Stranded by Jocelyn Shipley
Something’s Not Right.
“Ever since his girlfriend’s accidental death by overdose, Kipp has been overwhelmed by grief and living on the street. But to honor her memory, he finds help and gets clean. Then, just as he feels like his life is back on track, everything comes crashing down. He gets fired from his job and kicked out of his rented room on the same day. So, when Reba a friendly woman he met at the shelter, offers him a job and a place to live, he leaps at the chance. This is his lucky break. But it’s not long before Kipp starts to question what Reba’s real story is. Could his lucky break actually be a nightmare?”
This is a good quick read. I finished this book in a bout 20 minutes. It was good but I feel like it should have been longer, or at least more detailed. It is well written and I like the story line. I even forgot I was reading this book at some parts. I think the characters could have had more backstory or just more information about their personalities and lives, because there were a lot of main characters that seemed like they should have been background characters. This book does have some good plot twists and I felt the confusion the characters felt throughout the book as well. I am giving this one 3/5 😄. And I think for age 12 and up.
The Winter Room by Gary Paulsen
Two brothers, One family, And an unexpected secret revealed on the coldest night of winter.
“Following the turn of the seasons, eleven-year-old Eldon traces the daily routines of his life on a farm and his relationship with his older brother Wayne. During the winter, with little work to be done on the farm, Eldon and Wayne spend the quiet hours with their family, listening to their uncle David’s stories. But Eldon soon learns that, although he has lived on the same farm, in the same house with his uncle for eleven springs, summers and winters, he hardly knows him. When Uncle David tells the story of “The Woodcutter,” Eldon immediately understands that this story is different from any other. It is a powerful and terrible story that changes everything for the brothers.”
This story is good but I think the author should’ve come up with a more exciting secret. On the back it makes the secret seem really big and crazy, when in reality it isn’t that crazy. I liked reading this book because they talk about life on the farm and what the different seasons bring. There is some animal killing described so if you love animals that may make you a bit sad. I think 3/5 😄 for this one as well and age 10 and up.
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