Sunday, June 27, 2010

159 books down, 68 days to go!

Hey All!
I finished two books, All We Know of Heaven and Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac.

All We Know of Heaven is about two best friends who get into a car accident, leaving one dead and the other in a coma.  The problem is, though, (you know, besides the fact that one life was taken, the other holding on by a thread) is that both girls, Maureen and Bridget, look a lot alike, down to their heights, weights, and hair color and eye colors.  So when both bodies are batter and bruised beyond "recognition," the towns finds out that there has been a fatal mistake.  Two months after the accident, one girls wakes up.  But wait, isn't she dead?  No.  The doctors have confused the bodies.  Only one survives... and not the girl everyone was praying for to wake up.  No, the 'dead' girl. (Based on a true story- which is tragic)
Okay, that was awesome!  I'm the best narrator ever!  Anyway, I actually wasn't that 'into' this book. (Gasp!)  I just didn't really like the style of writing.
A.M.: Hey, you might like it.  I say give it a shot.

Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac is about a girl named Naomi Porter who falls down the step of her High School and hits her head, leaving her with slight amnesia, only remembering things from sixth grade and earlier even though she is now 16-17. This book was absolutely awesome (for lack of a better term- ha!  one of my favorite characters says that!)  I like how Naomi found out all these things about her parents' love lives even though she doesn't remember them ever even splitting, and the way that she views people she used to know so well.  Naomi is a smart, witty, present character with a fair amount of spunk and reason, just trying to figure out who she is in life.  Very fun book, deadpan but rather entertaining humor!

If you have 3 quarters, 4 dimes, and 4 pennies, you have $1.19. You also have the largest amount of money in coins without being able to make change for a dollar. 

Love, Elizabeth

159 books down, 68 days to go.

1 comment:

  1. Glad you liked "Memoirs" -- it was a smart multi-layered romantic read (though nothing like "Elsewhere" by Zevin), and I loved that it was set in a NY suburb where I've been and thus could clearly visualize. (Was actually in Tarrytown this past Saturday!)

    Have purchased "All We Know of Heaven" on my Kindle after the sample passed the test for smart writing and page-turning pace, though several reviewers say the second half goes down hill. Based on your nudge, I'll start the rest of the book today with an open mind.

    a.m. in nj

    P.S. I had fun going to the library with you to pick up these books! Feeling a little more favorable toward print?