GABI, A GIRL IN PIECES by Isabel Quintero Audiobook Review
Publication Date: October 14th 2014 by Cinco Puntos Press
Rating: – Exceeds Expectations
Book Summary: Gabi Hernandez chronicles her last year in high school in her diary: college applications, Cindy’s pregnancy, Sebastian’s coming out, the cute boys, her father’s meth habit, and the food she craves. And best of all, the poetry that helps forge her identity.
Book Review Overview:
- Laugh-out-loud audiobook
- Enjoyed reading Gabi’s take on Mexican culture
- Loved reading about Mexican food but it made me hungry
Gabi, A Girl in Pieces is one of those books that I just decided to take a chance on at the library. I was in the middle of a reading slump, and I wasn’t sure what to read (in this case, listen to on audio). Since this book was available to download straight away, I decided to give it a chance.
SCOWLER by Daniel Kraus Book Review
Publication Date: March 12th 2013 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Rating: – Poor
Book Summary: Imagine your father is a monster. Would that mean there are monsters inside you, too?
Nineteen-year-old Ry Burke, his mother, and little sister scrape by for a living on their dying family farm. Ry wishes for anything to distract him from the grim memories of his father’s physical and emotional abuse. Then a meteorite falls from the sky, bringing with it not only a fragment from another world but also the arrival of a ruthless man intent on destroying the entire family. Soon Ry is forced to defend himself by resurrecting a trio of imaginary childhood protectors: kindly Mr. Furrington, wise Jesus, and the bloodthirsty Scowler.
Scowler by Daniel Kraus Book Review Overview:
- Jaw-dropping book that keeps you on the edge of your seat
- The fantastical/magical/hallucinations were too much for me
- The audiobook was way too long
Ever since I read Rotters by Daniel Kraus, I know that as an author, Kraus has the ability to keep me up awake and scared at night. He is definitely the first author I think of when I think of YA Horror. For a horror book, SCOWLER by Daniel Kraus is perfect.
FORGOTTEN by Cat Patrick Book Review
Publication Date: June 7th 2011 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Rating: – Acceptable
Book Summary: Each night at precisely 4:33 am, while sixteen-year-old London Lane is asleep, her memory of that day is erased. In the morning, all she can “remember” are events from her future. London is used to relying on reminder notes and a trusted friend to get through the day, but things get complicated when a new boy at school enters the picture. Luke Henry is not someone you’d easily forget, yet try as she might, London can’t find him in her memories of things to come.
When London starts experiencing disturbing flashbacks, or flash-forwards, as the case may be, she realizes it’s time to learn about the past she keeps forgetting-before it destroys her future.
Forgotten by Cat Patrick Book Review Overview:
- Had to give up trying to make sense behind the memory loss and just went with it
- Became more than just a love story like the summary suggests
- Compelling mystery; I wanted to know what had happened to London in the past
Prior to picking up Forgotten by Cat Patrick, I hadn’t heard much of the book before. I remember briefly reading some reviews about it, but it was a long time ago. I was just craving a contemporary audiobook so I decided that it was time to give it a try. Forgotten by Cat Patrick is an easy audiobook to pick up because it is quite short compared to other audiobooks at only 6 hours long.
Every night at 4:33 a.m., London’s memories of the day are wiped clean. In the morning, all she can remember are snippets of the future. She relies on notes and her journal to live life as normally as possible. No one knows about her memory loss except her mother and her best friend. But when a new boy shows up at school, London finds that she is suddenly experiencing flash forwards, and for some reason, this boy isn’t showing up in any of her future memories.
Initially, the audiobook of Forgotten by Cat Patrick is really confusing. I didn’t quite understand what was happening to London’s memories. But eventually I got acclimated to the format of the audiobook and I was able to differentiate when London is experiencing a memory (in this case, a flash forward).
Alright, so I had to stop analyzing the science behind London’s memories in order to allow myself to enjoy this book. It doesn’t really make sense how someone can remember the future when it hasn’t happened. Instead of trying to think of this book as realistic, I gave the author artistic license and just went with the idea.
I was compelled to find out the cause of London’s memory loss and what she could uncover about her past. I underestimated Forgotten by Cat Patrick, and I was so glad that the plot does not revolve around London and her love interest, Luke. London’s flashforwards start when she meets Luke, but her story is deeper than a teen romance. The mystery that unfolds kept me on the edge of my seat, and I didn’t want to stop listening to the audiobook.
If you are able to overlook the lack of science behind London’s memory loss and just take it for a supernatural ability, Forgotten by Cat Patrick is worth a read.