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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…

All American Boys

Rashad and Quinn are two people with an astounding story, one being a victim of police brutality and the other watching with disbelief. It starts off with Rashad, an ROTC student, preparing for a party by going to see his brother for money. Along the way, he stops at a corner store to buy a bag of chips. This ends up fatal for him because he becomes a victim of police brutality when a white lady trips over him. As it turns out, Quinn was at Jerry’s Corner Store at that same time and saw the whole thing, from Rashad being pushed on the ground to being beaten and shoved into the squad car. The story maintains its course throughout as Rashad’s friends find out about what has happened. This conflict ropes around the people in and outside of the school into two different groups, creating a schism between friend groups. This story contains what the people go through when they experience police brutality, and the book even explores the mind of what the cop must have thought. Both Rashad and Quinn have an important role to play in the story and fulfill it well, both in their own narratives….

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…

Everyday by David Levithan

Everyday a different body. Everyday a different life. Everyday the same love. In the book Everyday by David Levithan, the main character is named “A.” Its life is extraordinary compared to the rest of his surroundings. Everyday, “A” wakes up in a different body. Because “A” occupies a variety of bodies day after day, it always wakes up in a different location within a 2-to-3 hour radius. “A”  has never had the experience to be in a person’s body for more than 24 hours, and this is a challenge.  From the start, “A” claims that its life had been like this from when it was born, and it cannot even recall who its parents are. How would you feel if you were in “A’s” position? Waking up each day knowing your existence is going to be like this for the rest of your life. One day, “A” wakes up in the body of a boy named Justin. “A” expects this day to be like any other day, but he is wrong. That evening “A” meets a girl, Rhiannon. “A” never thought that he would ever feel love, but for the first time in his life he does. Though he just met this girl, he has found…

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…

Lying Out Loud by Kody Keplinger
Drama , Realistic Fiction , Romance , Young Adult / October 27, 2017

Are you good at lying? Well, Sonny is.   In the book Lying Out Loud by Kody Keplinger, the main character, Sonny, lies about most things. She lies about living at her best friend’s house. She lies about why she isn’t living at her own house. The lies keep going on from there, when one night Sonny chats with a boy named Ryder Cross, who she hates. The problem is that she did it from her best friend Amy’s computer. Not only is that bad, but Ryder is obsessed with Amy and she doesn’t like him back. Sonny tells herself she will never do it again, but then ends up finding herself in the same situation. What happens when Sonny falls for Ryder but he still wants Amy? Sonny came up with plans to make Ryder not like Amy, and Amy got on board. Sonny ends up taking this to a whole other level. When Karma comes back to hit Sonny from all the lying, and the truths unfold, Sonny struggles with keeping her friendship, and keeping Ryder. Sonny learns that lying can get you in more trouble than it can get you out of. I didn’t think the book…