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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…

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…

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…

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….

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
Drama , Realistic Fiction , Young Adult / December 13, 2017

Within the first chapter of the book, The Lovely Bones, by Alice Sebold, the reader knows when Susie Salmon was killed, where Susie Salmon was killed, and who killed Susie Salmon. Nothing about her death is up for debate to the reader. However, Susie’s family is not granted the same luxury of knowing this vital information. The search on earth for Susie’s body stretches out for a painful eight months, and her killer is never found. The plot revolves around a forever-fourteen-year-old Susie, who watches her family devotedly from heaven. She watches them for fourteen years, every year burning her with opportunities she would never have the joy of experiencing. The stark comparison between herself and her younger sister shows the reader every single chance that as ripped away from Susie on that fateful December afternoon. For fourteen years, neither Susie nor her family is able to let go of one another, which prevents them from moving on to better days. When there is no question about who, how, or why someone was killed, a compelling story is needed to push the plot along, and, as a reader, a compelling story is not what is delivered in Sebold’s book. It…

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Louisa Clark’s horizons extend to the Buttered Bun, the Job Center, and back home, and even that’s a stretch. She has barely been farther afield than the neighboring town, and that was simply because the grocery mart was having a sale. Her life is simple: steady job, steady boyfriend, close family. Until the Buttered Bun, the café at which she works, closes, putting Lou out of a job. Her family relies on her income, and the consequences of losing her job are disastrous. So, she takes a well-needed job to be the caretaker of once “king-of-the-world,” Will Traynor. He was badly hurt in an accident and is now paralyzed from the neck down. Before his accident, he was an adventurous millionaire: big deals, extreme sports, and world travel were his forté. Now, however, he broods in the annex of his parent’s house. Louisa is determined to see Will smile, and soon his happiness becomes the key to her heart. When Lou discovers that Will’s hope was gone long before she arrived, she sets out to change his mind. The outstanding lesson of this book is to not limit yourself and your capabilities. Louisa has set in her mind that she…

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…