Most people, if not all, have felt a little less-than-average at some point in their lives. Many people struggle with self-esteem issues and self-doubt, and sometimes this leads to depression, or even worse, suicide. The book I read for the month of March is called It’s Kind of a Funny Story, written by Ned Vizzini. It is about a fifteen year old boy, Craig Gilner, who checks into a psychiatric hospital after trying to commit suicide.…Continue
Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay is a heartfelt book that intertwines the stories of a French-born Jew during World War Two and a modern-day journalist with a declining marital relationship. This book was good because de Rosnay can convey emotion adeptly. Her control of the English language really helped her come through on the emotional side of her book. Throughout the entirety of Sarah's Key my emotional state was completely at the mercy of de Rosnay's writing. Because…Continue
Gang violence is a huge problem in the cities of the United States. No matter what city you go to, whether it’s the nation’s capital of Washington D.C., or a small city like that of Charlotte, gangs plagues the streets and wage war on each other to take control of turf and drug trade, which ultimately leads to more money, and more power. Often, although gangs try not to kill bystanders, through drive by shootings and turf disputes, innocent civilians often fall victim to gang disputes. The…Continue
After reading the original Freakonomics back in eighth grade, I had gained a real interest in books similar to it and that’s when I found myself reading the books written by Malcolm Gladwell. Those books took me so long to read that I forgot that they had made a follow-up to Freakonomics named SuperFreakonomics. When I remembered I never read it, I rushed to the book store over spring break and read it in 48 hours flat.
Overall, I thought that…Continue
If you haven't read Jurassic Park, I would highly recommend you to read it. It is a very exciting novel about a dinosaur park on a small island called Isla Nublar. The park is filled with genetically engineered dinosaurs cloned from dinosaur DNA found in mosquitoes inside amber. The builder of the park, John Hammond, invited 2 consultants to come to the island tour the park and put Hammond's investors at ease.
Hammond groups the consultants with his…Continue
Hey guys! Yeah, spring break is over and everyone is coming back from vacation or if you're like me you had a "staycation" WHOOT (just kidding). March is almost over and tomorrow is the first day of April. Anyway, in the month of March, I read the book Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare. It is the first book in a series called The Infernal Devices and it's also the prequel to the Mortal Instruments Series. It takes place during the…Continue
This month I read The Perks of being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. As a whole I would describe the book as interesting. I don’t want to say it was weird because what is normal? This book is written in the form of letters. The recipient is never actually revealed and the whole book is Charlie’s life story. He writes to a friend about his problems, feelings and experiences. He is a really emotional freshman who one day meets seniors, Patrick and Sam. These upper classmen help him…Continue
After a year of hearing nonstop chatting from everyone, I finally read the Hunger Games! My friend, Koryn, was talking about it once. She told me that the book was filled with action and adventure and that she couldn’t take her eyes off of the book. I’ve heard many people say things like that, bit I didn’t know that Koryn would be right. Usually the books are much better than the movies. In my case… I felt like that…Continue
A Bend In The Road by Nicholas Sparks is another inspiring love story! Lately I've been obsessed with reading Nicholas Sparks books because he never fails to entertain me with a well-told love story. Yet again he impressed me with this book! This book is a lot different than the other Nicholas Sparks books that I've read because it's more for adults. The characters go through situations that some adults go through. …Continue
For my book this month I read Treasure Box by Orson Scott Card. Through the first half of this book, I was bored out of my mind. Honestly, I would of if I had the time to pick up another book before this blog post was due. However, I was absolutely thrilled at the end of the book that I decided to stick with it because for the second half of the book I found it harder and harder to put it down. I should’ve known I would love it as this was another Orson Scott Card…Continue
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I must confess that this past month I have been successfully sucked into the magical universe of the one and only Harry Potter. Okay, I know, you may be thinking not only am I too old to be reading these books but I'm about a decade too late to jump onto the Harry Potter bandwagon. Well, I think these books can be enjoyed by all ages and it would be unfair to limit them to kids in elementary school. About three weeks ago I decided to start reading the first book in…Continue
Imagine that you are either twelve or fourteen years old and Egyptian gods are using your body as a host. Creepy, huh? Well anyway, lets rewind a little, and start from the beginning so this idea makes more sense. In the book, Red Pyramid written by Rick Riordan, there are two protagonists, Sadie(12) and Carter(14), who are siblings, and children of magicians.…Continue
When hearing the word "chopsticks," many people may think of the sticks that Asian people use to eat. However, this type of "Chopsticks" is different. This book, "Chopsticks," is named after the children's waltz composed by Euphemia Allen called, "Chopsticks." This novel is made up of photos That create a story about two teenagers' relationship. The book first starts with pictures of news reporters and a newspaper…Continue
Greeks and Romans have always had a strong grudge against one another due to false alliances, betrayals, and the Gods. Annabeth and her friends from Camp Half Blood finally arrived at their rival camp, Camp Jupiter. Once they arrive they were not greeted as good friends, but instead they were harshly treated until they showed their full cooperation with the Romans. To make matters worse, Annabeth and her friends were Demigods, which meant the Romans hated them twice as much,…Continue
That Was Then, This Is Now by S. E. Hinton was a book like no other. Most books have that one event that occurs that messes up the regular lifestyle of the main character and then they have this journey and by the end of the book, the character develops a feeling of some hope and they become a better person. But this book isn't like that. The main character of this book is named Bryon and he's sort of a player. His best friend, Mark, loves…Continue
It actually took me a fair amount of time to get through Legend. The first few chapters where very hard. June's brother dies in the first few chapters and you have to go through the wake and funeral. My cousin, Brian Wojcik, recently died in a motorcycle accident so it was like ripping the scab off a fresh wound. However, once I got past the funeral I really enjoyed the book. It was just my style: futuristic, fast paced, dystopian, action adventure. I found it interesting to read from…Continue
I know it’s wrong to judge a book by its cover. However, with the book MILA 2.0, by Debra Driza, I just couldn’t help myself. Luckily, this book had a very captivating cover, which hooked me right away, and I was hooked until the very last page. This book is about a teenage girl named Mila who has just moved into a new town right after the death of her father. However, Mila is no ordinary teenager. She actually isn’t a teenager at all. She is an android built by the government to…Continue
In the month of March I read “See You at Harry’s” by Jo Knowles. Let me just say this real quick, it has been an emotional reading experience. The title is true above; I nearly broke down in tears while reading this book after a Chemistry test. Then later that day in English the same happened. After telling Mr. Anderson, the great teacher who recommended the book to my class, about my close encounter in Chemistry he immediately knew what part I was at.
I debated long and hard…Continue
I remember how excited I was as a first grader when my teacher told the class that we were going to read chapter books. My older brother was an avid reader and naturally I looked up to him trying to everything he did. Looking at his bookshelf I thought wow I can’t wait to read those books. From that point in my life till today I was read a variety of books, but John Green is the only author in my reading career that was able to completely emotionally attract my attention.