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The Museum of Intangible Things by Wendy Wunder Review

I am way behind on writing reviews! It’s time to get back on track. Here we go!

 

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The Museum of Intangible Things by Wendy Wunder
April 10, 2014
Razorbill
Hardcover, 304 pages.

What it’s about:

Hannah and Zoe have faced many challenges in their lives, but they have always faced them together. So when Zoe insists that she has to get out of their New Jersey town, Hannah agrees to pack up her old LeMans and head west. The girls leave behind family dramas, romance traumas, and the prospect of disappointing futures as they chase storms and maybe break a few laws. Zoe has always been the more outgoing of the pair and as their journey progresses Zoe encourages Hannah to be bolder, dream bigger, and take more risks. She tries to teach Hannah about the things missing from her life. While Hannah embraces Zoe’s  daring lessons she tries to hold on to a bit of her old self, the Hannah that is the grounding, stable force in Zoe’s chaotic world.

Why you might like it:

Before I give you a few things that you might like about this book, I have to warn you that the cover is terribly misleading and really has nothing to do with the story. Yes, there are two girls in the story, and yes, they see some mountains, but that is it. This road trip is not all sunshine and flowers. It is frenetic in an earth-shattering, life changing way. So, if you up for some heartbreak, then I definitely recommend this story that touches on so many issues. If you love books about road trips, you might enjoy Zoe and Hannah’s trip from New Jersey to the Grand Canyon. Their trip is quite entertaining at times, even if it does require readers to suspend disbelief at times. If you are interested in alcoholism or mental illnesses, and the impact they have on families and friendships, you’ll find they are both powerful forces in this book. If you love a first romance, and an unbreakable best friend bond you’ll find both here.  If you can handle sadness, heartbreak, and shock that often comes along with the joy and humor in life, you might pick this book. The Museum of Intangible Things is not a light, summer-y road trip book that is all about romance and self-discovery. Actually, it IS about friendship, romance and self-discovery, but it is certainly not light! This book was not what I was expecting, but I was quite moved by what I found.

Want more like this?

For more road trip tales and epic journeys try An Abundance of Katherines by John Green, Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson, and The Pull of Gravity by Gae Polisner. You might also enjoy Breakfast Served Anytime by Sarah Combs, It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini, and Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler.

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Mondays with Megan…It’s Been Awhile Edition & Bout of Books 10 5/12/14

Hi Friends! It’s been awhile since my last post. I had some time off, both planned and unplanned and now I have to get caught up on a bunch of work. Of course, I decided to start with the fun stuff-making lists! At the top of my sort of overwhelming to-do list: blog. Despite having a week off, I really did not get a ton of reading completed. Luckily there is a readathon starting today! I will be joining Bout of Books 10 for a week-long event.

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“The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 12th and runs through Sunday, May 18th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 10 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team”

Goals:

1. Finish all Currently Reading books (see below)
2. Finish all Current Audio (see below)
3. Read The Museum of Intangible Things by Wendy Wunder and BZRK: Apocalypse by Michael Grant

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It’s also time for another It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?, hosted by Book Journey and Teach Mentor Texts

Finished:

geography of you and me  accident little brother  love life storm front stuck in neutral

  • The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith is another  cute romance added to her collection of works. It was just what I had expected and I enjoyed it very much.
  • The Accident by Chris Pavone was a thrilling book about a book!
  • Little Brother by Cory Doctorow is a complex cyberpunk tale. It is the story of a teen hacker who finds himself in trouble with Homeland Security. Despite the complex computer concepts that were totally over my head, this was an awesome and disturbing audiobook.
  • Love Life by Rob Lowe is the follow-up to his previous autobiography. This is another moving, insightful, and entertaining offering from Lowe. His writing has made me a bigger fan and I highly recommend the audio, as it is read by the author.
  • Storm Front by Jim Butcher is the first book in The Dresden File series. I needed a new series to dig into and this was the perfect book for me. I can tell that Harry Dresden, the slightly sexist, sarcastic, and oddly gentlemanly wizard and I are going to become pals. Lucky for me there are plenty of books to catch up on!
  • Stuck in Neutral by Terry Trueman is my middle school book club selection for May. It tells the story of a boy with Cerebral Palsy who believes his father wants to kill him.

Current Audio:

chocolate war rosie project

I am really enjoying the controversial classic by Robert Cormier, The Chocolate War. I am loving The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

Currently Reading:

i am the messenger rebel belle rules enchantment

I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak is a reread for book club and I am enjoying as much as the first time through. Rebel Belle is the incredibly fun new book by Rachel Hawkins. The Rules for Breaking is the sequel to The Rules for Disappearing by Ashley Easton. It is sitting abandoned on my Nook, just waiting for me to jump back on the elliptical machine. Enchantment by Orson Scott Card was a Teen’s Choice pick and I am really struggling to get into it.

Abandoned:

dear killer

That’s right. I totally abandoned one of my most highly anticipated books of the year. I quit when I got to the part where she describes her first kill at age 9. With her bare hands. Nope, not buying it.

On Deck:

museum  serpent bzrk 3

Happy Reading!

∼Megan