Same Girl, Different Story

June 22, 2009

As I was reading Evermore by Alyson Nöel (incidentally, one of the YALSA Teens’ Top Ten nominations for 2009), I kept stopping and looking at the cover of the book.  There was something about it.  Today, it hit me: the girl on the cover of Evermore is the same as the girl on the cover of North of Beautiful by Justina Chen Headley.  See here:

Weird, huh?

At any rate, both books are fast reads.  They have a lot in common — themes include learning to accept yourself for who you are, living with your own imperfections, trying to create and maintain (and sometimes repair) relationships.  However, that’s where the similarities end. Read the rest of this entry »


Book Review: Saving Zoe by Alyson Noel

June 16, 2009

saving zoeSaving Zoe by Alyson Noel is an amazingly well written book about a young girl named Echo who has to deal with the murder of her older sister Zoe. Zoe was one of those people who were full of life and energy and once she is gone it leaves Echo and her parents in a tragic mess. It has been one year since Zoe’s death and Echo is still suffering the loss. Echo now attends Zoe’s old highschool and is forever having to deal with the stares and whispers of her peers as she walks through the halls. But things start to get interesting when Zoe’s old boyfriend gives Echo Zoe’s diary. Echo becomes immediately trapped in Zoe’s world as she reads the diary and starts to uncover all of the secrets and lies of Zoe’s life. Read this book to discover Zoe’s real life and how Echo copes with the uncovered truths of her sister.

Reviewed by Sage, age 14, Cary

[This blog post got Sage a ticket in the prize drawing for our Teen Summer Contest.  Click here to find out how to enter!]

Teens’ Top Ten Nominee for 2008: Saving Zoe by Alyson Noel

September 3, 2008

Beautiful and full of life, Zoe was the complete opposite of her younger sister Echo. Then suddenly, Zoe was brutally murdered. A year later, Echo is still trying to cope. Her mom is popping pills to stay numb, and her dad is never around. Emotionally she begins slipping away from her best friends Jenay and Abby. Now also dealing with high school and a new boyfriend, Echo knows that life will never be the same.

One day Zoe’s old boyfriend Marc shows up with Zoe’s diary. Echo thought she knew everything about her sister. Reading the diary, Echo learns about Zoe’s secret world. Uncovering the truth may force Echo to start rebuilding her life.

Saving Zoe is a nominee for the 2008 Teens’ Top Ten. To read more about the Teens’ Top Ten program, click here. To request this book from the library, click here. And don’t forget to place your vote during Teen Read Week, October 12-18, 2008.

Reviewed by Katherine S. @ Southgate Library

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