April 2017 Blog Posts (63)

Waking Up

          Imagine waking up every morning in a different person. You have no control over…

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Added by Lucy Jiang on April 18, 2017 at 9:17pm — No Comments

Freedom by Death

In The Book Thief, death and freedom are entangled ideas. Death is described as a sort of freedom from life many times. Freedom from oppression is shown through death and his perspective more often than not.

Freedom, freedom from the horrors of the holocaust, the war against Germany, and struggle in…

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Added by Ishan Anand on April 13, 2017 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Light in the Darkness

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Friends are flashlights; they give you the hopeful light when it's dark. In Positive and in Girl in Translation, Paige and Kimberly both experience the healing effects from companions that supported them. However, Paige felt it was completely the people that saved her from the emotional pain of having HIV and Kimberly thought they supported…

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Added by Ria Kakarlapudi on April 12, 2017 at 10:26pm — No Comments

Freedom in a Reckless World

Looking for Alaska by John Green

 

 

Moving from one place to another is a tough thing to handle, especially to a…

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Added by Suraj Rao on April 12, 2017 at 10:00pm — No Comments

War Brings Friends by Kaelan Conway

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein starts of with Julie Beafort-Stuart (code name Verity) being caught as a spy in Ormaie, Nazi-occupied France. The Nazis give her two choices: either she dies, or she gives them valuable information about Britain's military. Julie chooses to write out everything she…

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Added by Kaelan Conway on April 12, 2017 at 2:00pm — No Comments

The Struggles of Colonizing the Red Planet

The Martian by Andy Weir

Have you ever looked into the sky and wondered, when will we go to Mars? The Martian by Andy Weir addresses this question and is set in the year 2035. It also focuses on the struggles that we may have when we eventually do travel to Mars, like in the book where the main character must survive alone, and the big ideas of isolation and suffering. The Martian by Andy Weir examines a question pondered by many, and the consequences that…

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Added by Sean Balogh on April 12, 2017 at 2:00pm — No Comments

The last time she drowned (or cared)

       The First Time She Drowned explores the life of Cassie O’Malley, who has spent the last three years of her life in a mental asylum- for no reason. Elaborate lies created by her estranged mother keep her locked in, her only sanction being her best friend on the inside. When Cassie turns eighteen, her mother visits her for the first time in what feels like forever, and announces that she's paying for her to attend college. Cassie thinks this is the breakthrough she finally…

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Added by Maia Jraisat on April 12, 2017 at 11:31am — No Comments

The path between perfection or fate.

Imagine living in a world where you have no decision over what you eat, what your profession is, or who you love. Cassie, a 16-year-old girl, has to live in a place as restrictive as what is said above. She is forced to meet a certain amount of exercise hours, and when she turns sixteen, the officials pick her mate. The society succeeds to perfection, meaning they never make mistakes, except for when Cassie is paired up with her lifelong friend, Xander. After she hears the big news, she…

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Added by Jane Bodensteiner on April 12, 2017 at 7:30am — No Comments

Popularity? Please, Give Me a Break

          If you have read my book blogs before, you probably figured out by now how difficult it is for me to enjoy a book. Well guess what, I finally found one OoO! To be honest I didn't actually think I'd like this book but a friend recommended it to me so I gave it a shot. Legend, by Marie Lu, comes from the perspective of two people who alternate viewpoints each chapter. One of the viewpoints come from June, who is born into a royal family and recognized as a prodigy. The other…

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Added by Sua Jo on April 12, 2017 at 7:30am — No Comments

well, let that lonely feeling wash away



Disclaimer: There are some things you just don’t joke about, and school shootings is definitely one of them. Though the events of this book are fictional, school shootings are very real and an incredibly sensitive topic. I write with a sarcastic, humorous tone,…

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Added by Ayushi Tripathi on April 12, 2017 at 1:08am — No Comments

The Strength to Move On *contains spoilers*

Love does not only provide positive feelings, but also the negatives. Caring and loving those special people may cause emotional pain and stress to the person’s well being. In this case, it changes the person’s thoughts and actions. The two main themes in the book Suffer Love is inevitably: forgiveness and the bonds of family. The book starts off with the perspective of one of the main characters, Hadley. The readers get to find out about her habits,…

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Added by Angela Moon on April 12, 2017 at 12:44am — No Comments

Feeling Isolated to Death

What is life? What is death? What about life is so different from death? These questions come up a lot in the story of Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami. Set place during the 1900’s in Hamburg Germany, Tory Watanabe is a 37-year old man who recalls his past through the whole story.

