All these mini reviews are of books I read during this past Read A Thon. I got lucky and picked up some really great books. I didn't exactly follow my list I had planned for the books I wanted to tackle, but I read two from the list than went in search of smaller books.
Just Listen by Sarah Dessen
Sarah Dessen's books are never teen fluff, they always a serious note to them and Just Listen was no exception. Annabel, a girl who people think has everything is actually going through a rough time. Her sister has a eating disorder, and she lost her best friend. During this rough time in her life she meets Owen, who is like nobody she has ever met. Like I mentioned there are some pretty serious things going on in Annabel's life, and I find that Ms. Dessen has a good balance of sweet and serious in her books.
Sonata for Miriam by Linda Olsson
Sonata for Miriam is one of those books that has all these layers unfolding as you read. The story is about grieving for a loved one, and in the process, discovering things about yourself. Protagonist Adam Anker is on a journey discovering where he came from. Buried lies come out, and the such but this small book was deeper than that. A really well written novel.
Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
Into the Wild is based on the true story of Chris McCandless, who at 24 left behind is family and friends to live as one with the wilderness in Alaska, sadly he did not make it out alive. I was fascinated by the thinking of Chris. He gave away 24,000 dollars to charity, and basically hit the road. Though I do not agree with some of Chris McCandless's way of thinking I can understand his need for adventure, and his willingness to not be tied down by society. Jon Krakauer is a great writer, but I could have done with less descriptions.
The Weight of Silence by Heather Gudenkauf
The Weight of Silence quickly grabs you, and before you know it, you are turning the last page. I was kept interested the whole way through. The story revolves around the disappearance of two little girls. I figured it out pretty early but still really enjoyed it. Every chapter is told in different point of views, so you really get an idea of what everyone is thinking throughout. Really great!