Tag: Gateway award

Gateway 18: The Devil’s..

Posted November 16, 2010 by Lisa Mandina in / 0 Comments

I love, love, loved this book! It was another male main character, but I think I must really enjoy historical fiction, something I never knew I enjoyed really before I was an adult. Our main character is Aiden. We meet him and his sister Maddie trying to find grasshoppers to eat while they’re living in […]

Gateway 17: Funny How Things ..

Posted November 14, 2010 by Lisa Mandina in / 0 Comments

Another male protagonist. Go figure. This book was not a favorite of mine. It was kind of boring to me. Our main character is Remy Walker. His family has owned the mountain he lives on for generations. His girlfriend, Lisa, is going away to college next year, and wants Remy to go with her, they […]

Gateway 16: We Were Here by M..

Posted November 10, 2010 by Lisa Mandina in / 0 Comments

Once again, another boy protagonist. A Mexican boy again strangely enough. Seems like a theme, although I guess this is really on the 2nd one on the list. This was a pretty good book. I do like again how this is a boy that knows it isn’t cool to read and be smart, but still […]

Gateway 15: Reality Check by ..

Posted November 7, 2010 by Lisa Mandina in / 0 Comments

I’m beginning to feel like most of the Gateway nominees have male protagonists. Not sure, I’m going to look through them again to make sure, but right now I feel like all my stories I’m reading are about boys. I’ve got 10 more to get read this month, so I guess I’d better get going!! […]

Gateway 14: Muchacho by Louan..

Posted November 4, 2010 by Lisa Mandina in / 0 Comments

I have to admit I was not looking forward to this book. It didn’t sound good. Boy was I wrong. Maybe if I’d paid attention to who it was written by, the same woman who wrote the memoir that became the movie Dangerous Minds, I would have known better. This book is told from a […]

Gateway 13: hold still by Nin..

Posted October 28, 2010 by Lisa Mandina in / 0 Comments

I know, I’ve been so busy it’s been a way long time since I’ve blogged. And in that time I have 3 books to blog about. Here is number 1. As you can see it was on the Gateway nominee list. And while it was a good book, all I can say is WOW! These […]

Gateway 12: Food, Girls, and ..

Posted October 13, 2010 by Lisa Mandina in / 0 Comments

This wasn’t a bad story, don’t get me wrong, it was just kind of predictable and eh. The main character is Andrew Zansky, who weighs over 300 pounds as a sophomore in high school. He met a girl the weekend before school started back up, and then she shows up at his school. She says […]

Gateway 11: The Morgue and Me..

Posted October 11, 2010 by Lisa Mandina in / 0 Comments

This book was okay. The story was somewhat interesting. Obviously anyone who is interested in mysteries and detective stories will enjoy it. And I wanted to really like it for that reason alone. But all in all, it was kind of eh. I rated it lower because I didn’t feel it was probably going to […]

Gateway 10: Hate List by Jenn..

Posted October 11, 2010 by Lisa Mandina in / 0 Comments

This was a really good book. It really hit hard on the school shooting topic. It also focused in on the bullying issue. The main thing that I really liked about this book, is how it takes place from the point of view of the shooter’s girlfriend. The person who actually started the “hate list”. […]

Gateway 9: Liar by Justine La..

Posted October 2, 2010 by Lisa Mandina in / 0 Comments

All I can say about this book is WOW! It started out as what seemed to be a total realistic fiction type YA novel. Our main character Micah, is a liar, hence the title. She lied when she came to her new school, or just let a misconception spread without correcting it. And when that […]