June Recap

I am sorely disappointed in myself for my reading habits this month.  Though in my defense; I moved and started working full time.  I will do better in July I promise.

Here are the THREE books I read in June:

1.  Ghostgirl- Tonya Hurley

2. Max- James Patterson

3. The Hunger Games- Suzanne Collins (not reviewed yet)


Total YA Books in June: 3

Total Adult Books in June: 0

Total Books in June: 3

Total Books for Year: 32


Please keep stopping by, I promise more updates.  Look on Thursday for The Hunger Games review.

Max- James Patterson (Maximum Ride Novel #5)

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After becoming pretty interested in the first four books in this series I was very excited to get my hands on Max the fifth installment.  I was under the impression that this was the final book- I cannot remember if there was a specific reason that I believed that but- I was wrong.  The ends are not tied up neatly at the end of this book.  Instead I am once again left wondering what happens next.  I am not sure how I feel about that.

I am unsure as to how I should feel about this because this book lacked something the others had.  I am not sure exactly what it was, but I was much less satisfied with this one.  Certain parts of the story are developed more, such as the relationship between Max and Fang.  But I felt we went no where with regards to who Jeb is, how Max is going to fulfill her destiny, and several other things.  This is not to say I don’t recommend it, but just be prepared?  I will probably continue reading the series, because Patterson did what he set out to do with these books and made me want, if not NEED to know what happens in the end.

I hear that a movie is in the works… and I think that could be super cool or super lame.  We’ll see which way it goes.

On a quite positive note, one of the kids that I have in the summer camp I’m working with loves these books so we were able to establish a connection/relationship by talking about them.  Which is one of the reasons I like reading YA.

My previous recommendations for these books being suitable for middle and high school students who want to read outside of school still stands.  In fact I noticed even more in this book how careful Patterson is to make sure that the language and situations are age appropriate.

Ghostgirl- Tonya Hurley

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I do not usually comment on the “cover appeal” of a book, but as soon as I received this book in the mail I was instantly intrigued because of how cool the cover is.  The white background in the middle of the cover shown above is really clear plastic with a black silhouette on it.  The book seems luxurious, and the pages on the outside have silver on them.  

OK, enough about the cover.  The premise of this book is that a high school girl dies unexpectedly and before she gets the chance to go to the fall dance with her dream date.  She discovers however, that once she is dead she still has plenty of things to learn, and people to help.  There were several things that I specifically enjoyed about this book that I felt make it a little more unique.  One of those things were the quotes, poems, and song lyrics that were placed on the first page of each new chapter.  From Evanescence to Poe and Dickinson, they were all very interesting to read.  I also felt that the selfishness/self-centeredness of the main character was portrayed quiet realistically to how, lets face it, the majority of teens are.  I enjoyed the rest of the book though there were some lines here and there that I felt could have been excluded and made the book seem a little bit more high-quality.  I wish I could find my example again easily, but alas, I didn’t mark the page.  I wouldn’t use this book as a teaching tool, but I will be including it in my classroom library.  There is a little bit of discussion of teenage sexuality but there are no graphic scenes in it.  This is definitely a book that female students would enjoy rather than their male counterparts.  And I would say that any one from perhaps the 8th grade and up could read it.  IT’s easy enough for younger, but the sexual parts that are included to me, make it unsuitable for younger readers.


There is a website that goes along with this book and its sequel that comes out in just a few more days!  Visit Ghostgirl.com for more information.


I will be reviewing the sequel to Ghostgirl, Ghostgirl: Homecoming within the next few weeks I hope.

YALSA YA Bookshelf Project

Someone on one of the Ning’s  I belong to mentioned the YA Bookshelf Project being done by YALSA so I decided to explore it more.  On the YALSA wiki they are compiling a list of books that would appeal to a broad range of 12-18 year olds.  They explain that it isn’t just a “best of” list, but rather aiming to be more all-encompassing.  A list that has something for everyone.  

The list, found here, has many books that I haven’t heard of, and every book that I thought of to add was already on there.  I like that the include a section for non-fiction as there are plenty of non-fiction books out there written for young adults.  

I think that I will perhaps refer back to this list as I grow my classroom library!