Saturday, March 6, 2010

In My Mailbox (14)


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Justine:


My Sister's Keeper
by Jodi Picould

Anna is not sick, but she might as well be. By age thirteen, she has undergone countless surgeries, transfusions, and shots so that her older sister, Kate, can somehow fight the leukemia that has plagued her since childhood. The product of preimplantation genetic diagnosis, Anna was conceived as a bone marrow match for Kate -- a life and a role that she has never challenged...until now. Like most teenagers, Anna is beginning to question who she truly is. But unlike most teenagers, she has always been defined in terms of her sister -- and so Anna makes a decision that for most would be unthinkable, a decision that will tear her family apart and have perhaps fatal consequences for the sister she loves.

My Sister's Keeper examines what it means to be a good parent, a good sister, a good person. Is it morally correct to do whatever it takes to save a child's life, even if that means infringing upon the rights of another? Is it worth trying to discover who you really are, if that quest makes you like yourself less? Should you follow your own heart, or let others lead you? Once again, in My Sister's Keeper, Jodi Picoult tackles a controversial real-life subject with grace, wisdom, and sensitivity. An amazing read and an incredible experience.

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Dear John
by Nicholas Sparks

An angry rebel, John dropped out of school and enlisted in the Army, not knowing what else to do with his life--until he meets the girl of his dreams, Savannah. Their mutual attraction quickly grows into the kind of love that leaves Savannah waiting for John to finish his tour of duty, and John wanting to settle down with the woman who captured his heart. But 9/11 changes everything. John feels it is his duty to re-enlist. And sadly, the long separation finds Savannah falling in love with someone else. "Dear John," the letter read...and with those two words, a heart was broken and two lives were changed forever. Returning home, John must come to grips with the fact that Savannah, now married, is still his true love--and face the hardest decision of his life.

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One word for these two books: FINALLY!
They're both my first books by the authors, and I am finally reading them. They're library books, although I wish I could own them. And yes, they're very deep reads, but that is what I love, and it has been a long time since I've cried when reading!

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Before I Fall
by Lauren Oliver

What if you had only one day to live? What would you do? Who would you kiss? And how far would you go to save your own life?

Samantha Kingston has it all—looks, popularity, the perfect boyfriend. Friday, February 12th should be just another day in her charmed life. Instead, it’s her last. The catch: Samantha still wakes up the next morning. In fact, she re-lives the last day of her life seven times, until she realizes that by making even the slightest changes, she may hold more power than she had ever imagined.

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This one arrived on Friday, and am I ever so glad for it! A huuuuuuge thanks to the lovely people at Page Turners!

19 comments:

  1. Awesome! Dear John and Before I Fall! Especially Before I Fall! I keep hearing good things about this book. Happy reading!

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  2. Great books this week! You are so on the ball too.... my mailbox post wont be up for hours yet! :)

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  3. Awww! So awesome! I can't wait for my copy of Before I Fall to arrive!

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  4. Great books! Dear John and My Sister's Keeper are great reads! I really want to read Before I Fall!

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  5. Oh, those are some awesome books that I unfortunatly haven't read but have wanted to for a long time. Hope you enjoy them all!

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  6. Awesome books! I really need to read some Sparks & Picoult. And BEFORE I FALL is on my wishlist.

    Happy Reading :)

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  7. Wow, MSK and BIF?! That's what I call a fantastic IMM - I loved both books and I hope you will too! :) Happy reading!

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  8. Nice books! I loved My Sisters Keeper and Before I Fall. Enjoy!

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  9. Ooh My Sister's Keeper was really good, I had a hard time putting it down. Enjoy all your books!!

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  10. I enjoyed My Sisters Keeper and Dear John, and I've heard great things about before I fall. Great books - hope you enjoy them!

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  11. I've heard good things about Before I Fall. Great group of books this week!

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  12. Nice books! I have Dear John and Before I Fall on my TBR stack too. I have never read anything by Jodi Piccoult. I hope you enjoy all your books. Happy reading!

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  13. Looks like you're going to spend a lot of time crying with the books you got this week!

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  14. I bought Before I Fall last night and I'm tearing through it. It's amazing!

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  15. Wow! Great list! I really want to read "Before I Fall" - can't wait to hear what you think!

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  16. Yay! I got Before I Fall this week too! Happy reading :-)

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  17. I've been reading wonderful reviews of Before I Fall. Enjoy!

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  18. Before I Fall looks so gorgeous! x) LOL, yes, ARCs make me dance the Happy Dance! ;)

    Btw, I finished Inside Out last night and it was VERY good. :)

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  19. I hope that you will enjoy your books. Here's mine.

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