Sunday, May 17, 2009

Briar Rose

Stay tuned for updates on the pre-AP summer reading blog for Yolen's Briar Rose. Blog posts should be ready about a week after school gets out.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Summer Reading

Jones County High School has a revamped summer reading program, and it's one that we hope students will enjoy! I personally recommend North of Beautiful by Justina Chen Headley. Here's my review:

Amazing. This one word just doesn’t do enough justice for this book. It was more than amazing; it was so incredibly delicious. I could barely control the impulse to NOT put it down when there were other things to do in my life. I haven’t felt that in a while. The book left me breathless for more by this author.

Description of the book:
The main character, Terra, is a tall blonde who is beautiful in every aspect except one (as she believes): she has a port-wine birthmark covering half of her face. She says, "While my face couldn’t launch a thousand ships, it has the power to make any stranger whip around for a second look. Trust me, this mixture of curiosity and revulsion is nothing Helen of Troy would ever have encountered" (1). She also hides a secret at home: her over-bearing, verbally abusive father. She wants to leave her small town to go to a college far, far away, but her father denies her the opportunity. Her one avenue of escape is her art, but she doesn’t believe in it the way that others do. While coming back home from another failed attempt to have the birthmark removed, she meets handsome Jacob, a Goth who immediately understands her in a way no one else does. On the road to self-discovery, she also discovers things about her mother, and their relationship is changed forever.