Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Life As We Knew It, by Susan Beth Pfeffer

Life As We Knew It, by Susan Beth Pfeffer, is told in the eyes of Miranda Evans, the typical 16-year-old. Her father's wife is pregnant; her older brother, Matt, is in college; and she is stuck at home with about a million homework assignments from her teachers. She is a typical 16-year old. But her life does have a complete back flip when a meteor hits the moon. Suddenly, good grades aren't something to worry about anymore. Miranda faces a new era, where humanity's goal is to just survive. I love this book for so many reasons. The whole situation seems so makes you think it could happen to us. Pfeffer found the way to take a living hell and put it in the eyes of an average teenager. And the results were pretty fantastic. Also, Miranda, the main character, seems like a tree dimensional human being. There are books where the main character just feels emotions or says things, but never really has a reason for them. Miranda isn't like that at all, and her character adds to the story's situation. it's a great read, but be prepared for loads of depressing moments. -Reviewed by anonymous, grade 9.

Monday, June 20, 2011

1001 Cranes, by Naomi Hirahara

1001 Cranes, by Naomi Hirahara, is a tale about 12-year-old Angela Kato and her parent's divorce. Her parents ship her off to her grandparent's house in Gardena, a town near Los Angeles, to work on her grandparent's 1001 cranes display while they cope with their problems. At first, her disgust toward Los Angeles' environment prevents her from making friends in the neighborhood, but she comes to enjoy her stay and is able to live above troubles at hand.
This wasn't my favorite. It was as if the author was trying to take a boring story and spice up the moments to make it more interesting, but none of it worked. It does have a moral, and you can see how it gets there, but some of the side details leave you thinking "What?". I do like how this book has incorporated Japanese culture, and it makes the story more interesting. This book only gets two-and-a-half stars from me.
-Reviewed by anonymous, grade 9.