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Scrawl by Mark Shulman

ScrawlScrawl by Mark Shulman
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A quick read. While the story is interesting and the writing decent, the poor,troubled student who is going to make it because of his outlet of writing as a concerned teacher helps him is so overdone and cliche. I would have preferred that this was not a confessional and that there was more development of the peripheral characters instead of the tough-boy-with-a-heart-of-gold routine. Not a bad read, but don’t expect anything original. The last line is its redeemer.

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Postcards from No Man’s Land

Postcards from No Man's LandPostcards from No Man’s Land by Aidan Chambers
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I adore this very literary, intertexual-heavy, Printz-award-winning novel. Seriously. The alternating historical 1st person memoir with various other memorial snippets along with the 3rd person narrative of 2 generations later, is deliciously written. Poetic language, fluid philosophies on life, and a very Dutch timbre. I highly recommend this pseudo-Holocaust/WWII love story and generational self-identity.

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Hold Still

Hold StillHold Still by Nina LaCour
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I listened to the audio book of this and it is fantastic! The reader’s voice is perfect. And the narrative is poignant and heartfelt. Dealing with the suicide of a best friend could be impossible to deal with, yet Caitlin’s voice is distinct, poetic and nostalgic as well as tinged with a sense of humor.

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