Tag Archives: American Girl

Hollywood is Like High School with Money by Zoey Dean

Synopsis: Taylor’s lucky break landing a job as an assistant at a major film studio turns into a disaster, until she enlists the help of her boss’s alpha girl high school daughter to help her navigate the social landscape. Review: Hollywood is Like High School With Money is not the most original book to come…

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The Sinful Life of Lucy Burns by Elizabeth Leiknes

Synopsis: Lucy only wanted to save her sister after a accident, but a lifetime escorting souls to hell wasn’t quite the price she had in mind, and now she wants out. Review: The Sinful Life of Lucy Burns was a quick, breezy read. Elizabeth Leikness has imagination to spare when it comes to her plotting,…

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B As In Beauty by Alberto Ferraras

Synopsis: Overweight B hates her life, but when she’s adopted by a fairy godmother running a most unorthodox service, she gets in touch with her outer beauty but runs the risk of losing the inner beauty she’s had all along. Review: I really enjoyed B as in Beauty, despite the rather tawdry story elements. Alberto…

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The Addict by Michael Stein

Synopsis: One year in the treatment of a Vicodin addict, as told by the internist who treated her with medication. Review: Dr. Michael Stein is an internist specializing in prescribing a drug that blocks the effect of painkillers on a patient. In The Addict, subtitled One Patient, One Doctor, One Year, Stein recounts his journey…

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The Girl She Used To Be by David Cristofano

Synopsis: Hidden in the witness protection program since she was a child, Melody wishes for the chance to be herself, and unwisely starts to fall for one of the gangster’s she’s hiding from. Review: The Girl She Used To Be by David Cristofano is a straightforward, enjoyable, affecting story about a young woman in an…

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Jane Austen Ruined My Life by Beth Patillo

Synopsis: Jane Austen scholar Emma hunts Austen’s lost love letters in the hopes of restoring her besmirched academic name and to prove to the world that Austen was wrong about happy endings. Review: I came to Jane Austen relatively late in life. We were assigned Pride and Prejudice as summer reading in ninth grade. Honestly?…

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The Secret Story of Sonia Rodriguez by Alan Lawrence Sitomer

Synopsis: The only daughter in a big family of Mexican immigrants, Sonia has to take care of everyone but herself, and she’s finding it hard to achieve her goal of graduating from high school. Review: I love a good Cinderella story, and The Secret Story of Sonia Rodriguez hits all the right notes, with funny…

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Revelations by Melissa de la Cruz (Blue Bloods 3)

Synopsis: Half-vampire Schuyler learns more about her lineage and has a secret love affair with the twin of her nemesis, as the war between the vampire Blue Bloods and Lucifer’s army of Silver Bloods escalates. Review: When I signed up to review Revelations, I didn’t realize it was book 3 in a series, and I…

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Cycler by Lauren McLaughlin

Synopsis: High school senior Jill is “all girl”–except for 4 days out of the month, when she turns into Jack, who happens to be in love with her best friend. Review: Cycler has quite the premise, with Jill literally transforming from girl to boy once a month, right after her period ends. Girly girl Jill…

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Two Books on Breastfeeding Issues

Milk, Money, and Madness by Naomi Baumslag and Dia L. Michels Mother’s Milk by Bernice Hausman I’m researching an essay on breastfeeding practices and ended up reading these two dense and serious tomes that delve into America’s abysmally low breastfeeding rates. The American Association of Pediatrics recommends breastfeeding for at least a year, and the…

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