Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Delirium


Synopsis from goodreads:

Before scientists found the cure, people thought love was a good thing. They didn’t understand that once love -- the deliria -- blooms in your blood, there is no escaping its hold. Things are different now. Scientists are able to eradicate love, and the government demands that all citizens receive the cure upon turning eighteen. Lena Holoway has always looked forward to the day when she’ll be cured. A life without love is a life without pain: safe, measured, predictable, and happy.

But with ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena does the unthinkable: She falls in love.

Delirium leaves the readers with lingering feelings of both sadness and hope; it will stay with them long after the last page is turned.


My Review: It's not often you find a book that you generally enjoy from the first page to the last. This book had me turning pages faster then I could read because I was so intrigued with figuring out if Lean was going to have her procedure to get rid of the dreaded disease "love" or follow her heart and let love take her over and fall for Alex. It's a gripping story with wonderful character development, a realistic setting and the hope that love really is the greatest thing you'll ever learn. 

A must read for those that believe in love, enjoyed reading The Uglies or Matched series or just want a good read =] 

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Because of Mr. Terupt


The start of fifth grade is never an easy one at Snow Hill School. This book encompasses several characters including a new girl named Jessica who is having a difficult time fitting in, ALexia, a bully one minute and your best friend the next; Peter, a troublemakers; Luke, the brain; Danielle, who rarely stands up for herself when she is bullied and shy Anna who is an outcast. 

Mr. Terupt, the fifth grade teacher knows how to deal with each individual in his one funny, sensible and unique way. This particular teacher is extremely creative and aware of each student unlike the "mean old fats" that don't put up with the students tricks. Through a variety of life lessons, this novel briefly narrates these individual students in their own voice. 

The characters are authentic in each of the short chapters, some even less then a page. It's a skillfully arranged novel allowing readers to move towards a very satisfying and beautiful conclusion. It's a must read for students, teachers and families.