Tuesday, December 27, 2011

It's Not Summer Without You, by Jenny Han

In It's Not Summer Without You, by Jenny Han, Belly was counting the days until summer when she would go back to Cousins Beach with her cousins Jeremiah and Conrad. But not this year. Not after her aunt, Susannah, got sick again and Conrad stopped caring. Everything had fallen apart, leaving Belly wishing that summer would never come. But when Jeremiah calls Belly, saying Conrad had disappeared, Belly knows exactly what she should do to make things better. So she Goes to the beach house and finds him there. Everything can be alright at the end with the three of them together, the way things used to be before Susannah died.

I really enjoyed this book. It has a great story plot about family, boys, and how so much can change so quickly, this book has what every girl wants in summer. It was very descriptive. I can inhale the ocean air and take long walks at the beach.
-Reviewed by A.A., grade 12.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Desires of the Dead, by Kimberly Derting

Desires of the Dead, by Kimberly Derting, is the sequel of the captivating The Body Finder. We now learn that Violet (the main character) is now not only looking for a complete stranger, but is now coming to find out that the killer just might be someone she knew. The plot is completely different from The Body Finder and will keep you wondering until the end.
I had both tears of laughter and tears of sadness running down my eyes when reading this book. With mixed emotions. and very strategically written paragraphs, I just couldn't figure out the ending. Overall, I give this book a nine out of ten because it was simply one of the best books I have read. You will just keep flipping and flipping until the end.
-Reviewed by A.A., grade 12.

Monday, December 19, 2011

A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens

In A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens, Scrooge is a greedy businessman who feels no kindness towards others. However, on Christmas Eve, he is transformed when the ghost of Christmas Past, Christmas Present, and Christmas Future visit him at night. Christmas Past makes him regret his actions and what could have been, Christmas Present makes him realize how he actually is and how others are happier even if they are not as rich as he, and Christmas Future shows him his lonely and forgotten self that he will become if he does not change his ways. After the three ghosts visit him, Scrooge wakes up and it is Christmas Day. He has changed his ways and is kind, joyful, and loving. He celebrates Christmas with his nephews family and all ends well.

This is really a good novel. It is a classic, and if you do not have time to read it, then at least watch the movie. The the story of a person becoming an absolutely new man overnight, was not only interesting, but also very fun to read. It is a good book to read and fit for all ages. I recommend it to anyone looking for something to read.

-Reviewed by Manuk, grade 9.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Vanishing Acts, Jodi Picoult

In Vanishing Acts, Jodi Picoult writes the story of a daughter named Delia Hopkins who finds out that her father, Andrew Hopkins, kidnapped her at the age of four. Delia is emotionally torn because as a mother herself, she can't see how her father could have just stolen her away from her mother. On the other hand, she also knows that her childhood was happy and that her father's decision may have been justified. Through the course of Andrew's trial, the novel goes through the changes that Delia and her two childhood best friends, Eric (also her fiance) and Fitz have to confront. Delia is also forced to face her childhood memories that bring up information on her past, while trying to find inner peace.

This is the third Jodi Picoult book I've read and so far this is my favorite. As usual, Picoult lets the reader have a first person point of view on each character, which gives the characters many ending than her others. Most importantly, I like the debate the novel presented; that maybe some things are better if never found out.
-Reviewed by Anonymous, grade 12.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Devoured, by Amanda Marrone

In Devoured, by Amanda Marrone, Megan is being visited by the ghost of her twin sister Remy who died when they were both in second grade in a tragic car accident. Her father, who was also in the car accident, survived, but has not woken up for ten years, and is being fed through a feeding tube in a home. Throughout the years after the accident, Remy's ghost has visited Megan time to time, but lately her visits have been much more frequent and scary. With phrases like "Hurry, Megan" and "she is going to die," haunting her every step of the way, Megan is determined to put the pieces together and solve the mystery before it's too late.

A hint of romance, ongoing suspense, and never ending goosebumps, this book will take you into its world and you will be almost deaf to any other ideas, noises, or words outside of it. As captivating as it sounds, it is even more than that. I recommend this book to anyone who is looking for something mind blowing, and mysterious to end a long day with. Halloween is right around the corner, so this would be a great thriller for your fall season!
-Reviewed by A.A., grade 12.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Twisted, by Laurie Halse Anderson

The novel Twisted, by Laurie Halse Anderson, is about a teenager named Tyler Miller who seeks acceptance by his classmates in High School. He starts dating the popular girl in school, who is also the daughter of his workaholic dad's boss, and the sister of his enemy. Things turn out "twisted" when everything goes wrong and his life turns worse than before.

I really enjoyed this book because it was both entertaining and didactic. It was a complete page turner and I would recommend it to all teens who can relate to Tyler. When I finished it, I realized that many kids out there have worse lives than me, and that people should be tolerant and kind to everybody. This book also taught me that when you try to please everyone, you end up pleasing no one.
-Reviewed by Anush, grade 11.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

The Last Good Place of Lily Odilon, by Sara Beitia

In The Last Good Place of Lily Odilon, by Sara Beitia, when Lily Odilon goes missing, like every other book, idea, theme, or plot, the people of the story will suspect the one person closest to her. In this case, her boyfriend Albert becomes the main suspect. The love that these two share it is no surprise when Albert himself goes on a quest to find his missing love. His determination draws him to her finding, and he will stop at no where. Knowing he might need help along the way, he asks Lily's younger sister to help him on this journey. Read the book to find out the adventures they take and the obstacles they come across.

Two thumbs up! This book is so amazingly written that you can almost see the images of them as they take steps into finding Lily. For movie lovers, I highly recommend this book. It sets the mood of adventure, mystery, romance, and friendship. I found that determination was the theme of this story. Lessons were taught that determination will get you where you want to go. Read this book, and I promise you will be drawn to every page until the very end!
-Reviewed by A.A., grade 12.

She's So Dead to Us, by Kieran Scott

When I checked out She's So Dead to Us, by Kieran Scott, I was hoping for some little girl drama. As crazy as it sounds, I needed to read about someone else's drama and forget about mine. That's exactly what I got! I dived into the book after the first sentence. Extremely captivating. The idea was based on reality, possibility, and truth. Ally Ryan lives the "perfect" life with everything included, until one day everything is lost. Her and her friend's father lose millions of dollars in investments and it all goes downhill from there. Her father leaves her and her mother alone, and a couple years later she is forced to the town she grew up in. Her fear of her old friends accepting her once more takes over her mind.
I highly recommend this to teenagers. I would specify what kinds of people this book will relate to because I know that many different people will refer to it in different ways. That's why I loved this book. My friend and I both read it, and I learned different things as to what she learned. The book is amazingly written and emotions are bluntly expressed. This is not just another story about teen drama, this is reality!
-Reviewed by A.A., grade 12.