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Blurry

by: Sherri Fulmer Moorer

Pages: 163

Published: August 5th, 2011 by Wings ePress

ASIN: 1613099851

From Goodreads: What happens when Little Miss Perfect’s life is turned upside down? Rachel Shull is about to find out. A year ago she broke up with her boyfriend, Danny, over suspicions that he was hiding something from her. Now Rachel’s life is full of accomplishment, achievement, friends, and even a boyfriend. It all seems perfect, until a childhood friend dies in a tragic accident. When it’s discovered that Danny had a heated argument with Kirsten shortly before her death, suspicions about his double life resurface. As the case unfolds and tragedy strikes people close to Rachel, she discovers that Danny isn’t the only one with dangerous secrets. Life in the small town of Woodland, South Carolina becomes blurry with lies and deceit, and Rachel finds herself questioning everybody; even her new boyfriend.

 

This book sucked me right in. I can only imagine having to go through something like this in high school! Rachel is an amazingly strong main character. If I were in her shoes I would have been an emotional wreck right from the very beginning. But she stays strong and true to herself, and that’s a really good message for young adult readers. This book has twists and turns in it that I didn’t see coming. This book really kept me guessing and I got so invested in the story that I read it all in one sitting! I just couldn’t get myself to put it down. This novel also was quite scary. The events that occur in this novel are not for the faint of heart, but I think that’s the element that really kept me wanting to read more. I needed to find out who was on the Rachel’s side and who wasn’t. It’s one of those stories where you don’t know which characters you can trust, so you’re constantly analyzing their behavior to see if you can figure anything out. This is a book that would be perfect for any young adult or even adult if they’re looking for a suspense-filled novel. I can tell you that this book will keep you guessing and make you want to keep turning the pages until you find out the answers to all of your questions! 🙂

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Shooting Star

by: Michael Embry

Published: April 5th, 2011 by Wings ePress

ASIN: B004VFV7UW

From Goodreads: Jesse Christopher finds out that it’s not easy being the new kid in school, no matter how well you play basketball. When discovered shooting hoops at a school playground by a high school coach, Jesse seems to be the missing piece to the puzzle for a team that aspires to win the Kentucky state championship.

But Jesse faces an array of problems in his new environment as he tries to make friends in the classroom and become part of the school’s close-knit basketball team. Can Jesse overcome the obstacles and lead his team to a state high school basketball title?

The thing I liked most about this novel is that it teaches moral lessons to kids and young adults that might be reading this. Jesse is a main character to admire. He is the picture of what parents hope their kids can become whether they are talented in sports or not. There are many different conflicts that Jesse has to deal with over the course of the novel, including jealousy, prejudice, and injury… and he does it all in a mature way that makes you have hope for future generations. I’m normally not a big fan of sports stories, but this kept me entertained and wanting to keep turning the pages, especially when things got down to the wire for the Pioneers. There were times that I found the dialogue and characters in this novel to fall a little flat, but this novel isn’t so much about individual character development as it is about team development. I think there are a lot of great lessons to learn including ones on teamwork, responsibility, and forgiveness. As well as important lessons about standing up for oneself and not letting other people’s negative attitudes bring you down. Overall, this was a very uplifting story and I think if you’re looking for a light and fun read, especially if you’re a basketball fan, then you won’t be disappointed in this novel!

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