Running for my Life
This is an incredibly powerful autobiography of one of the Lost Boys of Sudan, the Olympic athlete Lopez Lamong. I have a soft spot in my heart for these boys and have read many accounts of their trials. This is my favorite by far. (Bonus: It also includes positive, loving foster parents. Hooray!)
Excellent dystopian version of the Cinderella story. Very unique. It definitely leaves you hanging at the end, which I didn’t love. I’m not going to say more, except that I really, really liked it!
I know nothing about dancing, and especially not ballet. Even though this book is very much full of ballet references and the dancing world, I didn’t feel like my lack of knowledge was a hindrance to enjoying the story. I loved the characters and was enthralled by the behind-the-scenes look at the professional ballet scene. (Includes some strong language, and light drug use.)
I have loved every Barbara Kingsolver book I’ve read (which is many of them). But this one just fell flat for me. The opening scenes caught my interest and I identified with the main character but halfway through the book I realized I was very apathetic toward both the plot and the characters. I ended up setting it aside, rather than forcing myself to finish it.