Lia and Veronica are two best friends who are trying to keep their favorite hangout from closing down by organizing a benefit concert. Veronica is a senior in high school who is not sure about what she wants to do with the rest of her life while trying to play in her best friend’s band and dealing with high school. The book is set in the summer/fall of 1994 before the Internet and cell phones became widespread. Lia’s brother Jake is also home from college as well where he was the child prodigy. Veronica feels better when Jake does not know what to do with his life as well. The book takes an interesting book at high school in the early nineties where there are some things that do not change such as rivalries.
This is tale of both Jamaica and England. Olga in born in Jamaica to a white mother and a black father which was frowned upon in the twenties and thirties in Jamaica. The writer does show the color prejudice in the book,even among the blacks where they are broken up into the blacks who are darker skinned and the coloureds who are lighter skinned and are of a higher social class. There is also a double standard in Jamaica where white men can have babies with black or coloured women but it is frowned upon for a white woman to have a baby with a black or coloured man. When Olga is raped during World War II in London and then becomes pregnant by her rapist we see how single never married moms are looked down upon in that society even if the woman was raped. England was moralistic as well during this time since a young woman could get kicked out of nursing school for getting pregnant out of wedlock and there was no sex education for young women at the time. This book is a good commentary of British and Jamaican society in the thirties and the forties.
Alice is a young girl who happens to be a vampire and she is also attending high school with humans for the first time this year since her mom wants her to interact with humans. She was scared about interacting with humans until she meets another vampire at a party given by one of her classmates. At first she doesn’t know that he is a vampire until he reveals himself to her and there is another one of her classmates called Max that is also interested in her. It turns out that Max is a vampire hunter in training who is supposed to kill vampires in order to protect humans. This makes for an interesting love triangle with two vampires and a soon to be vampire hunter. The sequel would be interesting to read in order to see who Alice ends up with.
This young adult book is about one half Indian’s summer vacation where instead of spending a week at the Jersey Shore they have purchased a membership at the local pool club. Sang’s parents sign her up for swim lessons at the club in order to help her get over her fear of the water. She meets and falls for the lifeguard who helps out with her swim classes where she is one of the oldest students along with her cousin from India who is visiting with her family for the summer. Her younger sister Doodles is trying to raise money in order to help their parents in order to pay for a bone marrow transplant for an elderly relative in the States. This book takes an honest look at the experience of a teenage girl who falls for an older guy that her father doesn’t agree that his daughter should be dating.
These are a short collection of three ghost stories set in Murrells Inlet, SC. Normally when you hear about the Lowcountry of South Carolina you think of Charleston, SC not necessarily Murrells Inlet which is close to Myrtle Beach. These stories come from a longer book of ghost stories that the writer had written. These stories give you a different perspective of the area before Myrtle Beach became a tourist trap. If I am in the area I would like to visit the Brookgreen Plantation. There is a historical interlude where Confederate blockade running is explained. One downside of this book is that it seems to be an advertisement for her other books. She has included excerpts from her other books that are not set in the Lowcountry of South Carolina.
This ebook of three short stories based on Christmas Carols is a young hip way of looking at old Christmas songs. She has an interesting take on the Christmas stories that she has decided to base her short stories on. This is a short, fun read.