Robin’s February Book Reviews


The Latte Rebellion by Sarah Jacobs Stevenson. YA book. I bought this from the author quite some time ago. There was a book mark in it like I had started it. Now I remember why I put it down…a little too “cute” for me and some content glitches and inconsistencies (in one scene there will be something like she has a summer job and later she doesn’t) Anyway, I’m not finishing it.

Though Shalt Not Road Trip by Antony John. YA book. This was a bound tally so the finished book might be different from what I read. This is the story of a sixteen year old boy who published a kind of spiritual self help book that becomes a best seller. He and his brother and two girls are on the book tour road trip. Initially I thought this was way to religious for me, but I actually liked it. There are some subtle messages for teens, but not preachy and very real. Rate 3.5

Cheesie Mack is Not a Genius or Anything by Steve Cotler. Middle Grade Book. I bought this when I was working on writing a middle grade book, and as I am cleaning my book shelf decided to read it. So FUNNY….loved it. Should have given it to Zach while I was there. I’m saving it for him. Genius author tied it to a web page with lots of interactive things throughout the book. I bought it a long time ago, now it is a series. Rate: 4.0 for kids.

Audio: Yes, believe it or not. I was on a road trip so I listened to quite a few.

Stone Mattress by Margaret Atwood. Short stories read by a variety of folks, included M. Atwood. The first few stories tie together with some shared characters. I love Atwood’s bittersweet characters, and her not-so-happy endings. I also like that these stories reflect aging. A good listen. Rate: 4.5

The Good Lord Bird by James McBride. This one is very well written and the narrator is superb….but….it is kind of battle after battle…the story of a young black boy who is kidnapped by abolitionist John Brown. Through some funny circumstances Henry becomes Henrietta for the duration of the battle. Well, actually he becomes “The Onion” as Brown is prone to giving everyone nicknames. Anyway…it is excellent and it won awards but I just found I had trouble concentrating on yet another battle. Rate: 3.9

Key for my personal rating system:

5.0 – A book I will never forget, will quote, will tell everyone I know they MUST read it.

4.0 – An excellent book, but doesn’t quite make the best books of all time list.

3.0 – A recommendation, good read, decently written

2.0 – Some redeeming qualities, I finished it, but I’m not likely to seek out more by the author.

1.0 – Don’t wast your time.