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Book Review by: Niall

Batman: A Death in the Family – The Deluxe Edition
Batman: A Death in the Family - The Deluxe Edition<
The Orland Park Library holds a rare comic from the DC Batman Universe. Robin attempts to follow through his own version of justice by defeating the Joker. However, Joker gets the best of Robin and kills him. In this adventure, Batman goes through the trials and tribulations of losing Robin and is now saddened and enraged. Joker seized this opportunity of a heartbroken batman and also became more twisted than ever before. In this story we see a part of Batman never seen before making this comic unique and a worthy read to any super fan or casual fan of the DC universe. Make sure to give this comic a chance as it can easily be found in the Teen comics section at the Orland Library along with many other interesting reads.


Book Review by: Steven

The Fault in our Stars by John Green
The Fault in our Stars by John Green<
The book The Fault in our Stars by John Green is absolutely amazing!! It’s a romance novel about two teenagers who fell in love despite their cancer diagnosis. In the book, Hazel Grace Lancaster meets Augustus Waters in a cancer support group. They start talking when she sees him with a cigarette in his mouth. It sparks up a conversation because she, at first, believed him to be selfish because their lives are probably already cut short due to the cancer diagnosis. However, the cigarette in his mouth has a deeper, philosophical meaning that pushes a real stop shop between them. They began to become closer and closer and eventually fell in love. I love this book because not only did it have really funny moments but also very sad moments. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves romance but also does not mind a good cry!


Book Review by: Steven

All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely
All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely

All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely, is a book I would consider unforgettable. The novel is about two teenagers: Rashad, a black teenager, and Quinn, a white teenager. Rashad, unfortunately, became a victim of police brutality when a white cop was found beating him up into the pavement over a simple accident. Rashad did not do anything except unfortunately be at the wrong place at the wrong time. Quinn, the other main character in the novel, witnessed this beating and the perpetrator was a family friend that he knew personally. Before this incident, Quinn never really knew, or was interested in learning, about police brutality and racism. But now as a bystander, Quinn’s whole life has changed. This book is for sure one of my favorites because it had me thinking about topics I never thought I would think about. It also brings a good lesson: jumping to conclusions based on how someone looks can lead to disaster. I think this book should honestly be required in schools because it is very easy to read and talks about important current issues that are very prevalent today. I love the book because it is very relatable and shows the struggle of not only Rashad but Quinn as well.


Book Review by: Steven

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas is one of the best novels I have read in a long time. The book is about a teenage girl who, unfortunately, witnesses the unlawful murder of her African American friend by the police. In the book, not only does she tackle grief, but also racism and police brutality. I love this book because it speaks about issues that are very prevalent in these times. Although the novel was written in 2017, police brutality is an issue that is still going on 5 years later in 2022. This book is amazing because its honesty and rawness genuinely left me speechless at times. The book is very descriptive and intriguing and once you pick it up it is difficult to put down! I recommend this book to anyone who wants to understand the impact police brutality has on its victims and the cruelty the police system shows to the black community.


Book Review by: Georgio

The Devils Arithmetic by June Yolen

The Devils Arithmetic by June YolenHello, my name is Georgio Kavalas and I will be giving you a summary about the book The Devils Arithmetic by June Yolen. This book starts off in New Rochelle, New York. A young Jewish girl named Hannah Stern. Her and her family are to attend a Passover Seder at her grandparents’ home. Hannah has no interest in her Jewish heritage and also when her Grandpa rants about his experiences in the concentration camp. When Hannah rises from the table to open the door for Prophet Elijah, she is transported back in time to 1942 in Poland. That is where she inhabits the name and life of Chaya Abramowicz. When Hannah encounters the Nazi soldiers, the Nazis try to say that she and the others need to be relocated but Hannah is the only one who knows what actually will happen. Hannah tries to explain but no one will listen.


Book Review by: Georgio

Boy 21 by Matthew Quick

Boy 21 by Matthew QuickHello, my name is Georgio Kavalas and I will be giving you summary about the book Boy 21, written by Matthew Quick. The book takes place in Bellmont. Bellmont is a town ruled by Irish mobs, drugs, violence and racial rivalries. In this town, there is a boy named Finley. The only thing that helps Finley survive is basketball and his girlfriend Erin. One day a coach introduces Finley to another boy names Russ whose parents died and now he lives with his grandparents. Russ thinks he is from outer space and his real name is Boy 21. Russ is incredibly talented at basketball and that is why his coach introduced him to Finley. The coach wanted to have Russ watch over Finley and protect him. Coach also explains that Russ’s past must be a secret as there are many college recruiters who would interrupt the boys reintegration into society.


Book Review by: Emily

Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

Uglies by Scott WesterfeldMy all time favorite book is called Uglies the author is Scott Westerfeld. It is about a teenager named Tally who lives in a world where everyone is considered an “ugly” until the age of 16 when they go through an extreme cosmetic surgery and therefore no longer an “ugly” but a “pretty”. The uglies and pretties are separated. They live right across from each other but their living conditions are very different. Everything is fancier and more expensive on the “pretties” side. Tally looks out her window to the beautiful building in the distance across from her watching parties the “pretties” have every night. Tally finds out that the surgery they undergo doesn’t only change their appearance but altered their personality when her Best Friend becomes pretty before her and is never the same.. Tally goes on a quest to stop these surgery’s from happening but it’s far from easy. This novel is science fiction and dystopian fiction. I highly recommend to read, it’s very intriguing and keeps you wondering what will happen next. Reading this book made me fall in love with reading. After finishing this book I read the entire uglies series and still couldn’t get enough. I began searching for more and more books like this, and eventually expanded out to reading different genres. Uglies began my love for reading and if you enjoy reading about a Society where the world is different you would love it too. You can check it out at Orland Park Library for free!


Book Review by: Hailey

This May End Badly by Samantha Markum

This May End Badly by Samantha MarkumI loved this book! The book focuses on the character Doe, who attends the all girls Weston School with a century-long rivalry with the nearby all boys school, Winfield Academy. They engage in prank wars, and when the two schools are slated to merge in the next school year she does everything in her power to keep that from happening – including fake dating her main rival’s cousin. They both have something to gain and agree it’s not personal. But slowly, they begin to develop feelings for each other, and things get more complicated as a revelation comes forward from a young Weston girl that makes they reevaluate their priorities. It deals with some serious themes, such as sexual assault and emotional abuse, but if you can handle it this is a pretty good read!


Book Review by: Hailey

Dear Evan Hansen by Val Emmich, Benj Pasek, Steven Levenson, and Justin Paul

Dear Evan Hansen by Val Emmich, Benj Pasek, Steven Levenson, and Justin PaulThis book is amazing! The book is based on the fantastic musical and movie of the same name. Personally, of the three mediums, I prefer the book; something about the book feels more personal than the other two. The story explores the life of Evan Hansen, a teen with anxiety with letters that he writes to cope with his emotions. After breaking his arm, he ends up getting his cast signed by and having a short encounter with Connor Murphy, a classmate who seems to share a bit in common with him. Later on it’s discovered that he has committed suicide, and with a misunderstanding pertaining to Evan’s letters as well as the cast signing, the family of the late Connor mistakingly think Evan’s his former best (and only) friend. He goes along with it, in part because he finally feels like he’s being seen and heard (especially by the girl he likes, who happens to be Connor’s sister), and in part to comfort the grieving family. This book covers a lot of serious topics (suicide, mental illness, abuse), but if it’s something you feel you can handle I would absolutely recommend it. It’s a beautiful and moving story.


Book Review by: Omotunde

Heir Apparent by Vande Velde

Heir Apparent by Vande VeldeHeir Apparent is a science fiction-fantasy novel by Vande Velde. The book starts with the main character, Giannine Bellisario. Giannine is upset since her father always fails to show up for her birthday. To make up for his absence, her father sends Giannine a gift card to a video game center, where she can play RPGs. At the center, she is shown a video catalog of games she might be interested in. She chooses a game called Heir Apparent because she finds the male characters to be attractive. When she enters the game, she finds nothing to be unusual about it at first. However, after playing the game for a while, she feels as if she has been playing for days. Suddenly a man who identifies himself as the creator of the game informs Giannine that she has become stuck in the game and cannot exit until she wins. If she takes too long to win, she will suffer brain damage. Giannine then tries to win the game. I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in the concept of virtual reality and just gaming in general. The book has great characters and tons of witty dialogue.


Book Review by: Omotunde

How to Rock Braces and Glasses by Meg Haston

How to Rock Braces and Glasses by Meg HastonHow to Rock Braces and Glasses takes place in the perspective of Kacey Simon. She is a popular, gorgeous, and stylish 8th grader who is also a social dictator of Marquette Middle School. That is until she gets an eye infection which makes her get glasses. She also has a visit with her dentist leaving her with a “mouth full of metal”. This mouth full of metal leaves her with a lisp in which she is embarrassed of. Soon, Kacey is left out by her popular group of friends and forced to adjust to her new life as a “loser”. I would recommend this book to anyone who feels insecure about their appearance. This book gives confidence to girls and makes them feel that they are beautiful on the inside and outside.


Book Review by: Guste

The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

The Fault In Our Stars by John GreenThe Fault In Our Stars is a very touching and interesting book. Hazel, who is a 16 year old girl who was diagnosed with lung cancer at a young age, thinks she is very different from everyone else her age. The difficulties she faces because of this she thinks no one could ever understand this until she meets a boy named Augustus in the help group. She later discovers he also suffered from cancer and that he was a person who would also understand her and how she feels. They become super close until the unthinkable happens. This book is a very goof book for those who love romance and honestly a little sadness because this book truly is a tear jerker. It shows you how not everyone’s the same and will truly do amazing things for the people they care about and you truly never know how hard someone is fighting.


Book Review by: Guste

Smile by Raina Telgemeier

Smile by Raina TelgemeierThe book Smile by Raina Telgemeier is an AMAZING book and one of the best for teens. A girl with the name Raina who falls and breaks her front teeth. She is hitting some of her peeks in puberty such as teens at her age all do. With all of this happening at once to her she feels it is very hard to fit in with everyone else and how she struggles to get through it. She also has absolutely terrible friends. This book is a great book for teens to read because it is very relatable to what happens in school and how many kids also feel this way and go through this. It truly shows that we can stand up for ourselves and there’s nothing to be ashamed of.


Book Review by: Malak

The Siren by Kiera Cass

The Siren by Kiera CassSiren is a book about a girl who was saved by the ocean. She was saved from the singing of the sirens and became one. A siren stays with the ocean for 100 years and then the ocean wipes her mementoes and she returns to live on earth. She could no longer talk to anyone but her fellow sirens or they would be drawn to the ocean to die. Kahlen tries to collect information on the people she killed and could never remember her parents when they drowned. One day the killing of a bride pushes her over the edge. She’s been with the ocean for 80 years now. She meets a boy who completes her and she can’t help but love him. One day she speaks to him and he is drawn to the ocean and she pleads with the ocean to let him go. She starts losing her siren abilities and dying. So does the boy. The ocean knows what has to be done and didn’t want to. Will she survive?


Book Review by: Malak

Rebel with a cupcake by Anna Mainwaring

Rebel with a cupcake by Anna MainwaringThis book is about an obese girl with a skinny sister and a huge crush. She was always happy with her weight and didn’t care about clothes much. She saw how miserable skinny girls can be. She baked to her hearts content. The boy she had a crush on put so much pressure on her to be skinny that she tried to starve herself. Then he kisses another girl and her heart breaks. She becomes so depressed. Will she realize it’s important to be happy before it’s too late?


Book Review by: Shurya

Not Here To Be Liked by Michelle Quach

Not Here To Be Liked by Michelle QuachAll Eliza Quan wants is to be in charge of her school paper. Not only is it her passion, but she’s an amazing writer and would all around be perfect for the job. When the seemingly unqualified, former baseball player Len DiMartile runs against her and wins Eliza is furious. Not only is he inexperienced, but to Eliza, he is barely interested in the job that she has been wanting her whole life. When her peers attempt to explain that they voted for him, Eliza sees through their excuses and sees the misogyny that is present in the newspaper club. Eliza lets out her feelings in an essay, going on a rant about the gender inequality that is prevalent at her school. Although it was never meant to go out, it somehow gets published and goes viral. Now Eliza is forced to deal with the polarizing opinions that everyone has of her, some want her to continue to talk about feminism while others simply see her as bitter and not the equality defender she thinks she is. The school also wants Len and Eliza to work together amidst all of this and they begin to work on articles together. Eliza soon sees some of the perceptions she had of Len were wrong and finds herself falling for her rival.


Book Review by: Shurya

Vicious by V.E Schwab

Vicious by V.E SchwabVicious by V.E Schwab takes place in a world where people with extraordinary abilities (EO’s) roam free. However, the topic is taboo among the general public as no one knows where, when or how it’s even possible that these dangerous powers exist. In this book with multiple timelines running through, we see how one person’s thesis experiment changed everything with these supernatural abilities forever. Victor and Eli were best friends in college until they decided to research EO’s. What once was an innocent curiosity transformed into overrun ambition, a thirst for vengeance and a need for power. Ten years later, Eli and Victor are on complete opposite paths. But as time runs out, their paths are inevitably getting closer and closer, with Eli on a bloodthirsty and power-driven mission and Victor breaking out of prison and forming a group to take Eli down. Vicious is completely unique as it enraptures your attention even when the story is still unfolding; it manages to keep your attention in the past, present and future lives of these unforgettable characters.


Book Review by: Shurya

Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Cruel Prince by Holly BlackJude Duarte was never meant to leave the human world. But when her parents are murdered by a prominent faerie her parents used to know, her and her sisters and are thrust into a world of the fey, where magic is everywhere and everything human-like is despised. Jude’s only wish is to fit into this world and be a knight, but as a human, she is subject to torment by the people around her and can never join the court. When an opportunity to be a spy gives her the change to finally be welcomed in the society that always rejected her. However, her plan quickly becomes more complicated as the royalty and government officials of fey are all caught up in a twisted hunt for power, with every man for himself. Betrayal, trickery and treachery overtake the palace, where foe becomes family and family becomes foe. Jude is forced to reconsider the loyalty she has been giving out to those around her, and it soon making alliances with her own enemies. Jude is not only a strong female lead, but one of the smartest characters in YA, making the decisions everyone else around her is too scared to make.


Book Review by: Manaar

A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson

A Good Girl's Guide to Murder by Holly JacksonA Good Girl’s Guide to Murder is a murder mystery with some fun twists. One of these is the story’s epistolary format, with entries and interviews taking up most of the novel. One thing I liked about this story was how the main character, Pippa, was in her first semester of senior year. I read this in my first semester of senior year, so I found stuff like her anxiety over college admissions relatable. One thing that I found strange about the book was that the writing of the story did not match the content. I felt like the writing, pacing, and dialogue were better suited for a younger audience, while the content and themes are meant for a much older audience. Despite this, I feel like older readers would appreciate the story.


Book Review by: Manaar

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Cinder by Marissa MeyerCinder is the first book in the Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer. It is one of my favorite series, and the first book is a great reason why. Although the first book lacks many of the amazing characters that make the series great, it has a lot of worldbuilding. I’m a huge sucker for worldbuilding, and the way the story is written satisfies that. The book is also a futuristic retelling of Cinderella. This is apparent while reading, but the story manages to be so much more than that. You won’t regret giving this book a read.


Book Review by: Manaar

We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faisal

We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah FaisalWe Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faisal tells the story of Zafira, a young huntress who must travel to a dangerous island to return magic to her world. My favorite aspect of the novel was the characters and how they develop and interact with each other. The story reminds me of the Percy Jackson series, since both have a group of people who must travel and fight mythical creatures to find some treasure. Some of my favorite characters are Deen, Zafira’s childhood friend, and Altair, the witty and sarcastic companion of Nasir, the prince. One thing I found weird was the use of Arabic in the dialogue. As an Arabic speaker, it was strange to find characters using the wrong words for a situation (such as using the Arabic word for sand as a swear word) or being grammatically incorrect. Despite this, I still think the book is a good read and I recommend it to anyone looking for a good adventure.


Book Review by: Makenna

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny HanTo All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han is a hilarious, lighthearted book about Lara Jean Song, a junior in high school. Every time Lara Jean gets a strong crush, she writes a “letter” to them. Not one to be sent, just a letter expressing all of her emotions about them. One day, though, those letters all get sent out to each of the 5 boys she wrote to. One letter gets sent back as return to sender, but the four others all reach them. Josh, Peter, John Ambrose, and Lucas. None of them she likes, except for Josh. Lara Jean is in love with Josh. Even though Josh is her older sister Margot’s ex-boyfriend. To hide her true feelings for him, she decides to kiss Peter Kavinsky, another boy she wrote a letter to. Peter just recently broke up with his girlfriend, Genevieve. Once he realizes the reaction Genevieve had when she found out about the kiss, he proposes to Lara Jean that they fake being boyfriend and girlfriend to make Josh and Genevieve both jealous. She reluctantly agrees. After more than a month of dating, Lara Jean starts having real feelings for him. But does he like her back? What will happen to their situation? Read “To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before” by Jenny Han to find out. If you like YA Romance, I recommend this book for you!


Book Review by: Makenna

Sunny Song Will Never Be Famous by Suzanne Park

Sunny Song Will Never Be Famous by Suzanne ParkSunny Song Will Never Be Famous by Suzanne Park is all about Sunny, who is a rising senior in high school. She is also an internet star. With thousands of followers, social media is quickly becoming more and more a part of her life. So much so, that after a visit to the principal’s office and an extreme livestream mishap, her parents decide to send her to a “digital detox” camp, located on a farm in Iowa. When she arrives there, she is enraged. Why would her parents make such a rash decision? Why would they do this to her? As the camp goes on and on though, she becomes less and less angry. She makes friends, learns to live without her phone, and even has fun. Sunny has a secret, though. She brought a contraband phone to camp, and is using it to enter a social media contest with the help of her best friend back home. But when someone discovers her phone, she’s in deep trouble. What will happen to Sunny? Will she get kicked out of camp? Will her friends and family forgive her? Check out “Sunny Song Will Never Be Famous” at the Orland Park Public Library to find out! If you like Young Adult Realistic Fiction books, I definitely recommend reading “Sunny Song Will Never Be Famous” by Suzanne Park!


Book Review by: Makenna

The Selection by Kiera Cass

The Selection” by Kiera CassThe Selection by Kiera Cass is about America Singer, a seventeen year old girl who lives with her family and works as an entertainer, where she sings and plays piano for those of a higher cast. In this book, a cast is someone’s ranking in society. One day, America is stunned to receive a letter from the royal family themselves! They are inviting her to compete in the Selection! The Selection is a process that the royal family has done for generations. Every time the heir to the throne comes of age, thirty five girls are chosen at random to compete to be the queen. They go on dates with the prince, have dinner with the king and queen, learn all about how to be a princess, and more. America, being within the age region of the competition, was sent a letter just like every other sixteen to twenty year old girl in the kingdom of Illea. Her family was esatic to know that America had the chance to be a princess, and strongly encouraged her to submit an entry. America, on the other hand, had no interest in joing the Selection. She was already in love with another boy, Aspen Ledger. America and Aspen had both kept their relationship from their families because of one small problem. Aspen was a six. This meant if America married him, she would be forced to move down a cast. While this had happened before, it was very uncommon and meant America’s life would be even harder than it was now, since her family already struggled to put food on the table. Her family insisted and insisted, and she finally gave in when her mother offered her a deal. She entered the Selection, and she could start keeping all of the money she earned from the jobs she went to with her mother. This finally persuaded America, because she knew that when she and Aspen got married, they would need the money. So, later that week, she and her mother went and entered her in the Selection. Later, the selected girls were announced on television. As the names were called, and none of them were America’s, her family became less and less hopeful. But then…America Singer! Her family went crazy, jumping and screaming and shouting. The phone started ringing, and everything was chaos. The only thing on America’s mind, though, as she heard her name called was, “What about Aspen?”. Will America and Aspen stay together? What will happen to her family? How long will she stay in the competition? Read The Selection by Kiera Kass to find out what happens!


Book Review by: Kyra

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

The Cruel Prince by Holly BlackWhen Jude Duarte was seven years old, a strange man burst into her family’s home and murdered her parents. Now seventeen, she lives with this person, alongside her twin sister, Taryn, and her older sister, Vivi. But that person wasn’t a person at all; but a bloodthirsty faerie, and Jude now lives in the High Court of Faerie, in Elfhame, and has to live there as a mortal. But even with these terrible odds, Jude practices hard to become a knight, and it doesn’t help that the young and cruel prince of Elfhame, Cardan, bullies and threatens her and her sister Taryn daily. Then Jude is given an offer by Prince Dain; an offer that can finally prove to everyone that they were wrong about her, and finally prove that everyone underestimated her. And not to mention she would finally be so much better than the haughty Prince Cardan, and can protect herself and her twin sister. This book kept me hooked throughout; it had lots of good plots, rivalry, spies, roughout; it had lots of good plots, spies, rivalry, action, and suspense. I suggest reading the Cruel Prince by Holly Black if you like fantasy, faeries, and magic.


Book Review by: Kyra

Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare

Chain of Gold by Cassandra ClareCordelia Carstairs is one of the best Shadowhunters of her age, especially alongside her undefeatable sword, Cortana. But when her father gets blamed for a hideous crime, her and her family must leave for London to start over. Cordelia’s future parabatai and best friend since childhood Lucie Herondale just so happens to live in London, and the two rejoice when they finally meet. But as soon as they move to London, Cordelia’s mother wants her to marry, and even though she doesn’t want to, her secret love for Lucie’s older brother James is still strong. But James has a secret that few know of: he can turn to shadows. And when these occurrences become more sudden and often, James begins to suspect something strange might be happening. And not long after Cordelia gets settled in, a dangerous demon attack happens, throwing every Shadowhunter in London off guard. And then another attack, and then another. I suggest reading Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare if you enjoy fantasy books that keep you on your toes and that are impossible to put down.


Book Review by: Kyra

Love and Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch

Love and Gelato by Jenna Evans WelchSixteen-year-old Lina never wanted to live in Italy, but it was her mother’s dying wish to live there with her father, Howard, who she had never seen nor heard from her entire life. Now she is living in Tuscany, Italy, in a small town where she knows exactly no one. Then she meets Ren, who she quickly befriends, and he helps her to get to know his friends, and introduces her to Italy. Finally starting to fit in, Lina decides to read her mother’s old journal, which was written while she lived in Italy for art school, but what Lina finds was a lot more interesting than she thought. While reading the journal, she begins to suspect who her parents really are, and her and Ren go on a hunt to find the truth; with Ren taking her to go sightseeing along the way. Lina realizes that there is a lot more to a small town in Italy than she thought, including buried secrets and budding romances. I suggest Love and Gelato if you are looking for a quick read with a cute and fun love story, and a mystery with lots of twists and turns.


Book Review by: Kimberly

Divergent by Veronica Roth

Divergent by Veronica RothDivergent written by Veronica Roth. A dystopian novel series.This amazing series is about a broken city trying to rebuild its self after a devastating war that destroyed the world. Beatrice is your main character. The government of this city created a faction system where society is broken into five factions to keep peace within each other. Those factions are Abnegation(the selfless), Amity(the peaceful),candor(the honest),Dauntless(the brave) , and Erudite(the intelligent). And then there are the… divergents, the threats to society. This book takes you through a romance story as well as survival story. This is very good book series that will keep you reading. This book in particular has so much going on and a unexpected turn. If you are looking for a dystopian book but also want romance I really recommend this book for you. You will not regret reading this series.


Book Review by: Eric

Ranger’s Apprentice Book 1 by John Flanagan

Ranger’s Apprentice Book 1 by John FlanaganToday is Apprenticeship Day for the orphans of Redmond Fief. This is where Will’s fate will be determined. Of his options, Will takes the only one unknown to him: being a Ranger. The Rangers of Arulean are a branch of warriors that are experts in archery, camouflage and unseen movement, spying, and throwing knives. One of these Rangers, Holt, becomes Will’s mentor, and ultimately leads him to two options; fame, or death. If you are a fan of archery, spies, or medieval kingdom stories, this series is the one for you. This story is the beginning of the Ranger’s Apprentice Series, and then the Brotherbamd series, both of which I recommend..


Book Review by: Anna

Love Life and the List by Kasie West

Love Life and the List by Kasie WestLove, Life, and the List by Kasie West is about a young girl named Abby who is trying to discover herself. Abby is an aspiring painter, but when her art doesn’t get accepted into the museum’s art show due to its lack of emotion and depth, Abby concocts a list of 10 things to accomplish in order to find the missing piece. Enter Cooper, her childhood best friend who she has had a crush on for years. Abby enlists Cooper’s help but soon realizes that if she wants to be a real artist, she has to explore herself and the world on her own. Throughout the summer the list isn’t straightforward, they need Abby down new roads she never would’ve thought of going down. She learns about herself, her community, and her family which helps her understand what the director of the museum meant when he said she was lacking emotion. Kasie West portrays finding oneself as a journey of understanding the world around you and how it affects you as a person, not just who you are on the inside.


Book Review by: Anna

The Upside of Falling by Alex Light

The Upside of Falling by Alex LightThe Upside of Falling by Alex light is about Becca, a 17 year old girl who hasn’t had a boyfriends in years and has stopped believing in true love. One day when her nemesis teases her about being lonely, she pretends as if she has been seeing someone. Her nemesis doesn’t believe her until the quarterback comes to her rescue and acts like her boyfriend. The two agree to pretend to date but quickly find it hard to keep up the appearance. A shy girl who enjoys sitting in the corner reading and a quarterback that has to go out and show his face; although they’re opposites they learn how to not only coexist but how they balance each other out. If you loved the To All The Boy I’ve Loved Before books, this book has the same premise and the love is just as cute. Lake takes two characters that don’t seem to have anything in common and shows that sometimes even the most opposite people have commonalities that draw them to have the greatest romance.


