So many books today are SO predictable. Here are a few patterns…

  • Girl and another girl are BFFs. One becomes popular and ditches the other girl. Other girl suddenly “realizes” her identity. The end.
  • Boy likes girl. Boy gets girl. Vice versa. The end.
  • A boy and girl are friends. They go out. Or one likes a different person but realizes their friend is perfect for them. The end.
  • Mean girl or boy. Underdog overcomes mean kid and makes him/her nice. The end.
  • Popular kid realizes how mean she is and redoes her life. The end.


Well, mostly.

Actually, the ones with twists and turns aren’t that bad. Like I read this book where the popular girl got braces and glasses AND had an on and off thing with her friends AND undergoes plot 3. It’s called How To Rock Braces and Glasses.

And NO, I don’t mean the movie. Heck, I hate it when people take perfectly good stories and model MOVIES out of them. They always, always manage to screw up the details of the book.

Here are some “different” storylines for you guys to look at…

Fallout (I know, Fallout Boys, ha ha.) by Todd Strasser is about a boy whose neighborhood is in the threat of a nuclear bombing (war, whatev), yet his father is the only one who actually builds a bomb shelter. And when the war actually HAPPENS, guess who the neighbors flock to after insulting and laughing at! Scott’s dad. And, despite a whole lotta effort, a bunch of people make it in the bomb shelter, one even daring to try and kick Scott’s half dead mom out. Ouch.

The Summer I Saved The World in 65 Days by Michelle Helen Hurwitz should actually be called The Summer I Saved My Neighborhood In 65 Good Deeds ’cause that’s what it’s about: Nina Ross helping even the superstitious, nervous, and doubtful with acts of kindness. Although, like glasses and braces gal back there, it does rest a little on the predictable plots, just with a more interesting twist.

Actually, now that I think about it, boring books are predictable and the good ones depend on unusual plots AND the usual ones, too.


Cliff Hangers – Which One To Read?

I just went on vacation to Arizona. It was amazing! The color of the ground was like rust red and there were prickly pears everywhere. (As stupid as I am, I felt one just for kicks. It’s not very prickly if you touch it between the spines.) I even saw the Grand Canyon! But needless to say, it wasn’t THAT amazing. I mean, it was just this big hole, sort of. I’ll probably appreciate it when I’m old. Like my mom.



Anyway, enough about that. Now about this post: I decided to read 3 series books and rate them on how much of NOT a cliff hanger it was. (If that even makes sense…)

  1. The Royal Treatment (Princess For Hire Series): Okay, so there’s this teen girl named Desi Bascomb. She works as a sub for princesses who need a break from they royal life. Desi is finally a level 2 sub and gets all sorts of awesome free stuff. Life seems sweet… but after a few days in the job and a run in with a sub gone wrong, she begins to wonder – is Fascade actually the good guy company? After all, they have to get their magic from SOMEWHERE…
  2. Mira In The Present Tense (Jasmine Skies Prequel): Mira, like any other 12 year old girl, is sort of confused. Her Nana Josie is dying (AND PAINTING HER OWN COFFIN), she seems to be drifting away from her best friend, Jide appears to like her, AND girl problems just had to creep up on her now. Can Mira somehow figure out this tangled mess?
  3. H.I.V.E. (H.I.V.E. Series): Otto Malpense hypmotized the Prime Minister. But that doesn’t mean getting abducted and locked in a school of evil is easy for him. Or for Shelby, Wing, and Laura, who are also geniuses who have been selected for the school. They want OUT. So together, they form a plan to escape the super secure building and its ruthless teachers. But is fleeing their best option?

In my opinion, Mira In The Present Tense is the best. The ending is complete with NO suspense. You can’t even tell that there’s a sequel. It leaves you with a warm feeling at the end. And no internal shouting about the unfairness of having to track down the next book.

