Irondequoit Public Library Summer Reading 2013
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Program Description
Anyone 18 years-old and above is welcome to participate in the adult summer reading program! Fill out an entry form at the library or submit a review online for each book, eBook, or audiobook you read. One title per entry. Weekly winners will be drawn each Monday and there will be a grand prize at the end of the summer. The program begins Friday, June 21st and runs through Friday, August 2nd.

First-time users, click Sign Me Up to create an account. Once you are logged in, click on “Add/See Books” to create an online book review. Fill out the review and click “Save” to submit. All submitted reviews are eligible for the weekly raffle.


Book Reviews
Title
Ball Don't Lie
Author
Matt de la Pena
Rating
Good.
Summary
The book centers around the main character, Sticky, a white boy living in and out of foster homes. Sticky (real name Travis) discovers his talent for basketball and struggles to see how he can fit in while trying to make it on his own.
Enjoy?
Yes, the narrative story has a very distinctive male voice that will resonate with high school boys or fans of young adult urban genre.
Suggest?
Yes, the author does a skillful job of alternating between the present and the past. Most of the basketball scenes are very descriptive and thus entertaining. One word of caution - the author accurately depicts Stick as obsessive compulsive by using repetition in his writing. It took me a little while to get used to this. At first, I found it somewhat annoying, but I'm glad I stuck it out. There are many urban basketball books, but this character is unique!
Title
Wallflower in Bloom
Author
Claire Cook
Rating
Good.
Summary
Deirdre works for her brother, a lifestyle "guru". However she is tired of devoting her life to him and wants to find out who she really is so one night after having a little too much to drink she applies to Dancing with the Stars. She uses her brother's celebrity to win a place on the show. During rehearsals she finally figures out who she wants to be.
Enjoy?
I mostly enjoyed it. There were times when I was annoyed by the back and forth between Deirdre and her brother Tag.
Suggest?
Not sure.
Title
Fly Away
Author
Kristin Hannah
Rating
Eh.
Summary
After Kate dies her family and friends have trouble keeping it all together.
Enjoy?
I did not enjoy this book as much as I have other books by Kristin Hannah. I felt that it was pretty depressing.
Suggest?
I would if they like Kristin Hannah.
Title
Stotan!
Author
Chris Crutcher
Rating
Good.
Summary
The backdrop for this book is the senior year of high school for 4 boys on the swim team. While swimming is a consistent factor in the story, it is not what the book is about. The book is about such themes as friendship, responsibility, courage and life itself. Many lessons are embedded into the story without coming right out identifying themselves as such.
Enjoy?
Yes, the author's pacing is very easy to follow and there are certain sequences where he produces a feeling for the reader to want to know what happens next. The 183 pages move quick.
Suggest?
Yes, especially if you like books that "teach" as well as entertain. This is the type of book that may appeal to a reluctant reader. There are several interesting interactions between the boys on the swim team as well as with the student body.