Monday, August 12, 2013

Back to School Reading - What I Recommend

Hey there readers and those alike,

It is the end of yet another summer which means that school is starting soon and days become slower and then soon enough thanksgiving, christmas and the new year are upon us... This post is just a few books that I read through high school that were memorable and just plain awesome. I recommend them to those out there looking for books to read just before the school year is in full swing! Check them out below and let me know if you have read them before! Enjoy the rest of the summer everyone!

The Catcher in the Rye By: J. D. Salinger

This novel will forever be in my heart. This book was a perfect choice entering high school. It talked about self discovery - both disappointing and rewarding. Everyone will walk away from reading this book with a little brighter of a perspective on life! 

A Farewell to Arms By: Ernest Hemingway

I'm a sucker for tragic love stories. If you are too than this novel will be worth the sorrow that is sure to linger with you after ;P

Stealing Buddha's Dinner By: Bich Minh Nguyen

This novel hit close to home. Journey of a Vietnamese immigrant family growing up and assimilating American culture into their own. Just the comparisons of culture alone in this book is truly amazing!





Wednesday, February 27, 2013


Title: Lock and Key
Author: Sarah Dessen
Published Date: April 22nd, 2008
Ruby, where is your mother?
Ruby knows that the game is up. For the past few months, she's been on her own in the yellow house, managing somehow, knowing that her mother will probably never return.
That's how she comes to live with Cora, the sister she hasn't seen in ten years, and Cora's husband Jamie, whose down-to-earth demeanor makes it hard for Ruby to believe he founded the most popular networking Web site around. A luxurious house, fancy private school, a new wardrobe, the promise of college and a future; it's a dream come true. So why is Ruby such a reluctant Cinderella, wary and defensive? And why is Nate, the genial boy next door with some secrets of his own, unable to accept the help that Ruby is just learning to give?
Best-selling author Sarah Dessen explores the heart of a gutsy, complex girl dealing with unforeseen circumstances and learning to trust again.
(Synopsis Provided by GoodReads)
REVIEW (Might Contain Spoilers)
After having your entire life uprooted and turned upside down, 17 year old Ruby Cooper finds a new definition of what family is. She's been abandoned by the only person she thought she had left, her mom and now she has no where to go but to move in with her sister Cora, who she has not seen in 10 years and is happily married to the nicest guy in the world Jamie. She knows she's suppose to see it as a blessing, her sister can provide for her and give her a new start, but will Ruby open up and accept the help or will she run, like she always had before. A book about finding the good in people and most importantly yourself, Lock and Key tells a story of a girl who learns to find what family is really about, the good and the bad.

I have always been a sucker for Sarah Dessen novels. The girl with the drama and a cute boy to help her find her way - not always but this is usually how it goes in Dessen novels.