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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…

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…

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials by James Dashner

Review by Dan R. Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials takes the concept of survival to a completely different level as this novel contains an even more thrilling and deadly adventure than its predecessor. The obstacles that the group of guys faced while they were in the maze were so scary that it would have taken them a miracle to get out of the maze alive and they did. Now, in an outdoor environment, the group of boys called the Gladers are now bearing witness to the aftermath of our solar system’s sun as they must traverse a city filled with even more terrifying obstacles than in the maze. This novel also has very deep plot twists that can change the way one would think about this book. James Dashner has done this to grab the reader’s attention and to intensify their curiosity, meaning it makes the reader want to absorb everything and completely understand the whole story. The second Maze Runner book does an amazing job with grabbing the reader’s attention and making the audience want to enjoy this mind blowing adventure that takes the concept of survival and friendship to a completely different level. I would recommend this book…

The Cinder Series, Review by Payton C.

The Cinder Series by Marissa Meyer It is 500 years in the future and all the countries have finally stopped fighting and everyone on Earth was allies with each other. By reading that, you’re probably thinking, “oh wow, this book sounds super peaceful then!” Wrong. Instead of fighting with each other, all Earthens now have a new enemy: the people on the moon, known as Lunars. The Lunars are controlled by their psychotic ruler, Queen Levana. Although she’s beyond ruthless, they adore her. This is because she is able to change the biochemistry wave lengths, forcing everyone around her to see an absolute gorgeous woman and causing them to think she is perfect. Then there is Cinder. She is a cyborg who lives on Earth with her horrid step mother. She believes she will never be anything more than an outcast and a poor mechanic. However, as time goes, Cinder learns she is so much more than she ever thought she was. Can Cinder be the only one standing in Queen Levana’s way to taking over the world? Cinder, by Marissa Meyer, takes a spin on the classic Cinderella story, and incorporates sci-fi, more romance, and parts that are just…

Every Day by David Levithan
Choose Your Own Adventure , Romance , Young Adult / September 22, 2017

Each day, a new home. Each day, a new gender. Each day, a new family. Each day, the same love. Every Day, by David Levithan, is the fascinating tale of “A,” a being that occupies a different body every day. Although each day is different for “A,”  there are two rules that stay the same: do not make lasting connections and do not leave any altering effects. He follows these rules precisely, until he meets Rhiannon. When “A” wakes up in Justin’s body, he believes this day will be like any other, until he meets Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon, with whom he feels an instant connection. When their day together finally comes to a close, “A” knows he is breaking his own rule. He falls in love. Each day after, “A” does everything in his power to find his way back to Rhiannon, no matter the consequences to the body he’s in. In this, he loses all of his convictions for the rules to pursue his love for Rhiannon. However, while “A” fights to find Rhiannon again, Rhiannon has trouble seeing “A” as himself, rather than the body that he’s in. Day after day, he makes his way to her with…

The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch

In The Last Lecture, professor Randy Pausch expands on a speech he gave at Carnegie Mellon University in September 2007. Pausch, who was diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer, wrote this lecture that became a book. It primarily targets young adults and children who are hoping to attain their dreams. Sadly, Pausch passed away in 2008, not long after he gave the “last” lecture. Written with humor and intelligence, this book reflects on the main points of the lecture: the importance of good parenting, dreaming big, and how to put people before possessions. For example, pausch once picked up his nephew in his new Volkswagen Cabrio Convertible. His sister told the kids not to mess anything up and to wipe off their feet before they got in, Pausch overheard this and decided to intentionally spill a coke all over the seats to show the kids that even though the car was nice, it was still just a thing. Pausch was a computer scientist at Carnegie Mellon University, at the age of 47 he was diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer. This, of course, shocked his family, he had three children, Logan, Chloe, Dylan and a wife, Jai. His book was actually written…

Anna and the French Kiss, review by Shalaina P.
Choose Your Own Adventure / December 15, 2016

The book, Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins is a story about how a girl named Anna is sent off to a boarding school in France. Originally despises her parents for not letting her have a say in what she wants but ends up not only falling in love with France, but a boy named St. Claire too.  The two of them share an incredible connection however, the only burden that keeps them apart is St. Claire’s serious girlfriend named Ellie.  As they grow closer and closer, there is always something that arises which makes them fall back a few steps too.     Will St. Claire’s love for Anna develop to be so strong that he will have to break up with Ellie? Or will they continue to crave each other but have to remain apart?   This story was one I could not put down. Each time I stopped reading it, I would always wonder how they would untangle their messy lives to make their relationship work.  I loved the unexpected twists and turns because it would make their love difficult to figure out and would have you understand how they both felt. I would rate…

Looking for Alaska, review by Payton C. and McKenzie R.
Choose Your Own Adventure / December 15, 2016

Looking for Alaska, by John Green, is a young adult romance mystery book that follows the main character, Miles Halter, during his adventures at Culver Creek Boarding School.   The story begins with Miles living in Florida, with his mother and father, during his sophomore year summer. Miles was tired of his predictable and friendless life and he yearned for something more. He decided to transfer to Culver Creek with hopes of meeting new friends and being able to look back on his high school career, in the future, as the best years of his life. During his first semester, his hopes were met and exceeded as he made the best friends he could ask for; Alaska Young, The Colonel, and Takumi. When asked what the best day of his life was, Miles replied saying that it was “..today..” because that was when he and all of his friends hung out and created a prank.   One day, something terrible goes wrong and the hunt is on for Miles and his friends to learn what really happened on the dreadful winter night.   Will Miles and his friends be able to figure out the truth? Or will the little information…

Eleanor and Park, review by Caitlin R.

Eleanor and Park The most unexpected friendships can be the best friendships. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell demonstrates the unlikely friendship of an outcast new girl and a boy. Eleanor, who lives with multiple siblings, her mother, and her verbally abusive stepfather, met Park on the bus on the first day. Because there were no open seats, Park offered her a spot next to him; however, his initial greeting was not cheerful. Over time, the two grow a bond based on Park’s comic books that he loans to Eleanor. However, Eleanor is tormented by Park’s friends. Eleanor and Park learn the true meanings of friendship and love during their relationship. By overcoming hardships like the bullying and disapproval by family members, Eleanor and Park’s bond only grows stronger. Eleanor and Park is one of my favorite books I have read recently. The storyline is engaging. I like this book because it shows that nothing is ever perfect. Eleanor and Park go through many hardships for their relationship. I found every character in the book to be necessary. Each person introduced added to the storyline and further developed the main characters. I would recommend this book to any high schooler….

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Choose Your Own Adventure / June 23, 2015

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