2. Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
3. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
4. Tithe by Holly Black
5. The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
6. The Awakening by L.J. Smith
Welcome to New York City's Upper East Side, where my friends and I live, go to school, play, and sleep---sometimes with each other.
S is back from boarding school, and if we aren't careful, she's going to win over our teachers, wear that dress we couldn't fit into, steal our boyfriends' hearts, and basically ruin our lives in a major way.
I'll be watching closely. I'll be watching all of us. It's going to be a wild and wicked year. I can smell it.
Leaving was easy. It was everything else that was so damned hard. page 202
"My point is, there are a lot of people in the world. No one ever sees everything the same way you do; it just doesn't happen. So when you find one person who gets a couple of things, especially if they're important ones...you might as well hold on to them. You know?" page 312
It's a lot easier to be lost than found. It's the reason we're always searching, and rarely discovered---so many locks, not enough keys. page 365
What is family? They were the people who claimed you. In good, in bad, in parts or in whole, they were the ones who showed up, who stayed in there, regardless. It wasn't just about blood relations or shared chromosomes, but something wider, bigger. [...] we had many families over time. Our family of origin, the family we created, as well as the groups you moved through while all of this was happening: friends, lovers, sometimes even strangers. None of them were perfect and we couldn't expect them to be. You couldn't make any one person your world. The trick was to take what each could give you and build a world from it. page 400
Ever since Harry Potter had come home for the summer, the Dursleys had been so mean and hideous that all Harry wanted was to get back to the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. But just as he's packing his bags, Harry receives a warning from a strange, impish creature who says that if Harry returns to Hogwarts, disaster will strike.
And strike it does. For in Harry's second year at Hogwarts, fresh torments and horrors arise, including an outrageously stuck-up new professor and a spirit who haunts the girls' bathroom. But then the real trouble begins---someone is turning Hogwarts students to stone. Could it be Draco Malfoy, a more poisonous rival than ever? Could it possibly be Hagrid, whose mysterious past is finally told? Or could it be the one everyone at Hogwarts suspects...Harry Potter himself!
As children, Jennifer Harris and Cameron Quick were both social outcasts. They were also each other's only friend. So when Cameron disappeared without warning, Jennifer thought she'd lost the one person who would ever understand her. Now in high school, Jennifer has been transformed. Known as Jenna, she is popular, happy, and dating---everything "Jennifer" couldn't be. But she still can't shake the memory of her long-lost friend.
When Cameron suddenly reappears, they both are confronted with memories of their shared past and the drastically different paths their lives have taken.
You have to know you own truth and stick to it. And never despair. Never give up. There's always hope. page 42
Here is memory. For me now there is only memory. Memory and pain. All life is memory. Pain is of now, forgotten as soon as gone. But memory lives. And grows. And changes too. page 106
Ordinary people's bravery. T me that's real bravery. But you don't get medals for it or monuments put up for it. page 217
In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.
Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister's place in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before---and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.
Don't get me wrong, I like reading. But some books should come with warning labels: Caution: contains characters and plots guaranteed to induce sleepiness. Do not attempt to drive or operate heavy machinery after ingesting more than one chapter. Has been known to cause blindness, seizures, and a terminal loathing of literature. Should only be taken under the supervision of a highly trained English teacher. Preferably one who grades on the curve. -page 50
Calc was incomprehensible. I could understand irrational girls and irrational parents. But irrational numbers? -page 62
At the eerily Gothic Evernight Academy, the other students are sleek, smart, and almost predatory. Bianca knows she doesn't fit in.
When she meets handsome, brooding Lucas, he warns her to be careful---even when it comes to caring about him. But the connection between them can't be denied. Bianca will risk anything to be with Lucas, but dark secrets are fated to tear them apart...and to make Bianca question everything she's ever believed.
"I'm not a little kid anymore. It means pissed-at-men syndrome." -Jonah, page 23 (In regards to what PMS means)
She couldn't eat here, not because she was a vegetarian-on-principle kind of person, but because she was a vegetarian-because-she-didn't-want-to-feel-sick kind of person. -Description of Ronnie's idea of being a vegetarian, page 70 (This is kind of my thoughts on why I'm a vegetarian).
"There are guys who grow up thinking they'll settle down some distant time in the future, and there are guys who are ready for marriage as soon as they meet the right person. The former bore me, mainly because they're pathetic; and the latter, quite frankly, are hard to find. But it's the serious ones I'm interested in, and it takes time to find a guy like that whom I'm equally interested in. I mean, if the relationship can't survive the long term, why on earth would it be worth my time and energy for the short term?" Will's sister, Megan, page 206 (If I was ever able to put into words my thoughts on relationships...this would be it. Now where can I find this type of guy? I'm kind of tired of waiting and the right guy is hard to find...LOL)
There's also a part in the end of the book I loved, but I'm afraid it will be a spoiler...so that just means you have to read it!!!
Eighteen-year-old Ellen never expected the Hallendorf School to be, well, quites so unusual. After all, her life back in England with her suffragette mother and liberated aunts certainly couldn't be called normal. But buried deep in the beautiful Austrian countryside, Ellen discovers an eccentric world occupied by wild children and even wilder teachers, experimental dancers, and a tortoise on wheels. And then there is the particularly intriguing, enigmatic, and very handsome Marek, part-time gardener and fencing teacher. Ellen is instantly attracted to the mysterious gardener, but Hitler's Reich is already threatening their peaceful world. Only when she discovers Marek's true identity and his dangerous mission does Ellen realize the depth of her feelings for him---and the danger their newfound love faces in the shadow of war.What did you find???