the story of a boy who finds himself kidnapped after getting drunk at his friend’s party and attempting to walk home alone. Going to England for a few weeks to see if he wants to attend a boarding school, he’s given a pair of glasses from a stranger. These glasses show him a war-torn world where he’s forced to fight against his best friend.

In short, this book is one insane ride. It’s like getting hooked on drugs… but without the drugs. You’ll find yourself sucked into the world of Marbury, and unable to leave, similar to the characters in the book. I highly recommend it.

Bright Young Things by Anna Godbersen

Read by: Anna/Copley Teen Room

Do you like fancy parties, flappers, stage performances, rich dresses, a little side romance, along with a dish of violence?  Then this is the series for you. This book, the first in a new series, was a truly fantastic read set in 1920’s New York City. It’s the story of two young girls who move to the city to find themselves and make a name for themselves. Set in a time when it was illegal to sell or drink alcohol, these girls find their way into the speakeasies of the city and into the homes of the greatest alcohol sellers of the time. What they find there, both surprises and scares them. It’s a truly great read, a page turner that’s garunteed to keep you reading late into the night!

The Abused Werewolf Rescue Group by Catherine Jinx

Read by: Anna/Copley Teen Room

This book is the sequel to The Reformed Vampire Support Group also written by Catherine Jinx. Not having read the first book, I didn’t feel out of place at all. In fact, I rather enjoyed this book. It wasn’t cheesy, and the only mention of “mates” was because it was set in Austraila where everyone calls each other “mate”. It was funny, some parts were scary, his mother was annoying in that way that only a mother can be, and his friends, new and old were pretty cool. I would love to recommend this book to anyone looking for a werewolf book that’s a little out of the ordinary. My favorite quote from the book?

“Barry can’t be the first vampire who’s fanged a werewolf. And the whole ideas of zombies must have come from somewhere.” –The Abused Werewolf Rescue Group

Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

Read by Maggie/Copley Teen Room

Looking for a whimsical, witty romp with a dash of romance, a heaping of NYC and a side order of bookstores? This is the story for you.  Deep in the aisles of one of the most famous bookstores in the world, a bored teenage Dash comes across a notebook seemingly left just for him, daring him to accept the challenges within. His curiosity sets off a correspondence with Lily, who might just be what he’s looking for. But how well can you know someone you’ve never actually met?

By the authors of Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, there were three main characters in this book: Lily, Dash, and New York City. You’ll get a wonderful sense of what its like to roam around NYC with endless possibilities around every corner. And if you’ve ever talked to someone you may not know in person, you’ll be able to relate that much more to Dash and Lily as they look for someone to talk to, in the middle of one of the biggest cities in the world.


Fancy White Trash by Marjetta Geerling

Read by Maggie/Copley Teen Room

The Savage women are loud, messy, and cycle through the same men. But that won’t stop fifteen year old Abby from learning from her mom’s and sisters’ mistakes. One man- The Guitar Player, is making his way through the Savage ladies and leaving wreckage in his wake. Abby’s not too worried- her Rules for Love are going to get her out of her small town in Arizona and on her way to New York City with her best friend, Cody. But before graduation, Abby will have to figure out some stuff. She’ll have to navigate the return of Cody’s older brother, Jackson, her first love. Meanwhile, there’s some questions as to who’s the father of her sister’s new baby, and her mom’s current pregnancy. You might need some maps to keep the relationships straight in this one.

If you like books with smart, witty main characters who are surrounded by loving chaos, Fancy White Trash is just the thing for you.

Paranormalcy by Kiersten White

Read by: Anna/Copley Teen Room

I have to say, in a time when vampire novels are getting old, this was a refreshing new twist to paranormal books! Evie works for the International Paranormal Containment Agency, bagging and tagging paranormals around the world to keep them under control and out of harm’s way. Her parents didn’t want her, and she spent time in foster care bouncing from house to house before the IPCA picked her up. She was taken in by the agency because she can see through a paranormal’s glamour. That is, she can see past a vampire’s normal looking skin to see the rotting flesh beneath, or the yellow eyes of a werewolf beneath bright blue. Her ex-boyfriend is an annoying faerie who wants her back and the new boy in her world is something no one knows how to classify. In fact, she was the one who bagged and tagged him when he was caught breaking in. But why was he breaking in? And what’s up with the abnormally high rate of paranormal deaths in the world? Strange things start to happen, making Evie question who she is herself and whether or not she can save those she loves from death and even herself. Is she really as human as she thought she was?

This is a MUST READ for anyone interested in paranormal activity. Evie has great wit and humor, loves great television, and yearns to see what a real school locker looks like since she’s never been to high school, never mind a real prom. What more could you want from a book? The romance is thoroughly believable and beautiful, and you won’t be able to put the book down once you pick it up. A kickass story with a little romance. Definitely a good combination.