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Added by Joohee H on April 11, 2017 at 11:58pm — No Comments

Salt to the Sea: Sacrifice Requires Courage

      Poland, 1945. Thousands of refugees from many countries near Germany are fleeing the Soviet army. They all are trying to go to the same place: Gotenhafen; a port that holds the ship Wilhelm Gustloff. This ship, meant to hold about 2,000 souls, takes 10,000 refugees and German soldiers and leaves…

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Added by Danielle Farag on April 11, 2017 at 11:58pm — No Comments

A Place in the World

A Place

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One common observation about humanity is that each and every human is in this world for a reason, and oftentimes, we each need to discover what that reason is. Many quotes have the theme, “It’s the journey that matters, not the destination,” and indeed, it’s the journey where all of the learning takes place, that’s why all books end when the adventure is over. Literature is a reflection on…

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Added by Kylie Zhang on April 11, 2017 at 11:55pm — No Comments

Love is Inevitable

A historic band named The Rolling Stones once said, “you can't always get what you want”...”you get what you need”. In “The Notebook” by Nicholas Sparks, Noah and Allie are faced with many setbacks in their true love story. They are faced with unapproving parents, friends, and Alzheimer's. Is love a want or a need? Not only for Noah and Allie but for us as human beings. Or maybe it's neither a want nor a need Maybe people do not realize what love is until people feel it for one…

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Added by Russell Beaupré on April 11, 2017 at 11:31pm — No Comments

Courage in Times of Injustice

If you were forced into an arena to fight to the death with other teenagers, how would you react? Would you give up, thinking there is no hope? Do you think you would still be able to show courage? The Hunger Games is set in a dystopian society many years in the future, in what was once North America and…

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Added by Kinllen Peng on April 11, 2017 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Life with a Missing Ear

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Andrew Smith's novel Stick is as riveting as they come. Smith describes the painful, traumatizing lives of Stark (aka "Stick") and Bosten McClellan. The McClellan children, Bosten and Stark, are forced to endure thankless, unenthusiastic,…

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Added by Matthew Conway on April 11, 2017 at 11:05pm — No Comments

“A Thoughtful Reflection of Little Brother by Cory Doctorow Usaid Mazhar- The Fremd English Ning- 4.10.2017

 

Little Brother written by Cory Doctorow  is the story of a young teenage boy named Marcus Yallow who possesses a unique, rebellious and reckless personality. Taking place in modern time, Doctorow illustrates the story of Marcus, who along with a couple of his friends, embarks on a deadly journey to achieve justice. During this journey, they struggle to cope with…

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Added by Usaid Mazhar on April 11, 2017 at 11:00pm — No Comments

The Will to Persevere: Overcoming Adversity

     It’s no secret that there are some events in our life that are very significant. They could be for the worse or the better, but they shape us and make us who we are. One’s character is defined by the way they are able to handle the difficulties and successes of life. Of course, it’s more difficult for one to courageously stand back up after times of hardship, but the willingness to not give up and keep going is a quality necessary to succeed in life. Ultimately, the…

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Added by Arnav Aggarwal on April 11, 2017 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Think Before You Trust

 

         Through all the years of humanity, the first rule that was always taught was honesty. Confess if the last cookie was stolen from the cookie jar and to surround people around others with that are trustworthy and honest. Especially in relationships, most of the romance balances on the honesty and trust. At least that is what Claire believed before…

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Added by Rachel Wu on April 11, 2017 at 10:54pm — No Comments

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