Friday, March 6, 2015

Rock and a Hard Place by Angie Stanton - ADVISABLE

Stanton, Angie  Rock and a Hard Place (Jamieson Brothers, #1), 304 pgs.  Harper Teen, 2013.  $9.99  Content: Language: R (60 swears; 3 “F”); Mature Content: PG-13; Violence: PG-13. 

Libby lives with her pot-smoking aunt and is often alone.  One day while she is drawing in her favorite park, an RV pulls up and three boys start playing Frisbee.  Peter, the middle brother, finds Libby watching them and strikes up a conversation, he is surprised to find that Libby doesn’t recognize him because he is a famous rock singer in a band with his other two brothers.  Peter and Libby bond over time whenever he stops through town.  But Libby’s life is getting harder and Peter has too many demands made on him for the band, will they be able to work out a way to be together?   

This is a teen romance.  The characters are likable and although the storyline is completely unbelievable it’s still fun to read.  The characters are sweet to each other and there isn’t any inappropriate sexual content.  If you have girls that like romance, they will enjoy this one.  The "F" words make it hard to recommend for a middle school.  

MS -OPTIONAL, HS-ADVISABLE.  Reviewer, C. Peterson.

Snapshot by Angie Stanton - PUBLIC ONLY

Stanton, Angie  Snapshot (Jamieson Brothers, #2), 416 pgs.  Harper Teen, 2013.  $9.99  Content: Language: PG-13 (112 swears); Mature Content: PG-13; Violence: PG.   

Marti and Adam meet at a summer camp for photographers.  Marti is a rock princess (her father is a rock legend) and Adam is the lead guitar in the hottest boy band in the country.  Although Adam tries to hide his identity, Marti figures him out and is disappointed that she likes someone in the music industry because she has had such a bad experience with her dad.  Marti and Adam are drawn to each other and when Marti’s life is thrown for a curve, Adam wants to be there for her.   

This is a teen romance, but has a lot of heavy content—teen pregnancy, drug-abusing parent, and death of a guardian.  The mature content includes:  off page unprotected sex, naked skinny dipping with multiple boys and girls, underage drinking, drug use and attempted rape.  This book is so different than the first book in the series—and it is hard to recommend.   

HS-PUBLIC.  Reviewer, C. Peterson.             

The Lost (and Found) Balloon by Celeste Jenkins - ADVISABLE

Jenkins, Celeste  The Lost (and Found) Balloon Illustrated by Maria Bogade  Aladdin, 2012.  $16.99  PICTURE BOOK  Content: G.   

Molly ties a note to a red balloon and then lets the helium take the balloon into the air.  We watch the balloon go high into the sky, so high that there is no sound, and then when the balloon gets tired it comes back to the earth.  A little girl named Katie finds the balloon with the note and realizes that it belongs to the house next door, Katie and Molly become fast friends.  

 The illustrations in this book are fantastic.  The story of what happens to a balloon when it goes into the sky is told with a creative twist at the end to have it come back down next door.  The writing is lyrical and easy to read.   

EL (K-3)-ADVISABLE.  Reviewer, C. Peterson.