Tag Archives: Realistic Fiction

Someone Else’s Life by Katie Dale

Seventeen year old Rosie is stuck in the middle of a HUGE issue in the book Someone Else’s life by Katie Dale. Her mother, Trudie, has just died from Huntington’s disease and she is left with her grandparents. Her father died on the day of her birth so she has no one. Her mother’s nurse and also her mothers best friend told Rosie something that would affect her life more than anything in the world. “Trudie is not your mother.” Rosie goes on the hunt of her life to find her real mother who ends up being a huge famous person. It only turns out that she finds her father to. Rosie’s life ends up taking a turn for the worse.

When I read this book it gave me a whole new perspective on life. That when you take a walk in someone else’s shoes, the ride is so much different. You may think you have it bad or don’t think something is fair, but on the other side, someone has it way worse. Try taking a walk in someone else’s shoes and she what their life is really like.

KS

The Right and the Real

Jamie is seventeen years old, and is about to attend her father’s wedding. She knows that she needs to stop the wedding, but can’t think of a way to do so. They are at the Right & the Real Church, and the wedding is part of Ceremony night, when 23 couples are getting married. Before the wedding begins, her dad must take the Pledge. He does, and then the Teacher turns to Jamie telling her it is her turn. When she refuses, the Teacher kicks her out of the church, and ultimately out of her father’s house.

At seventeen, Jamie is alone, and is scared to tell anyone she has been kicked out. Luckily, she has some savings and the car her grandfather left her. She doesn’t have many options, but she knows she must finish high school, which would not be an option if she took the Pledge.  She doesn’t know how she is going to get to graduation, much less to school in New York City next year. She is determined to save her dad from the church, but she is not allowed to talk to her father, or to her boyfriend, Josh who is also part of the Right & the Real.

I have been lucky enough to read many very good books in the last month. The Right & the Real is one of the better ones. I couldn’t put it down! Come check it out today!

 

Croak by Gina Damico

Lex Bartleby has spent the last two years showing everyone around her how angry she is. There are very few students in her school that she has not fought with. Two years ago, she was the perfect daughter, sister and student. What happened?

Now, she has gotten into her last fight. As a last resort, her parents decide to send her to upstate New York to live with her uncle Mort. They say she needs some time, a little fresh air and then maybe she will come home ready to behave.

When she arrives in Croak, she finds something very different from the farm she is expecting. In fact, she learns that she will be working as a Killer. She learns quickly, and fits into the strange town almost immediately. She has one problem, she hates leaving the scene of gruesome murders when the murderer is still alive. Why can’t she go after them? Why must she leave them to kill again? Then, someone else starts Killing criminals. Who is it? How do they do this? Lex and her partner Diggs must find this person, but at what cost?

I really enjoyed this book. At times it is funny, at times creepy, and Lex is a likable character. The premise seems like it should be much more disturbing than it ends up being. A great book for every reader, and the second book in the series should be coming to our library soon.

The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

Lennie Walker is reeling from the death of her sister. Bailey was everything to Lennie, the racehorse to her companion pony self. She spends most of her time in The Sanctuary, the room they shared before her sister’s sudden death. Lennie, her grandma and Uncle Big are all struggling, and have been for a month.

When Lennie goes back to school, she finds a new boy has taken the school by storm. Everyone is talking about him, and when she finds him sitting in her seat in the band, she discovers why. All she can think is whoa…where did this guy come from? Soon, Joe starts showing up at her house in the morning with croissants and making coffee for her family. Why does he keep coming over? To complicate things further, Lennie and Troy, who was Bailey’s boyfriend, have begun to find comfort in each other.

This was exactly what I needed after reading a couple of post-apocalyptic books. It was deeply moving, where I could almost feel Lennie’s pain, but also funny and romantic. A great book–read it!

Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick

Steven thought his life was fairly simple. He played drums for the high school band when he was only in eighth grade. He had no idea how to talk to girls, but that was ok, his love since third grade is Renne Albert. He has a best friend is Annette. He had no idea the twist his life was about to take. It is safe to say Steven will go through the hardest part of his life in a few short months. He grows as a person to be selfless and to love his little brother Jeffrey and help him through his struggles.

This is the best book I have ever read and is my all time favorite. This book is for anyone who wants to find themselves as a person. I truly believe I grew as a person while reading this book. This is a must read and once it’s started it won’t be put down until it’s finished.

