Tessa Masterson Will Go to Prom by Emily Franklin & Brendan Halpin

Citation:

Franklin, Emily and Brendan Halpin. Tessa Masterson Will Go to Prom. New York, NY: Walker Publishing Company, 2012. ISBN-13: 978-0-8027-2345-1. Hardcover USD $16.99

Annotation: Lucas and Tessa are best friends. When Lucas realizes he wants more, how will he react when she comes out as a lesbian?

Awards:

No awards but the book was named to the 2013 Rainbow List.

Image Cover:

Tessa Masterson Will Go to Prom

Booktalk:

Lucas and Tessa have been friends for most of their lives. One day Luke realizes his feelings for Tessa go more than friendship so he decides to ask her to prom. She declines, but not for the reasons you might think. She comes out as a lesbian.

Lucas feels hurt and betrayed. Some actions on his part cause Tessa and her family a lot of hurt and controversy. Will Tessa and Lucas make up but more importantly, will Tessa Masterson go to prom?

Fun Facts: This book was based on real life events in a small southern town.

https://www.aclu.org/cases/lesbian-and-gay-rights/fulton-ms-prom-discrimination?redirect=lgbt-rights/fulton-ms-prom-discrimination

Credits: (all links open in a new window/tab)

Image Cover: From Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11870085-the-fault-in-our-stars

Award Info: http://emilyfranklin.com/portfolio/tessa-masterson-will-go-to-prom/

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The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

Citation:

Green, John. The Fault in Our Stars. New York, NY: Dutton, 2012. ISBN-13: 978-0-525-47881-2. Hardcover USD $17.99

Annotation: Two teens with terminal cancer go on an adventure of friendship and love.

Awards:

Buxtehuder Bulle (2012), Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook Production Honor (2013), West Australian Young Readers’ Book Award (WAYRBA) for Older Readers (2013), Milwaukee County Teen Book Award (2013), Indies Choice Book Award for Young Adult (2013)

Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis for Preis der Jugendjury (2013), Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award (ALAN/NCTE) (2013), Dioraphte Jongerenliteratuurprijs for vertaald boek en publieksprijs (2013), The Inky Awards for Silver Inky (2012), Abraham Lincoln Award (2014), Goodreads Choice for Best Young Adult Fiction (2012), Luisterboek Award (2015), Green Mountain Book Award (2014), The Inky Awards Shortlist for Silver Inky (2012) .

Image Cover:

The Fault in Our Stars

Booktalk:

Hazel Grace Lancaster is a 16 year old girl battling cancer. Upon her mother’s request she attends a cancer support group. She meets a boy named Augustus Waters. They share an attraction with each other.

How do two people with terminal cancer deal with life, love, and eventual death? Read “The Fault in Our Stars” to see how these two people live their lives to the fullest.

Fun Facts: Author John Green hosts a The Fault in Our Stars Q&A on his website. *Note* Spoilers are abound if you haven’t completely read the book.

http://johngreenbooks.com/questions-about-the-fault-in-our-stars-spoilers/

Videos:

Book Trailer:

Movie Trailer:

Credits: (all links open in a new window/tab)

Image Cover & Awards List: From Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11870085-the-fault-in-our-stars

Book Trailer: https://youtu.be/G4BCKLbRHTM

Movie Trailer: https://youtu.be/9ItBvH5J6ss

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Choose Your Own Autobiography by Neil Patrick Harris

Notes: I also changed this book from what I originally picked. If I would be living in the UK this biography review would have been about John Cleese.

Age Range: Including age range for this book, while not inappropriate, there may be some jokes or parts of the story that are inappropriate for younger readers. 15+ for the age range on this book. I will note there might be choices in the story where you won’t find anything out of the ordinary, but it’s best to caution.

Citation:

Harris, Neil Patrick. Choose Your Own Autobiography. USA: Crown Archetype, 2014. ISBN-13: 978-0-385-34699-3. Hardcover. USD: $26.00

Annotation: If you thought Choose your own adventure books were out of style think again. Neil Patrick Harris’s autobiography brings this style of book back to the forefront and is a fun adventurous look through Harris’s life.

Awards:

None yet.

Image Cover:

Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography

Mini Review:

Star Rating- 5 out of 5 (That’s what I gave it on Goodreads).

You’ve seen him in reruns of Doogie Howser, M.D., you know him as Barney Stinson on How I Met Your Mother, now read about how Neil Patrick Harris got there, and read about his theater and hosting duties. You’ll see how he gained fame and fortune and has found happiness on and off the screen.

