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Anya's Ghost by Vera Brosgol
The Care and Feeding of Books Old and New by Margot Rosenberg
The Case of the Vanishing Honeybees by Sandra Marble
The Dancing Floor by Barbara Michaels
The Dead in their Vaulted Arches by Alan Bradley
Don't Push the Button! by Bill Cotter
Everlasting by Angie Frazier
Floors by Patrick Carman
Ghouls Just Haunt to Have Fun by Victoria Laurie
The Haunted Mask by R.L. Stine
I Could Pee on This by Francesco Marciuliano
Innocence by Jane Mendelsohn
The Lost Children by Carolyn Cohagan
Making Money by Terry Pratchett
The Mummy's Mother by Tony Johnston
My Favorite Band Does Not Exist by Robert T. Jeschonek
Nine Lives Last Forever by Rebecca M. Hale
Poetics Of Cinema by David Bordwell
The Pricker Boy by Reade Scott Whinnem
Reunification: A Monterey Mary Returns to Berlin by T.H.E. Hill
Shattered Silk by Barbara Michaels
The Solar System Through Infographics by Nadia Higgins
Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk by David Sedaris
Thud by Terry Pratchett
Timeless by Gail Carriger
Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
Turn Left at the Cow by Lisa Bullard
Voltron Force Volume 2: Tournament of Lions by Brian Smith
Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
Wacky Wednesday by Theo LeSieg

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5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

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Comments for Innocence

Innocence: 04/30/14

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Innocence by Jane Mendelsohn reads like a YA Rosemary's Baby with a literary twist. Becket is living with her recently widowed father and is coming to terms with going to a new school and hitting puberty. Her school, while an exclusive academy in Manhattan, has a history of suicides, especially among its female students.

Told in a stilted first person, Mendelsohn captures Becket's increasingly fragmented thoughts as she is sucked into whatever is causing the rash of suicides. When her father remarries, things get worse and she begins to suspect her step mother.

While I'm not normally a fan of punctuation free dialogue, I found it worked here. The book is almost free verse disguised as a prose. With short chapters, short sentences and little in the way of punctuation, I really felt like I was in Becket's head.

Four stars

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