Kailey

img_6632 I wasn’t kidding when I said I enjoyed reading Saige. I ordered Lindsey (and many more since then) on amazon but I didn’t want to wait to read another American Girl Story. So, I went at looked at the American Girl books on my bookshelf and I came across Kailey by Amy Goldman Koss, the one American Girl Book that I own and somehow didn’t read as a child.

Kailey is ten years old. Weather she’s surfing on her boogie board or exploring the tide pools, there’s nothing that she loves more than spending the day at the beach. One day when she’s at the beach she’s sees a sign up from a developer who wants to put up a movie theater. Witch means moving the rock and ultimately loosing the tide pools. So, Kailey comes up with a plan to save her cove.

I loved Kailey’s energy. She was spunky and determined to do what ever it took to save the cove. I also like that she’s a good friend, often thinking about her best friend’s happiness.

Like with Saige I enjoyed the simplicity of the book. I enjoyed that there were no unnecessary characters and no unnecessary subplots. All the characters were well developed and the story concluded with no loose ends.

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Kailey Girl of the Year Doll 2003

A thought that occurred to me while I was reading was that Kailey was published in 2003. She was ten years old in the book, and that was 13 years ago, so that makes her 23 today. I wonder where she is now? Personally, I picture her to have gone to  college and Study marine biology, like her mom. I’ll be she’s gone on to be an activist.

I had fun reading Kailey and I really enjoyed reading her story. I gave it 4/5 Stars.

I am no where close to being done with reading American Girl stories! I’ve been having so much fun reading them. I want to read all the stories for the girl of the year and for the newer historical characters. Plus, I want to collect all the original books from when I was a kid. Do you know what ones i’m talking about? The ones where there was six stories.  I don’t like the new beforever bind ups.

Did you ever have any of the girl of the year dolls growing up? I had a few of them, Marisol from 2005,  Nikki from 2007, Mia from 2008 and I just recently bought Isabelle from 2014 off Ebay.

Much Love,

Kate

Kailey

Author Appreciation: Lisi Harrison

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I met Lisi Harrison in 2010 when Monster High came out and I still can’t believe it happened.

In the summer of 2009, when I was in the summer between seventh and eight grade,  I would check out a book from the library called The Clique and my life would never be the same ever again.

I was hooked on that series. I was obsessed with what was going to happen next with Massie and Claire. I was making my mom drive me to the library every other day so I could get the next book in the series.

I’d always liked reading up until that point but reading The Clique Series was what really made me fall in love with reading. The Clique Series was the first book series that I was ever obsessed with reading. I could not and I did not want to put these books down.

The first Lisi Harrison book I ever bought was Revenge of the Wannabes. This was before I bought books faster than I could read them and at the time, I was 13 and had no money. I think my mom actually bought it for me. So the fact that I wanted to commit to buying a book from an author after only having read the first two books in the series was huge.

The very first Clique book I got to read new in the main series was These Boots Are Made for Stocking. I was on spring break the week that book came out and I made my mom drive me to the book store to get it the day it came out. I finished reading it like three days later. (Same applies to the other two books I got to read in the series right as they came out My Little Phony and A Tale of Two Pretties).

But it wasn’t just The Clique I fell in love with. I reached a point where I finished all the books that were out in the series, I wanted more of Lisi, so I picked up The Alphas Series. It was pretty special to me because that is the very first book series I ever read as it was coming out.

People judge some of her books, claiming that they teach girls to be shallow, materialistic and to be mean to each other. That’s not at all the case with these books. If that’s what you’re pulling out of these books, you’re missing the whole message. I learned from The Clique that yes, even the pretty and popular girls feel like losers sometimes. That being in the in crowd isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. From Alphas I learned that everyone has a talent, you’ve just got to find what it is. From Monster High I learned to embrace who I am. Mostly, the thing I pulled most from reading Lisi’s books is that I love reading. I’d liked it till then but those books were what really lit my spark.

I wanted to and I still want to read everything this woman writes. I’ve read every one of her books and her blog posts. I’m super excited that her next book is supposed to be a chick lit adult novel.

So if by some chance you’re reading this, Thank You, Lisi. There was a time where in middle school where Massie, Kristien, Alicia, Dylan and Claire were the only ones there for me. They were my escape from the world.Thank you for helping my imagination grow with not just The Clique but everything you’ve written. You’ve influence me not just as a reader but as a writer. My writing style has a clear influence from you and that I am very proud of. Thank You again because I don’t know what else to say.

Much Love,

Kaitlyn

 

Author Appreciation: Lisi Harrison

Happy Birthday, Saint Anything!

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I know what you’re thinking. You’e thinking, It MUST Be Friday because there is a new Book Alphas post. Sorry to disappoint you guys but, it’s Thursday BUT it’s a very special Thursday. IT’S THE ONE YEAR BIRTHDAY OF MY FAVORITE BOOK, SAINT ANYTHING! 

That picture to the left was taken a year ago the day I got the book. I was so excited to finally have it in my hands.

I was so excited for this book. One morning, about a week before the book came out, I started thinking about how much I was really wanting this book and started crying (I was on the bus and got some looks). Besides the fact that I love Sarah and there isn’t one of her books that I don’t like(I’ve read them all), I just had a feeling about Saint Anything that this was going to be a book that stuck with me.

It did.

Saint Anything is about Sydney, whose older, charming and charismatic brother, Peyton, 008has just been sent to jail for a drunk driving accident. Sydney’s parent’s are concerned with Peyton and feeling more overshadowed by her older bother than ever, Sydney is trying to find her place in the world. She decides to transfer from her private school to the public school across town and that’s where Sydney meets the Chathams. They run a pizza parlor and play blue grass music on the weekends. There’s Layla who love the perfect french fry and is the best friend that everyone needs in her life and there’s Mac, whose sweet and protective. With Layla and Mac, Sydney starts to feel like she’s finding her place in the world.

Sarah Dessen writes everything that I love in a book- character driven stories about relationships. Some of her stories are more light hearted and some deal with deeper issues but at the heart of her stories, that what they are.

Saint Anything draws you in on the first page of the first chapter of the first paragraph and keeps you there till the very last page. The story it beautifully written and told.

“You only really fall apart in front of the people you know can piece you back together.” That is my favorite line in the book. I’m actually jealous that I didn’t write it!

Thank You Sarah for writing this book. I love it more than I am fully able to express.

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Much Love,

Kaitlyn

 

Happy Birthday, Saint Anything!