The Royal Treatment is second. It’s a tad confusing in the beginning when they talk about Desi’s job and past, but you catch on pretty quickly. Only thing is that the Fascade’s magic situation isn’t completely cleared up. So I got the next book. And the first one.

And finally, H.I.V.E. It was a tad boring and the end just tells you that Otto MAY go through some unfortunate events. And that the head of the school MAY know something about someone’s parents. And so on. I was like NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Oop. Computer freezing. Better post this now…

Cliff Hangers – Which One To Read?

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Hi guys! As you know, I’m someone who… uh… forgets stuff a lot. Like, this summer. To blog. And in my time of forgetfulness, I’ve read, like, 40 books.

So, here’s a ranked list of 5 random books I’ve read and a quick summary:

Emma-Jean Lazarus Fell Out of a Tree is about a girl named Emma-Jean who is VERY smart… but has no social skills whatsoever. And she’s sort of clueless about other people, so she has no friends. She finds this girl, Colleen, in the bathroom, crying because her BFF invited the most popular mean girl in school on the ski trip COLLEEN would be going on. Emma-Jean’s not heartless, and of course she wants to help Colleen, who is nice to everyone. But Emma-Jean’s “help” turns out to be a forged school note that could get Colleen suspended AND right into her enemy’s waiting arms. 5TH PLACE

Girl, Stolen is about a blind teen named Cheyenne who was accidentally kidnapped by another teen called Griffin. Cheyenne is blind and has serious pneumonia. Could things get any worse? Yeah, just as Griffin’s dad, a heartless thief and killer, is about to release her, he finds out that Cheyenne’s dad is president of Nike. All he can see are dollar signs as ransom payment. Payment for something that won’t happen. But luckily, Griffin takes pity on Cheyenne and they form a shaky, doubtful friendship that could get BOTH of them out of this nightmare. 1ST PLACE

Guitar Notes is about 2 students named Tripp and Lyla. Lyla plays the cello and Tripp plays the guitar. Both use the same music room on different days, but still manage a way to slip snarky notes to each other. But then the notes become more and more friendly and secrets and dreams are shared. And then when Lyla picks up the guitar, the two begin to write songs and preform together. But angry parents and snarky friends may ruin their bond forever. 3RD PLACE

Notes From an Accidental Band Geek is about perfectionist Elsie Watt, who, in order to get into a top notch orchestra camp, must join marching band. It’s a nightmare for Elsie – stiff suits, stupid nicknames, horrid mellophones (where are the French horns?!), and snarky leaders. Luckily, in the midst of band world are Hector, Sarah, Punk, and Jake, great friends. But the only problem is that Elsie is…well… self absorbed. Will all her friends end up running for cover? 2ND PLACE

Finding the Worm is about Julian, a kid from the 1960s. Things aren’t exactly going his way. For one thing, some kid scratched Julian’s initials into a painting and now he has to write a 200 word essay on good citizenship, which is number 50 on Julian’s To Do List. And then his friend Quentin has cancer and Julian has to carry the burden of knowing that Quentin is going to die. Plus, his crush, Beverly, is being super annoying about racing with Julian. Oh, yeah. And the school bully’s out to get Julian, too. This 13 year old has a lot on his plate and it’s gonna fall off all too soon. 4TH PLACE

So? What do ya’ll think?

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The Bully Book

Hey guys! You’ve probably noticed, but I’ve sorta been slacking on this blog. Sorry! (Blame the summer heat)

On the bright side, I’ve read about 10 different books over that course of time and I had plenty to choose from to blog about. So I choose The Bully Book, which had a plot I had never seen before.

The main character is Eric Haskins. He’s just your average 6th grader. Not too smart, not too stupid, not overwhelmingly good at sports, not the worst athlete, not the best writer, not the most horrible writer, not the kid who gets in trouble, not the goody goody, not the liar, not the most truthful.

So, why is he the bullies’ target? Eric is pretty sure there’s nothing special about him.

