Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte

Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte, follows a female protagonist, Jane, through her life journeys as she learns throughout her experiences from a child to a woman. She lives a challenging life as she grows up as a poor orphan girl in a male-dominat and social class restricted society during the Victorian Era. She goes through many troubles and mysteries on her journey. Her main objective is to make a life for herself, find true love, family, and a place where she can call home.

I very much enjoyed the books as I got to see Jane grow up into a woman and see the change in her identity and character from a child to and adult. I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested Gothic literature and mysteries. Also this book would be interesting to people who enjoy reading books from the Victorian Era. I would not recommend this to anyone who does not enjoy reading a slow-paced book as it is very long and takes time to unfold.

Reviewed by Anonymous, Grade 9
Glendale Central Library

Monday, July 4, 2016

If Only It Were True, by Marc Levy

Marc Levy’s novel, If Only It Were True, tells a magical and an exquisite romantic story about a man named Arthur who discovers a stranger (Lauren=apparition) in his closet as she tells him that her body is in a coma across town. Levy creates many comical scenarios and dialogues between Arthur and Lauren arguing about privacy, love, help, etc. Additionally, the author uses some expletives in order to bring the story to reality and make the reader feel what the characters actually felt.

I recommend this book to people who like romantic adventures in addition to funny scenes. Even though Marc Levy uses many dialogue scenes, the story would have been more adventurous if he used more imagery, figurative language and deeper descriptions of the characters. However, it was fun reading the dialogues between the characters because I felt like I was witnessing all the action with them.

Reviewed by Siranush M., Grade 12
Glendale Central Library