Michelle Isenhoff

Delirium, by Lauren Oliver, 2011, Book Review

Amor deliria nervosa, the disease that terrifies Americans. The disease that ravaged the masses, driving them to madness and death. Fortunately, there’s a cure. For 64 years now the public has been safe from irrational behavior, from pain, from fear–from love. But the cure is only effective for over-eighteens. And Lena is 93 days shy […]

Shiver, by Maggie Stiefvater, 2009, Book Review

Shiver, a young adult paranormal romance by Maggie Stiefvater, has been extremely popular, but as I’m writing this blog partially for the purpose of previewing content for parents, teachers and kids, I’m going to give it a very poor grade. It contains much that goes against traditional values, and it’s true I didn’t even like it. […]

Hate List, by Jennifer Brown, Book Review

I met Jennifer Brown at a conference a few weeks ago. She was the sweetest girl. She chatted with me all through lunch, and I so wanted to like her book. Unfortunately, I found little I admire in Hate List. Valerie Leftman survives a school shooting with only a bullet wound in her leg. But […]

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