On Jacqui's Bookshelf ...

Just started reading ... What Doesn't Kill You by Leon Ford
Synopsis: "We stand in the front yard, looking at our marriage like it's a kangaroo we just hit on the highway. Is it dead? I don't know. Kick it."

If you'd asked Simon yesterday how he'd rate his life, he'd say better than perfect. He loves his wife and son, he enjoys his job, he lives in a great house and he's got good friends. But that was before the worst day of his life.

Today he woke up on a stranger's couch, hungover, having discovered his wife is not in love with him, his job has disappeared and one of his friends has betrayed him in the worst possible way. If his car hadn't exploded, he'd drive it into a wall. But you know what they say, what doesn't kill you...

Just finished reading ... Fury by Shirley Marr
Synopsis: "Let me tell you my story. Not just the facts I know you want to hear. If I'm going to tell you my story, I'm telling it my way. This is how it goes. Strap yourself in..."

Eliza Boans has everything. A big house. Rich parents. A great education. A bright future. So, why is she sitting in a police station confessing to murder?

About the Author: Shirley Marr is the author of the YA novel Fury released May 2010. Shirley writes what she describes as tragedy-comedy-drama YA fiction with “Mad-Bad-Little-Miss-Lady-Macbeths”. Her writing is like herself: brave, loud, passionate… and completely awkward and precocious. Like an emo Bambi learning how to walk.

Shirley believes everyone should stand up for themselves. She’s not a Geek or a Freak or Popular or a Princess, she is what she believes everyone should be: just themselves.

Jacqui's Review: WOW a YA fiction that doesn't involve vampires or werewolves, what a refreshing change.  This is an easy read centered around a crime with plenty of YA angst and lots of bitchiness thrown in for good measure.  Although written in a quirky, off beat way, it addresses a very real and relevant issue faced by many young people ... date rape ... and the inevitable question that is often debated ... Was the girl asking for it?  Worth a read and looking forward to reading more of Shirley's work. 3 out of 5.

Just finished reading ... The Cookie Club by Ann Pearlman
Synopsis: On the first Monday of December, every year, twelve friends gather in the evening with batches of homemade cookies wrapped in beautiful packages. They drink wine, they eat and they take turns telling the story of the cookies they have baked. Somehow these stories are always emblematic of the year that has just passed, as complicated and rich as our own lives. Lives full of sisterly love and conflict, yearning for babies and grandchildren, passion and disillusionment with men, a secret decade long affair, the loss of a job, the death of a child.

These women are as imperfect as real women, made heroic by their ability to resolve conflict, to endure and support each other.

About the Author: Ann Pearlman's first book was a memoir, Infidelity, which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. This is her first work of fiction and has already been optioned for film. Ann lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where The Cookie Club is set.

Jacqui's Review: I found myself relating to most of the characters in this book in some way or another.  But what I loved most about this book was the fact that the recipies for the cookies they baked have been included in the book and they all sound really yummy!!. I am planning on baking some of them soon. 2.5 out of 5.

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