Anna and the French Kiss, review by Shalaina P.
Choose Your Own Adventure / December 15, 2016

The book, Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins is a story about how a girl named Anna is sent off to a boarding school in France. Originally despises her parents for not letting her have a say in what she wants but ends up not only falling in love with France, but a boy named St. Claire too.  The two of them share an incredible connection however, the only burden that keeps them apart is St. Claire’s serious girlfriend named Ellie.  As they grow closer and closer, there is always something that arises which makes them fall back a few steps too.     Will St. Claire’s love for Anna develop to be so strong that he will have to break up with Ellie? Or will they continue to crave each other but have to remain apart?   This story was one I could not put down. Each time I stopped reading it, I would always wonder how they would untangle their messy lives to make their relationship work.  I loved the unexpected twists and turns because it would make their love difficult to figure out and would have you understand how they both felt. I would rate…

Looking for Alaska, review by Payton C. and McKenzie R.
Choose Your Own Adventure / December 15, 2016

Looking for Alaska, by John Green, is a young adult romance mystery book that follows the main character, Miles Halter, during his adventures at Culver Creek Boarding School.   The story begins with Miles living in Florida, with his mother and father, during his sophomore year summer. Miles was tired of his predictable and friendless life and he yearned for something more. He decided to transfer to Culver Creek with hopes of meeting new friends and being able to look back on his high school career, in the future, as the best years of his life. During his first semester, his hopes were met and exceeded as he made the best friends he could ask for; Alaska Young, The Colonel, and Takumi. When asked what the best day of his life was, Miles replied saying that it was “..today..” because that was when he and all of his friends hung out and created a prank.   One day, something terrible goes wrong and the hunt is on for Miles and his friends to learn what really happened on the dreadful winter night.   Will Miles and his friends be able to figure out the truth? Or will the little information…

Eleanor and Park, review by Caitlin R.

Eleanor and Park The most unexpected friendships can be the best friendships. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell demonstrates the unlikely friendship of an outcast new girl and a boy. Eleanor, who lives with multiple siblings, her mother, and her verbally abusive stepfather, met Park on the bus on the first day. Because there were no open seats, Park offered her a spot next to him; however, his initial greeting was not cheerful. Over time, the two grow a bond based on Park’s comic books that he loans to Eleanor. However, Eleanor is tormented by Park’s friends. Eleanor and Park learn the true meanings of friendship and love during their relationship. By overcoming hardships like the bullying and disapproval by family members, Eleanor and Park’s bond only grows stronger. Eleanor and Park is one of my favorite books I have read recently. The storyline is engaging. I like this book because it shows that nothing is ever perfect. Eleanor and Park go through many hardships for their relationship. I found every character in the book to be necessary. Each person introduced added to the storyline and further developed the main characters. I would recommend this book to any high schooler….