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Book Review: Stainer: A Novel of the “Me” Decade by Iolanthe Woulff (1546647120)

51FWJV6m-TL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_“It is a poignant truth of our heedless youthful years, that the events and encounters of a single night can so alter the course of a young person’s life that it will be changed forever”.

Benjamin Steiner, spoiled Columbia undergraduate, devout Orthodox Jew virgin meets two women who will change his life forever.

P.T. Deighland, snarky Princeton undergraduate, drug dealer, player and Benjamin’s means of rebellion.

Rebecca Glaser, new N.Y.U. transfer to Columbia, intelligent, Jewish and is leaving for Israel for a month to Benjamin’s surprise and frustration.

Anthea Montague, Ford model, Southern, beautiful and Benjamin’s yaitzer ha’ra (Hebrew for ‘evil inclination’).

Does he, or doesn’t he?  This is a coming of age story which seems predictable, but with Woulff’s gift of prose and character detail, it comes to life and putting it down is not an option.  As always, a great read!

Thank you to Ms. Woulff for giving me the opportunity to review her book.

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Book review: The Whole Story of Half a Girl by Veera Hiranandani (9780385741286)

Sonia has learned that her father has lost his job and he isn’t acting like himself. She wonders what he does in his study that makes him feel better. That’s not the only change.

Now that her father has lost his job, she has to go to the public middle school. Everyone at her private school knew how to say her name, Sonia Nadhamuni. Now she has to pronounce it for all the new kids.

Sonia is on a journey to figure out her cultural identity, her status in school, her family’s future and her personal well being. By the end of the book I believe she is on her way to figuring it out.

This is a good coming of age novel that hits home for many pre-teens and teens. Adolescence is a formidable time and Sonia tackles it with determination and style. The situations are real and the characters are interesting.

Thank you to Ms. Veera Hiranandani, Random House Children’s Books and NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to review this book.

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Book Review: Dirty Little Angels by Chris Tusa (9781604890303)

“In my family, it was as if you had to be dead to get noticed.”

Hailey has a father who has lost his job and is drinking, a mother who lost her inheritance when she married her father and has recently lost a baby, and a brother who has lost his faith in God.

What has Hailey got to lose? Her respect? Her virginity? Her “best” friend? Her soul?

Tusa paints a disturbing picture of poverty and lack of family values. This book is hard hitting and thought provoking. A book that takes you into the depths of despair and will not let you go.

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