Saturday, November 26, 2016

What are our staff reading?

Thank you to one of our staff members at Vinegar Hill Memorial Library for providing us with three reviews. This month our reviewer has read the latest items by popular authors Jodi Picoult and Graeme Simsion. Our reviewer has also given Youth Fiction a try with Julie Halpern's latest novel.
The Best of Adam Sharp by Graeme Simsion
He’s done it again. Completely different from his Rosie books but the same humour and light hearted writing style.  Good storyline – kept me turning pages until I finished.  With his marriage on rocky ground, Adam gets an email from an old lover and rekindles the friendship (keeping it G Rated). 
 His future could go with either woman – but who will he chose?
Small Good Things by Jodi Picoult
I love Jodi Picoult and the book got off to a great Picoult start. But I have to say when I was about 1/3 in it felt rather ho-hum. I really wanted more of the character plot and less court case.  I did want to see how she ended the story so I persisted (read: skipped to the last two chapters).  The ending was slightly convenient but made for a satisfying outcome. This will make for a good book club discussion.
The F – It List by Julie Halpern   
Loved this book – I’d be careful about what age teen I gave it to as there was quite a lot of sexual referencing. An easy read ,I read it in one afternoon,but also because I didn’t want to put it down.
Alex’s best friend Becca gets diagnosed with Cancer and decides that she has a bucket list she wants completed before she (possibly) dies.  As she is too ill to fulfill most of the list she asks Alex to do some for her. Full of the typical teenager issues and angst, it’s a feel good story with great characters.
Have you read any or all of the above novels? What do you think of our staff members reviews? Do you agree with her thoughts or are you thinking the opposite? Start a discussion by leaving your comments below!

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