Thanks for stopping by! It's the first Wednesday of the month, which means it's time for bunches of great book reviews. And just so that you know how passionate we are about bringing wonderful books to your attention, I'd like to point out that this is our TWENTY-SEVENTH meeting!! Wow! Kind of boggles the mind! I'll keep my review relatively short so that you keep scrolling to the many links to outstanding reviews. Enjoy!
THE EDUCATION OF HAILEY KENDRICK by Eileen Cook
Have you ever read anything by Eileen Cook? She writes adult, young adult (like this book I'm reviewing today), AND middle-grade (the first will be out this April). Yes, yes, she is versatile. And talented. And extremely funny.
From the cover flap of THE EDUCATION OF HAILEY KENDRICK: Hailey Kendrick always does exactly what's expected of her. She has the right friends, dates the perfect boy, gets good grades, and follows all the rules. But one night Hailey risks everything by breaking a very big rule in a very public way...and with a very unexpected partner in crime. Haeiley gets caught, but her accomplice does not, and Hailey takes the fall for both of them...They say honesty is the best policy--but some secrets are worth keeping, no matter the cost. Or are they?
What you can expect from an Eileen Cook novel? 1. perfect plotting: There's not a loose end in sight. 2. laugh-out-loud humor: You'll have a stomachache. 3. characters to love and root for 4. a YA with nothing racier than a few kisses (which is very useful if you have a child who reads "up". 5. Oh, and did I mention the STARRED Kirkus review? "Cook has whipped up a real treat."
My, my, this may be the first time I've blogged about Eileen without using sarcasm. You see, we know each other in real life and have THAT kind of a relationship. Well, it's actually much more her than me... Hmmmm...if you've got a sec, check out this humorous (if I do say so myself) interview I did with Eileen about a year ago. There's even a photo of Eileen Cook in her jammies! Mwahaha!
MIDDLE GRADE/YOUNG ADULT BOOK REVIEWS
Kaye of the Book Review Forum: TIGER RISING by Kate DiCamillo (Middle Grade)
Sarah Laurence: JERSEY TOMATOES ARE THE BEST by Maria Padian (Young Adult, reviewed by both Sarah and her daughter)
Alyssa Goodnight of the Writers' Road Less Traveled: THE ESPRESSOLOGIST by Kristina Springer (Young Adult)
Stacy Nyikos: TWISTED by Laurie Halse Anderson (Young Adult)
Keri Mikulski: HATE LIST by Jennifer Brown (Young Adult)
Jenn Jilks of Cottage Country: DEAD AIR by Rochelle Krich (mystery)
Scott Parker: BRUNO, CHIEF OF POLICE by Martin Walker (mystery)
David Cranmer of The Education of a Pulp Writer: RIPLEY'S GAME by Patricia Highsmith
Prairie Rose of Prairie Rose's Garden: THIS BODY OF DEATH by Elizabeth George (mystery)
Beth Yarnall: LIVE WIRE by Harlan Coben (mystery)
Linda McLaughlin: SECRET SANCTION by Brian Haig (Legal Thriller)
Linda McLaughlin: THE IRON DUKE by Meljean Brook (Steampunk)
Patti Abbott: A GESTURE LIFE by Chang Rae Lee
Staci of Life in the Thumb: THE BIRD HOUSE by Kelly Simmons
Ellen Booraem of Freelance Ne'er-do-well: ABBEY LUBBERS, BANSHEES & BOGGARTS: AN ILLUSTRATED ENCYCLOPEDIA OF FAIRIES by Katharine Briggs (Odd as it seems, Ellen and I felt this was the best place to list this review! Now, aren't you curious? :) )
(Note to Reviewers: Leave a comment or shoot me an email if you find an error. Nothing would surprise me; I was interrupted about a million times while setting up this post!)