August 2013 Blog Posts (212)

Sex, Corruption, and Mental Breakdowns

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Added by Mark Guo on August 31, 2013 at 9:33pm — 1 Comment

Summer Reading 2013

Since the beginning of summer I have read three really amazing books. Since I liked them all so much I am not able to pick which one is my favorite between The Fault in Our Stars, The Future of Us, and Insignia.

The first book I started reading was The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. This book is about a young girl named Hazel who has had lung cancer for a really long time. She meets a guy named Augustus in her support group who has also overcome a different type of cancer. While I…

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Added by Sarah Coombes on August 31, 2013 at 4:44pm — 6 Comments

Cat's Cradle Didn't Cradle My Vote

For my summer reading book, I read Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut. The book is about a man by the name of John that intends to write a book about what certain people were doing at the time the atomic bomb was dropped on Japan. In his efforts to interview the children of the man that created the atomic bomb, John comes across a dangerous chemical called Ice Nine that was invented by the creator of the atomic bomb. Personally, I did not enjoy the book. I found it to be all over the place…

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Added by Margaret Mitchell on August 31, 2013 at 2:32pm — No Comments

WORLD WAR Z, O MY GOSH

World War Z

                 Over the course of my junior year summer, I was surprisingly blessed with a great amount of free time. If you know me this is surprising because I’m really cool, have lots of friends and work a lot at the local grocery store known as jewel. During my random boredom cases, I decided…

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Added by Daniel Robertson on August 30, 2013 at 11:47pm — 1 Comment

Next.

Next, by Michael Crichton, is a science fiction novel following the stories of 10 main characters, taking place in a future where biological engineering is the new cutting edge field to be in. In this modern day society, both government and private investors are chasing after the latest in genetic research. Throughout, this piece is made up of mainly three ideas: genetic research, corporate greed, and legal intervention. Examples of this are (but are not limited to): stem cells being sold…

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Added by Michael Stanley Miller on August 30, 2013 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Summer Reading: Mockingjay. Spoilers?

MOCKINGJAY



       This summer I read, Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins. This book is about a young girl name Katniss Everdeen and her struggles against the corrupt…

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Added by Matt Fallico on August 30, 2013 at 11:21pm — No Comments

The Last Days of My Summer

During my summer I found myself in need of a book to read then, I stumbled upon a surprisingly amazing book. I read Last Days of Summer by Steve Kluger. This novel has showed me what it means to be emotionally connected to a character. Joey Margolis, a young kid from Brooklyn, has dreams of being baseball star, Charlie Banks' friend. What he doesn't expect is a turn for the better.…

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Added by Celeste Montenegro on August 30, 2013 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Snow

    This summer, I treated myself to the wrap- up book in the Hunger Games series. After reading the previous books in the trilogy, I have become accustomed to Collins' three part  writing style. The breakups in Mockingjay always left me on the edge of my seat. I had to read on to the first few pages of the third part in particular. The second part ends with the brainwashed Peta being assigned to Katniss' squad. I honestly believed that Peta was going to snap and kill…

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Added by Mike Mallon on August 30, 2013 at 10:30pm — No Comments

What Happens When Chelsea Goes Speechless?

Chelsea is an average teenage girl, who goes to a normal high school, but what happens when she makes a huge mistake at a party she wasn’t even supposed to be at? Kristen, Chelsea’s popular best friend is throwing a huge party, but sadly Chelsea is grounded. Do you really think that stopped her? Her crush, Brendon is going to be there, including all her friends, and everyone from school why wouldn’t she go? She ends up lying to her parents that she was helping Kristen…

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Added by Emily Zachman on August 30, 2013 at 10:00pm — 9 Comments

The History of Vampires

This summer, I read Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, by Seth Grahame-Smith. It was about Abraham Lincoln growing up to kill vampires. In the beginning of the story, Abe's mother was killed by one of the vampires, and for revenge, he trained himself to kill vampires. After the success of killing a vampire by himself, he meets a person who was willing to help him get rid of vampires. With his help, Lincoln continues his job as a vampire hunter.…

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Added by Ko Matsuda on August 30, 2013 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Bullying, Kidnapping, and Love! OH MY!

