The world is not a wish granting factory. Yes. It is not. The world is unfair and takes away people right when you get to appreciate their presence.
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green is a cancer book but not the typical cancer book. This book is filled with romance and laughter yet also filled with tragedy.…Continue
For my January book, I read Never Die Easy an autobiography written by Walter Payton with the help on Don Yaeger. Although this is in fact an autobiography written by Walter Payton, it is also told from the perspective of his family member, close friends, fellow teammates and coaches throughout his career. These people wrote short stints, usually a few paragraphs regarding how they felt about Walter at a certain point in his life, or they would add details…Continue
In a post-apocalyptic Chicago, the city is divided into 5 different factions; Abnegation, Erudite, Candor, Dauntless, and Amity. These factions are very similar to the 13 districts in The Hunger Games. When teenagers turn 16, they have to participate in a choosing ceremony, similar to the raffling of names in The Hunger Games. However, the difference is in Divergent, the new initiate has to go through a psychological test that involves decision-making in a…Continue
A War of Gifts by Orson Scott Card takes place at a similar time as his first book in this series, Ender’s Game. This story, however, is through the point of view of a different character than the first book. At the beginning of the story, we are introduced to Zeck Morgan., the son of a priest who lives in a small, very religious town. After being tested, Zeck gets dragged away unwillingly to Battle School, a place where religion is not allowed. Zeck immediately…Continue
Unwholly is the second book of the Unwind trilogy. The trilogy centers on a society where kids between the ages of 13-17 can be unwound. If the parents decide their child to be a problem, and one that they believe is too hard to handle, the child is unwound. Unwinding is a process that the author Neal Shusterman describes as a divided state. It’s when the different parts of a person’s body are “divided” by having various organs given to…Continue
She flips through the photos, her face impassive. “Too bad about the flash burnout on this one.”
I look over at the shot she’s indicating. “The what?”
Do you sometimes wonder why some people are so shy, while others are very outspoken? Would you rather stay home and "recharge" instead of go to a big party? Do you dread public speaking? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you should definitely read Susan Cain's Quiet.
Imagine a world where you have a maid that is barely above a slave. All your life she was the only one who told you that your frizzy hair didn't define you and it didn't matter that you didn't ever fit in. She raised you and cared about you your entire life, but when you came back from college, she was gone. You couldn't find an answer from anyone, not even your own mother. This is one of the perspectives shown in The Help.
Now imagine a world where you've been raising white…Continue
Everyone has been bullied at least once in his or her lifetime. Maybe a tiny bit for a little while or maybe a lot for an extended amount of time. People believe that anyone can admit that they’ve been bullied before. “Oh! She just wants attention,” they say. I don’t completely agree…Continue
Hey everyone! How was your break? I am glad to be posting a new blog! For the month of January, I read a book that was TOTALLY something I would not read. Micro by Michael Crichton and Richard Preston, is a science fiction book. It is about seven graduate students from Cambridge, Massachusetts who are recruited for a company called Nanigen MicroTechnologies in Hawaii. They are shrunk to 10 times smaller than their…Continue
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For the month of January, I wanted to start a series as my news years resolution. Many of my friends have read the series, so I decided to give it a shot.
Rules of Attraction is the second book…Continue
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Breakups: they happen.They're not uncommon. You've probably heard rumors and stories about multiple couples who have broken up throughout your life. But whether it is a couple you…Continue
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In this world that we live in, there are people who are just living the life. Then, there are people whose lives just suck. Well, Lucky Linderman's one of them. In the book Everybody Sees the Ants by A.S. King, Lucky is a freshmen and his life consists of a dad that has little involvement in his life, a mom who can't grasp the truth that their family is dysfunctional, and Nader McMillan, a bully, that never leaves him alone. He's been…Continue
At a glance, fifteen year old Daisy Appleby seems like an ordinary teenager. She loves shopping, redecorating her room, blogging, and surfing the Internet. She blasts songs by Ingrid Michelson in her room and reads lots of books.
Daisy Appleby is not who she appears to be. In fact, her real name is Daisy McDaniel, and…Continue
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Lately, I have been reading mostly fantasy books and to change the themes up a bit I decided to read Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher. Jay Asher tells us the story of Hannah Baker and the thirteen people or reasons why she decided to end her own life. Asher tells her story using voice recordings, but instead of having those recordings saved on a CD or MP3 player he decided to use cassette tapes, 7 cassettes, and one side for each reason. Clay Jensen is one of the thirteen people who…Continue
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Recently I read the ever so popular book, The Fault in our Stars by John Green. The Fault in our Stars takes you into the love story and the fight for survival of Hazel and Augustus. Both of these teenagers have terminal illnesses but are still able to fall in love with one another. After meeting at a cancer support group, the chemistry between them only strengthens. They share literature, go on dates and just share the commonalities of being a kid with cancer.…Continue
Have you ever wondered what happens to your brain when you make split-second decisions like how do you make decisions so quickly that it is almost like you never thought about it. In Blink, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on a little bit of a field trip to teach us the way our brain works. The book focuses on one particular thing: thinking without actually thinking. …Continue