Should Old Acquaintance be Forgot: Our Best/Worst of 2015

Monday, January 11, 2016

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It's the New Year. That means resolutions and new books to read for 2016. Still, it can be fun to look back on the past year and see what you liked and what wasn't so great. Here are picks from Steph and Tracy of the best and worst books we read this year.


Best Book You Read This Year: What You Left Behind by Jessica Verdi

It’s all Ryden’s fault. If he hadn’t gotten Meg pregnant, she would have never stopped her chemo treatments and would still be alive. Instead, he’s failing fatherhood one dirty diaper at a time. And it’s not like he’s had time to grieve while struggling to care for their infant daughter, start his senior year, and earn the soccer scholarship he needs to go to college.


I read some great books in 2015 like Eleanor & Park, Emmy & Oliver, Drowning Ruth, and Silent Alarm , but for some reason What You Left Behind is the one that sticks out the most. I loved it because it was the sort of book you don't want to end and I really liked Ryden's POV. The book has a unique twist on a familiar plot that I think was well executed by Verdi. Not only does Jessica Verdi let Meg be the "bad guy" at times but she lets the guy by the primary care giver. It was realistically done and all characters were believable. I hope the author checks in on Ryden and Hope again in the future.

Worst Book You Read This Year: You’ll Always Be Mine by Natasha Preston

After escaping from police custody, Clover tries to piece his life back together. Determined to return to home and be reunited with his family, he has to first elude the country wide man hunt. Will he be able to resist his old ways in order to remain undetected? After hearing that Colin has escaped, Summer and Becca prepare themselves for the inevitable; Clover is coming back for them. Will the police and their families be enough to protect them? Clover’s coming back and he’s determined to prove to the girls you’ll always be mine.

The plot of this book was so ridiculous and the sequel so unnecessary that I can't even with this book.


Best Book You Read This Year: Lois Lane Fallout by Gwenda Bond

Lois Lane is starting a new life in Metropolis. An Army brat, Lois has lived all over—and seen all kinds of things. (Some of them defy explanation, like the near-disaster she witnessed in Kansas in the middle of one night.) But now her family is putting down roots in the big city, and Lois is determined to fit in. Stay quiet. Fly straight. As soon as she steps into her new high school, though, she can see it won’t be that easy. A group known as the Warheads is making life miserable for another girl at school. They’re messing with her mind, somehow, via the high-tech immersive videogame they all play. Not cool. Armed with her wit and her new snazzy job as a reporter, Lois has her sights set on solving this mystery. But sometimes it’s all a bit much. Thank goodness for her maybe-more-than-a friend, a guy she knows only by his screenname, SmallvilleGuy.


So much love for this book. It’s funny, it’s sweet, it’s exciting- what’s not to like? Plus, it makes me nostalgic for my semi-recent binge watching of Smallville...

Worst Book You Read This Year: Down the Rabbit Hole by Peter Abrahams

Ingrid is in the wrong place at the wrong time. Or at least her shoes are. And getting them back will mean getting tangled up in a murder investigation as complicated as the mysteries solved by her idol, Sherlock Holmes. With soccer practice, schoolwork, and the lead role in her town's production of Alice in Wonderland, Ingrid is swamped. But as things in Echo Falls keep getting curiouser and curiouser, Ingrid realizes she must solve the murder on her own -- before it's too late!


This was such a let down. The cover and title are purposefully misleading and the plot doesn’t actually connect to Alice in Wonderland (beyond the school play), though I suppose the fact that a lot of it is nonsense reminds me of Alice (except this is bad nonsense). I’m also really not a fan of the casually included, consequence free, domestic abuse.

What were your best/worst of 2015? Tell us in the comments below!
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Tracy is a history/film fan who loves to read YA, historical and contemporary fiction. She’s also a sucker for a sad tale. Harry Potter (“Harry Potter”), Peeta Mellark (“Hunger Games”), Nathaniel Blake (“Little Men”) and Daniel Landon (“Catcher, Caught”) are her literary boyfriends. She’s also the resident Ravenclaw and librarian.

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