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Guest Review: Twilight

My daughter Ally is our guest reviewer today.  She recently read the very popular young adult novel Twilight by Stephenie Meyer, and agreed to write a review for me. 

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer is a book about Bella who moves from her mom’s house in Arizona to her dad’s house in Forks, Washington. The school that she goes to is a lot smaller then the one she went to in Arizona. Five vampires go to school there, too. They only killed animals. One of the vampires, Edward, was her boyfriend. When she went to see his family and watch them play baseball, three other vampires come to play. Two of them tried to kill Bella and Edward’s family had to help her.

This was a great book. I liked how it was exciting and interesting. There wasn’t any part that was boring. I think the best part was when Edward told Bella that he is a vampire. There are four books in this series and I can’t wait to read the next one.

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Review: The True and Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters

When Olivia Hunt was a child, she used to make up bedtime stories for her little sister Maddie; she called them the True and Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters. In Elisabeth Robinson’s debut novel, Olivia is now a thirty-something movie producer living in Los Angeles. Maddie is in her mid-twenties, married just over a year, and fighting leukemia. Olivia jets between California and Ohio to be with Maddie and finds herself spinning new tales of the Hunt sisters as she sits by Maddie’s bedside.

During this time Olivia is also struggling to accept demise of a long-term relationship with her artist boyfriend and producing a movie based on the novel Don Quixote. Her take on Hollywood and the movie business is hilarious and likely quite accurate since Robinson herself was a movie producer prior to becoming a novelist.

When I realized that this entire novel is told in letters – from Olivia to her sister, her best friend, her newly ex-boyfriend, her parents and colleagues – I wondered how the author could possibly give enough background and depth to her story. I was pleasantly surprised when she succeeded in doing just that.

Her letters were more detailed than any I have ever written or received, but given Olivia’s character and the tone of the book, they were believable. Through her candid, introspective communication, I came to know Olivia as conflicted and lovable, a mix of hopeful naivety and world-worn cynicism, dedicated to her family and reservedly so to her career, a writer at heart, who could bare her soul most easily with pen and paper.

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