March 2014 Blog Posts (350)

History and The Help

The Help is a fantastic book with a movie that is just about as amazing. Kathryn Stockett wrote a fantastic story about a time period which we are all familiar with, but never really imagined accurately. What Stockett’s story did for me was not only provide a realistic tale about life in that time, but also addressed the fact that not all people of a category respond the same way. My blog post will not be spoiling anything, but hopefully everyone has read the book or…

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Added by Anusha Thotakura on March 31, 2014 at 11:33pm — No Comments

Milk Cartons &Kidnappings

This month over spring break i decided to read something a little bit different then my typical girly novels I gravitate towards. I took the gamble in reading a novel with more of a thriller and mystery theme to it. This book was The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline B. Cooney. The novel follows a girl named Janie who thought she had a perfect life until she finds her face on the carton of milk at school. 

 

One day at lunch Jamie finds her picture…

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Added by Mariana Kanellos on March 31, 2014 at 11:29pm — 2 Comments

Closing With Champion

Champion is the third and final book in the Legend Trilogy. This book continued on with the same focuses on adventure and romance while making sure to include plenty of suspenseful events. In this futuristic dystopia, the United States has been split into two rival countries, the Republic and the Colonies. The series is told from the point…

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Added by Stephanie Spartz on March 31, 2014 at 11:01pm — 1 Comment

The Maze Runner Book Review

        I've heard a lot of people talk about the book The Maze Runner, by James Dashner. So I finally decided to give it a try during spring break. I’m glad I read it, but I'm not overly impressed…

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Added by Holly Straup on March 31, 2014 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Harry Potter: Beginnings

Hello students, teachers, parents, blog enthusiasts, everyone. My name is Brad and the book I read for the month of March was Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone or as it is more commonly referred to in its Americanized incarnation, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling…

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Added by Brad Posdal on March 31, 2014 at 10:30pm — No Comments

On B.J. Novak's One More Thing

As a fan of "The Office," I eagerly read Mindy Kaling’s autobiography when it came out (Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?), and when B.J. Novak released a new book, I put it on the top of my reading list as well. This one, however, isn’t an autobiography—it’s a collection of 64 smart, witty vignettes, at turns funny and self-reflective, and always a tad ludicrous. Nearly every story has some sort of twist, or at least an element of tongue-in-cheekiness. A blind date goes awry when…

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Added by Annie Zheng on March 31, 2014 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Columbine: The tragedy that shocked America

The book Columbine by Dave Cullen recounts the entire story of the shooting at Columbine high school in Colorado. He tells the story of the two boys that attacked the school from their back-story until after the event was over. It is a very intense book and a very shocking book. This was the first major school shooting in America and it shocked the country. Cullen gives the true story as it happened, he writes without bias and exposes many of the lies the media presented at the time.…

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Added by Austin Wonder on March 31, 2014 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Paper Towns by John Green

I want to be a Margo Roth Spiegelman. I want to be known by my full name because I'm just that extraordinary. I want to be able to just do crazy things like break into Sea World at 5 in the morning and then leave town and never come back. I don't want to live an "average" life with a husband and 2.5 kids. But I am a Quentin Jacobsen. I am afraid of change and taking chances. I always think about doing the sort of crazy things that Margo does, but I end up hyperventilating in the car like…

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Added by Karolina Urban on March 31, 2014 at 9:55pm — No Comments

Divergent- the Future of Chicago

Divergent is by far the best book I've ever read! I read chunks of it during silent reading and before I went to bed, but during the weekend when I was at a swim meet, I finished the remaining 300 pages. This was a big…

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Added by Grace Grzybek on March 31, 2014 at 9:49pm — 2 Comments

The Secrets to Society

Over the summer, I picked up Malcolm Gladwell’s…

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Added by Angie Peng on March 31, 2014 at 9:40pm — 1 Comment

