Divergent: Review Haiku

Does the world need more
dystopian YA? Well,
this one kinda rocks.

Divergent by Veronica Roth. Harper, 2011, 496 pages.


Clementine and the Family Meeting: Review Haiku

Clementine returns!
(I vote for One-Ball Reilly
as a name.)

Clementine and the Family Meeting by Sara Pennypacker. Hyperion, 2011, 176 pages.


This Won't Hurt a Bit: Review Haiku

The first step in
Medical Memoir Addiction:
admit your problem.


Happy Thanksgiving!

. . . from my Turkey to yours.


Emmy and the Rats in the Belfry: Review Haiku

Good rats win, again.
(It's okay that I still find
them revolting, right?)

Emmy and the Rats in the Belfry by Lynne Jonell. Holt, 2011, 384 pages.


Tales for Very Picky Eaters: Review Haiku

Funny for me? Yes.
Funny for the children? Erm . . .
maybe not so much.

Tales for Very Picky Eaters by Josh Schneider. Clarion, 2011, 48 pages.


The Last Time I Saw You: Review Haiku

Nostalgia, and could-
have-beens, and surprisingly
honest life lessons.

The Last Time I Saw You by Elizabeth Berg. Ballantine, 2010, 288 pages.

P.S. Annoyingly Unanswered Question: WHY was this their last-ever reunion? HS reunions don't traditionally stop after the 40th, as far as I know. Everybody kept saying, "Oh, it's our last one!" but nobody ever explained why (except, you know, as a Convenient Plot Device, I guess). Irritating.


The Borrower: Review Haiku

Reluctant kidnapper/
librarian gets in
over her head. FAB.

The Borrower by Rebecca Makkai. Viking, 2011, 336 pages.


Sex on the Moon: Review Haiku

Too clever by half:
hardscrabble genius loses
everything for love.

P.S. Hyperbole much, Ben?


Warp Speed: Review Haiku

Slow to get started,
but ultimately satisfying:
geek makes good.

Warp Speed by Lisa Yee. Levine/Scholastic, 2011, 320 pages.


Bossypants: Review Haiku

YES, I'm the last person
to read it, and YES, it
really is that good.

Bossypants by Tina Fey. Reagan Arthur Books, 2011, 320 pages.

P.S. Happy birthday to my big sister! I can't imagine why this title made me think of you.


Between Expectations: Review Haiku

Yes, I AM a sucker
for medical-school memoirs --
why do you ask?

Between Expectations: Lessons from a Pediatric Residency by Meghan Weir, MD. Free Press, 2011, 288 pages.


Lucky for Good: Review Haiku

Careful, brilliant
conclusion to Lucky's Hard Pan
history. Enjoy.

Lucky for Good by Susan Patron. Atheneum, 2011, 224 pages.

P.S. Hate new illos. Haaaaate.