book thoughts: UNWHOLLY by Neal Shusterman

UnWholly (Unwind, #2)UnWholly by Neal Shusterman

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When I heard Shusterman was writing a sequel to UNWIND, I cringed.  It was not supposed to have a  sequel.  I was concerned that Neal had fallen upon hard times and his publishers were just trying to milk his award-winning book book for more…

WOW, was I wrong.

UNWHOLLY was fantastic.  I haven’t read a book that kept me on the edge of my seat in a long time.  We find out about the aftermath of the Happy Jack Harvest Camp showdown and how it effected the rest of the world.  And we finally get some insight into how Unwinding came to be.  We meet up with favorite characters from UNWIND but we meet several new ones. 

The book cover is devoid of color, a boy’s face in shadow, and it fits – this story is all about navigating gray areas and trying to bring the truth to light.  What makes it all so eerie is how plausible it still seems.  How easily something that sounds horrific can become the status quo.  How history is written by the victors.  And how easy it is to bury the truth.

If you’ve read UNWIND, you NEED to read UNWHOLLY. 

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book thoughts: DRAMA by Raina Telgemeier (2012)

DramaDrama by Raina Telgemeier

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What I love about Telgemeier’s SMILE and DRAMA is that they are stories about a girl – not a girl and a boy (though boys are involved, since we do tend to cross paths with them as we grow up) but a girl, living her life.  And, in the end, she learns something about herself.  They are about friendship; they are about growing up.


DRAMA is the story of Callie going through a production with her school’s drama club as they mount an ambitious musical.  She recruits two new members for the club, making friends with two new students, all the while navigating the ins-and-outs with her old friends and classmates. 


If you liked SMILE, I think you will enjoy DRAMA.  The story skews slightly older than SMILE, in my opinion, but it still ends with a very positive message for the reader.

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