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….