Book Report: Half a Life: A Memoir by Darin Strauss

Half a Life: A MemoirHalf a Life: A Memoir by Darin Strauss

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

“Half my life ago, I killed a girl.

So begins Darin Strauss’ Half a Life, the true story of how one outing in his father’s Oldsmobile resulted in the death of a classmate and the beginning of a different, darker life for the author. We follow Strauss as he explores his startling past—collision, funeral, the queasy drama of a high-stakes court case—and what starts as a personal tale of a tragic event opens into the story of how to live with a very hard fact: we can try our human best in the crucial moment, and it might not be good enough. Half a Life is a nakedly honest, ultimately hopeful examination of guilt, responsibility, and living with the past. Continue reading

Life Definitions: Earthquakes

I don’t know if this is a brand new topic or just a continuation of a previous blog about Haiti’s earthquake. I was devastated to hear what happened to my country over a year ago. I was worried about not hearing from my dad, about my dying grandmother having to live through that kind of terror. But all my worries and fears faded.

And then New York gets hit with an earthquake, a tremor, if we want to be honest. Lasted the whole of five minutes and then everyone went back to work. Continue reading

Book Report: Waterfall by Lisa Tawn Bergren

Waterfall (River of Time #1)Waterfall by Lisa Tawn Bergren
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Lisa Tawn Bergren’s new YA series, River of Time, is romantic, historical fiction in which the plucky heroine doesn’t have to fear a vampire’s bite but must still fight for her life.

In Waterfall, American teenager Gabi Betarrini accidently finds herself in Fourteenth-Century Italy . . . Knights. Swords. Horses. Armor. And Italian hotties. Most American teens want an Italian vacation, but the Betarrini sisters have spent every summer of their lives there with their archaeologist parents. Stuck on yet another hot, dusty dig, they are bored out of their minds… until they place their hands atop handprints in an ancient tomb and find themselves catapulted into the Fourteenth Century and in the middle of a fierce battle between knights bent on killing one another. Continue reading

Around the World: My Fall Trip List

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Beach at Play del Carmen.

It’s been so long since I wrote an update, but it’s not for lack of anything interesting happening!

My Fall Trip List is now available! See below.


Miami, Florida

This is a Birthday weekend trip with some girlfriends. Very low-key, enjoying the last of the summer heat.


Another birthday trip, slightly longer than Florida. Also with a slightly larger group of people. I’ve actually never been to Mexico which I find oddly unbelievable…


London, England and Paris, France

This is my big trip this year. I will be taking my sisters with me. I’m very excited about this one and hopefully it will live up to my expectations!

If you know of any great spot I should visit while I’m in any of these places. Leave a comment and let me know!