Apr 28, 2009



All We Ever Wanted Was Everything- Janelle Brown
When Paul Miller’s pharmaceutical company goes public, making his family IPO millionaires, his wife, Janice, is sure this is the windfall she’s been waiting years for — until she learns, via messengered letter, that her husband is divorcing her (for her tennis partner!) and cutting her out of the new fortune. Meanwhile, four hundred miles south in Los Angeles, the Millers' older daughter, Margaret, has been dumped by her newly famous actor boyfriend and left in the lurch by an investor who promised to revive her fledgling postfeminist magazine. Sliding toward bankruptcy and dogged by creditors, she flees for home where her younger sister Lizzie, 14, is struggling with problems of her own. Formerly chubby, Lizzie has been enjoying her newfound popularity until some bathroom graffiti alerts her to the fact that she’s become the school slut.

The three Miller women retreat behind the walls of their Georgian colonial to wage battle with divorce lawyers, debt collectors, drug-dealing pool boys, mean girls, country-club ladies, their own demons, and one another, and in the process they become achingly sympathetic characters we can’t help but root for—even as the world they live in epitomizes everything wrong with the American Dream. Exhilarating, addictive, and superbly accomplished, All We Ever Wanted Was Everything is an original, utterly modern addition to the genre of suburban fiction.

When I picked this book up I thought it was a chick lit book, but it definitely wasn't. It had a dark tone to it, which suprisingly I liked. When Janice finds out her husband is divorcing her, and having a affair with her best friend she tries to be above it, and carry on as if nothing is wrong, but that proves hard to do....without IT, that is. It is the drug meth, which she get's from her pool boy. Her life then starts to spiral out of control, the whole while she thinks she's managing well. Her daughters Lizzie, and Margaret also are seeing their worlds unravel around them. Margaret is deep financial ruin, and Lizzie just found out she's known as the school slut. I found this book to be real, and engrossing...I loved it. I felt like I was taking a peek into the upper high society dysfunctional life. I totally recommend this book.

Hardcover: 416 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau (May 27, 2008)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0385524013

This is actually info on the Hardcover, but I read a UK paperback version with a different cover.

A Certain Slant of Light- Laura Whitcomb

In the class of the high school English teacher she has been haunting, Helen feels them: for the first time in 130 years, human eyes are looking at her. They belong to a boy, a boy who has not seemed remarkable until now. And Helen, terrified but intrigued, is drawn to him. The fact that he is in a body and she is not presents this unlikely couple with their first challenge. But as the lovers struggle to find a way to be together, they begin to discover the secrets of their former lives and of the young people they come to possess.

This book is a ghost story that is romantic instead of scary. Helen has been a ghost for 130 yrs. Instead of haunting a place she haunts people. She attaches herself to host and for years until they die she is their companion without them even knowing. While reading over her host's back in the class he teaches, she notices a pair of eyes looking at her. Helen finds this disturbing since no one is suppose to be able to see her. In comes James, or Billy Black whichever you want to refer him as. Don't want to give to much away so I'll stop there, but I will say that I read this in one day. The story is powerful, and stays with you. Another one I recommend.

Reading level: Young Adult
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Graphia (September 21, 2005)
Language: English


Like I said in another post, because of the contest i'm in, I've been reading like a madwomen. So I'll be back with plenty more books to review.

1 comment:

  1. I LOVED this book when I read it last year! I thought it was a real page turner! :)


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