What would happen if you were visited by your younger self, and got a chance for a do-over?
Alice Love is twenty-nine years old, madly in love with her husband, and pregnant with their first child. So imagine her surprise when, after a fall, she comes to on the floor of a gym (a gym! she HATES the gym!) and discovers that she's actually thirty-nine, has three children, and is in the midst of an acrimonious divorce.
A knock on the head has misplaced ten years of her life, and Alice isn't sure she likes who she's become. It turns out, though, that forgetting might be the most memorable thing that has ever happened to Alice.
In 2083, chocolate and coffee are illegal, paper is hard to find, water is carefully rationed, and New York City is rife with crime and poverty. And yet, for Anya Balanchine, the sixteen-year-old daughter of the city's most notorious (and dead) crime boss, life is fairly routine. It consists of going to school, taking care of her siblings and her dying grandmother, trying to avoid falling in love with the new assistant D.A.'s son, and avoiding her loser ex-boyfriend. That is until her ex is accidently poisoned by the chocolate her family manufactures and the police think she's to blame. Suddenly, Anya finds herself thrust unwillingly into the spotlight--at school, in the news, and most importantly, within her mafia family.
My favorite character is Charlie Day who plays Dale Arbus, who is being harassed by his female boss who doesn't let an opportunity go by to grab his penis. She is constantly trying to get him to sleep with her even though Dale is happily engaged. Jennifer Aniston did a fantastic job of being the sexual harassing boss. I was so surprised. It wasn't a role I felt Aniston would flourish at and yet she was great. There is a part where Dale has accidentally inhaled some cocaine and he becomes a crazy person moving at the speed of light. There's a part where he is in the car, as lookout and ends up entertaining himself. Hilarious!
I was hard pressed to find a character that wasn't awesomely funny.
Jamie Fox is Motherfucker Jones - the amount of times they say Motherfucker in a five minute period is amazing
Colin Farrell (who is always incredibly sexy plays a really ugly guy, bummer)
Kevin Spacey plays the worst bad guy that I have seen him play in a movie
Looking for a good laugh, check out this movie.
Quilts of Lancaster County #2
Author: Barbara Cameron
Publisher: Abingdon Press
Publish Date: April 28, 2011
Paperback, 320 pages
From the moment this book started I fell in love. I am a big fan of Lancaster County books and especially the Amish country and culture. The books I have read make it seem like a wonderfully peaceful way. This book was no exception.
Chris is an ex-soldier who encountered Jenny in a hospital while recovering. They formed a good bond learning from each other how to cope. When Chris finally comes home, he cannot get the words from Jenny out of his mind. He sets off to meet up with her and see if she can help with the demons still lurking.
When he gets to Jenny's home he meets her husband and her sister-in-law, Hannah. He is instantly attracted to Hannah due to her unusual Amish way of speaking her mind. Hannah is suspect of Chris and his intentions. Chris accepts a position to help at their farm until a hand is done recovering from surgery. The more he stays, the more he feels like he is meant to be here.
I really enjoyed the wonderful relationship between Hannah and her brother, Matthew. They give each other insights to life and themselves. The conversations that were held within this small family home were so warm. I was rooting for the foursome from the beginning. Sadly, there are troubles to deal and secrets to open up with as well.
Check out the first book in the series, A Time to Love.
Christopher Matlock is a weary and wounded ex-soldier who just wants some peace in his life, but then he meets Hannah Bontrager, a gentle, pacifist Amish woman who turns his world upside down. Born and raised on a Kansas farm, Christopher finally finds peace in this simple community helping with the crops. He expects resistance from the Amish but is appalled when he and Hannah experience threats. When he discovers who his enemy is, he realizes he must stay and reveal a secret that could take away everything.
PS This is also why phones should have a breath-a-lyzer attached, so peeps can't text after having a few. Oh and late night booty calls. Ahem, enuf said!
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"Those are the facts, and they are almost the only facts that no one disagrees about. Almost everything else - from the number and nature of her wounds, to when she died and when her roommate called the police, to who saw the body and the wound and when, to what people said about the body and when they said it, to the exact size and ownership and placement and substance of the shoe prints and the bare footprints and fingerprints in the house, to the DNA traces on the walls, knife toilets and clothing, to the bloodstains and possible semen on Meredith's pillowcase to exactly where she last used her cell phone - has been endlessly debated, both inside the courtroom and outside, around the world."
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Author: Cara Lynn Shultz
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publish Date: June 28, 2011
Paperback, 324 Pages
I always enjoy reading about a new girl in a new school since I was always moving every couple of years. It is so hard to make friends, let alone be the one in the crowd to walk up and try to be friendly with high school. It's crazy hard and no one makes it easier.
Emma is the new kid in a really ritzy school. She makes friends with a crowd of people who are a mixture of mean, nice and gay. She gets into a confrontation with Kristen who is threatened by her and trying to put her in her place, when Brendon comes to her rescue. She likes him because of course he is gorgeous, but he seems so hot and cold. One minute really nice and the next not. Then they get thrown together one night when a group of friends go out and they have an incredible night. But again, Brendon goes cold.
Meanwhile Emma is making fast friends with the "witch" of the school who seems to think Emma has some witchy blood of her own. Emma wears a pendant around her neck that her brother gave to her and she wears it in memory of him, but she is finding out it may have more significance that she thought.
This book was so much fun. I loved the way she learns to be friends with all types of people. Her encounters with Anthony are deplorable, but so courageous. The times that Brendon comes around are heart warming. A good read, with fun twists and turns.
What's a girl to do when meeting The One means she's cursed to die a horrible death?
Life hasn't been easy on sixteen-year-old Emma Connor, so a new start in New York may be just the change she needs. But the posh Upper East Side prep school she has to attend? Not so much. Friendly faces are few and far between, except for one that she's irresistibly drawn to—Brendan Salinger, the guy with the rock-star good looks and the richest kid in school, who might just be her very own white knight.
But even when Brendan inexplicably turns cold, Emma can't stop staring. Ever since she laid eyes on him, strange things have been happening. Streetlamps go out wherever she walks, and Emma's been having the oddest dreams: visions of herself in past lives—visions that warn her to stay away from Brendan. Or else.