Thursday, June 8, 2017

book reviews: three down...

The Flood Girls by Richard Fifield

Rachel Flood returns to Quinn, Montana, a town with a population under 1000 people to try to right her wrongs for herself.  When she left Quinn, she left it in a disastrous whirlwind. She and her mother parted in not so friendly ways and her mom has never forgiven her.  The whole town hates Rachel.  When she returns she has cleaned up, she's in AA and trying to put her life back into order.  She inherits her dads trailer and become friends with Jake.  Jake is a twelve year old who loves raunchy books, rosaries and Madonna.  He has a collection of thrift store clothes that make him fabulous and his stepfather, Burt, hates him.  Jake is Rachel's ex-best friends son.  His mother backs out of the local softball team, run by Rachel's mother.  Rachel replaces her and frankly, she sucks at baseball.  But her old men from AA work with her and help her to become a better player.  They are the Flood Girls.  Laverna, Rachel's mother, is injury in an attempted robbery of her bar, the Dirty Shame.  Rachel, in recovery, is left to run it until her mothers return.  Tragic events happen at the end of the book and they made me cry.
I give this book 4.5 out of 5 stars and it is a definite must read.  It's also a quick read and won't take you much time to devour it.

We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach

This book follows teens from the same high school around after they learn of the possible end of the work by meteorite.  They discover things about themselves and each other.  They learn about love and compassion.  They also learn of hate and destruction.  You don't know the end.  You don't know if the meteor hits or that the teens have to go back to a world of complete destruction.  It's sad either way it turns out.

I give this one 4 out of 5 stars.  It's a good one to read.

The Passenger by Lisa Lutz
This book is about a women on the run.  It starts after her husband of eight years dies suddenly.  It was an accident but could have looked like a homicide and the women was worried her true identity would be found out.  She went south.  She called an old enemy for a new identity.  Afterwards, he sent men to try to kill her.  She meets a mysterious bartender and becomes friends with her.  This friendship is what saves her in the end.  She ends up on the run again, with yet another identity and even becomes a private school teacher in rural Wyoming.  She meets a sheriff's officer who helps her in the end.  An incident happens and she ends up on the run again.  Doing everything she can not to be caught and have the past catch up with her.  This is a fast paced novel and it has a good ending after all that has happened to her.

I give this one 5 out of 5 and I think you should read it.

I know you are shocked, but I purchased all of the books at Target

What books are on your list?  What books should I read next?


  1. Great! I was in need of a good book. I was able to download "We All Looked Up" to my kindle from the public library just now - your other titles weren't available. I really should have a list of want-to-read, but just rely on spur of the moment recommends like this :)

  2. Man, they all sound good! 0_0 Part of me is leaning towards the first since I enjoy quick reads, but #3 sounds great!