Sunday, November 8, 2009

In My Mailbox #15

For Review:

Last Night I Sang to the Monster - Benjamin Alire Sáenz
from Cinco Puntos Press theough The Picnic Basket

Zach is eighteen. He is bright and articulate. He's also an alcoholic and in rehab instead of high school, but he doesn't remember how he got there. He's not sure he wants to remember. Something bad must have happened. Something really, really bad. Remembering sucks and being alive—well, what's up with that?

I have it in my head that when we're born, God writes things down on our hearts. See, on some people's hearts he writes Happy and on some people's hearts he writes Sad and on some people's hearts he writes Crazy on some people's hearts he writes Genius and on some people's hearts he writes Angry and on some people's hearts he writes Winner and on some people's hearts he writes Loser.

It's all like a game to him. Him. God. And it's all pretty much random. He takes out his pen and starts writing on our blank hearts. When it came to my turn, he wrote. I don't like God very much. Apparently he doesn't like me very much either. Sad

My Invented Life - Lauren Bjorkman
From Henry Holt and Company after accepting author's offer

With Roz and Eva everything becomes a contest—who can snag the best role in the school play, have the cutest boyfriend, pull off the craziest prank. Still, they’re as close as sisters can be. Until Eva deletes Roz from her life like so much junk e-mail for no reason that Roz understands. Now Eva hangs out with the annoyingly petite cheerleaders, and Roz fantasizes about slipping bovine growth hormone into their Gatorade. Roz has a suspicion about Eva. In turn, Eva taunts Roz with a dare, which leads to an act of total insanity. Drama geeks clamor for attention, Shakespearean insults fly, and Roz steals the show in Lauren Bjorkman’s hilarious debut novel.

As always In My Mailbox brought to you by The Story Siren


  1. They sound pretty interesting! Enjoy :)

  2. Great books you got this week. They both look really good. Hope you enjoy reading your books.

  3. I've heard of My Invented Life, but never the other one. I'll be interested to know what you think.

  4. My Invented Life sounds good. I've seen in around. Enjoy!

  5. Nice books, looking forward to your review of My Invented Life.

  6. Both of these books sound really good!
    I just wanted to let you know that I gave you an award over at my blog!

  7. I just got a copy of "Last Night I Sang to the Monster" and can't wait to read and review it.

  8. I like my invented life cover! And Last night I sandg to the monster sounds great and scary!

  9. I've been wanting to read My Invented Life, but I hadn't heard of the other book. Reading the synopsis and that little excerpt has got me interested! I can't wait to read your thoughts on it.


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