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Empty by Suzanne Weyn
Drama , Realistic Fiction , Sci-Fi , Young Adult / March 29, 2017

Empty by Suzanne Weyn is a story that takes place in the future, a future that is not too far away from now. Many of the nonrenewable resources are running out, like oil, natural gas and coal. Wars are happening  because countries are fighting for the resources, people are panicking because the price of power and gas are going up like crazy, and people are losing jobs because the stock market crashed. In this story, the main character, Gwen Jones, lives with her brother, Luke Jones. Gwen attends high school and Luke earns income on the black market by buying and selling gasoline to support the family. Gwen and Luke’s mother left them when they was young, therefore Luke is the only financial support for the family; Gwen and Luke’s father was never a part of their life. Luke knows where to get gasoline when most of the gas stations are closed. However, he illegally stores the gasoline in all types of containers in their garage, which eventually causes a fire and burns down the house. Afterward, a super hurricane lands on the south part of U.S.  As a result, most of the stores had limited food, and people attacked…

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Every action has a consequence. Every action, every move, and every word spoken. The book, Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher, tells a story about how a girl named Hannah Baker wanted to end her life. She didn’t fit into her new town, and she was unhappy with how people viewed her. She made 13 tapes telling each person’s story; each tape left out no detail about how she was treated by the specific person. Each person in the book acted without thinking about the consequences. Everything in this book had a snowball effect. This concept is just like high school for everyone, but Hannah had it much worse. Most times, rumors die out after a week or two, but the rumors about her lasted much longer because she was the new girl, and she was just making an impression on everyone. One kiss led into a rumor, and that rumor led into another rumor, which led to something bigger. When she would make a friend, they would turn on her, and that would be another problem. With Hannah being the new girl and with all of these negative comments playing over and over again in her head, she was…

Juno by Diablo Cody
Comedy , Drama , Health , Sceenplay , Young Adult / March 23, 2017

Pregnancy is not only a time of joyous, new beginnings but also a critical part of a women’s development and maturity.  Juno, not like the city in Alaska, is a pregnant sixteen year old who handles her pregnancy a little differently, with a sense of swagger. Juno is not your typical expecting mother. Although she has another life in her womb, she still continuously has blue Slushies, goes to physics class, and talks on her hamburger-shaped phone all night long. Realizing she is “ill-equipped” for taking on the responsibility of becoming a mother, Juno turns to finding the perfect parents for her soon-to-be-born baby. While looking in the PennySaver ads, Juno comes across Vanessa and Mark Loring. These aspiring parents seem like the perfect fit. Although Mark and Vanessa appear to have it all, Juno soon begins to realize that marriage and relationships are much more difficult than what she thought. Through her pregnancy, Juno is able to mature and become aware of the importance of treating people with respect as well as opening up to those who seek her friendship and company. This screenplay is extremely significant because it does not sugar coat the hardship of pregnancy in addition…

Me Before You, review by Shalaina P.
Drama , Realistic Fiction , Romance / March 13, 2017

Me Before You, review by Shalaina P. The novel, Me Before You, by Jojo Moyes, is an enriching love story filled with twists and turns.  Each scenario that the main character, Louisa Clark, encounters makes you eager to read more.     When Louisa loses her job at a cafe, she is forced to find a job that pays well to support her family.  Louisa finds a job that involves helping a man, Will Traynor, who is disabled after his tragic accident.  Will is a stubborn man who is grouchy at times and cannot be the easiest to please.  He lived a very big life, millionaire man, girls at his door every night, and crushing people with his business deals.  He went from being such a known, well-liked man to living in a wheelchair for the rest of his life and being all alone within a split second.  Louisa, on the other hand, is very outgoing and bubbly.  She is corny with her jokes, wears foolish outfits, and talks too much.   This story is all about how Will and Louisa, two completely different people and lifestyles, come together and learn how to teach one another despite their differences.  Although…

Eleanor and Park, review by Anna K.
Drama , Realistic Fiction , Young Adult / March 13, 2017

  Eleanor and Park, review  by Anna K. Moving to a new town and transferring to a different school is not the ideal situation for every highschooler, especially Eleanor. In the novel Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell, Eleanor is different than most of the students at her new school in the flats outside of Omaha; her strange clothes and curly red hair made her stand out from the crowd. Once she walks onto the bus on her first day, she takes a seat next to Park who also lives in her neighborhood. Park is one of the very few Koreans in this town, and he dresses in all black and stays relatively quiet in order to avoid bringing attention to himself.   Eleanor continues to take a seat next to Park as the school year moves forward. They finally break the barrier between them and realize that they both share the same interests. From the moment that Park lends Eleanor his comic books and cassette tapes, their relationship takes off. They both are able to recognize each other’s struggles and help each other out through their problems. From the first page of this novel, I knew that I would…

The Last Good Day of the Year, review by Kristen A.
Mystery , Realistic Fiction , Young Adult / March 13, 2017

The Last Good Day of the Year Book Review by Kristen A. “His hand was on the door handle now, and I knew the door was not locked.  I knew he was coming in.  I closed my eyes again.  I wanted to scream so badly, but I could barely breath.  All I felt was the cold rattle of panic in my gut and the hard beat of blood in my ears” (Warman 9).   The Last Good Day of the Year, written by Jessica Warman, tells a thrilling story of the events that occurred on New Year’s Eve, when a man kidnapped Turtle, the little sister of the main character, Sam.  Ten years later, there was still no hope that Turtle would ever return to her home, even though her alleged kidnapper, Stephen, was in jail for the crime.  As Sam retraces her steps the days and nights leading up to the abduction, only one thing seems plausible;  Stephen was in jail for a crime he did not commit.  But if he didn’t do it, then who did?   This book is filled with mystery and heartache, but honestly, it was too slow for my liking.  Although the detail and…

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Drama / March 3, 2017

Gone Girl, cold, sexy, and mysterious, by Gillian Flynn, begins sweetly with the perfect marriage between Amy and Nick Dunne. On their anniversary, Amy makes crepes as Nick walks blearily down the stairs, watching his pretty wife dust flower off of her cheek. This same day, Amy disappears. Nick arrives home later in the day to find the entire house knocked off-kilter: picture frames crooked, broken glass, knocked over tables. More and more marital problems come forth throughout this book, which steps backwards and forwards in time in multi-month, or year, intervals. It seems a map would be helpful in figuring out the time logs on each chapter, written from the narrative of both Amy and Nick at different points in their “love story”. At different sections and entries, narrator and time frame changes. The book flips from describing their lives as newlyweds to the day they first met, forward to the day Amy went missing, then right back to their first fight. Amy’s diary entries reveal shocking secrets that become more dark and twisted as time goes on, while Nick’s narrations bring a shade of innocence and confusion in their story. The reader becomes conflicted about who to incriminate…

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
Mystery , Young Adult / March 1, 2017

Every action has a consequence. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher shows how the smallest action can impact someone’s life. Hannah Baker kills herself after her reputation was destroyed by many of her classmates. She decides to record 7 tapes, each side is a different person with what they did to influence her decision. The tapes would have to go to each person on the list, in order, unless they want a second set of tapes to be released, which would expose their stories. Clay Jensen is the next person on the list, but why? He listens to the tapes and he follows the map he was given before Hannah died. As he listens to the stories, he starts to realize that the most insignificant joke started to destroy this girl’s life until she could not handle it anymore. Clay then figures out that all the people on the tapes are not who they seem to be.   Thirteen Reasons Why is one of my favorite books I have read this year. The storyline is not like many other books. It discusses suicide, which is a difficult topic for some, but it also discusses change and closure. Change is shown…