Book Review by: Anna

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola YoonThe Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon is a different take on the modern “meet-cute” of a romance. Natasha is a firm believer of scientific proof, believing that love at first sight is a fable people tell themselves. Daniel is the opposite, he’s a romantic, believing that love can’t be proven but felt. When Natasha and Daniel meet, Daniel instantly feels a connection, Natasha doesn’t believe him claiming that they’re strangers. Not to mention Natasha was about to be deported the next day, but that didn’t stop Daniel from placing a bet with her stating that he could make her fall in love with him in under 24 hours. Natasha doesn’t believe him, but she also doesn’t have much to lose, so she decides to spend the day with the stranger that claims he already loves her. This one book takes place within a 24 hours window, you get to experience the winding love of Natasha and Daniel. Nicola Yoon makes it so you never want to put the book down, you’ll finish the book in one sitting to answer the dying question of: does Natasha fall in love with Daniel?


Book Review by: Dana

King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo

King of Scars by Leigh BardugoKing of Scars by Leigh Bardugo is a fantasy book about magic, corruption, and war. The final series and the first in a duology set in the Grishaverse, the book follows three seperate characters as they navigate trying to avoid a war. Each chapter follows a different person, with story lines that meet the others several times. Grisha, those born with control over different elements, are used and face the creation of an addictive drug that allows others to control them. Ravka, with enemies on all sides and a new King, struggles to stay afloat. Nina Zenik, an undercover Grisha, acts as a spy in Fjerda, trying to expose corruption in the government, while King Nikolai Lantsov and his General, Zoya Navyalenski, another Grisha, try to run Ravka. This book always has another twist that makes it impossible to put down.


Book Review by: Dana

Rule of Wolves by Leigh Bardugo

Rule of Wolves by Leigh BardugoRule of Wolves by Leigh Bardugo is the second book in the King of Scars duology. A fantasy about Grisha, those who can use magic, government corruption, and an oncoming war, there is always an unexpected twist that changes everything. Each chapter follows one of the three main characters. Nina Zenik, who is undercover and has infiltrated the Fjerdan government, King Nikolai Lantsov, trying to lead a country about to go to war, and General Zoya Navylanenski, a Grisha who tries to free and protect her people at her king’s side. As Nina grows close to the daughter of Fjerda’s corrupt military leader, Nikolai and Zoya struggle with Ravka’s enemies, while pushing away their feelings for the good of their country. This book is a great sequel to King of Scars, and covers everything from love, friendship, grief, and forgiveness. If you’re looking for a fast paced fantasy that grapples with problems in the real world, Rule of Wolves is for you.


Book Review by: Dana

Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic by Leigh Bardugo

Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic by Leigh BardugoLanguage of Thorns is a book of 6 short children’s stories set in the Grishaverse. Inspired by tales like Hansel and Gretel and the GingerbreadMan, these take a darker look at the lessons learned in these tales. All of the stories have an unexpected twist, in addition to the magical characters and animals that live in them. Every page has unfolding drawings that grow with the story, and beautiful illustrations at the end of each chapter. Instead of the happy endings that are found in common fairy tales, these stories have bittersweet endings that teach lasting lessons. In addition, there are characters that any reader could understand and relate to. If magic and fantasy draws you in, and you prefer the odd versions of children’s stories, this book is made for you!


Book Review by: Safiya

Starters by Lissa Price

Starters by Lissa PriceThe book Starters by Price Lissa is a fantasy, or a science fiction YA book. When starting out there is a lot of details, but as the character develops you will love the amazing book. I have to say that the way the main character and her background was presented, then shaped to the journey was a bit unexpected. Even in this tough and difficult journey she finds love. Callie has lost her parents but survives on the streets with her brother, Tyler, who is ill, and her friend, Michael. Callie steps forward to a thrilling experience in order to earn money to help Tyler. Callie donates her body to Prime Destinations to be “rented” for a period of time but something goes wrong. Follow the journey with her to find out how Callie encountered the eye-opening scenes.


Book Review by: Safiya

A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson

A Good Girl's Guide to Murder by Holly JacksonIf you love murder mysteries and watching true crime documentaries, you’ll love this book. “A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder” follows seventeen year old Pippa (Pip) as she investigates a closed murder case that took place in her home town 5 years ago. This book will take you through so many twists and turns all the way until the end, it’s written in this amazing way that it’s impossible to put down. As a person who often struggles to read and get into stories, I loved this book. I was hooked from the first chapter and got invested in and even felt like I was a part of Pip’s investigation. There were many times in the book that I could feel my heart racing like I was actually in the story beside Pip. The enduing was unpredictable too, which was part of why I found it so difficult to put down! You just never knew what would come next. I suggest this book for teens who love mystery, suspense, and fast paced books you won’t want to put down.


Book Review by: Amari

On The Come Up by Angie Thomas

On The Come Up by Angie ThomasFrom the award winning author who wrote “The Hate U Give” and “Concrete Rose”, Angie Thomas engulfs you in the world of a teen on the rise to fame. Sixteen year old Bri has a passion for rapping and wants to make her father proud as he was a very famous underground hip hop lengend. However, she begins to feel the need to get her come up as problems arise. When she releases her first song, it goes viral for every reason besides the one she’d hoped for. Bri becomes a controversial artist among the media in the midst of the turmoil in her personal life. This story illustrates the importance of fighting for your dreams and finding your voice even when the odds are against you. This story can be inspiring to many young teens to chase after their dreams. Don’t let what people say or think stop you from that. If you enjoy reading fictional books with a splash of spicy conflict, this book will be a very good read for you.


Book Review by: Jada

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny HanTo All The Boys I’ve Loved Before is a story about a girl named Lara Jean. Lara Jean is a shy hopeless romantic. Unsurprisingly, Lara Jean falls in love very easily and writes letters to every boy she falls in love with, without actually sending them. While this did seem like a relatively harmless and light-hearted action, it became very serious when Lara Jean loses the box. All in all, Lara Jean goes through major character development solely based off of losing the box filled with the love letters making the story so interesting and relatable to many teenage girls. This story is so fascinating because she goes from being a shy non-confrontational girl to an adamant and confident girl. The author does a great job at portraying this transition and personality change in Lara Jean by making the story personable and overall inviting.


Book Review by: Jada

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Everything, Everything by Nicola YoonEverything, Everything is an incredible book that details romance/love, family drama, and sickness. This book was so life changing and easily a 10 out of 10. One of the main reasons for its rating is because of its originality. Throughout the entirety of the book, the author does a great job at depicting every emotion through her use of effective diction and imaginative words. Because of the author’s imaginative words, she is able to really make the reader feel physically involved and interested in the book. The book’s protagonist is Maddy, a brilliant 18 year old, who has a chronic illness. While arguably being dealt “bad cards”, she meets someone and he changes her life and her perspective on it. Despite this positive interaction entering her life, based on a specific incident she becomes distant and distrustful of someone she had always trusted.


Book Review by: Jada

The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas

TheInspired by the Black Lives Matter Movement, The Hate U Give is an incredible book that details the life of Starr Carter and her struggles with transitioning between a predominantly black and lower income area and a rich predominantly white high school. After a rather traumatic incident, Starr loses her voice and finds it difficult to balance both worlds that she is arguably complacent in. She then faces external pressures from the people in her community urging her to advocate and to express her feelings regarding the incident. While in an attempt to find her voice, she gains insight from other community activists, which ignite something in her. She transforms into the outspoken, brave, and courageous person she wasn’t before. This book is amazing because it touches on the harsh realities of white supremacy and its effects on society, in an eye-opening and fascinating way. Overall, the author does an outstanding job at bringing attention to a rather serious and relatively prevalent subject.


Book Review by: Abigail

One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus

OneFull of mystery and wonder! Suspense and chaos! A group of teenagers try to figure out who was the imposter/subject of the “death” of their friend Simon. On this ongoing investigation clues rise up to the potential “murder”, which brings into a series of events.
The gripping story of these highschool students relates to many young adults/teenagers. Many are at risk to authority on who is telling the real truth. Someone is lying on what really happened to Simon…


Book Review by: Abigail

The Giver by Lois Lowry

TheThe Giver reveals important moral lessons in a utopian society. However, dystopian flaws
are revealed in this novel. Human happiness is not measured by comfort and choices create risks. The society in this novel has the perspective of sameness. The main character Jonas, does not feel the need to follow the rules by being controlled. After the ceremony Jonas trains to be a Receiver of Memory and his adventures with the Giver. It does stir up some trouble, but there is a movie on Netflix that portrays this novel
amazingly!


Book Review by: Abigail

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

TheIf you love the genre of romance then this book is for you! This amazing but saddening work of literature, has the main characters of two starstruck companions. It comes from the perspective of a girl named Hazel and she encounters a guy named Gus. Although they have a terminal illness, they live their lives to the fullest. Ignoring the odds and making the best out of the situation. This book entails many life lessons, and also it has an amazing movie which portrays the book accurately.


Book Review by: LeAysia

Far From the Tree by Robin Benway

Far From the Tree by Robin BenwayThis book follows three teenagers as they embark on their journey to find their birth mom. Throughout this journey, they build stronger bonds and feel a sense of family in a way they’ve never felt before. This book is perfect for teens due to its amazing portrayal of what it’s like trying to find self-identity in this world. Oftentimes, I found myself struggling to put the book down. The second you begin to read it, you are completely immersed in these characters’ worlds. If you’re looking for a book that is inclusive, fun and heart-wrenching, this is the book for you.


Book Review by: Emma

Brian’s Winter by Gary Paulsen

 Brian’s Winter by Gary PaulsenBrian Robenson was stranded in the Canadian wilderness. He had to figure out a way to live on his own. He had to learn to hunt, build and live on his own. We all know that Brian was rescued at the end of the summer in “Hatchet” but what if he hadn’t? What if he had to survive through… winter? Can he do it? Read and find out!


Book Review by: Kareem

Naruto. vol. 1, The Tests of the Ninja by Masashi Kishimoto

Naruto. vol. 1, The Tests of the Ninja by Masashi KishimotoNaruto. vol. 1, The Tests of the Ninja is a great first volume to a wonderful series. I really recommend this volume because it shows epic fight scenes and also shows a kid that despite being hated by the world around him, still has hope and dreams for the future. This first volume is a good introduction to Naruto Uzumaki and the ninja world that he lives in. This story is interesting because of the mechanic that everybody has energy in their body and they can use that energy to use “Jutsu” which means Spells in Japanese. And it is also very cool to see how the main character grows and how his relationships around him evolve. I recommend reading this story rather than watching the show because this is the most pure way to absorb this story. This is because it is how the author wanted the reader to absorb it and was written by him himself.


Book Review by: Sam

Punching Bag by Rex Ogle

Punching Bag by Rex OglePunching Bag by Rex Ogle is another autobiography about his teen life. This book is the sequel to Free Lunch. Rex was subjected to domestic violence during middle school and nothing changed during high school. This book contains many memories of his teen days and how the abuse didn’t stop from middle school to high school. His mother and stepfather constantly fought each other. His parents unleash their anger out on him making him sort of a punching bag. He still tries to push through and takes care of his little brother Ford. What happened throughout his high school days. Read to find out in this tale of abuse with humor sprinkled in it.


Book Review by: Natalia

All we have left by Wendy Mills

All we have left by Wendy MillsThe book I am reviewing is All we have left by Wendy Mills. It is a book about two teenage girls, one whose brother died in the September 11 attacks, and one who find her self stuck in the twin towers during the attacks. Every chapter, you flip from one girl to the other. Sixteen year old Jesse tries to find out the truth about her brother, and why he was in the towers in the first place. She gets caught up in the wrong crowd, her family is splitting apart, and she meets a boy. Back in 2001, sixteen year old Alia, a Muslim, heads one day to the twin towers, trying to find her father. The day was September 11th,2001, and she finds herself stuck in the twin towers during the attack with a teenage boy she meets. I absolutely loved reading this book because it was very interesting, it had a lot of unexpected turns that kept me reading. I would recommend it to any 7th grade through high school girl.


Book Review by: Samuel

The Eleventh Plague by Jeff Hirsch

The Eleventh Plague by Jeff HirschThe Eleventh Plague is a dystopian novel by Jeff Hirsch. The story is based around a plague that is sent to the U.S. The disease is called, “The Eleventh Plague” or “P11”. The main character of the story, Stephen, is living during the collapse ( the peak of the plague). His grandfather recently died leaving him and his father. They travel for a while when another disaster strikes and his father falls into a deep coma while fighting “slavers”. Stephen eventually finds a village where a family takes him in. Everything seems to be going well until he pulls a prank that could change his whole world. This book is a must-read if you enjoy dystopian fiction.


Book Review by: Samuel

Warhead by Jeff HenigsonHenigson

Warhead by Jeff HenigsonWarhead by Jeff Heningson is a memoir about a teenager with brain cancer that almost saved the world. This book takes place in 1986 and the main character Jeff is living in the United States. He was hit by a car and his life turned upside down. Shortly after, doctors diagnosed him with brain cancer. At first, everything seemed hopeless for Jack until he realized he was accepted into the make-a-wish foundation where he learned he could do something incredible. Nuclear weapons have just entered the world and Jeff wants to stop their use. He decides he wants to talk to the president of the soviet union to end the cold war. What will happen? How will he accomplish this? Read to find out.


Book Review by: Samuel

Free Lunch by Rex OgleHenigson

Free Lunch by Rex Ogle Rex Ogle did not have an easy childhood. He was constantly bullied at school and home. The book “Free Lunch” tells you all about this. Rex’s parents were abusive. They constantly fought with each other and with Rex. His parents were also extremely poor meaning he had to get free lunch at school which was embarrassing for him and would be for any other middle schooler. He struggles with domestic violence and loses friends at school. Even with all this going on he tries to act like a good kid. He babysits his little brother Ford and gives him his toys. This story does have profanity and may not be suitable for younger readers. Overall this book is a great biography and a must-read The sequel to this book is called Punchin Bag. It talks about his high school experience.


Book Review by: Janeiya

Excuse Me While I Ugly Cry by Joya Goffney

Excuse Me While I Ugly Cry by Joya GoffneI ugly cry sometimes. It happens, so when I saw a book named “Excuse Me While I Ugly Cry,” I couldn’t resist. This book is my favorite book right now. First, the diversity in this book is amazing. The main characters are African American, but they go to school with white kids. The problems they face are real world problems everyone faces. I think this book did well in the component of self development. Most of the characters had self growth, which I appreciate in a book. Then, of course we have the romance and mystery. Who doesn’t love a good romance and a “who done it” situation? This book has both, and I promise who did it won’t even matter once you get into the book. This is because everything is just so good. I would give this book 5 stars! So, what are you waiting for? See the growth, societal problems, romance and mystery in this YA book.


Book Review by: Matthew

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John BoyneThe Boy in the Striped Pajamas is a book about the holocaust. This boy lived in Berlin Germany and then moved to Poland. At his new house, which was right near a concentration camp, he noticed there were many people on the other side of the fence. All these people were Jews and were not liked. Hilter was a hater of Jews and put all of them into different concentration camps separating families. At these camps, they would either kill you or make you work. Bruno meets Shmuel, who is a Jew and doesn’t know why they can’t be friends. Then an unexpected event happens to both of them taking a turn on the story. This book was written by John Boyne and he has written many other books that I have read. This is why this book was also one of my favorite books.


Book Review by: Matt

Hunger Games Mockingjay by Susan Collins

Hunger Games Mockingjay by Susan CollinsMy favorite book is the Hunger Games Mockingjay book. The author of this book is Susan Collins, and she as written many other great books. This book is about a girl named Katniss Everdeen and how she is put into an arena and faced with many challenges she has to overcome. A little background information about Katniss Everdeen is that she lives in district 12, has a little sister named Primrose, and how she has big plans for the country she is living in. In this book, she works with her teammates to survive through jungles, oceans, and in the sandy desert within the arena. The games are the capital’s way to show the districts the balance in the capital, but the districts know that this is pure evil and toucher. This is why I loved this book and is one of my all-time favorite books.enough.


Book Review by: Maye

Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone

Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland StoneThe struggles of OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) is featured when Samantha McAllister, a junior in high school, who loves to swim, has to battle with this severe mental illness to act normal around her peers. Her obsession with doing things three times and the many thoughts that cloud her headspace affect her life tremendously. She can’t live like a regular teenager without her OCD interfering at the worst times, like when she hangs out with her school friends who wouldn’t be able to understand her. She meets with her therapist, Dr. Sue, every week to fill her in on what’s been going on. One day at school, Samantha encounters a girl named Caroline, who becomes her companion; an angel sent from God. She discovers a hidden club at school through Caroline that could change her life. Every Last Word does a great job at pointing out how tough it is to have OCD as well as being a teenager, as if being a teenager isn’t hard enough.


Book Review by: Maye

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

Speak by Laurie Halse AndersonThis Young Adult fiction highlights the dark secret Melinda Sordino endured. Only a freshman at Merryweather High School, she’s forced to live with a weight so heavy. She received hate when she called the police at a party the summer before her first year in highschool after an incident occured. Melinda starts to skip and do poorly in school. She finds tranquility in an abandoned janitor’s closet at school until it no longer serves her peace. Speak traps you in, making you want to know who, what, where, when, why, and how everything happened. It’s so easy to get lost reading this book that it’s already the next day! Make sure to give your eyes a little break though, but seriously….it’s that good!!


Book Review by: Maye

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Red Queen by Victoria AveyardEver want to know what it’s like to live two different lives at once? Well if you do, Red Queen is the best fit for you! The world of fantasy is portrayed when Mare Barrow, who is seventeen years old, is identified to have Silver powers although born a Red. She lives with her parents, brothers Bree, Tramy, Shade, and sister Gisa in the Stilts, a village where red blooded people with a lower status and little power exist. The opposite of Reds are Silvers, higher in status, abilities, power, and more. Afraid to be drafted to war on her eighteenth birthday which is days away, her life takes a drastic turn which works out in her favor….at least for a little while. She’s forced to live the life of a princess that a lot of girls dream to live, to put her powers to use and make a change to the future of the Kingdom of Norta. This fantasy fiction is notorious for lurring the reader to read until the very last word!


Book Review by: Eileen

The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn BarnesA girl. A game. And a mysterious house— filled with dangerous people. Avery Grambs was living in her car before she became an heiress to a fortune. Tobias Hawthorne was not a normal man, aside from being a billionaire. Instead of giving his fortune to his descendants, he gives it to a random girl. His four grandchildren are sure it’s some sort of final game left for them to solve, and one of them, Jameson, is determined to solve it. And Avery, living in a house full of people who don’t trust her, and would be happy if she died, is also very intrigued. I loved this book, and all the twists and turns made it impossible to put down. It, and it’s sequel, The Hawthorne Legacy, are amazing and I would definitely recommend reading both!


Book Review by: Eileen

Love and Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch

Love and Gelato by Jenna Evans WelchLina’s mother recently died, and so she is sent across the ocean to Italy to live with her biological father. Lina, however, is not very excited. She hasn’t ever met her father, and now she’s expected to live with him for the summer? Also, he lives in a graveyard. So, yeah, it’s not looking good. But then when she goes out, she meets Lorenzo, or Ren, as his friends call him. The two become friends, and discover many things while Lina’s in Italy. Her mother had sent one of her journals here, and it got to the hands of Lina. As she reads and finds out about her mother’s past here, Lina finds that it was more than just a school year in Italy that she had experienced. This book is an amazing romance with a touch of adventure and just a little more than a hint of mystery.


Book Review by: Rahaf

You’re Only Old Once! by Dr.Seuss

You’re Only Old Once! by Dr.SeussYou’re Only Old Once! is a book written and illustrated by the very well known Dr.Seuss. This book begins with an old man in the waiting room of a clinic. We follow the man through the clinic, room by room, while different doctors do various tests on him. The book goes through his pills, his hearing, his vision, and many other aspects of his health. As the book progresses, you start to understand that the old man dislike the extensive testing he is going through. After becoming much too anxious, he tries to escape. Find out what happens next by reading the book!


Book Review by: Rahaf

Ada’s Violin by Susan Hood

Ada’s Violin by Susan HoodAda’s Violin is a nonfiction book written by Susan Hood and illustrated by Sally west Comport. Ada lives in a city made of garbage with her parents, her grandmother, and her little sister, Noélia. Ada’s grandma signs her up for music lessons taught by Favio Chávez. After finding out there are not enough instruments for every kid, Favio and his friend make instruments with the garbage around them. This book can be checked out at the Orland Park Public Library. I would rate this book a 7/10. Read this interesting book to find out what happens next!


Book Review by: Rahaf

Diary of a Wimpy Kid : THE LONG HAUL by Jeff Kinney

Diary of a Wimpy Kid : THE LONG HAUL by Jeff KinneyDiary of a Wimpy Kid : THE LONG HAUL is a graphic novel written and illustrated by the very well known Jeff Kinney. In this book, The Heffley’s spontaneously decided to go on a family road trip. Although Greg Heffley, the main character of the book, invisions a perfect and carefree vacation, the reality is anything but. This book is the 9th book of this series and it lives up to its 5 star review from Amazon.com. I would rate this book a 5/5. Diary of a Wimpy Kid : THE LONG HAUL is a really quick read and a good way to get you out of a reading slump. I recommend this book to anyone who has enjoyed the past books in this series, and graphic novel enthusiasts overall.


Book Review by: Shurya

If I’m Being Honest by Emily Wibberly

If I’m Being Honest by Emily WibberlyIf I’m Being Honest by Emily Wibberly is about a girl named Cameron Bright who has had a history of being one of the meanest girls in her highschool, learning to better herself and become the person that she always could be. Cameron has always thought her honesty was her best quality; however, her brutality gets her in trouble when she accidentally says something she shouldn’t have in front of her crush, Andrew. Cameron decides she needs to win Andrew back by becoming a nice person. But pretending to be a nice person isn’t as easy as she thought. She begins making up with past people she has hurt but when Brendan refuses to accept her apology, Cameron has to learn to be a genuinely good person for her plan to work. Through making amends with her highschool classmates, she begins to become closer with people that she would have previously made fun of, including Brendan. Cameron starts to learn more about herself and becomes the person she was trying to pretend to be. However she starts to wonder if Andrew is worth the trouble. Through all of this, Cameron is figuring out her complicated future as she struggles with her family and begins to see why she has her walls up. If I’m Being Honest is a story that explores family, friendship and growth through this complex teenage girl.


Book Review by: Shurya

Darius the Great Is Not Okay by Adib Khorram

Darius the Great Is Not Okay by Adib KhorramDarius the Great Is Not Okay by Adib Khorram is a poignant, beautiful and relatable book that is about Darius Kellner growing into himself as an Iranian American. Darius has never felt like he fit in whether at home, in his culture or even at school. At home, Darius feels like he can’t do anything right to please his father and that even his little sister is more connected to her Iranian side than he is. The one thing that Darius finds comfort is in his job making tea. Darius has always felt disconnected from his Iranian heritage but after a family emergency, he travels with his family to Iran and is thrust into a culture that he starts to find comfort in. As he begins to form attachments and come out of his shell Darius starts making the best memories he’s ever had and starts to feel like a True Persian. However, as Darius struggles with depression he battles finding his true place and has to wonder if he can come back to America as his renewed self. Darius the Great is Not Okay is a painfully relatable book that tells the story that many children of immigrants will be able to relate to; the story also features amazing mental health representation and Darius’ struggles with identity, self love, and friendship.


Book Review by: Shurya

Heretics Anonymous by Katie Henry

Heretics Anonymous by Katie HenryHeretics Anonymous by Katie Henry is about Michael, an atheist that recently started going to a Catholic High School. From the start Michael had no plans to start changing his faith; in fact, he openly expresses his exasperation for the school’s more exaggerated and conservative values. Michael finds himself with a band of misfits from the school starting with Lucy, an outspoken girl who seems to be an atheist like him. However, she is a devout Catholic, but feels out of place in the same way as him as the school teaches religion in a rigid manner that she doesn’t necessarily believe. Michael joins Lucy in Heretics Anonymous as the rest of the group don’t follow the schools expectations as Max doesn’t follow conventional norms, Eden practices paganism, and Avi is Jewish and gay. The group decides to pull some antics to expose the school’s contradictory tendencies but when Michael starts taking it too far it threatens the stability of the group and the school. Heretics Anonymous is charmingly funny as it tells a story of several religions being able to coexist peacefully without being anything but tolerant.


Book Review by: Shurya

Counting Down With You by Tashie Bhuiyan

Counting Down With You by Tashie BhuiyanCounting Down With You by Tashie Bhuiyan is a contemporary YA novel about a Bangladeshi Muslim teenager who is trying to navigate highschool with the weight of her parents expectations on her shoulders. Karina Ahmed has always been a girl that plays by the rules whether that means following her parents’ strict rules or what is expected of her at school. However, when her parents go to Bangladesh for vacation her previously calm life turns upside down. Karina is forced to tutor Ace Clyde for her English class which is her worst nightmare as they are complete opposites as he doesn’t seem to care about school or really anything. But with her parents gone and only her comforting grandmother to watch over her, Karina has the freedom to explore options she never had before. Becoming close with Ace makes her wonder if diverting from her parents path for her to major in English- her dream – would be possible. Counting Down With You is by no means perfect, but it was relatable, funny, and heartwarming. It was the first book I’ve ever read with the main character being the same religion and ethnicity so I know I’ll think about this book for years to come.


