An Astounding Novel

March 22nd, 2011 by sweetonbooks

Reviewed by:  Reader-for-life

An Abundance of Katherine's
by John Green

An Abundance of Katherine's, I believe, is John Green at his prime. In this startlingly beautiful novel, Green explores the life of child prodigy Colin Singleton after his last breakup from a girl named Katherine. But this isn’t the first time he’s been broken up with by a girl named Katherine; in fact, this is the 19th time. He has never dated anyone not named Katherine. In need of a pick-me-up, Colin and his best friend Hassan go on a road trip together and end up in Gutshot, Tennessee. Hilarity ensues.

I cannot explain my love for this book. Once again, John Green reaches into a human's very soul as Colin struggles with heartbreak and wanting to matter. With very likable and humorous characters (the most humorous, of course, being Hassan, Colin's Muslim, overweight, Judge Judy obsessed best friend) and realistic premises, John Green will once again stun readers with his ability to pull you into a story and never, not even after the last page, release you.

This book was a little mature, so I’d say you’d have to be at least thirteen years old to really appreciate it.

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Intriguing Plot, Decent Follow Through

March 22nd, 2011 by sweetonbooks

Reviewed by: Reader-for-life

by Tricia Rayburn

I just finished reading Siren by Tricia Rayburn. I was unsure when I got it if it would be good or just really cheesy, but I actually really enjoyed reading it. This book is very suspenseful and has twists around every corner, some more predictable than others. Most of the characters I felt were well developed, though some fell a wee bit flat. The plot was definitely riveting - some moments had me out loud gasping.

The author’s writing style and voice were also very nice and had this nice real feeling to them, but I wouldn’t go so far as to say that she is a superb writer and we need to watch out for future works. Ms. Rayburn has a spark of promise though. All in all, it was a good read, and I would recommend it to people who don’t mind a book that can be cheesy at parts.

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