I read some really good books while we were in Colorado and I wanted to share my thoughts about them.
First, The Fever by Megan Abott.
I remember watching an actual news story on the Today show about girls in some Eastern high school who all developed similiar facial tics or some sort of strange symptoms. The story intrigued me so when I saw this book being previewed in summer reading lists at EW and People and saw that it was based on the same type of mass symptoms, I thought it might be an interesting read.
It was. I really liked the mystery of it. I felt the author really captured high school drama well (you know, having my own girls in the middle of it) and it was a gripping read. I enjoyed it very much and Kiah is now reading it at my suggestion.
The second book I read was...
I had read a book on those "what you should read this summer" that I thought sounded like it was loosely based off the Natalee Hollaway case. For some reason, I thought this book was it. This book *was* on a lot of recommendation lists, but this is not at all based on a missing teen case.
It's a book about being a teenager and friendships and cousins and mysteries. I will not spoil the secrets, but it made me feel a lot of things I wasn't exactly ready to feel and I loved every minute of this book. I highly recommend it. It's also good for older teens. (It's probably a Young Adult book. I just don't even pay attention any more because I love YA books equally with adult books.)
And now I'm reading...
I have read every page of Allie's blog -- and some of the stories in the book are from the blog -- but it still makes me laugh outloud. I suspect I'll cry before I'm through the book. Allie is nothing if not brutally honest. I love her voice and I'm trying not to finish the whole book in a day because I don't want her to leave me. [Jason, you should read this book. I'm pretty sure her dogs are related to Harry and Sally.]
I also read the latest John Sanford, Linda Castillo's The Dead Will Tell (loved this book in her series), the first book and a half in the Monument 13 series (I will finish them at some point), the latest Allison Gaylin (not completely thrilled with this one), and some random Lisa Jackson/Nancy Bush books. I didn't read as much as I would like, but I usually enjoyed what I was reading.