Book Review by: Shurya

The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

The Unhoneymooners by Christina LaurenThe Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren starts off with Olive helping her twin sister Ami on her wedding day before everything falls apart. Olive has always thought of herself as the unlucky twin and Ami as the lucky one where the universe magically realigns for her. Ever since she was little, it always seemed like she got the short end of the stick but she has gotten used to it. However, the day of Ami’s wedding everyone gets food poisoning except for Olive and the groomsmen (Ethan) who happens to be the fiance’s brother, it seems like her luck is changing. However, Ethan and Olive have hated each other for years and are forced to go on the honeymoon meant for their siblings in Hawaii as it is nonrefundable. As Ethan and Olive get closer, they unravel their past and make new memories that make them question why they never got along. Olive and Ethan soon run into exes, bosses and are forced into pretending that they are together because of the hotel Olive finds herself questioning if she was ever really unlucky. However, reality waits for them after the fake honeymoon as Olive’s luck is running thin and truths that revealed themselves in Hawaii come to light.


Book Review by: Shurya

Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan MatsonSince You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson starts off in the beginning of the summer when Emily finds out her best friend Sloane has vanished without a trace. Emily and Sloane have been inseparable for the past two years with Sloane pulling Emily out of her shell as they went on their own little adventures. With Sloane gone, Emily feels more invisible than ever. The only trace she has left of Sloane is a list of challenges that Sloane mailed her to complete over the summer; from sharing secrets in the dark to hug a Jamie, the list provides Emily with a renewed sense of purpose as she believes completing the items will bring her to Sloane. As she completes the list she manages to become friends people she would have never interacted with (Frank Porter, the perfect student in her high school, and Collins, his class clown best friend, and Dawn) d if it wasn’t for the list and finds herself having more fun this summer than she thought when Sloane left. Emily notices that several items on the list are purposefully out of her comfort zone that she previously opted out of when she was with Sloane. Since You’ve Been Gone is the perfect summer read and I have reread it for three summers as it tells a story about friendship through a fun summer and the audience find themselves rooting for Emily to grow into herself and the cute love story.


Book Review by: Shurya

A Pho Love Story by Loan Le

A Pho Love Story by Loan LeLinh Mai is a passionate artist. From designing her family restaurants flyers to entering art competitions, Linh has dreams of following in her aunt’s footsteps and becoming an artist- but the only problem is that her parents have never truly seen this side of her and she’s not sure if she wants them too. On the other end is Bao who is nowhere near figuring out his future; he thinks of himself as average as possible. Between helping his family’s restaurant and maintaining school, he hasn’t found anything he is excited about. Linh and Bao have nothing to do with each other as their family’s have an intense rivalry as they try to beat each other in Vietnamese cuisine. When Bao and Linh run into each other for the first time in years and then work together on a school project they find themselves learning more about not only themselves but the futures they want to lead. However, as they get caught up in their family’s restaurant drama they find out the truth behind the drama and are caught up in tragic family history. Linh and Bao are forced to wonder if reconciliation can ever be accomplished or if they’re doomed to forever lead separate lives. Le tells a story of two teenagers attempting to find their dreams and themselves while trying to keep their respective families happy while entwining Vietnamese culture throughout the coming of age novel.


Book Review by: Shurya

The Sky Beyond the Storm by Sabaa Tahir

The Sky Beyond the Storm by Sabaa TahirIn the finale to the Ember in the Ashes series, the plot becomes more eerie than ever as the beloved main characters are up against a supernatural force that seems to be bigger than any of them. After three books of Laia and Helene evolving in their separate paths, their team up is especially exciting as they both have grown into their respective roles as leaders for their people. Elias, now completely in his role as the Soul Catcher, is battling his momentary flashbacks from mysterious people that he used to love before he became the Soul Catcher. He has to force himself to push any past feelings away as he has to worry about a mysterious sickness spreading over the Waiting Place. However, a visit from Cain and people from his past drive him to realize his issues in the Waiting Place may be more interconnected with the impending war than he anticipated. As these three protagonists are on their own respective routes, they find that they need each other to succeed. In the heartbreaking conclusion, Tahir manages to wrap up the stories for the cast that the readers have grown to love in a moving yet compelling way; her writing style is unparalleled as she details plot twists that are still as shocking as they were three books ago.


Book Review by: Shurya

A Reaper at the Gates

A Reaper at the GatesA Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir is the third installment of the Ember in the Ashes series and is as exhilarating as the previous two installments. After the end of the last book, Laia is desperate to defeat the Nightbringer who was previously disguised as her lover and part of the pivotal Resistance. However, as Laia is enraptured in solving the several prophecies and needs Elias more than ever, he is still bound to his role as the Soul Catcher. The more he becomes entangled in the world of the jinn, ghosts and spirits the more he is forced away from the living world. Although this book leans into its magical side with the inclusion of the more ominous creatures it additionally takes on a new political arc with the Blood Strike. The Blood Strike’s point of view started in book 2 and although she was easy to dislike, as she comes into her role it is impossible not to sympathize with her as she struggles in her battle against her morals and loyalty to the Empire. The development of the Blood Strike along with Laia and Elias enhances the multiple storylines intertwining and makes the stakes even higher as the plot twists are even more shocking.


Book Review by: Shurya

Lore by Alexandra Bracken

Lore by Alexandra BrackenLore by Alexandra Bracken is a mixture of Percy Jackson and The Hunger Games but manages to stand on its own as one of the most compelling books I’ve read all summer. Because of their mutiny against Zeus, the original nine Greek gods are punished every seven years (called the Agon) by being forced to be human and are put on Earth to be hunted. The ancestors of legendary bloodlines from Greek myths are a part of the mission to hunt them as whoever kills one of the original nine gets their power and becomes the new god of that ability. Hungry for the mere possibility of those abilities, these hunters cause complete bloodshed every Agon with no regard for any lives expended for the sacrifice of power. After the last Agon, Lore Perseous abandons the hunt and attempts to live her life as a normal girl. But with the Agon approaching, Lore is chased by old friends revived from the dead and gods who seek to make alliances with her. Lore is sucked back into this brutal way of life as she fears what the new god of war (who is responsible for the demise of her family) will do as he is trying to kill all of the original gods to receive all of the power. She makes an alliance with Athena, the goddess of strategy, to save the goddess’ life and get revenge before she returns to her normal life. However, with secrets of all of the gods being revealed, brutal hunters, old friends and foes, and mythical weapons being revived, Lore is on a mission much more complicated than she originally anticipated.


Book Review by: Shurya

A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir

A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa TahirA Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir is the thrilling sequel to An Ember in the Ashes, picking up minutes after the last book ended. As Laia and Elias are on the run from the Empire, they have Elias’ best friend Helen on the hunt for them as well as the cunning Commandant, not to mention the rest of the country. Both are dedicated to rescuing Laia’s brother as he is the only hope for the Scholars to ever rebel. However, as they trek through thousands of miles and get closer, the old legends of magic seem to follow them as dangerous mystical elements appear at every turn. A Torch Against the Night is my favorite book in the series as it is able to show off the fantasy elements more prominently than its predecessor while still maintaining a dystopian tone. Tahir’s writing style also matures as this book has the most intentional wording of the series due to its numerous plot twists. At no point did I predict the obstacles being thrown in the characters faces, but it never came out of nowhere; there was always subtle foreshadowing for many chapters that made the plot twists clever and all the more enjoyable. Additionally, while the cast of this series is big, Tahir makes every person fleshed out which is exhibited excellently in A Torch Against the Night as we first see Helene’s point of view (Elias’ best friend) as a morally grey character.


Book Review by: Shurya

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa TahirAn Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir is a fast paced, well built fantasy that doesn’t have a single dull moment. From page 1, you are lured into Laia’s tragic story where she lost her parents and is on a dangerous journey to find her brother after he had been captured. As a Scholar, she is oppressed by the Empire making her journey all the more deadly as she goes undercover as a slave for the Commandant. Elias is a soldier for the Empire, and is meant to be the most loyal citizen as he is the son of the legendary Commandant yet he is secretly a traitor to the Martial Empire. After the meet, they realize that they may have more in common in their goals than they could have ever anticipated. Tahir fantastically portrays each character’s motivations and desperation so perfectly; it’s incredibly easy to root for the characters and empathise for each character’s end goals although they conflict. There wasn’t a single page of filler; every word and line was intentional and connected to a plot twist in some way shape or form and shocked me every time. While other fantasies take me a while to get into, from page one the world building is seamless and is not pretentious and hard to become invested in unlike others. The complex characters and intricate world building makes An Ember in the Ashes stand apart from others.


Book Review by: Shurya

Dial A for Aunties by Jesse Q Sutanto

Dial A for Aunties by Jesse Q SutantoDial A for Aunties by Jesse Q Sutanto is a novel with hilariously unrealistic scenarios happening one after the other, yet manages to be one of the most relatable books I’ve read all summer. Meddelin Chan is a Chinese-Indonesian wedding photographer in business with her overbearing Mom and her three protective aunts and she has been for a couple of years even though they drive her crazy. However, she can count on them to do anything for her even help her cover up her accidental murder of her date…literally. Meddelin and her family do their best to hide the murder but it all goes south as they have the biggest wedding of the year the very next day and somehow the body beats them to the venue. As Meddelin and her family jump from one impossible situation to the next during the wedding tensions between the family run high and just as things can’t seem to get worse, Meddlin’s long lost love appears at the wedding. While the premise of the story shocked me at first, it is not the murder mystery I though it would be; in fact, it is somehow a comedy, romance, and familial novel at the same time. Sutanto manages to juggle all these elements perfectly, as she depicts the strong familial ties that can sometimes be more complicated than wanted while illustrating a romance that spanned years during the journey to cover up the murder.


Book Review by: Shurya

Today Tonight Tomorrow by Rachel Lynn Soloman

Today Tonight Tomorrow by Rachel Lynn SolomanToday Tonight Tomorrow by Rachel Lynn Soloman starts off as Rowan Roth is on her way to her last day as a senior in highschool, reflecting on her journey over the past four years but more importantly her relationship with her rival, Neil Mcnair. Rowan and Neil have been competing in school since their freshman year from essay contests to student council to their final competition on the last day of school: valedictorian. When Rowan finds out that Neil is going to be valedictorian she is determined to win one more contest before they part ways for college: the Senior Scavenger Hunt. However, when a complication forces Neil and Rowan to work together to win, will Rowan be able to betray him or will their partnership bring up unwanted revelations? Throughout the span of 24 hours Rowan and Neil begin to learn much more about each other than they ever anticipated. They begin to relate to each other past academics as they listen to each other’s financial issues, difficult family problems, and secret dream jobs. Solomon manages to make Rowan and Neil come to life as they face issues that every highschooler while reading can relate to while managing to showcase their blooming relationship as they confide in each other.


Book Review by: Shurya

Yolk by Mary H.K Choi

Yolk by Mary H.K ChoiYolk by Mary H.K Choi is a raw story about two distant sisters (June and Jayne) who are suddenly forced together when they find out one of them has cancer. While reading this book I had several moments of disbelief that the characters aren’t real. Choi manages to create complex, flawed characters that feel like real people as you cringe at their mistakes and laugh at their jokes. While Yolk seems to have a fairly simple premise, it manages to weave in serious topics like mental health, eating disorders, and complicated relationships while simultaneously not glamorizing the issues. Neither June nor Jayne are perfect people, or really any characters in this book, but while reading you can’t help but root for them. You can’t help but want their relationship with each other and their family to be repaired as many of their problems are painfully relatable. Their problems range from being broke in New York to medical fraud as both June and Jayne are confronted with the reality that life after highschool is not living up to their hopes and the only people they truly have at their side is each other.


Book Review by: Katie

New Moom by Stephenie Meyer

New Moon by Stephenie MeyerDid you like the book Twilight? Then this is an exciting sequel is for you!!!
New Moon is about a young woman named Bella and her vampire boyfriend Edward. And on her birthday Edward and his family move with a short goodbye and he was gone, which leaves her devastated. She was sad for a long time. Until she meets a boy named Jacob who helps cheer her up. Jacob is a mechanic so together (to keep her mind off of Edward) they work on two rundown motorcycles. But when they finally get to ride the motorcycles she hears Edwards voice in her head saying, “ Stop, please!! Bella don’t do this!” Oddly she likes hearing his voice so she keeps doing dangerous stuff! This book is just like Twilight, a perfect book!! It is a page turner and just like the first book you won’t be able to put it down!


Book Review by: Katie

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

Twilight by Stephenie MeyerAre you looking for a fantasy romance? Then, Twilight is the PERFECTbook for you. Twilight is about a young woman named Bella who decide to move in with her divorced father in a small town called Forks. On her first
day of school at lunch she sees these siblings called the Collins but she is the most interested in one of them known as Edward. She eventually starts having little conversations with him, and Bella starts having a weird feeling about him, like he knows a secret that Edward won’t share with her. This book is a mystery, fantasy and romance that you will love. So, if you are looking for a page turning book, I definitely recommend this one!


Book Review by: Abigail

Pirouette

A book I read is called Pirouette. It is about 2 girls named Hannah and Simone whose main expertise is dance. Hannah loves it with a passion, while Simone only wants to do it as a hobby. They are also identical twins, but were evidently split up at birth. Even the girls have no knowledge of each other’s existence. That is, until they coincidentally go to the same dance camp. Once they meet, it’s like they are mirror reflections of each other; with similar faces, similar voices and similar personalities. Soon, they come up with the idea of “switching” into each other’s lives. This is a very good book because it touches upon the unbreakable bond between twins or siblings in general. It also shows what it’s like to literally walk in someone else’s shoes & to experience what they have gone through.


Book Review by: Abigail

Dancing in The Dark

A book I read is called Dancing in The Dark. It is about a girl named Ditty whose parents are Orthodox Jewish & completely against dance, especially her dad. Despite the opposition, she manages to secretly apply for a ballet class. She enjoys the feeling she gets whenever she dances and decides to work towards becoming a professional dancer. Soon, her whole entire family finds out her secret. This is a very good book because many people can relate to it by empathizing with their own passion. It also shows how motivation can get people through the darkest points of their life.


Book Review by: Gregory

Harvey Penick’s Little Red Book by Harvey Penick

Harvey Penick’s Little Red Book by Harvey PenickHarvey Penick’s Little Red Book, by Harvey Penick and Bud Shrake is a non-fiction piece that consists of a collection of golf-related anecdotes gained from a lifetime of teaching from Harvey Penick. Harvey Penick was a golf pro who lived in Austin, Texas, and he was the head professional at a local golf country club. Across the world, Harvey was known as one of the best teachers, and taught greats such as Tom Kite and Ben Crenshaw. Why was Harvey such a great teacher? It was because he simplified the complex process of swinging a golf club. While many teachers focus on the complex mechanics of anatomy and its relations to the golf swing, Harvey decided to focus more closely on making the golf swing simple and relating it to
common movements, such as swinging a weedwacker. This book is written in an unconventional fashion, as it is written in short stories, about 1-3 pages each, covering subjects
from golf tips, to life lessons golf provided to Harvey.

Moving into my opinion on the book, this is one of my favorite golf books of all time. This book has taught me alot about both golf and life. When I was a younger golfer, I read this book many times, and its tips were instrumental in the development of the smooth and rhythmic swing I play with today. The book is written really well, and each short story encapsulates you, and the details and descriptions make you feel as if you were right next to Harvey on those hot Texas days. Overall, I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys golf, or enjoys a quick read that tells some great stories


Book Review by: Gregory

1984 by George Orwell

1984 by George Orwell1984, by George Orwell, is a dystopian novel, and quite simply a classic book than everyone needs to read. Written in the 1950’s, Orwell uses this novel as a warning againstcommunism and fascism. Orwell was an adamant opponent of communism and fascism as he saw the horrors of fascism and communism and the amount of havoc an authoritarian government could wreak on society. In 1984, the main character, Winston is surrounded by an authoritarian and totalitarian communist government. The leader, Big Brother, breeds hate among citizens, and the government controls society with an iron fist, by executing those who do not subscribe to their vision of reality. Winston works for the government, and he rewrites documents for them so that The Party, the governing group of the government, can push their harsh and totalitarian narrative into society. Winston begins to question his motives and the government’s motives, and is skeptical of the narratives that he is subscribing to. From here, Winston tries to secretly rebel against the government, even though defiance means certain death. Will Winston survive, or will the sinister government thwart his plans to help society and gain freedom?

Personally, I love this book. It made me think deeply about the source of my narratives, and made me realize that we all have the personal responsibility to question the narrative so that we all may reach the objective truth. In line with this, 1984 is a classic read, and I urge anyone who hasn’t read this to do so, and it really forces one to ponder what modern society would become if everyone didn’t object to obvious falsehood.


Book Review by: Gregory

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Of Mice and Men by John SteinbeckOf Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck, is a realistic/historical fiction novel that outlines the story of two farm workers, Lennie and George, during the Great Depression. In this piece, Steinbeck focuses the storyline on the ideals of the American Dream, the hope that one day if you work hard enough, you can become successful enough to retire and live out your days in
peace and quiet. However, Lennie and George were chased out of their previous job for Lennie’s inappropriate social behavior. During this time, in the manner Steinbeck describes Lennie, he seems to have a mental condition, and there is not much awareness or understanding for Lennie’s position. George and Lennie move into a new job to work for some food, shelter and a small wage. Here they meet some friends where they scheme to save up enough to buy property and retire. However this all changes when Lennie once again finds himself in trouble.

My personal opinion of this book is that it was a good read, but while the story was not particularly interesting or encapsulating, the themes and ideas it produced were exceptionally worth pondering. Of Mice and Men makes you question life’s purpose, and what ideas such as justice play in the construction of society and morality. Overall this is a must read classic full of thought provoking material and interesting themes.


Book Review by: Gregory

The Ultimate Day Trader by Jacob Bernstein

The Ultimate Day Trader, by Jacob Bernstein, is a non-fiction piece that helps advance the skills of beginning stock market traders. He covers how to make profits in commodities,
stocks and even in FOREX. He explains the basics on each and then delves into techniques that help advance one’s analytical skills and chances of turning a profit on investment. This book provides a great guide for someone who wants to become a day trader. It delves into a lot of specifics that are very beneficial, but these cannot be used by the average investor looking for long term growth investments, because trading techniques are aimed at fast trades throughout the day while rarely holding assets overnight. Bernstein also goes over some important character traits a trader needs. He explains that one needs passion to become a great trader, and like anything else practice is needed and trading is not a get rich quick scheme.

My personal opinion of this book is that it is aimed at a very specific audience, and also that I personally enjoyed it. This book is written for a trader who has the time to dedicate to practice, and is passionate about learning to become a better trader. This book helped me learn more about the specifics of the economy, but it was also a longer read. The Ultimate Day Trader is a great read for anyone who is ready to advance their trading skills to the next level, but be warned that practice in an instrumental part to the success of techniques outlined in the book, but this piece certainly provides a relatable and comprehensive guide to personal skill growth in day trading.


Book Review by: Sam

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Hobbit by J.R.R. TolkienThe Hobbit One of the most popular books, by J.R.R. Tolkien is a great novel and adventure leading up to one of the most widely recognized book series, Lord Of The Rings. A regular hobbit who goes by the name of Bilbo Baggins joins the adventure of a lifetime. His goal is to defeat an evil dragon named Smaug who has been guarding a secret treasure worth more than you can believe. Along the way Bilbo meets an odd creature guarding “its precious,” an evil magical ring allowing the user to turn invisible. The ring slowly corrupts the user and makes it its slave. This enthralling story takes you into a world of mythical creatures and exciting characters with the introduction of the ring.


Book Review by: Sam

Eragon by Christopher Paolini

Eragon by Christopher PaoliniEragon by Christopher Paolini is a mythical book about a poor farm boy who has a great destiny lying ahead. The main character Eragon, finds a magical dragon egg hidden in the “spine,” a mysterious forest. He forms a bond with the dragon he names saphira, and learns that he is one of, if not the last dragon riders alive. He meets an unlikely group of new friends which he travels with. Eragon’s goal is to defeat the evil king ruling over the land of Alagaesia. Along the way he finds an elf princess he needs to save. Can he unite a group of unlikely heroes, save the varden (an alliance rebelling against the empire), and still live to tell the tale? Read to find out.


Book Review by: Sam

Spy School by Stuart Gibbs

Spy School by Stuart GibbsSpy School by Stuart Gibbs is an exciting novel for anyone who wants a good laugh and adventure. Ben Ripley, an average kid with extraordinary math abilities is suddenly pulled into a CIA spy school. There he has to prove he can be a spy while solving a mystery with the top student. There has been an issue with a double agent and it’s his job to figure out who it is. The spy has been infiltrating the once, safe place. Along the way, he makes new friends and people he thinks he can trust. But in the spy industry, there is no one you can trust. Will he find out who the mole is or just look like a failure. Open up this tale of adrenaline and get your heart racing.


Book Review by: Alexandra

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton and The Outsiders Film

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton and The Outsiders FilmThe Outsiders is now a classic novel written by S. E. Hinton that most people will encounter at some point in their educational career. It is the story of a boy named Ponyboy Curtis and his experience as a “greaser” on the East Side. The “Greasers” are a gang of boys that practically grew up together and are close buddies. On the other side of town, the West Side, there are the Socs; Rich and well educated boys that show their superiority by attacking gangs on the East Side. The story illustrates life in the 1960s vividly and takes you on a journey that you will never forget. There is also a Movie that is based off of the book and if you read the book first, the film will be very pleasing because it goes off of the book almost exactly. If you haven’t crossed the book or film already, now is a perfect time to do so.


Book Review by: Alexandra

Projekt 1065 by Alan Gratz

Projekt 1065 by Alan GratzAlan Gratz is a well known scholastic author, because of the popularity of some of her other books. Some of these hits are Refugee, Grenade, and Allies. Like these other books, Projekt 1065 is a historical fiction novel; it takes place in the early 1940’s during WWII. It is about Michael O’Shaunessey, son of the Irish ambassador, who lives in Nazi Germany with his family following the rules of the time—or so it seems, because really they are just a family of spies for the Allies. Michael plays his part well by helping out his parents, particularly his mom, in “small” tasks, going to Nazi school, following instructions, and doing everything he was supposed to, to the best of his ability, until he decides to make himself his own mission. This decision opens a whole new case and takes Michael on his biggest mission yet, causing him serious sacrifice and commitment. His parents think it’s too much for a thirteen year old boy, but someone convinces them that Michael’s talents, especially the way his eyes and mind connect, make him perfectly capable. Michael too thinks he is suited for the job, but will he be up for everything that is to come after it’s official?


Book Review by: Hannah

Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine PatersonThe book Bridge to Terabitha by Katherine Paterson is a must read. The book abut a teen Jesse Arons who gets bullied inside and outside of school. He gets a new neighbor Leslie they soon become very good friends. They hang out at school together and at home together. They come across a aboned tree house and create a fantasy land called terabitha. In order to get to terabitha you have to go on a rope swing across a creek. Jesse gets an invite to go to the National Gallery of art in Washington D.C. Jess do not invite Leslie to come with him which he will soon regret.


Book Review by: Hannah

Sisters by Raina Telgemeier

Sisters by Raina TelgemeierThe book Sisters is by Raina Telgemeier. The book is about Raina and her younger sister Amara. Raina does not really like her sister because of the things she has done to her in the past and preset. The family goes on a long road trip from San Francisco to Colorado. Her family went to visit her cousins Josh, Jermey and Lindsay. When going back home on the plane her dad does not go with them and drives home alone and the sistrs have no idea why. The book is about Raina and Amaras relationship getting stronger.


Book Review by: Amanda

One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus

One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManusOne of Us is Lying is about five characters named Nate, Addy, Copper, Simon, and Bronwyn. These characters are all very different. One day they all find themselves in detention. Then, suddenly Simon has an allergic reaction and dies. His death was said to be a murder because his EpiPen was not in the nurse’s office. This all turns into an investigation of who killed Simon. This book switches from each of the characters’ perspectives. It is always leaving you on the edge of your seat while trying to solve this investigation. Who killed Simon Kelleher?


Book Review by: Caroline

The Giver by Lois Lowry

The Giver by Lois LowryThe Giver is a very interesting book that will grab your attention and make you wonder if our world is a dystopia, utopia, or both. We meet our main character, Jonas, in the beginning of the novel, and he is very different from everyone. He starts to talk about how ‘perfect’ his world is because everything is the same- there’s no color, the world is followed by rules, there’s no feelings, and all families are the same. When everyone turns 12, they get assigned a job. Jonas’s friends get assigned all regular jobs, but then comes Jonas’s turn to get assigned a job. He gets the Receiver. Jonas goes to someone called the Giver for training. After a couple of days of training, he starts to realise that his so-called perfect world isn’t so perfect.


Book Review by: Hunter

Dune by Frank Herbert

Dune by Frank HerbertFrank Herbet’s novel Dune is an amazing book. It exemplifies the complex interactions between politics, religion, the environment, and technology. The main character, Paul Atreides, who would become known as Paul Muad’Dib, is forced to face extraordinary odds after his father, the Duke Leto Atreides, discovers that there is a traitor among his trusted advisors. Even Paul’s mother is regarded with suspicion. If that sounds interesting to you, that’s only the very beginning of the book! Later on, Paul must adapt to the customs of the Fremen, the native inhabitants of Paul’s new home, Arrakis, in order to survive in the harsh desert. If you’re a fan of science fiction, you should definitely try reading Dune by Frank Herbert.


