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Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn tells the story of the disappearance of Amy Dunne. Amy Dunne was a New York city native thats job was to make personality quizzes. One night, she met her husband at a party in Brooklyn. They automatically clicked and fell in love with each other’s presence. Later in their marriage, Nick loses his job and only a few weeks later, so does Amy. A little bit after they lost their jobs, Nick’s mom gets cancer and they make the decision to move to North Carthage, Missouri, Nick’s hometown. On top of that, Nick takes the rest of Amy’s large trust fund to buy a bar, the money that Amy’s parents made from writing a book series called Amazing Amy, which was based on Amy’s actual life. These events put a major strain on Nick and Amy’s marriage, which was once thought to be perfect. “…I’ve been tracking Nick’s moods. Toward me. Just to make sure I’m not crazy. I’ve got a calendar, and I put hearts on any day Nick seems to love me again, and black squares when he doesn’t. The past year was all black squares, pretty much” (Flynn 169). One day, when…

If I Stay by Gayle Forman
Drama , Romance , Young Adult / May 7, 2018

In the book, If I Stay, the story involves a girl named Mia who is thrown into chaos when she and her family get into a fatal car crash, leaving her parents dead on impact and her brother and her fighting for their lives. The plot switches between the past and present, focusing on her passion for the cello and other aspects of her life that she loves. The music that she makes consumes her, which catches the eye of a guitarist named Adam. The two musicians were connected by their love for music, which led them to love each other. If Mia gets accepted into Julliard, she will have to move to New York City. The big problem now will be that she will not be with Adam, who will be in Portland, Oregon. She will have to choose between continuing her classical music dream at Juilliard or be in Portland with her rockstar lover. In our opinion, we think that If I Stay was a good read. From the start, it was easy to get hooked into the story and we found the book was interesting in the way that it jumped between past and present and how…

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

It all started with a bus seat, and Eleanor’s first day of school at a new high school. She is the new girl, with fiery red hair, a strange sense of style, and intelligence that radiates off of her. While Park is a secluded yet attractive guy, who has been stuck in the lulling life of high school. When these two meet, their differences attract each other and almost instantly life apart from each other seems unimaginable. Both have conflicts at home, from stepdads to unaccepting mothers, however when they are together, the hurt and disappointment are forgotten. However, how can this happy abyss last, when everything is trying to tear their young love apart. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell examines what it means to be helplessly in love, and still trying to maneuver through young adulthood unscathed. Eleanor and Park home life greatly influence their character and being. Eleanor comes from a poor family, with four siblings, who all live in fear of their step dad Richie. He is especially mean to Eleanor, as he tries to destroy any bit of happiness she enjoys. While Park’s family does not understand him, and question everything about Park. He is…

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

Just because there are teenagers, cancer and a tragedy involved in a book, doesn’t mean it’s a heart-wrenching love story. Greg Gaines, the main character and narrator of “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” by Jesse Andrews, awkwardness and social indifference leads him to be apprehensive and incapable of creating real relationships. He even considered himself to have no friends in this world, just coworkers (Earl) or acquaintances. However, one day Greg’s intrusive mother demands Greg to become friend with Rachel Kushner, who has just been diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia. This budding relationship makes Greg question and challenge every judgement he has made about high school life, but also question what is the importance of a real friend. The quirkiness and uniqueness of the main characters produces distinctive interactions that make the book even more lovable. Two of the three main characters, Greg and Rachel have a strange way of interacting. Greg is mostly the talker, constantly telling her more than he had originally bargained for. Greg has to constantly remind himself to not get closer to Rachel than he already is, but somehow she seeps her way into Greg’s vortex. Greg and Earl share a unique relationship…

Legend by Marie Lu

In a dystopian world where the United States has been split into two warring halves, one half, known as The Republic, holds trials for their people to see how much use they can be. June Iparis and Day are the only two people to have ever gotten perfect trial scores of 1500, although one is revered as a prodigy, while the other is the nation’s most wanted criminal. Day, a poor boy from the slums, was thought to have failed his trial and been left for dead, after his perfect score was recorded experiments were undertaken on his body and in the process he was believed to have been dead. He now lives his life on the streets, creating trouble for government with his companion Tess. June Iparis was the other person to get a perfect trial score, but instead of being left for dead, she was taken in as a genius and given the choice for her to do whatever she wants. One of her first missions was to track down Day, for he was believed to have killed her brother. Oonce their paths cross, we find out that there is more than meets the eye to the republic…

Game Face: Bernard King
Autobiography , Sports / May 4, 2018

In “Game Face,” the biography of Bernard King by Jerome Preisler, a basketball legend talks about his life on and off the court from the beginning. Youth, college, and in the pros, King brought a certain style and New York aggression to the floor. Although an injury that some say costed his career, he bounced back and kept pushing until the end. From a 6 year old in Brooklyn, to a New York Knicks icon, Bernard King was one of the greatest to play the game in his time. The main theme from this book is King’s so called “game face”. He always goes back to this and is clearly a key role in the biography, hence the title. Bernard talks about this and how he got the game face. He focuses in on the game so much that he enters the zone where nothing else matters and he goes 100% on the floor with no turning back. At one point he says, “I could flip a switch and it was there. When my game face was on, I was tapping a deeper well of concentration.” (King, xix) Throughout his whole career, he has this mentality to go all out…

The Revenant

The Revenant, by Michael Punke, is a fictional tale based on the real life account of Hugh Glass, a trapper who was attacked by a grizzly bear and then left for dead by the men who had been left to care for him. This story is extremely gripping from the explosive opening moments until the very last page. Throughout the novel the reader is practically swept up into the action. Not only are the men in The Revenant struggling with each other, but Nature herself has a huge role in this survival tale. This would have been a five star read except for the ridiculously unsatisfactory conclusion. It felt like The Revenant suddenly turned from a survival/revenge story into a tame morality play. Without saying too much, the film’s ending was significantly better than that of the novel. In the afterward, the author Michael Punke explains that many of the moments in his book are in fact fiction. The bulk of the dramatic events surrounding Glass and his fellow trappers are however true, and sometimes so horrific it is easier to believe they are fabricated. He endured within a year what no man should have to experience in a lifetime….

Before the Fall by Noah Hawley
Drama , Mystery , Realistic Fiction / May 4, 2018

Before the Fall is a novel that successfully keeps the reader on the edge of their seats by having a constant swinging momentum. The action-mystery has the reader follow the story of the crash of a private plane, its survivors, and the suspicious lives of those who passed away before they could explain themselves. The novel differentiates itself from other mystery books by having the setting constantly change from before the crash to after, from character to character. The reader follows along as book dives into the deception of appearances by individually exploring each of the seemingly simple characters. By switching between different perspectives, author Noah Hawley provokes the reader to have their own ideas of how the plane crashed, and why. The novel explores the difference between the lives of rich and poor, and their surprisingly different values and morals. Two main passengers on board, David Bateman, and Ben Kipling, just happen to be two of the richest men in New York, holding hundreds of millions of dollars to their names. This is just one of the reasons why the investigation must go so deep. One of the two survivors, Scott Burroughs, was a poor painter, who was invited…