Friday, July 13, 2012

At First Sight, by Nicholas Sparks

At First Sight by Nicholas Sparks is the continuation of the novel True Believer. Jeremy Marsh never imagined himself getting married again. Especially after a devastating failed marriage. As Jeremy Marsh starts his new life in a small town Boone Creek in North Carolina with his fiance, Lexie Darnell, the couple faces more and more challenges. Jeremy has never imagined being a father but in this new life he is about to start with Lexie, he is going to start a family right away. All seems well with the couple at first, but after a few bumps in the road, the daily grind starts to kick in and the couple faces more and more difficult problems. Being newlyweds doesn't mean that the honeymoon stage will last forever. The novel is told in Jeremy Marsh's perspective when he reminisces on the past he and his wife had spent together and explains the story to his own little girl. Although the girl is young, she tries to imagine and understand what her father and mother went through.

I give this book a 4 out of 5 because of Sparks' well writtne novel once again. This book explains the trials of new couples and that love can withstand anything. Love can give one memories that he or she will cherish forever. With every sadness comes a new happiness and new memories.

Reviewed by Micah, grade 9.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Nothing But the Truth, And A Few White Lies, by Justina Chen Headley

Patty Ho is an everyday American teenager living with her close to perfect brother and her overprotective, high-standard, single typical Asian mother. Her father is a white and her mother took them away from him before Patty could remember. Her weird tall figure makes her stand out from the rest of the "china dolls" or petite and cute Asians she is compared to. She spends her summer at math camp in Standford where she meets a few interesting people who make a great impact on her life. She experiences exhileration, embarassment and leads to a deeper, more meaningful relationship with her mother in this fantastic story. I would suggest this to anyone, but most especially a close friend of mine who could relate just about as much as me. It was one of the few books where I laughed aloud to myself and I felt like I got into the main character's head. It shows all the embarassing inside moments of a modern family with real problems of jealousy and broken families and heartaches. It was an amazing find and I had a feeling I would enjoy this book when I picked it up.

-Reviewed by J.P. , grade 8.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, by C.S. Lewis

In the novel, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis, only Lucy and Edmund of the Pevensies come back to Narnia. At first, they don't understand why Peter and Susan can't come back to Narnia, but over the journey they have once again in Narnia they mature and understand. Edmund and Susan are forced to love with their obnoxious and ignorant cousin, Eustace. Eustace does not believe in Narnia and talks like a know-it-all. But when Lucy and Edmund are in their new room, they find a painting with a ship that looks like it's from Narnia. The painting then comes alive, but while Lucy and Edmund are happy to be back in Narnia, Eustace is scared out of his mind and can't believe it. The ship they board is the Dawn Treader. Prince Caspian who is now King Caspian is on the ship along with an old friend rat, Reepicheep. The crew is traveling to find the seven lost Lords of Narnia. Reepicheep hopes to find Aslan's country, beyond the seas of the "utter East". They first land in the Lone Islands, which was once part of Narnian territories, but has turned into a slave trading center. They continue to search for the seven Lords and run into many other obstacles. Will Narnia be at peace again?

I give this book a 5 out of 5 similar to the other books in its series. The books themes and morals are once again outstanding. People can change drastically, similar to what happens to Eustace the obnoxious cousin at the end as he turns into a matured and graceful person. Although Lucy and Edmund are older now, their adventures of Narnia will always remain with them similar to people's memories that they are grateful for.

-Reviewed by Micah, grade 9.