The Twisted Window

Title: The Twisted Window

Author: Lois Duncan

Language: English

Released: 1987

Published By: Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group

Pages: 187

Chapters: 19

Goodreads Summary:

High school junior Tracy Lloyd is unsure about the new guy in school. Brad Johnson is attractive, smart, and polite, but Tracy can’t help but feel he watches her too closely. Then one day Brad confides in Tracy a horrible secret: His little sister Mindy has been kidnapped by his stepfather, and he needs Tracy’s help to get her back. But even as Tracy commits to a plan to help her vulnerable new friend, details emerge that suggest nothing is what it seems.

My Overall Review:

This book was pretty good, and it was definitly a thriller.

This was the first book I read of Ms. Duncan, and I didn’t expect it to be so predictable. Maybe I just set my expectations too high, but it was still pretty suspenseful. In the end of Chapter 12, everything started to fit in and I somewhat had a guess that Mindy was dead.

I actually didn’t realize the book was so old, until I researched online. So if you’re worried about the book being “too old” to understand, don’t fret. It doesn’t really affect the story itself.

I couldn’t stop myself from turning each page, even when it was past midnight, and I was yawning every 10 seconds. You have to keep going, as Lois kept the story very fast paced. She made the story like a mind game, and twisted my thinking each time the viewpoint was changed. I admire her writing skill and will probably continue reading her other books.

The ending definitely threw me off. I felt so angry, and I had so many questions left. I wish that the ending would have gone the way I would like it. Even an epilogue would have had me satisfied but oh well.

The story was good, the characters were just a little under developed, the plot was definitely original (not to mention creepy), and overall I would suggest this book to anyone. The ending just really left me hanging, but it was still very well written and hats off to Lois Duncan for creating a very suspenseful story.




Dear George Clooney,

Title: Dear George Clooney, Please Marry My Mom

Genre: Realistic Fiction, Family + Relationships

Author: Susin Nielsen

Publisher: Tundra Books

Publishing Date: 2010

Language: English

Age Group: 9-13


Violet’s TV-director dad has traded a job in Vancouver for one in Los Angeles, their run-down house for a sleek ranch-style home complete with a pool, and, worst of all, Violet’s mother for a trophy wife, a blonde actress named Jennica. Violet’s younger sister reacts by bed-wetting, and her mother ping-pongs from one loser to another, searching for love. As for Violet, she gets angry in ways that are by turns infuriating, shocking, and hilarious.

When her mother takes up with the unfortunately named Dudley Wiener, Violet and her friend Phoebe decide that they need to take control. If Violet’s mom can’t pick a decent man herself, they will help her snag George Clooney.

My Overall Review:

12 year old Violet is upset at her divorced father, and dislikes his new wife, Jennica. She’s not very happy with her step-toddler sisters, and yearns for her mother to give up on the boys.

Violet is a funny girl, with her way of words and smart alec take on the world. I love how she matured through the book and how she made better relationships with everyone around her.

Violet’s mom (Ingrid), is no way near perfect, but I much prefer her than Violet’s dad. Ingrid did lots of things that I would never agree with, but in the end I felt like she cared about the kids way more than Violet’s dad. Later in the story, when some vulgar pictures of her were displayed on Facebook, my heart broke. I felt like Violet when my face started leaking because of Thing One and Thing Two.

Nielsen is a talented author, and just by reading the opening title, I was hooked!

“FOR THE RECORD: I did not mean to send my two half sisters to the emergency room.”

Much of the plots revolves around Violet. She goes great lengths to “protect” her mother from her line of loser boyfriends.

Now this book isn’t really about the crazed star, George Clooney. This book is about a family that I’ve absolutely fallen in love with. It’s equally hilarious as heartbreaking. It was a fun light read, and I reccomend it to anyone looking for a laugh!