Book Case (Gracefully Grayson, That Night)

Gracefully Grayson
(Ami Polonsky)

I received this book for free.

Very well written book that brings up a couple of very sensitive subjects.

Grayson is just trying to live his life the way he wants. He is a 12 year old trying to get past a major secret.

He feels like a he’s a girl.

He wants to be himself and yet his family is unsure of how to handle it, plus some of the people at his school are bullies. Grayson does have a couple of people in his life that he feels comfortable with and he lets his imagination go wild when he’s with them, one of them is his teacher.

The story itself is fantastically written and heartbreaking because you know this really happens daily. I think it’s great that a young adult book like this has been written.

4.5/5 stars


The House of the Scorpion
(Nancy Farmer)

This was one of those books that I would have never picked up myself. A friend of mine had just started a book club and it was voted to be the first book. With that being said, I will also say that I wasn’t crazy about the book.

It’s a story about a boy named Matteo, who was not born by normal standards of today. He was taken from the DNA of a leader, El Patron, and he was kept away from most everyone in the world.

You follow Matteo, also known as Matt, throughout his journey of finding out who he is and how he came to exist. Matt tries his hardest to try to make friends and be like one of the normal kids, but it’s much more difficult than anyone can really imagine.

The House of the Scorpion has won a lot of awards, and we had quite mixed reviews within our book club. I had a really hard time making it through the book, but I wasn’t about to give up on it. Thankfully, I enjoyed the book more toward the end, but it didn’t save it for me.

2/5 stars


Melissa Explains It All
(Melissa Joan Hart)

I don’t know about you, but Melissa Joan Hart was one of my favorites when I was growing up. I LOVED Clarissa Explains It All and Sabrina the Teenage Witch! I was SO excited when I saw she had a book coming out.

As soon as it showed up on my Kindle I was reading it. It went through stories from when she was growing up and to how she got to where she is today. Honestly, I was quite disappointed because I figured there would be less “here’s who I’m friends with” (aka name dropping) and just more funny stories about set life and what she had to go through.

Don’t get me wrong, there were those stories, but the book just wasn’t what I imagined it to fully be. It seemed as though she was trying to hard to be “normal” when in reality, she’s not. She’s throwing huge parties and hanging out with her “celeb” friends, while that may be her normal, that’s now how the majority of the world is.

When the tag line to a book is “Tales from my abnormally normal life” and there isn’t much normal to it…that’s hard to get passed.

2.5/5 stars


That Night
(Chevy Stevens)

I received this book for free.

Holy cow! I LOVED this book! I immediately passed it off to my mom to read after I finished it and then to a friend because I just want everyone to read it.

That Night is about a girl and her boyfriend that get accused and tried for killing her sister. I’m not giving anything away since it’s on the cover of the book, but they didn’t do it.

I really enjoyed the way the book was written. You go from reading about what happened that night while you’re trying to figure out just what actually happened to the sister (Who did it? Why?) to what’s going on in the prison that she’s in. While that might sound confusing, the author did a great job of keeping the past and the present separated enough that there was no confusion (in my head at least.)

The way the book played out was amazing!

5/5 stars


I Want It Now!
(Julie Dawn Cole)

Another memoir, this time from Julie Dawn Cole, who played Veruca Salt in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

I knew I wasn’t going to learn any earth shattering news, but Willy Wonka is one of my favorite movies, so when I saw it as a free Kindle book I grabbed it.

I feel like if you’re a fan of the movie, you’d enjoy Julie’s stories about what the kids had to go through and hear about the joy of them being on the set and seeing the set pieces for the first time. It was a quick, but fun read.

4/5 stars


What books have you read lately?

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