Over the summer I first read "Carrie" by Stephen King. My dad had recommended this book to me because we both like thriller books. He had said it was a classic and I just had to read it. I found his words to be very true and I could not put this thriller down when I started reading it!

"Carrie" is about a girl in high school that is the outsider and constantly gets bullied. Her mom is a religious-crazed woman and forces Carrie to be the same way. High school is hard enough as it is…

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Added by Morgan Faulkner on August 30, 2013 at 8:30pm — 6 Comments

Food for Thought; Summer Reading and How It Changed the Way I Think

One of the books I read this past summer was The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler. I had seen Jay Asher during Writer’s Week, and I’d already read Thirteen Reasons Why, a novel I really enjoyed, but I hadn’t read The Future of Us. After reading the summary, I was interested and decided to add it to my summer reading list. Truthfully, I didn’t set my expectations very high, as the concept seemed difficult to write about without the story ending up…

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Added by Czarisse Maralit on August 30, 2013 at 8:02pm — 1 Comment

The perks of reading The Perks Of Being A Wallflower

 Dear Friends,

       I am writing to you because i want to tell you the perks of reading The Perks of Being A Wallflower. Over the summer one word had stuck out to on that small book, wallflower. before i had even seen or heard of the book  the term wallflower has always stuck to me. Iv'e been referred to as a wallflower by my friends and people that i have not even known for a…

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Added by Ivy Vazquez on August 30, 2013 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Basketball Junkie

This summer I had a lot of time on my hands. I read several of great books, but the one that stuck out the most to me and was a great inspirational story called Basketball Junkie by former NBA player Chris Herren. A basketball legend from Massachusetts becoming one of the top division one prospects in the country with 2073 career points,  Gatorade New England Player of the Year 1993-1994, Boston Globe Massachusetts Player of the Year 1992-1994 and a member of…

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Added by Mark Milford on August 30, 2013 at 5:26pm — No Comments

The Perks of Being a Wallflower- Summer Reading

When someone starts high school, usually they have at least one friend.  They have at least one person they can talk to during lunch.  Not for Charlie, though.  In Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, Charlie didn't have that one person he could talk to.  The story is consisted of letters that "Charlie" wrote.  The real author of these letters is anonymous and calls himself Charlie and sends the letters to an anonymous stranger.  The first letter…

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Added by Sarah Ewert on August 30, 2013 at 4:48pm — No Comments

The Notebook

The Notebook

 

 

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Added by Valentina Carrero on August 30, 2013 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Summer Reading- Safe Haven

                    I really wanted to read Safe Heaven before…

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Added by Sharon Khin on August 30, 2013 at 3:43pm — No Comments

Living a Lie

  

        My Life Next Door  illustrates life's tough choices.  This book is about the life of a girl named Samantha Reed.  She lives a life most teens would want. She has a huge house, her own car, and her parents don't bother her.  Her mother is a local politician, her older sister recently left for the summer, and her dad is no where to be found.  Right after her sister left for the summer, Samantha was the only person her mom had to lean on - that was until her…

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Added by Mallory Kini on August 30, 2013 at 3:30pm — No Comments

The Love That Lasted

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Added by Katlyn Lee on August 30, 2013 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Sun Tzu, Ancient Relevancy

          Sun Tzu’s The Art of War is an ancient Chinese manuscript on military strategy. Its thirteen chapters elaborate on how one may emerge on top through any a variety of conflict as well as what good leadership looks like. Sun Tzu was a strategist and philosopher born during China’s Spring and Autumn Era…

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Added by Julian Garcia on August 30, 2013 at 2:11pm — No Comments

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