Book Genre: Contemporary

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Nancy Osa
Shanna
4

Violeta Paz has just turned fifteen years old, and her Cuban grandmother insists that she must have a quinceañera, a traditional coming-of-age celebration for young women.  The party is supposed to mark her transition into young womanhood, but Violeta just isn’t sure if all the...

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Sara Kocek
Becker
3

Reyna has a lot to deal with. Her mom died seven years ago, and her dad has a new girlfriend. She's just started high school--at a different school than the rest of her friends. She's not sure where she fits in. Reyna doesn't really like Olive when she starts talking to her at lunchtime, but she...

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E. L James
Rebecca
1

I try to be fair with reviews. I really do. If I don’t like something, I tell you why I don't like it, and/or what I typically DO like, so that you (Gentle Reader) can evaluate my judgments, and decide for yourself if the things that bother me about a book are also likely to bother you. I’m not...

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Rachel Zucker
Hope H
3

The first few poems in Museum of Accidents​ were difficult for me to get into at first - poetry is not usually my thing - but when I read "Long Lines to Stave Off Suicide" I was hooked; I had to read the rest of the book. There's a brutal honesty to some of the lines which struck me in...

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Sandra Cisneros
Angelita
4

I read this book because it was by Sandra Cisneros, but that's because she conveys emotion so well in her pieces. She reaches inside of you and wants you to feel what the character is feeling. This is a good book for grieving because there is the theme of loss in this book.

Even though it...

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Tim Federle
Becker
4

Nate Foster wants to be on Broadway. Or at least get out of his small Pennsylvania town where it seems no one but his best friend Libby understands him. When they hear about open auditions for E.T.: The Musical, Libby and Nate plot how to get him to New York and back without anyone noticing. Of...

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Sheri Fink
Elaine
5

I wasn't in New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina hit, but I felt the pain of the people who waited for days on their rooftops or lived in squalor in the Superdome. How could the response to disaster in the United States have the look and feel of a disaster itself?

Dr. Sheri Fink, physician...

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Billy Collins
Adelina
5

"Sailing Alone Around the Room: New & Selected Poems" is a great introduction to Billy Collins' poetry. Billy Collins writes accessible poetry. His poetry speaks of everyday life with his unique laugh out loud humor. His poetry is universal, clever and perceptive. He is an American poet who...

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Adam Mansbach
Hope H
5

If you've had any part in helping to raise a small child, or if you plan to, you need to read this hilarious book about the follies of actually putting that child to bed. Adam Mansbach perfectly captures the sleep-deprived anger and frustration inherent in trying to convince a toddler to go...

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Pierre Lemaître
Jennifer B.
4

Set in France, Alex begins as the story of a woman who is kidnapped off the street and taken to an empty warehouse, where she's held in a small cage.  Alternating chapters tell the story of Detective Camille Verhoeven, the police officer in charge of finding Alex before it's too...

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Matthew Dicks
Monica
5

Budo is Max's best friend and has been for many years.  He has lived longer than most imaginary friends, and Max is the only one who can see him.  When Max gets into trouble, Budo has to do something he has never had to do before, to be without Max and to find a way to save him....

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John Green
mbrandstetter
5

I can't find anything wrong with this book.

Hazel Grace is sixteen.  She hasn't gone to high school for the last three years, has all but stopped hanging out with friends, and, oh yeah, she has cancer. In The Fault in Our Stars, John Green gives voice to these young, intelligent,...

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Dave Hnida
Nancy
4

This book caught my eye for several reasons.  I've read a large number of first person accounts of the Vietnam War, have probably seen every episode of the TV show M*A*S*H and have periodically wondered how the experience of soldiers in Iraq compares.  So, when I saw this book on our...

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Jenn McKinlay
IAmGenesis
2

As the first book of the Library Lover's Mysteries, this book was a charming, quick read. The story was a well rounded mystery, with a homespun feel. The characters were amusing and witty, and the story was engaging. All in all, it was cute, but not amazing. This would be a great read for those...

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James Patterson
Shanna
3

This installment of James Patterson's Women's Murder Club features an eccentric professor, who is convinced he is clairvoyant.  He has detailed dreams of murders; no one believes him until the first shooting happens exactly as he described in his dream.  At the same time, a celebrated...

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Andre Dubus
dfields
5

In a collection of linked short stories, Andre Dubus III masterfully probes the nature of love's many facets and human nature. Set in coastal New Hampshire, the reader explores infidelity, first love, betrayal and the impact of the digital age on love. Each of the characters serve as navigator...

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Mary Gaitskill
Jennifer B.
3

Bad Behavior is a collection of unlinked short stories, most taking place in New York City, that focuses on the relationships (usually sexual) between men and women.  Many of the stories are populated by the same types of women -- prostitutes, drug users, artists -- and tended to blend...

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Larry Correia
Ken
4

This was a pretty sweet book. A little to gun porny at times, but it fits with the book. It doesn't add much to the monster mythos it uses, but it does have hillbilly elves. Also the romantic interest seems forced at times.

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Doug Dorst
Lily
4

S. is two stories for the price of one. As a tribute to reading, S. explores and celebrates the adventure of the writer as well as the reader. The internal novel is well written and worth reading for the interesting story and the story in the margins is an amazing creative...

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Mindy Kaling
Adelina
3

Mindy takes us along on her re-telling of her life and career thus far up (to 2011, the time of the book's publication). Listening to her talk about her childhood, young adulthood and career. I listened to the audio book read by the author. I think it was more satisfying to listen to her telling...

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P.N. Elrod- Editor
Adelina
4

An enjoyable collection of paranormal short stories. Most of the stories feature characters from the authors full length book series. Short stories are a great way to try out new authors and get a feeling for their style of storytelling without committing to a whole novel. Some of my favorites...

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Randy Christensen
Shanna
4

Ask Me Why I Hurt tells the story of Arizona pediatrician Dr. Randy Christensen, who left his position at the Phoenix Children's Hospital in order to convert an ancient Winnebago into a mobile doctor's office.  The Crews'n Healthmobile​ travels around Phoenix,...

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Sarah Smiley
ShellyB
4

When their Dad is scheduled for a one year (or longer) deployment to Africa and one of the three Smiley boys comments that he will be most missed at the family dinnertime, the Smileys decide to try inviting someone over for dinner once a week to help fill the empty space and distract them from...

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Rainbow Rowell
Nikki
5

I loved this audio book!  The readers were perfect  and listening to it was a wonderful change.  Eleanor + Park has been getting a lot of attention the last few months as it has been showing up on many Best Books of the Year lists and I really believe it deserves the praise....

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Muriel Barbery
Hope H
4

The hedgehog is "covered in quills, a real fortress...a deceptively indolent little creature, fiercely solitary - and terribly elegant." So says the precocious twelve year old Paloma Josse in reference to her building's concierge, a middle-aged nobody named Renee Michel, though the sentiment...