Not as Crazy as I Seem by George Harrar


Devon’s actions might seem a little crazy. He has to eat food in groups of four,(four peas, four M&Ms, sandwiches cut into four pieces) or he fears something terrible will happen. He won’t sit down in his psychiatrist’s office chair, because he can’t stop thinking about all the other bottoms that have sat there. A poster in his Science class is crooked, and he can’t stop thinking about wanting to straighten it. But Devon is not crazy; he has obsessive compulsive disorder.

This book is told in Devon’s quirky, lovable voice. Read it for an inside look at the life of an obsessive compulsive, as well as a good high school story.


Jude by Kate Morgenroth

Jude cover

This book grabs you right from the opening scene. Teenage Jude is sitting watching TV as the police work the crime scene of the murder of his father. They know Jude knows more than he is telling about the murder of his abusive, drug dealing father, but he refuses to cooperate with them. Why???

During their investigation they discover the identity of Jude’s mother, who his father told him left them when he was a baby. It turns out his heroin dealer wife abusing father kidnapped him from his mother when he was just three weeks old. Now Jude is living in the lap of luxury with his mother, who is a DA. Things are going great until one of Jude’s friends dies of a heroin overdose, and he is implicated. Things get even more complicated from here. Read the book to follow Jude’s trial and what happens next.

Nothing to Lose by Alex Flinn

Another blog site I used back then is shutting down, so I am moving my old reviews here.


This is a very good book which is told from the point of view of Michael, a former high school football star turned runaway. Michael’s mother married a much older, very successful lawyer who turned out to be abusive. Michael quits football to stay home and protect his mother, but his stepfather is too powerful for him. Unable to remain at home and watch his mother be beaten, Michael runs away with the carnival. Well, he is also encouraged by an older girl named Kirsten who works at the carnival and becomes his first love. Now Michael’s mother is in jail for murder, Kirsten has left the carnival for who knows where, and Michael has come back to Miami to try and help his mother. Will Michael be able to get his mother off the murder rap? Will he find Kirsten? Why did she leave? And is there something Michael is not telling about the killing?

What We Saw by Aaron Hartzler

From Common Sense Media:
Parents need to know that author Aaron Hartzler’s What We Saw is a serious issue book inspired by real events (the Steubenville High School rape case) that follows the story not from the perspective of the victim but from another young woman who left a party before the sexual assaults began. Protagonist Kate Weston asks the tough questions and is willing to stand up for the victim when no one else will — even if the ugly truths compromise people she loves and indeed her entire hometown. The book will make readers think and hopefully discuss issues it raises about rape culture, such as the idea that “boys will be boys,” that “some girls” are “asking for it,” that covering up a crime is as bad as committing one, and that there are consequences for standing by and doing nothing to help or stop sexual violence. In addition to descriptions of the violence, there’s a scene of romantic sex, some strong language (including “f–k,” “s–t,” “whore,” and “slut”), and a subplot about a character’s mother who has OCD tendencies with shopping, couponing, and working out. Despite the difficult subject matter, What We Saw is a powerful conversation starter that would make a good parent-teen read.

In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware

Nora reluctantly goes to a hen (bachelorette) weekend at an eerie glass house in a remote area of England¬†for a childhood friend she has not seen in ten years. Less than two days later she wakes up in the hospital, bloody and bruised, unable to remember what happened. As she says, “Who can I trust, if I can’t even trust myself?” As her memory slowly returns, Nora struggles to solve the mystery of what happened at the glass house and why. I couldn’t put it down.