Posts Tagged: Memory Loss

Jun 24
Review: Complicit by Stephanie Kuehn

Review: Complicit by Stephanie Kuehn

Complicit is Stephanie Kuehn’s excellent follow-up to her excellent debut, Charm & Strange.  Both novels feature some similar characteristics: a male POV exhibiting some psychological issues, past physical and/or emotional trauma, a big twist, a gut-punch of an ending, and Kuehn’s beautiful writing style.  This time, though, I was not surprised by the twist.  I thought it was telegraphed quite clearly at several points, and because I’d read Charm & Strange, I was already on the lookout.  But figuring out… Read more »


May 11
Review and Giveaway: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Review and Giveaway: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

If you’ve already read We Were Liars, you can appreciate how crazy this is is: I read the book yesterday, and earlier that day, I finished another book (which shall remain unnamed to prevent spoilers in either case) that had the SAME twist ending as We Were Liars.  Go ahead and digest that, because what are the chances?  Both stories were pretty good, but I think the other one pulled off the twist better.  Part of the problem, or perhaps,… Read more »


Dec 11
Review: S. by Doug Dorst and J.J. Abrams

Review: S. by Doug Dorst and J.J. Abrams

S. provided me with a reading experience unlike any other.  As soon as I heard that J.J. Abrams was involved with a book, I knew I had to read it.  The central concept of S. – two strangers get to know each other by exchanging their thoughts in the margins of a book – was conceived by Abrams and written by Doug Dorst.  S. is more of a “package” than  a book, and the package consists of a novel called… Read more »


Oct 04
Review: Six Months Later by Natalie Richards

Review: Six Months Later by Natalie Richards

Before you decide to read Six Months Later, you should ask yourself this question: Are you OK reading a mystery that is not mysterious whatsoever?  I’m not particularly adept at guessing endings, but in this case, I figured out the big secret very early on.  As I continued reading , it became increasingly evident that I was correct.  I was still prepared to enjoy myself, but everything here fell apart as the ending neared, and the story grew increasingly sillier…. Read more »


Jun 21
Review: The Program by Suzanne Young

Review: The Program by Suzanne Young

Suzanne Young tackles the topic of teenage suicide in an interesting way.  What if there was a pill that could wipe out the depressing thoughts and memories that lead to suicide?  Would parents fearful of losing their children to suicide be willing to have the children’s memories wiped clean?  In order to buy into The Program, I had to set aside some beliefs and/or known facts about depression and suicide.  For instance: People who are prone to depression may have… Read more »


Mar 11
Review: Pretty Girl-13 by Liz Coley

Review: Pretty Girl-13 by Liz Coley

Here are a few of the emotions that I experienced while reading Pretty Girl-13: Rage Despair Terror Hopelessness The ending is lighter, relatively speaking, but you must go through hell with Angie to get there.When I was around 7 or 8, I read a People magazine story about Patty Hearst.  It was awful and scary, and I remember asking my mother, “What is rape?” and her reply was an uncomfortable laugh.  She didn’t answer my question, so I knew it… Read more »