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The Fifth Wave – Rick Yancey

In the book The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey, humanity has been set into panic mode. They came from the sky with one goal in mind, eradicate all of the humans.  The world is no longer what it was before the others came: it has become kill or be killed. The others are among the humans hiding deep within them, rooted all the way down to their soul.  Over the span of four months, ninety-seven percent of humanity has been terminated, so it’s up to the remaining survivors to ensure the existence of the human race.  When reading this book, you follow a temporarily lone survivor named Cassie as she takes on the treacherous task of finding her brother, the only family she has left after the invasion.  Over her journey, she encounters some rather uncanny things.  For example, “There was this, like, permanent, creepy smile, cracked lips pulled back from bleeding gums, her teeth stained with blood . . . And then my mother died in a fury of jerks and gargled screams, her uninvited guests rocketing out of every orifice”(Yancey 52).  Cassie isn’t the only one on a personal mission.  As the book progresses, the view shifts from…

All American Boys book review by Caitlin R and Silver S
Realistic Fiction , Young Adult / September 22, 2016

Hit after hit after hit. This is what the cop kept doing to Rashad after he had done nothing wrong, but because he was black, had a duffel bag, and baggy clothes, he had to have done something wrong, right? A white boy named Quinn witnesses this event and knows that what the police officer has done was wrong. But what if that cop was a man you have known ever since you were a little boy and he has always defended you no matter what? Would you stick to the side to defend your long time friend or would you stick to the side of justice? Police officer Paul beat Rashad up. Paul was inside Jerry’s, a convenience store, while Rashad was there. Rashad, who was late to a gathering, realized he needed to text his friends to let them know. He knew his phone was in his bag, and crouched down to get it. When a lady tripped over Rashad and a clerk falsely assumed Rashad was pulling out a weapon, Paul arrested Rashad and beat him severely. Rashad was in the hospital for several days. In response to the seemingly racially-fueled occurrence, one of Rashad’s friends wrote…

My Friend Dahmer – Derf Backderf
Drama , Graphic Novel , Narrative Non-Fiction / September 22, 2016

My Friend Dahmer is a very unique graphic novel written by Derf Backderf. It’s a story about how he grew up With Jeffrey Dahmer who grew up to be one of the most notorious serial killers ever. Backderf went to high school and was even friends with Dahmer. They weren’t best friends or even good friends, but they occasionally hung out. The Graphic novel spans throughout their high school days and slightly after they graduate. The graphic novel, is in the perspective of backderf, who is the author and illustrator. It shows the leadup to how Dahmer would become an infamous serial killer most people know him as today. Whether it was his severe drinking problem or issues his family had, Jeffery had a rough upbringing. His mother and father ha a bad relationship and were always fighting which had a strong effect on him. He was also dealing with his sexuality at the time becuse he was gay but coming out in those times was not ok like it is now. He was very odd but was able to make some friends by imitating  someone with cerebral palsy, and people thought his impersonations were funny. He never had any…

Finding Me
Autobiography , Drama , Narrative Non-Fiction / September 22, 2016

Finding Me, written by the courageous Michelle Knight, has been a book that I have wanted to read for the past year, practically since it came out.  I am ecstatic to say that all of my expectations and hopes for the book were met.  This heart-wrenching story opened my eyes to a world full of horror, misery, and escape that was a result of pure heroism. On August 23, 2002, 21 year old Michelle Knight was kidnapped off the streets by a man who would hold her captive in his disgusting Cleveland home for the next 11 years.  This book recaps the horrifying events that Michelle Knight had to suffer through, while kidnapper Ariel Castro enjoyed every minute of raping, abusing, and his mental destruction of Knight.  But, when Castro kidnaps two more girls over the span of a few years, will that be her new found hope for escape?   If I had to give this book a movie rating, it would be rated R.  Going to this book, I had no idea how graphic and truly terrifying the details of the kidnapping would be.  Of course I knew they would be bad, but I did not know that…