At first, Jason, Adrian, and Donovan are the main bullies. But surprisingly, the whole class joins in, except Melody, Eric’s friend and crush. And then Melody gets mad at Eric because he made a relationship status request for her on Facebook.

So Eric’s all alone. He’s hopeless.

Until he realizes there’s a much bigger conspiracy going on. One that features a person called the grunt. The targeted kid. And it’s in every grade on up, too.

Eric knows that he HAS to get help from other grunts. Or else he’s dead meat until college.

After searching, he finds out there’s a manual called The Book.

Eric desperately wants it.


The Book has instructions on how to pick the grunt. And maybe, just maybe, Eric can use those instructions to change himself so he won’t fit the position of the grunt anymore.

Eric doesn’t expect finding The Book to be simple. What he doesn’t realize, is that the formula is even more simple than hunting for it.

The Bully Book is a thrilling mystery that I would definitely read again. And the best part is that the pages of Eric’s journal are mixed into pages of The Book, so it’s like you want to scream at Eric “No!!!!!!! Don’t do that!!!!!!!!!!!!” ’cause The Book is revealing info on the grunt to YOU, not Eric.

I would give The Bully Book 5 stars and recommend it to 6th to 8th graders.

The Bully Book

The Top Ten Summer Reads of 2015

Hey guys! It’s finally here! My first top ten list! 🙂 (In no particular order)

1) The Candymakers by Wendy Mass

The Candymakers is about 4 12 year old kids who lead very different lives. One’s a spy, one’s a candymaker’s son, the other’s obsessed with the afterlife, and the last is a snobby know it all.

All four of them embark on a quest to make the best candy and win the candy-making contest. None of them know that this will change their lives and bring an unexpected mission to save their host candy factory, Life Is Sweet.

Yeah, it’s pretty long. 400 something pages, I think. Totally worth it, though!

2) Paige By Paige by Laura Lee Gulledge

3) I Am Malala by Patrica McCormick and Malala Yousafzai (gosh, that name is hard to spell!)

4) Rush For The Gold: Mystery At The Olympics by John Feinstein

Okay, yeah. I admit it. I’m NOT a sporty girl, and I have no idea why I chose this book. The only exercise I do is with my fingers (typing, texting…)

But, it was great! Basically, a rising 16 year old swimmer enters the 2012 Olympics and gets the taste of a celeb’s life. (Swarms, sneaky agents, strict dad, cut off from all friends, disgusting articles about how “hot” you are… not very good.) She and her sportswriter boyfriend think her swim agent’s up to no good and try to stop whatever sneaky plan he has in mind.

5) The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

OH. MY. GOSH. BEST. BOOK. EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I could go on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on about the Percy Jackson and the Heroes of Olympus series BUT I don’t want to bore you all with my nerdy prattle.

Percy Jackson is a demigod – half greek god half mortal. When his mother is held prisoner by Hades, god of the Underworld, and Zeus’s, lord of the skies and ruler of the gods, lighting bolt goes missing, Percy has a choice. Grab his mom and make a run for it, or find the bolt and stop a major war between the gods.

The Lightning Thief is REALLY funny, sarcastic, and action packed and is one of my all time FAVES!!!!!!!!!!

6) The Girl Who Owned A City by O.T. Nelson

When all the people in the world above 12 die out, the kids are left alone to fend for themselves. Life is hard, especially for Lisa. She needs food, water, protection from gangs, transportation, and her little brother to stay safe.

Eventually, Lisa forms and army and a city of the neighborhood kids. But when gangs attack and conquer her city, Lisa HAS TO FIND A WAY TO GET IT BACK!

The graphic novel version is cool, too!

7) Spy School by Stuart Gibbs

8) Out of My MInd by Sharon Draper

9) I Am A Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to Be Your Class President by Josh Lieb 

Super funny!:

10) The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly

So, I hope this helps you with summer reading and stuff! Tell me how you do in the comments and what you thought of the books on the list!

The Top Ten Summer Reads of 2015