Short review: ‘Fangirl’ by Rainbow Rowell

FangirlFangirl by Rainbow Rowell
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A YA novel with the characters in college is the first big draw on this one. Cather and her twin sister Wren are freshmen at University of Nebraska, struggling to establish their own identities and pushing each other away in the process. Great voice throughout this novel, with a fascinating look at the world of fanfiction. I loved everything about this book and have already been recommending it to John Green fans. What a great year 2013 is with two books (Eleanor & Park published earlier) from Rainbow Rowell!

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Short review: “Prep School Confidential”

Prep School ConfidentialPrep School Confidential by Kara Taylor

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Well-plotted YA mystery with attitude (publisher says “Twin Peaks meets Revenge” — and that’s not far off….). After Anne is expelled from a prep school on the Upper Eastside, her dad buys her a way into an exclusive boarding school outside of Boston. A murder on campus, an administration that buries secrets, and no one believing Anne means she’s on her own to track the murderer. A couple of red herrings AND steam tunnels!!! (All campuses and mysteries should have steam tunnels.) Recommended for fans of Ally Carter’s “Heist Society” series.

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