Thursday, May 27, 2010

Recent Reads: Shipbreaker, Tell Me A Secret, Gigi Lane

Book: Shipbreaker by Paolo Bacigalupi
Book Count: 25

Ship Breakers are basically contract workers whose sole job it is to tear apart the wreckage of old tankers that have washed ashore in a dystopian society. Nailer works on a salvage crew, stripping valuable metals from the ships that have washed ashore, but he dreams of riding away from his day-to-day life, fighting to survive, on one of the richmen's clippers. Maybe someday having one of his own. When a terrible storm wrecks a clipper in a hidden cove, Nailer meets Lucky Girl and gets a chance to walk away from his hard life. But can he trust her with his life? I don't read a lot of dystopian books, so I'm no expert by any means, but I will say this: I was sucked into this story from the first chapter. There were so many difficult choices that had to be made in this story, it was gutwrenching at times, but a great read.

Book: Tell Me A Secret by Holly Cupala
Book Count: 26

Since Miranda's sister, Xanda, died, she's done everything her parents asked her to. Even though, they've kept everything about her sister's death from her. But now she's on the cusp of her dreams, with a boy she loves, the dream school where she wants to go to college all spread out in front of her. She can walk away from all the secrets. Until two little pink lines show up on a pregnancy test. Another AMAZING contemporary fiction story. Wow, I loved it. Have to be honest though ... I cried. It was so good.

Book: The Exile of Gigi Lane by Adrienne Maria Vrettos
Book Count: 27

Gigi Lane is the heir apparent to the most popular clique in school. Her entire junior year she's been running errands and doing the dirty work for the Head Hottie and the rest of the Hot Spot, Swan's Lake School for Girls' most prominent clique. But when Gigi has a meltdown right before taking her place as Head Hottie of Swan's Lake, it takes an exile of the harshest course for her to see the light. This book was like The Skulls crossed with Mean Girls who have hearts of gold. Great for laughs, light enough to get through quick, but still with enough depth to make you think.

Happy Reading!


Lydia Kang said...

Great reviews! I think Ship Breaker is the one I'd pick first out of the three.

WindyA said...

Lydia - So glad I can highlight another book to add to your TBR pile!