- member since January 12, 2010
Holly, I just saw your post about "Loving Frank" now! So sorry I didn't respond earlier! Loving Frank was about Frank Lloyd Wright and his affair with one of his clients. If you like turn of the century historical fiction like I do, you will like this one. Its based on facts about his affair which actually happened. I recomnend. Hope all is well and thanks for the book recommendation, you are too cute!!
It's funny that you say that about the characters. I found that in 19 Minutes she introduces a lot of characters in the beginning and it could get very confusing. I remember that I had to look back and remind myself who the character was again. Maybe I also felt a connection to the book because we work in a school. And you never know what is going on inside the mind of a teenager. I feel like they can be really scary people with the hormones raging and everything.
Her books can be difficult because she does jump all over the place with the characters and all the different points of views. I find that I need to take a break now that I read two of her books in a row. I need something different. Right now I am reading a book by Sarah Dunant. She writes a lot of period pieces that usually take place in Italy. I am a sucker for historical fiction. Lewis Serra actually recommended this book to me. :o)
u probablyshould read it before u decide. it might be a little inappropriate - sex and drinking. but that also may make it more appealing to kids who dont want to read. i'm reading hunger games now, which is a post-apocolyptic book for Y.A.'s. even though topic is about killing, its done in a really non-scary way. may not appeal to a broad audience of kids though.
I really liked Nineteen Minutes. It definitely kept my interest. It wasn't as fact-paced as My Sister's Keeper but it kept you reading. I thought it really hit the nail on the head when it came to bullying in school and the cliques in high school and how there is so much pressure on teenagers. It made me remember what it was like to be a teenager.
I also read The Pact this summer. I thought that was good as well. I was rather surprised at the ending but I did like the characters a lot. Her books really make you think. That's what I like about them.