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Jun 2, 2015
Russ Anderson commented on Denae Gerasta's blog post A Long Way Gone (Caution: SPOILER)
"Thanks for posting, Denae. If you liked this book, I would check out his first fiction novel, The Radiance of Tomorrow. It was equally enlightening and heartbreaking. I loved it!"
Jan 12, 2015
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A Long Way Gone (Caution: SPOILER)

Before reading A Long Way Gone, I thought I knew to some extent the horrors child soldiers in Africa have been facing in their war-torn countries. After turning just a few pages of Ishmael Beah’s heartwrenching story, I realized just how wrong I was.A Long Way Gone is a memoir written by Sierra Leone native Ishmael Beah. At…See More
Jan 12, 2015
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My Top Five Reads of 2014

As 2014 comes to a close, I've compiled a short collection of some of my favorite books that I've read recently. Up first... (don't judge me) 5. The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra ClareYes. Clary and Jace are two really attractive teens who have special angelic powers unlike anything the world has seen…See More
Nov 30, 2014
Emily McHugh commented on Denae Gerasta's blog post Life Lessons from A Thousand Splendid Suns
"This sounds like an amazing book! I think it is so sad how America has the tendency to back away when we think of Afghanistan. It sounds like this book puts into perspective the real struggles Afghanistan faces on a daily basis. Nice post!"
Oct 29, 2014
Denae Gerasta commented on Dan Pinderski's blog post Cracking the Code
"Great post, Daniel! It's nice to see you using your study hall time effectively. I remember you telling me about the twists and turns of this book, but it's nice to see you connect it all to an overarching theme that we can use in our…"
Oct 28, 2014
Denae Gerasta commented on Soumyaa Mazumder's blog post Tell the Wolves I'm Home
"Amazing post, Sumi! I love how you talked about the character relationships driving the story-- literature is such an effective tool for looking inside our own relationships and using fictional people as moral guides. It is nice to know that we are…"
Oct 28, 2014
Denae Gerasta commented on Madisen Hursey's blog post Tweak
"Great post, Madisen! I love how you mentioned that you probably weren't prepared to finish this book years ago when you started it-- an important aspect of educating ourselves through literature is recognizing when we are understanding the…"
Oct 28, 2014
Denae Gerasta commented on Taylor Origer's blog post Eleanor and Park- a twisted love story
"Great post Taylor! I haven't read this book but it seems to be very popular. I like how you noticed how their family situations determine their actions, because as teenagers, our lives are basically controlled by our homes. This is a subject…"
Oct 28, 2014
Melissa Kovathana commented on Denae Gerasta's blog post Gone Girl... Take Two?
"Awesome blog Denae! I have read Gone Girl and seen the movie, so this blog really appealed to me! After reading this, I have a better outlook on the ending. Before your newfound appreciation for the ending, I had the same reaction as you. I felt…"
Oct 28, 2014
Mackenzie Cox commented on Denae Gerasta's blog post Life Lessons from A Thousand Splendid Suns
"I really want to read this! Awesome post Denae, I love how you connect our world to another "world" that we seem so distached from. I agree that we as Americans are so removed and that we are startled when we hear "Afghanistan".…"
Oct 28, 2014
Denae Gerasta commented on Katherine Benson's blog post A Physics Book You Might Actually Understand
"Great post Katherine! I did love physics so I think this book might be interesting to me! I love how you wrote about how this book gave you a different perspective in the world-- it shows that literature doesn't have to be poetic and full of…"
Oct 27, 2014
Denae Gerasta commented on Cindy Son's blog post Better Late Than Never
"Great post, Cindy! I haven't read the series but I watched the movie this summer with my sisters and we all loved it! I appreciate how you connected the underlying messages of Divergent to real life-- a lot of people read the book but hardly…"
Oct 27, 2014
Adam Bieda commented on Denae Gerasta's blog post Life Lessons from A Thousand Splendid Suns
""At that moment, I knew something was wrong—with me or with society, I wasn’t yet sure..." I believe this is a common feeling Americans have whenever words and places like "terrorism," "Syria," and…"
Oct 27, 2014
Russ Anderson commented on Denae Gerasta's blog post Life Lessons from A Thousand Splendid Suns
"Other people passed your post along!"
Oct 27, 2014
Denae Gerasta commented on Nancy Chen's blog post Hillary Clinton's Secret Life
"Thank you for sharing! This is very interesting to me; usually I shy away from nonfiction, but the way you write about the depth of this memoir makes me want to read it! I like that you noticed aspects of the book such as the amount of time…"
Oct 27, 2014

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A Long Way Gone (Caution: SPOILER)

Posted on January 9, 2015 at 3:13pm 1 Comment

Before reading A Long Way Gone, I thought I knew to some extent the horrors child soldiers in Africa have been facing in their war-torn countries. After turning just a few pages of Ishmael Beah’s heartwrenching story, I realized just how wrong I was.

A Long Way Gone is a memoir…

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My Top Five Reads of 2014

Posted on November 21, 2014 at 6:39pm 0 Comments

As 2014 comes to a close, I've compiled a short collection of some of my favorite books that I've read recently. 

Up first... (don't judge me) 

5. The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare

Yes. Clary and Jace are two really attractive teens…

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Life Lessons from A Thousand Splendid Suns

Posted on October 20, 2014 at 4:24pm 6 Comments

A couple of weeks ago, Mr. Anderson walked into class with a crate. A crate full of candy? Of toys? No, the crate was full of notebooks. At first I was confused; months into school, everyone surely had all their school supplies by now. Then Mr. Anderson started tossing all the notebooks onto the floor, and I saw…

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