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Read from July 8th- July 13th What My Mother Doesn’t know… five words that could make or break a relationship between mother and daughter, but this book isn’t all about a mother and daughter’s relationship. This is a story about a girl and her first loves and the struggle as a popular high school girl. Her name is Sophie Stein. Everyone thinks Sophie’s life is easy and care free because she is beautiful and popular, but that’s not true. Her family consists of her mom and dad who constantly fight and her dad is never there because he is at “work”. No matter who Sophie goes out with it never works. All she wants is a good guy who will treat her well, but let’s face it that’s easier said than done. Sophie really reminds me of Beth from the movie I Love You Beth Cooper. They both seem to have it together, but their lives are far from it. This book is a great realistic fiction book because the heart break and just what Sophie is going through happens in so many lives everyday. This book taught me so much through Sophie’s feelings and the theme of the book which was, love is a strong word and a strong feeling and you need to be sure your ready for it. Also that opening up to somebody isn’t that bad. It can really help you with your struggles in life. I highly recommend this to teenage girls who like reading about love, friends, and the struggle to make things work in a world where it isn’t always easy. I mean it’s just love right?

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3.5 stars This review was first posted @ The Australian Bookshelf Shelter is the first YA novel in the new Mickey Bolitar series by bestselling mystery author, Harlan Coben. Mickey is a fifteen year old boy who starts at a new school and has to deal with all the usual high school problems of making friends, avoiding enemies and finding his place. But Mickey is not really your average kid, considering his father recently died and his mother checked into rehab and he has moved in with his uncle who he does not regard highly. Then his new girlfriend Ashley goes missing and Mickey becomes the school detective to try and track her down. At first I wasn’t sure whether I would enjoy this novel as Mickey’s POV is written in a very matter-of-fact and proud manner which made it difficult to relate to him as a character initially. He did end up growing on me though as he is a caring person who looks out for those who don’t have the same advantages as him in life. Shelter is very much a mystery novel in a YA setting and its unpredictability made it an attractive standout to other novels in this genre. I had no idea where the storyline was going for most of the novel which at times were frustrating because nothing was answered but at the same time I kept turning the pages to see what would happen next. I really enjoyed the secondary characters Spoon and Ema and they added a nice dimension to the story. The Bat Lady who implants the idea that Mickey’s father may still be alive is a quirky character who creates more questions than answers in this story. Ashley made only a fleeting impression at the beginning of the book so I didn’t have much of an allegiance with her and this made it difficult to relate to Mickey’s persistence in trying to find her. I like that this novel brought to the forefront many issues that teens are faced with; drug addiction, grief, loss and bullying. Shelter has intrigued me enough to want to read more of the series as it is released, but I do hope that some of the cliff-hanger questions are answered.