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Kate Karyus Quinn
Reviewed by Michelle

Lennie’s dad is an infamous robber who left her in a Chuck Cheese 11 years ago and then mysteriously disappeared. Now at 17, Lennie is dealing with the untimely death of her best friend. Throw in a couple of uncles who make a magic-wish-granting moonshine and a return from the dead of Lennie’s best friend and you have an interesting story. At first Lennie does not realize how special the moonshine is, so she makes a big “oops!” by supplying it at Michaela Gordon’s party of the year. Unfortunately, for these teens being drunk and making come-true wishes is pretty much a disaster! And let’s not forget to throw in a couple of bad guys/are they really that bad-bad guys?
It is a guarantee that you won’t want to put this book down and Quinn’s unique story-telling abilities will leave you begging for more. Quinn is a master at sarcasm. Lennie is a viable character, it’s hard not to feel for her. Quinn somehow masters humor, with some heartbreaking real life teen-angst. Of course, with any good YA novel, there is a super interesting love-interest subplot. Oh and a surprise ending that will leave you shaking your head but happy you read this book. The title suggests that either Lennie is “down” with Shine in a cool kind of way, or she’s over it. Read the book to find out!

David Perlmutter and Kristin Loberg
Reviewed by Stephanie
Grain Brain

David Perlmutter, MD has degrees in neurology and nutrition. He has put his learning into book form for the rest of us. I “read” the book in audio form in my car. What I learned!
Even if one does not have Celiac disease or manifestations of gluten intolerance, gluten in foods one might eat, that gluten goes straight to your blood stream and brain. Over time, gluten ingestion is likely to result in Alzheimer’s’ disease or dementia.
Perlmutter tells us that no matter how much cholesterol one might eat, that has nothing to do with the cholesterol that one’s body produces. The good news: the brain is 2/3 fat and our brains revel in saturated fat and cholesterol. The doctor states that elderly people with high cholesterol have healthy brains into old age.
But a word about saturated fat: it comes from animal ingestion. Most animals that Americans and the world eat are fed corn and soybeans. Ingestion of those animals fills one’s body with Omega 6, with which our bodies are bombarded in all the cake, cookies, sweets, chips, and junk food that one eats.
Instead, buy butter from cows that were pasture raised. Same for all animals that one eats; if the animal eats grass mostly, the meat will be healthy for us and fill us with Omega-3; same for eggs. No factory farmed chickens, please.

Get the audio book from your library and learn as I did!

Review by Patron, Janice Gintzler

He's Just Not That Into You
Ken Kwapis
Reviewed by Kaleigh

        This upbeat Romantic Comedy highlights the many struggles you can have, while being in a relationship. There are four different stories told about a failing marriage, a woman who can’t find her match, a woman who keeps falling for the wrong guy, and a guy who won’t propose to his girlfriend.

        The different stories keep you guessing on what is going to happen to each of the characters next. This movie will make you laugh, cry, and gasp in shock about what happens. You will not want to stop watching this lighthearted story because of the playful suspense.


Jessica Brody
Reviewed by Stephanie

Sixteen-year-old Ellison Sparks is having the worst Monday ever. She starts off her day by getting a red light ticket, taking the most horrible school yearbook photo, bombing varsity softball tryouts along with her class election speech, and at the end of the day, her boyfriend Tristan dumps her for no reason. Ellie knows that if she had a do-over she could make the day right. Ellie's wish is granted but can she make it right no matter how many do-overs she gets? Is she stuck in the same horrible Monday forever?

The story is predictable but heartwarming and funny. If you love a light, cute, and contemporary young adult novel and like the movie Groundhog Day, then you will enjoy A Week of Mondays!