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The Week in Review: 06.01.2018

June 1, 2018
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Between the Covers

Finished last week:

THE GOSPEL OF TREES by Apricot Irving was different than I thought it would be so it started out slow for me.  Once I adjusted my expectations, I thoroughly enjoyed this thoughtful memoir.  Irving and her family lived in Haiti while she was a child – her parents were missionaries and her father emphasized the importance of trees to the country’s well being.  She shares some of Haiti’s history as well as the struggles her family and other missionaries faced.  As tough as things were, they grew to love their adopted country and maintained ties to it.  Irving also points out things well intentioned people do that aren’t always in the best interest of those they are trying to help.  I found this book to be well written, compassionate, and informative.  I’ve thought about it quite a bit since I’ve read it so I think it would make a great book club selection.  (Review copy provided by Simon & Schuster.)

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FOLDED NOTES FROM HIGH SCHOOL by Matthew Boren is an epistolary novel centering around Tara, a high school senior who is obsessed with looks and status.  Readers are privy to her thoughts and life through notes she exchanges with her boyfriend, his freshman neighbor, and several of her girlfriends.  Tara is a master manipulator and a pro with the backhanded compliment and seems to be on top of her game.  She hopes for a perfect senior year but other people have different ideas so things don’t go exactly as she planned.

This book is set in the 1990s, before everyone had a cell phone, so the folded notes made sense.  I did think some of the slang was more modern than that but I could be wrong.  As you would expect from that description, Tara is rather annoying but it was fun to follow her exploits.  My biggest gripe with the book was the abrupt ending – I don’t need everything tied into a neat bow but I would have liked some resolution.  Still, the audio version with its full cast was amazing and so much fun to listen to.  It was easy to tell the characters apart because each of the narrators did a terrific job.  (Review copy provided by Penguin Random House.)

 

Currently reading:

On the Screen

Not much of anything.

Off the blog

  • We’ve had rain, rain, and more rain and no sunshine around here and I, for one, am over it.
  • I’m in New York City for Book Expo.

What’s going on in your corner of the world?

21 Comments leave one →
  1. Diane D permalink
    June 1, 2018 7:13 am

    Days and days of rain can be so depressing. I’m happy to hear your are in NY having some fun.

  2. June 1, 2018 7:14 am

    I heard Baby Teeth is messed up!! Will be interested to hear your thoughts!

  3. June 1, 2018 8:31 am

    I was just watching a movie with phone booths instead of cell phones, and it seemed so odd. Funny how fast we get used to such radical changes!

  4. June 1, 2018 8:32 am

    Can’t wait to hear about Book Expo!

  5. June 1, 2018 9:37 am

    I have nothing to comment on this week!

  6. June 1, 2018 10:25 am

    I am undecided about Baby Teeth…it sounds so creepy. LOL

    Enjoy your time at BEA!

  7. June 1, 2018 11:24 am

    Just the reviews of Baby Teeth have been creeping me out. Lol.
    Enjoy Book Expo!

  8. Beth F permalink
    June 1, 2018 11:26 am

    I was curious about Folded Notes. If I decide to read it, I’ll go with audio.

  9. June 1, 2018 2:14 pm

    It has not rained here in weeks :/

  10. Patty permalink
    June 1, 2018 5:24 pm

    We are getting that same rain…it’s dismal and will be that way for days…I will be interested in your thoughts about Baby Teeth…

  11. June 1, 2018 6:15 pm

    I hope you’re having a great time at Book Expo and hope you tell us all about it.

  12. June 1, 2018 7:00 pm

    Baby Teeth sounds utterly fascinating! The other two books you’re currently reading sound appealing, too. Enjoy the Book Expo, Kathy!

  13. June 1, 2018 8:03 pm

    I see a new trend: communication via passed notes. I am currently reading Posted, which is similar, but different.

  14. June 2, 2018 2:12 pm

    Your books which are so different to each other should make for interesting reading.
    We too are having incessant rains and floods.

  15. June 2, 2018 3:15 pm

    Ditto on the rain where I live. I hope you’re having a great time in NYC and bring home a bunch of great books.

  16. The Cue Card permalink
    June 3, 2018 6:54 pm

    How was BEA? Did you have a blast? The Haiti memoir sounds good.

  17. June 3, 2018 8:52 pm

    I thought The Egg and I was hilarious. Hope you enjoyed BookExpo!

  18. Lauren Becker permalink
    June 3, 2018 11:04 pm

    I hope you’re enjoying (or did enjoy) BEA. I’m a bit sad I couldn’t go this year…or ALA, which I did last year, but it’s still fun to see what everyone did/got! 🙂

    -Lauren
    http://www.shootingstarsmag.net

  19. June 4, 2018 4:23 pm

    I’ve never been to BEA. It sounds like fun but it also sounds very overwhelming to me. These days I can’t handle much that’s extra.

    I have Baby Teeth. I haven’t started it yet but it seems to be the kind of book I am reaching for this summer.

  20. June 4, 2018 6:47 pm

    It’s been raining here for WEEKS. I’m super over it. In other news, I hope you’re having a great time at BEA!

  21. bookingmama permalink
    June 9, 2018 6:04 pm

    I’m glad you got a little break from all of the rain while we were in New York!

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