Book Review by: Amanda

Shark Girl by Kelly Bingham

Shark Girl by Kelly BinghamShark Girl is about a fifteen-year-old named Jane Arrowood. She went swimming at a beach in California and got attacked by a shark. The shark bit her right arm and she had to get it amputated. Because of the shark attack, Jane has to go through a lot of trouble. She has to get adjusted to not having an arm. She has to decide if she wants to get a prosthetic arm. She also has to deal with being different and she’s nervous that people will treat her differently at school. How will she cope with her new life?


Book Review by: Hannah

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

The Nightingale by Kristin HannahParis would soon be changed forever by the Nazis. The suffering and tourture that the people of France experienced will never be forgotten. The strength and courage of two sisters, Vivian and Isabelle, led them to fight for freedom. When fighting for freedom, hard decisions come up for both of the sisters. They both needed to decide between keeping their family and ones around them safe or put your family at risk to do the right thing. Vivian and Isabelle fight for what they believe in, sacrificing their life to save another.


Book Review by: Hunter

City of the Plague God by Sarwat Chadda

City of the Plague God by Sarwat ChaddaYou might have heard about Greek or Egyptian mythology, but do you know anything about Sumerian myths? Regardless of whether you have heard about the legends of Mesopotamian, City of the Plague God by Sarwat Chadda is a thrilling story about family, friendship, and courage. The story is about a teen named Sikander Aziz. Sikander, also known as ‘Sik’, is still struggling with the death of his brother, Mo. Having to do his schoolwork and help out at his family’s deli, Sik is under a lot of pressure. However, this doesn’t stop the Sumerian god of death, Nergal, from threatening to kill Sik’s parents. Now, Sik must team up with the daughter of the goddess Ishtar to figure out what Nergal wants — and defeat him before the whole world is infested with plague.


Book Review by: Anna

The Distance Between Us by Kasie West

The Distance Between Us by Kasie WestThe Distance Between Us by Kasie West was published in 2013 is a modern take on love from different societal rankings. As a 17-year-old girl, Caymen Meyers has learned from her family that rich people are just what their stereotypes make them out to be. As a cashier at her mother’s dolls shop, she has seen rich people come in and out acting entitled and treating her as a servant instead of a human being. However, when Xander Spence enters her shop to buy his grandmother a new antique doll, he not only flirts with her but makes it his mission to change her mind on “rich people”. With his proactiveness in getting integrated into her lifestyle and understanding her, she starts to believe that maybe all rich people don’t only care about money. However, when money starts to divide their relationship she starts to questions if everything she has experience with Xander was fabricated as his escape from his entitled life. Will money cause too big of a distance between the two? Or will Xander finally convict her that there is more to him than just the money he has to live up to?


Book Review by: Anna

P.S. I Like You by Kasie West

P.S. I Like You by Kasie WestWhile being bored in class, Lily writes some of her favorite song lyrics on the desk. When she returns the next day she finds that the lyrics have been finished by an anonymous person. She decides to continue the song and the next day finds it has been continued by her mystery pen pal. While Lily struggles with her own friend group and her own confidence she finds herself confiding in her mystery pen-pal. Soon they are exchanging letters and ideas secretly through the desk in her chemistry class. Lily finds herself becoming best friends with her anonymous friend and soon she begins to fall for someone she doesn’t know as he understands her like no one else. On a mission to find out who this person is she uncovers herself but also the truth in people.

P.S. I Like You by Kasie West is a perfect enemy turned to lover story, that underlines the idea that not everyone is what they seem to be.


Book Review by: Anna

By your side by Kasie West

By your side by Kasie WestBy your side by Kasie West is a new take on a timeless love story. The main protagonist, Autumn Collins, gets locked in a library for an entire weekend when her friends forget that she was still in there. Due to it being a long weekend, no workers were coming in for work until the following Monday meaning she was stuck in a library by herself for 3 days. Thinking she was alone, she began to lose her mind trying to find ways to free herself of this newly found prison, however, when she hears a sound coming from behind a bookshelf she discovers she is not alone but is stuck with the school “bad boy” Dax Miller. Forced to spend the weekend with Dax, they find ways to entertain themselves. As they continue to grow closer, Autumn starts to uncover the truth about Dax and begins to believe that he isn’t what everyone claims to be. Their newfound connection will be tested after their release, but can their new friendship withstand the societal roles they were given? Or will they be able to rekindle their connection outside of the walls of the library?

This contemporary novel is perfectly suited for any hopeless romantic looking for a sweet love story.


Book Review by: Amanda

The Outsiders by S. E. Hilton

The Outsiders by S. E. HiltonThe Outsiders” is about two different gangs called the Greasers (who were more poor) and the Socs (who were more rich). Ponyboy, the narrator, has two brothers, Sodapop and Darry. Their parents passed away so now Darry has to take care of Pony and Soda. He is very strict with Pony. Pony gets jumped by the Socs and after that, everything goes bad. They get themselves into trouble and find themselves getting into more fights. How will they get through all this trouble? Do they win the fights? Do they lose? What else happens?


Book Review by: Dean

Labor Unions by Multiple Authors

It’s not often in today’s extremely opinionated and divided age that people tend to read other points of view. Labor Unions should change this sentiment. Extremely informative and interesting, this book is important if you want to understand how worker’s, as a collective, can arise in the face of unfair conditions. As a book with multiple authors, Labor Unions is very refined; no wrong impressions should be made with this book. The idea of being unbiased and refined is extremely imperative to the usefulness of an informational nonfiction book, and Labor Unions checks this box handedly. It’s no secret that labor unions are an inherently leftist concept. Whether you’re a stout libertarian trying to better understand the opposing point of view, or a communist trying to better understand your policy, or somewhere in the middle, Labor Unions is for you.


Book Review by: Dean

Ball Four by Jim Bouton

Ball Four by Jim Bouton“Dream big” is a phrase that my teachers instructed me I was to live by. Sometimes these dreams come true, but they are not what they seemed to be. Reality has much more nuance and hardship than dream, and that is what is discussed in Ball Four, written by Jim Bouton, a former MLB pitcher for many teams. The book was and is highly taboo among baseball circles, as it casts a shockingly dark cloud on the dream of professional baseball. Ball Four brings to light the aspects of the MLB that would otherwise be ugly surprises for baseball hopefuls once they achieve their “dream.” Negotiating contracts, the very first topic in Ball Four, turns from a light-hearted story of Bouton’s experience with negotiations, to the penny-pinching, greedy nature of general management. Among negotiations other cautionary tales are concerned with explosive team camaraderie, pressure to perform, fan resentment, and more. Jim Bouton created the most important and influential baseball book since the rule book. Most importantly, Ball Four can be used as a lesson for anyone who dreams big that dreams are not always what they seem.


Book Review by: Anna

After Anna by Alex Lake

After Anna by Alex Lake is a thrilling story that was published in 2015. It takes place in England where a 5-year-old girl, Anna, is kidnapped from her own school. Her parents, angry that Anna’s school allowed Anna to disappear without their knowledge, search for her endlessly wondering where their child has gone. However, after only her being missing for a week comes back unscathed. The only problem is Anna has amnesia regarding the last week of her life and has no recollection of where she had been. While her parents are over the moon that their child has returned, their attention is geared towards trying to uncover where Anna was and how she returned home. While they are trying to uncover the truth from Anna, they discover shocking details of the people closest to them and it has them questioning whether they can trust their most loved ones. The story has thrilling twists and turns and the ending is one that you will never see coming.

After Anna is a thrilling story of a missing girl but was she ever missing at all?


Book Review by: Anna

Killing Kate by Alex Lake

Killing Kate by Alex Lake is an enticing thriller published in 2016. In a small town in England, a serial killer has caused chaos on civilians, however, the main protagonist Kate seems to be the exact body double for all of his victims. Worried that her new ex is the one killing all of these women in an attempt to get revenge on Kate, she takes drastic life-changing decisions in order to make sure she is not next. She moves into a new place and quickly gets the feeling that she Is being stalked and every move of hers is being followed. With the bodies adding up, Kate doesn’t know who she can trust and just how far the killer will go. Does Kate trust the right people or does she let in the ones that can hurt her the most?
In this psychological crime novel, the author does a phenomenal job at making you accept the unexpected. Who is the real killer is the question you’ll be asking yourself to the very end.


Book Review by: Caroline

The Outsiders by S. E. Hilton

TheThe Outsiders is a very thrilling book that is definitely for kids ages 11+. We meet our main character, Ponyboy Curtis, and his gang of greasers early on in the novel. They live in a town that is split up into two groups- The Greasers and The Socs. The Greasers are the poor group while The Socs are the richer group. Ponyboy and his gang of greasers are always ending up in some kind of rumble with The Socs. One night, everything goes wrong for Ponyboy and his friend, Johnny. Will they get out of this mess alive?


Book Review by: Emma

The Great Wide Sea by M. H. Herlong

TheIn the book The Great Wide Sea, a family of three boys and a dad struggle to live with the burden of the death of their mother (and wife). Not shortly after the dad sells the house and tells the three kids that they are going to live in a boat for a year. The three boys hate the idea of moving from their old house and moving onto a boat. But they have to deal with it because their dad isn’t changing his mind. Their dad throws out a lot of their mothers stuff because there’s not enough room on the boat and that’s what ticks the brothers off the most. The story is about family and working together to survive. I give it a 10/10.


Book Review by: Amanda

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

ThePanem was divided by a war. The Capitol against the districts. The Capitol won. The districts fell. Now every year there is an event to show the districts that the Capitol still has power over them.
The Hunger Games.
The 74th Annual Hunger Games has of the children from the districts are waiting to see if they will become tributes. All 12 of the districts each provide one girl tribute and one boy tribute for the Games. These kids will go to the Capitol. There they will train to become the fiercest, strongest, toughest… or die.
Only one of the twenty four tributes will come home.
Katniss’ little sister Prim is chosen as the girl tribute for district twelve and knowing that she couldn’t live without Prim, she volunteered as tribute in her sister’s place. Most years, the tributes from district twelve don’t last long in the arena, but this year it seems that twelve might win the Games. Katniss and the boy tribute, Peeta, might have a fighting chance.
This book is full to the brim with heart pounding, adrenaline inducing pages that force you to keep reading until the very end and pick up the next book. The series is ordered The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, Mockingjay, and the sequel: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes. This whole book will have you hooked and wondering until the very end if Katness’ sparks will spread.


Book Review by: Sarah

Addie on the Inside by James Howe

This realistic fiction book really made me look to the present. This book reminds me of my life and our lives as we live in 2021. Middle schooler Addie thinks everyone’s life is great and she is the only one with problems. But when her grandmother comes and stays with them for the summer she realizes that she has problems too! One day she reads the paper and sees that in another country young girls like her are forced to be married and they are physically hurt by their family.
She later realizes that her life isn’t as bad as she thought, and when her popular boyfriend breaks up with her everything falls into place. She forgives her ex best friend and decides to take a stand for people’s rights. Addie on the inside has made me take a new glance at life and I think will make you take a new one also.


Book Review by: Hanan

It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

ItIt Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover centers around Lily Bloom, who just moved to Boston to start her flower business. She moves to escape her father, who haunts her even after his death. This book switches off from Lily’s present and past until they both connect. It Ends With Us gives readers an unforgettable love story with both laughter and tears. I would recommend this book to those who are 16+ as this book has some explicit themes. I read this book in one sitting because I just couldn’t put it down! Read It Ends With Us today!


Book Review by: Hanan

People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry

PeoplePeople We Meet on Vacation tells the story of best friends, Poppy and Alex. Poppy and Alex met in college and instantly became best friends, taking annual summer trips together. Everything is going great until their trip to Croatia, where everything goes downhill. People We Meet on Vacation is told from Poppy’s point of view and switches from the past (when Alex and Poppy first met) and the present. The time differences switch off until the story connects with a shocking twist. This book is a great summer read and perfect for reading on vacation! I would recommend this book to readers at least 15 years old.


Book Review by: Hanan

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by JK Rowling

HarryHarry Potter is growing up as an orphan with his rude aunt and uncle who could care less about him. However, his life is about to change. He suddenly receives an invitation to Hogwarts School of Magic, where he meets his best friends Hermione and Ron. At Hogwarts, Harry begins to learn magic and all about the wizarding world. He makes friends and enemies; he goes on journies with Hermione and Ron. This book is the first in the Harry Potter series, and only the beginning of Harry’s adventures. If you are a fan of mystery and magic, then this book is for you! I would recommend this book to those ages 10+.


Book Review by: Hanan

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowling

HarryHarry Potter is back for his second year of Hogwarts! But this year is way different than the last. This book is full of mystery and probably the most suspenseful book in the series. At Hogwarts, there has been a series of petrifications going around the school. A lot of the students have become petrified by a mysterious suspect. It is up to Harry and his friends to stop the suspect before Hogwarts becomes too dangerous. If the petrifications don’t stop, then Hogwarts might have to close down. This is one of my favorite books in the series. If you are a fan of suspense and mystery novels, then this book is for you! I would recommend this book to those ages 10+.


Book Review by: Hanan

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling

HarryHarry Potter is back for his third year of Hogwarts, but he and his friends know that this year will be unlike any other. The mystery starts when the Hogwarts express is attacked by dementors, who try and steal Harry’s soul. Harry soon finds out that the dementors are looking for none other than Sirius Black, Harry’s godfather who has escaped from Azkaban. The dementors are surrounding Hogwarts in search of the fugitive, but Harry knows there’s more to the story. This book is the third book in the series but is full of mystery and suspense. Is Sirius Black really a criminal? Or is he innocent? Read to find out!


Book Review by: Hanan

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling

HarryHarry Potter and the Goblet of Fire centers around Harry’s fourth year at Hogwarts. This year, Hogwarts is hosting the TriWizard Tournament, a competition between Hogwarts and two other schools. There is a representative from each school that is chosen out of the goblet of fire, but you must be at least seventeen to enter your name into the drawing. So when Harry’s name is surprisingly drawn as the fourth TriWizard Champion, everyone is confused and asking questions. As Harry’s journey progresses, he must fight dragons, battle underwater creatures, and escape from an enchanted maze. Soon, Harry realizes that someone wants him to win, just so he can lose. Read to find out who is behind all of the mystery and what happens to Harry!


Book Review by: Hanan

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by JK Rowling

HarryHarry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is the fifth book in the Harry Potter series. It starts off with a dramatic beginning, with Harry and his cousin Dudley being attacked by Dementors. With such a dramatic and mysterious start, this book does not lack in the suspense department. Harry finds out his friends and family have a secret organization called the Order of the Phoenix, where they are dedicated to fighting Voldemort. Back at Hogwarts, the staff has been infiltrated by the Ministry of Magic. Inspired by the Order of the Phoenix, Harry and his friends create their own student organization: Dumbledore’s Army. Read to find out how Harry and his friends battle against the dark wizards!


Book Review by: Hanan

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by JK Rowling

HarryHarry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is the sixth book in the Harry Potter series. It centers around Harry’s sixth year at Hogwarts. Harry meets a new professor, Professor Slughorn, who he instantly connects with. In Professor Slughorn’s advanced potions class, all the students are struggling. But Harry is excelling, with the help of his borrowed potions book. This book has all kinds of notes and tips written in the margins from a student known as the “Half-Blood Prince”. Although these tips helped Harry in class, some of them caused some trouble outside of the classroom. This book is one of the most suspenseful and devastating books in the series. Read to find out what happens to Harry and his friends through all of the twists and turns!


Book Review by: Hanan

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling

HarryHarry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is the seventh and final book in the Harry Potter Series. This book centers around Harry, Ron, and Hermione’s journey to find the seven Horcruxes. The Horcruxes were all different objects that Voldemort broke his soul into. The only way to stop Voldemort is to find all of the Horcruxes and destroy them. The problem is, nobody knows what the Horcruxes are; they are all different, unknown objects. Join Harry and his friends as they battle through their journey to try and save Hogwarts once and for all. Will Voldemort finally be stopped? Read to find out now!


Book Review by: Hanan

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by JK Rowling

HarryHarry Potter and the Cursed Child is the unofficial eighth book in the Harry Potter Series. It is a play that centers around the children of the Harry Potter characters. Albus, the son of Harry and Ginny, is the main character and we join him on his journey to Hogwarts. Albus befriends Scorpius, the son of Draco Malfoy. This unlikely friendship causes a drift in Albus’s friendship with Rose, Ron and Hermione’s daughter. Albus and Scorpius and sorted into the Slytherin house which shocks a majority of Hogwarts. Albus and Scorpius face bullies as they battle through family and friendship adversities. Read this book to find out what happens to them on their journey at Hogwarts!


Book Review by: Faris

Quarantine: The Loners by Lex Thomas

Quarantine:There is a book series called Quarantine I have recently started reading, it is very interesting in many different aspects. The first in the series is called The Loners. After an unexpected missile hit a high school, the government set up a dome over the school and did not allow anyone to escape or enter the building. Very soon after the Quarantine started, people began suddenly dying, they would start coughing up blood, vomiting, and then die. There was a disease going around in everyone’s body that killed them once they turned 18. Chaos broke out in the school and many gangs were formed, they controlled different parts of the school. Every few weeks there would be supply drops in the center of the building, giant crates of food and supplies would be dropped for people to use. The students have to survive this mayhem by any means necessary.


Book Review by: Kate

The 100 by Kass Morgan

TheHumanity living on space ships, magical medicine that wipes out disease, and most importantly, the earth’s surface: toxic. It’s all just sci-fi and make believe.
Right?
It’s all sickeningly real for Clarke, Glass, Wells, and Bellamy. And now they’ve all been sentenced to almost certain death. They embark on a mission to Earth’s surface to test the radiation levels and to see if the Colony can recolonize Earth. Clarke was locked up in Confinement for a crime her parents committed, awaiting her retrial on her eighteenth birthday. She will forever be haunted by the horrors of which her parents did. Glass was also sentenced to Confinement until the age of 18 but for extremely different reasons. Wells did something horrible to endanger everyone on the Colony so that he could save Clarke, the girl he loves but who might never forgive him. Bellamy is one half of the only pair of siblings in the universe. His sister was put in Confinement and is one of the 100 teens being sent to earth. Bellamy fights his way onto the drop ship just as Glass fights her way off. Clarke, Wells, and Bellamy are launched into space headed for Earth. Glass stays on the Colony just to find that life on the ship may be even more dangerous than on Earth. The story alternates between the four main characters and tells it form their point of view. This book is terrific and the first in it’s series. The books are ordered The 100, Day 21, Homecoming, and Rebellion. This book is amazing and the series flows perfectly. There are flashbacks in the chapters and every time one happens something else clicks and keeps you hooked reading.


Book Review by: Kate

Divergent by Veronica Roth

DivergentBeatrice has always been an Abnegation. Though she never quite fit in with everyone else, this is her life. When she turns sixteen she will choose. Is she selfless like the Abnegation? Peaceful like the Amity? Honest, like the Candor? Intelligent like the Erudite? Or is she brave like the Dauntless?
Will she stay or will she go? This is the question every sixteen year old in the city is asking themselves.
At the age of sixteen, everyone in the city must choose a faction in which they will live in, work in, and die in. Around half of the sixteen year olds choose to stay in their own faction. The other half transfer to another.
Beatrice must take a test. It tells you what faction best suits you. After her test her administer tells her something she never expected to here. She has an aptitude for three factions.

Abnegation.

Erudite.

And Dauntless.
The next day Beatrice will choose. Will she stay home? Will she leave? She isn’t prepared in any way for what’s coming.


Book Review by: Ethan

Romeo & Juliet

Romeo and Juliet is a story of two lovers that are on opposite sides of two families at war. Life and death are at stake on every page of this book and this book is a perfect example of why Shakespeare’s work is relevant to this day.
A conflict between two of the reigning families — the Montagues and the capulets — escalates during this period and this vendetta turns into bloodshed. When Romeo, a Montague, and Juliet, a capulet, fall deeply in love, it becomes difficult for them to hide their secret from everyone and the lovesick couple faces multiple battles. The relationship between the two comes to fruition when Juliet’s nurse helps Romeo get a date with her, despite knowing that he is a forbidden Montague. The nurse does this because she deeply cares about Juliet and wants the best for her and in a way she is more supportive to Juliet than her mom. The story escalates when Romeo’s friend dies from Tybalt, Juliet’s cousin, despite them not wanting to fight and when this does happen, Romeo attacks Tybalt. The two swordsmen fight in the middle of the city with the Montagues on one side and the Capulets on the other. Will Romeo get his revenge for the death of his family or will Juliet leave Romeo for attacking her family?


Book Review by: Ethan

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

WonderWonder, a novel written by R.J. Palacio, is a story of a ten year old boy named Auggie Pullman who wants to attend middle school. Auggie has been homeschooled all his life because he was born with multiple face deficiencies and frequently had to attend surgery. When Auggie decides to attend middle school, he receives a lot of backlash and unacceptance from the other students until he meets his friend Jack. Jack has been a great friend to Auggie until Auggie hears Jack talking to Auggie’s bully, Bryce, and making fun of Auggie. He feels heartbroken and he continues to get bullying notes sent into his locker anonymously and starts to regret ever choosing to join middle school.
Auggie also has problems with his parents as they can’t seem to understand each other and his sister is annoyed with her lack of attention since her parents are so busy with Auggie. While all this happens, Auggie’s dog dies and he feels the weight of the world crashing down on him. Auggie starts to get overwhelmed and does not know what to do.
Wonder is a book about bullying, parenting, and empathy. When reading this, it makes you want to be a better person and more friendly and supportive towards others. Everyone has their own challenges and difficulties in life and it is important to be a good person to others.


Book Review by: Ethan

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

ToTo Kill a Mockingbird is a novel written by Harper Lee that is told from the narration of a young girl, Scout who’s father, Atticus, is a lawyer. The story takes place back in the United States during 1933 when segregation racism was still incredibly prominent. A black man who was looking to help a white woman in need was falsely accused of rape and Atticus, Scout’s dad, has to defend him as he was randomly selected as his lawyer. The court, jury, and the judge are all racially motivated and when irrefutable evidence is brought up showing that the black man did not commit the crime, it is left to question where there will be change where the black man is protected in modern society.
The story also escalates when Scout and her brother Jem finally meet up with Boo Radley, a sheltered person who they deemed was a monster. During this period, they realized that they were unreasonably mean and since Boo Radley, a full grown adult, was only sheltered and had no friends, Scout and Jem decided to become friends with him.
This story shows the audience moral values between right and wrong. The problem with racism in a criminal justice system, and the pain that can cause someone from being alienated. It shows innocence in the face of evil and characterizes two children embodying innocence.The story is called To Kill a Mockingbird because the mockingbird represents innocence and to kiill that would be a sin.


Book Review by: Ethan

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

LordLord of the Flies is a novel written by William Golding that narrates a group of boys stranded on a deserted island. The story takes place on an unknown island in 1954. Two boys, Ralph and Piggy, were on a flight when they got stranded on this island and met a group of boys there, one of them being the leader at the time named Jack. They all formed a group and worked hard to keep themselves in shape to survive whatever lies ahead of them in the island. They face numerous encounters with food, water, shelter, and other creatures on the island. One important scene in the book is where they think there is a man-eating monster and the fear that is caused from this, since they are only little boys, forces them to use the monster as motivation to grow stronger.
The story escalates when Ralph, who only looks to maintain peace and find solutions, is overtaken as leader by Jack, who uses propaganda to get power from all the other boys on the island. Jack and the boys stop aligning with Ralph and Piggy and it turns into a war, where Piggy is eventually killed along with other innocent boys by the hands of Jack’s tyrannical power.
The story shows a moral battle between civilization and savagery and how being stranded and not having a democratic leader can lead to destruction and exploitation in a society. It also sheds light on an argument that man is inherently evil and that when they are pushed to their limits or brought back to their natural state they become aggressive and dangerous.


Book Review by: Ethan

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

OfOf Mice and Men is a novel written by John Steinbeck that narrates the bizarre adventure of George Milton, a displaced migrant ranch worker and his disabled friend that he watches over Lennie Small. The story takes place in the United States during the Great Depression while the economy is extremely competitive. George and Lennie manage to find a job on a ranch working with animals and moving things around but Lennie’s mental disability seems to get in the way of their stability and his obsession with feeling things worries George throughout the book. Lennie doesn’t know when to stop and loves feeling soft things like silk and the fur of animals.
The story escalates when Lennie touches the silk of a woman’s dress and when she gets uncomfortably disturbed, the whole farm looks to Lennie as an enemy and Lennie looks for George’s help. Lennie runs away to meet George at their secret meeting place which is a river and George has to find a solution to this seemingly unavoidable problem.
This story shows how during a rough period in the U.S. economy everyone wants simple goals like finding their own place to live and obtaining independence and self-work. However, as time goes, it shows how difficult this is and how George and Lennie are affected by it.


Book Review by: Ethan

Hamlet by William Shakespeare

HamletHamlet is a tragedy novel written by William Shakespeare that narrates a prince who is told to kill the current king by his dead ghost father because the current king poisoned his drink and killed him while taking his spot as king. The story takes place in the city of Denmark during the medieval times. Hamlet’s mother does not know that her ex husband was killed by the current husband and Hamlet is attempting to kill the current king in order to get revenge while having his mother not find out the king died by his hands. Throughout the story there is deception from every character, characters dying, characters moving and fighting in war.
The story escalates when Hamlet and the king are in the bedroom upstairs looking at the glorifying paintings that the elite get to live in and during this moment Hamlet is given the chance to kill the king and attempt to hide it. However, the king may fight back too and it is up to Hamlet to avenge his father but is he too much of a coward to kill the current king? And if he can manage to kill the king, can he manage to get away with it? If Hamlet does not kill the king, he will continue to live in royalty with Hamlet’s mother as King and Queen and that is what Hamlet fears the most.
This story has multiple themes of lying, manipulation, and deception. It also explores significant ideas of friendship, loyalty, betrayal, madness, and revenge. This book is a perfect opportunity to read one of Shakespeare’s most famous reads.


