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Welcome to the second annual Highland Park Library Adult Reading Club!

Win a prize after reading 3 books this summer.

If you read 7 books you are entered into the Grand Prize drawing for a NOOK HD provided by Barnes & Noble Rutgers.

Writing reviews is a must if you want a chance at the NOOK!
Reviews
Title
The English Roses: Too Good To Be True
Author
Madonna
Genre
Juvenile
Review
A sequel to Madonna's "The English Roses", "Too Good Too Be True" puts the five friends in a new situation. When a new boy, an exchange student from Spain, joins the class; the five friends, the 'English Roses' each try to get his attention. When Dominic is most attentive to Binah, her friends become jealous of her. It takes a fun loving, frizzy haired teacher and a fairy godmother to bring the friends back together.
Even though the protagonists are five British girls now in fifth grade; the story's essential moral themes of the importance of friendship, the budding of young love, loyalty, and the destructiveness of jealousy calls out to readers of all ages, genders, and backgrounds.  Check this out!
Name
Samuel Aronoff
Title
The Cuckoo's Calling
Author
Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling)
Genre
Mystery
Review
"The Cuckoo's Calling" is clearly meant as the first book in a series of detective novels. It introduces private detective Cormoran Strike and his secretary, Robin Ellacott, who soon finds herself engaging in work far beyond the usual call of secretarial duty. By the end of the novel, their first case is solved and the stage is set for the next one.

Is this as good a book, of its kind, as "Harry Potter"? Well, no. But still, all those who grew up on the Harry Potter series and, now being grown, would like a Rowling series for grown ups, have cause to rejoice in "The Cuckoo's Calling."

Warning: the Wikipedia article on "The Cuckoo's Calling" contains a plot summary -- in other words a spoiler. Whoever posted that article seems intent on destroying our enjoyment of the book. If you like mysteries, steer away from that article until after you have read the real thing.


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Name
Enriqueta Carrington
Title
On Chesil Beach
Author
Ian McEwan
Genre
Fiction
Review
It is the summer of 1962; it is evening in a small hotel on the Dorset coast. Edward and Florence nervously pick at their dinner, very conscious of the bed that awaits them behind a closed door, just a few steps away. They just got married that morning, both are virgins, and both are extremely nervous. Edward's nerves are tinted by the longing to consummate his marriage (his main worry is that of "arriving too soon," as he puts it to himself). Florence's nerves are taut with fear and distaste a the prospect before her. She feels no carnal desire for her newly-wed husband, and thinks of sex as the price a woman must pay for love. Misunderstanding looms.

The character of Florence lacks credibility. Like many of McEwan's female characters, she seems based on psychoanalytic theory rather than real-life women. Nevertheless one feels for the young couple, enough to care for the outcome of the story.





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Name
Enriqueta Carrington