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The Perfect Girl
A Novel
By Gilly Macmillan
Review by Christian Perring on Tue, May 15th 2018.
The Perfect Girl by Gilly MacmillanThis teen drama is somewhere between a young adult novel and a psychological thriller. Set in the UK, specifically the Bristol area, Zoe is 17. She lives with her mother, step father, step brother Marcus, and baby half-sister. It's a respectable household, and they have solidly middle class goals. And as with most such families, they have dark secrets. But these secrets are especially troubling: a few years ago Zoe was driving a car when she got into an accident that killed three of her friends. Much of the story is the gradual uncovering of what led to the accident. But there's much more. Par
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When My Heart Joins the Thousand
By A. J. Steiger
Review by Christian Perring on Tue, Apr 17th 2018.
When My Heart Joins the Thousand is a YA novel about a 17 year old girl Alvie Fitz who has Asperger's and has had a very troubled past. She lives on her own, earning a living by working at a local small zoo. She has no friends and no family, so she is very isolated, but it doesn't bother her. She loves animals and in her spare time she reads and learns about science. But she sees a boy at the local park throw away his phone, and she contacts him. She and Stanley get on well, and text a lot. It turns out that he too has no family, and he has many medical problems. He is also a loner, although h
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When My Heart Joins the Thousand by A. J. Steiger

I Am I Am I Am
Seventeen Brushes with Death
By Maggie O'Farrell
Review by Christian Perring on Tue, Apr 10th 2018.
I Am I Am I Am by Maggie O'FarrellO'Farrell has established herself as an impressive novelist, with 7 novels since her debut After You'd Gone in 2000. I Am I Am I Am is an unconventional memoir, recounting 17 times that she or her daughter came close to dying. Few of us have ever come so close to death as O'Farrell, and of course one wonders whether it can be just bad luck, whether she makes bad choices, or whether she is in some way cursed. It turns out that several of these encounters with death are related to impairments she acquired in what was probably her first near-death experience, as a child with a form of encephaliti
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Flat Lake in Winter
By Joseph T. Klempner
Review by Christian Perring on Tue, Apr 10th 2018.
Originally published in 1999, Flat Lake in Winter has recently been released as an unabridged audiobook performed by George Newbern. Klempner's novel is a well-crafted mystery with strong psychological themes set in the small towns of the Adirondacks in NY State.  It is written in the style of a true crime non-fiction account, adding lots of detail about the characters, as if collected from interviews and evidence collecting.  There are only a few moments where we enter into the minds of the characters and get details about private lives that make it clear from the internal narrative
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Flat Lake in Winter by Joseph T. Klempner

Good and Gone
By Megan Frazer Blakemore
Review by Christian Perring on Tue, Apr 3rd 2018.
Good and Gone by Megan Frazer BlakemoreGood and Gone is a YA novel narrated by high school girl Lexi, who goes on a road trip with her brother Carlie, a college student who has just broken up with his long term girlfriend, and their friend  Zack. Both Lexi and Carlie are coping with their own pain, he with depression and her with the way that her last boyfriend used her and dumped her. The excuse for the road trip is a search for a pop star who has walked away from his tour bus and disappeared. The three young people go looking for him, but really they just want to get away for some time. Along the way they meet all sorts of p
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Ways to Die in Glasgow
By Jay Stringer
Review by Christian Perring on Tue, Mar 27th 2018.
Ways to Die in Glasgow is a mystery set in Glasgow, living up to all of the stereotypes of Glasgow being a crime-ridden city full of drunks. It starts out with two people coming to kill Mackie, but they end up killing the woman he is having sex with and his dog, and he manages to kill them. Then he is on the run, and he has people looking for him, including his therapist. Mackie has hallucinations due to his drinking, but he is coherent enough to tell his story, and he of often very funny. There are multiple narrators, performed by Napoleon Ryan and Heather Wilds on the unabridged audiobook. T
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Ways to Die in Glasgow by Jay Stringer

You Know Me Well
By David Levithan and Nina LaCour
Review by Christian Perring on Tue, Feb 13th 2018.
You Know Me Well by David Levithan and Nina LaCourSan Francisco. Mark and Kate are high school seniors set to graduate. There is just a week to go. While they are in the same class, they didn't know each other. But they are thrown together during a night of partying in the city. But their romances are with others: Mark has been in love with his best friend Ryan for years, while Kate has been set up with Violet but is nervous about following through. Neither romance is going smoothly, and Mark and Kate help each other out, suddenly becoming close friends, while becoming more distant from their long-term friends. There's lots of emotional drama
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New York 2140
By Kim Stanley Robinson
Review by Christian Perring on Tue, Jan 30th 2018.
Robinson's novel set a century or so in the future shows a New York City not very different from the existing one, except that lower Manhattan is underwater and people get around by water taxi or by sky-bridges between the superscrapers. Sealevel has risen 50 feet. But people still want to live in the city and property is at a premium. Most of the narrators live in the same large apartment block which houses over 2000 residents. The characters include two young boys who love searching for treasure. There are two "quants" who work in finance: at the start of the book they have been kidnapped an
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New York 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson

 
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