Come in! Grab a coffee or, better yet, some warm apple cider and a plateful of homemade holiday cookies. Yes, those shortbread are from my kitchen.
Welcome to our last Book Review Club meeting of 2009. Wow! How time flies when you've got good books! We hope you enjoy our book reviews and maybe get a few ideas for holiday gifts!
I LOVE this book! Or, as 14 year-old Georgia Nicholson, the protagonist would say, I LURVE this book! A lot of other people love this book too. The first in a series of ten, it debuted in 1999 to a starred review from Publishers Weekly. And it was a Printz Honor Book.
It is an absolutely, laugh-till-you-cry funny young adult novel! You know what would be really fun? Getting invited to a cocktail party with the author, Louise Rennison, who is actually a British comedy writer.
Her dad's got the mentality of a Teletubby (only not so developed). Her cat, Angus, is trying to eat the poodle next door. And her bet friend thinks she looks like an alien--just because she accidentally shaved off her eyebrows. Ergghhhlack. Still, add a little boy-stallking, teacher-baiting, and full-frontal snogging with a Sex God, and Georgia's year just might turn out to be the most fabbitty fab fab ever!
Told in diary form, this is the story of Georgia and her BFF, Jasmine, and some other girlfriends and how they navigate school, boys and friendship. It's a YA version of Bridget Jones Diary--only much funnier!
Guess what else? This book was made into a British movie, Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging. Which will be released on DVD on this side of the Atlantic on DECEMBER 22. Yes, it's at the TOP of my Netflix queue!
Here's a link to the official movie site and delightful movie trailer.
I've giggled my way through this entire review. :)
Now .... Onto to our brilliant reviewers and their brilliant reviews...
YOUNG ADULT BOOK REVIEWS
Keri Mikulski: SWEET TURNAROUND J by PV Beck (young adult)
Thao of Serene Hours: BLOOM by Elizabeth Scott (young adult)
Kaye of the Book Review Forum: THE HUNDRED DRESSES by Eleanor Estes (lower middle grade)
Stacy Nyikos: BULL RIDER by Suzanne Morgan Williams (upper middle grade)
Sarah Laurence: I SO DON'T DO SPOOKY by Barrie Summy
**Seriously, folks, I did not pay Sarah to do this!! Although now I'm thinking I'd pay her to take down the photo of my as a 16 year old!!**
ADULT BOOK REVIEWS
Kathy Holmes: MISTLETOE AND MURDER by Florence Case (romance)
Scott Parker: HOLMES FOR THE HOLIDAYS, edited by Martin Greenberg, et. al. (mystery short stories)
Jenn Jilks of My Reflections: A SIGHT FOR SORE EYES by Ruth Rendell (mystery)
Alyssa Goodnight of the Writers' Road Less Traveled: FAST WOMEN by Jennifer Crusie (humorous women's fiction)
Patti Abbott: LANDSCAPE WITH FRAGMENTED FIGURES by Jeff Vande Zande
Linda McLaughlin: THE LOST SYMBOL by Dan Brown
Ellen Booraem of Freelance Ne'er-do-well: RESTORATION LONDON by Liza Picard (adult)
Sarahlynn of Yeah, but Houdini didn't have these hips: THE SURRENDERED WIFE by Laura Doyle (self help)
Staci of Life in the Thumb: SEW WHAT! 18 PATTERN-FREE PROJECTS YOU CAN CUSTOMIZE TO FIT YOUR NEEDS by Lexie Barnes
**Exceptional previous reviews are only a click away.**
Note to Reviewers: You know the drill.:) If I missed you, leave me a comment and I'll rectify the situation straight away. And award myself one less cookie today!