April 2014 Blog Posts (153)

Everyday by David Levithan

his month I read Everyday by David Levithan. I must say, I really enjoyed it! This novel is a very unique tragic love story. The novel's main character is not a person, but rather just a being. The being goes by A, and everyday wakes up in someone else's body. Everyday a new body, thus everyday a new life. One day A wakes up in a boy named Justin's body, and while living his life for the day, fell for his girlfriend. And when then wakes up the next day in someone else's body, but can't stop…

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Added by Jackie Trujillo on April 30, 2014 at 11:30pm — 1 Comment

Life from the Eyes of a Dog

        The Art of Racing in the Rain is a novel told from the perspective of a dog. Enzo, the dog tells the story of his master, Denny Swift, a race car driver. Enzo starts his story at the end, when he is old and in pain, ready to move on to his next life. Slowly, he reveals the life and times of Denny Swift, from the day Enzo was chosen from a litter of pups at a farm. Over the years, Denny falls in love, gets married, becomes a father, and experiences…

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Added by Mike Kramer on April 30, 2014 at 11:30pm — 1 Comment

Vampires in the Lemon Grove

     This month, I read the book Vampires in the Lemon Grove by Karen Russell. So many things happened in this book, but I'll try to sum it up as well as I can. In the beginning, two married vampires are spending their days eating lemons in a lemon…

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Added by Isabel Moroney on April 30, 2014 at 11:05pm — 3 Comments

The Clique #10: The Pretty Committee Strikes Back

In the Clique Series by Lisi Harrison The Pretty Committee Strikes Back is the tenth book in the series. In The Pretty Committee Strikes Back the Pretty Committee goes on a President’s Day class trip with the Briarwood Boys to Lake Placid.

Massie: The Pretty Committee and the rest of the girl at Octavian Country Day are relying on Massie to organize the cutest outfits, lead the girls to victory in the relay challenges, and share her…

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Added by Mariana Kanellos on April 30, 2014 at 11:00pm — 1 Comment

The Fault in Our Stars Blog Post #843948209348098549

Happy almost May!! It's absolutely crazy that we only have a month of school left. I, for one, am not excited for Junior Year but summer sounds amazing after this crazy winter and nonexistent spring. For this month's book, I read The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.I know, I know. I'm a…

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Added by Lucky Nanduri on April 30, 2014 at 10:35pm — No Comments

Breakers by Edward W. Robertson



Raymond is struggling to make ends meet. He and his wife Mia can't pay the payments to maintain their LA home, and Raymond turns to dealing drugs to some friends in order to get that some money to pay the basic bills.



Walt just found a letter in his New York apartment that suggests that his live-in girlfriend Vanessa, a beautiful but fickle actress, is planning to dump him. He fakes an illness to make her feel obligated to stay with him so that he has the opportunity to win…

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Added by Nikki Gundimeda on April 30, 2014 at 10:30pm — No Comments

The Fault in Our Stars

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The Fault in Our Stars by John Green is the story of a lung cancer patient, named Hazel.  Hazel meets a cancer survivor named Augustus.  The two are instantly drawn to each other.  Their favorite thing to talk about is a book called An Imperial Affliction.  The book is about a cancer patient and her struggles.  The two can totally…

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Added by Matt McCabe on April 30, 2014 at 10:30pm — 1 Comment

Dashner's Runners

Dystopian novels seem to be the hype of young adult literature today, and I didn’t know if The Maze Runner by James Dashner would be like all the others and simply fit the mold of the everyday dystopian society- another Hunger Games or Divergent. I’d heard of the series several years ago, but it wasn’t until the announcement of a Maze Runner movie that I decided to key myself in on the hype…

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Added by Angie Peng on April 30, 2014 at 10:10pm — No Comments

Wallflower?

This April I decided to go out of my comfort zone a little, and decided to read The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. I have never been a huge reader of realistic fiction, and combined with the unique writing style of the book, this was a challenge for me.

