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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…

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…

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…

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….

Dune by Frank Herbert
Action and Adventure , Mystery , Sci-Fi , Series / October 25, 2017

In the book Dune by Frank Herbert, the Atreides House has been condemned to death. Far in the future in the vast nothingness of space lies the planet Arrakis, seemingly desolate, being a desert planet. The planet, now in control of the Atreides, is where the abominable Harkonnen House used to reside, however remnants of their deadly rule still remain. The Atreides House, being elegant and extremely pensive within almost everything, are hated by the Harkonnens, being brutal and savage. Tribulation echos throughout time. Blood will be spilled.  Soon the only people left to fight the rest of the Harkonnens on Arrakis will be the people under Muad’dib, a transcendent being who sees what cannot be seen by others, the one who can see the flow of time. His banner will rage throughout the void known as space, leaving death and destruction in its wake; the people of the desert planet go from friend to complete worshipper as they throw themselves into battle in his name. That is what he, the Muad’dib, sees. People on Arrakis are killed only for one mind-bending substance, the spice. The spice controls all, destroy it you may kill a tremendous amount of people, keep…

I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga

How would you deal with your dad being serial killer? The book I Hunt Killers is set in present day, small town America, with the main character being a teenage boy, Jazz. Jazz is a normal kid. He works at his local YMCA, has a girlfriend, goes to highschool, but what makes him different is the fact that his dad is one of the nation’s infamous serial killer. Jazz’s personality it affected greatly by his involvement in his father’s crimes, since his father had taken him to the murders since he was just five years old.  When Jazz was twelve years old, his father was caught and imprisoned, leaving him to live with his delusional grandmother.  The book opens with Jazz at a crime scene of a young woman in his hometown. This crime scene would undoubtedly be the start of what Jazz feared the most, another serial killer. With Jazz’s unique ability to understand what the serial killers are thinking and how they act, it causes the reader to question what parts of Jazz’s dad make up Jazz. This uneasy tone is felt throughout the whole book as Jazz is fighting with his inner self and trying to prove…

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Mystery , Realistic Fiction / May 9, 2017

How far would you go to save your failing marriage? Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn starts off in a very odd manner. Nick, the main character, wakes up on the day of his and Amy’s wedding anniversary remembering when they looked for houses in Mississippi, and when he lost his job. He eventually ventured downstairs to find his wife, making breakfast. A little later he leaves to go to work at his bar named The Bar. When he comes back from work, he finds the living room destroyed and no sign of Amy. Her diary entries reveal their past and dark secrets as time goes on. The diary entries start when they first met, and end a week before their anniversary. As the entries go on, Amy’s fears start to surface as their marriage fails. The dual narration through Nick and Amy’s diary entries connects their growing problems in the past with their current situation. I did not like Gone Girl very much because it was very dark and far from reality. The storyline is mostly basic. The police think that Nick killed Amy, so they abandon all the other suspects, even though Nick claims he is innocent. This book jumps…

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Every action has a consequence. Every action, every move, and every word spoken. The book, Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher, tells a story about how a girl named Hannah Baker wanted to end her life. She didn’t fit into her new town, and she was unhappy with how people viewed her. She made 13 tapes telling each person’s story; each tape left out no detail about how she was treated by the specific person. Each person in the book acted without thinking about the consequences. Everything in this book had a snowball effect. This concept is just like high school for everyone, but Hannah had it much worse. Most times, rumors die out after a week or two, but the rumors about her lasted much longer because she was the new girl, and she was just making an impression on everyone. One kiss led into a rumor, and that rumor led into another rumor, which led to something bigger. When she would make a friend, they would turn on her, and that would be another problem. With Hannah being the new girl and with all of these negative comments playing over and over again in her head, she was…

The Last Good Day of the Year, review by Kristen A.
Mystery , Realistic Fiction , Young Adult / March 13, 2017

The Last Good Day of the Year Book Review by Kristen A. “His hand was on the door handle now, and I knew the door was not locked.  I knew he was coming in.  I closed my eyes again.  I wanted to scream so badly, but I could barely breath.  All I felt was the cold rattle of panic in my gut and the hard beat of blood in my ears” (Warman 9).   The Last Good Day of the Year, written by Jessica Warman, tells a thrilling story of the events that occurred on New Year’s Eve, when a man kidnapped Turtle, the little sister of the main character, Sam.  Ten years later, there was still no hope that Turtle would ever return to her home, even though her alleged kidnapper, Stephen, was in jail for the crime.  As Sam retraces her steps the days and nights leading up to the abduction, only one thing seems plausible;  Stephen was in jail for a crime he did not commit.  But if he didn’t do it, then who did?   This book is filled with mystery and heartache, but honestly, it was too slow for my liking.  Although the detail and…

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
Mystery , Young Adult / March 1, 2017

Every action has a consequence. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher shows how the smallest action can impact someone’s life. Hannah Baker kills herself after her reputation was destroyed by many of her classmates. She decides to record 7 tapes, each side is a different person with what they did to influence her decision. The tapes would have to go to each person on the list, in order, unless they want a second set of tapes to be released, which would expose their stories. Clay Jensen is the next person on the list, but why? He listens to the tapes and he follows the map he was given before Hannah died. As he listens to the stories, he starts to realize that the most insignificant joke started to destroy this girl’s life until she could not handle it anymore. Clay then figures out that all the people on the tapes are not who they seem to be.   Thirteen Reasons Why is one of my favorite books I have read this year. The storyline is not like many other books. It discusses suicide, which is a difficult topic for some, but it also discusses change and closure. Change is shown…