JS

Deadline by Chris Crutcher

Ben Wolf is going to die. In the summer before his senior year of high school, Ben is told by his doctor that he has a rare blood disease and will probably not survive longer than a year. Against his doctor’s wishes, Ben chooses to not tell his parents and skips any sort of treatment. Instead, Ben decides that he will live his last year of his life to the fullest. In fact, he chooses to live an entire lifetime in one year and make a true mark on the world. Trading in his running shoes, Ben goes out for the football team; no small feat, given that he is about 120 pounds. On the football field he is able to deepen a bond with his brother, Cody, and gain the respect of his coach. He also finally gets the courage to go after his crush, Dallas.  By leaving all his fears behind and living like he has nothing left to lose, Ben finds that the world is a place he does not want to leave.

Crutcher writes in his usual voice: sarcastic, witty, realistic.  The subject is honest, sad, and thought-provoking. One of his absolute best! Through realistic characters and incorporating his love of sports, Crutcher’s writing is easy to connect with. If this is your first book of Crutcher’s,  try some of his other best works including: Chinese Handcuffs, Ironman, and Whale Talk.

Two Way Street By Lauren Barnholdt

Courtney and Jordan were the couple that didn’t seem to make sense to anyone else, but they made it work. They were so in love, everything seemed right. Courtney and Jordan even planned a road trip together to go to orientation for college. Then Jordan broke up with Courtney for some other girl. To top it all off, Courtney found out she was dumped and replaced by some girl Jordan met on the internet. Courtney is doesn’t know what to think and  it’s too late to cancel the road trip so they still go.

There are two sides to every story.  Courtney is pretending to not care. Jordan secretly cares a lot. There are secrets that Jordan is keeping from Courtney. What could these secrets be? Could these secrets have anything to why they broke up? Will this road trip go over well, or will it be a disaster?

I really enjoyed this book. I had a hard time setting it down. Having the book told in two perspectives, one from Courtney, and the other from Jordan, keeps the book interesting and moving quickly. Two Way Street is a great and entertaining read.

BK

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

Hadley is on her way to London for her father’s second wedding. A variety of minor delays lead to her missing her flight by 4 minutes. While she may have hoped that something would lead to her not being able to attend, she knows that she needs to be at the wedding. She gets tickets to the next flight, which will leave in 3 hours. If everything goes perfectly, she will probably be able to get there on time. While waiting, she meets Oliver, who is also on his way to London. He seems to be perfect, and he is sitting in her row.

On the flight, they talk for hours. Once they get to London, they are separated at customs and she can’t find him once she moves through. Hadley needs to find him, but she never found out exactly where he is going. In fact, she doesn’t know much about him at all, despite the hours they spent talking. Will she make it to her father’s wedding on time? Will she be able to find Oliver again?

This was a great book. Hadley is a believable character, and the relationship between Hadley and Oliver keeps the book interesting. I recommend The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight to anyone looking for realistic fiction, romance or a lighter read.

Enjoy!

 

Stupid Fast by Geoff Herbach

A multiple award-winning novel, Stupid Fast is the story of sixteen year old Felton Reinstein and how his life changes over the course of one summer. With his best (and only) friend gone to visit his sick grandma, Felton determines that the summer will amount to very little. But, his plans of being holed up in the basement, watching TV, and eating are interrupted when he is told by his mother that he will get up at dawn every morning to cover his friend’s paper route.  With the newly appointed physical activity of biking his entire paper route and the fact that Felton has been growing an inch a day for months, football players and coaches in town start taking notice of Felton. And then they discover his speed…he’s not just fast, he’s stupid fast. With his size and speed put together, Felton is a possible D-1 pick for football colleges. But, things at home are not great. His dad committed suicide when he was five and lately his mom has been acting strange. In fact, she rarely gets out of bed any more. Therefore, Felton must hold the house together for not only himself, but also his thirteen year old brother. Between the pressures of the football team along with the serious problems at home (not to mention the new girl he’s met thanks to the paper route); Felton struggles with the weight of his new responsibilities.

Told in a funny, sarcastic voice, Felton Reinstein is a character you are sad to say good-bye to at the end of the book. In addition, the book is set in Wisconsin which makes the story all that more relatable. I funny, realistic story of the life of a sixteen year old!