A Season of Eden by Jennifer Laurens

A Season Of EdenA Season of Eden by Jennifer Laurens

    • ISBN-13: 9781933963013
    • Publisher: Grove Creek Publishing
    • Publication date: 2/28/2011
    • Pages: 244
    • Source: Won from Author
  • Synopsis:
He’s my teacher. I shouldn’t be alone with him. But I can’t help that he’s irresistible. I let the door silently close at my back. He stared at me, and a taut quiet stretched between us. “I like hearing you play,” I said, moving toward him. He turned, in sync with my slow approach. He looked up at me but didn’t say anything. I rested my clammy hand on the cold, slick body of the baby grand. “May I?” The muscles in his throat shifted, then he swallowed. “Eden.” My knees weakened, like a soft tickling kiss had just been blown against the backs of them. “Is it okay?” I asked. His gaze held mine like two hands joined. He understood what I was really asking. “Let me stay,” I said. “Please.” “You’re going to get me in trouble,” he said.

My Thoughts:

A Season of Eden is a peek into the lives of a teenage girl, Eden, and her new music teacher teacher.  This is obviously a topic that is not discussed a lot as it is a very touchy subject but it happens all to often.  No it is not usually taken to the lengths that this book describes but it certainly happens.  I think what makes this book so believable is that there is only a 4 year age gap between the two and she is eighteen years old. 

Eden is your typical spoiled rich girl as the book beginning.  She is pretty shallow and her depth as a character is very superfical.  It appears that she always gets her way and this situation is going to be no different.  She wants to have a relationship with James Christian and that is just all there is to it.  She takes this as far as following him and making sure that she ends up in the same place as her.  I wish that there had a been a bit more background provided so that Eden had some depth to her.  The story focuses on the two of them getting together but neither character seemed to have much depth.  There is some growth and development but not as much as I would have liked. 

I think that the book is well done and written with honest feelings and emotions.  I enjoyed that this was a clean read, something that I have found lacking in the YA genre as a whole.  I would feel confrontable recommending this book to a younger teen who could handle the book content.  I do wish that there had been a stronger conclussion to the story.  It was left very open ended but without any indication that there would be a follow up story.


 My Rating:





3 Penguins

The Fine Color of Rust by P.A. O’Rielly

The Fine Color of RustThe Fine Color of Rust by P.A. O’Rielly


  • ISBN-13: 9781451678161
  • Publisher: Washington Square Press
  • Publication date: 9/4/2012
  • Pages: 304
  • Source: Netgalley


Set in the Australian bush, a wryly funny, beautifully observed novel about friendship, motherhood, love, and the importance of fighting for things that matter.

Loretta Boskovic never dreamed she would end up a single mother with two kids in a dusty Australian country town. She never imagined she’d have to campaign to save the local primary school. She certainly had no idea her best friend would turn out to be the crusty old junk man. All in all, she’s starting to wonder if she took a wrong turn somewhere. If only she could drop the kids at the orphanage and start over . . . But now, thanks to her protest letters, the education minister is coming to Gunapan, and she has to convince him to change his mind about the school closure. And as if facing down the government isn’t enough, it soon becomes clear that the school isn’t the only local spot in trouble. In the drought-stricken bushland on the outskirts of town, a luxury resort development is about to siphon off a newly discovered springwater supply. No one seems to know anything, no one seems to care.

My Thoughts:

While I liked the premise of this book about Loretta Boskovic, a single mother, who take a stand to keep the school her kids attend in operation and to fight for the water in her town, I had a really hard time with actually reading this story.  For me, this story moved a long very slowly and did not seem to have any momentum.  I also had a difficult time adjusting to the language, there were many times that I just did not understand what was being referred to.  I think that all of this together made it very difficult for me to relate to and connect with the main character, Loretta, and even harder for the subcharacters.  A lot of great things happened in the story and it had a great message but this story was just not for me.  

My Rating:

3 Penguins

Review: Pieces of Us by Margie Gelbwasser

Pieces of UsPieces of Us by Margie Gelbwasser


  • ISBN-13: 9780738721644
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 3/8/2012
  • Pages: 336
  • Source: Netgalley


Two families. Four teens. A summer full of secrets. Every summer, hidden away in a lakeside community in upstate New York, four teens leave behind their old identities . . . and escape from their turbulent lives.

But when he’s back in Philadelphia during the school year, Alex cannot suppress his anger at his father (who killed himself), his mother (whom he blames for it), and the girls who give it up too easy. His younger brother, Kyle, is angry too—at his abusive brother, and at their mother who doesn’t seem to care.

Meanwhile, in suburban New Jersey, Katie plays the role of Miss Perfect while trying to forget a horrible, life-changing event that no one knows about. But Julie, her younger sister, sees Katie only as everything she’s not. And their mother will never let Julie forget it.

Up at the lake, they can be anything, anyone. Free. But then Katie’s secret gets out, forcing each of them to face reality—before it tears them to pieces.

My Thoughts:

Pieces of Us is by no means a happy go lucky book, it is gritty, dirty and very heavy.  I applaud Margie Gelbwasser for taking on so many tough topics all in one story.  It has taken me a long time to determine just what to say in this review because it was a lot to taken in.  I would not recommend this for younger teens, this is an in your face book with a lot of sexual activity and language.  I do understand that teens face a lot in today’s world, and that being said if a younger teen was interested in the book I would ensure that I was available to talk about the topics.  

The writing style was not my favorite.  The narrative changes from chapter to chapter, each written from the point of view of one of the four main characters.  I will say that each character has a very distinct point of view, with one from the second person, which I found very appropriate for a book about abuse and bullying.  One thing that I really did like about the style of this book is the fact that the heritage is taken into account and well represented but not over done or thrown in the face of the reader.  

I think one of the biggest challenges I had with Pieces of Us was I had a lot of trouble connecting with the characters and understanding them.  I know that each of these character is going through growing pain and changes, however it was difficult to pin down exact where each character was in this process.  I had the hardest time with Alex, I could just not get a beat on him and I could not understand what Katie saw in him.  It was just a brutal story and a hard one to get through.

My Rating

3 Penguins