Young Adult Book Review
"Divergent" by Veronica Roth
If you liked the Hunger Games series, you will love Divergent! Set in a post-apocalyptic Chicago, society is split into five factions. At the age of 16, Beatrice Prior must decide which faction she will join. Will she stay with her parents in the Abegnation faction or leave her family forever and choose one of the other four factions? Beatrice's choice changes her life forever, makes her face challenges she never thought possible, and find out family secrets she never knew.
The Writing and story-telling are quick and, even thought the book looks long; you won't be able to put it down. It's a great book for young adults and adult readers alike! After you finish it, check out the sequel Insurgent. The third installment is due out fall 2013 and the movie next year!
"The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" by Rebecca Skloot
I have been in a book club with work friends for almost 4 years now and this book generated more conversation then all the previous books. We are a typical book club; we always read the selected books, but end about talking more about other topics than the book. This one had a discussion that lasted the majority of the evening.
The writer did a good job outlining the family history as well as the medical history. At times the medical stuff may get a little overwhelming, but in my opinion worth the time. It was interesting to read how a lot of today's common practices in regards to patient confidentiality have evolved over the years. What we take for granted today; was not even thought of all those years ago.
Tracie Peterson continues to write enjoyable series to read. The Striking a Match series takes place in a logging town of Perkinsville, Texas with the main character Deborah being a "matchmaker" to others yet wants to find true love. Love is taking root in Deborah's heart yet certainly and unexpected situations may changed her future with her Christopher. And will Vandermark Logging continue to be prevalent in the Texan town? Peterson continues to describe her characters in such ways that the reader feels a connection and is drawn into the story. This series has three wonderful books to read and found in the Large Print section of the library.