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This synergistic lullaby

Just finished This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen, a book that someone on yalitlovers recommended a while back.

Very good story, but I was struck by its timing in my life. Nothing like strongly identifying with a main character to pull you into a story. She even throws glasses of pop as weapons, something that my friends are very familiar with!

I think I see a shower in my very near future.

UPDATE: Sarah Dessen is an LJer. She's writergrl. Should I place a fan comment on her journal? Maybe I'll read another one of her books first.


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Nov. 9th, 2002 01:25 pm (UTC)
Hey Stewart
My sis wants to come to CMU next year and I think maybe I should have someone else give her the tour of campus, since the fact that I won't be here next year is probably a selling point for her on coming here. :) So, I was wondering what she has to do to set up a tour with you or the other Campus Ambassador people.
And yes, if I had to make some interests for LJ, fantasy football would be one of them, since it does seem to comsume most of my time spent on the Internet. :) I think I would also have to add: No Doubt, Skittles candy, Austin Powers movies, punk rock, John Lennon, brisk fall days, and making fun of "Boston Public". Ha ha
Nov. 9th, 2002 01:32 pm (UTC)
The Admissions office gives tours at 10,11,12,1,2 M-F, which she can just drop in for if she wants. There are also weekend programs. If she wants to schedule an appointment, they will go over her app while she waits and discuss it with her, in addition to sending her on a tour. The phone number is 774-3076 (I can't remember the 800 number). If you want me to give the tour, I can let you know the next time I give one, or I will just give her an unofficial tour whenever. Just let me know.
Nov. 9th, 2002 07:45 pm (UTC)
Thanks, I'll tell her and let you know what she wants to do.
Have a good rest of the weekend.
Nov. 9th, 2002 04:38 pm (UTC)
Can you tell me a little more...
My literary exploration has been at a standstill lately. Can you tell me a little more about this book? Maybe I'll pick it up. I'm so particular with what I read, but it sounds interesting.

Oh yeah, and hi Stewart. How are you? :)
Nov. 9th, 2002 10:14 pm (UTC)
Re: Can you tell me a little more...
On some levels, it's a typical YA book, a story about a teen having difficulties dealing with life, parents, love, etc.

Remy, the main character, never lets men (I guess I should say boys) get close to her, as her mother's 4+ marriages have lead her to believe that loving someone else is asking for pain. She's getting ready to leave her home, a chaotic mother who needs Remy to bring structure to her life, and her three best friends to go to college. She meets a boy, and life happens. It was more trite than some books I've read, but it's a very realistic portrait of trying to stay in control of your life when it has very different ideas for you.

Do you care for YA fiction (some don't)? I find that it is more tightly written than "adult" fiction, as YA authors can't get away with pages and pages of off topic rambling. If you want an excellent read, and aren't afraid of the YA label, go for Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials series. Check out this link for brief descriptions of all the books. Here's a little quote about the first book to hopefully tempt you.
In The Golden Compass, Philip Pullman has written a masterpiece that transcends genre. It is a children's book that will appeal to adults, a fantasy novel that will charm even the most hardened realist. Best of all, the author doesn't speak down to his audience, nor does he pull his punches; there is genuine terror in this book, and heartbreak, betrayal, and loss. There is also love, loyalty, and an abiding morality that infuses the story but never overwhelms it. This is one of those rare novels that one wishes would never end. Fortunately, its sequel, The Subtle Knife, will help put off that inevitability for a while longer. --Alix Wilber

I love discussing these books with people, and would welcome the chance to do so with you. Even with their flaws (he doesn't quite live up to the task he sets himself with this series), they are still magnificent. They are why I currently have a thing with dragonflies! One warning, if you look around on the internet too much for info about these books, you will find a lot of spoilers that aren't hidden well at all. I think you should just trust me and pick them up at your library/bookstore asap ;-).

Well here I've gone and written a novel in a comment space. Have a great night. I look forward to hearing from you soon.
Nov. 9th, 2002 11:15 pm (UTC)
Re: Can you tell me a little more...
I'm assuming by YA you mean Young Adult. No, it really doesn't bother me. I used to teach and assist in the schools, so I've bought all sorts of children's and YA books.

I have a feeling I'm going to veg tomorrow, despite the fact that I have errands to run. But I know I'll be out and about on Monday and I'll hit the Barnes & Noble and see if I can pick up one of the books in the series (the first, of course). My favorite all time children's/YA book that I've loved as a kid and as an adult is My Side of the Mountain - Jean Craighead George. The escapism and independence themes in that book are so relatable for me...or at least they were during a very difficult time.

I've got to get to bed. I look forward to talking with you more about this!
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