Matched by Ally Condie

Read by: Anna/Copley Teen Room

This book was awesome! If you like distopia books, I would highly recommend it. I especially liked the ending because it wasn’t what I was expecting. It’s a good, strong ending. There could easily be a sequel, but it’s not necessary at all. Matched works fine on it’s own, and I’m not sure it needs a sequel at all.

This is the story of true love. Of what if you were officially matched with the person you’re supposed to marry, but discover yourself falling for another guy? Another guy who’s not supposed to be in the matching pool because of something that happened years ago, that only he’s allowed to know about… Only… he’s falling for you and wants to spend his time with you…  You know it’s wrong, but you can’t hold yourself back, and in spending time together, you slowly learn things about your society that just isn’t right…

Fantastic read. That’s all I have to say about it. Pick it up. Read it. You’ll love it.

Boy Proof by Cecil Castellucci

Read by Anna/Copley Teen Room

This book is fantastic! For those teens who are brave enough to dress up as their favorite sci-fi character every day, or those who wish they had the guts… for those who think romance will never happen to them, this book is for you. A young girl who idolizes her favorite movie character and the actress who plays her, learns a lesson when she meets the actress and she’s not at all what she was expecting. Plus, there’s a new boy in school. In trying to push him away, all she seems to be doing is bringing him closer, until he decides there’s no point in trying to crack her hard shell. Will she ever become true friends with him?

Lean on Pete by Willy Vlautin

Read by: Anna Draves/Copley Teen Room (A review by Jessi can be seen further down the page)

This book was fantastic! Sparsely written, yet emotional at the same time,  it tells the story of fifteen year old Charley who’s been abandoned by everyone he knows, except his aunt who lives several states away. After his father dies, leaving him homeless, he steals a horse from his boss, and begins the trek across the wilderness to find his aunt and a home he can truly belong to. I can’t say enough about this book. I would especially recommend it to boys who might be reluctant readers. It’s easy to read, and yet, there’s so much that comes across without the author having to write it down. An adult book with high teen appeal, I highly recommend it!!!

Against All Odds: My Story by Chuck Norris

Read by: Anna Draves/Copley Teen Room

The good guy always wins. That’s what happens in every movie Chuck’s ever been in and in every episode of his tv show Walker, Texas Ranger. It’s also one of the things that draws people to him and his work, which was inspired by the old John Wayne movies where the good guy always wins. Chuck Norris is also a six time world karate champion, another great reason to check this book out if your into martial arts at all. It’s an inspirational story anyone striving for a black belt should read, no matter which martial art you’re training in. Knowing who Chuck Norris is now, it’s hard to believe that at one point in his life he was a shy, quiet kid terrified of public speaking. Not any more! I’m halfway through the book, and thoroughly enjoying every moment of it! He writes in a clear, easy to understand way as well. I was reading the book on the train recently when I came to a hilarious story Chuck was telling about himself and Steve McQueen. I had a very hard time keeping quiet while he told about the practical joke he played on his friend.  It was laugh-out-loud funny. This book is definitely an enjoyable read!

Buddha by Tezuka

Read by: John Kenney/Hyde Park Branch Teen Room

It was a great Christmas present from my family.  I have finished volume one and can say that it’s a classic with good reason.  The art is really fantastic.  He ranges between simple old Disney style cartoon to some wonderful lithograph-like landscapes and full page scenes.  I’ don’t think it’s any coincidence that it’s an 8 volume set ; )  And such a high topic for young thinkers too.  I was sad to see our catalog shows so many missing, lost, or claimed returned.  The 6 x 8 in size is nice.

The Blind Contessa’s New Machine by Carey Wallace

Read by: Anna Draves/Copley Teen Room

I’m a writer myself, and this is primarily the reason I picked up this book. The main character in my own novel goes blind toward the end, and thus, I have an interest in books featuring blind people so I can get a feel for how other writers have worked with blind characters. Otherwise, it’s not necessarily a book I would have picked up since historical fiction isn’t entirely my thing.

The book is a fictionalized retelling of the invention of the early typewriter, by inventor Turri for his friend and love who’d gone blind when she was 18. It’s set in the 1800’s. The first few pages were interesting, talking about her blindness and how no one believed her when she said she was going blind. Then it went back in time to her boring childhood and how her future husband courted her for about 50 pages until they got married the year she went blind. However, I was willing to stick it out to get back to the good parts. lol. I haven’t finished it yet, but it is interesting to see how going blind affects her over all and to see other people’s reaction to it. Aside from that, I’d have to say the book is rather dry. But, perhaps, if you’re an avid Jane Austen fan, this might be a book for you.

