The Wicked City by Beatriz Williams

Although Williams' novels have a bit more sex than I like (any mention of it is a bit more than my preference not because of prudishness, but I like action more than sexual relationships), she spins an awesome story. The story is believable even if it has a dash of the supernatural. It is not boring or predictable.

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The Great and the Good by Michel Deon

The book is intriguing because it almost feels like a classic. A classic in the sense that it captures the time period perfectly - 1950's America as an industrial and commercial giant. In contrast, it is perplexing due to the structure of the book. It is a bit tedious at times. Tedious in the organization - paragraphs go on for several pages and the dialogue is a bit hard to follow in certain parts.

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A Certain Age by Beatriz Williams

I do not typically read novels about rich and glamorous people, but Beatriz Williams’ latest novel A Certain Age caught my eye. It caught my eye because it is a mystery hidden inside accounts of New York City life in the 1920s from the perspective of two women. From the publisher: As the freedom of the Jazz Age transforms New York City, the iridescent Mrs. Theresa Marshall of Fifth Avenue and Southampton, Long Island, has done the unthinkable: she’s fallen in love with her young...

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Liar and Spy by Rebecca Stead

An excellent middle grade novel. Strong central character with a great voice. Stead artfully and insightfully explores the challenges of school, families, and friendship. She does so with humor and compassion. The twist at the end will force readers to rethink much of what preceded it.

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When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

I enjoyed both the sort of magical realism (tied to the classic A Wrinkle in Time) and the realism of what it might be like to be a sixth-grader in the city and trying to come to grips with the complexities of life (latch-key kids, single motherhood, income disparities, violence, race, friendships, boys, etc.).

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When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

I enjoyed both the sort of magical realism (tied to the classic A Wrinkle in Time) and the realism of what it might be like to be a sixth-grader in the city and trying to come to grips with the complexities of life (latch-key kids, single motherhood, income disparities, violence, race, friendships, boys, etc.).

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