Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Hilarious book!

Stupid and Contagious
by Caprice Crane

This has got to be one of the funniest books I have read in a long time (thanks, Krista!).  Recently fired from a top PR firm, Heaven is now waitressing at a trendy restaurant in NYC.  She is a major fan of music and is convinced she will die at the age of 27 if not married.  This fear is based on the fact that several of music's greats (Kurt Cobain, Janis Joplin) died at 27.  Brady, wannabe inventor and non-successful musical producer, just moved in to Heaven's apartment complex after breaking up with his psycho girlfriend and leaving HIS rent-controlled place.  The two become friends and end up trekking across the country to find Brady a new band and help him market his unique invention, Cinnamilk. Told in alternating points of view, this book will keep readers in stitches with tales of Heaven's antics and Brady's inability to stay away from her.  This is an adult romantic comedy and some of the situations are mature, but the author, in my opinion, doesn't "push the envelope" too much.  Recommended for those who can handle mature situations and want to laugh.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Back from Spring Break!

Wow!  I can't believe it is already 4th quarter!  I had a relaxing Spring Break with my family and I feel refreshed and ready to tackle many projects for the next few months.  Believe it or not, we had sunny weather last Friday and ....snow on Saturday!  It was crazy.  I did get some interesting reading done over the week.  The first book I read was  Hate List by Jennifer Brown.

This is the story of Valerie Leftman, the girlfriend of Nick, a deceased school shooter.  Often the victim of school bullies and the "popular" crowd, Valerie and Nick creat a "hate list" to document all of the people they dislike.  To Valerie, the list is a way to "vent"--it is an outlet to help her handle high school, but...Nick takes the list seriously.  The novel is told in alternating chapters of before, during, and after the shooting.  This book is very similar to Nineteen Minutes, by Jodi Picoult, but, in my opinion, easier to read.  Readers will identify with Valerie's feelings of guilt in creating the hate list, but also with the love she still has for the "old" Nick. 

The second book I read last week was You Don't Even Know Me: Stories and Poems about Boys by Sharon G. Flake.

This collection of short stories and poems about African-American teen boys was quite interesting.  Subjects range from a young man facing his dead brother's terrible secret to one trying to stay out of the gang lifestyle.  This is a quick read and highly recommended for teen boys.

The third, and final, book I tackled over the break was The Espressologist by Kristina Springer.

Pure chick-lit!  The Espressologist tells the story of Jane Turner, local barista turned matchmaker.  This was a quick read and it made me want some creative coffee drinks!  This would make a great beach read!

In other news, I just got several boxes of books from Amazon and I can't wait to dive in to some of these books, including Readicide, Purge, and Lockdown: Escape from Furnace.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Followers requested....prize in store!

Hey guys!  I have a "drawing" in store for you.  Become a follower of the Book Bites blog and your name will be entered in a drawing for a prize!  This will run through Friday.  I will randomly choose a follower and will then request an address to the prize winner.  Good luck! 
In other news, I finished Dork in Disguise last night and will post a short review later.