Library Loot


Library Loot is a weekly meme hosted by Marg of Reading Adventures and Eva of A Striped Armchair.

I just picked up some new books from the library just in time for the read-a-thon this weekend.  All four books I found on other blogs, although for most of them I can’t for the life of me remember which blogs!!

9780061765278Sunflowers by Sheramy Bundrick is a book that I saw on The Literate Housewife.  Her review is here.

Description from Amazon:

From a talented new author comes a poignant and haunting novel of creation and desire, passion and madness, art and love.

A young prostitute seeking temporary refuge from the brothel, Rachel awakens in a beautiful garden in Arles to discover she is being sketched by a red-haired man in a yellow straw hat. This is no ordinary artist but the eccentric painter Vincent van Gogh—and their meeting marks the beginning of a remarkable relationship. He arrives at their first assignation at No. 1, Rue du Bout d’Arles, with a bouquet of wildflowers and a request to paint her—and before long, a deep, intense attachment grows between Rachel and the gifted, tormented soul.

But the sanctuary Rachel seeks from her own troubled past cannot be found here, for demons war within Vincent’s heart and mind. And one shocking act will expose the harsh, inescapable truth about the artist she has grown to love more than life.

hate-list-full-cover Hate List, by Jennifer Brown

From Amazon:

Five months ago, Valerie Leftman’s boyfriend, Nick, opened fire on their school cafeteria. Shot trying to stop him, Valerie inadvertently saved the life of a classmate, but was implicated in the shootings because of the list she helped create. A list of people and things she and Nick hated. The list he used to pick his targets.

Now, after a summer of seclusion, Val is forced to confront her guilt as she returns to school to complete her senior year. Haunted by the memory of the boyfriend she still loves and navigating rocky relationships with her family, former friends and the girl whose life she saved, Val must come to grips with the tragedy that took place and her role in it, in order to make amends and move on with her life.

lessons from a dead girlLessons from a Dead Girl, by Jo Knowles

From Kirkus Reviews:

Spare and evocative prose weaves the story of Leah and Lainey’s turbulent and abusive friendship. Fast friends from a young age, Leah is outgoing, “smart, so the teachers love her and . . . beautiful so the boys love her,” while Lainey is plain and introspective. During the younger years of their friendship, Leah is sexually abusive to Lainey, claiming that the two are “practicing.” As the girls grow older, Lainey pulls away from Leah, confused and hurt by Leah’s opprobrious behavior. Lainey falls in with new friends, while Leah becomes self-destructive. Over time, Lainey comes to understand the roots of Leah’s odd behavior, but by the time she comes to fully grasp it, it’s too late. Clearly and concisely written, Knowles’s provoking exploration of children abusing children portrays the tense and finely crafted dynamics between the two girls. Lainey’s character is extremely well-developed showing her metamorphosis from hypercritical and withdrawn to self-realized with a focused and knowing clarity. A razor-sharp examination of friendship, abuse and secrets. (Fiction. YA)

n311661I Know It’s Over, by CK Kelly Martin

From School Library Journal

Grade 9 Up—With heartbreaking honesty, Martin’s debut novel gets into the mind of 16-year-old Nick Severson. Still dealing with the effects of his parents’ divorce, he plans to have a vacation with no commitments. However, the summer takes an interesting turn when Sasha Jasinski enters the picture. Nick is intrigued by the connection they seem to share but also put off by Sasha’s initial disappointment with his behavior. To the shock of his friends, Nick stops seeing Dani to pursue Sasha. They grow closer both emotionally and physically. When things start to get too complicated for her, she breaks off the relationship only to discover a few weeks later that she is pregnant. What raises this novel above the many other teen titles dealing with sex and pregnancy is the authentic voice and emotion of the protagonist. Readers struggle with Nick as he deals with the loss of his first love and the decisions related to Sasha’s pregnancy. His story challenges stereotypical notions of reckless teen sex and careless abortions; teen boys will especially applaud this portrayal of a devastated and conflicted young man who makes the right decisions, but still finds that his mistakes have repercussions. Sex, drugs, alcohol, and abortion are each portrayed realistically, and the novel gives invaluable insight into the adolescent mind and the world in which teens live.—Lynn Rashid, Marriots Ridge High School, Marriotsville, MD
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Anyone else pick up some good books from the library this week?

7 Responses

  1. Love Van Gogh and this sounds really interesting. Also, the cover alone on Lessons From A Dead Girl make it a book I’d pick up.

  2. The cover on Lessons From A Dead Girl looks intriguing. I loved Hate lIst.

  3. Oooh, that Van Gogh book looks intriguing!

  4. Love the cover on Sunflowers! ALl of those YA books sound really depressing, lol. I hope you enjoy them!

  5. I’m so jealous, my library does not have Sunflowers, I think I’m going to suggest that they buy it.

  6. Both the Van Gogh book and Lessons from a Dead Girl sound good to me. Enjoy your books!

  7. I have Sunflowers here to read! Very much looking forward to it!

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