Search Results: "Jen Kirkman"


BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 12, 2016

"Genuine, intelligent, and candid."
A 40-something stand-up comedian's blisteringly honest and hilarious account of a life still "majorly under construction." Read full book review >

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I CAN BARELY TAKE CARE OF MYSELF by Jen  Kirkman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 16, 2013

"The author seems likable enough, but her basic premise could have been condensed into a magazine article. For childless readers who fear that others think they are selfish."
A comedian's memoir belabors the point about her never wanting to have children. Read full book review >

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LOOK OUT FOR BUGS by Jen Prokopowicz
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 8, 2015

"For appreciation rather than information, this is an interesting addition to the environmental shelf. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Photographs of a series of cut-paper dioramas form this seek-and-find puzzle book starring hidden creatures in the natural world. Read full book review >

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SIDE EFFECTS by Jen Calonita
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"Though it has no redeeming literary value, it may still be popular with fans of the Side Effects series, the first 40-minute 'season' of which has close to 3 million views. (Fiction. 12-16)"
The novelization of a digital series on the AwesomenessTV YouTube channel features musical numbers translated into prose. Read full book review >

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BELLES by Jen Calonita
Released: April 10, 2012

"One-note characters act as you would expect in this generic, paint-by-numbers effort. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
In the first book of a formulaic new series, a lower-class girl is introduced to Southern high society in all its catty glory. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Quirky and bighearted."
A millennial's account of how she went from being the girl all her female friends wanted at their weddings to a professional bridesmaid. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: July 7, 2015

"For Clueless obsessives—and perhaps Jane Austen fans."
The legacy of the 1995 movie described as "a Rodeo Drive version of Jane Austen's Emma."Read full book review >

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FLUNKED by Jen Calonita
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 3, 2015

"For a more enjoyable spin across similar territory (though without the petty crime), try Shannon Hale's The Storybook of Legends (2013) instead. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
When 12-year-old Gilly, eldest daughter of the shoemaker, is caught with stolen goods, she is sent to Fairy Tale Reform School for rehabilitation. Read full book review >

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FUTURE PERFECT by Jen Larsen
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"An absorbing look at the cultural obsession with women's weight and how much energy and effort it takes to live an authentic life on one's own terms. (Fiction. 14-18) "
A high school senior strives to realize her dream of attending Harvard despite financial limitations and her dysfunctional family. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE VISION by Jen Nadol
FICTION
Released: Sept. 27, 2011

"For those willing to ponder difficult questions and appreciate the opportunity to come to their own conclusions, Cassie's visions will resonate long after the last page is turned. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
This dark, thoughtful sequel to The Mark (2010) eventually subverts practically every paranormal-romance cliché. Read full book review >

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BEST. NIGHT. EVER. by Jen Malone
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"A fun, fresh take on a classic theme. (Fiction. 9-13)"
For one night Lynnfield Middle School hosts the biggest event in town, the seventh-grade dance. Read full book review >