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Story of a Girl by Sara ZarrSTORY OF A GIRL by Sara Zarr Book Review
Publication Date: January 10th 2007 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Rating: – Poor

Book Summary: When she is caught in the backseat of a car with her older brother’s best friend—Deanna Lambert’s teenage life is changed forever. Struggling to overcome the lasting repercussions and the stifling role of “school slut,” she longs to escape a life defined by her past. With subtle grace, complicated wisdom and striking emotion, Story of a Girl reminds us of our human capacity for resilience, epiphany and redemption.

Story of a Girl by Sara Zarr Book Review Overview:

  • Enjoyed the protagonist’s angsty voice
  • Abrupt and unresolved ending
  • Ending ruined my perception of the novel

STORY OF A GIRL by Sara Zarr is just one of those books that have been sitting on my library wish list for ages. I finally decided to check it out, since I have enjoyed Zarr’s books in the past.

Three years later and Deanna Lambert cannot escape the night when she was caught in the backseat of a car with her older brother’s best friend. The rumors follow her all around her small California town, and her dad still can’t look her in the eye. Deanna struggles to overcome her reputation of the “school slut” and strives for an escape from her past in STORY OF A GIRL.

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Maze Runner Film Poster The first time I read THE MAZE RUNNER by James Dashner, I thought to myself: this would make such a great film. The combination of the fast plot and the action-packed scenes kept me on the edge of my seat. So to me, it was no surprise when I found out that the book had been optioned for film.

I’m super excited that THE MAZE RUNNER film is finally coming out. Not only did I enjoy the book, but Teen Wolf star Dylan O’Brien had been cast as the lead! Dylan O’Brien’s character is my favorite on the show, so I’m excited to see him jump from the goofy sidekick to the leading man.

I’m not a huge fan of YA film adaptations, but THE MAZE RUNNER is one of the few films that I’m actually excited about. Every poster and trailer I’ve seen so far has been awesome!

The Trailer

When Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) wakes up trapped in a massive maze with a group of other boys, he has no memory of the outside world other than strange dreams about a mysterious organization known as W.C.K.D. Only by piecing together fragments of his past with clues he discovers in the maze can Thomas hope to uncover his true purpose and a way to escape. Based upon the best-selling novel by James Dashner.

In Theaters September 19th

Rated: PG-13
Starring: Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Will Poulter, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Aml Ameen, Ki Hong Lee
Directed By: Wes Ball
Produced By: Ellen Goldsmith-Vein, Wyck Godfrey, Marty Bowen

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I have a bunch of half-written reviews piling up on the blog. Every now and then, I revisit these sad, unfinished post and try to add more to them. But it’s gotten to the point that it’s been just too long. Here’s a list of books that I tried and failed to write longer posts for…

Read But Not Reviewed

With or Without You by Brian FarreyWith or Without You by Brian Farrey

Summary: Eighteen year-old Evan and his best friend, Davis, get beaten up for being loners. For being gay. For just being themselves. But as rough as things often seem, at least Evan can take comfort in his sweet, sexy boyfriend Erik–whom he’s kept secret from everyone for almost a year.

Then Evan and Davis are recruited to join the Chasers, a fringe crowd that promises them protection and status. Davis is swept up in the excitement, but Evan is caught between his loyalty to Davis and his love for Erik. Evan’s lied to keep his two worlds separate. Now his lies are about to implode…and destroy the very relationships he’s been trying to protect.

I ended up enjoying With or Without You by Brian Farrey, even if I couldn’t get into it at first. I remember that the whole time I was reading, I was getting really impatient with Evan. I knew that he was going to get found out eventually, and I had to rein in my urge to yell and the main character to just own up to his secrets already. Read more »

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You are my courage, as I am your conscience. You are my heart - and I your compassion. We are neither of us whole, alone.
- Diana Gabaldon, Drums of Autumn

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