148. It’s Kind of a Funny Story- Ned Vizzini

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Title: It’s Kind of a Funny Story

Author: Ned Vizzini

Rating: ★★

On the Shelves: Young Adult Fiction> Contemporary

Ambitious New York City teenager Craig Gilner is determined to succeed at life – which means getting into the right high school to get into the right job. But once Craig aces his way into Manhattan’s Executive Pre-Professional High School, the pressure becomes unbearable. He stops eating and sleeping until, one night, he nearly kills himself.

Craig’s suicidal episode gets him checked into a mental hospital, where his new neighbors include a transsexual sex addict, a girl who has scarred her own face with scissors, and the self-elected President Armelio. There, Craig is finally able to confront the sources of his anxiety.

Ned Vizzini, who himself spent time in a psychiatric hospital, has created a remarkably moving tale about the sometimes unexpected road to happiness.

( Goodreads 2015)

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147: Maus- Art Spiegelman

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Title: Maus (The Complete, Vol 1 & 2)

Author: Art Spiegelman

Rating: ★★★★

On the Shelves: Graphic Novels

Combined for the first time here are Maus I: A Survivor’s Tale and Maus II – the complete story of Vladek Spiegelman and his wife, living and surviving in Hitler’s Europe. By addressing the horror of the Holocaust through cartoons, the author captures the everyday reality of fear and is able to explore the guilt, relief and extraordinary sensation of survival – and how the children of survivors are in their own way affected by the trials of their parents. A contemporary classic of immeasurable significance.(Goodreads 2015)

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146. A Little Something Different- Sandy Hall

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Title: A Little Something Different

Author: Sandy Hall

Rating: ★★

On the Shelves: Fiction> Romance

The creative writing teacher, the delivery guy, the local Starbucks baristas, his best friend, her roommate, and the squirrel in the park all have one thing in common—they believe that Gabe and Lea should get together. Lea and Gabe are in the same creative writing class. They get the same pop culture references, order the same Chinese food, and hang out in the same places. Unfortunately, Lea is reserved, Gabe has issues, and despite their initial mutual crush, it looks like they are never going to work things out.  But somehow even when nothing is going on, something is happening between them, and everyone can see it. Their creative writing teacher pushes them together. The baristas at Starbucks watch their relationship like a TV show. Their bus driver tells his wife about them. The waitress at the diner automatically seats them together. Even the squirrel who lives on the college green believes in their relationship. 

Surely Gabe and Lea will figure out that they are meant to be together…. (Goodreads 2015)

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Stacking the Shelves: 15!

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Here is my first Stacking the Shelves, since I have moved out into my new home! YAAAAY! I haven’t actually bought that many books but I do now have a few which I can haul, thanks to a little spending here and there, and my birthday in April! Here are the books I have acquired since February!

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