Reviews and Blog Posts: contemporary fiction

The good luck of right now : a novel

by Matthew Quick

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Reminiscent of "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time", "The Good Luck of Right Now" follows the story of Bartholomew Neil after the death of his mother, who he has relied on his entire life.  Now that Bartholomew has to find his own way, he comes to realize...

Hard-boiled wonderland and the end of the world : a novel

by Haruki Murakami

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This book has grown on me the longer it has been since I read it. It seems like he delved into his more fantastic side.


by Rainbow Rowell

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Lincoln O’Neill isn’t necessarily happy with his life. It’s been several years since college and he is back living at home (though his mom makes delicious food) and working a job he isn’t so proud of, dreaming of his lost college love. Lincoln works as an “internet security officer” for...

Forgive me, Leonard Peacock : a novel

by Matthew Quick

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Today is Leonard Peacock's birthday, and he is planning on making it his last. He goes to school with his grandfather's pistol with plans to shoot his ex-best friend and then himself. He spends this day giving four gifts to some important people in his life that he wants to...

What Would You Do??

Cover of Defending Jacob by William Landay

I read Defending Jacob about two months ago and the story and its ethical issues have stayed with me.  Given the circumstances in this well-written novel, I find myself still puzzled about what I would do.  The ending was a complete surprise to me.  What would you do?   

Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than twenty years. He is respected in his community, tenacious in the courtroom, and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But when a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: His fourteen-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student.

YA? Why Not?


It's no secret to fans of Harry Potter, Twilight, and The Hunger Games that teen books aren't just for teens any more. There are many reasons that adults are turning to YA literature, but mostly, it's because there are some great stories out there that have been marketed to young adults.

Whether you're wanting a great coming of age novel, a more succinct story, or want to be able to connect with a teen in your life through books, here are some authors to check out. Just like with adult books, not everything will appeal to you, but don't limit your reading just because something is in the teen section!

Scott Westerfeld: both a steampunk series and the dystopian Uglies series

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