The truly amazing books are those that remain with you long after you've closed the pages.
Synopsis: Seventeen-year-old Novalee is pregnant and forced to live inside a Wal-mart when her boyfriend ditches her. Novalee remains hidden until her baby decides she is ready to come. The hospitality that Novelee receives from a small town in Oklahoma is amiable. She begins to build a new life for her daughter and herself.
Thoughts: I can remember in high school when a few of my friends in english class were raving about this book. We passed this book around, praising it and excited to have one another read it. Where the Heart is by Billie Letts has remained with me long after my high school days. I've reread this book many times and would have no trouble picking it up once again.
Synopsis: When Astrid's mother murders her boyfriend and is sent to jail, Astrid really suffers from her mother's mistakes. She goes through many foster homes, and her life is literally torn apart. The relationship between Astrid and her mother is strained and difficult. Her mother is jealous of the new relationships Astrid forms and tries to manipulate her from prison.
When I read it: I read White Oleander during my CEGEP days (pre-university) and I was enrolled in the literature program. It seemed like everyone was reading this book, and I couldn't wait to get my hands on it. It really surpassed my expectations and has remained one of my favorite reads.
Synopsis: Bruno's father works in the Nazi army, and when his father is promoted by Hitler, the family quickly packs all of their things. Bruno is young and has no idea that his country is in turmoil. They move far away from any kids Bruno's age. He finally meets a young boy, but a large fence seperates the two. Bruno has no idea that his friend is actually imprisoned in a concentration camp.
Thoughts: I remember finishing the book and staring at it. I couldn't believe what I just read, and had to go back and reread the ending. I'm not normally an emotional reader, but I was so disturbed by the ending. I was shocked, stunned and heartbroken. I had no idea that the book would end the way it did.