Forest Gate by Peter Akinti.  Read by Jessi Snow/ Copley Teen Room
Two boys try to commit suicide by hanging themselves; one is successful in doing the job.  The story takes off from there by the sister of the dead boy (Ashkin), Meina, and the survivor and best friend of Ashkin, James.  Meina is now the only one left in her family after both her parents were killed in Somalia.  The book goes back and forth between Meina and James telling their stories.  James has struggles in his own life with his mother being addicted to crack and his brothers selling drugs, and he struggles with depression of his own.
Broken Glass Park Ready by Jessi Snow/Copley Teen Room
Russian immigrant Sascha is living in Germany with her two half siblings and a foster mother.  Her mother and mother’s boyfriend were both killed by Mom’s ex husband Vadim.  Vadim is serving time in prison while Sascha feels she’s serving time in her own life with the murder of her mother on her head and the way it’s destroyed her little brother.  It’s a raw read.  Sascha’s toughness is appealing as well as her strength and desire to take care of her family.  I liked this book a lot, it reminded me of Adam Rapp books where you just don’t have that uplifting feeling with the book, it’s pretty dreary, but you have feelings for the characters.
The Boy Who Couldn’t Sleep and Never Had To.  DC Pierson.  Read by Jessi Snow/Copley Teen Room
Darren is into comics, superheroes, video games, and drawing.  He isn’t the most popular kid in school, but the focus of the book isn’t on that but rather the friendship between Darren and his new friend Eric.  Eric isn’t the most popular kid in school either, they both share a love of superheroes, video games, and the two embark on a friendship fueled by making a comic book together.  Very funny!
Autobiography of a Recovering Skinhead.  Frank Meeink Story, as told to Jody M. Roy.  Read by Jessi Snow/Copley Teen Room
The start of Frank Meeink’s life was met with violence, drugs and alcohol by his parents and other family members.  The life was seen as normal, so when Frank is recruited into a neo-Nazi chapter it seemed like a natural next step.  By the time Frank was 16 he was deep into the white supremacist movement and was skinhead gang leader.  Jail time was had as were children by more than one woman.  When the Oklahoma City bombings happened something clicked in Frank’s head making him realize the life he chose is not the life he wants.  He begins to look at the prejudice and racist beliefs he held onto so tightly and starts to reevaluate his life.  Frank ends up sharing his story with the Anti Defamation League and is encouraged to meet and speak to children and people all over the US about his experiences as a neo Nazi.  Even with this experience Frank is still met with struggles and it’s not as easy seeing more than half his life had been hate, addiction, and violence.  Frank obviously has flaws and is aware of them but its’ the journey he goes on to find the route of his flaws that helps to understand the violence and hate he participated in.  The incidents of violence and hate he shares aren’t gratuitous but serve as lessons.
Girl In Translation.  Kwok.  Read by Jessi Snow/Copley Teen Room
Ah Kim (Kimberly) and her Ma move to NY City in the 1980’s from China.  Ma’s sister Paula helped bring them over and in turn they have to live in squalor and work in a sweat shop.  This is how Ma has to pay her debts to her sister.  In China Kimberly had no problems excelling in school but in NY she struggles with the language and fitting in.  We follow Kimberly and her mother through their struggles of just surviving, literally.  Kimberly works so hard to get into a private school where she excels and eventually finds her voice to let her aunt know that she and her mother haven’t been treated well by her.  The story has a lot of great moments and characters like Matt the boy Kimberly falls in love with from the sweat shop to Annette the stable loyal friend Kimberly made in grade school and Kimberly and Ma themselves.
Citrus County.  John Brandon. Read by Jessi Snow/Copley Teen Room
Toby is a “bad boy” but not the typical one that smokes or plays around, instead he acts out by kidnapping a four year old girl and holds her in an abandoned cabin for a few weeks.  Shelby is the girl that gets involved with Toby and she’s the “good girl”, the one that does well in school and when her sister gets kidnapped holds herself and her father together.  Shelby and Toby are such three dimensional characters that you can just get inside both their heads, even in Toby’s messed up one it’s great!
Lean on Pete.  Vlautin.  Read by Jessi Snow/Copley Teen Room
Yes, what a great read!  Valutin’s simple and straightforward writing immediately pulls you into the story.  Even though it’s seemingly so simple the characters are strongly developed and you get such a feel for them.  Charley is so sweet and caring and the mistakes that happen and when he gets in trouble you just ache for him.  Del, Charley, Ray have such depth, even the smaller characters are so descriptive—Silver, the homeless guy that Charley encounters.  Charley has such a level of maturity and level headedness that is so impressive considering what he’s dealing with.  The teen appeal-yes there is!  It’s a great story that pulls you in.  Charley is a teen and although he’s dealing with severe circumstances I think that teens can identify with him.  I loved this book.
Insatiable.  Cabot, Meg.  Read by Jessi Snow/Copley Teen Room
Meg Cabot does a vampire book!!! And it’s pretty good.

One thought on “Librarians Read Too!

  1. John K. says:

    Just quickly read _Good-bye Chunky Rice_ by Craig Thompson. Loved it. Quirky art style with a whimsically grotesque edge sure to attract tweens and teens. Touching themes between the characters, focusing on love and friendship. Some painful moments and good references to the Orpheus myth. Further inclusion of musical themes also lends strength. Highly reccomended.

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