The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Lucas Pontani The first 100 pages are TERRiBLY boring!! I put this book down 3 times before I finally got really into it. Make it through the boring stuff. It's worth it. Be advised, there is a serious rape scene, which almost ended my reading experience. Don't give up there. I assure you making it to the end is worth it.
I would highly suggest this! Wow! This book is definitely not young adult literature! A man's wife goes missing on their 5 year anniversary. The clues quickly land the husband as the primary suspect. Just when you think you have it figured out, trust me, you don't! The book alternates chapters between the present through the husband's eyes and the missing wife's diary from the last 7 years of their lives together.
Young adult lit: if you have teenagers or work with teenagers like I do or if you have been a teenage girl at some point, this is a great book. The main character has a secret. Most of you will be able to figure it out. But the psychology of how it affects her and how the people around her interact with her is very important. I read this in college in the library and cried (which is weird for me!).
Life of pi is about of a boy surviving on the ocean. He has a strange crew: zebra, hyena, tiger, and orangun-tan. It has some interesting religious views in the first half of the book. There is a lot about how a person will change when it comes to surviving and what they find important during such a trying time and a lot about human and animal balance. Personally, I wanted the tiger to eat the boy the entire time and the story be over! However, many people seem to enjoy the book.
The Beach Trees by Karen White. This book is about a woman whose sister was abducted when they were children and how holding onto the past can alter your future. It is also a very inspiring story about rebuilding. The setting is after hurricane Katrina. After a good friends death, the main character is forced to take the friend's son to finally meet his mother's estranged family. She finds out their friendship was more than a coincidence as her past and her future collide. I couldn't put…
This fictional book has a way of making you reconsider your life, things you have "run away" from in the past, and how those things are deeply rooted in us. We are constantly looking for ways to keep from getting hurt when we really need to face reality. It is also a bit of a mystery as the main character unlocks a scandal from her ancestors, reminding us that people are not always what they appear.
Young Adult Lit: Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher is an interesting story. The main character receives a box full of cassette tapes on his front door step. Who uses cassette tapes anymore?! When he pops in the tapes, the haunting voice of a classmate who committed suicide several weeks before states, "if you are receiving these tapes, you had a part in my suicide." It goes through some intriguing struggles of teenagers and pressures they come up against. After going through this book with…