If I Stay by Gayle Forman ***
This was a young adult book but I liked it (as old as I am). It's about a teenage girl who is in a car accident. She is in a coma and spends the book deciding if she wants to live or die. That's a terrible description. Why do I even write these reviews? Mostly so I can remember what I read. You can always google a book for a real review.
Girl Meets Change by Kristen Strong ****
I don't have enough stars to tell you how much I liked this book. It's sort of a self help book written by a woman who has had a lot of change in her life because she married a military man so moved around a lot. It was full of hope and understanding and I felt like we were friends. Everyone has life changes so I recommend it!
Room by Emma Donoghue ****
I was fully prepared to not like this book. It was selected for book club and when I heard the premise, I was nervous. I gathered my courage to read it because I want to be a part of my new book club. It's written from the perspective of a five year old boy who was born to a young mother who had been kidnapped and kept in captivity for years. I was afraid that horrific parts of a young woman being held against her will would be scary and upsetting but since it was expertly told in a little boy voice, it was much less graphic than it could have been. It is mostly a story about a really fabulous mother who managed to raise a secure and smart little boy in terrible circumstances. Hurray for mothers!
Invaluable by Holly J. Wood **
Another YA fiction. It was OK. It reminded me of this:
It was recommended to me and I thought that it may have some good info for my YW president gig. It's about a young woman who has a series of dreams where her great grandmother visits her and gives her lessons about the YW values. It was an alright book, I'm just not a teenager.
Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen ***
Don't you just love those authors that never disappoint? I like everything I've ever read by Sarah Addison Allen. This book is about a woman who reconnected with a great aunt who owned a ramshackle lake resort in rural Georgia, Lost Lake. It was a little far fetched at times...and I don't mean the little magical touches Sarah Addison Allen always adds. I like those. I just didn't always believe the characters' motivations. Still a good book.