‘Allie and Bea’ Make Us Believe in the Power of Friendship [REVIEW]

Catherine Ryan Hyde's ALLIE AND BEA

An unlikely duo, Allie and Bea are destined to become as unforgettable as Thelma and Louise.
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A senior citizen down on her luck. A teenage girl with nowhere else to turn. Two people at opposite ends of life find themselves in the worst situations possible. But out of their dismay, an unlikely friendship is born. Meet Allie and Bea, the two remarkable heroines of Catherine Ryan Hyde’s triumphant new novel. Read more of this post

Neal Shusterman’s ‘Challenger Deep’ Takes an Inside Look at Mental Illness [REVIEW]

Man in water

A brilliant young man undertakes the journey of a lifetime while battling mental illness in Neal Shusterman’s Challenger Deep. (Photo by Canon in 2D, Flickr)

Do you find it hard to understand friends, family, colleagues and others who suffer from a mental illness? Then you’ll want to read author Neal Shusterman’s powerful novel, Challenger Deep, which takes us on a life-affirming journey into the human psyche. Read more of this post

V.C. Andrews’ ‘Bittersweet Dreams’ Is A Delicious Read [REVIEW]

Lonely girl

In V.C. Andrews’ BITTERSWEET DREAMS, a gifted prodigy must learn to deal with adult issues.
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V.C. Andrews’ latest novel, Bittersweet Dreams, takes a long hard look at the importance of beauty, intellect and maturity in what is one of the author’s smartest novels to date. Read more of this post