Would You Report an Internet Crime?

A lot of time is spent in Linwood Barclay's Trust Your Eyes in deciding whether or not to report what appears to be a crime. The question as to whether or not there even was a crime loomed large. While Thomas is convinced that there was a crime, Ray is not so sure. If he's not sure, how can he make anyone else believe them? ...more
Honestly, I guess it depends on what it was that I saw. A murder, yes. Someone stealing ... more

Do You Look Up?

In Linwood Barclay's Trust Your Eyes lives are charged by the simple decision to look up. Had Thomas not looked up from the street view in the online map, they never would have discovered a crime. Had Ray looked up at a window when they were teenagers, Thomas's life may have been very different. ...more
I'm such an observer, so yes, I definitely "look up". It drives my husband crazy (and sometimes ... more

Who Do You Trust?

It seems only appropriate to talk about trust when discussing Linwood Barclay's Trust Your Eyes. The characters in the book not only have to decide whether or not they can believe what they see on the internet, but also who they can trust with that information. Who will believe them? ...more
My sisters. We have been through it all together- good, bad, and really ugly. I know they will ... more

Do You Travel By Map?

When Linwood Barclay's Trust Your Eyes opens, we meet a man who is exploring New York City street by street. He wants to see the whole city, or at least as much of it as possible, before he has to move on to the next city. What we discover is that he's not in the city at all. He's exploring it by using the street-level option of a mapping website. I found this absolutely fascinating. ...more
I haven't ever traveled by virtual map, but now I'm interested! I love to have actual paper maps ... more

What Wouldn't You Do For A Friend?

Graciela "Ace" Jones is a powerful force. She's loud and tough. She's sassy. I'm pretty sure that Tyra Banks would say that Ace is "fierce." Ace is a lot to handle but one thing is clear in Stephanie McAfee's Diary of a Mad Fat Girl -- Ace is one heck of a friend. ...more
I hope I'd be a lot more rational than Ace was, but I would absolutely do some crazy stuff to ... more

Do You Put Your Dreams On Hold?

Ace Jones, the heroine of Stephanie McAfee's Diary of a Mad Fat Girl often made me laugh when I was reading the novel. She's feisty but under that tough exterior shell she's really hiding a soft, vulnerable heart. As much as Ace's antics made me laugh there were times when she made me sad. Like of many of us, Ace put her dreams on hold because she was scared of failing. ...more
Before kids I was a risk taker and chased every dream (good or bad) it seemed. But now, its much ... more

Do You Text or Do You Phone?

Author Stephanie McAfee had me laughing within the first couple of pages of Diary of a Mad Fat Girl. When Graciela "Ace" Jones starts complaining about how her best friend, Lilly Lane, loves texting and will avoid talking on the phone, I was nodding my head in sympathy ... with Lilly. Yes, it's true, I avoid the phone....more
I HATE talking on the phone. I definitely am not as bad as she described Lilly to be, but I love ... more

Which Of The Weird Sisters Are You Most Like?

Eleanor Brown's The Weird Sisters is the story of three sisters. They are bound by familial love, but really they don't particularly like each other. They are too different from one another and were never really bothered to get to know one another until they are all called home by their mother's illness. ...more
I found myself identifying with all three characters. I, too, am one of three sisters (the ... more

Do You Have a Library Card?

One of the things I loved most about Eleanor Brown's The Weird Sisters were all of the lovely passages about books and libraries. Almost every time books were mentioned I found myself wanting to stick a Post-It on that page to mark its spot. Brown and the Andreas sisters understood book lovers. ...more
Yes, of course! One of my favorite "field trips" with my kids is to the library and they love it! more

I Could Have Been A Different Person

The character of the mother in Eleanor Brown's The Weird Sisters was one of the most interesting characters to me. She is never given a name, she is just the mother. Yet more than anything it is her illness that pulls the girls back home and it is her words that help to, finally, push Rose out of the nest. ...more
I think about the "what ifs" a lot. I never in a million years thought I'd get married young and ... more