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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…

Life, the Universe and Everything
Action and Adventure , Comedy , Sci-Fi , War / November 6, 2017

In the story Life, the Universe and Everything, by Douglas Adams, the main conflict of the story are the robots threatening to destroy the Three Pillars recreating the Krikkit wars. The story Follows Arthur Dent, Ford Perfect, and Slartibartfast as they rummage to find what the robots are going to do next. The robots end up going to earth and stealing the ashes of the cricket stump. They also Pillage the ship Heart of Gold and take the core of the ship. This would end up releasing the people of Krikkit remaking the Krikkit wars, which was a whole galaxy fighting against Krikkit. The author chose to write Life, the Universe and Everything because of all the ideas that he had. The books this author writes are usually funny with twists. Reading them gives a feel on the universe and how the aliens around earth are much more powerful than we are, but also a lot more goofy. Overall, Douglas Adams wrote this book for his readers to unwind and have a fun time while reading, while at the same time exploring deep scientific and philosophical questions . Life, the Universe and Everything is the shortest book in the series,…

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews
Comedy , Drama , Realistic Fiction , Romance , Young Adult / November 3, 2017

Review by Ava M. and Anna S. In the book Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews, the main character, Greg, is an average teenage boy trying to get through high school. His goal is to go unnoticed as he does his best to not stand out from everyone else, in fear that he will be judged and hated by other students. He records his ways of being as ordinary as possible into the book and shares his everyday experiences. Greg sticks by his best friend Earl, who has a unique sense of humour and the two guide each other through life without even noticing it.  His plan of being ordinary works out all the way up until someone he knows is diagnosed with cancer. Her name is Rachel. She becomes more and more significant in Greg’s life, and everything begins to change. He can no longer go around without standing out because the closer he gets with Rachel the more his name goes around. Throughout the journey, he learns a lot more about himself and the world around him. He goes through traumatic experiences as well as exciting experiences that shape the way he thinks of…

Trashed by Derf Backderf

Trashed is a graphic novel by Derf Backderf which talks about his experience as a garbage man. He goes in depth on how trashy of a job it is. Backderf has all these bad experiences like kids throwing apples and rotted food at him, and he has to deal with crazy people from the town who are totally unreasonable. People want him and his partner to take an entire old car in one day and get very angry when Backderf tells them what they can’t do, including hauling away cars, washing machines, and recycling materials.  After work, he get drinks with his buddies at the local bar to relax and clear his mind after an awful day at work and to forget about his horrible boss. He also has fun on the job. He goes to the graveyard and sees one of his friend’s, Magee, who is kind of goofy and just makes the job more easy going because of his attitude towards it. Also he gets to keep anything he wants if it’s left out, so he has fun finding some new furniture for himself. I would recommend this book for anyone because it is an easy read but…

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…