October Mourning; A Song for Matthew Shepard by Leslea Newman
This one just arrived on my desk this week, and I was looking for a quick read. What a moving tribute. It is a collection of poetry (91 pgs), and took less than an hour to read. In this case, it clearly is a case of quality over quantity. Matthew Shepard was the victim of a horrible hate crime in the fall of 1998. Five days after his murder, the author, Leslea Newman, was to arrive on the University of Wyoming campus to deliver a keynote speech for their Gay Awareness Week. Poems from the perspective of the fence he was tied to, from the truck who transported him, from the deer that laid next to him, to the bartender who was perhaps the last person to show kindness to him. Check out a copy and share it with your friends. We can only stop hate crimes by education, and never forgetting the story of Matthew Shepard. For more information please visit the website www.matthewshepard.org .
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Independent Study (the Testing #2) by Joelle Charbonneau
The first book in this series was eerily similar to the Hunger Games. The country has been divided into colonies that are struggling to survive after the Seven Stages of War. All students strive to work hard and earn an opportunity to pass The Testing. Malencia (Cia) Vale makes it through The Testing in book one, although not without some damage. Book 2, Independent Study, sets this series apart from the Hunger Games. It picks up with her entrance exam for the University at Tosu City. Students do not get to choose, but rather are assigned a course of study, based on their test results. Cia is chosen to go into Government service. The more she learns, the more disillusioned she becomes and finds it harder and harder to follow the rules. The author is such a good storyteller, that the similarities stopped mattering. I love the characters, and feel connected to them, and am eagerly awaiting a copy of Graduation Day!
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We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
After finding this on a number of must-read lists this summer, I decided it would make a great weekend read. I didn’t read any reviews prior as I would rather jump in cold and not have any preconceived ideas about the book. I was immediately drawn to the characters. Cadence Sinclair Easton comes from old east coast money and has a problem. She doesn’t remember. Throughout the course of the book, debilitating migraines and painkillers rule her world. As the summer progresses you eventually gain the details to the event that so badly damaged her and her romance with Gat. E. Lockhart does a fantastic job of giving you just enough information to make a guess as to the cause of the trauma, and I can tell you, I was way off base. The ending felt like a punch to the stomach. Excellent read – 5 stars!
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