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Other Books I’ve Read Recently 06/21/2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — kimbolee @ 7:42 AM

White Cat by Holly Black.
Curse Workers, Book 1.
320 pp.
Margaret K. McElderry, 2010.
Young Adult

I listened to this on audio on my super-long solo drive down to Gulf Shores over Memorial Day weekend (which, apparently, was a great time to go, seeing as how to oil arrived on the shore the following weekend). Jesse Eisenberg (of Adventure– and Zombie- land fame) narrates, which was weird for me when I rewatched Zombieland last week because I kept assuming that the movie was about Cassel (the main character of White Cat). Cassel comes from a family of curse workers (magicians, if you will), but he doesn’t have any powers! For shame! Except…he keeps sleepwalking and ending up in all sorts of compromising positions. And this white cat keeps showing up randomly in his dreams! And that’s all I will give away about this awesome book.
Anyway, this is the first in a series and was highly interesting and entertaining. I liked the new take on the supernatural; it’s none of this tired vampire and/or werewolf and/or zombie buisness. It kinda makes me wish I had magical powers and lived in a world where everyone has to wear gloves for fear of touching someone/having someone touch you and getting cursed. Thumbs up.

Fat Cat by Robin Brande
336 pp.
Knopf, 2009.
Young Adult

Oh look, another cat-titled book! Not on purpose, I promise. Fat Cat was one of those books that took me by surprise, mostly because I didn’t pay attention to the synopsis on the cover (there is a fancy word for this but it escapes me currently). Anyway, I like it better that way. Cat, our “fat” narrator, gets stuck with an interesting year-long project for her science class – she decides to change her habits and live as the hominids did. To as much of an extent as a millenium’s child can, at least. She starts walking to school, gives up her phone and television, eats natural foods. I thought the book had a great message – not that it’s bad to be fat, but that maybe we ought to reexamine our habits and see if we can’t better our lives.
Of course, Cat gets the boy in the end, her former best friend whom she stopped speaking to years ago because she overheard him calling her fat or something, but to me that was a) bound to happen anyway and b) harmless/not over the top.
As far as girly YA books go, this wasn’t exactly Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants or Gossip Girl. Fat Cat stands on its own, a neat little subgenre of fat literature where the protagonist spends less time hating herself (she’s unhappy with her body, but aren’t we all) and more time trying to be proactive and not whiny. Thumbs up.

Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh
298 pp.
Harper and Row, 1964.

This was a really delightful re-read of one of my absolute favorite books from 5th grade. It was also the first book I read on my new, wonderful Sony Reader, which I was worried about purchasing because I wasn’t sure if I would like it. Well, I like it. I like the flexibility of checking out a book whenever I want to and not having to worry about returning it on time. Returning books on time isn’t really an issue at my library since I am there every day and can monitor my circ records…but if I happen to check out a book from another library, then sometimes I have issues.

Anway. Harriet, as the title suggests, is a spy. She is also an extremely interesting narrator — great thoughts, great observations, uninentionally hilarious. She keeps tabs on everyone she knows in her notebook, which gets her into mega-trouble when she leaves it at school. Everyone ends up hating her, and Harriet has to learn to deal with that. She’s not a Mean Girl…she just has yet to realize that the truth is sometimes hurtful, and a little fib (or keeping thoughts to yourself) is necessary now and then.

I will always, always love Harriet. She got sent to a child psychologist for Pete’s sake! 14 million thumbs up.

Okay, have you heard of Harriet the Spy: Blog Wars on the Disney Channel? Here’s a great review from educating alice. And here’s the trailer. Sigh.


Stop what you are doing

Filed under: Uncategorized — kimbolee @ 7:11 AM

And go listen to ‘The Maze Runner’ by James Dashner on audio right now.

You can read the book, alternatively, but I highly suggest the audio.

Okay, bye!