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I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga

How would you deal with your dad being serial killer? The book I Hunt Killers is set in present day, small town America, with the main character being a teenage boy, Jazz. Jazz is a normal kid. He works at his local YMCA, has a girlfriend, goes to highschool, but what makes him different is the fact that his dad is one of the nation’s infamous serial killer. Jazz’s personality it affected greatly by his involvement in his father’s crimes, since his father had taken him to the murders since he was just five years old.  When Jazz was twelve years old, his father was caught and imprisoned, leaving him to live with his delusional grandmother.  The book opens with Jazz at a crime scene of a young woman in his hometown. This crime scene would undoubtedly be the start of what Jazz feared the most, another serial killer. With Jazz’s unique ability to understand what the serial killers are thinking and how they act, it causes the reader to question what parts of Jazz’s dad make up Jazz. This uneasy tone is felt throughout the whole book as Jazz is fighting with his inner self and trying to prove…

The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch

In The Last Lecture, professor Randy Pausch expands on a speech he gave at Carnegie Mellon University in September 2007. Pausch, who was diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer, wrote this lecture that became a book. It primarily targets young adults and children who are hoping to attain their dreams. Sadly, Pausch passed away in 2008, not long after he gave the “last” lecture. Written with humor and intelligence, this book reflects on the main points of the lecture: the importance of good parenting, dreaming big, and how to put people before possessions. For example, pausch once picked up his nephew in his new Volkswagen Cabrio Convertible. His sister told the kids not to mess anything up and to wipe off their feet before they got in, Pausch overheard this and decided to intentionally spill a coke all over the seats to show the kids that even though the car was nice, it was still just a thing. Pausch was a computer scientist at Carnegie Mellon University, at the age of 47 he was diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer. This, of course, shocked his family, he had three children, Logan, Chloe, Dylan and a wife, Jai. His book was actually written…

Monsters by Rich Cohen

Monsters by Rich Cohen was not only great for  Bears fans but for any sports fan in general. A good alternative title would be “The Heart of Chicago” because this football team gave the city life, a new identity, and most importantly, a championship. This story takes place in Chicago during the 1985 season. Then, it takes you to the present, where the players are now, and how their lives have been away from the game. This team proved that Chicago is and always will be the Chicago we all know and love, as the tough and rumble mid-west football city. Cohen wrote this book to provide insight on how the Bears lifted the city and brought them all together. There was no north or south side, it was just Chicago.       The first page of the book, describes how Cohen got 2 super bowl tickets, “. . . in a manner I won’t bother to go into. . .” (Cohen 1). This grabber makes you wonder how did he get the tickets? Did he steal them? Did he scalp them? “That’s what I want to know. How did he come into (“illegal”) contact with them. The author…