In Choose Your Own Autobiography, you get to choose how you read the story. Just like the choose your own adventure books you read as a kid, you get to read “adventures” in Neil’s life. Don’t worry if you want to read straight through. You can. It doesn’t feel too disjointed as each “adventure” is standalone, but it is neat to see what would have preceded that adventure. If you want a biography that isn’t your standard read, than Choose Your Own Autobiography is for you.

 

Videos: Book Trailer from the book’s website

Watch on YouTube https://youtu.be/qOl8WWeyzvk (Opens in a new window/tab)

Credits: (all links open in a new window/tab)

Cover Image- Goodreads

Video: http://nphbook.com/

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Housekeeping

A general housekeeping posts. Please don’t comment on old posts. Seriously. It just makes you look like you are trolling for something. I barely remember what I had for lunch today let alone what I wrote 3 years ago.

Most likely going to add this into my disclaimer or about me page as well.

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Timebound by Rysa Walker

Notes: For my Historical Fiction pick I had originally started to read The Book Thief. While a good read, I just realized I wasn’t reading it as quickly as I needed to for class. I’ll finish it and give a proper review once the quarter is over. I just feel the pacing of The Book Thief is one to be enjoyed slowly.

Citation:

Walker, Rysa. Timebound. United States of America: Skyscape. 2013. Advanced Reader Copy Paperback. ISBN-13: 978-1-477-84815-9 Price in USD $8.95

Annotation: Imagine being told you can time travel. Imagine being asked to save the world using time travel. This is what Kate Pierce-Keller’s grandmother asks her to do. If Kate succeeds in her current timeline, how are the past, present, and future affected?

Awards:

2013: Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award, Grand Prize Winner

Image Cover:

Timebound (The Chronos Files #1)

Mini Review:

Star Rating- 4 out of 5 (That’s what I gave it on Goodreads).

Time travel? Mystery? A Dash of romance? If any of these sound fun and exciting to read than Timebound by Rysa Walker is your book. Timebound is the first book in the CHRONOS series (2 books and 2 novellas with a third book on the way this fall). Sixteen year-old, Kate Pierce-Keller has had two panic attacks in her life she didn’t think much of them until her grandmother waltzes back into town, and asking Kate to move in with her part time. Kate’s world is tossed upside down when she finds out she has the ability to time travel. According to her grandmother, Kate must now go back in time to find out when her grandmother was murdered in another timeline to make sure that Kate’s timeline doesn’t get erased from history. Which timeline is correct, and how will Kate know what to choose and defeat the evil in the past. What will happen to the people she has met in another timeline? Kate must choose what’s correct.

If you like history, science fiction, fantasy, and adventure this book is for you. I had the pleasure of meeting Ms. Walker at NYCC (New York Comic Con) 2013, and I remember what she said about the book,” if you like Doctor Who, then you’ll enjoy Timebound.” I find that statement to be mostly true, though I feel that Timebound deals more with historical ramifications than alien encounters.

Videos: There aren’t many video interviews or a book trailer, but I did find a podcast with Rysa Walker talking about self-publishing and more. The podcast is over an hour in length so it’s a little long.

Watch on YouTube (Opens in a new window/tab)

Noteable Information: The book was originally called Time’s Twisted Arrow, but was changed during the awards process.

Credits: (all links open in a new window/tab)

Cover Image- Goodreads

Awards List and Notable information: Rysa Walkers Website

Podcast- YouTube user Johnny B. Truant https://youtu.be/ZT7_aFGVtcQ

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The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

First and foremost, I’m back. You’ll be seeing a lot of book reviews over the next 10 weeks. I’m taking a class on YA Resources for my Library Science degree. I have to read and review 20 books this quarter. Those reviews have their own dedicated blog at Adventures in YA Books. That’s mainly for my classmates and peers. So I’m doing what any multi-blog blogger would do. Cross posting.

Each post will originate at Adventures in YA Books. I am then going to paste the post here at Nicole’s Life Adventures. Pick a place and read and enjoy!

 

Citation:
Hinton, S.E. The Outsiders. New York: Speak, a Penguin Putnam imprint. 2003. Paperback.

Annotation:
Growing up is never easy no matter where you come from and no matter the differences, in the end we are all a lot more alike than we believe.

Awards:
1967: New York Herald Tribune Best Teenage Book List
1967: Chicago Tribune Book World Spring Book Festival Honor Book
1975: Media and Methods Maxi Award
1975: ALA Best Young Adult Books
1979: Massachusetts’s Children’s Book Award
1991: BILBY Award for Older Readers

Image Cover:
The Outsiders

Mini Review:

Star Rating- 5 out of 5 (That’s what I gave it on Goodreads).

