The Art of Fielding ebook by Chad Harbach
Love n Relationship , Sports / September 8, 2011

The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach is a sports novel about baseball but it 528 pages is much more than baseball, it is a magical, melancholy story about friendship and coming of age. A fascinating reflection on friendship and fear. The Art of Fielding is remarkable for the depth of its characters. Living with them, sharing in their triumphs and disappointments is a thrilling, moving experience -and even at 528 pages- one that is over far too soon. Recommended for anybody. You don’t have to be a baseball lover to appreciate this book! Summary At Westish College, a small school on the shore of Lake Michigan, baseball star Henry Skrimshander seems destined for big league stardom. But when a routine throw goes disastrously off course, the fates of five people are upended. Henry’s fight against self-doubt threatens to ruin his future. College president Guert Affenlight, a longtime bachelor, has fallen unexpectedly and helplessly in love. Owen Dunne, Henry’s gay roommate and teammate, becomes caught up in a dangerous affair. Mike Schwartz, the Harpooners’ team captain and Henry’s best friend, realizes he has guided Henry’s career at the expense of his own. And Pella Affenlight, Guert’s daughter, returns to Westish…

The Beginning of After ebook by Jennifer Castle

Jennifer Castle’s debut novel, The Beginning of After, is a heart-wrenching, surprisingly witty testament to how drastically life can change in the span of a single moment. The Beginning of After tells the story of Laurel, and the way her life changes after her parents and younger brother are killed in a car accident during her junior year of high school. It was very casual, conversational, and fluid, but overall unimpressive. Compared to other books of very similar plot lines, Jennifer Castle’s novel failed to touch me on an emotional level. Title: The Beginning of After Thick: 432 pages Publisher: HarperTeen, a division of HarperCollins. Release date: September 6th 2011 Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance. Summary Anyone who’s had something truly crappy happen to them will tell you: It’s all about Before and After. What I’m talking about here is the ka-pow, shake-you-to-your-core-and-turn-your-bones-to-plastic kind of crappy. Sixteen-year-old Laurel’s world changes instantly when her parents and brother are killed in a terrible car accident. Behind the wheel is the father of her bad-boy neighbor, David Kaufman, whose mother is also killed. In the aftermath of the tragedy, Laurel navigates a new reality in which she and her best friend grow apart,…

Girls in White Dresses ebook by Jennifer Close
Love n Relationship / August 31, 2011

Girls in White Dresses by Jennifer Close Release Date: August 16th 2011 Publisher: Knopf Thick: 304 pages Genre: Adult Contemporary Women Fiction (chicklit), Friendship Jennifer Close’s debut novel Girls in White Dresses explores the complexity of being a single woman. The novel follows the lives of three women, Lauren, Isabella and Mary, as they navigate the often treacherous waters of relationships, friendships, work, and the fear of the unknown. The novel is told in a series of connecting stories and is a wonderful approach as it allows the reader to observe small moments within the lives of these women. Each character is real and authentic and the writing is pitch perfect. Conversations between characters are so honest that you will feel you are listening in on conversations you have had with your own friends. Summary Wry, hilarious, and utterly recognizable, Girls in White Dresses tells the story of three young women grappling with heartbreak and career change, family pressure and new love—all while suffering through an endless round of weddings and bridal showers. Isabella, Mary, and Lauren are going to be bridesmaids in Kristi’s wedding. On Sunday after Sunday, at bridal shower after bridal shower, they coo over toasters, eat…

The Leftovers ebook by Tom Perrotta
Love n Relationship , Sci-Fi Fantasy / August 29, 2011

The Leftovers is a newest work by the author of Little Children and Abstinence Teacher, Tom Perrotta. The Leftovers tells a story about people left behind after the Sudden Departure –a Rapture-like event. The story starts about a year after the Sudden Departure. There is hopelessness and remembrance. The main story centers on the Garvey family who survived the Sudden Departure, but each react in varied ways… How do you go on living your normal life after nothing makes sense anymore? It’s a good question and I felt Perotta did a nice job answering it. Tom Perrotta said that The Sudden Departure isn’t the focal point of the story, it’s just the catalyst, that makes The Leftover not a religious book. Published by St. Martin’s Press, this 336 pages book is planned to released August 30th 2011. Genre: Science fiction (Dystopian Novel), Relationship. Summary On October 14th, the little town of Mapleton suffered the Sudden Departure, the still unexplained disappearance of many of its citizens. As survivors try to make sense of the vanishings, one man, Mayor Kevin Garvey, struggles without real guidelines to heal the chasms that appeared nearly instantaneously among those still living in this bereft community. Even…

Something Blue ebook by Emily Giffin
Love n Relationship , Romance/Drama , Series / August 24, 2011

Something Blue is the sequel of Something borrowed from Darcy & Rachel series by Emily Giffin. If the first book told from Rachel’s POV then this second book told from Darcy’s POV. In Something borrowed, we meet Darcy and learn that she is the beautiful best friend who has everything handed to her on a silver platter. After her plain-jane best friend, Rachel, steals her perfect fiance in the first book, you feel like Darcy got a good dose of karma. She did, after all, cheat on her fiance too and ended up pregnant while still engaged. She does learn the error of her ways and really tries to turn her life around, now that she is pregnant and alone for the first time in her life. The ending left me very satisfied and surprisingly, left me crying happy tears for Darcy. Summary Following the smash-hit SOMETHING BORROWED comes story of betrayal, redemption, and forgiveness Darcy Rhone has always been able to rely on a few things: Her beauty and charm. Her fiance, Dex. Her lifelong best friend, Rachel. She never needed anything else. Or so she thinks until Dex calls off their dream wedding and she uncovers the ultimate…

Something Borrowed ebook by Emily Giffin
Love n Relationship , Romance/Drama , Series / August 24, 2011

Something Borrowed (Darcy & Rachel series first book) is chicklit novel about romance and friendship by Emily Giffin. First released by St. Martin’s Press on June 1st 2004, the movie version of it has already launched since May this year produced by Warner Bros. Back to the book, Something Borrowed is a story about 2 best friend Rachel and Darcy and told from Rachel’s POV. Unlike a lot of chicklit novel, this one has a believable story. Darcy & Rachel series books: 1. Something Borrowed 2. Something Blue Summary Rachel White is the consummate good girl. A hard-working attorney at a large Manhattan law firm and a diligent maid of honor to her charmed best friend Darcy, Rachel has always played by all the rules. Since grade school, she has watched Darcy shine, quietly accepting the sidekick role in their lopsided friendship. But that suddenly changes the night of her thirtieth birthday when Rachel finally confesses her feelings to Darcy’s fiance, and is both horrified and thrilled to discover that he feels the same way. As the wedding date draws near, events spiral out of control, and Rachel knows she must make a choice between her heart and conscience. In…