A Year in Review: 2008-2009

Well, despite a slow last couple of months, my blog has reached it’s one year anniversary.  And I think the year has been rather successful.  I experimented with different styles of reviews, having polls, and the types of YA lit that I’ve read.  I have plenty more to do, and I am hoping to renew my efforts for year number 2.


For now, here’s a recap of all the books I’ve reviewed here on YA Lit, the Good, the Bad, the Ugly.

October 2008

Cut- Patricia McCormick

Out of the Dust– Karen Hess

Leaving Fischers- Margaret Haddix

A Hero Ain’t Nothing But A Sandwich– Alice Childress

Whale Talk– Chris Crutcher

Looking For Alaska- John Green

November 2008

Romiette and Julio– Sharon Draper

House of the Scorpion- Nancy Farmer

Seek- Paul Fleischman

Scorpions- Walter Dean Meyers

I am the Cheese- Robert Cormier

Twisted- Laurie Halse Anderson

Monster- Walter Dean Meyers


December 2008

Copper Sun– Sharon Draper


January 2009

I am the Messenger – Markus Zusak

Slam– Nick Hornby


February 2009

Maximum Ride– James Patterson

An Abundance of Katherines– John Green


March 2009

Boy Proof- Cecil Castellucci

Room in the Heart- Sonia Levitin

Confessions of an Not it Girl- Melissa Kantor

How Ya Like Me Now?– Brendan Halpin

Cuba 15- Nancy Osa

Bullyville- Francine Prose

Tangerine- Edward Bloor

Wintergirls- Laurie Halse Anderson

Beauty Shop For Rent- Laura Bowers


April 2009

The Battle of Jericho- Sharon Draper

Persepolis– Marjane Satrapi

A Step From Heaven– An Na

Kit’s Wilderness- David Almond

The White Darkness- Geraldine McCaughrean

American Born Chinese- Gene Luen Yang

Nation- Terry Pratchett


May 2009

The Chocolate War – Robert Cormier

Dead is the New Black- Marlene Perez

Jellicoe Road– Melina Marchetta

Tears of a Tiger– Sharon Draper

Being Nikki- Meg Cabot


June 2009

Ghostgirl– Tonya Hurley

Max- James Patterson


July 2009

The Hunger Games– Suzanne Collins

So Not The Drama- Paula Chase

Staying Fat For Sarah Byrnes- Chris Crutcher


August 2009

Ghostgirl:Homecoming- Tonya Hurley


September-October 2009

No new book reviews- though I did re-read Tears of A Tiger and Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes during these months.


I’ve made it through 45 reviews.  I hope to top that during my second year.  Stay tuned!



Halloween, Cake, and YA Literature

I received an email today telling that me that on the October 29th season finale of Ace of Cakes one of the featured cakes will be in the shape of Charlotte from Tonya Hurley’s  Ghostgirl. The cake is being made on the episode for the launch party of Ghostgirl: Homecoming. According to the email the cake is six feet long and took 56 hours to create.

So if you liked the book, and or love watching people create amazing cakes check it out!  I believe the show is carried only on The Food Network.

July Recap

Sorry this is so late!

I managed to finish 4 books in July, and got most of the way through another so my August is off to a pretty good start as well.  

Books read in July:

33. So Not the Drama– Paula Chase
34. Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes– Chris Crutcher
35. The Quickie- James Patterson 
36. Ghostgirl: Homecoming- Tonya Hurley (not reviewed yet)


Total YA books read in July- 3

Total adult books read in July- 1

Total books in July- 4

Total books for the year- 36

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.

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.