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Book Review: Music From The Dead by Bebe Faas Rice

Music From The Dead by Bebe Faas Rice is a young adult horror novel originally published in April 1997.  Marnie and her cousin Peter drive up to the mansion that Marnie's father rented for the summer ahead of her father.  When the cousins arrive at the mansion called Stonycraig and settle in, Marnie is nervous because she thought she saw a shadow in one of the windows.  Then, she starts hearing a woman crying late at night.  Are the stories about Stonycraig being haunted true? This is a book I originally read as a teenager, and I remember being impressed by the storyline and writing.  I recently decided to reread it as an adult to see if it was as good as I remembered.  I have to say it was phenomenal.  Well-written and unputdownable.   Even though there were parts that came back to me as I made my way through Music From The Dead , I still found it to be perfectly eerie and creepy.  There was even a little bit of romance but nothing inappropriate for a tween or teen.  The only com

Book Review: Love Story, Take Three by Gloria D. Miklowitz

When I was a kid, there was a book club subscription service called Especially For Girls. My mom signed me up for it when I began to become an avid reader. One of the books I received was Love Story, Take Three by Gloria D. Miklowitz. For whatever reason, it ended up on a shelf in my mom's shoe closet without me reading it. Several years later, she was cleaning out the closet and came across the book and gave it back to me. I remember reading it in high school and falling in love with it. As part of my rereading my way through my childhood, I decided to read it again to see if it stood the test of time.

Love Story, Take Three by Gloria D. Miklowitz is about a teenage actress named Valerie who wants nothing more than to have a normal life like her classmates. When she starts dating basketball player Tom Gordon, Valerie lies about being an actress, which becomes harder to hide when she lands a lead role on a new television show.

One of the things I enjoyed about the book as a kid and as an adult is that it's about acting. I grew up in the industry, which is one of the reasons the topic of the book was so interesting to me. What I disliked about the book is that it may give people the wrong idea about the entertainment industry when it comes to agents, parents, actors, and other people involved in the industry. Not everyone in the industry acts like these characters. It is simply just one person's perception of it.

A couple of things that I found interesting is that the television show that Valerie auditioned for was to be about teens falling in love and their everyday life at Beverly Hills High School. The book was published in 1986. Was it just a coincidence that the television show in Love Story, Take Three bares some similarity to the television show Beverly Hills, 90210 that premiered in 1990?  This was oddly eerie to me. The other thing I found interesting was there is another book published with a character named "Tom Gordon" . . . that book is Stephen King's The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon. I know this last thing is completely coincidental, but it is still an interesting tidbit.

As a kid, I would have given Love Story, Take Three by Gloria D. Miklowitz 5 stars out of 5 stars. However, as an adult, I'd give it 3.5 stars out of 5 stars.

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