This book tells the story of a high school freshman named Charlie, who, for a kid of his age, is remarkably in tune to the feelings of his…

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Added by Nathan Du on April 30, 2014 at 10:00pm — 1 Comment

Rush Revere

                        Have you ever heard the story about that toaster? They made a movie about it, once upon a time. It was called The Brave Little Toaster, as I recall.  A toaster, a blanket, a lamp, a radio, and a vacuum cleaner were abandoned when their…

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Added by Julia Wacker on April 30, 2014 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Egghead: Bo Burnham writes poetry

Egghead is a collection of poems written by Bo Burnham. Bo Burnham is a comedian and got his start making videos on YouTube. The unique thing about Bo Burnham is that all of his standup and comedy is done through song. He plays guitar, piano or makes beats. Bo Burnham’s older comedy was more mainstream in its humor. While very funny it didn’t require much thought to understand it. In his most recent comedy special he changed his style significantly in the sense that his comedy became…

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Added by Austin Wonder on April 30, 2014 at 9:58pm — 5 Comments

Third Time is the Charm: Uglies

      A lot of people say third time is the charm. Maybe if a person was playing a baseball game having two strikes out but then on the third ball hurling at the batter, the batter hits it and gets a home run. Third time is the charm. Well, my third times the charm is reading the Uglies. I tried reading this book in second grade, when it first came out, and in junior…

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Added by Suzanne Black on April 30, 2014 at 9:37pm — 1 Comment

7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens

          Nowadays, the stereotypical view of teenagers is either that we think we know everything and have everything in our lives figured…

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Added by Lily Ho on April 30, 2014 at 9:21pm — 5 Comments

A lesson of Alchemy (of a sort)

      I suppose every person goes through this phase (well, any reader at least)- post Harry Potter depression. Anyone who has read the Harry Potter series completely understands what that means (and if you don’t then I don’t think you have a soul…). For some reason, this April I really craved Harry Potter, but to be honest I was too lazy to have to read all 7 books eventually,…

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Added by Eden Schultz on April 30, 2014 at 9:21pm — No Comments

Survivor Man: The Final Frontier

       Christopher McCandless went into the wild with little, next to nothing, thinking he could live off of the land. Chris was found deceased in an abandoned bus on Stampede Trail in Alaska.

       Into the Wild, by Jon Krakauer, was mainly a biography about Chris McCandless and his travels in the last few…

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Added by Braden Kobeski on April 30, 2014 at 9:14pm — 1 Comment

Tumultuous, Treacherous, Tremendous Love

Oh, how I’ve missed this. 

     It’s funny how life can grab you by the feet and swing you around until you’re dizzy and have no idea how fast you’re going or how much you’re missing. But inevitably, you stop just long enough to catch your breath; and when you do, you’re hit with the reality of everything that slipped you by. (My convoluted way of saying sometimes you don’t miss something till it’s gone.) …

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Added by Erica Kim on April 30, 2014 at 9:06pm — No Comments

3-D IN MY HEAD

Eleanor & Park 

By Rainbow Rowell

I don’t think any of my reviews/reactions can provide the justice this book needs. Eleanor & Park is a…

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Added by Jeremiah Chiang on April 30, 2014 at 9:00pm — 3 Comments

Surviving the Brimestone Bleed

I have a new book to add to my list of dystopian novels- Fire and Flood by Victoria Scott. This book came out at the beginning of 2014 and was recommended to me through Goodreads.

This book was unlike the other dystopian books I read, mainly because it didn’t focus on a terrible government and…

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Added by Ema M on April 30, 2014 at 9:00pm — 2 Comments

The Great Leo?

You may have watched the new movie The Great Gatsby starring an actor who has been nominated for an Oscar (and deserved it)plenty of times and never received one: Leonardo DiCaprio. I made a playlist of some songs from the soundtrack of the movie:

I read the infamous book by F. Scott Fitzgerald written during the…

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Added by Karolina Urban on April 30, 2014 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Varmints and a Q'Ocean

                I’m going to be perfectly honest.  I did not plan to write this blog post about the book that I am writing it on.  As a matter of fact, I was not entirely certain that I wanted to read this book at all.  It had all the trappings of one of those annoying books that take place in the real world, which is a ridiculous setting for a book.  However, I decided I might as well give it a shot, since the person who suggested it to me is very rarely…

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Added by Alex Knox on April 30, 2014 at 8:52pm — No Comments

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