Book Reviews by swimmer1430
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Emma's life is not going so well at the moment; she can't get along with her step-father, her grades are failing and the only person she seems to connect with is Caleb, a boy with a terrible reputation. She longs to be comforted by her mother, but Emma's mom is brain dead, only kept alive by life support in order to bring a baby to term. Emma's grief has caused her to withdraw from the world, but Caleb, who has suffered his own tragedy, appears to be the only person who can make Emma feel alive again. Will she allow Caleb to help her heal?

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After leaving her Uncle Chester's homestead to pay off the debt, Hattie Brooks is now ready to take on a new challenge: she wants to be a reporter. Ever since she began writing about working on a farm for her local newspaper in Iowa, she caught the writing bug and decides to try her luck in San Francisco where she discovers an old lover of Uncle Chester's lives.

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Emma's world has just been turned upside down: her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer and her family is moving back to the United States after living in Japan since Emma was a baby. Emma doesn't know how to deal with the stress, fear, lonliness and culture shock. However, things seem a little better when she starts volunteering at a long term care facility and helps a woman with locked-in syndrome write poems. She even meets a boy named Samnang there and they bond over Japanese and Cambodian culture.

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All Our Pretty Songs features two best friends: beautiful, flighty Aurora and the loyal narrator who loves her more than anything. The girls are like sisters, inseparable and completely devoted to each other. When the narrator meets Jack, an enigmatic musician, she's afraid he'll leave her for Aurora. But what she doesn't realize is that Jack has introduced the fantastical into her and Aurora's world. Can she save Aurora and Jack from the mythical evil that threatens to overwhelm them?

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May should be having the summer of her life. She's living in Florence, Italy with family friends Gwen and Liam, helping Gwen research her latest travel book. But she only agreed to the extended vacation to escape her parents' upcoming divorce - and the decision of who she is going to live with. So when May meets a girl who looks just like her, but says she is from the 14th century, May decides time travel is the perfect escape. Her twin, Cristofana, is brash, selfish, a little scary, and it's obvious she wants something from May.

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Ever since her older brother died a few months ago, Scarlett's life has been falling apart. Her mom sleeps all day, her dad is distant and she has stopped eating. The only thing that brings Scarlett joy is riding her horse around the secluded island on which she lives. That is, until she meets Will. Will and his father moved to Catalina Island from Connecticut, which is exciting news for the residents of their small town. For some reason, Will and Scarlett are drawn to each other and it may be because of a secret Will is hiding. 



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