The Pregnancy Project

This month I read the book The Pregnancy Project, an autobiography by Gaby Rodriguez. Gaby's family has a rich history of teen pregnancies, and naturally, in the small poverty-filled…

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Added by Jackie Trujillo on March 31, 2014 at 9:30pm — 1 Comment

Escaping the Paper Towns

Is it seriously April already? This is getting insane. I swear it was just January. Anyways, I hope Spring Break was wonderful for everyone. I personally thought it was the perfect break. Mine was filled with sleep, Netflix, food, and of course more sleep. It was wonderful. Anywho, for this month’s book blog post, I read Paper Towns by John Green.…



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Added by Lucky Nanduri on March 31, 2014 at 9:18pm — No Comments

Angels and Demons: Better Than The Da Vinci Code?

Last month I wrote a blog post about Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code and here I am to talk about the prequel to that book: Angels and Demons.  I really enjoyed The Da Vinci Code so I was pretty excited to read this book but, in this case the sequel was better.  It’s not that I didn’t enjoy Angels and Demons, it’s still one of the better books that I have read, but it didn’t have the page turning quality that captivated me in The Da Vinci…

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Added by Matt Baughman on March 31, 2014 at 9:11pm — 1 Comment

If I Stay

leave vs stay

     This month I read the book If I Stay by Gayle Forman.  In short, this is a story about a young musician named Mia who, in a life-altering instant, loses almost everything that was important to her.  In an unconscious, coma-induced state, she is faced with the most difficult decision she has…

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Added by Leanna Rice on March 31, 2014 at 9:09pm — No Comments

Allegiant: I Know, I'm Late

During the month of March, I read the book Allegiant by Veronica Roth. This book is about the life of Beatrice Prior, who lives in a dystopian future Chicago. When the city finds out what it truly exists for in the previous book, her life and the lives of all of her friends are forever changed.…

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Added by Jerry Li on March 31, 2014 at 9:03pm — 1 Comment

Divergent

Divergent By: Veronica Roth

This quarter I was lucky enough to get to read Divergent. Another book that asked for my full attention, and don't forget all my time. It was a book that didn't want to leave my hands. Although this…

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Added by Jeremiah Chiang on March 31, 2014 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Stupid Fast: A Book of Change and Discovery



Every person's teeenage years are full of changes. These changes can be physical, mental, emotional, or social. The book Stupid Fast by Geoff Herbach paints a great picture of "teenage life," with every type of change a teenager could possibly undergo.



When Felton Reinstein hits…

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Added by Ann Hsieh on March 31, 2014 at 9:00pm — No Comments

To Take a Different Path

I remember reading another blog post about peer pressure, and how we should not let it run our lives and decide what we do.  It said that we should make our own choices and enjoy self-empowerment.  Well, with both friends, family, social media, and the news urging me to read this book, I finally read Divergent by Veronica Roth. 

Beatrice seemed to be an average girl from the 1st grade to me.  Shy and always second-guessing herself, yet ahead of everyone else while…

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Added by Pat Geregach on March 31, 2014 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Rebel Angels

Sigh. Sometimes I really wanna punch myself.

Why. WHY do I always put off reading sequels? I read the first book and I’m totally into it but then I get too lazy to read the next book in the series. (Except for Harry Potter, Hunger Games, Percy Jackson…). There’s always another book…

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Added by Eden Schultz on March 31, 2014 at 8:30pm — 1 Comment

The True Story of Hansel and Gretel

This story depicts the horror of World War II framed within the fairy tale of Hansel and Gretel.  It takes place in the Bialowieza Forest in Poland.  The opening scene has a father, his two children and his wife being chased by the Nazis through the dense woods.  In an effort to save the children he stopped his vehicle and told the children to run until they found a barn or a place that would take them in. As the young figures began to disappear into the trees, their stepmother called out…

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Added by Matt McCabe on March 31, 2014 at 8:30pm — 2 Comments

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