Book Review by: Ethan

Atomic Habits by James Clear

AtomicAtomic Habits, by James Clear, is a book that I would highly recommend to anyone because it teaches you how to create new, beneficial habits while getting rid of old, harmful habits. Atomic means an extremely small thing; a habit is a routine performed regularly. They define what an atomic habit is to make themes later discussed in the book easy to understand. Several concepts are mentioned in this book that all point to how to create your habits, how to find them attractive in order to maintain them, and how to remove bad habits. James Clear did a perfect job on how to boost productivity with this book because he created clear, concise concepts that are accessible and easy to follow. Clear also argues that if you are able to do this routine and follow his instructions, it helps your routine and success.
If you can make the habit easy, you can make the habit easy to stick with. One concept that Clear mentions in his book is the law of accruing habits: if you slowly pick up small habits, these habits accrue and eventually lead to something bigger like a breakout in success or discovery. Learning these concepts and applying them to real life situations will wield consistency and help readers boost their daily productivity and, in turn, their happiness.
Self-productivity is a trait that a lot of people should pick up and Atomic Habits is an accessible book that will guide you towards traits and habits that millionaires and other successful people have. Even if you are not interested in self-productivity as of now, Atomic Habits is worth reading and will offer compelling advice to the reader.


Book Review by: Ethan

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

TheThe Catcher in the Rye is a novel written by J.D. Salinger that narrates the life of a 16 year old boy named Holden Caulfield after he has been expelled from school and gets mad at the real world full of adults. The story takes place in New York City during 1950 where Caulfield gets tired of the aggravating lifestyle that he is forced to live in his hometown and decides to leave on a train to Manhattan without telling anyone. During this time, Caulfield tries to find love or intercourse with any woman in a way to seek peace for the way he feels. He manages to find a girl named Sally and spends time with but finds out that she is annoying and leaves her and spends the day alone. The whole odd experience he has had in Manhattan has forced him to tell Sally why he doesn’t seem to be interested in anything besides being a catcher in the rye, someone that saves children from falling off cliffs.
The story escalates when Sally forgives him and meets with him in a bag full of luggage asking her to take her with him, when he says no she cries and they never talk again. Caulfield, given his inevitable break up, is happy that he can move on and feels that the Manhattan experience has allowed himself to understand himself better and is wildly optimistic about the future.
Some of the themes presented in this book are alienation vs. self protection, innocence, mortality and youth. The book helps allow the reader to understand how it feels to have anxiety for turning into a young and how the responsibilities a young man has is challenging.


Book Review by: Ethan

Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

HatchetHatchet is a novel written in 1986 by American author Gary Paulsen that narrates the life of a young adult stranded on an island after the pilot went unconscious and died during the crash. The novel takes place in the 1980’s on a random island where the main character, Brian Robeson, is stranded and only left with a wooden hatchet. Several problems arise following Robeson’s crash including his injuries, lack of food and water, and numerous animals that attack Brain. At one point, he is stabbed by a porcupine’s spikes, sprayed by a skunk leaving him temporarily blinded, and attacked by a bull.
The story escalates when Brian simply runs out of food and water and being left blinded from the skunk and having been bruised by the porcupine, he sits there in his shelter and heavily contemplates suicide. He has signs awaiting on the beach that say S.O.S, he has hope in lighting a fire and being rescued. Will he be saved or will Brian lose hope in his survival and take his own life?
This survival novel shows multiple themes of self doubt vs. determination and improvisation during a rough period. This book is a thrilling read that leaves the reader in suspense on how a young teenager is expected to survive this situation.


Book Review by: Ethan

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

TheThe Hunger Games is a survival book written by Suzanne Collins in 2008 that narrates a dystopian society where members of villages are chosen randomly to fight in battle to the death. The story takes place during a period where there is little technology and most families are on the edge of starving to death. When the main character’s sister, Prim, is unluckily chosen to participate in the Hunger Games, our main character, Katniss Everdeen, volunteers to take her spot. She is sent to a training area along with all other participants to practice and train before the hunger games tournament later on were everyone will fight to the death.
The story escalates when the tournament starts and Katniss has no alliances so she runs off to the trees and hides. By the end of the first day, multiple participants have already died. Katniss has no equipment, no food, and little shelter, but she is safe up in the trees where she is not seen. It is up to her to survive the tournament and come out victorious in this seemingly impossible tournament.
This book is a thriller survival story that shows gruesome battles, intriguing relationships, and invigorating tournament results. For those who like to hear about fighting stories, this would be a great read.


Book Review by: Ethan

Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

HuckleberryHuckleberry Finn by Mark Twain is a story set in the 19th century that has the main protagonist, Huck Finn, in the dilemma of whether or not to assist a slave in escaping. Huck Finn lives with the Widow Douglas, but when his abusive father comes back into his life to steal the money that Finn has accumulated over the years for alcohol, Finn runs away with Jim, a runaway slave from Miss Douglas. Finn has been taught his entire life that racism was normal and that slaves are not people, but as the story progresses, Finn struggles internally on whether or not it is okay to help a slave and whether they are a person or not.
This controversial book has been banned in many schools, but I believe that the book is worth reading to students because it reveals how racism played a role back in society and how the abolitionist movement was created. The book goes over themes of racism, character development, and overcoming social normalities. One of the main reasons why people do not like to read Huck Finn is because of the emphasis that Twain puts on the N word. While the N word can be very hard to tolerate during this book, it allows the reader to understand how racism played a role in United States history and the book. Twain, for his written purposes, utilizes the n word during the story to help illustrate the narrative of the book, because there is a big difference between someone being called the n word and a slave.
If you are able to put up with the loaded language that Twain uses in this story, this book is a great read for understanding the origins of racism and how they played a role in society in the 19th century.


Book Review by: Ethan

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

FrankensteinFrankenstein, a literature classic, is a very entertaining novel that challenges the reader’s morality by presenting a dilemma between a scientist and his monster creation. Frankenstein, like many other horror books, frequently appeals to the themes of gothic and romanticism. Frankenstein was published in 1818 by Mary Shelley when she was only 18 years old and the literature world has not been the same since Frankenstein’s release. Frankenstein and Mary Shelley have largely been attributed to creating science fiction as a whole, leading to popular films like Star Trek. If you have an appreciation for literature classics, Frankenstein must be read for its’ undeniable impact on literature and its contribution to Science Fiction. The movement of romanticism in literature and novels began in the 1800’s in Europe, and gradually became one of the most thrilling and critically acclaimed genres, Frankenstein being one of the main horror novels. One thing about gothic and romanticism in literature for monsters is that these monsters contain human-like traits. The best villains and monsters do not fight for the sake of fighting, it is normally in pursuit of common human traits but are twisted to become scary and gothic, leaving the reader horrified and challenged to finding their moral foundation. One of the human traits that are a theme in Frankenstein is greed. We see that the doctor, the main protagonist, is so desperate and greedy to attain his scientific goal that takes over him and he becomes Frankenstein. As the book progresses, the reader must assess the conflict happening between the doctor and the monster and wait for a heartbreaking ending where everything climaxes and the monster and doctor solve their dispute.


Book Review by: Kate

Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment by James Patterson

MaximumJames Patterson comes through once again for fans with a smash-hit: Maximum Ride. The series is about a teen girl named Maximum Ride, who has escaped from a science lab in the middle of Death Valley: The School. At the School the scientists (or as Max calls them, Whitecoats) make genetically modified organisms and run diabolical tests on them, most of which are little kids. Most die slow, painful deaths after a year or two but two projects have succeeded. Erasers: half wolf, half human, all killing machines. The other project is the 2% avian 98% human bird kids. The Flock. The Flock is made up of six-year-old mind reading Angel, The Gasman or Gazzy, who is eight and Angel’s biological brother, most known in the Flock for his gas problems, eleven-year-old Nudge, notorious for her fashion sense, blind fourteen-year-old Iggy, who spends his time making bombs with Gazzy, Fang, who’s fourteen and the strong and silent type, and Max: fourteen, sarcastic, and a kick-butt fighter who is also the leader of the Flock. One small detail sets them aside from any other kid. They have wings. Not only can they fly, but they are partially build like a bird: they’re tall and skinny, have air sacks, hearts beat extremely fast, super strong, and don’t have human blood. In this first heart pounding start to the series, Angel is kidnapped by the Erasers and taken back to the school. Max teams up with Fang and Nudge to track her down and bring her home. Iggy and Gaz are forced to stay back, what with being blind and eight. Unexpectedly, Max finds a girl about her age getting beat up by a bunch of boys and leaves Fang and Nudge to help her. While helping she gets shot in the wing. With Nudge and Fang waiting for he at a secret spot where she can only fly to, she has no choice but to follow home the girl (Ella) and ask her for help. Back home, Gazzy and Iggy find themselves surrounded by Erasers. Nudge and Fang are waiting for Max without knowing she got shot down. Angel is trapped in the School with a bunch of mad scientists preforming horrible experiments on her. Max is with Ella and her mom and to save herself, must spill the Flocks biggest secret: their existence. For the first time in her short life, Max must put aside her beliefs to save the entire Flock. This book series has so many twists and turns, you might get whiplash and with the way it’s written you’ll feel like you are Max herself. Dare to enter the universe of Maximum Ride.


Book Review by: Emma

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

TheThe book is about a girl who lives in a society where they have The Hunger Games. The Hunger Games is a fight to the death with kids the ages of 12 to 18. In this book Katniss Everdeen volunteers as tribute to take her sister’s place after she is picked to be in the games. But Katniss doesn’t know the first thing about fighting. The rules for The Hunger Games are that there are two kids from each district, a girl and a boy (there are 12 districts) (and Katniss is in the 12th one) and to be the last one alive. Which means you need skill. The only skill Katniss has is from hunting in the woods. District 12 is one of the poor districts. They don’t have a lot. They live in poverty. They don’t get a lot of food and they can’t get very good educations. But the lower number districts are way more privileged. (For example District one has so much food and all the kids get educated. They have good jobs and no one lives in poverty). They are all rich and strong while districts like District 12 are very weak from the lack of food and water. So this gives you an idea of how hard it is for higher number districts to win The Hunger Games. But Katniss has to promise herself that she’ll win because she can’t just leave her mom and Primrose (her sister) alone to fight for themselves. Katniss always gets up early to go out in the woods (in the restricted area) to get food otherwise their whole family would be dead. Katniss. Can’t. Lose.


Book Review by: Olivia

The Boy in the striped Pajamas by John Boyne

TheHi, I am doing a book review on The Boy in the Striped Pajamas. The main conflict in the novel The Boy in the striped Pajamas by John Boyne is that Bruno, the son of a Nazi commandant, must move from his beautiful home in Berlin with his family to a house that sits outside the barbed wire fences of Auschwitz. The main themes in The Boy in the Striped Pajamas are innocence, friendship, and human nature. Every time you read a chapter it leaves you in suspense and you want to keep on reading to find out want happens. It also shows you the point of view as a kid in WW2. This book is very good and it is a quick read. There is also a movie to this book but I feel like you should read the book first then watch the movie.


Book Review by: Zoe

The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton

TheToday I will be telling you about the book The Outsiders. This book has action, sadness, and suspense. The book talks about the bond and trust you have with friends and family. In the story The Outsiders there are two social groups socs and greasers. The one thing that separates the two groups from each other is money. The main character Ponyboy doesn’t like how many of the greasers get in fights with the socs and wants the separation from the 2 groups to stop. In My opinion the book is 100 percent better then the movie.


Book Review by: Myles

Hide and Seek by Katy Grant

HideThe book Hide and Seek by Katy Grant is a very exhilarating and fast-paced book with lots of unexpected twists and turns! She does a very good job of keeping the reader wanting more and waiting to see what happens next. This book is about a fourteen-year-old named Chase who loves his town high up in the mountains and even better, exploring and playing a sport called geocaching, a sport where the player searches for treasure using GPS coordinates. He loves exploring new areas of the mountains and finding new geocaches. One day while geocaching, he finds two brothers that seem a bit off. He does not know why or if he should help them so over the next few weeks he meets them and investigates their life to find why they are so shaken and the reason why is VERY unexpected. It is very exciting and an awesome read!


Book Review by: Myles

The Limit by Kristen Landon

The Limit by Kristen Landon is one of the best books I have ever read! It is filled to the brim with a very interesting storyline and concept of a society where debts are paid with child labor if not by cash. It is very descriptive and allows the reader to get an amazing visual in their head of everything that is going on in the story and allows vivid imagery to run wild in the reader’s mind! The narrative is very fun to follow and see how the main character, Matt, deals with being at the top of the labor chain, and how he handles sensitive government information! The way Kristen uses technology and adaptive teen minds to express how Matt and his friends cope with being away from their parents and working makes teens feel so connected to the story and characters. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves societal crises, putting pieces together to figure out a mystery, and an overall interesting story. The Limit is an amazing book to read!


Book Review by: Salma

Far from the Tree by Robin Benway

FarWhen I finished this book, I almost didn’t want to return it to the library because of how great it was. The novel follows three biological siblings, Grace, Maya, and Joaquin, who have never actually met, because their mom gave them up for adoption when they were young. When Grace puts up her own child for adoption after she gets pregnant, she feels compelled to look for her own biological mother. She first reunites with her biological siblings, who are in similar but at the same time vastly different situations: Grace has been adopted by a rich redhead family, and Joaquin has been in foster care. As they reunite and learn more about each other, they debate what they will do about their biological mom. The story is unique and emotional, told in the different perspectives of these three characters. It educated me on what it would be like to be put in these systems and how confusing it can really be. I highly recommend this to anyone looking for an educational and insightful yet funny and emotional read.


Book Review by: Salma

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

I’llAlthough at first glance, I’ll Give You the Sun may seem like a typical coming of age YA novel, it quickly became one of my favorite books, and hopefully yours, too. The novel is about a pair of fraternal twins, Noah and Jude, who used to be inseparable, but now barely interact. Noah is at first a shy, quiet boy, an aspiring artist who has his dreams set on a prestigious art university. Jude begins as a bold and talkative girl, not afraid to speak her mind. The story switches perspectives between the two as Noah tells the younger years (ages 13-15) and Jude tells the older years (ages 16 and on). As the twins mature and grow, they gain new experiences and meet new people, told in very different ways by each of them: Noah is enamored with the new neighbor next door, while Jude is occupied with a strange mentor and his English apprentice. Although these events contribute to the strain in Noah and Jude’s relationship, the main event that separates them will shock you. Plot aside, the story is written in a very unique and beautiful way, unlike any other I’ve read. Every sentence compelled me until the end, and so I very highly recommend this book to anyone who is ready to read it!


Book Review by: Salma

One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus

OneThis book managed to merge a bunch of cliches into one to make an extremely unique story, and I love it for that. When five students who are polar opposites are forced into the same detention room, one doesn’t come out alive. The story is told in the perspectives of the remaining four characters: Bronwyn, the smart rule follower, Nate, the rebellious rule breaker, Cooper, the kind hearted jock, and Addy, the beautiful and perfect popular girl. The one who didn’t make it out, Simon, ran a notorious gossip app that exposes secrets. This is important, because each of these students have something to hide and are now high profile suspects. As soon as you think you know who killed Simon, the book comes up with another piece of information that will leave you questioning until the very end. One of my all time favorites, I would reccomend this high school murder mystery romance hybrid to absolutely anyone!


Book Review by: Salma

Beauty Sick by Renee Engeln

BeautyI purchased this book for a summer reading assignment for school because I thought it would be interesting and eye opening, and I was not disappointed. I don’t usually read nonfiction, but this book just might make me start. Written in a witty and fun way, it covers the serious topic of womens’ complicated relationship with beauty and beauty standards. The author addresses issues like the unattainability of the beauty standard, the societal pressures on women to conform to those standards, and how they can battle it in complex ways. First, she separates each section of every chapter so that the reader can easily keep up with the complex topics. In these chapters, she presents information by talking to real women of all shapes, ages, and sizes to get diverse experiences, and also references scientific studies to back her points. Although this book may seem specifically geared to women, I would recommend it to anyone, because everyone could use an eye opener on such a relevant topic in today’s society.


Book Review by: Salma

Every Day by David Levithan

EveryI had put off reading this book for so long because I knew I wouldn’t be able to put it down once I started, and I was right. The story revolves around a person who is stuck in a different body everyday. Just the concept was enough to have me compelled throughout the entire book. However, the conflict of the book is also genius: this person is in love with the same girl everyday. It seems like an impossible romance, and even more impossible when there is the risk of someone finding out about the person. Romance aside, the book gives an extremely unique insight to the diversity of different lifestyles and what we might take for granted. In addition, it’s written in a beautiful way that keeps you engrossed in the story for hours. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a unique and emotional novel.


Book Review by: Salma

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

SixSix of Crows is arguably one of the best fantasy series out there. The book follows Kaz Brekker, a well known thief in the city of Ketterdam, and his crew of teenage outcasts, the Crows. Throughout the story we watch the multiple perspectives of Kaz and his crew on their dangerous quest to pull off a seemingly impossible heist—one that could save their world from chaos. The diversity of the characters in culture, morals, and personality makes this already difficult mission that much harder, and funnier too. The romance is written beautifully, never taking away from any of the characters own journeys with themselves and their mysterious pasts that we learn more about as the story progresses. The intricate and unique descriptions of the fantasy world were unlike any other. Every moment in the book had me captivated from beginning to end and wondering what was going to happen next. I highly recommend this series to anyone looking for an emotional and engrossing story.


Book Review by: Salma

Lord of The Flies by William Golding

LordAlthough Lord of the Flies was required reading for me, it unexpectedly became one of my all time favorite books. The book follows a group of young boys ranging around ages 6-13 who become stranded on an island with no adults. At first they are excited to be able to do whatever they want, but quickly realize how fast things can turn to chaos if there is no structure. The book then follows Ralph, the main character, as he tries to keep things in order in a civilized way, and Jack, who wants to do the very opposite. As the boys argue about the “right” way to do things and struggle to hold onto their humanity, the reader will also find themselves questioning who is in the right and what they would do in that situation. I know that this novel definitely had me questioning what humanity really is, and what to do in cases like these when morals and values clash. With beautiful writing, dialogue and characters that are very flawed and human, and an unexpected ending, I would recommend Lord of the Flies to anyone looking for a thoughtful and impactful read.


Book Review by: Salma

Wilder Girls by Rory Power

WilderThis book was a much quicker read than I thought it would be, and that was because I couldn’t put the book down. Just the concept was enough to get me hooked. An all girls school goes under quarantine because of a deadly disease that turns their bodies into nature. The girls are not able to leave even if they wanted to, because the forest has become dangerous and foreign. However, when the main character Hetty’s best friend goes missing, she disobeys the rules and ventures out to find her. However, on her journey, she learns other things that may change everything she knows about their situation. The plot had me constantly on edge, the dialogue was just as unnerving as the concept, and the ending was shocking. I’m not usually a fan of science fiction, but this book changed my mind. I highly recommend this book for anyone looking for something that will leave you stunned.


Book Review by: Abby

A Shot at Normal by Marisa Reichardt

AA book I read is called A Shot at Normal. It is about a girl named Juniper whose parents are hippies and completely against vaccinations. Despite Juniper feeling extremely left out compared to her other “normal” peers with cell phones and Starbucks cups, life goes on in its own way for her. That is, until she somehow contracts the measles, unknowningly passing it on. Soon, the disease spreads to her whole entire family and maybe even a bit farther than one could come to terms with. This is a very good book because many people can relate to it while also opening up a new perspective on people who are anti vax. It also shines a light on the COVID-19 pandemic and how far the medical field has come regarding vaccines and contact tracing.


Book Review by: Noor

Romeo And Juliet by William Shakespeare

RomeoRomeo And Juliet by William Shakespeare is a true piece of literature. When I first read this book, I was not interested in it whatsoever. But, as I continued reading it, I realized the writing style made the plot interesting. Romeo, a boy from the Montague family, and Juliet, a girl from the Capalot family, are forbidden to see each other due to a feud between their families. But, a demand from the parents does not stop them. The two teenagers risk their lives to be with each other, eventually ending them. If you like a good romance, but is written in an old time english format, then this book is for you.


Book Review by: Noor

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

TwilightDo you enjoy fantasy romance books? If so, then Twilight by Stephenie Meyer, is perfect for you. A plot based off of a teen girl who falls in love with a mysterious, insanely handsome boy, who keeps to himself. After Bella Swan moves to a new town, all the attention is brought to her, including Edward Cullen’s, the mysterious boy. But, he acts very negatively towards her. Requesting for schedule changes, and telling her to stay away, Bella is left confused. As she attempts to figure out who and what he is,she hears stories about him and his family, dangerous stories. As the two learn more about each other, their lives begin to be put in danger. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good read with suspense which has you ending each chapter wanting more.


Book Review by: Hanan

Looking For Alaska by John Green

LookingMiles “Pudge” Halter loves famous last words. When he goes to boarding school, his goal is to find the “Great Perhaps” which are the famous last words of Francois Rabelais. Miles meets Chip, Takumi, and Alaska at boarding school, and begins to form close friendships with them. Looking for Alaska is separated into two parts. Part one tells the story of their friendship, and part two tells the aftermath of the tragedy that occurs at the end of part one. As Miles searches for his “Great Perhaps”, he encounters love, heartbreak, and grief. Looking for Alaska is humorous and suspenseful, and keeps you reading. If you are a fan of John Green’s other novels, then this book is for you!


Book Review by: Hanan

The Selection by Kiera Cass

TheIf you are a fan of The Bachelor, then this book is for you! The Selection is the first book in a five-book series. The Selection is a contest between thirty-five girls that are fighting for the heart of Prince Maxon. Every girl is ecstatic at the idea of marrying Maxon, except for America Singer. America is one of the thirty-five chosen girls but is in love with Aspen, who is of a lower social class. America goes into the contest close-minded, set on the fact that she will never like Maxon, but becomes surprised when she actually meets him. This novel is perfect for fans of dystopian or fantasy books. Read to find out who America chooses!


Book Review by: Hanan

In Divergent by Veronica Roth

InIf you are a fan of The Hunger Games or Maze Runner series, then this book is for you! In Divergent by Veronica Roth, there are five social factions: Abnegation, Candor, Erudite, Amity, and Dauntless. When you turn sixteen, you choose which faction you want to live the rest of your life in. Tris Prior has lived her whole life in Abnegation but feels confused when her faction test results come back inconclusive- or rather Divergent. After Tris chooses her faction, she discovers the government’s dangerous plans and must find a way to stop them. Tris encounters friends, enemies, and love in her new faction. Divergent is the first book in this dystopian trilogy and is a great read!


Book Review by: Abby

The Secret Language of Sisters by Luanne Rice

TheAnother book I read is called The Secret Language of Sisters by Luanne Rice. It is about two sisters whose lives become completely flipped upside down in an instant. Both Tilly and Roo’s life permanently changes when Roo gets into a terrible car accident, putting her in a comatose state. However, nobody realizes that she can hear and feel everything that’s around her, as if locked inside her own body. But, Tilly may know something that could turn her sister’s life around for the better. This is a very good book because it brings out the powerful bond between sisters or even siblings in general. It also displays the end product of relentless hope and perseverance.


Book Review by: Hanan

The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord

TheIn Emery Lord’s The Start of Me and You, Paige Hancock attempts to regain her normal life back after the death of her boyfriend. She creates a step-by-step plan for her upcoming school year, which includes getting a perfect boyfriend and joining different extracurricular activities. However, her plan is thrown out the window when she meets Max, her crush’s nerdy cousin. Lord successfully tells the interesting, fictional story of Paige while also conveying important, real-life themes. Readers are able to see a victim of PTSD and depression regain their life back through the help of friends, family, and perseverance. Paige’s story is inspiring to readers and emphasizes the importance of reaching out to others when you are struggling. The Start of Me and You is a perfect book to read in the summer or when you’re bored!


Book Review by: Hanan

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

TheSet in the 1920s, The Great Gatsby tells the story of Nick the narrator, who witnesses the glamorous lives of Daisy, Jordan, and Jay Gatsby. He attends marvelous parties thrown by his neighbor Gatsby and discovers the many mysteries that surround Gatsby’s life. Nick becomes closer to his distant cousin Daisy, and befriends Gatsby. F. Scott Fitzgerald does a wonderful job revealing the power that money held back in the 20’s and unveils an unexpected love story. Social status, money, and love are all themes that are conveyed in this epic story. With multiple twists and turns, the lives of Nick, Daisy, and Gatsby all connect. Read to find out how!


Book Review by: Abby

Wonder by RJ Palacio

WonderA book that I read this summer is Wonder by RJ Palacio. It is about a boy named August who has a medical condition which causes severe facial deformities. He undergoes many struggles as he attends a new school for the first time. A few of those struggles include bullying, growing up, making new friends, loss of a friend, and even self-confidence. Soon he makes many friends while going through these various kinds of situations. This is a very good book because it shows the perspectives of Auggie’s friends and the different life experiences they endure together. I would encourage others to read it because it has a realistic, down-to-earth plot and is very touching to the heart. It also portrays the butterfly effect that kindness can have on people from all backgrounds.