The Outsiders is a story about friendship and growing up. Ponyboy Curtis is a 14 year-old “greaser”. He and the rest of his gang are rivals with the “socs”. Throughout the story the greasers and the socs have various scuffles. Until one scuffle changes everyone’s life.  Ponyboy and another greaser Johnny end up on the run.  Even though they return home other events happen that change Ponyboy forever.

I never read The Outsiders in high school. I wished I had, so I could compare my understanding of it now and what I thought then.  I also thought when I first saw rival gangs, I thought West Side Story in non-musical form. The Outsiders is much much more.

The novel deals with social class, violence, gangs, school, and death, S.E. Hinton weaves them all into a compelling story that makes you feel like you’ve been friends with Ponyboy and company for ever.

Videos:  In 1983 Hinton’s novel was made into a movie. Here is the trailer for the movie.

 

Teen Quotes:  “The Outsiders is the first book I read completely in High School. I love this book.”- Billy, 19.

Credits:
Cover Image- Goodreads
Awards List- S.E. Hinton’s website
BILBY Award Mention
Movie Trailer- YouTube user Danielle Jonas

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Fresh Is Fierce

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I was selected for the #Freshisfierce Vox box from Influenster. I received Carefree Body Shape panty liners to try. This is my honest review of the product. By receiving this product I in no way have to give a positive review.

So now that the legal mumbo jumbo is out of the way, I’ll start by saying, I enjoyed using them. They are comfortable, and they didn’t irritate my skin. These were the regular size. For personal preferences I would like to see a “long” version of these. I also enjoy that they are individually wrapped as you can stick them in your purse and take them on the go.

Overall, great product, would recommend to friends, and I just wish they had a “long” version. (I only glanced at the carefree website, so they may actually already have the “long” version and I just don’t know it.)

 

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Lastly, my only other gripe is seriously Carefree plastered all over the box kind of gives away what you are getting. Influenster on the box I get, but there might have been some people that wanted to be a little more discreet with their mail delivery. :)

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Movie Nights

I need to get back into blogging, and what better way to do that is some photo pics of my tweets of a movie night. I may make this a thing, I might not.

To start, I watched Batman Forever. Reason why, I’ve been on a NCIS: Los Angeles kick recently. So I’ve decided to watch G. Callen himself (Chris O’Donnell) movies. You know, before he became a badass special agent.

I made the hashtag #codmovienight and I tweeted the event. I had fun, and I’m looking to continue it with Batman and Robin.

My photo tweets are listed at the read more link.

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2014 Year in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 550 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 9 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

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Read 4 Review: Swimming to Tokyo

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I received a copy of Brenda St. John Brown’s Swimming to Tokyo from the group Never too old to read Y.A & N.A. books. In turn, I will give an honest review of the book. This post will be cross posted to GoodReads, my blog, and Barnes and Noble’s page for the book.

Overall, I gave the book a solid 3 stars with GoodRead’s star ratings, but personally I’d give it more of a 3.5. Once I started reading, the book I didn’t want to put it down. It was intriguing, and it was refreshing to see how these characters seemed “broken” to themselves, but couldn’t see what others saw of themselves. To me that kind of made the book more realistic.

Zosia and Finn went to the same high school, but she only had a crush on him from afar. He was a loner, she was popular. They haven’t crossed paths until the eve of Zosia leaving for Tokyo for her father’s job. Once they “reconnected” I kind of figured there’d be a lot more to them once they arrived in Tokyo. What started out as a friendship between two similar aged teens, turns into more when they both realize that together they are better than they are alone.

I also enjoyed the research Ms. St. John Brown put into the story. Knowing about the different areas of Tokyo, and the trains kind of made me feel like I was there with Zosia (side note, ever since HBO’s Girl’s became popular, I see the name Zosia and think of Zosia Mamet and I had her face in mind every time I saw the name. Not that it is bad thing. I just kind of like creating an image of a book characters on my own, and not because a name makes me think of someone.)

I also know I would have rated this higher if there had been some better editing. A couple times towards the end of the book, there were some missing words in sentences, and throughout the whole book I noticed missing quotation marks or conversations from two different characters placed on the same line and at times that made it confusing as to: was Zosia saying it or was Finn?

While I breezed through the book, I also thought a lot happened in the last 80 or so pages. The first part of the book wasn’t slow I do think something more could have been added in.

Also this book made me cry. So if the loss of a loved one gets to you, make sure you have tissues handy.

Would I recommend this book to others? Yes, I would I would tell them that this is a nice quick read. (If this was summertime this is the book I would have been reading on the beach and I don’t think that is a bad thing either, it’s just one of those that you’d want to read while sitting in a beach chair sipping a lovely drink).

Overall, I really enjoyed Zosia and Finn’s story of their summer in Tokyo. They got to experience amazing things in a completely different culture and that summer helped both characters move on from different circumstances in life.

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