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The Center of Everything by Laura Moriarty
Great book!

This is one of the best debut novels I've ever read. The story is fairly simple yet the relationships and realities are complex. I enjoyed this author's writing style and look forward to reading future novels by her.

Interesting, Inspiring, Dramatic
Truly sad story

I found this book to be one of the saddest memoirs I've ever read. Not just because of the neglect and abuse, but because it was all pretty preventable. In the days of "A Million Little Pieces", where you might question the validity and accuracy of memoirs ... well, if even half of this is true I still feel for the author. Her writing style kept me engaged and invested in the outcome of the book.

In Her Shoes by Jennifer Weiner
Laugh out loud funny!

If you are feeling blue, pick up this book (or any other from this author). I woke my husband in the middle of the night at times while reading this book - literally laughing out loud. Cute story but complete with real life emotions and situations. I didn't see the movie - the book is usually better anyway. Highly recommend.

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
Dramatic, Insightful, Interesting
Incredibly beautiful!

This literary debut is an incredible story - it's unbelievable that this is Alice Sebold's first novel. I also can't beleive someone hasn't rated this book before now. Simply put, this is one of the best books I've ever read - not to mention probably the best debut I've ever read. This story will wrap you around it's little finger and not let go until you have read the very last word. If you haven't read this book, you are missing a jewel in my opinion. Subject matter would definitely make for good discussion.

Unconvincing, Insightful, Interesting
Conjured deep thought and soul searching

While I liked The Secret Life of Bees better, this was still an enchanting book that made me want to understand the characters better. I could see how some might be put off by the choices that the characters in the book made ... however, what was realistic for me was Jessie's feelings for Brother Thomas ... how you can long for a soul mate that literally completes your journey on this Earth. I could relate to her emotions and feelings around dealing with her mentally ill mother as well. She faced difficult situations which called for her to make difficult choices. The story of The Mermaid Chair was filled with deep meaning to the characters and I wanted to hear more about their lives. I recommend this book - the subjects for discussion in this book are plenty.

Dramatic, Insightful, Interesting
Beautiful and heartbreaking

This is one of my favorite novels by Jodi Picoult. The story of Anna and Kate is certainly worthy of book clubs discussions. I often found myself upset with their parents in the book until I looked at my own two children and wondered what I might do myself if I were in the same situation. That is what Picoult's books always do for me - they draw me into the story and make me think about how I might choose if I were forced to do so. I love Picoult's writing style. This is one of her best novels to date.

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
Insightful, Dramatic, Inspiring

This book is truly one of the finest pieces of literature I've ever read. Again, I am amazed that no one has rated this book yet. The descriptions of the Carolina's in the 1960's made me feel as though I was right there in the middle of the story. This child's journey and her remarkable resilence thoroughly inspired me. The women of this story were eccentric, strange, beautiful and depicted the very heart of the word mother. I cannot say enough about this book. This one deserved to be a bestseller.

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