RHS READING CENTER!
Life of Pi by Yann Martel

The book Life of Pi by Yann Martel tells a story of a young man who was on his way to Canada onboard a cargo ship named Tsimtsum with his family. While carrying dozens of passengers and wild zoo animals, the ship unexpectedly sinks, leaving Pi and a few animals as the only survivors stranded on a single lifeboat. One of these animals includes a bengal tiger, named Richard Parker. Knowing that his whole family is gone and his life is at risk, Pi has to figure out how he can survive with minimal materials and lack of hope. He learns to live alongside a tiger and manages to keep them both alive for many months until they finally end up on the coast of Mexico. He encounters many situations of hopelessness and times of absolute fear, yet he has only one goal in mind- to survive. I really enjoyed reading this book for many reasons; one reason being that the story it tells is unimaginable and even after reading the book, I don’t understand how a young man can be given so many obstacles and still manage to survive, while stranded in the middle of the ocean. I think…

All American Boys

Rashad and Quinn are two people with an astounding story, one being a victim of police brutality and the other watching with disbelief. It starts off with Rashad, an ROTC student, preparing for a party by going to see his brother for money. Along the way, he stops at a corner store to buy a bag of chips. This ends up fatal for him because he becomes a victim of police brutality when a white lady trips over him. As it turns out, Quinn was at Jerry’s Corner Store at that same time and saw the whole thing, from Rashad being pushed on the ground to being beaten and shoved into the squad car. The story maintains its course throughout as Rashad’s friends find out about what has happened. This conflict ropes around the people in and outside of the school into two different groups, creating a schism between friend groups. This story contains what the people go through when they experience police brutality, and the book even explores the mind of what the cop must have thought. Both Rashad and Quinn have an important role to play in the story and fulfill it well, both in their own narratives….

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Drama , Realistic Fiction , Romance , Young Adult / January 19, 2018

Anna had a nice life in atlanta. She had a best friend, Bridgette, a younger brother, Sean, and a crush, Toph. Her mom and dad are divorced, and that’s the only problem. Eventually, her dad sends her to a boarding school in France for her senior year because he thinks it will be a good experience. Anna was dreadful and angered, because she didn’t want to leave her great life in Atlanta.   When she arrives at SOAP (School of America in Paris), her opinions slowly change. She makes a small group of friends including Meredith, St. Clair, Rashi, and Josh. Meredith, who lives in the room next door, has a huge crush on St. Clair. And….Anna does too. St Clair has a girlfriend and Anna doesn’t want to ruin his relationship, or St.Clair’s friendship. Anna tries to hide these feelings but on one drunken night, Anna spills all her feelings and things get awkward from there on. These feelings cause problems with friendships, and other relationships, as the story goes on. What will happen to Anna and St. Clair?   I highly recommend this book, Anna and The French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. People who enjoy romance and drama…

City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau

In The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau, Lina Mayfleet lives in the city of ember. A long time ago, the creators of the city sent them there, and nobody knows why. The first few decades, everything was going fine. They had electricity, lots of food, and lots of lightbulbs. However, as the years pass, quality of life in the city begins to decrease – they are running out light bulbs, the river generator is starting to not work, causing citywide blackouts every so often, and the mayor himself is hoarding food and other essentials as they begin to run out. However, Doon Harrow has a plan. He thinks he can fix the generator, and make everything right again. However, when he realizes he can’t even get close without being caught, he gets worried. One day, Lina finds a torn up piece of paper with the words “Instruction for Egress” written at the top. The rest of it is almost unreadable, so she has to work with Doon to find out what it means. Doon sees this as his chance to become a hero, and they go through many roadblocks and problems on their journey. This was an extremely riveting…

Looking for Alaska by John Green

The novel Looking for Alaska by John Green tells a story of a mainstream teenage boy, Miles Halter, and his adventures into what he believes is the unknown. Miles wants to explore something new in order to expand his experiences from his routine-like life. Culver Creek is the perfect escape for him. At his new boarding school, Miles quickly befriends his roomate, Chip Martin, or whom everyone called, The Colonel. Miles also receives a new nickname, Pudge, which he would soon identify to more than Miles. What really grabs his attention, though, is Alaska Young. Alaska is a short girl with blond hair, curvy body, and a curious personality. Alaska teaches Miles all there is to life, and how to make the most of it while you are here. She changes Miles introverted personality into one that is exciting and willing to take risks for the ones you love. These three friends encounter a lifetime of experiences all in their junior year. They pull pranks on their vicious dean, The Eagle, and smoke in their dorm rooms while getting drunk. But, what started as fun and risky, ends in a complete catastrophe that shakes all of Culver Creek to the…

