Rachel Bertsche, a lifelong New Yorker, relocates to Chicago with her husband and, missing the two childhood friends she left behind, spends a great deal of time contemplating her Chicago friendships or lack thereof. So she starts a year-long project to go on girl dates, first getting set up with friends of friends, to meeting girls at book clubs and cooking clubs, to chatting up anyone anywhere. Bertsche even tries to rent a friend. It’s a very funny and thought-provoking girl-meets-girl-and-tries-to-make-her-a-best-friend tale. I appreciate that Bertsche expresses the difficulty of her task, especially for someone who is socially shy, and provides ideas to help others, such as say yes to everything.
July 10, 2012
When her parents have to move to England for work, Louisiana native Rory, gets to choose where she wants to go for her senior year. Her choice: Wexford, a boarding school in London. At the same time, a Jack the Ripper copy-cat killer begins to recreate the gruesome murders from 1888. Around the dates of the past murders, the school and much of London goes on lockdown. On one of these nights, Rory and her roommate sneak out of their dorm and unfortunately, Rory ends up being the only witness to the killer. She's not sure how her roommate never saw this eerie man. And now Rory has become his newest target. This was an awesome page-turning mystery.
July 3, 2012
Since the moment I heard about Between the Lines, I’ve been itching to read it and, yes, I was jealous of the 13 year old at Jodi’s book talk (the one I went to back in March) who got an advanced reader’s copy, for free, from Jodi. But I waited like a proper adult until it came out and then read it within two days. It’s a story about a loner, Delilah, who reads and rereads a children's fairy tale memorizing every word until one day the story changes. The main character, Prince Oliver, comes to life and explains that he and the rest of the characters are actually real people stuck within the book, having to play their roles over and over again. Oliver so desperately wants to escape his routine life and Delilah, having fallen for his character many readings ago, really wants to help him get out. It’s an adorable and charming story and any fan of Jodi's with children should be excited to read this with them.