Thursday, December 20, 2012

Gimmie a Call, by Sarah Mlynowski

"Gimme a Call" , by Sarah Mlynowski, is an amazing book about a 17 year old girl calling her 14 year old self. After dropping her phone into the magical fountain at the mall, it turns into a phone that only calls to her past self. One day, our 14 year old, innocent Devi, is sitting at the lunch table with her friends, when she receives a call from a 17 year old girl, that tells her it's Devi from the future. She doesn't believe at first, but the older Devi finds ways to prove that she is telling the truth. After a great adventure these "two" have together, the story ends on a happy note, and everybody is happy.

In my opinion, this book teaches great things. It teaches how you shouldn't want to change your past, because it will change your whole life and nothing will be the same. For example, the old Devi gave her young self the lottery numbers, so she will win. She did, and whenever she came back from school, she saw that her Mom isn't with her Dad anymore. They got divorced because of that lottery. She realized that changing your past is not a good thing. You should leave your mistakes be, because that's why today you are the person you are. I think every teenager will love this book. It is fiction, but is based on real life. I strongly recommend it.

-Reviewed by Iren, grade 9.
Central Library

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Two Truths and a Lie, by Sara Shepard

Two Truths and a Lie, by Sara Shepard, is the third mind boggling book in the Lying Game series. Emma continues her search for Sutton's murderer while pretending to be her at the same. When Thayer mysteriously shows up, Emma and Sutton have high suspicions that he may be the murderer. Sutton's memories prove that they were together that horrible night, but could he really kill the girl he might've loved? And what about the hatred that Laurel seemed to develop for "Sutton" after Thayer showed up? One more question that remains unanswered: Where did Thayer get the limp that destroyed his soccer career?

This series has yet to disappoint me. Sara Shepard incessantly proves herself to be an amazing writer and I love reading her books. One thing I love about this book is the author makes it seem that every suspect is the murderer. Every time Emma is skeptical of someone, the reader feels almost certain that it is the murderer. Shepard's writing style is also one I highly favor. She always has a unique way of narrating the story. In this case, it is through the dead twin sister with very little memories. For me, the unorthodox way of writing is very appealing. I recommend this fantastic book to teenage girls at least 14 because they would enjoy the plot line and be able to relate to several events.

-Reviewed by Kristine K, grade 9.