We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson [Review]

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“We’re not words, Henry, we’re people. Words are how others define us, but we can define ourselves any way we choose.”

I felt like this would have been my new favorite book but something went wrong somewhere along the way.

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Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman [Review]

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The only thing you have for measuring what’s real is your mind… so what happens when your mind becomes a pathological liar?

Wow! This book is absolutely brilliant! I can’t even begin to comprehend how much work and research was put into this book in order to deliver and execute Caden Bosch’s journey with this level of intricacy. I dived into this book not really knowing what it’s about and hence not really knowing what to expect. But I was so pleased as I finally came up for air after turning the last page.

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Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver [Review]

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I did not expect much from this book because it seems like it is about a privileged girl living in the suburbs whining over her first-world white girl problems as she relives her death seven times. So, it was a pleasant surprise when the whole story completely blew me away.

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Because You’ll Never Meet Me by Leah Thomas [Review]

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“I knew then that there were things you would always be powerless to change about your life.” She spoke softly. “And that I couldn’t protect you from all of them.”

Because You’ll Never Meet Me seemed very promising when I first took it off a bookstore shelf to read its blurb. I thought it would be about two people overcoming impossible obstacles just to see each other in person. And I knew I just had to buy it knowing that these two developed a deep relationship only through words. But it wasn’t exactly what I was hoping for. 

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Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta [Review]

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Saving Francesca is not as elaborate as Marchetta’s Jellicoe Road but I thought it was an entertaining read that exudes humor and honesty.

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Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta [Review]

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Last read: January 2, 2015

Every time someone tests me and asks me to say the first two sentences of this book (which, by the way, hooks you in real quick), I stare them straight in the eye and recite the entire prologue with an Australian accent thrown in just for good measure. Haha. I memorized the prologue because after reading it for the first time, I realized how perfectly it sets up the book’s mystery. Now that I have read it for the second time, I cannot believe I only gave it four stars on GoodReads instead of the full five stars.

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