Book Review Roundup

I’ve got my latest book reviews for you today. But, before I start, I must say that my reading experience has been taken to a whole new level. Mike bought me a Kindle for my birthday a while back. I was hesitant to have one, as I have mentioned before, but I must admit, I love it.

Onward, bibliophiles.



Flat-Out Love by Jessica Park

Ok Jen@Caved In, this one is for you.

A young girl, Julie, embarks on her first year of college in Boston. She ends up boarding with the family of an old family friend, and she finds herself wound up in the makings of their family dynamic. She brings new life to her host family, and uncovers deep, dark secrets and long-lasting love along the way.

I didn’t realize this was a YA book until I started reading. I’m glad I picked it up though. It’s definitely very high-brow literature…I mean, it’s a teen book, so, you know.

Anyway, it is a fun, quick read, and I was thoroughly entertained and shocked by the ending. It was pretty damn random.

I would not recommend this to an actual teenager. Maybe it’s just the mom in me, but I found a lot of it to be inappropriate for a young girl. I wouldn’t want Ellen to think that this is how she should behave when she got to college. But, I would recommended this book to an adult who loves YA literature.


Mini Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella

A couple of years ago, I read the entire Shopaholic series while I was doing an unpaid internship teaching high school English. I think the series holds a special place in my heart because of this. Judge me. Go on now. But before you do: I was reading dense Puritan literature day in and day out, and working my butt off grading high school essays. This light reading was a duh bomb.

So, when this new chapter in the series came out, I was excited to sit down and read it. It brought back an old friend, and it was easy to read with a three-month-old.

As the title suggests, the book is about the main character’s (Becky) daughter. But, to my surprise, the book wasn’t focused on her much at all. Rather, it was about an elaborate party that Becky decided to throw. I still enjoyed Becky’s easily distractible, consumerist character, and, I think the ending points to more novels to come.

So, dish it out, Kinsella. We be waiting.


Jenna’s Cowboy by Sharon Gillenwater 

I am pretty embarrassed that I read this. Please let me redeem myself by saying that 1. It has my name in the title and 2. It was free for the Kindle the other day. With that being said…

Apparently, this book is part of a series called The Callahans of Texas. It will never be a part of any canon, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t worth a read, now does it? If you are into Christian literature (think Jan Karon), this book is right up your alley. It’s cool to read a love story that was void the dram and blushy stuff.

Of course, the characters have their issues, but Gillenwater uses their flaws to highlight how faith in God can bring a family through any kind of hardship. If you like Christian lit, if you like a good coming home from war story, if you like a bit of southern twang to your books, pick this one up. I might even read another one…


More Good Reads from yours truly.




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  1. Jen @ Caved In/Ginger Guide says

    Ooohhhh….thanks for remembering my love of YA books! I’ll check this one out. Aren’t e readers awesome! I’ve had my Sony one for two years and love it. Sometimes I like a little spice in my books so I’m reading “Fifty Shades of Grey” I do not recommend it for you, though. It’s making me blush on a regular basis. I’m also reading “Pride, Prejudice, & Zombies”. P&p is one of my favorite books and zombies are always entertaining.

  2. callherhappy says

    You know, I was wondering about that book. My cousin describes it as “mom porn”! I think I might have to steer clear lest my Bible readin’ eyes start to burn ;)