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Stargirl- Jerry Spanelli
Drama , Mystery , Romance , Young Adult / October 21, 2016

By Shalaina Parikh In the novel Stargirl by Jerry Spinneli, there is a girl named Stargirl who is new to Mica Area High School.  She immediately sticks out because of her clothing and behavior.  She does not care about wearing  a 1920’s flapper dress or an Indian buckskin.  Stargirl pays no attention to people who stare at her or made quick assumptions based on her unusual clothes and behavior.  She wants to make everyone feel special and equal by singing them happy birthday in the lunchroom when it is their birthday or says hi to anyone and everyone in the school.  She dances when there is no music and smiles for no reason. Students often pretend she is not real because in their minds no student would ever be brave enough to perform the way she does.  They don’t want to like that she is different and be associated with a person like that because it is labeled as “embarrassing” and “weird.”     Stargirl didn’t really have friends until a boy named Leo begins to have feelings for her and a relationship is formed.  Leo often feels embarrassed of her actions and that’s  when the story turns.  The way…

Monster — Walter Dean Myers
Drama , Mystery , Realistic Fiction , Young Adult / October 19, 2016

In the young adult/murder mystery novel, Monster, by Walter Dean Myers, a young man named Steve Harmon is writing in his diary as he waits for his trial for murder. While waiting to see if he’s going to be put in jail, he records everything that is happening to use as a screenplay for school. Steve is accused of being a helping hand in a robbery that eventually results in the death a store clerk during the robbery. While in the jail house, Steve is getting advice from other jail mates on how to survive in jail if proven guilty. I feel the book was very good in the beginning, but as it got towards the end I tired of the book only taking place in the courtroom and the jail.  What I would’ve liked to of seen in the book is the police investigating the crime scene or them going to Steve’s house to arrest him. Even though, in general, this book has good detail, I think it should include more hints towards the end of the book, so the reader is able to feel like the judge in the court case. This would allow the reader to come…

Food Rules — Michael Pollan
Health , Non-Fiction , Self-Help / October 18, 2016

Food Rules, written by Michael Pollan, an American author, activist, and journalist, is a non-fiction food guide to a healthy, slim, disease-free life. The way this book is set up is different than most books that you see; in this book, there are 64 rules that all have a different fact and tip on how to change your daily-food routine for the better. This book opened my mind to the seriousness of food and diet. The rules that tended to stick to me were the ones that i could change right away. As a result, I have made some changes to my diet after reading this book, for example, I have limited eating all forms of processed sugar, I went to the grocery store with my parents to get whole wheat bread instead of white American bread, and I don’t eat as much red meat. If I were to give this book a movie rating, it would surprisingly be PG-13, for good reason. In the book, it could be slightly frightening to the reader because of all the talk of living an obese life, cancers in the GI tract, and horrible diseases that can occur from the so called “Western…

American Born Chinese — Gene Luen Yang
Drama , Graphic Novel , Young Adult / October 4, 2016

American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang is the story of a American-born, Chinese teenager, Jin Wang. He lived in an apartment near San Francisco Chinatown until 9 years old. Then he moved to a new place where most of the children from his school are western looking, he was the only Chinese-American student. Other children might come and ask, ”Do you eat dog?” or say, “Jing Jing Chun Chun.”  It made Jin feel abnormal therefore he wanted to be an, “All-American boy.” In the book, it also included a story of an American boy, who also had problems about life. We can tell that the author tried to tell us that everyone has problems in his/her life, no matter what race you are. It is important to be happy in life and focus on what we can do, and we shouldn’t waste time on what we can’t do. For example, since we cannot do much about our race, we shouldn’t even waste time to think will people dislike me because I’m Asian/Black/White . . . etc.  We should think if that person doesn’t like me because my race, oh well, and find someone else to hang out with.  We…