This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki
I'm pretty new to graphic novels, so not sure how much my opinion is worth. It was beautifully drawn and a somewhat lovely story. But as some other reviews pointed out, much of the content was about about much older teens or adult issues, and both characters seemed much too young. Rose was a brat but I think her feelings toward her mother wasnt that unrealistic. She didn't know about her mom's "problem". She just knew that her mom wasn't much fun on the vacation. The older teen characters were just trashy. I thought the adults were realistic but who cares about the adults in a YA.
Maus Volume #1 by Art Speigelman
I really enjoyed this graphic novel. I didn't really take the time to fully appreciate the artwork. But, this story is a great way to read about the horrors of the Holocaust in a format that helps soften the blow. It's still sad, and I am glad there is a sequel because the book ended rather suddenly and felt like there should be more.
The Giver by Lois Lowry
5 Stars! 10 Stars! 100! Can I say I love this book? I always have, but I just re-read it and loved it even more!
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Cyborg Cinderella? Yes, Please! Did I know I liked books about cyborgs, androids, and royalty? Nope. But I do now. This book was refreshing and enjoyable!
Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
Awesome. I found it more intriguing than Speak. The characters made me want to keep reading because I was fascinated.