Keysa, September 13, 2013 (view all comments by Keysa)
I picked this book in high school for a fun read between homework sessions. It's not just for high school kids, it can be for anyone who is interested in a unique story. What makes the book is unique is that it follows a high school girl to basically a camp for smart people, and falls in with a crowd of friendly smart teenagers her age. She ends of having feeling for one of the girls she has befriended and things progress from there. She becomes confused because she has always liked boys, but this girl makes her feel special. The book is full of drama and excitement, it's a real page turner. If younger readers are getting into this book, it's great to introduce sexual identity and gender roles. It's a multidimensional book.
leticia_mckean, March 18, 2008 (view all comments by leticia_mckean)
I think that Sara Ryan is a good author. I love The Rules for Hearts, it was a wonderful book I wish that I could have read the first book first. I think that Sara Ryan comes up with some creative titles for her books. I read an excerpt from her first book Empress of the World I thought that it was very good.
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cr_harvey94, September 26, 2007 (view all comments by cr_harvey94)
I accidently bought this book, i was in a hurry and didn't read the back fully. I was extremely mad at myself for buying this book, because i'm not like that. I'm not going to base my reveiw of this book by the story line, just the writing. I don't think this book deserves much praise, the writing wasn't that good, and i couldn't stay focused, she didn't make me feel anything for any of the characters, and a good author can do that, even if im not gay or whatever.
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by Kirkus Reviews,
"Both controversial and long-awaited, this helps to fill a need that is painfully obvious and introduces a wonderful new voice."
by Deirdre Donahue, USA Today,
"Among the better books I have read in recent years..."
by Nancy Garden, Lambda Book Report,
"Funny — sad — bitter — poignant — these words ran through my mind while I read Sara Ryan's excellent young adult novel."
by Teen People,
"Humorous and bittersweet...a must-read..."
"This novel will definitely appeal to gifted, articulate teenagers with liberal social values, like the characters in the story. Probably the masses of YA readers, the same ones who feel uneasy around fellow students like Nic, Battle, Isaac, and Katrina, won't feel too comfortable reading about them either."
by Rachel Fudge, Bitch Magazine,
"What Ryan does so well is cleverly merge two genres...in the process spawning a whole new breed....Young-adult lit has come a long way, baby."
by The Portland Mercury (Portland, OR),
"[S]weet, smart, believable, and charming."
by The Oregonian (Portland, OR),
"[C]haracters are voiced with near-perfect pitch. The action is equally on target....Ryan handles Nic's confusion about her sexuality and her longing for Battle adroitly."
This ALA Best Book of Young Adults and Lambda Book Award Finalist — a controversial, groundbreaking novel — tells the story of a teenage girl coming to terms with who she really is, despite who she thought she was.
Nicola Lancaster is spending her summer at the Siegel Institute, a hothouse of smart, intense teenagers. She soon falls in with Katrina (Manic Computer Chick), Isaac (Nice-Guy-Despite-Himself), Kevin (Inarticulate Composer) . . . and Battle, a beautiful blond dancer. The two become friends--and then, startlingly, more than friends. What do you do when you think you're attracted to guys, and then you meet a girl who steals your heart? A trailblazing debut, reissued with an introduction by acclaimed author David Levithan, and copious back matter, including three graphic novel stories by Sara Ryan (and artists Steve Leiber, Dylan Meconis, and Natalie Nourigat) about the characters.
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