Thursday, August 13, 2009

Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway

Forgive the short review, I read this months ago!

I recommend this book for: high school

Audrey lives for music, which is why it should be no suprise that her boyfriend is in a band. Then she dumps him, which shouldn't have been a big deal - except that he writes a song about it that propels his band to stardom, and Audrey is launched into the spotlight right along with them. Reporters call her house, photographers find her at school, and the ice cream parlor where she works is suddenly much more popular. Audrey is mortified and angry, but there are perks -like getting invited backstage at concerts and becoming a fashion trendsetter. There are also a lot of annoyances, like being misquoted, feeling like she's losing her best friend, and not being able to go on a date with a new guy without becoming the subject of national interest and hatred.

This is a fun fun fun book about music, getting famous, making a lot of bad decisions and a few really good ones.

Concerned about mature content? Start highlighting here: There is a lot of cursing in this one. Sex is discussed, but all that happens "on-camera" is some intense making out backstage at a concert. Teens and rockstars party with alcohol and drugs. End of invisible print.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

I recommend this book for: grades 7 and up

D.J. works hard on her family's farm over the summer while her father recovers from an operation. Most of what needs doing falls to her because her older brothers are both away at college, and after a huge argument, they don't come home to help out. One chore that turns into her favorite activity is acting as a personal trainer to the rival high school's quarterback, who needs some pushing to do his best. As her relationship with Brian grows she decides to do what will make her happy for once - try out for the football team herself.

This is a fun summer book with substance. D.J. has a lot of problems teens can relate to between her family, friends, romantic interests, and schoolwork, plus the complicated position of being a girl trying out for the football team. There are funny moments and some heartbreaking ones too. Very worthwhile!

Reviews - be careful, there are spoilers in them!

If you're concerned about mature content, start highlighting here (there may be more, this is what I remember): There are a few instances of teen drinking, and one of the major complications in D.J.'s life is that although she is interested in guys, her female best friend wants to be more than friends. End of invisible text.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

A few good books

Okay, so I have an eight-week old baby now. I have lots of time to read while holding and feeding her, but not as much to type. As a result, there's a ridiculous number of books that I read weeks ago and haven't blogged. Due to the mom-brain phenomenon (a lovely combination of sleep-deprivation and hormonally induced memory loss), I don't remember much about some of them. Please note, I take no responsibility for remembering all of the mature content for the books in the next few mini-posts - we'll be lucky if I remember the plots! If you're concerned about content, please check on these books elsewhere before reading! I would suggest starting with the reviews on Amazon, and if your local library offers it, Novelist. On to the books!