Thursday, May 22, 2008

Review: Chill by Deborah Reber

If stress is getting the best of you, the only way to deal is to CHILL!

Chill is a self help book that was designed to help you create order out of complete disorder. To reduce stress in your everyday life. Whether your stress is coming from school, home, friendships or maybe even the hectic schedule you keep, Chill has some sort of a solution for you.

Chill is like no other self help book I have read. Most self help books are written for adults, and teens cannot relate to them. But Chill was written with teens in mind from the cool pictures throughout, fun quizzes and creative topics for your journal.

I am currently using a lot of the techniques discussed in Chill like the Time Management chapter under Managing Out Your Work, the Apply to Colleges chart helps me ease the stress of worrying about what I’ve done and more importantly what I need to do. The Organization chapter made me organize and delete a lot of the items I had in my computer.

Chill could not have came at a better time in my life, with the stress of applying to colleges, managing time and just the stress that comes with being a teen. After reading Chill, I did feel a sense of balance and peace but most of all I felt the need to sit back, relax and CHILL!

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Review: The Temptress Four by Gaby Triana

Four Friends Unforgettable Trip
The Temptress

The Temptress Four is about Fiona and her three friends setting sail for their graduation cruise to the Caribbean. But the night before the cruise, at the senior fair, they all agree to have their fortunes read by Madame Fortuna. Little did they know that Fortuna would predict strife and storms. Then would turn over the DEATH card and state "One of you will not come home." Now with that in the back of the four girls minds, they set sail for a true adventure of a lifetime.

The Temptress Four was outstanding. Gaby Triana really created four great characters. I liked how distinct each characters traits were and how with every day on the trip and with every plot twist they each evolved in some way. Reading this book made me wish I could have taken a trip with my friends after our graduation, the only thing it would not have been as eventful.

In addition: I loved the name of the ship (The Temptress), So closely related to my name!

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Review: She's So Money by Cherry Cheva

Maya's Money Making Solution

I loved reading She's So Money by Cherry Cheva! It was about a girl named Maya who was a very smart girl so she was a tutor at her school. She balances working at her parents Thai restaurant and tutoring. But when her parents leave her in charge of the Thai restaurant she gets a $10,000 fine from the Health Department, she has to pay this fine off but has no clue how to get the cash. So Camden ( a boy she is tutoring in school) gives her the idea to use her smarts to get the money.

I enjoyed Maya's witty sense of humor and the chemistry between her and Camden was just amazing. They truly were like a comedy team, they matched each other’s wisecracks perfectly. I admired Maya’s determination to rectify the fine over her parents restaurant, even though her method of doing so was wrong, she going to make things right the best way she could. From the first day I began reading She's So Money, I couldn’t put it down, with Maya’s wit and the ever evolving plot, you never know what is going to happen next, and that is what is so wonderful about this captivating book.

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