Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Heaven is for Real, by Todd Burpo

Heaven is for Real, by Todd Burpo, is about a boy named Colton Burpo who at the age of three when to heaven after he died during his surgery. In heaven he saw his great grandfather, who had passed away even before he was born, his sister, and Jesus. When he came back to Earth, Colton told his parents about everything he had seen while in heaven, how in heaven he sat on Jesus's lap, and saw his father yelling at God. His parents had found out that Colton was sick when one day he kept constantly throwing up.

This book in my opinion can answer many questions to which you want to know. However, the book is very controversial, since many Christians, pastors, and scientists have found many concerns regarding the book. I do encourage people to read the book, because everyone can learn something different from it.

Reviewed by AJ, Grade 10
Grandview Library 

Monday, February 2, 2015

Eleanor and Park, by Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor and Park, by Rainbow Rowell,  is the story of two young teenagers and the epic story of their first love. Park is a typical teenager, surrounded by stupid friends and well-liked. Eleanor is the new girl in town, and the fact that she wears crazy clothes and has huge red hair does not make it easy for her to fit in. Slowly, through their bus rides next to each other, Eleanor and Park begin talking and sharing music and comic books, and soon, they can't imagine their lives without each other.

Overall, the book was a good read and really cute. I liked the characters and how different they are from each other. I guess it's true, opposites do attract. I heard a lot about this book, so I was expecting an amazing book that I would never forget; my expectations were a little too high. The book is well-written and interesting, and it reminded me of the author John Green. I would recommend this book to teenagers who enjoy the romance genre.

Reviewed by Rebecca S., Grade 10
Glendale Central Library