Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Macbeth, by William Shakesepeare

Macbeth, by William Shakespeare, is the story of a man corrupted by power who ultimately becomes evil. Macbeth is a noble, and he hears a prophecy from three witches that he will become king. The only way to become king would be to kill the current king, Duncan, so Lady Macbeth, his wife, convinces him to commit the crime. This murder sparks a flame in Macbeth and throughout the play, Macbeth continues to unravel until he reaches madness.

Macbeth was an okay read for me. It is written by Shakespeare, so naturally, it was pretty hard to understand. I read Macbeth for school, and it definitely was not as bad as other works we read. It was interesting to see the character development in Macbeth and his wife. I would recommend Macbeth to students who enjoy classics and Shakespeare's works.

Reviewed by Rebecca S., Grade 10
Glendale Central Library

Monday, February 1, 2016

In Real Life: My Journey To A Pixelated World, by Joey Graceffa

The book is about a YouTube star named Joey Graceffa talking about how he became famous on YouTube and the struggles of growing up. He talks about high school for most of the book and how he had so much trouble with school because he never really felt like himself around most people. But when he did try to be him self around people they would make fun of him and tell his he is gay. The book revolves around the idea that the bullying from these kids did not let him grow in to himself and he was very feminine but he was so scared to admit he was gay because his whole life people made fun of him for being gay. It also talks about how he felt like the parent his whole life because he had to deal with his mom who was a alcoholic and dad who left when he was young. The book talks a lot about the struggles he had growing up and how it got him to Los Angeles to become a actor/YouTube personality.

When I first read In Real Life: My Journey To A Pixelated World, by Joey Graceffa, I did not even own it my cousin left it at my house and I just decided to read it. I had no idea who Joey Graceffa was or what he did. But I still really enjoyed this book it was like talking a journey with him and gave me a lot of motivation to strive to do what I want in my life. It is very relatable with the things he says about high school how popularity and the "normal thing to do" can push you away from the things you want to do because you think it might be considered weird. But in reality if you like it do it there is no reason you should stay away from something because it is the unpopular thing to do. I recommend this book to anyone around my age or even older people, but I feel like a younger age can relate to it a lot more.

Reviewed by J., Grade 12
Glendale Central Library