Friday, July 19, 2013

Whatcha Been Readin?

Here are a couple of the books I’ve been reading recently, and what I think of them.

Sam’s Story Book One by Amy D. Crusan-Kramer-This is the story of a 14 year old girl named Sam. Sam doesn’t really fit into her rural West Virginia town. She’s a tom-boy who loves baseball, and has dreams of leaving the town someday. She has one friend in town though, her boyfriend Phil.  Soon after Sam and Phil start dating Sam finds out she’s pregnant.
Sam lives with her grandmother, and Sam decides to keep her baby. Phil soon moves in with Sam and her grandmother due to his family not understanding that Phil wants to help Sam raise their baby. Sam and Phil begin putting a life together, but the people in their community don’t like the open mindedness of Sam’s grandmother. They threaten her grandmother, and a tragedy occurs and Sam is left alone.
Sam eventually decides that she doesn’t want to stay in West Virginia, and she moves to Atlanta. She moves in with a friend of her grandmother, but just as she begins to settle into life in Atlanta tragedy strikes again. And Sam must struggle to rebuild her life again.
I really liked this book. If you are looking for a book with a strong young female character, who has the odds against her, but somehow manages to survive, you will like this book. But keep in mind that Sam and her boyfriend are sexually active early in the book. So if this is something that you find inappropriate you may want to think before you read the book.

Cocktail Hour by Tara McTiernan
Meeting with friends for cocktails can be great, and it seems great to this group of friends. They always seem to have a good time, but little do they know that their friend Bianca doesn’t really have any of their best interests at heart. In fact she is plotting against most of them. Bianca already ran off with Chelsea’s husband just because she wanted his money and more importantly he was Chelsea’s husband. Goodhearted Chelsea just believes that Bianca lives by her heart instead of seeing what really happened. But now Bianca is tired of him, and decides that she really needs the new doctor in town as a husband. Her scheme involves becoming best friends with his wife Kate. And Kate does believe that Bianca is her new best friend. Lucie knows what Bianca was like in the past, but she gives her another chance as a friend. But she doesn’t know that Bianca told all of the other ladies at the cocktail hour that Lucie is a compulsive liar.  And Sharon instincts tell her that something isn’t quite right with Bianca. But she strikes up a friendship anyway. As the story unfolds the ladies find out just how dangerous Bianca can really be.
I loved this book. Bianca is a character that is interesting, but you hate her at the same time. Her deviousness eventually draws out the best in the other ladies in the book. The book is a little bit scary because it shows just how far some people will go to get what they want.

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  1. I love a good summer read! I have a stack at my right as I type! Happy day and weekend to ya!xo

  2. Both of these books sound good. Must add them to my always growing list.

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  4. Sam's Story sounds really interesting! I am currently reading How to Buy a Love of Reading by Tanya Egan Gibson. I'm about halfway through, and I really like it.

  5. I see that you have been reading interesting books Heidi! I need to read some that I have.