This week I’m in some kind of nostalgia kick, so most of my reads will be books I remember from when I was younger.
What are you reading this week?
Last Things- Jacqueline West
When strange things start happening to local music idol Anders Thorson, everyone blames his number-one-fan, Thea. But is she out to hurt him? Or protect him?
High school senior Anders Thorson is unusually gifted. His band, Last Things, is legendary in their northern Minnesota hometown. With guitar skills that would amaze even if he weren’t only eighteen, Anders is the focus of head-turning admiration. And Thea Malcom, a newcomer to the insular town, is one of his admirers. Thea seems to turn up everywhere Anders goes: gigs at the local coffeehouse, guitar lessons, even in the woods near Anders’s home. When strange things start happening to Anders—including the disappearance of his beloved cat, then his sort-of girlfriend, and, somehow, his musical talent—blame immediately falls on Thea. But is she trying to hurt him? Or save him? Can he trust a girl who doesn’t seem to know the difference between dreams and reality? And how much are they both willing to compromise to get what they want?
The Bell Jar- Sylvia Plath
We follow Esther Greenwood’s personal life from her summer job in New York with Ladies’ Day magazine, back through her days at New England’s largest school for women, and forward through her attempted suicide, her bad treatment at one asylum and her good treatment at another, to her final re-entry into the world like a used tyre: “patched, retreaded, and approved for the road” … Esther Greenwood’s account of her year in the bell jar is as clear and readable as it is witty and disturbing.
Terror Academy: Lights Out- Nicholas Pine
Located in a small New England town, Central Academy seems like a normal high school . . . Some unfortunate students are about to discover the dark side of Central Academy–and learn firsthand the true meaning of terror.
Sweet Valley High Super Thriller: On The Run- Francine Pascal
A shadowy past …After a chilling encounter math murder, Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield are now ready for a calm summer in Sweet Valley-until Eric Hankman appears.
Like Elizabeth, Eric is a quiet, sensitive writer, and the two of them immediately become friends.
But Jessica’s not convinced that Eric is as perfect as he seems. Her suspicions are aroused when her new friend, Darcy Kaymen, thinks she recognizes Eric as a boy from her hometown who has a mysterious past. Jessica knows Elizabeth won’t believe a word of Darcy’s story mathout evidence, but by the time she has all the proof she needs, it may be too late to save her sister.