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
Drama , Mystery , Young Adult / January 19, 2018

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher tells the story leading up to the death of Hannah Baker, a girl who learns the hard way about how people can be so unpleasant. The story is told with a series of tapes, each dedicated to a person who affected her in a way that caused her to end up committing suicide. Clay Jensen receives these tapes one day and walks around at night, visiting the places that Hannah deemed part of her story. He acts as a narrator for Hannah’s story, listening to the tapes after Hannah dies. Through these tapes, Hannah mentions how people can be one of the greatest things in the world, but also the worst. The book also links these stories together in a way that Hannah could say that each event affects another, and this greatly helps the book to flow. The storyline also demonstrates how the first event affects the second, so on and so forth. When I had heard great reviews about Thirteen Reasons Why from people who had watched the show on Netflix, I thought that it would be one of those crazes where it only lasted for maybe a few months at most….

Everyday by David Levithan

Everyday a different body. Everyday a different life. Everyday the same love. In the book Everyday by David Levithan, the main character is named “A.” Its life is extraordinary compared to the rest of his surroundings. Everyday, “A” wakes up in a different body. Because “A” occupies a variety of bodies day after day, it always wakes up in a different location within a 2-to-3 hour radius. “A”  has never had the experience to be in a person’s body for more than 24 hours, and this is a challenge.  From the start, “A” claims that its life had been like this from when it was born, and it cannot even recall who its parents are. How would you feel if you were in “A’s” position? Waking up each day knowing your existence is going to be like this for the rest of your life. One day, “A” wakes up in the body of a boy named Justin. “A” expects this day to be like any other day, but he is wrong. That evening “A” meets a girl, Rhiannon. “A” never thought that he would ever feel love, but for the first time in his life he does. Though he just met this girl, he has found…

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials by James Dashner

Review by Dan R. Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials takes the concept of survival to a completely different level as this novel contains an even more thrilling and deadly adventure than its predecessor. The obstacles that the group of guys faced while they were in the maze were so scary that it would have taken them a miracle to get out of the maze alive and they did. Now, in an outdoor environment, the group of boys called the Gladers are now bearing witness to the aftermath of our solar system’s sun as they must traverse a city filled with even more terrifying obstacles than in the maze. This novel also has very deep plot twists that can change the way one would think about this book. James Dashner has done this to grab the reader’s attention and to intensify their curiosity, meaning it makes the reader want to absorb everything and completely understand the whole story. The second Maze Runner book does an amazing job with grabbing the reader’s attention and making the audience want to enjoy this mind blowing adventure that takes the concept of survival and friendship to a completely different level. I would recommend this book…

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand, Review by Tristan H.

In a breathtaking adventure, Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand, exploits the challenges some soldiers experienced during World War II. Unbroken is set in the time of World War II, following Louis Zamperini, a former Olympic long distance runner turned bombardier. Hillenbrand manages to put together a story full of pain and sadness, and still make an amazing story. What’s even more fascinating, Unbroken is a true book–Louis Zamperini is a real person who has been through all of the scenes. An important theme in Unbroken is resilience. Louis Zamperini has shown constantly throughout the book that he is a resilient person. For example, despite having cracked ribs and bleeding in pain from getting ganged up on by other runners, he managed to crush the original NCAA Championship record (1,609 meter run) at 4:20, he ran a 4:08.3. After all this, he had only missed the WORLD record by 1.9 seconds. However his run and finish would stand as the NCAA record for nearly 15 years. Despite being injured during the race, he had one of the most stellar performances in a long distance run, ever. Another example of resilience is when Louis is captured by the Japanese Navy, and he was…

The Cinder Series, Review by Payton C.

The Cinder Series by Marissa Meyer It is 500 years in the future and all the countries have finally stopped fighting and everyone on Earth was allies with each other. By reading that, you’re probably thinking, “oh wow, this book sounds super peaceful then!” Wrong. Instead of fighting with each other, all Earthens now have a new enemy: the people on the moon, known as Lunars. The Lunars are controlled by their psychotic ruler, Queen Levana. Although she’s beyond ruthless, they adore her. This is because she is able to change the biochemistry wave lengths, forcing everyone around her to see an absolute gorgeous woman and causing them to think she is perfect. Then there is Cinder. She is a cyborg who lives on Earth with her horrid step mother. She believes she will never be anything more than an outcast and a poor mechanic. However, as time goes, Cinder learns she is so much more than she ever thought she was. Can Cinder be the only one standing in Queen Levana’s way to taking over the world? Cinder, by Marissa Meyer, takes a spin on the classic Cinderella story, and incorporates sci-fi, more romance, and parts that are just…