Book Review by: Abby

Where We Used To Roam by Jenn Bishop

WhereA book that I read is Where We Used To Roam by Jenn Bishop. It is about Emma, who is starting sixth grade on a good note; she starts meeting new people and has found friends who understand her love for art better than her own best friend, Becca. Soon, everything changes… not just for Emma, but her older brother Austin as well. Emma does something at camp that potentially screws up everything with Becca, while Austin has succumbed to an opioid addiction. This a very good book because it touches upon the sensitive topic of drug addiction and enlightening the effects it can have on an entire family. It also showcases the hardships of any kid who is trekking through middle school or any kind of transition in life. I would encourage other teens to read this book because it shows how people become stronger by confronting their truths and accepting them in their own way; the book has an uplifting theme to it as well.


Book Review by: Jessica

Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen

If I didn’t mention it before, I am obsessed with The Bell Jar and its eerie yet impeccable view of society. That being said, Girl, Interrupted strongly radiates The Bell Jar vibes and I am completely all for it. I was completely obsessed with the dark and sardonic humor that the author held. To be more specific, this book deals ith a girl undergoing treatment for a personality disorder. Yet it disturbed me because, like all humans,we carried many similarities. It led me to question myself and what was considered ‘crazy’ back then versus now. Are you simply crazy because you are vocal? It was, despite the subject, beautifully written, with extremely interesting metaphors, and also extremely fast paced. I was surprised to see that it was a memoir, as I liked the characters a lot, and the people I like are usually extremely fictional. This book inspired me to read more memoirs, because maybe nonfictional humans truly do have hearts.


Book Review by: Jessica

Beloved by Toni Morrison

BelovedBeloved was a tough read. Although Morrison’s writing was as smooth as honey and her metaphors just as bright, the topic matter was brutal. It was uncomfortable to see how inhumane the conditions of enslaved people were, which is important considering how normalized and downplayed it is in our lives. Slavery was a brutal yet real disgrace that haunts our history, despite how much our history classes ant to erase and make a euphenism out of it. Morrison confronts this taboo with strength and shows just how far a mother will go to protect her children, and confronts both traditional and modern ideas of ethics and morals. I think this book should definitely be on all school curriculums. It shows the reality of America and how dangerous it is to go backwards.


Book Review by: Jessica

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

TheThe Kite Runner follows a young boy and his tales of his life before and after the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. This book had me all over the place. It was both the most pure and the saddest book ever written. The characters seemed to be good to be true, and the plot wrenched my heart in ways I could imagine. While I saw the purest manifestation of humankind in the form of Hassan, I saw a fury of great evil from the novel as well. While I am usually not a fan of historical fiction,I was extremely satisfied with how this book turned out. It is very much a summer read and I think it is important for everyone to read iit, as it truly shows what it means to truly grow as a human being and to appreciate what life has given you.


Book Review by: Jessica

Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo

ClapI am a humongous fan of Elizabeth Avecedo, so I was very careful and emotional when reading this book. Her prose makes the old feel alive and her poems are all extremely clever. Despite a shortage of words, I felt more pain than a 1,000 page novel could express. Her story follows the beginnings and ends of family and ties it strongly to the Domincan Republic. It was beautiful, and despite how unrealistic it was, it restored my faith in humanity and in family. It made me appreciate life for what it is, and appreciate the challenges that have made me a better person. It also made me very hungry for Dominican food. I love bananas, and the way the food as described made my mouth water. I look forward to the next books Acevedo lets out in the future with eager eyes.


Book Review by: Jessica

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

GoneGone Girl by Gillian Flynn follows the seemingly ordinary lives of Nick and Amy. Like all couples, they deal with bumps in their marriage and even cheat. The line between normal life and fiction blurs as Amy goes missing. Through mixed perspectives, we learn the stories of the two, and begin to question the authenticity of Nick as the world does the same. I grew to hate both of the characters, as Flynn did a great job in portraying the human flas present in each character. I just have very mixed feelings about Amy. I am not sure if she is my icon or something else entirely. Overall this book was full of twists and turns and perfect for your next summer read!


Book Review by: Jessica

Every Single Lie by Rachel Vincent

EveryEvery Single Lie was a very interesting turn on the regular high school drama. No, someone did not get pregnant. No, someone did not murder somebody. No, someone did not cheat. This YA book was different, something new & fresh. Within Every Single Lie, high schooler Beckett has to deal with the assumption that she gave birth and killed the baby she found in the locker room. With it being a small town, all eyes are on her. This is a story about trust, friendships, and the power of family. It also delivers a jaw dropping tist that will leave you gaping for hours. This is a very quick read, so if youŕe looking for something rather quick-paced, this is for you.


Book Review by: Jessica

Hour of The Witch by Chris Bohjalian

Hour Iḿ not usually into old-timey works of fiction, but Bohjaian did an amazing job in his delivery of Hour of The Witch. I was left very sad because I wanted more of the book. I missed its drama and its flawless characters. To summarize, Hour of The Witch follows a woman in Protestant Massachusetts trying to garner justice for the abuse she takes at the hands of her husband. This inspired me a lot because 1) she is a woman, chances of her getting justice were unlikely 2)She could be easily framed as a witch. These risks left me biting my fingernails and anxiously worrying. The author did a great job in creating and retaining tension. I really felt like I was there, despite being in the twenty first century midwest.


Book Review by: Jessica

The Love and Lies of Rukshana Ali by Sabina Khan

The If you have not noticed before, I love reading novels with main characters of diverse cultural backgrounds. In this case, the culture focused on was the Bengali culture, and I loved all the new phrases, sayings, foods, and customs included in this novel. They really helped me branch out to learn more stuff about Southern Asian culture, and I appreciate that. For example, I learned that chai is the word for tea, so it is nonsense to refer to chai as chai tea. Though, that is obviously not the point of the novel; I was just a fan of the cultural elements presented. This story follows the hardships of a Bengali girl named Rukshana as she struggles to find a way to share to the world her love for her girlfriend, Ariana, as her parents are not as accepting as everyone else. This creates tensions because Ariiana does not want to be a secret. Her american friends automatically decide to make harsh assumptions about her culture instead of just reducing her issues to issues that everyone goes through. AT one point, her mom finds out, and it becomes an ultimate struggle of having to come to terms that the people who supposedly love you can despise you in an instant. This is a bold story about growth, love, and family.


Book Review by: Jessica

Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas

Concrete Concrete Rose is the prequel to the best selling novel by Angie Thomas, The Hate You Give. This book follows the life of Maverick, Starr’s dad, as he struggles to put money on the table and stay away from gang troubles. His troubles worsen as he is left to take care of a baby he didn’t know as his, and finds out his girlfriend is pregnant as well. In this, he struggles with the regular teen drama, with stereotypes, and the toxic masculinity that everyone is holding down on him. With the murder of his cousin Dre, he is left to ponder on all his morals. This is a great story of the troubles that black youth face daily, and how quickly the world is to shut him down. While the rest of the world sees Maverick as a good for nothing gangbanger, this story reveals that he was more than that: He was a kid trying to provide for a tired mom, a baby, and to kids, all while trying to get an education. I think this is an important novel to read, especially if you were a fan of ‘The Hate You Give’.


Book Review by: Allysah

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

To Love letters? Contracts? Fake dating? A ski trip? To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han is a great story about a girl, Lara Jean, who writes letters to guys she falls in love with to get over her crush on them but doesn’t deliver them. This story is also a coming of age story for Lara Jean as she also learns to go through her life without a mother and her sister being in college all the way in Scotland. One day, all of the love letters she wrote got sent out without her knowing. She finds out about this when one of the recipients, Peter Kavinsky, comes up to her, letter in his hands, during Lara Jean’s gym period. During this, to avoid her older sister’s ex boyfriend who also received a love letter from her, she kisses Peter K. Once her sister’s ex boyfriend asks if her and Peter were dating, she says yes to explain why he kissed him without Peter knowing. She proposes that she and Peter should write a contract while they’re fake dating to set some rules. This fake relationship ends up convincing everyone including Peter’s ex girlfriend and Lara Jean’s dad. The relationship also turns into something else as time goes on.


Book Review by: Ava

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

The If you have ever looked at the charts of bestselling books, you have probably heard of The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. The Alchemist is a book about a boy named Santiago who follows his heart onto a journey to fulfill his dreams. Santiago is a character that the reader can relate to and can understand. You can put yourself in the shoes of Santiago and imagine yourself following the journey he did. There are many lessons to be learned from this book that will stick with you forever. Some of these lessons pertain to hardships, dreams, and love. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys realistic books with deeper meanings that you can reflect on and enjoy during and after reading.


Book Review by: Ava

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

TheDo you enjoy fantasy romance books with engaging plots that keep you on the edge of your seat? Then look no further than The Cruel Prince by Holly Black. With political games of cat and mouse in a Faerie world and a young girl who is willing to risk it all in the name of friendship and family, this book challenges characters to push their limits and change in ways they never thought imaginable. One thing that I loved about this book is that every character is flawed and is morally gray. None of them are the clear protagonists, none of them are the clear antagonists. They each have their own reasons for making tough decisions and rarely have regrets. It was a unique, fast-paced read that I would recommend to anyone!


Book Review by: Ava

The Wicked King by Holly Black

TheThe second installment in the engaging Folk of the Air series by Holly Black blew my expectations out of the water. The beautiful, fleshed out plot, the perfect drizzle of politics, the spectacular writing; it was all there. This is my personal favorite book in the trilogy and I could not recommend this book more. The plot twists constantly keep you on your toes. Additionally, you begin to love each of the characters, despite their flaws and (sometimes poorly thought out) decisions. There was never a dull moment in this book and Holly Black’s writing really had the chance to shine here. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoyed the first book in the trilogy, The Cruel Prince, and is looking forward to continuing the series!


Book Review by: Ava

The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black

The The final book in the Folk of the Air really ties the whole series together. Additionally, it was a very brisk read, despite it being almost 300 pages. I could not put the book down! The plot ties together any loose ends, answers all the readers questions, but still leaves the reading itching for more content in this series! Even weeks after reading this book, I still could not recommend this series more. It has the perfect amount of drama, politics in the Faerie court, and truly shows the ups and downs of friendship and love. If you haven’t already, go pick up the first installment of the trilogy, The Cruel Prince, and get a look into a Faerie world where nothing is as it seems.


Book Review by: Ava

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Six With entertaining dialogue, witty banter, and a consuming and addictive plot, there is so much to offer in the book Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. Set in a fantasy world called the Grishaverse, there is an extreme amount of world building in this book that allows you to genuinely picture everything happening in your mind. Each character is different and very morally gray. However, they are so well-fleshed out that you almost find yourself admiring the villains. The friend group that is built throughout this novel is something unmatched to anything I’ve ever read before. They look out for each other and genuinely care about each other, despite living in such a cruel, grim world. I would recommend this book to absolutely anyone, regardless of whether you regularly read fantasy.


Book Review by: Ava

The Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

The As the sequel to Six of Crows, there were very high expectations for this book. However, have no fear, this book absolutely exceeded any and all expectations. The plot was extremely easy to follow and had me on the edge of my seat during the entire buildup, the climax, and the falling actions. The characters are so raw, so genuine, and they each bring such a valuable skill to the table. The witty banter and interesting character dynamics are so fascinating to read. Sometimes I worry that the sequel won’t be half as good as the original book (like in the movies), however I actually enjoyed them both equally! They are such amazing books.


Book Review by: Ava

Shatter Me Series by Tahereh Mafi

The Shatter Me series is easily one of my favorite series that I have ever read. There are 6 extremely fast-paced, easy to read books and 3 novellas in between the books. The story is entertaining and exhilarating about a girl named Juliette who has a deadly touch. The characters are nothing short of hilarious and strong. You can’t help but love each and every protagonist in the plot. There is truly never a dull moment in this series, and I finished the entirety of it in a matter of 4 days. I could not put these books down and I absolutely recommend this book.


Book Review by: Ava

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas

A If you have been in any corner of the internet talking about fantasy romance series, you have probably heard of the infamous Sarah J Maas. A fascinating thing about her series is that they are all connected in one way or another, whether it be through the worlds or the characters. Going into this book, which also goes by the name ACOTAR, I wasn’t sure if I would enjoy something like this. As a Beauty and the Beast retelling, it wasn’t something I would normally pick up. However, it takes a turn that one could never expect and the rest of the books in the series are genuine masterpieces. The story follows Feyre Archeron, a struggling girl who gets brought into a world different from anything she could’ve ever imagined. The talk surrounding this series is there for a reason. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys high-fantasy romance books.


Book Review by: Ava

The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller

TheAs the first standalone book I have picked up in a long time, I wasn’t sure if I would enjoy this story. It follows Alessandra, who is tasked to kill the king and become queen. As you can imagine, not everything goes as planned. This story is extremely intense throughout! I was on the edge of my seat the entirety of this book. I really enjoyed the world building and the plot filled with betrayal, action, and morally gray characters. I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a quick, interesting, dark fantasy read!


Book Review by: Ava

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

RedThe Red Queen follows Mare Barrow in a world where society is separated based on the color of your blood; red or silver. The plot in this story is nothing like I have ever read. With betrayal, plot twists, and interesting characters with interesting backgrounds, this book is impossible to put down. This book also has the perfect amount of romance, politics, and overall fantasy that is fascinating to learn about. The word building is done very well and you can genuinely picture the world. The characters are also very well structured and the foreshadowing is amazing! I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys betrayal and romance books.


Book Review by: Ava

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

WeWe Were Liars follows Cadence on her grandfather’s private island. She has 2 cousins, Johnny and Mirren, and a friend named Gat who stays at the island every summer. I honestly think this book is best to go into knowing as little as possible! You have the opportunity to enjoy it so much more when you don’t know exactly what you’re in for. The characters in the story are well developed and the plot is absurdly good! I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a book that leaves you something to think about for days afterwards. I can safely say that it definitely left me feeling that way!


Book Review by: Ava

Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco

Kingdom I had seen Kingdom of the Wicked everywhere on social media, and I finally picked it up and read it! I can say that that was an amazing idea. I loved this book so much! The story follows a young witch named Emilia in Sicily. After the death of her twin, she makes it her life goal to hunt down the murderer of her twin. There are a multitude of obstacles in her way, of course, including but not limited to a prince of the underworld. The plot is fascinating and the sequel comes out this October! I can assure you that this novel will leave you with questions, but you will not regret reading it!


Book Review by: Alex

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

TheAlthough relatively slow to start, this classic novel by J.D. Salinger details the life of a depressed 16-year-old, Holden, who continually goes through school after getting kicked out from every single one of them. Holden eventually decides to leave Pencey Prep. after getting beaten by a fellow student after a disagreement. He gets a cab to New York City early in the morning in a bid to start a new life even though he doesn’t have very much money. Holden dances the night away with random people at a bar and then brings a prostitute to his room but just to talk. The pimp then proceeds to beat him because he couldn’t pay up. Holden desperately wants to go back to his family but can’t bring himself to tell them that he yet again flunked out of school. The reader has to continue reading to figure out if Holden will just give up on his family like everything else in his miserable life, or actually attempt to fix it and possibly make something of it. This book is a must-read for literally everyone, it is a classic that teaches the morals of life and shows that life doesn’t always work out for everyone.


Book Review by: Alex

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by Rowling, J. K.

HarryThis book is a classic that most people have heard of but not read, only watched, and in my opinion, the book is almost always better than the movie. That holds in this case because the level of detail presented in the book just cannot be captured in the 2 hours of the movie. This is about a boy named Harry who gets delivered to his most direct relatives, the Dursleys. He has a tough time with this family because they treat him as less than human and act as though he does not exist. Hagrid shows up yet again at Harry’s house to tell him that he is a wizard and is going to a school to hone his skills. The school’s groundskeeper Hagrid picks Harry up and brings him to Diagon Alley to buy him an owl for his birthday; he is informed that his parents were both murdered using the killing curse. Arriving at Hogwarts he is quite famous because he survived the killing curse and throughout his time at Hogwarts, he makes friends as well as enemies. These enemies cause Harry to discover something that threatens the safety of everyone at the school as well as his past. Harry must come together with his friends in a bid to save everyone from this. The book is a nonstop laugh as well as action and science fiction. It’s a blend of everything that makes a book good and everyone should read it regardless of their interests.


Book Review by: Alex

The Death of Ivan Ilych by Leo Tolstoy

This masterpiece by Leo Tolstoy takes the reader through the life and death of a magistrate named Ivan Ilych. It starts with his close friend peering at his dead body after he passes away. Then soon after this, the novel shifts to 30 years before his death date when he is in law school. He becomes a magistrate and marries a woman and everything goes smooth until she becomes pregnant. When this occurs, Ivan distances himself from his family to focus on work because his wife’s behavior declines and this isn’t the life that he cherishes nor that is approved by society. Later on, Ivan looks for a new job in St. Petersburg after he learns that his close friend received a high-ranking position in the government. Due to his new high-paying position, he decides to purchase something for his family however this purchase ends up causing his downfall. The way that it assists in this however is quite interesting and is definitely worth the read to find out. This book, although old, is one of his greatest works of late fiction.


Book Review by: Alex

Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe

UncleUncle Tom’s Cabin is not only a story of a savior of a little girl but also a historical fiction novel depicting the horrific details of slavery in the middle 19th century the United States. The central character saves the life of a slave owner’s daughter, Little Eva. After this happens, the father of Eva is grateful and purchases Tom. Eva and Tom get closer over time and become very close to one another. However, Tom’s life couldn’t be perfect forever because that wouldn’t make for a good story. Soon after they get close something occurs that changes everything for Tom and Eva. This turning point in the story is a big part of the portrayal of slavery in our history and makes for a good story and learning point. This book should be read by everyone who wants to know more about America’s past and the life of people less fortunate than us


Book Review by: Alex

A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemmingway

AErnest Hemmingway’s novel A Farewell to Arms is set in World War I Italy with the central character, Frederic Henry, as an ambulance driver for the Italian military. Since he is not a front-line soldier, his role entails long hours of waiting for his call to action. During these hours of free time, he typically ends up talking and drinking with other medical personnel, specifically nurses. One nurse, Catherine Barkley, is especially interested in Henry and they begin a relationship. However, after an event that occurs later on in the story, something happens to their relationship. For the better? Or for the worse? You’ll have to dive into Hemmingway’s descriptions of the ravages of war to find out for sure. Although this book is centered around one of the pinnacle wars of our world’s history, it isn’t solely a war book. It has heavy elements of romance as well as a lifestyle before and after the war. It’s a very interesting but also difficult to comprehend read for anyone okay with a little violence.


Book Review by: Alex

Divergent by Veronica Roth

DivergentIn a city similar to current-day Chicago, society is divided into five different factions: Abnegation (the selfless), Amity (the kind), Candor (the honest), Dauntless (the brave), and Erudite (the intelligent). Once a kid turns 16, they must take an aptitude test to determine which faction they fit best into and choose one for life, even if they weren’t born into it. When the central character, Beatrice, takes her test, her results come back as something that is both dangerous and promising: inconclusive. The test proctor tells her that she should never mention this to anyone. Despite her “diagnosis” she ends up choosing Dauntless as her faction in which she essentially rebrands as “Tris”. During the process of becoming part of the faction, she falls for her instructor, Four, who continually challenges her and tries to push her to become her best self. As she improves and becomes more honed with her skills, others become jealous of her newfound skillset. However, as many know, jealousy isn’t always a good thing and can most certainly lead to violence leading Tris to realize that being the Divergent that she is, is both good and bad.


Book Review by: Alex

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

TheF. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby is a classic novel revolving around the theme of the American dream and what that means to different people. The central character, Nick Carraway is a World War I veteran and Yale alumni who return to New York post-war to become a bond salesman. He ends up moving into a small home next to that of Jay Gatsby, a multi-millionaire with extravagant parties where he always fails to attend. Soon after moving in he receives a formal invitation to one of Jay’s parties and there the two finally meet. Gatsby wanted to meet because he wants to facilitate a relationship between himself and someone he loved a long time ago. Will this attempted relationship work out or will it end like the first time it was tried? This book isn’t similar to any I can imagine in that it isn’t solely action but has action-packed parts, it isn’t just romance but it has elements of romance, and there isn’t much comedy at all except for the occasional iteration of sarcasm. This book is a good read for people who enjoy historical fiction and a little bit of drama mixed into action.


Book Review by: Alex

The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan

TheRick Riordan is a decorated author credited with writing three major series such as Percy Jackson and The Olympians, The Kane Chronicles, and Magnus Chase. My personal favorite of the three listed has to be The Kane Chronicles simply because I really enjoy Egyptian mythology and the intricacies involved. The first book of the series, The Red Pyramid, is centered around two siblings, Sadie and Carter Kane, who discover they are descended from ancient Egyptian gods and magicians meaning that they can conduct magic and host gods inside of them. The premise of the story is that their bodies are hosts for the gods Isis and Horus and their fathers by Osiris, who is then taken by the god Set. They set out on a journey filled with action, danger, and teamwork in a bid to free their father. However, it is much bigger than their father which they will find out soon enough. They must forget everything that they think they know to unlock their true potential and save the world.


Book Review by: Alex

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

PercyGreek mythology is something that most students are taught freshman year in their English class when they read the Iliad and the Odyssey or if you’re like me and are interested in it either before or after these books, you can learn it from the Percy Jackson series, more specifically the first book, Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief. This entertaining and action-packed book teaches the reader the basics of greek mythology and things you need to understand to better comprehend this and the other books of the series. The Lightning Thief is a story about a young boy who is diagnosed with ADHD and dyslexia. He is tossed into a world of myth and legend when his teacher turns into a beast known as a Fury and attacks him. He then goes on a road trip and arrives at a camp for special people like him and is faced with yet another challenge that results in an epic loss for him. He must try and fix what has happened with the help of his new friends and embarks on a mythical journey. This book is a must-read for anyone into things such as mythology or legends. Anyone can read this book; it’s not too complicated and there aren’t any distressing themes.


Book Review by: Alex

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

UnbrokenOne of my all-time favorite books I’ve ever read has to be Unbroken, written by Laura Hillenbrand, a story of a young boy turned war hero. Based on a true story, this novel is one of the most immersive and descriptive novels I have ever read. It not only tells the story of the central character, Louis Zamperini but puts you right there with him. Louis was a young boy who grew up in Torrance, California, in a strict Christian household. Ever since he was young, he had been stealing cigarettes and alcohol and despite the beatings by his father his behavior never improved until he took up running. His running career that began in high school took him all the way to the Olympics in 1936 where he ended up earning 8th in the 5000-meter race. Shortly thereafter, World War II begins and Louis ends up enlisting. From here on out the story only gets more intense and goes from a story of self-improvement to a story of survival. You will constantly be questioning if he will get through this next task or fall like so many others around him. This unlike other novels I’ve read is a little gorier and therefore shouldn’t be read by anyone too young but it is still an incredible read and is a must-read for anyone who likes war and action.


Book Review by: Alex

Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

CrimeCrime and Punishment, talk about an intimidating number of pages, 576 to be exact. This classic novel written by none other than Fyodor Dostoyevsky is a classic story about an ex-student of law named Raskolnikov, who in the early parts of the book plots to kill an innocent pawnbroker. I was assigned to read this book for my English class this year but unlike most books, I’m assigned to read, I genuinely enjoyed this one. The constant theme of moral ambiguity really keeps the reader questioning the definition of right and wrong. Can the plotted murder of the pawnbroker be justified as an evening out the gap of wealth? Or can Raskolnikov solely be viewed as someone who sees himself as judge, jury, and executioner? In addition to the ex-student, the other characters in this book such as Sonya, Donya, and Svidrigailov can also be questioned morally as Sonya, for example, becomes a prostitute to support her family and while that is a sin, it can also be viewed as an act of great valor. So it’s up for you to decide, are the characters right? Or wrong? Or something entirely different.


Book Review by: Alex

The Hunger Games by Susan Collins

TheA book that has everything from a touch of romance to nonstop action as well as some comedy? That couldn’t exist, right? Wrong. This can all be found in The Hunger Games written by Susan Collins, a dystopian novel about a tournament of fights to the death. The plot revolves around a young woman named Katniss Everdeen, a poor girl from the poorest district in the country, district 12. Her sister, Primrose, is selected to compete in The Hunger Games but Katniss evidently volunteers in her place. Throughout her journey through the process leading up to the tournament, she inspires many to stop conforming to the ideologies and beliefs of the president of the country, who acts like a dictator, President Snow. This book is such an interesting read as the love between certain characters evolves from acting to real love and Katniss makes as many friends as enemies. The whole book keeps you on edge as you ponder the looming question, Who’s next? I’d recommend this book to anyone from middle school to as old as you can get seen as there are several instances of violence.


Book Review by: Alex

The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

TheOne of the books that I can only say good things about would have to be The Da Vinci Code. The entire book is a sort of puzzle that the reader along with the main character must work to solve. I found it very entertaining to attempt to predict what happens next because there’s something new and unexpected at every corner. The premise of the book is that a professor, Robert Langdon, is dragged into a murder committed by the other central character in the novel, Silas. Silas is essentially chasing after one thing the whole novel, The Holy Grail, and is being trailed by Robert Langdon. The book is a constant thriller and keeps you on the edge of your seat as you question whether or not Langdon will prevail before Silas attempts to save the church from the truth. This book can be recommended to everyone who can comprehend it; there aren’t any extremely distressing themes or any vulgar language.


