What's Going On Here?

There are SO MANY wonderful book review blogs out there and I can't compete with them, that is for sure. So this is not a book review blog. This is just a way for me to organize what I have read so that I can be better at matching the right book to the right person. The blog title comes from the brilliant mind of the most talented woman who ever lived, Ms. Judy Garland. The full quote is, "Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of someone else." That is what I hope to do here and in ever aspect of my life.

Monday, November 26, 2012


This is one of the most well-written books I've ever read.  It is stark and bleak and beautiful.  You can pretty much tell by the title, Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone, that this isn't going to be a perky, feel-good book.  But man, it is really good.
It's a coming-of-age story and also the story of a dead girl.  Maybe two dead girls, one for real and one who dies metaphorically.  Set in a small New England town, right after Becca's graduation from high school, it tells the story of a girl, Becca, who is dying to get out of town and out in the real world when she leaves for school in the fall.  She has a boyfriend, James, who dropped out of high school and he is a stayer.  He kinda reminded me of Funny How Things Change's Remy.  The book had that same kind of flavor, small town, going or staying.  Good stuff.  But this one had a murder.  I don't want to say too much, just read this book, for sure!

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