The Call of the Weird by Louis Theroux

The Call of the Weird Louis Theroux

Rating: 2 Stars ★★☆☆☆

One cold December day in 1996, I met up with an elderly racist leader named Pastor Richard Butler.


No, it doesn’t get much weirder than this: Thor Templar, Lord Commander of the Earth Protectorate, who claims to have killed ten aliens. Or April, the Neo-Nazi bringing up her twin daughters Lamb and Lynx (who have just formed a white-power folk group for kids called Prussian Blue), and her youngest daughter, Dresden. For a decade now, Louis Theroux has been making programs about offbeat characters on the fringes of U.S. society. Now he revisits the people who have most intrigued him to try to discover what motivates them, and why they believe the things they believe. From his Las Vegas base (where else?), Theroux calls on these assorted dreamers, schemers, and outlaws–and in the process finds out a little about the workings of his own mind. What does it mean, after all, to be weird, or “to be yourself”? Do we choose our beliefs or do our beliefs choose us? And is there something particularly weird about Americans?

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Austenland by Shannon Hale

Austenland Shannon Hale

Rating: 2 Stars ★★☆☆☆

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a thirty-something woman in possession of a satisfying career and fabulous hairdo must be in want of very little, and Jane Hayes, pretty enough and clever enough, was certainly thought to have little to distress her.


Jane is a young New York woman who can never seem to find the right man-perhaps because of her secret obsession with Mr. Darcy, as played by Colin Firth in the BBC adaptation of “Pride and Predjudice.” When a wealthy relative bequeaths her a trip to an English resort catering to Austen-obsessed women, however, Jane’s fantasies of meeting the perfect Regency-era gentleman suddenly become more real than she ever could have imagined. Is this total immersion in a fake Austenland enough to make Jane kick the Austen obsession for good, or could all her dreams actually culminate in a Mr. Darcy of her own?

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Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Wonder by R J Palacio

Rating: 4 Stars ★★★★☆

I know I’m not an ordinary ten-year-old kid.


August Pullman was born with a facial difference that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid—but his new classmates can’t get past Auggie’s extraordinary face.

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Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas

Dangerous Girls Abigail Haas

Rating: 3.5 Stars ★★★☆☆

An American teenager has been found dead in Aruba, authorities there have confirmed.


It’s Spring Break of senior year. Anna, her boyfriend Tate, her best friend Elise, and a few other close friends are off to a debaucherous trip to Aruba that promises to be the time of their lives.

But when Elise is found brutally murdered, Anna finds herself trapped in a country not her own, fighting against vile and contemptuous accusations. As Anna sets out to find her friend’s killer; she discovers hard truths about her friendships, the slippery nature of truth, and the ache of young love.

As she awaits the judge’s decree, it becomes clear that everyone around her thinks she is not just guilty, but dangerous. When the truth comes out, it is more shocking than one could ever imagine…

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I Was Here by Gayle Forman


Rating: 4 Stars ★★★★☆

The day after Meg died, I received this letter:

I regret to inform you that I have had to take my own life.


When her best friend Meg drinks a bottle of industrial-strength cleaner alone in a motel room, Cody is understandably shocked and devastated. She and Meg shared everything—so how was there no warning? But when Cody travels to Meg’s college town to pack up the belongings left behind, she discovers that there’s a lot that Meg never told her.

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One by Sarah Crossan


Rating: 4 Stars ★★★★☆


We Are.

And we are living.

Isn’t that amazing?

How we manage

to be

at all.


Grace and Tippi are twins – conjoined twins.

And their lives are about to change.

No longer able to afford homeschooling, they must venture into the world – a world of stares, sneers and cruelty. Will they find more than that at school? Can they find real friends? And what about love?

But what neither Grace or Tippi realises is that a heart-wrenching decision lies ahead. A decision that could tear them apart. One that will change their lives even more than they ever imagined…

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My Single Friend by Jane Costello


Rating: 3 Stars ★★★☆☆

Some might say I don’t need another pair of glossy black shoes with a to-die-for heel. Particularly when, to the untrained eye, there are eight similar pairs fighting for space under my bed.


Lucy, has a great job, but she’s not happy being single. Yet all her dates turn out disastrously, mainly because she can’t stop lying to them. She invents a different life for herself on every date, one where she’s sporty, has fascinating hobbies or knows about modern art – depending on the guy she’s out with. It usually backfires.

Her roommate and best friend since childhood, Henry, does not understand why she feels the need to lie. After all, she’s loveable just the way she is.

When Lucy decides Henry needs a makeover, he doesn’t realize how much his life will change. With the help of her two best friends, Lucy takes Henry from an odd-jumper-and-ugly-glasses wearing guy with a bad haircut to a swoonworthy hunk. With unexpected results.

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