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My rating: <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/818385745">4 of 5 stars</a><br /><br />
Colin Fischer, our titular hero, has Asberger's syndrome, which falls on the autism spectrum. He's high functioning, very analytical, with an IQ between 155 and 180. Colin has just started high school, he has been with a lot of the same kids since grade school. On the first day of school, Wayne Connelly, someone who has been bullying Colin since first grade, sticks Colin's head in a toilet.(This shows up a lot in YA books and I really hope it's not something that actually happens. The combination of feeling like you can't catch your breath combined with it being a public toilet freaks me out every time.)So, welcome to high school.<br><br>In this story, which I'm hoping is the first of many, a gun goes off during a scuffle in the school cafeteria. No one is injured. Wayne is automatically accused of the crime and is suspended. Due to his attention to detail, Colin knows Wayne can't be the owner of the gun. So he decides to figure out what really happened. Adventure ensues. <br><br>One part of the story I particularly liked was his interactions with the school principal, Dr. Doran. Even when she knows he's right, she doesn't encourage Colin in his role as detective. In fact, he gets detention for breaking some rules along the way. He also has a conflicted relationship with his younger brother, Danny,who has no patience for Colin. Again, I found this to feel very real. I don't imagine sibs are always thrilled living with someone with Asberger's. While I found Colin to very charming on paper, regular interactions with him would be draining. I'd like to think I wouldn't be as mean as Danny. <br><br>Colin carries a notebook around with him where he logs everything that happens during the day and reviews is later to make sense of his world. The author includes snippets from the notebook, so the reader has a chance to get inside Colin's head. Nicely done. The reader gets to feel a connection to Colin and his thought processes, without spending too much time there. <br><br>While Colin did solve his mystery, there were lots of storylines left unfinished. I hope this means there'll be more. I was disappointed with the book's title, sadly unimaginative. With two authors, you'd think they could've come up with something. <br><br>
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Talk to the Hand: The Utter Bloody Rudeness of the World Today, or Six Good Reasons to Stay Home and Bolt the Door by Lynne Truss
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
From the author of Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to PunctuationThis was her follow up. It was okay but there really wasn't enough material for a whole book. Should've just been a clever(if occasionally whiny) article. So rather than a review, I'm just going to share my own thoughts on rudeness, society, and other things.
In my neighborhood, there is a small business whose name is based on that lovely saying, "Talk to the hand." Think a bakery called 'Talk to the Flan' or a deli 'Talk to the Ham' Why? Why would a business owner want to give the impression that she was rude and didn't care about her customers? We'll see how long she lasts, it's been at least two years now.
In my mother's high school yearbook, there was a section under each grad's picture where they got to list their pet peeves. I'm hoping there was more than that but I don't remember anything else. My sibs and I loved reading the ridiculous things that bothered these old fogies. We wee probably 8-9-10ish at the time. Now I'm embarrassed to admit, I often start conversations with, "Know what my pet peeve is?" It's probably a pet peeve of my friends that I do this.
I was at the grocery store and the ringer upper and the bagger were having a conversation as if I weren't standing right there. (pet peeve).They were talking about how hot some famous guy was. They then went on to describe what they would do with said hot guy if they got their hands on him. Nice. Since I was standing right there, I figured I was included in this conversation so I asked the if they knew whether the guy was nice. What? They looked at me with confused faces. Speaking more slowly as this was obviously a difficult concept for either to grasp, I asked again if he was a nice person how did he treat women? After an awkward pause, they went back to their fantasies. Oh well, I tried.
"Click it or ticket." I hate seeing these signs on the highway. Surely they could come up with a nicer way to remind people to wear their seatbelts.
That's it for now.
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Roomies by Sara Zarr
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Story of two girls and their experiences the final summer before going off to college. Really brought me back to that summer. Perfect angsty time. Endings and beginnings. I remember signing everyone's yearbook, "Have a nice life" or something equally cool and dismissive. I knew I wouldn't see most of my classmates again (the school was not in my part of town, and I generally didn't see anyone outside of school)School friends and home friends.
I loved the author's depiction of the parents. Definitely less than perfect. They were real. The parents had their own angst about their daughters leaving home. I'm pretty sure my father did not go through any of that. There were definitely no tears. He dropped me off at my apartment and said, "okay, see you at Thanksgiving".Probably where I got my have-a-nice-life attitude from. Maybe parents nowadays are more in touch with their feelings.
So, I really loved both these girls, EB and Lauren. After learning that they will be rooming together at school, they begin emailing each other. The emails were heartbreaking, funny, perfect. They would share too much, take a step back, regret, sulk, get angry, forgive, and then do it all again. Loved it.
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Not a lot happening here. I kept thinking this should be funnier, maybe if written by Nora Ephron or Helen Fielding.i It was more of a cozy story about sisters recovering from some tough times by moving in together and finding out how to let go of the past (one was angry, one depressed), appreciate the present, and look forward to the future.
I thought the book was unfocused. Lippmann went into a lot of detail about the internet dating services. Then went back to the sisters' daily life. It didn't feel balanced to me. Too much of one thing, not enough of the other.
What was lacking in story, Lipman made up for with interesting characters. I liked them. The women were survivors without being all, "I'm a survivor." Just regular women trying to move on. I really liked Anthony and Chaz. Charles-not so much. I know for a fact I would not forgive that guy!