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My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Leila is taking a road trip to see the northern lights. We get hints at why she is doing this throughout the story, but author Adi Alsaid does an amazing job of keeping the truth from us until the last portion of the book.
Along the way, Leila meets 4 other teens in various states of confusion and crisis. She imparts wisdom as often only a brave outsider can do and helps these four follow a better path. She is like a mythic fairy godmother, but helping these people also helps Leila; first it distracts her from her own problems, then helps bring them into perspective.
I found the ending a little too convenient, but for the sake of spoilers I won’t go there. Great book, great character building. If you like John Green, you will like Adi Alsaid.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
There are many good things about this book. The writing, the friendships, the depiction of high school for a normal student, relationships in a divorced family, some racial diversity without calling it out.
Nell and Layla have always been close. For younger sister Nell, the relationship has bordered on obsession. Layla is growing up and becoming detached from her younger sister and while Nell is trying to let her go, she’s worried. Soon we find out there’s a good reason to worry.
Nell is also growing up and starting to do things on her own, with her own personality and activities. She’s trying to be supportive of her sister, but something is just not right. When Layla finally confides in her, she keeps the secret but knows she shouldn’t and it puts a lot of stress on her.
Nell makes a decision and does something about it rather than allowing a bad situation to go on until its natural conclusion. I like this because it shows teens that doing something hard will not end their world.
A couple of things that distracted me: dead brothers as advisers, student teacher romance seemed a little cliche, the “we’re so connected I thought we shared a name” thing, that their parents were always giving them money. Nothing I couldn’t get over though. Fans of realistic fiction will love this book.
We had a lovely time in Florida and somehow I managed to put out of my mind that going to Florida would make it near impossible to do 30 Days of Biking in April. Oops. Oh well, I’m back on the bike and now using MapMyRide to keep track of miles for the National Bike Challenge. I’ll also use it for the Cascade/Adobe Commute Challenge, but I don’t think it will do the auto upload thing for that–which it shouldn’t, only commute miles count for that.
So, Florida. The Mister chartered us a sailboat and we sailed in the Keys for a few days. It was in the 80’s with good winds and plenty of room on the boat for the 5 of us. We had a wonderful time exploring the reef and Key West and then we went to Honeymoon Island outside of Tampa/Dunedin. Click on the picture below for the entire album.
Now that I’m back I’m in full swing planning bikey stuff. I have 3 major things going on. Sound Cycling biking info fairs at the library this weekend, the Commute Challenge–I’m a team captain for the Paperback Riders, and for Books on Bikes we’re hosting a Bike to Work day booth at the Green Lake library. Our Seattle Public Library Teams will be challenging the King County Library System’s teams this year. They have 5 teams and 25 riders. We have 2 teams and about 20 riders, so we’ll probably base the competition on percentages of commutes ridden. They also have a lot more ground to cover in a county than we do in a city, although that might not be a big deal.
As for reviews, I have two I plan to write today, although I’ll probably try to set them to publish a day or so down the road. They are pre-releases anyhow, so you can’t get your hot little hands on them for another few weeks. Still, good to place holds early and often!
Oh, as an FYI who know The Boy, he is moving to Spokane next week to try his hand at job seeking there. It seems that the Darrington/Marysville area is pretty barren and that Seattle is just too big for a small town kid. Wish him luck!
It seems that I will be torturing you with bike posts until I finally finish a book. Sometimes there are luls in the reading enthusiasm, or books are just extra long, or I’m reading 3 at once so it takes FOREVER. Or at least it seems that way. Also, if a book is meh, or the second book in a series, I might not review it. Just star and tag in Goodreads and let that be that.
So, biking! My knee is getting better, although I can still feel a pull in there. I keep riding and it keeps getting better, so I figure I’m not hurting anything.
The first of April, the first day of #30daysofbiking, was my day off. I had plenty of errands to run though and ended up with 19.2 miles. Here’s a quick picture tour:
Day 2 was fairly cool. I rode to work and and on the ride home I randomly met up with a friend and we got a beer at Chucks Hop Shop. 10.6 Miles.
On day 3 I took the long way to work. I took a bunch of pictures with my Contour Roam 2, which you can see if you click on the picture below. 15 miles
Today was less exciting. I rode to work the regular way, then met my family at Northgate. 8.4 Miles. I took The Boy to dinner, then caught a ride home with The Mr. Now we’re all looking at our respective gadgets and relaxing. The Boy is taking in a movie with friends and will be back tomorrow.
I may go on a longer ride with my Woolbuddies on Sunday, but it depends on how planning for the Tour de Cure Fundraising Dinner goes. That’s Sunday evening and trumps everything else.
Recapping, This week from Tues-Friday: 53.2 Miles
Bikes Ridden: Surly the Pacer and Lucille the little green Bike Friday Tikit