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Young Adult Review – The Fault in Our Stars

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green


A Letter to John Green by Mirah Welday (mwelday)

For my review of The Fault in Our Stars I thought I would do something unconventional.  I decided to write a letter to author John Green about his book, who knows maybe he’ll one day get to read it.  If you’ve read the novel, what would you want to say to John Green?

Dear John Green,

The Fault in Our Stars is one of the best books I have read in a long time. I don’t care that I’m quite a bit older than your target reader audience; I loved your book and would recommend it to anyone, regardless of age. I worked at a residential high school for six years and developed an appreciation for the honesty expressed by the typical (in my experience) American teenager.  They have a way of acknowledging and verbalizing what adults think they should not say out loud because of social convention.  You have given voice to those teens in your book.  You have allowed them to stand up to cancer and death in their own way, not caring if their responses are considered irreverent by others’ standards. 

Death is a scary prospect for most of us, I think whether we want to admit it or not.  We don’t want to face leaving our loved ones or leaving our life with regrets or things left undone.  Thank you for sharing with us Augustus and Hazel, two teenagers who find love and a deeper understanding of themselves and the world in the face of death.  In spite of waiting for the proverbial other shoe to drop at any time, they teach us not to give up on life when it appears it is already lost.  They are contemplative and sarcastic, yet understood and appreciated by one another for not sugar coating their circumstances.  Their honesty and spunk attracts them to one another and that attraction eventually transforms them into the support system the other is looking for and needing. I became so absorbed in their lives, I couldn’t put down your book; I felt a connection to your characters and laughed and cried with them.

Thank you for the beautifully written reminder that it is never too late to really live.  Whether we have years, months, days or hours, we can make choices so we can truly live in those moments.  Embracing every moment in our lives, in spite of illness or good health, is absolutely our choice and no one else’s.

With much appreciation,

Mirah Welday

Mystery Monday – The Case of the Screaming Woman

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

The Case of the Screaming Woman by Earle Stanley Gardner


Review by Matt B. (BuffaloSavage)


Super-lawyer Perry Mason acquires a client because the client’s wife doesn’t believe for a minute her husband’s tale about picking up a stranded woman in the middle of the night and dropping her off at the Beauty Rest Motel after registering as husband and wife. She asks Perry Mason to cross-examine the hubby in order to prove his tale is full of holes.

The husband is a sales manager and trainer who has excessive confidence in his ability to overcome sales resistance and make people believe anything he wants them to. During the interrogation, Mason finds the client is so up to his keister in suspicious circumstances that his lame story won’t whitewash.

Soon enough the relentless tentacles of the police tighten and Mason finds himself in legal quicksand. Though he protests in legal mires he prefers to be, even his loyal confidential secretary Della Street wonders aloud if he can avoid being disbarred.

Follow Mason as he blazes a trail to uncover black market adoptions, abused narcotics and blackmail until he plays one last gambit in the climactic court-room scene.







Free Book Friday Winner!

Sunday, March 1st, 2015

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Let’s Pretend This Never Happened  (A Mostly True Memoir)

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