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Chains (The Seeds of America Trilogy) by Laurie Halse Anderson
 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Inspiring, Adventurous
Defying Stereotypes

This was an informative, serious and fun story. I enjoyed the history lesson reminders and lead character's spunk. The little sister was so interesting and constantly surprised me! I liked it so much that I read all three books in the series.

 
Book Club Recommended
Optimistic, Fun, Adventurous
Amazing Funny-Sad Coming of Age Story

The main character, a girl who grew up in the story, was funny, sad, smart and quite inspiring. Poor most of the time, she made it through many bizarre situations like having to act like she came back from the dead to get attention and donations at a religious tent revival. It's hard not to stomp your feet and get angry at the adults around this young lady who did crazy and unique things to make money and take advantage of her talents. The descriptions of the Mississippi beach town were real and interesting. Her relationships were conflicted: she loved and loathed her mom and dad. She "adopted" her own family members along the way. It's also an interesting look at poverty and makes one ask, what is the real definition of rich and poor?

 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Addictive, Interesting
Addictive Page Turner, Couldn't Wait to Finish It

How amazing was it to relate to the main characters, the couple...but only to a certain point? Imagine parents who leave their baby to go to a party next door, while using one of those monitors. Then, something happens to the baby! It's crazy to imagine good parents doing that ...or is it? Anyway, I ended up reading this book in three days and loved every minute. Every time you had something figured out, there was a twist or turn. When you thought one thing, it was really the opposite.

The Runaway Wife: A Novel by Elizabeth Birkelund
 
Informative, Fantastic, Unconvincing
Stunning Descriptions of the Swiss Alps, Unauthentic Story

While I enjoyed the realistic and educational descriptions of the trek through the Alps, it was unrealistic that foreigner Jim, described as inexperienced in that region, would have raised his hand to help the sisters he had just met. I also thought that he should have gotten serious frostbite from plunging in a mountain lake during the harsh winter. Despite these negatives the author demonstrated excellent vocabulary and analogy skills. On a final note the "runaway" and much younger man participated in a strange relationship that gave me the heebie jeebies and the totally annoying cough detail seemed unnecessary. On a positive note it was a fast read and a bargain price.

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