Monday, February 28, 2011

Three Black Swans

Cousins Missy and Claire have always been close, and people often mistake them for twins. So, when Missy decides to pull a hoax and introduce Claire (who lives 20 minutes away) as her long lost identical twin, she has no idea what sort of secrets she might dig up. 

I loved Caroline B. Cooney when I was younger, and this book got good reviews, so it went into the pile to be read. I have to say that it started off a little choppy, but I couldn't help but get involved in the characters. I actually teared up near the end of the book. I'd suggest it mostly for female readers, because I think girls will relate to at least one of the girls in the book

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Easy A - a review

As a Teen Librarian I get to order and process books.  Well, I also now order, process, and maintain a teen DVD collection as well.  A recent addition to this collection is the movie Easy A starring Emma Stone.  I was pretty psyched to see this movie because it looked funny, and I think Emma Stone is awesome (even if she is starting to get a little too Lohan skinny).

The movie Easy A finds Emma Stone's character, Olive, selling made up sex and make out stories to boys who want to help their reputations.  Olive gets a reputation as the school slut, and then starts dressing up to that reputation.  All the while, she is secretly (or not so secretly) in love with a fellow student, and she has yet to even sleep with anyone.  During this time, Olive's English class is reading The Scarlet Letter, and Olive relates more and more to Hester Prynne and the movie goes along.

I could easily tell that whomever made this movie LOVES 80's movies, because I saw a ton of homages to my much beloved decade of movies.  Also, there were some downright hilarious parts in Easy A.  On a whole though, the movie fell kinda flat.  Emma Stone kept making faces, and wasn't as fun and spunky as she was in Zombieland or Superbad.  Most of the "teenagers" looked way older than they were supposed to be, and the romantic plot was pretty obvious.  Plus, what school is going to let a girl go around in bustiers all the time?  Meh.  Not overly impressed.

Also, this movie has the WORST lighting I've ever seen.  Emma stone didn't look pale, she looked like she'd been dead in the bottom of a river for 3 months then dragged out and forced to star in this movie.  She was that level of pale.  

Tuesday, February 1, 2011


I got an article published!  This week my very first article in VOYA (Voices of Youth Advociates) magazine came out.  The article is about Twitter, and using Twitter as a librarian.  I'm so proud, and very excited.  I love writing, love my job, love technology, and this article combined all three.  :-)