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Jared Mauldin has commented on (5) products.

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
Thirteen Reasons Why

Jared Mauldin, November 7, 2012

A heartbreaking story detailing the incidents, some large and some small, that drive a high school girl to kill herself. The story builds slowly, moment upon moment, as the reader sees how even the smallest thing can have a dramatic effect. The story stays very true to high school life and shows how "ordinary high school life" can weigh on someone. A must read for every teenager and parent, teacher, or counselor of teenagers.

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A Prisoner of Birth by Jeffrey Archer
A Prisoner of Birth

Jared Mauldin, September 20, 2012

This modern retelling of the classic "The Count of Monte Cristo" is exciting and action-filled, making this story fresh and new. While originally skeptical about the plausibility of updating parts of this story to modern time and technology (particularly his jail escape and impersonation), I was completely won over. The characters are well-drawn and engaging and Archer manages to stay true to the original storyline while still surprising the reader. With something for everyone, this is a must read!
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Address Unknown by Kressman Taylor
Address Unknown

Jared Mauldin, July 24, 2012

A must read for any reader of Holocaust literature! One of the first fiction works about Nazi Germany, this tiny but unforgettable book was inspired by the dramatic changes the American author saw in her German friends after Hitler came to power.

In its brief pages, the author captures the shifting relationship between two close friends through subtext and nuance as the book winds to its startling conclusion. A plot twist reminiscent of O. Henry, the ending is unexpected and unsettling and will leave the reader with something to think about long after the book is finished.

Easily one of the best pieces of Holocaust literature I have read!
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Happily Ever After by John Klima
Happily Ever After

Jared Mauldin, June 24, 2012

Warning: These are not your childhood fairy tales. These retold fairy tales have all the darkness and complexities missing from the standard 'tones down' versions and back in true Grimm fashion. All but one of the stories has been previously published, and fans of the Terri Windling/ Ellen Datlow fairy tale series will recognize many of these stories. However, entries from fantasy greats like Neil Gaiman, Bill Willingham, and Susanna Clarke make this collection well worth the read. Also notable - a science fiction version of Puss in Boots.
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Gemma Bovery (05 Edition) by Posy Simmonds
Gemma Bovery (05 Edition)

Jared Mauldin, June 20, 2012

More and more, classic novels are being converted into graphic novels and this is a notable addition to that subgenre. A modern re-imagining of Flaubert's classic novel, you do not need to have read Madame Bovary to enjoy this book. The illustrations are classic black and white pencil drawings. The story unfolds through the journals of the dead heroine as we move through the past to understand the situation at the opening of the book. The story ends with a twist that will surprise the reader, even if they are familiar with the original. Wonderful retelling with enough literary allusions to please the English majors and classic lit afficionados, without going over the head of the rest of the reading world.
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