You | book review

When a beautiful woman wanders into the bookstore where Joe works, he is immediately obsessed with her. He must know her name. He Googles the name on her credit card, and he's in luck: only 1 Guinevere Beck shows up in NYC. Even better, Beck (as her friends call her) has a public Facebook page and a ridiculously active Twitter . . .

My Views on DNFing (and Why They’ve Changed)

When I was in high school, it was nearly impossible for me to dislike a book enough to stop reading it. I could read almost anything and semi-enjoy it; I didn't have high standards. In college, my expectations rose, which means so did the number of books I wanted to give up on. But while in college and even for a couple years after, I was . . .

The Catcher in the Rye | book review

It's no surprise when Holden Caulfield flunks out of yet another school. Instead of going straight home to inform his parents, Holden spends a few whirlwind days around New York City calling up old friends, drinking in bars (illegally, of course), and crashing in sleazy places. Rather than face his parents, he chooses loneliness and misery, and . . .

We Have Always Lived in the Castle | adaptation review

The Blackwoods have lived in the house upon the hill for generations. There used to be more Blackwoods, but now there’s only three: Mary Katherine (who goes by Merricat), her sister Constance, and their Uncle Julian. The other Blackwoods were killed years ago by poison, a crime Constance was accused of and then acquitted. But the people in . . .