Book Review by: Ameer

The Great Gatsby by Scott F. Fitzgerald

TheHave you ever wondered what the rich in American society lived like 100 years ago? Jay Gatsby is a very wealthy resident of west egg with very little known about his past life. Many rumors surround how he obtained his wealth. He is most famous for throwing lavish parties where he invites many of the other wealthy residents. Plagued by his love for Daisy, who is a classic 1920s flapper, he tries very hard to cover up his shady business practices in order to fit into the community. Pressured by the socio economic expectations of wealthy 20th century American society while also being dangerously involved in a love battle Jay Gatsby has a lot on his plate. The Great Gatsby by Scott F. Fitzgerald will be sure to keep you on the edge of your seat.


Book Review by: Brian

One Punch Man: A manga Comic

A manga that I read that I think you should read is called One Punch Man. One Punch Man is about training so hard he is invincible. One day on his way from his boring part time job he is stopped by a lobster villain who was terrorizing and the lobster was going to kill him but he saw how weak he was and went back to look for a child. He then saves the child and pulls lobster eyes out. Saitama decides to get strong and does 100 sit ups, 100 squats, 10km run and gets strong. Yet he gets too strong and destroys all his competition and becomes bored. Right when he was going to quit being a hero he meets a whole bunch of heros and they tell him that a huge alien civilization is coming to earth. Can they stop it or will they get destroyed? I recommend this to people who think superheroes are stupid because all this story does is make fun of hero stories.


Book Review by: Brian

Demon Slayer: A manga Comic

A manga I read that I think you should read is called Demon Slayer. Demon Slayer is about teengaer named Kanjiro whose parents get killed and his siblings expect his one sister. Kanjiro then travels to a mysterious man who can supposedly save his sister because she hasn’t fully converted. While on the way they run into a demon and they kill it. They finally get to the man’s house and he saves his sister but he says that if he wants to protect his sister he needs to train to become a demon slayer. Kanjiro then trains and he does great in everything except cutting open a rock. He doesn’t understand how you can cut open a rock. Ghost helps him out; he later finds out it was his former students. I think you should read this because of how unique this story is you’re never gonna find another like this one.


Book Review by: Brian

My Hero Academia: A manga Comic

A manga I’ve recently read that you probably know of because of the show is My Hero Academia. My Hero Academia is about a 14 year old named Deku that lives in a power based society where everyone gets a special power except a few special people, Deku is one of those few people without a power or quirk. He’s bullied by his ex-friend Kacchan and his goons in middle school. One day on a roof he meets All Might; All Might has been the undisputed number 1 hero for years in Japan and is a global icon. Deku’s heart is broken and decides he’s going to business school instead of hero school because this is his last year of middle school. Deku walked down the street until he saw a crowd crowding around a villain who has a little kid hostaged, Kacchan was there too. People were crowding around the villain yet no one had the courage to save the little kid. Deku gets the courage and tries to save the kid. All Might says he found a successor because that courage reminds him of himself when he was younger. He then tells Deku that he didn’t have powers when he was young until his master Nana gave the power one for all to him. Deku takes one for all and Deku starts training. Will he have what it takes to become a top hero or will he not? I think you should read this because it has a new concept on superpowers.


Book Review by: Brian

Kingdom: A manga Comic

A war manga I’ve recently read called Kingdom, a war manga based on the unification of china.

Story starts with the main character, Shin battling his childhood friend Hyou in a secret sword duel. They end up tying and go home to work as slaves for the mayor of the village. Yet a man named Shoubunkun is waiting for the kids saying he wants to buy Hyou. Mayor gives Hyou for a hefty price leaving Shin all alone until bandits attack mayor’s home and Hyou comes back but is wounded and died. Shin cries and escapes then he runs into a Hyou clone. Except this boy isn’t a clone but Ei sei the ruler of the kingdom he lives in. Sei wants Shin to help get him out of this situation and beyond. I think people should read this because it shows how harsh life was back in the warring states period.


Book Review by: Brian

Black Clover: A manga Comic

A manga I would recommend is Black Clover. Black Clover is about an orphan boy named Asta who lives in the outer rim of a country called clover kingdom in a magical world. Also Asta doesn’t have magical powers, yet Asta’s dream is to be wizard king to get rid of inequality. In the story he turns 15; 15 is the age where you get a grimoire and can increase your mana. Asta doesn’t get a grimoire but his rival gets a 4 leaf clover grimoire that a famous king used to have. Later on while congratulating
His rival, a grimoire stealer tries to steal his rival grimoire. Asta and his rival, Yuno get beat up and Asta cries and says he quits, Until a voice in his head tells him not to then,
Asta gets a mysterious 5 clover grimoire with a rusty longsword and defeats the enemy. Asta then starts his journey to become the wizard meeting new people and racking up achievements but most importantly keeping the clover kingdom safe!! I would recommend it because the main character is someone you just want to root for!


Book Review by: Brian

Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger

CatcherA book I would recommend to someone is Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger. The book was published in 1951 and has been one of the most convesrtial and read books. Fun fact the book was banned in Illinois highschool libraries in 1992 then brought back. Person who shot english songwriter John Lenon in 1980 was holding onto a catcher in the rye book!!! The story starts with Holden Caulfied sitting on a hill by himself watching his prep school Pencey play its last football game. Holden was getting kicked out of Pencey and decided to see his teacher one last time. He then went back to his dorm to see his roommate Strdlaer getting ready to go on a date, to his surprise it was his childhood friend Jane that he was going on a date with. Strdalder asked Holden to write a paper before he left. Holden then wrote a bad paper causing them to argue and later fight. Holden then leaves and goes to Nyc….I would recommend this story to teens because it has a teen perspective on how life is cruel but at the same time beautiful.


Book Review by: Brian

Haikyuu: A manga Comic

Something I recently read that I think other teens need to check out is a manga called Haikyuu.
A manga is a japanese comic that is sold first in weekly manga books then later in volumes. Haikyuu has 402 chapters and 45 volumes. Haikyuu is about a kid named Shoyo Hinata who is short yet has an amazing vertical leap. Shoyo wants to play a sport called volleyball and be called a little giant after he saw a highschool player from Karasuno being called that. He starts his volleyball career in middle school going against Kageyama the setter who is called king of the court because he’s demeaning and he commands everyone to do it his way. Hinata loses to Kageyama’s team but Kageyama is benched. They both reunite at Karasuno and try to win the inter-high!!


Book Review by: Jessica

1984 by George Orwell

1984I went into 1984 looking for another story of bland victors who take rigid stances against oppressive governments, just like any other dystopian novel;. What I failed to deduce before I started reading was that this was not just any dystopian novel: It was Orwellian. This meant that it would be drastically different, just like how Animal Farm kept me in awe. When reading 1984, I felt constantly sick, shocked, and disturbed. To start it off, I couldn’t picture myself in a society where all was done without a heart or conscious mind. That was one thing, but it is also something common to dystopian culture, although Orwell executed it the best. What set me off was the rationale given by the Party. When reading dystopian novels, I always find myself getting extremely angry at the crowds for believing such nonsense, but when I read this, I found myself making sense and understanding the twisted rationales of the party, which scared me more than I could ever imagine. I found myself questioning all aspects of reality, and questioning my morals as well. Was something good and righteous because it was declared by a higher power as righteous? Or is goodness something innate, not learned? All in all, it had me in a daze til the end. Despite the intensity carried all throughout the novel, the anticlimactic ending was what had my heart and what I truly believe set it apart. It was nice to see something realistic for once.


Book Review by: Jessica

Animal Farm by George Orwell

AnimalI am going to read 1984 for my English class, so I decided to pick up Animal Farm to get a feel for Orwell’s writing. Needless to say, I am extremely excited to read 1984 because Animal Farm was such a dream to read. I think it is the most perfect book in many senses. Imagine being able to write a sensational novel about totalitarianism in Russia by paralleling it with a story about evil pigs? Jaw dropping. I also loved how defined the boundaries were, how all animals were either the most pure beings ever or absolute spawns of evil. It was the works of an utter genius. Despite the complexity of the novel, I would like to say that the imagery was also very appealing. It’s funny to think about animals banding together in a secret alliance like humans.


Book Review by: Jessica

Slaughter-House Five by Kurt Vonnegut

Slaughter-HouseI did not go into Slaughter-House Five with big expectations, I’m not really a fan of historical fiction. But, as always, I was shocked and I quickly fell in love with this book. Now I’m actually going to look into more anti-war books, as Slaughter House 5 was frankly a very eye opening story. Slaughter-House Five describes the toll that World War 2 took on a soldier in an amazing light. Wars and violence are taken very lightly, and they are appallingly normalized. We don’t seem or seek to realize how horrible these wars were for both sides, how literal civilians with running blood had to experience it first hand. It is just history to us. Through this, I again was horrified by all the shock and pain carried through the war, projected through Billy’s inability to cope with it. Considering the bizarre way it was depicted, this would be an interesting novel for anybody to pick up, I recommend.


Book Review by: Jessica

Not so Pure and Simple by Lamar Giles

NotNot So Pure and Simple by Lamar Giles describes the intriguing story of a teenage boy who desperately seeks out a girl that was always unavailable. She decides to commit to a church pledge, and Del, the guy who is obsessed with her, joins thinking that she could be his now that she was, for the first time in forever,single. For this reason, I was constantly annoyed with Del, because he always had this idea that Kiera, his love interest, was property to be won, not an actual human being. It is this attribute, though, that shows the importance of this story. By being realistic about how the world of teenage dating is, Lamar Giles is prompting controversial yet extremely important discussions on respect. These discussions of respect are not just about within the range of dating but in general as well, as I find it also true to see that this competition and hatred between girls does not only exist within this book but within the real world itself. Despite the shallowness and stupidity of Del and his friends that really does get on my nerves, it is also very enjoyable to see, as it highlights the bliss and happiness that youth is. That being said, this book is very light-hearted and comical. This is essential because it makes it easier to handle the heavy topics that come with the book.All the characters, by the end, will have your heart wrapped around their little high school and their bonds.


Book Review by: Ethan

The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

The Scarlet Letter is a critically acclaimed novel written by Nathaniel Hawthorne that criticizes the 16th-century Puritan society during early American colonization. The book takes place in New England with our protagonist, Hester Prynne, who has been imprisoned for adultery– voluntary sexual intercourse with someone who is not your husband or wife– which was considered a major crime in Puritan Society. Prynne is shamed and condemned by the whole society and is punished with an embroidered scarlet letter. Throughout the novel, Prynne and her 1-year-old baby, Pearl, have to face the difficulties of Puritan society and as the story develops, they challenge the harsh ideologies and beliefs of society and change it for the better. Along with the critique of past society, Hawthorne also includes her husband coming back from his previous journey with the Native American tribe and the book escalates into conflict and themes of revenge between her husband and the person with whom she had an affair. This book accurately depicts the lifestyle of early colonization that students learn in U.S. history. Many will be surprised by the reality that past generations faced and if you enjoy reading historical novels, you will appreciate the way society is illustrated by Hawthorne.


Book Review by: Brian

Solstice by P.J. Hoover

A book I have recently read this year that I think you should read is called Solstice by P.J. Hoover. The book is about a teenage girl named Piper who lives in a dystopian society in Texas where heat waves and high temperatures have become normal. She lives with her mom in a botanical garden who is very controlling. Piper dreams of freedom and being independent because for 17 years she hasn’t been able to do anything without her mom by her side. She dreams and dreams until one day her mom has a conference in another state and has to leave for a couple of days. She finally gets the chance and decides to hang with the new guy who just moved and her best friend Chloe. The new guy then tells her that the world has gods and monsters and that this isn’t the only world dying. Another world called the underworld is dying and she could be the key to saving both worlds!! I recommend this book because it has all the Suspense, Mystery, Action and, Romance that you could need. You can also learn a little mythology by reading this book.


Book Review by: Mariam

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J. K. Rowling

HarryOne of my favorite books to read that I can never get bored of, is “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban”. Harry is a 13 year old wizard who attends a magical school called Hogwarts. During Harry’s 3rd year at Hogwarts, he gets news that a prisoner, Sirius Black, has escaped from the high-security magic prison, Azkaban. Sirius Black is deemed dangerous and a threat to Harry’s life because people think he was one of Voldemort, also known as He Who Shall Not Be Named. Even though everyone is telling Harry to not go after Sirius or look into him, he does so anyway with the help of his friends Ron and Hermione. They go on an amazing journey and find out some startling news from Harry’s past. I highly recommend reading “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” if you enjoy fantasy or magic books and want to pass the time. I first read this book when I was 11 (I’m 17 now) and it is still one of my favorite books to read.


Book Review by: Favor

Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman

SeedfolksIf you’re looking for an encouraging, well thought out book, from the perspective of many characters, Seedfolks is perfect for you! Seedfolks is a book that takes place in Cleveland. Ohio. Each chapter is from a different character’s perspective. The book is about how a girl who used a small portion of lima beans to create a garden that brought her community together. Cleveland is a very cultural city, so there are many different people with different races and ethnicities. Each person plants different plants, resulting in a big, beautiful garden! This story is really touching and is perfect for readers who want a nice first-person book, from perspectives of many different people.


Book Review by: Caiden

Warriors: Into the Wild by Erin Hunter

Warriors:Warriors: Into the Wild by Erin Hunter is the first of a long series. It is about a young orange cat named Rusty who lives with his human owners. All is well until he decides to join a group of forest-dwelling feral cats called ThunderClan. There are four clans ThunderClan, RiverClan,ShadowClan, and WindClan. He is trained as an apprentic to hunt and fight for ThunderClan. He gets involved in a betrayal within his own Clan. Will Firepaw find out the culprit of this mystery? Read the book to find out.


Book Review by: Caiden

Divided We Fall by Trent Reedy

DividedDivided We Fall by Trent Reedy is the first book of a great trilogy. Divided We Fall is about a 17 year old boy named Danny Wright. He never never thought he’d be the one to start a war. He wanted to enlist in the Idaho National Guard because he wanted to follow his dad and serve his country his father did. When the Idaho Guard is called to a rising protesting the city of Boise, he thinks it to be just another routine protest. But he was wrong, Danny accidentally fires his gun. When the smoke clears twelve people wind up dead and know one knows why. The president of the USA wants the soldiers arrested. But the governor won’t give in, and he swears to protect Danny. The new ID law passed by the government is causing trouble in Idaho and more fights break out. Will Danny and his friends survive amidst a crumbling America? Read this book to find out.


Book Review by: Favor

Words On Fire by Jennifer A. Nielsen

WordsWords On Fire takes a normal girl, and puts her up with the challenge of saving her entire history and culture. It’s a captivating story that pushes you to keep reading.
A normal girl from Lithuania has to face a devastating challenge. Russian soldiers invade her hometown, but Audra is sent away with a package. The Russian soldiers had banned the Lithuanian’s entire culture, but Audra still follows through, delivering the package. Audra overcomes many obstacles along the way, but also experiences defeats. Audra chooses to resist. But is delivering books enough to save her entire culture?


Book Review by: Favor

A Night Divided by Jennifer A. Nielsen

AA Night Divided is a chilling-thriller novel that entices the reader, forcing them to turn the next page. This book turns a little known historical into an awesome, heartfelt book.
A girl named Gerta finds her family split up between a wall almost impossible to cross, the Berlin Wall. In order to be reunited, Gerta must put her life on the line, to even have a slim chance of seeing her family whole again. Is her courage and bravery enough to cross the wall from east to west? Or will she be caught by the Soviets?


Book Review by: Samuel

Turtle Boy by M. Evan Wolkenstein

TurtleTurtle Boy is an amazing book. The main character is about a boy named Will. He struggles with self consciousness and bullying. He has a chin problem which causes him to resemble a turtle. Then he meets a boy named RJ. RJ has a condition which is life threatening so Will has to do things RJ has always wanted to do. Will gets over many challenges and learns to believe in himself. If you like mild adventure and realistic fiction this book is for you.


Book Review by: Samuel
Percy Jackson Book Series by Rick Riordan
Percy Jackson is a book series which is all about a boy whose Greek social studies myths come to life. Suddenly he learns he is a demigod, which is the offspring of a god. This series is all about a boy who meets some new friends, a half goat and another demigod. They travel on many adventures with many betrayals and plot twists. The main character, Percy has a special pen that turns into a sword when uncapped. There are also other series that feature Percy and some other characters. If you like mythology or adventure this book is sure to keep you reading till you can’t stop!


Book Review by: Lucy
Warrior Cats Book Series by Erin Hunter
Warrior Cats is about a group of wild cats living in a forest. This huge group of cats is separated into four clans Thunder Clan, RiverClan, Wind Clan, and Shadow Clan. When a house cat wanders near the forest he’s drawn to the outside world. After some thinking, he leaves the comfort and luxury of his human home he joins the wild cats. Who will accept the fact that he came from a “two-legs” (human) house? Will he crack under the pressure of training to be a Warrior Cat or will he graduate into being one of the best warrior cats in existence. You’ll have
to find out by reading Warrior Cats. This series is an amazing book series. There are so many books and they’re still coming out with more of them. I think that at this moment there are more than 36 out right now I haven’t even read all of them but I’ve read the main one. This is probably one of my favorite book series of all time. There are not too many warnings, maybe a little bit of violence because the cats do fight and it’s described what their bodies may look like after so that’s the only warning that I have for you.


Book Review by: Leah

Winterborne Home by Ally Carter

WinterborneThis is an awesome mystery book and here are a few reasons why you should read it! The book starts off with a young girl named April whose mom left and the only thing she has left from her mom is a key her mother gave her. She is invited to stay at the Winterborne house with 4 other kids, Sadie, Violet, Colin and Tim. They end up finding something and they have to go on many adventures throughout the mansion to find a man who has been missing for many years. Will they find him or get caught sneaking around the house? Read this book by Ally Carter to find out what happens.


Book Review by: Leah

Red by Liesl Shurtliff

RedRed is a book about the tale of Little Red Riding Hood but the TRUE version that nobody’s parents told them as kids. The book starts off with a young girl named Red who is the main character. Red isn’t afraid of anything except for one small thing. She isn’t afraid of the dark, caves, death, or any sort of enchanted beast. Her grandma is a witch and Red has magic too but she is afraid of it because of one little mistake using magic, since then magic is the only thing that scares her. She goes to hang out with her grandma but something happened to her grandma that made her sick, too sick to gather up the ingredients for the cure and she didn’t have any left over. Red had to go out on a mighty adventure in search of the three ingredients to help her grandma before it’s too late. On her journey she meets a few new people like Goldilocks and in the story there are a few extra fairy tales added into her journey. Many of which are told differently since this is the TRUE tale of Little Red Riding Hood. If you would like to know the true tale of Little Red Riding Hood then you should check out Liesl Shurtliff’s book Red.


Book Review by: Leah

Dragon Spear by Jessica Day George

DragonBack then it would seem crazy to see a dragon flying in the sky and living its own life. It still seems crazy right now but not to Creel and her friends. This is the last book in a three book series about dragons set in a kingdom. Make sure you read the first two books before reading this book-talk so you don’t get any spoilers. In the book Creel gets a life changing proposition and she deserves it after all she’s been through over the time span of the first two books and the events of this book. Remember Creel’s evil aunt who tried to feed her to a dragon so a prince would save her and the aunt would get to live in a palace, well she is back and even more annoying than ever. Creel decides to go visit the dragons with her brother and Luka and brings the dress she has been working on for a while to add on to it during her stay. Her friend Marta knows something bad will happen at some point but what? If you read the first two i think you should finish off the series and if you have never read any of the books check out Dragon Slippers, the first book first.


Book Review by: Leah

Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

BridgeTwo kids have the best adventures together until….. Jess wanted to be the fastest runner in school and he has been training the whole summer before school starts. A new family moves into the house next to him and they have one daughter Jess’s age. Her name is Leslie and she saw Jess running outside and decided to talk to him. They ended up being friends and at school Jess went to race with the boys and Leslie decided to race with them. The boys didn’t want a girl racing with them because they thought she was slow but they ended up letting her race. She beat all of the boys in the race. Even Jess was too slow to win, he was embarrassed but he decided to get closer to her. They would hang out all the time and created a fantasy land called Terabithia. To get to it they have to swing across a river on a rope. What could go wrong? If you’d like to know what else happens two this duo read Katherine Paterson’s book Bridge to Terabithia.


Book Review by: Leah

A Night Divided by Jennifer A. Nielsen

AA Night Divided is a great book set in 1961 in Berlin when the wall was built. The main character’s name is Gerta and she is only 12 years old while she has to go through many traumatic experiences. She also gets separated from her dad and brother by the wall. She must escape from her childhood home and meet her father and brother on the other side without getting caught. If she got caught trying to sneak out she would go to jail for a long time or even possibly die. Many people have tried to escape and have died trying or have gotten arrested for life. The wall has many different protection levels and it’s a very thick wall. Gerta figures out a way to get across the wall but will she get caught or make it all the way to the other end? If you wonder what it was like to be a young child who was separated from their family by the Berlin wall you should read Jennifer A. Nielsen’s book A Night Divided.


Book Review by: Ayk

Patina by Jason Reynolds

PatinaThere are 171,476 words in the English dictionary. In hers, though, it’s one short. The missing word is none other than: defeat. To this young track sensation, first is the only thing she will put on her trophy rack. Second, for her, is not the second winner, rather the first loser. The loser that leads the losing pack. 12 year old Patina Jones lost her father at a young age. One minute he’s there, the next he’s not. Her mother lost her legs to diabetes, thus not being able to take care of Patina and her younger sister. Patina now lives with her aunt and uncle. It’s a new school, a new track team, a new life. Not only is she running for ribbons, but also running from her life. Running from the “fake hair flippers” at school. Running from the fact that her birth mom can’t take care of her. Running from the reality that the same disease that took her mom’s legs, might soon come back for hers. So she’s running. Running, running, and running. But now that she got on a new team to do what she does best, she has to take it a step further! Patina is selected for the girl’s relay race team. So, first day on the team, and now she has to run a relay race. With others! But what can she do? She has to work together with her team, which means dancing the waltz to learn to be in sync. This means getting in arguments with another “white girl” about Patina’s white ‘mother’. This means not letting go of the metal baton for dear life. Last weekend, she led the loser’s pack at her first meet. This weekend, it won’t happen again. She won’t let it happen again. So at the day of the meet, she starts out with her usual routine of getting her hair done and all that. When she’s done, she makes her way to the track. But surprise, surprise; her mother shows up! Now the pressure is on. If she remembers one thing from her childhood, it’s that Patina’s mom, Beverly, makes no junk. Patina makes no junk. Her team is behind, and it’s all up to Patina, the 4th runner, to surpass everyone and get first place. The crowd is going wild. She passes 4th place. 3rd Place. 2nd. The only thing between her and the finish line less than 100 feet in front is 1st place. Catching up to 1st place and the finish line, Patina holds on to the baton for dear life, and…


Book Review by: Lucy

Percy Jackson Book Series by Rick Riordan

Percy Jackson is a story about a 12-year-old boy who is a demigod, meaning he is a child of a god and a mortal. Percy and his friends Annabeth(daughter of the goddess of warfare and wisdom, Athena) and Grover who is a satyr (half-goat) go on a crazy mission from the gods of Olympus to prove he is innocent after the gods accuse him of stealing Zeus’s lightning bolt. I won’t tell you who Percy is a child of but you will find out if you read. Before I read these books I knew nothing about the Greek Gods, but now that is my favorite thing to read and learn more about. Now I can name all 12 gods and goddesses. This is a book series and it is my absolute favorite thing. Percy Jackson is written by Rick Riordan and there are 6 books (Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters, Percy Jackson and the Titans Curse, Percy Jackson and the Battle of the Labyrinth, and Percy Jackson and the Last Olympian). Then after this series, there is the Heroes of Olympus and it is about all the characters that we meet in this series plus more. Rick Riordan wrote a ton of books about the mythology that you should definitely look up. Thank you for reading my recommendation of Percy Jackson. I really hope you go read it.


Book Review by: Lucy

Harry Potter Book Series by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter is an amazing book series written by J.K. Rowling. It is about a wizard named Harry Potter and how he goes to the wizarding school, Hogwarts. There he meets friends and foes. Harry Potter is not a normal wizard, with both his parents gone and him living with his aunt and uncle he has to adapt to the new world he is introduced to. In my opinion Harry Potter is my favorite book series because it is so interesting. There are 8 books and I don’t think I can pick my favorite. Harry Potter has become a huge part of my life even though it’s just a book. I really hope you go read it, it will change your life too.


Book Review by: Lucy

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games by Suzanne CollinsThe Hunger Games book series is about a city called Panam in the future of America. Each year 24 kids are chosen to compete in the Hunger Games. These games make kids fight to the death. When Katniss Everdeen is put into the games with Peeta Melark. Will she survive or will this be the last thing she will ever do. You will have to find out in the 3 story trilogy, The Hunger Games. I would definitely recommend this series because it’s not just your average love story. There is tons of action. Although beware, in my opinion, this series is one of the saddest, there are lots of deaths that you might not see coming even when you know that 23 kids must die. Just something to be wary about is the fact that it is very violent. I would not recommend it if you don’t like that sort of book. It also has a lot of sadness in the book itself so if you are looking for a happy book to make you smile inside this might not be the best option for you but I think you should definitely give it a try even if you don’t like this type of book. This book series has to be one of my favorites. There are so many characters that you can relate to. I hope you go check this amazing series out.


Book Review by: Caiden

Free Lunch by Rex Ogle

Free Lunch by Rex OgleFree Lunch by Rex Ogle is a wonderful novel I came across just a couple weeks ago. It is about a boy struggling to find his place in 6th grade while dealing with his mom and her boyfriend. Instead of giving him lunch money, Rex’s mom has decided to sign him up for the Free Lunch Program at his middle school. Rex is a poor kid living in a wealthy park district, and he feels jealous of everyone with new clothes, shoes, and school supplies. He struggles with knowing who to sit with, and his mom not allowing him to join the football team. His classmates and teachers decide he’s trouble all because he’s Mexican and wearing secondhand clothes and being hungry. If you like novels with a compelling story and characters like no others, read Free Lunch, a true story about Rex Ogle trying to fit in during the scariest year of his life.


