Latest NetGalley Reads

Are you on NetGalley yet? Just sign up for an account here, search through titles, and request books to read on your favorite e-reader. Simple! Here are the ones I've read lately.

Point of Retreat: A Novel (Slammed #2) by Colleen Hoover I wasn't expecting to like this book because I'm not that into YA, but I read Slammed and Point of Retreat in two days while recovering from surgery. They are really easy reads and definitely suck you in within the first few pages. I didn't like Will as the narrator this time, because it was so unbelievable. He's a man, not a 16 year old girl. Guys don't think, talk, or act that way. Layken really annoyed me with her immature tantrums and silent treatment too. These people are supposed to be raising kids? I also got tired of reading about the basagna, carving pumpkins, and butterflying inside jokes. We get it! I rolled my eyes through the entire book and felt like it was perfect for people who love Nicholas Sparks books, which I don't. That being said, I didn't put it down, so Hoover must have done something right! And of course I'll be reading her third book in this series when it comes out.

American Spirit: A Novel by Dan Kennedy I could not get into this book. It tells the story of a man's early mid-life crisis. Matthew is a 30-something businessman, who gets fired from his job, but doesn't want to tell his wife so he pretends to go to work every day. Really though, he's jogging, drinking, dealing drugs, crafting, traveling, and dating. He's a big old mess, trying to find the meaning of life. It's supposed to be a male version of Eat Pray Love, all while it makes fun of it. The story actually really interested me, but the writing style was so strange and unfocused, I had a hard time following along and didn't finish it.

First Class: The Legacy of Dunbar, America's First Black Public High School by Alison Stewart I really enjoyed this non-fiction book by Alison Stewart (who you may remember from MTV News in the early '90s, or recognize now from CBS News and 60 Minutes). She takes us through the history of America's first black public high school, located in Washington DC, where her parents attended. It was established in 1870 and by the 1950s it was sending 80% of its student body to college. Some notable graduates include the first black member of a president's cabinet, the first black army general, and the creator of the modern blood bank. It was considered one of the best schools in the nation for African Americans. Unfortunately, the school has been on the decline for the past few decades because of education reform. There is new direction and hope though, as the new $122 million facility opens this fall. I loved reading about the inspiring faculty and got a really good history lesson on race issues and education policy in America.

Gawky: Tales of an Extra Long Awkward Phase by Margot Leitman I was immediately drawn to this memoir (because I'm six feet tall!) and while her height was only a small fraction of Margot's awkwardness, I still really enjoyed the book. She tells the tales of growing up in the '80s and experiencing teen angst in the '90s, with a ton of pop culture references, which I love. She was definitely strange, but unapologetic about it. There were a few laugh out loud moments, but I also said "what the hell?" a few times. I thought the book ended a little too soon. I would have liked to know more about how she adjusted in college.

I received these books from NetGalley for review purposes.


Misty said...

I signed up, but haven't read any yet. I'm trying to finish a few Nook books and Breaking Bad before I get any.

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I signed up and just finished my first and am about to start my second. I am loving it!

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Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

I love how the dude with the crisis is selling drugs AND crafting lol!