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The Week in Review: 07.20.2018

July 20, 2018


Between the Covers

Finished last week:

SHE LOVES YOU (YEAH, YEAH, YEAH) by Ann Hood is a delightful book about growing up, fitting in, and finding your way.  It’s set in 1966 and features twelve year old Trudy Mixer.  When she sees The Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show she becomes an instant fan and starts a fan club at her junior high school.  It quickly becomes the most popular club in school.  But something happens and the membership dwindles, leaving Trudy and three other members.  Those other members aren’t exactly the cream of the crop, either.  Trudy decides she has to do something to save her reputation and comes up with a plan for the fan club to attend a Beatles concert.  She learns that the other members all have issues they’re dealing with and they actually are more alike than different.

I adored Trudy and loved this book.  Hood does a great job of bringing 1966 alive by incorporating pop culture and trends from that era.  Even though times were different, I think middle grade readers will relate to Trudy and her friends – I can certainly remember feeling they way they did.  The audio version is narrated by Holly Linneman and she does an outstanding job.  I recommend this book to middle grade readers on up and think it would be a fun audio to share with the whole family on a summer road trip.  (Review copy provided by Penguin Random House.)


THE PROPERTY by Rutu Modan is a graphic novel about Mica, a young woman who travels from Israel to Warsaw with her grandmother.  Her grandmother lived in Warsaw prior to World War II and has told Mica she wants to return to claim property that belongs to her family.  After arriving in Warsaw, Mica discovers that her grandmother actually came for another reason – one that involved a family secret that her grandmother doesn’t realize Mica knows.  I thoroughly enjoyed this well done book.  I thought the characters, the story, and the illustrations were all terrific and thought Modan did a good job incorporating a little mystery and romance in this family drama.  Jessica Cohen’s translation is top notch as well.  If you enjoy graphic novels, you’ll want to pick this up.


TANGERINE by Christine Mangan is the story of Alice and Lucy, two women who were roommates when they attended Bennington.  The two had been extremely close at one time but their relationship didn’t end on a high note.  Alice marries and moves to Morocco with her husband when, out of the blue, Lucy shows up at their doorstep.  Not sure if she should be happy or not, Alice is wary of Lucy’s visit and it turns out she should be.

The story alternates between the two women building slowly and gathering momentum at the end.  I loved the Moroccan setting, and thought Mangan did a great job of building tension but I needed a little more plot.  I can’t say that I loved the book but I did like it quite a bit.  I thought the writing was solid and will pick up whatever Mangan writes next.  (Review copy provided by Ecco.)

**According to Variety, TANGERINE will be made into a movie starring Scarlett Johansson.**


Currently reading:

On the Screen

Not much of anything.

Off the blog

  • One of my aunts passed away on Monday.  She was 95 and the last of my dad’s family.  I’m heading to the funeral today.

  • I finally finished the puzzle Vance gave me for Mother’s Day.  At 2,000 pieces, it was quite a challenge.
  • We walked at least three miles every morning and I averaged just over 15,450 Fitbit steps a day.

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

21 Comments leave one →
  1. July 20, 2018 4:28 am

    That puzzle looks really hard 0_0

  2. July 20, 2018 7:01 am

    And I think 4000 steps is great!! I like the Warsaw setting book.

  3. July 20, 2018 7:15 am

    Sorry to hear about your aunt. I’ve been on the fence about Tangerine…

  4. Diane permalink
    July 20, 2018 7:31 am

    Glad u got a chance to read Tangerine. I’m wondering whether you might have enjoyed the audio more as you could really feel the tension building on audio.

  5. July 20, 2018 7:49 am

    She loves You sounds fun. I remember watching The Beatles on Ed Sullivan 😀
    Sorry to hear about your aunt – she lived a long life.

  6. Beth F permalink
    July 20, 2018 7:51 am

    Sounds like a successful reading week. I’m so sorry for your loss. Safe travels. And super puzzle!

  7. Patty permalink
    July 20, 2018 8:53 am

    All of the books sound really good…especially the MG ones…I have been debating about Tangerine. That puzzlelooks crazy hard! It’s really hard when they are the last ones in a family…sad even though she was 95…

  8. July 20, 2018 9:31 am

    Bummer about your aunt. Both my wife and I are already down to just our generation. We’re missing out on all of the stories that we never thought to ask about.

  9. July 20, 2018 10:23 am

    So sorry about your aunt. Mine passed last year, and she was the last of the generation for our family.

    That is a great puzzle…it looks challenging!

    I love Ann Hood’s books, although I don’t usually read the middle grade genre. But I might have to…it’s the Beatles!

    I enjoyed Tangerine…but didn’t like how it ended.

    Enjoy your week!

  10. July 20, 2018 11:01 am

    I’m eager to try the new book by Ann Hood and may go with the audio. I love everything I’ve read of hers! I’ll probably do the same with Tangerine.

    What a challenging puzzle! We haven’t done any in quite a while, but I’m sure we’ll get back to them this fall or winter. I don’t sit still very much in the summer. 🙂

    I’m so sorry about your aunt and will be thinking of you today.

  11. July 20, 2018 11:27 am

    Sorry about your aunt. Funerals are never fun but hopefully you have the opportunity to connect with your other family members while there.

  12. July 20, 2018 1:29 pm

    I am so sorry to hear about your aunt, that is never easy, even when the person has lived a good long life. Both She Loves You and The Property are gong on my TBR list!

  13. July 20, 2018 1:39 pm

    Sorry to hear about your aunt!

    I definitely need to get She Loves You – sounds great!

  14. July 20, 2018 2:44 pm

    Sorry to hear about your aunt!

  15. July 20, 2018 3:57 pm

    First of all, so sorry about the loss of your aunt. Yes, she lived a long life indeed. I also think that She Loves You sounds fun. I see it’s available at my library, so I’ll check in there soon. I want to read Tangerine. Have heard a bit of mixed reviews, but I love that cover!

  16. July 20, 2018 8:06 pm

    Sorry to hear about your aunt. I’m down to one aunt and my dad from that generation. 😦

  17. July 20, 2018 11:45 pm

    I’m so sorry about your aunt. A 2,000 piece puzzle would certainly be a challenge for me. She Love You (Yeah, Yeah, Yeah) sounds really good. Keep up the excellent step count!
    I hope you have a relaxing weekend.

  18. July 21, 2018 2:37 pm

    The puzzle surely looks neat. Sorry about the funeral in your family. I too liked the novel Tangerine — and hope it will be a good movie!

  19. July 23, 2018 12:31 pm

    Sorry to hear about your loss. The puzzle looks wonderful.

  20. bookingmama permalink
    July 23, 2018 7:54 pm

    I enjoyed TANGERINE a bit more than you did I think. I can totally see Scarlett Johansson in that role. I think I’ll listen to the Ann Hood book — you convinced me!

  21. July 24, 2018 10:57 am

    I’m sorry to hear about your aunt.
    Tangerine catches my eye every time I see it.

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