Night Film

I don’t read too many adult books but this one was recommended to me as a good mystery. Night Film by Marisha Pessl is a mystery thriller that keeps you reading and intrigued without being too scary.

indexOn a damp October night, beautiful young Ashley Cordova is found dead in an abandoned warehouse in lower Manhattan.

Though her death is ruled a suicide, veteran investigative journalist Scott McGrath suspects otherwise. As he probes the strange circumstances surrounding Ashley’s life and death, McGrath comes face-to-face with the legacy of her father: the legendary, reclusive cult-horror-film director Stanislas Cordova—a man who hasn’t been seen in public for more than thirty years.

 Cordova’s dedicated followers are extreme in their devotion, to say the least, which makes every encounter that McGrath has an intriguing one. I actually enjoyed this story and one of the most interesting things about it were the Websites/pictures/articles (all fictitious of course) that were dispersed throughout the story to give it a more realistic feel. A great read!

Adult Summer Reading Book Review: Fifteen Dogs by Andre Alexis

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(5/5 stars – loved it!) One of the strangest books I have read and I loved it. It is the story of 15 dogs who gain human intelligence while still, very much, keeping their canine nature. I found this book shocking, often very sad, occasionally funny, but throughout compelling. It is not just about dogs – Catherine A., Adult Summer Reading Participant

Beach House for Rent

11 bookI was looking for something light to read and this is perfect. The author, Mary Alice Monroe actually lives in or near the setting of the book, which happens to be the Isle of Palms in South Carolina. (I myself had visited the beautiful island last year during a trip to nearby Charleston. The island is home to a very good harbor/restaurant that offered delicious fresh seafood.) But back to the book… Monroe spins a lovely story of an owner who is looking to rent her Isle of Palms beach house after making repairs. Cara has lost her mother, and misses her greatly. She feels the last remaining piece of her mom in this beach house, so when Cara’s brother, a realtor, comes to persuade her to sell the house/property for a cool million, she is not interested, but agree to think on it. But after receiving an offer by a tenant looking to rent for the entire summer, Cara jumps on the offer, and the house is rented. I am only partly through the story, but am enjoying it and recommend it highly as a great beach read. Monroe is a NY Times best -selling author, and her novel The Beach House will be made into a Hallmark channel movie, premiering next year.

This Is Us

11 bookHaving completed its first season on NBC, the series This Is Us is slated to return in September for another season. My daughter recommended this show to me, so I thought I would watch an episode or two just to tell her that I watched the show. Well, 13 episodes later, thanks to On Demand viewing, I am completely hooked. This is Us is a drama about three siblings, Kevin, Kate and Randall, their families and their lives in general. It reminds me of a serious version of Seinfeld in a way, since it tackles everyday issues which are so common that one can immediately relate to the situation. The timeline moves around quite a bit, with pieces of their earlier lives sandwiched between present day scenes, so pay close attention. You won’t regret it!

The Hate U Give

I am almost certain that The Hate U Give will win the Printz Award this year. This ripped-from-the-headlines story by Angie Thomas is one of my favorite books that I have read this year – and not just

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because it is some great story-telling.

The book is about Starr Carter, a girl who lives in the projects but goes to school at a fancy private school (AKA – she is the only Black girl). She is constantly torn between the two “worlds” in which she

exists. This tension comes to a head when her childhood best friend Khalil is shot (he was unarmed) by a police offer after being pulled over. Starr was in the car. Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a dru

g dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone

wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

This story provides a unique perspective in a situation that has been happening all-too-often in the US. Starr knows the truth about what happened, but does not want to be thrown into the spotlight and forced to relive the night that haunts her. She wants Khalil to have justice – but at what cost? If you were in that situation, what would you do?

This book helped put into perspective things about our society and culture which cause incidents such as this one to keep happening. It does not necessarily offer a solution, but provides some talking points to start a conversation that we all should be having.

I highly recommend that everyone (teens and adults) read this book.