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Thursday, August 06, 2015

Review: Friends for Life by Andrew Norris

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Review: Friends for Life by Andrew Norris
Friends for Life
Genre: Contemporary, Middle-Grade, Paranormal
Publication date: August 25th 2015
by David Fickling Books

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A timeless and uplifting book about friendship, filled with humor and heart.

When Jessica sits next to Francis on a bench during recess, he's surprised to learn that she isn't actually alive--she's a ghost. And she's surprised, too, because Francis is the first person who has been able to see her since she died.

Before long, Francis and Jessica are best friends, enjoying life more than they ever have. When they meet two more friends who can also see Jessica, the question arises: What is it that they have in common? And does it have something to do with Jessica being a ghost?
-A copy was provided by Scholastic for review-

This book was actually much different than I thought it would be. It was a much deeper and serious story than I had originally thought going into it. I thought it was going to be a cute MG about a boy who is friends with a ghost. In a way it is, but it’s so much more. He can see the ghost for a certain reason, and then other people can too. Jessica is actually visible because they need her help and she also needs theirs so she can move on. This was a fantastic gem of a story where I was expecting something cute. It really hit me right in the feels and I think it was wonderful.

Francis is a loner. He is different so he doesn’t have any friends. He gets picked on because of his love for fashion. Other people don’t understand. Not until he meets Jessica one day when he is trying to hide away from the other kids at school on a bench out in the cold. Only she isn’t just anyone, she’s a ghost and he is the first person to be able to see her. They become friends and he discovers things about her and himself. He also makes some real friends along the way. A bond that will never be broken. Not only are they the only other people to be able to see Jessica, but they all have something in common. They are all outcasts with no friends. People who are bullied. Jessica may be the thing that brings them together, but what they find in each other is what makes them become so close.

I can’t tell much about this book without ruining what it’s really all about, but I can tell you that it was a pleasant surprise and I am glad that I didn’t know how things were going to go when I picked it up. I loved getting to know the characters, and to see what would happen next. They are all smart and great kids with a bright future ahead of them. I also loved how much the parents are in the story too. Such an important thing, especially being that this is a book where the characters are younger. Even though the book is lighthearted, it really has a deeper story to it. This is a perfect book about issues for a younger age group. It’s quick and easy to read, but not quick to forget. This book will stick with you.

3.5 Stars
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Review: The Deepest Cut by JA Templeton

Posted by on 12/19/2011 • 31 Comments

The Deepest CutJ.A. TempletonRelease date: June 27th, 2011

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Sixteen-year-old Riley Williams has been able to see ghosts since the car crash that took her mother’s life and shattered her family. Guilt-ridden over the belief that she’s somehow responsible for her mom’s death, Riley is desperate to see her mother’s elusive spirit to gain her forgiveness.

When her father moves the family to Scotland so they can all start over, Riley believes her life couldn’t get worse––that is until the ghost of nineteen-year-old Ian MacKinnon catches her purposely cutting herself. An uneasy truce quickly turns into friendship, and soon Riley’s falling hard for Ian.

Riley believes her gift could help Ian end the curse that has kept him tied to the land for centuries, but that…

Review: Bad Girls Don’t Die by Katie Alender

Posted by on 10/31/2011 • 26 Comments

Bad Girls Don’t DieKatie AlenderPublished April 21st, 2009by Hyperion

When Alexis’s little sister Kasey becomes obsessed with an antique doll, Alexis thinks nothing of it. Kasey is a weird kid. Period. Alexis is considered weird, too, by the kids in her high school, by her parents, even by her own Goth friends. Things get weirder, though, when the old house they live in starts changing. Doors open and close by themselves; water boils on the unlit stove; and an unplugged air conditioner turns the house cold enough to see their breath in. Kasey is changing, too. Her blue eyes go green and she speaks in old-fashioned language, then forgets chunks of time.

Most disturbing of all is the dangerous new chip on Kasey’s shoulder. The formerly gentle, doll-loving child…

Review: The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

Posted by on 10/21/2011 • 16 Comments

The Name of the StarMaureen JohnsonReleased September 29th, 2011by G.P. Putnam’s Sons

The day Louisiana teenager Rory Deveaux arrives in London marks a memorable occasion. For Rory, it’s the start of a new life at a London boarding school. But for many, this will be remembered as the day a series of brutal murders broke out across the city, gruesome crimes mimicking the horrific Jack the Ripper events of more than a century ago.

Soon “Rippermania” takes hold of modern-day London, and the police are left with few leads and no witnesses. Except one. Rory spotted the man police believe to be the prime suspect. But she is the only one who saw him. Even her roommate, who was walking with her at the time, didn’t notice the mysterious…

Review: A Certain Slant of Light by Laura Whitcomb

Posted by on 10/05/2011 • 16 Comments

A Certain Slant of Light(A Certain Slant of Light, #1)Laura WhitcombReleased September 21st, 2005by Graphia

Helen is a disembodied spirit who “attaches” herself to humans in order to possess their bodies. Unable to remember the circumstances of her death, and with no idea why she’s in this precarious state of limbo, she knows this much: she’s been haunting the living world for 130 years. But when Helen inhabits the body of a high school teacher, everything changes. For though he remains quite unaware of her presence, a certain boy in his class is clearly able to see Helen. This realization, and Helen’s subsequent introduction to him, rocks her world.

Uncomfortable with the boundaries of her existence, Helen continues to test them and takes hair-raising risks — often for…