Five kids travel across the country to California from Baltimore by themselves. They don't tell their parents where they are going. I know that a lot of what they are doing is illegal, but this adventure that they are trying to pull of is bigger than not trying to get caught by the law. The relationships between these five kids may start off really crappy, but I think that LaMarche does a great job at expressing what's really important. Family is important. Living is important. Knowing where you really came from is important, but knowing that you can overcome the challenges of where you came from means so much more.
RATING: 5/5 Stars
One of the only things that bother me with this book is that Michelle, the oldest and also this book is from her point of view, is racist. She is downright racist and it bothers me to think that with freedom growing everyday she could still be so racist. BUT in the end her racism is not bad enough that it ruins the book. It just comes to show that when you constantly see problems dealing with racism it starts to grow on you. It is real and in the world.
I highly encourage you to read this book. I love this book. It's a great reminder to not take things for granted and to appreciate the things that I have. I hope you pick up your copy of the book and let me know what you think of it!
Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Hi there again, friend!! I want you to get to know me a little better, so I thought I would share with you my ten favorite YA books. Please comment yours as well. I'd love to hear what some of your favorites are!! Mine can be listed as:
- The Selection by Kiera Cass (The whole series, of course!)
- Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins (Also the whole series because I don't know how you can't love the whole series...)
- Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige
- Bruiser by Neal Shusterman (This one is kind of sad, but when I read it a couple years ago I loved it. It was probably the best thing I read that year other than The Selection.)
- The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
- The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
- Reawakened by Colleen Houck (Interesting fact about this book is that it is signed. But when I met her I didn't realize who she was. I just knew she was an author. I didn't know I would come to love this book.)
- Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver (The end is the most shocking ending I have read in a while. I had a HUGE book hangover with this one...)
- Legend by Marie Lu
- If I Stay by Gayle Foreman (Wayyyyy better than the movie. The movie focuses on Mia's relationship with her boyfriend, Adam, whereas the book focuses more on her family.)
Now that you know my favorite books, you should leave a comment with your favorites as well. If you haven't read some of these I HIGHLY encourage you read them. They are all amazing, otherwise I wouldn't have included them in this week's Top Ten Tuesday posts. Let me know what YOU think of these books I have listed.