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What Books will make my YA Summer Must Read List

What's on my Bookshelf and Reviews to be coming! Working on a YA Summer Reading List. I'm also working on a Middle Grade Reading List also!

What books will make my YA Summer Must Read List, check back and see. Review will go up as I finish them and decide if they make the list :)


Something Like Normal {YA lit}

by Trish Doller
published by Bloomsbury



 about the book: 

When Travis returns home from Afghanistan, his parents are splitting up, his brother has stolen his girlfriend and car, and he has nightmares. But when he runs into Harper, life actually starts looking up. The plot contains profanity, adult situations and violence. 

 my thoughts:

 I know that I originally said I would only do books that my girls can read for middle and YA reviews. However occasionally you read a book in the YA genre that you feel you really have to share. Something Like Normal is one of these books. Would I let my 7th grader read it since she is reading YA? NO I wouldn't at least not yet. Would I let her read it when she is a senior sure. Something Like Normal was a great book with likable characters. I really liked Harper and Travis, they have such hard life stories to tell. You find yourself routing for Travis and Harper. 

Travis is back suffering for PTSD just like so many of our soldiers. He is having a hard time coming to grips with what happened while he was fighting, he has guilt that he just can't quite let go of just yet. But to live a life that is some what normal and let go of the nightmares that plague him he most let go. Harper is a girl that has grown up in town with a reputation that has plagued her all through the school years. She earned this reputation through a untrue rumor just like many have experienced. It's just her and her dad. She is trying to live life on her terms and not let what others say about her stop her from fulfilling her dreams. In walks Travis a boy she hasn't seen in quite a while. He has grown up a lot in those years he was away, but has he grown up enough. 

 Harper doesn't pass judgements. She is caring and willing to be there for Travis and might just be the answer to his prayers. With Harper on his side he is able to come to terms with the demons he brought back with him. Can their friendship and budding relationship survive? Can they help each other realize and fulfill their dreams! 

Something Like Normal is a great book for adults and older YA high school aged readers. It does contain war violence, language and a handful of adult situations. That being said it is a good book for older readers, and adults which is who she wrote this book for in the first place. Add this to your summer reading list or your teen's summer reading list (if they are older that is!). Even boys would like Something Like Normal! 

 This was a library book find, upon doing a google search to see if it had won any awards or was up for any I found out it is up for the Gateway award for 2014-2015

3 Little Things: James, Nantucket Red, and Tea

This week has flown by yet again, so happy I'm reading for school to be out for good in about a month and have lazy days of summer ahead.

I finally took the plunge and joined Google +. OK I took the plunge eons ago but finally made it for the blog. Do you guys watch Dancing with the Stars? If so you probably have seen that they call "eye candy" for this season James Maslow right?  Google + yes that is James Maslow that has me in his circle :) He is the one that invited me to Google + when it was invitation only. He also was wonderful and so kind to my oldest daughter when she was being bullied! James Maslow is a great guy so VOTE for him! :)


I read a good book for review this week called Nantucket Red. However I didn't review it on the blog because I try to add only fairly clean books. While it was interesting and good, it had language, adult situations, and alcohol. What didn't make me happy this week was going on AR and finding out Nantucket Blue the first in the series got a AR reading level of 4.8! Seriously AR needs to revise their reading levels. I'm sure this one will get that level also but no way on God's green earth would I allow my 4.8 reader in the house (which is my 2nd grader) read this. I'm not even letting my 7th grader read this one. Maybe when she is in upper high school but no way middle school. That is part of the purpose of this blog now to share good clean middle and YA books for moms out there. I try to read all the books my girls want to read before they read them so I know it's ok. You just can't go on AR Reading levels. I do have many good books I'll be posting about so you can add them to your kids summer reading list.

 {great for adult or older YA readers}


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The Raft

by S.A. Bodeen



Robie lives on a remote island  called Midway Atoll of the Pacific. Her parents are research biologist for a wildlife refuge. Every things she is lucky when they hear that she lives on the island, is homeschooled and hangs out with dolphins, monk seals and alabatross. Hey my girls thought that sounds like a wonderful magical place.

However Robie is like most teens, she gets antsy with out any real tv or internet.So she visits her aunt AJ in Honolulu for a month. She's done this many times so why should this time be any different. Aunt AJ gets a job that she simply can't turn down and has to head to LA. Since Robie only has 1 more week, she talks her aunt into letting her stay in her apartment alone. Aunt AJ's friend is suppose to stop in daily to check on her. However that fall through. Robie is happy to hear it but soon gets bored. She decides to head out to McDonalds for dinner 1 night.

Things get scary and she decides to pack up and head back home. However that run in on the mainland wasn't scary compared to what she is about to face.

Robie soon is in a fight for her life and all alone in this fight. She does everything she can think of to stay sane and alert. Lucky for Robie she is a fighter. I also think her unconvential upbringing and lifestyle helps her in the end. Robie just goes to show just because we are girls don't count us out when it comes down to nitty gritty survival! We tough cookies and can do just about anything a boy can do! :)

The Raft is a great book! I enjoyed it very much and think your middle or high schooler would enjoy this book! Hey I think even you would. This book would appeal to teens, and adults alike! Make it a summer reading book for you to enjoy together. There are a lot of talking/discussion points I saw while reading it that could lead to some interesting survival type talks.