December Reviews 2013

Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock
              Grade: A

Today is Leonard Peacock's birthday. It is also the day he hides a gun in his backpack. Because today is the day he will kill his former best friend, and then himself, with his grandfather's P-38 pistol. But first he must say good-bye to the four people who matter most to him: his Humphrey Bogart-obsessed next-door neighbor, Walt; his classmate Baback, a violin virtuoso; Lauren, the Christian homeschooler he has a crush on; and Herr Silverman, who teaches the high school's class on the Holocaust. Speaking to each in turn, Leonard slowly reveals his secrets as the hours tick by and the moment of truth approaches.-GoodReads

As you can tell by the summary, this is one for mature readers. Yes, there will be horrible thoughts, language, and situations, but we can promise you that they are essential to the storyline and you will like how it all ends. If you enjoyed Thirteen Reasons Why or Perks of Being a Wallflower, you should consider adding this one to your 'to-read' pile.

Curtsies & Conspiracies (Fi... Curtsies & Conspiracies
              Grade: B+

Sophronia's first year at Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality has certainly been rousing! For one thing, finishing school is training her to be a spy (won't Mumsy be surprised?). Furthermore, Sophronia got mixed up in an intrigue over a stolen device and had a cheese pie thrown at her in a most horrid display of poor manners.-GoodReads

Book 2 of The Finishing School series moves along quicker than Etiquette & Espionage since there isn't much need to set up the characters. This time Sophronia and company are engaged in a battle to procure a device that will expand travel possibilities for supernaturals. There's a bit more action, a lot more flirting, and just as many quips this time around.

Strings Attached Strings Attached
              Grade: B

When Kit Corrigan arrives in New York City, she doesn't have much. She's fled from her family in Providence, Rhode Island, and she's broken off her tempestuous relationship with a boy named Billy, who's enlisted in the army. The city doesn't exactly welcome her with open arms. She gets a bit part as a chorus girl in a Broadway show, but she knows that's not going to last very long. She needs help--and then it comes, from an unexpected source.-GoodReads

This is our first historical fiction set in 1950's mob-ridden New York, and while the plot is intriguing, the timeline is chopped up and feels a bit clunky. The focus is on the relationships of the characters, not so much the setting or history of the time. It's not a bad read, but not something that you can't live without.

Teen Angst? Naaah... Teen Angst? Naaah...
            Grade: A

Ned Vizzini writes about the weird, funny, and sometimes mortifying moments that made up his teen years.-GoodReads

Doesn't matter when or where you were a teenager, there are just some things that happen to us all- for better or worse. If you need to read an autobiography for Honors English, this is one we would suggest.

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