After surviving a car crash together, eighteen-year-old Sarah and her best friend Jennifer are grasping for control of their world. The girls compose a list of things that they should never do in order to keep them safe from any additional harm. The list contains such warnings as “Never be stranded,” “Never act impulsively in…

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My experience with JoJo Moyes has been pretty mixed. I absolutely loved Me Before You. Admittedly, it was total chick lit, but her character development really draws in the reader and forces an emotional investment in the outcome. Moyes’ followup, The Girl You Left Behind, was lackluster at best. The characters were stale and the plot just…

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Maddy is a social worker with a borderline abusive husband named Ben. He assaults her verbally, throws heirlooms at walls, and, at the very least, is a total asshole. He suffers from road rage and while driving recklessly he gets into a near-deadly accident in which he endures a few scrapes and Maddy sustains potentially…

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It is impossible to forget the title of this book, as the narrator repeats it at least twenty-seven times throughout Whistling Past the Graveyard. The phrase refers to the act of distracting yourself from uncomfortable circumstances by doing something pleasant, or fixating on sunnier pastures. If asked to use the phrase in a sentence, I would…

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Look at the cover of this book. It looks like an Oprah Book Club Book – my least favorite type of book. Some fancy elegant pillows, precariously stacked at a jaunty angle. I had no clue what this book would be about, but the title led me to believe that it was maybe a knit…

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I’m a bit concerned that the only books that I seem to even vaguely enjoy anymore tend to be Young Adult. I use “enjoy” loosely, because I certainly didn’t love My Heart and Other Black Holes, but I did like it, which I’ll take at this point. Jasmine Warga’s stab at the emo-rific world of teenage…

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The Mourning Hours is the story of a wrongly accused boy. Everyone turns their back on him, his life is ruined, and the truth only comes out when he is well into middle age. Then, everyone apologetically claims that they believed in him all along. The behavior of the community and those close to him…

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I saw a commercial for a new show on Fox called Wayward Pines. M. Night Shymalon is the executive producer, and although his films are generally pretty hit or miss with me, his involvement here piqued my curiosity. First things first, though – the series is based on a book trilogy, so in the last week…

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