Wednesday, October 29, 2008

The Princess Bride, by William Goldman

The Princess Bride, written by William Goldman, is a fictional tale which involves romance, adventure, and a great deal of memorable characters. It involves a normal "farm boy" who seeks desperate measures to win the heart of his princess. Don't be fooled by the typical title or plot line - it's a true classic. I enjoyed this book so much, and can say it's one of my favorites. It has so many dimensions to it that it's almost certain you'll love this story. It's an addicting and quick read; my four-hundred-some pages were done in four hours.

- Reviewed by Christina, grade 11.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Nineteen Minutes, by Jodi Picoult

Nineteen Minutes is a riveting novel about the grueling experiences a boy faces as he grows up in the small town of Sterling. The story is centered around several characters that the boy, Peter, is somehow connected to. It is about a school shooting that lasts for nineteen minutes at Sterling High, conducted by Peter himself.

Starting from the first chapter, people jump to conclusions as I did myself. How can this boy, who is barely an adult, even think of committing such a crime that will ruin his future as well as everyone else present at the school? He must be psychotic, have some sort of mental disease, or have no parental guidance. The answer is very complicated and heart breaking, but it can be found within the confines of this brilliant novel about human emotions and sacrifices.

The novel raises many ethical issues familiar to all of us. Jodi Picoult manages to raise awareness as well as deliver a masterpiece that is crucial for people running away from deep understanding of relationships.

Do not read Nineteen Minutes expecting a fast-paced thrill ride, but read this beautiful novel for its subtle take on love that gives hope for a better future rather than a happily-ever-after.

-Reviewed by Sayonika M. Grade 10

Thursday, October 2, 2008

The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho

Santiago is a young shepherd from Spain. His purpose in life is to travel. On a trip to a merchant’s village to sell wool, he encounters a gypsy. Taking advantage of this, he tells the gypsy the dream he has seen more than once. The gypsy woman tells him that he has treasure hidden at the place he saw in his dream – the pyramids of Egypt. His ordinary trip to the village turns into an extraordinary journey to another continent where he has to overcome many obstacles in order to reach his destined location. On his way to the Pyramids, he meets many people who give him the wisdom and courage to accomplish his goal. This adventure-filled book overflowing with wisdom about listening to your heart will leave you begging for more.

- Reviewed by Ani M., grade 9.