Filed under Contemporary Fiction

REVIEW: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

REVIEW: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars, Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Pages: 323, Level: Easy Book Description: Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their … Continue reading

REVIEW: Beautiful You by Chuck Palahniuk

REVIEW: Beautiful You by Chuck Palahniuk

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars, Genre: Contemporary Fiction (WARNING), Pages: 225, Level: Easy Book Description: “A billion husbands are about to be replaced.” From the author of Fight Club, the classic portrait of the damaged contemporary male psyche, now comes this novel about the apocalyptic marketing possibilities of female pleasure. Sisters will be doing … Continue reading

REVIEW: Invisible Monsters by Chuck Palahniuk

REVIEW: Invisible Monsters by Chuck Palahniuk

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars, Genre: Fiction, Pages: 304, Reading Level: Intermediate Book Description: When the plot of your first novel partially hinges on anarchist overthrows funded by soap sales, and the narrative hook of your second work is the black box recorder of a jet moments away from slamming into the Australian outback, … Continue reading

REVIEW: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

REVIEW: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars, Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Pages: 313, Reading Level: Easy Book Description: Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid … Continue reading

REVIEW: Room by Emma Donoghue

REVIEW: Room by Emma Donoghue

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars, Genre: Fiction, Pages: 321, Level: Easy Book Description: To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it’s where he lives with his Ma as they learn and read and eat and sleep and play. At night, his Ma shuts him … Continue reading

REVIEW: Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine

REVIEW: Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars, Genre: Fiction, Pages: 235, Reading Level: Easy Book Description: “In Caitlin’s world, everything is black or white. Things are good or bad. Anything in between is confusing. That’s the stuff Caitlin’s older brother, Devon, has always explained. But now Devon’s dead and Dad is no help at all. Caitlin … Continue reading

REVIEW: The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling

REVIEW: The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling

PHENOMENAL! Rating: 5 out of 5 stars, Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Pages: 503, Level: Easy Book Description from Barnes & Noble: “When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early forties, the little town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what … Continue reading

REVIEW: Penelope by Rebecca Harrington

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars, Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Pages: 270, Level: Easy Book Description from Barnes & Noble: When Penelope O’Shaunessy, “an incoming freshman of average height and lank hair” steps into Harvard Yard for the first time she has lots of advice from her mother: “Don’t be too enthusiastic, don’t talk to people … Continue reading

REVIEW: Homesick by Roshi Fernando

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars, Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Pages: 288, Level: Easy Book Description from Barnes & Noble: In this stunningly assured debut work of fiction, Roshi Fernando weaves together the lives of an extended Sri Lankan family. At Victor and Nandini’s home in southeast London, the New Year’s Eve celebration is under way. … Continue reading