Review: When We Were Worthy by Marybeth Mayhew Whalen

When We Were Worthy by Marybeth Mayhew Whalen

When We Were Worthy is an adult drama focused on four characters in the aftermath of a small town tragedy. After a high school football victory, when the whole town should be celebrating, four families are mourning. Three cheerleaders are killed when a teenage boy crashing into them while presumably racing his new car. The reader learns the truth about the accident and other scandals in town from these characters: Leah, the friend that should have been in the car that night, Ava, the substitute teacher who’s relieved that one of the girls didn’t live to tell what she saw at the game that night, […]

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Review: Tumbling by Caela Carter

Tumbling by Caela Carter

Tumbling is such an intense read. I have always loved watching gymnastics – whether it was live Olympics or just TV shows or movies about gymnastics. This book was only my second experience reading about gymnasts. Wow. The whole book takes places over only two days, the US Olympic Trials. Twelve girls are competing, but the book only focuses on 5 of them. You know that part in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix where Hermione tries to explain Cho Chang’s feelings to Ron and Harry (because she was crying while kissing Harry)? That’s what this book is like. Each chapter takes you into […]

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Review: The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown

The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown

I enjoyed listening to this audio book on two levels: the inspiring story of the boys on the 1936 Olympic rowing team and reminiscing about my days of rowing crew in high school. I was blown away by the amount of research Brown must have done to write this book. The details on the boys lives and the surrounding events added greatly to the story. Although I don’t usually appreciate a lot of back story or tangents, because this book was nonfiction, I didn’t mind it. At the beginning, the story alternated between Joe Rantz and the other boys trying out for the team and […]

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Review: The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen

The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen

I selected this book off of my “to read” list because it was about running. I’ve recently started an exercise routine, and I thought it might help motivate me to run if I was listening to a book about an amputee while I was running. I’m not really sure it worked, but I did really enjoy the book. Van Draanen did a great job of putting the reader inside the head of a teenage in tragedy. Jessica’s voice was terrific, and her reaction to her situation seemed realistic. She is completely down on life, wishing she’d died because she thinks she’ll never run again. But […]

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