Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock
2013 Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
ISBN – 9780316221337
Genre – Realistic Fiction
Age – High School
To say that Leonard Peacock is down on life right now, would be an understatement. It is his 18th birthday and his plans include giving the 4 people that mean most to him each a parting gift. Then he plans to kill Asher Beal, a former buddy, followed by himself. This book follows Leonard throughout his last day, and explores the reasons he is so unhappy.
I’m going to be honest, I just wasn’t a fan of Leonard. Not just in that way that you aren’t supposed to like the character. He was intelligent, a little bit funny, and actually pretty complex. I felt for his problems and I understood his intense depression. I just didn’t care what his outcome was. I know that sounds terrible, but I just didn’t. I liked the concept of the story, and the story itself. Matthew Quick is a talented writer, I just wish I would have been more compelled by Leo. I enjoyed the supporting cast more, and in turn worried about how Leonard’s actions would affect them more than I worried about him. That is a first for me. I also had a little bit of trouble getting into the book. The chapters were short and choppy and riddled with footnotes. Once the story progressed, it fell into a much better flow. All in all, decent book, good writing.
Here There Be Monsters: The Lengendary Kraken anf the Giant Squid
2010 Houghton Mifflin
ISBN – 9780547076782
Genre – Nonfiction
Age – Elementary School, Middle School
For hundreds of years the giant sea creature known as the Kraken has been a legend. But finally we are starting to discover that this creature is more than just a myth. Scientists have been searching and researching the giant squid, and they are finally beginning to uncover some of its secrets! I though this book had quite a slow start, but once it got going it became very interesting very quickly. I have always been a fan of octopus and squid, so maybe not everyone will find this as engaging as I did. However, the younger crowd may agree with me when they read about all of the gory details and see all of the creepy pictures.
These Broken Stars
Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner
2013 Disney Hyperion
ISBN – 9781423171027
Genre – Science Fiction
Age – High School
Fifty thousand people are living on the Icarus, when the spaceliner suddenly begins to have some issues. Lilac LaRoux, the engineer’s daughter and Tarver Merendsen, a young war hero find themselves in an escape pod together when the Icarus is pulled out of hyperspace. When they land on a strange new planet, they soon realize that they may be the sole survivors. The unlikely and very different pair must struggle to survive and hopefully get rescued. During their journey they learn much about themselves, and the strange happenings on the new planet.
This book made me very happy. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to speed through it because it was that good, or if I wanted to slow down and savor all of its goodness. I thought it was fairly different for YA, and maybe I am learning that I actually enjoy science fiction, as long as it isn’t too techy! I like the characters, even though they weren’t characters that we were supposed to love in the beginning, they melded into great and well-rounded people. It wasn’t predictable, and there were definitely a couple of twists. Honestly, it seemed like it was just going to be a book about a journey, and I was ok with that because I just enjoyed the writing, but it turned into so much more. This is one of those books that had a ton of hype and I was completely ready to be let down, but I wasn’t! Looking forward to the next book in the series, which is about the same event from a completely different perspective.