Book Review by: Fiona

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Pride and Prejudice by Jane AustenMy name is Fiona and I’m an 8th grader in NJHS. The lexile level is 1100, it includes some challenging vocabulary but don’t let that intimidate you. Pride and Prejudice is recommended for 13 year olds but I think this book is really just a matter of interest, not age.
Mrs. Bennet wants nothing but rich husbands for her 5 daughters (Jane, Elizabeth, Kitty (Catherine), Lydia, and Mary). When the wealthy and single Mr. Bingley and Mr. Darcy come to Netherfield, Mrs. Bennet sees this as a perfect opportunity to showcase her daughters. Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy can’t stand each other at first introduction. Both characters are extremely arrogant but they eventually let down their guard and learn more about each other. The reader is swept away on a delightful and frustrating relationship ride. This book is a perfect romantic novel with elegant surroundings that’ll make you feel like you are in the England countryside too!


Book Review by: Fiona

A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett

A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson BurnettThe lexile of A Little Princess is 810 and is recommended for 3-8 graders, which I agree with, and is about 300 pages long. You might be lulled into thinking this is a fairytale book, but it is a well-written, thought-provoking novel.
7 year old Sara Crewe is born a princess from India (at this time India was part of the British Empire). Her dad moves her to a boarding school because he needs to travel for work. Miss Minchin’s Select Seminary for Young Ladies in London is where Sara will stay until his return. Miss Minchin is very rude to the kids, but is especially rude to Sara because she thinks that she is a spoiled, entitled princess and only sees her as a very large source of income. Sara gets news that her dad has died during his travels. While Sara is still grieving, Miss Minchin starts to treat Sara as a servant, now that she is orphaned and has no way to contribute financially. Sara is then forced to live in the attic with barely enough food and almost none of her previously owned clothing, furniture, and toys. Even though she is being mistreated, Sara chooses to continue to be kind and warm even to those who don’t reciprocate. This is one of my favorite books because it shows the importance of being kind and optimistic to get through the worst kinds of situations.


Book Review by: Tiffanee

The Secrets of Blueberries, Brothers, Moose & Me by Sara Nickerson

The Secrets of Blueberries, Brothers, Moose & Me by Sara NickersonA story about the main character, Missy 12-year-old girl and her brother Patrick get summer jobs in hopes of getting some extra money. They chose to go blueberry picking where they would
work for a guy named Moose. Missy’s parents are divorced and her dad is getting remarried to someone she despises. Her two friends had left to go camping without her and it has made Missy feel under the blue; hence, why she has decided to take her mind off of things and go to the blueberry farm. However, she’ll find out secrets and be able to deal and settle down with change. This story gives a good understanding on how to understand that change isn’t always a bad thing in life and that it’s completely part of human nature to not be okay with things. This is an example of realistic pictures and would place somewhere in my top favorites.


Book Review by: Tiffanee

Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson

‘Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse AndersonMattie is a young, hardworking, and obedient girl who works at her family’s coffee shop in Philadelphia. There have been several reports of people becoming sick as a result of mosquito bites. However, many causes seemed to be fatal right away. Their eyes are yellow with high fevers alongside weakened bodies, and the concern around town grows for this dangerous disease. Mattie’s ambitions to turn her family’s coffeehouse into a profitable and well-known enterprise are in jeopardy. However, not directly to the coffeehouse but if Mattie can survive the outbreak of Yellow Fever. Genres to match this book would be realistic fiction but more suitably, historical fiction. The author’s craft and writing techniques are very thorough and I would
definitely recommend this to anyone of all ages!


Book Review by: Tiffanee

Fish in a Tree written by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

‘Fish in a Tree’ written by Lynda Mullaly HuntFish in a Tree is about a girl named Ally who has dyslexia. In other terms, she struggles in school with subjects such as reading. It gives an idea on the many challenges kids with learning disabilities face on a daily basis. Her teacher, Mr. Daniels is an important and inspirational character in the story. He supports Ally on her learning journey and is truly an influential person. The story has a good moral and gives you a feel of being in another person’s shoes. If you enjoy realistic fiction, you should read this book and even take a look at the authors other pieces of writing!


Book Review by: Tiffanee

A Night Divided written by Jennifer A. Nielsen

A Night Divided’ written by Jennifer A. NielsenA Night Divided is about a 12-year-old girl named Gerta. This takes place right after World War II or the Cold War. This would be when Germany gets separated into two: the East and the West. Gerta’s father and younger brother Dominique left to the West before the Berlin Wall was constructed. Gerta, Gerta’s mother, and her older brother Fritz remained in the East controlled by the Soviet Union. Gerta and her family in the East have to plot out their escape from this dwelling society. However, not even neighbors or those who were once friends can be trusted. If you’re interested in historical fiction or learning about a realistic story of someone who lived in East Berlin after WWII, you should read the book.


Book Review by: Tiffanee

Stella by Starlight written by Sharon M. Draper

Stella by Starlight’ written by Sharon M. DraperStella by Starlight has a lot of educational value and a good moral/message. Since it takes place during segregation in the 1930s, it belongs to the historical fiction genre. Stella grew up in a poor, but caring, family. She lived in a town called Bumblebee in California. She was bright and enjoyed reading, but as an African American, she was barred from participating in activities that other children were permitted to do. Nonetheless, on an eerie night, Stella and her brother were walking late at night with the twinkling stars shining above they spotted the Ku Klux Klan burning homes belonging to African Americans. Furthermore would 11-year-old Stella become more aware of how her community was being treated and how life plays out.


Book Review by: Laila

Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott, Mikki Daughtry, and Tobias Laconis

Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott, Mikki Daughtry, and Tobias LaconisStella Grant carries herself knowing that she’s always in control of the controllable. There is one thing that Stella knows that she can’t quite control. That is her uncontrollable lungs. Stella has been in and out of hospitals for most of her life due to a condition she has called cystic fibrosis. She’s grown to have a pretty tight-knit community at Saint Grace Hospital. It becomes especially tight-knit when newbie Will Newman comes around. In order for Stella to be able to receive her lung transplant and lead a semi-normal life, Will is what she needs to stay away from Stella and Will are polar opposites, the only thing Will wants to be in control of is leaving the hospital. He doesn’t care about fancy medications and clinical trials like the one Stella’s in. His master plan is as soon as the clock strikes 12:00am on his birthday he is out of there. They do have one thing in common though. One of the only things Will wants to control and one of the many things Stella wished she could control is that they want to be less than 5 feet apart from each other. The real question is would five feet really be the end of the world if it could halt their hearts from breaking too?


Book Review by: Nolan

Crossover by Kwame Alexander

Crossover by Kwame AlexanderHave you read the book Crossover? If not you definitely should. Crossover is a novel in verse written by Kwame Alexander. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys sports or poetry. The plot in the story is how Jordan gets a girlfriend and Josh is upset that Jordan is not spending a lot of time with him. Josh and Jordan’s dad, Chuck has to go to the hospital because he had two major heart attacks. All of this sparks a big problem in the family. If you want to know what happens next you should check this book out at your local library.


Book Review by: Nolan

Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

Hatchet by Gary PaulsenHave you heard of the book Hatchet? Well it is one of my favorite reads. The plot of the book was Howard thirteen year old boy Brian’s plane crashed and now he is all alone in the woods. The only thing he had to survive with was a hatchet. Imagine that! Brian is stranded in the wild and has to figure out how to survive. I would definitely recommend this book to you if you like survival or adventure books. Read this book if you want to find out more about Brian’s survival story.


Book Review by: Nolan

Speechless by Adam P. Schmitt

Speechless by Adam P. Schmitt</a Have you ever read the book Speechless? It is absolutely amazing! The plot of the book is how Jimmy is thinking back about his past memories with his cousin Patrick who passed away. He is doing this so he can prepare for his eulogy. Patrick was someone who couldn’t keep himself under control so it was hard to find things that Patrick didn’t mess up. Jimmy can’t think of what to say for the eulogy at Patrick’s funeral. I would recommend Speechless to anyone who has been to a funeral or wake in their past. The details in this book painted a picture in my head and made me think for the first time about everyone else there.


Book Review by: Flavor

Float by Laura Martin

Float by Laura MartinIf you like funny, day after day stories, you’d love Float by Laura Martin. This takes place during summer, in an age where a few selection of kids have been born with a disability that gives them unstable powers. These powers are called R.I.S.K factors. All the kids in the area with R.I.S.K factors have to go to a summer camp where they can all be watched in a closed area. These kids must overcome these powers to survive the summer. Especially Emerson, who’ll float into the sky randomly. Can these kids survive time travel, fires, and many other challenges. Find out in Float. This book is perfect for those who want a captivating story.


Book Review by: Emma

Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire by J.K. Rowling Review


Book Review by: Emma
Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets Review


Book Review by: Emma

Harry Potter and The Sorcerers Stone by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and The Sorcerers Stone by J.K. Rowling


Book Review by: Favor

Wings Of Fire – The Poison Jungle by Tui T. Sutherland

Wings Of Fire - The Poison Jungle by Tui T. SutherlandIf you like fantastic adventures and a sold, amazing story, you should read Wings Of Fire – The Poison Jungle. This story’s main character is a leaf dragon from the Pantala Island. She and her split up tribe dwells hidden beneath the jungle. After losing a war to the hive dragons, the LeafWings have no other choice but to retreat, and regroup.

The LeafWings find strange visitors, who seem to be on their side. Can they use them to their advantage, to overthrow the HiveWings? Or will they before they get the chance. Read this book to find out!


Book Review by: Alexandra

The Selection Series by Kiera Cass

The Selection Series by Kiera CassThe Selection Series, by Kiera Cass is an amazing five piece dystopian book series about a process in which the heir of the throne to Illéa, has to host a selection to choose his future queen. It is written in the perspective of America Singer, a five in the caste system from Carolina. The caste system is a system that classifies each person in a category according to their family and profession from numbers 1, being royalty, to 8, being extremely poor and “untouchable.” Being a five meant you were a performer or artist; and your family should be as well. If a girl married a man from another caste, then she would become part of that caste. Furthermore, prince Maxon was arranging his selection because he was getting older and his reign was approaching. The first three main books are all about America’s experience and relation to the selection. It’s a rollercoaster that is all written in her perspective of America up until the third book where the plot changes. You can read the fourth and fifth book alone as a sequel, or the first three as a trilogy, or all together but you should read them in order if you want to read them all, because even the back of the fourth book alone spoils the first three books. It is like a new story, but it is very closely related to the first. The first book might seem slow at first, but that is to establish the story and it gets better in the second book. There are also novellas that go along with the first three books’ plot and those are ebooks when separate however there is also a paper copy that has them all combined called Happily Ever After. If you’re looking for something to read for a while, this is sure to keep you occupied and you can be in the kingdom of Illéa for as long as possible.


Book Review by: Dylan

The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling

The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. RowlingThis is a collection of short stories, supposedly from the wizard if world of Harry Potter. The stories also have a commentary after each one, from professor Dumbledoor. You get to learn more about the characters, and practices of magic, and policies at Hogwarts and the wizarding world. The stories told are also very well written, and interesting tales about magic. I personally really enjoyed reading these stories, but the cool thing about them is the fact that they have the characteristics of a real children’s story, but are interesting. The commentaries are interesting to read because they say the stories were translated from ancient runes, and how Dumbledoor begins saying how the tale had or hadn’t changed as it was passed down, and making fake controversy, to make the story very interesting, and adding a very interesting aspect.


Book Review by: Katie

The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

The Fault In Our Stars by John GreenHave you been looking for a book with romance, despair, and joy; then the Fault In Our Stars is the perfect book for you. The Fault In Our Stars is about a girl named Hazel who has a type of lung cancer. But one day Hazel goes to a support group and meets a cute boy named Augustus Waters, and they instantly fall in love! The author John Green makes you feel like you’re right there with Hazel, and uses details that make you feel what they are going through. John Green also uses very descriptive words that help you truly visualize not only their journey, but all of the
wonderful things they see. This book is truly a page turner. You smile and cry all within one chapter. It should definitely be your next read!


Book Review by: Katie

On the Spectrum by Jennifer Gold

On the Spectrum by Jennifer GoldAre you looking for a happy, feel good, and insightful book; then On the Spectrum is the perfect book for you. On the Spectrum is about a girl named Clara, who has anorexia. Anorexia is a disease in which you have an obsessive desire to lose weight. But one day, her dad calls from France to ask her if she could babysit her half brother named Alastair. Alastair has challenges of his own, since he is diagnosed with Autism. Of course, she says yes! This book really makes you think about what other people go through everyday, and how you should not worry about what others think of you. The author, Jennifer Gold, makes you think about Clara’s struggle with Anorexia, and how it affects everything in her daily life. Jennifer Gold also gives you insight on how people live with Autism. Even with these characters’ challenges, the book demonstrates how love always finds a way.


Book Review by: Dylan

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle A Wrinkle in Time is an engaging tale with emotion, suspense, and mystery. After one miserable day at school, Meg comes home. She had gotten yelled at by a teacher, which had made snide remarks about her father while yelling at her. She had also had gotten in a fight, because of people talking bad of her brother, Charles Wallace. A supposed “stupid boy.” Later after a mysterious appearance of an old lady during the night, which had mentioned had stole some mail, they go to the “haunted” log cabin in the woods where Charles knew the lady and went to warn them about stealing again. This is how they met Calvin. After talking with the older ladies, Calvin came over saying he had finally had a place he wanted to be and hated his home. Later that night when Meg and Calvin were talking, Charles came with the old ladies where they would finally find their lost father. After traveling to other planets, and learning about the dark thing, what their father was fighting, they finally reached his place of prison. No help of the old ladies. They had to travel through a corrupt planet, with mystery lying ahead. They had to save their father— at any cost.


Book Review by: Dylan

Legend by Marie Lu

Legend by Marie Lu This is a story in a dystopian environment. There are two main characters, Day and June. Day is the Republic’s (half of the current United States, they are in war with the other half, the Colonies) most wanted criminal. While June is they Republic’s prodigy, she is the only person to score a 1500 on the trial. (The trial is a test you take when you turn ten, 1500, no one really knows what happens, a 1450-1499, you live a very good life with a nice house and nice stuff, 1449-1350 you live a pretty good life, 1349-1250 you live an okay life, 1249-1001 you live a pretty bad life, working in coal mines or factories, then 1000 and below, you get sent to a “labor camp” where your family is informed that you will never be seen again) One day, Day watches the plague patrol come to his family’s door, they take a very long time to search the house. Finally, the house is marked strange. Not a normal X where a plague infected person lives, but a strange X with a line down the middle. This causes Day to panic and rob the hospital to see if there are any cures there. There aren’t. As Day makes his escape, he is about to go into the sewer when a soldier calls for him to stop. He turns around and throws a knife, which he thinks hit his shoulder. Later, we find that that soldier was June’s brother, and that he died to that knife in the heart. June is sent out on a mission to find Day, but as time goes on, things change, and as they soon realize more about the Republic and its lies, and that they are not so different from one another.


Book Review by: Eileen

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo is a book like no other. It takes place in a universe called The Grishaverse and follows the path of an ordinary girl named Alina Starkov. But like many books, it turns out she’s not so ordinary. She’s a Sun Summoner. A type of Grisha never known to exist before. She is taken away to start training just as her power is found out, and so she’s torn from her best friend, who she’s known since forever. Life is different now, and so are the challenges.
What’s even more exciting is that (as of yesterday) a show based on the series was released to Netflix! I’m very excited to watch it, which probably says something about how great this book is. Usually, I’m very nervous about how show and movie adaptations turn out, but I’m just too excited. This book really made me feel, and in all honesty, it was probably one of my favorites of all time. And if you like this trilogy, well, there’s two duologies to follow!


Book Review by: Georgio

Crossing Lines by Paul. Volponi

Crossing Lines by Paul. VolponiI will be talking about Crossing Lines in this review. This is a very well written story about these two kids named Allan and Adonis. In the book, Andonis has to overcome challenges and face his fears. Adonis also has to help this kid named Allen. Allen is picked on and bullied because he is gay. He is constantly getting made fun of by the football players in their high school. Adonis is one of the football players. Adonis is in a conflict. He has to choose his teammates or his friend Allen. I would recreo end this book if you like feel good stories


Book Review by: Georgio

Becoming Muhammad Ali by James Patterson and Kramer Alexander

Becoming Muhammad Ali by James Patterson and Kramer AlexanderI will be reviewing Becoming Muhammad Ali in this review. This is a very well written book about the life of Muhammad Ali. This book talks about his uprising and how he became the best boxer around. Each chapter switches from his friends perspective to Muhammad’s perspective. One of the reasons why I liked this book so much is because it talked about how hard he trained. In my opinion, I believe he was able to overcome anything. He overcamIe racism, people telling him he was too small and more. After reading this book, I felt that would be able to overcome anything that came my way!


Book Review by: Georgio

It’s Trevor Noah: Bon A Crime by Trevor Noah

It's Trevor Noah: Bon A Crime by Trevor NoahTrevor shares his story about injustices he faced while growing up bi-racial. He was born of a European father and an a African American mother. He grew up very poor. This was illegal at the time in South Africa under and after Aprtheid. Trevor used his smarts and humor to make growing up in this harsh racist environment bearable. This is a very good book about a kid just trying to make it in a racist community. Iwould recommend this book to anyone who likes Trevor Noah or just wants to know how he became who is today. I would definitely reread this book again!


Book Review by: Georgio

Unstoppable by Tim Green

Unstoppable by Tim GreenThis book is about a kid named Harrison who is overcome just about everything. Harison is a kid living in a cruel foster home until he is brought into a new home with two kind and loving parents. Harrison’s new dad is a football coach. His dad notices that he would be a great asset to the team and makes him a star. However, Harrison has been getting lucky the past few months but it will not last forever. This book is a hard hitting and dramatic story about a kid just trying to find his way in life. I would recommend this book to just about anyone who likes books about perseverance


Book Review by: Georgio

Black and White by Paul Volponi

Black and White by Paul VolponiI will be talking about the book Black and White. This book talks about two friends. One boy is white and one is black. The two friends need new shoes for basketball and lets just say these kids can play basketbal. They are both getting D1 scholarships across the nation. However, in order for them to get shoes, they mug people for money. The one time this happens, tings do not go right. This book is very well written. Every couple chapters, my emotions change about each character. I would recommend this book to anyone in sports and how one wrong decision can change your life. This book will definitely keep your emotions
going


Book Review by: Lauren

The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas

The Hate You Give by Angie ThomasThe Hate U Give’ is an amazing teen book. This is a book that many teens can relate too. This book discusses topics such as racial injustice, and how you can become a leader in your own community. The book also has a great plot and talks about how it is being in high school. think you should read this book because it always keeps you guessing what is going to happen next. The book also talks about things that are relevant to this day. This is a captivating that I highly suggest you read.


Book Review by: Dwight

The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna

The Gilded Ones by Namina FornaThe story points out adolescent girls who feel targeted for who they are. Deka was a teenage girl who was in a community, called Otera, that categorized her as a pure-blooded woman or a pure monster, based on the ways she represented herself. According to her viewpoint of her life, she saw herself as a pure-blooded woman, but the community thought otherwise. They revealed to her that she was a front-line warrior. This was a hard moment for her, because the way she viewed herself was different to the other viewpoints of her community. This branches off into the topic of feminism. Some men look at women and characterize them based on looks, or even outer actions. This is something that needs to end, and women shouldn’t be characterized under a certain category.


Book Review by: Brianna

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Red Queen by Victoria AveyardMare Barrow’s world is divided; red and silver blood dominates her reality. The Silver blooded have supernatural abilities that makes it all too easy for them to over rule those with red blood, Mare included. That is until Mare gets a mysterious job offer to work as a servant for the King. There she discovers she wields power of her own, one she shouldn’t have. The other court nobles have seen her power, so she has to pretend to be something she isn’t, a sliver blooded noble. At court, Mare learns to use her power, all while trying to be a good future bride for Maven, the second young prince. But royalty was never made for the red blooded, and Mare must survive, for she is the beginning of a revolution. Mare’s journey is so exciting, as the series continues, Mare becomes an important figure in her world’s history. Definitely a good read for those who love a strong female protagonist!


Book Review by: Brianna

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Shadow and Bone by Leigh BardugoAlina Starkov is a mapmaker for the First Army of Ravka. Growing up as an orphan with only her best friend, Mal, alongside her. But when it’s time to cross the Shadow Fold, a break within the earth that is pure darkness with deadly creatures, Alina discovers a dormant power that alters her path. The leader of the Second Army and the Grisha, the Darkling, sees Alina as a way to destroy the Fold. The Grisha are powerful with different powers that vary from controlling air to metals, Alina’s power is summoning light which is extremely rare. Alina navigates her new power away where the rest of the Second Army train, trying to find her place in a world that is very different from what an orphan girl is used to. Shadow and Bone is definitely a top tier fantasy novel! It’s also coming to Netflix April 23rd!


Book Review by: Brianna

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Six of Crows by Leigh BardugoKetterdam is no ordinary place. It’s filled with greedy merchants, ship captains, but most importantly, thieves and gangs. And Ketterdam has the best of the best. Kaz Brekker is offered a hefty pay to complete an impossible heist. A heist in which only people who grew up in the Barrel, Ketterdams center of gangs, can have a chance of succeeding. Kaz, lieutenant of the Dregs, recruits five others for the job. Jesper, the sharpshooter with excellent aim. Inej, the shadow you never see coming. Nina, a powerful Heartrender who can kill with just a swipe of her hands. Mattias, a lethal military man. And Wylan, who’s chemicals can rob you blind. The mission? Break into the unbreakable. The best part of Six of Crows is every character is special and unique in their own way. These six will also make an appearance in Shadow and Bone coming to Netflix April 23rd!


Book Review by: Brianna

The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. PearsonPrincess Lia of Morrighan is to marry the Prince of Dalbreck. But Lia has never wanted this marriage based on a much needed alliance. On the day of her wedding, she runs away, hoping to escape the world she was destined to rule. But fate, or in this case, two boys have plans for her. One of them is sent to kill Lia, the other wants to know why she ran. As Lia hides her identity, working as a barmaid, she gets to know the two boys. Both who, like her, hide who they are as well, trying to get to know the real Lia. Although all she ever wanted was to be a normal girl, life never goes the way one plans. Kiss of Deception is a novel full of fantasy and self discovery. There’s 2 more books in the series that are just as exciting as the first!


Book Review by: Brianna

Dance of Thieves by Mary E. Pearson

Dance of Thieves by Mary E. PearsonJace is next in line to rule the Ballenger empire, but an empire is only as strong as its ruler. With Jace’s father dead, other kingdoms push to overthrow Jace, who think of him as weak. But Jace’s whole life has prepared him to be a strong leader. Well, that is until a certain talented street thief makes her way into his lands. Kazi works for the Queen of Venda, who seeks revenge on those who caused mass destruction and death during the war. Kazi knows her way through the shadows and can rob you from right under your nose. As Kazi tries to find the wanted criminals in Jace’s lands, she learns more about him and his family history. But secrets and betrayals are never easy to forgive. Dance of Thieves is the spin off series to Kiss of Deception, but no need to read Kiss of Deception to read Dance of Thieves!


Book Review by: Brianna

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Shatter Me by Tahereh MafiJuliette has been locked away for close to a year. For what? Murder. How? Her touch. Juliette’s touch is lethal, a simple touch will have a person dying. Although, the Reestablishment have decided that Juliette can be a great asset to them for the society that refuses to stay in line. Warner is the leader of her sector, and he insists that Juliette can change the game, Juliette only sees herself as a monster with the power to kill. Aaron takes care of Juleitte who knows she is more than just a deadly person. Shatter Me is definitely packed with plot twists and a bit of romance/fantasy!


Book Review by: Katie

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games by Suzanne CollinsAre you looking for a book with excitement, romance, and suspense, then Hunger Games is the perfect book for you! The Hunger Games is about a girl named Katniss who lives in an alternate society where kids from 12 to 18 may be picked to fight to the death. As you follow Katniss on her journey you truly feel the emotions she is experiencing. From family loss, to young love, and a life threatening challenge in between. The author Suzanne Collins truly makes you feel the despair, joy, and sadness that Katniss experiences. The book also really makes you think about different governments, and how kids can make a big difference. This is a thought provoking book that will have you still thinking about the characters lives long after you read it


Book Review by: Ashley

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

Unbroken by Laura HillenbrandUnbroken, written by Laura Hillenbrand, is a story about Louis Zamperini. The story begins with Louie’s childhood, which helped shape him into the hero he became. Being a troublemaker and runner, Louie was always mischievous. However, as he grew up he turned his attention, troubles and running towards running where he became really good. WIth the start of World War II breaking out, Louie’s running dream ended and he was sent off to war. The story Unbroken follows along on his journey throughout World War II where Louie became a national hero and faces many struggles and learns how to overcome them. I recommend this book to anyone looking for a thrilling book that they will not be able to put down once they start it.


Book Review by: Suleiman

Speak by Laurie H Anderson

Speak by Laurie H AndersonIn high school I read the book. I always hated reading, but this book is like no other. I always struggled with keeping interest in a book, I would usually get bored and start to yawn lol. But this book got me hooked, I wouldn’t put it down, it made want to be in the class, it may be because I compare myself to the character and how sad her life was, but the ending also gave me hope to continue fighting this battle. The same way this book helped me through my rough times, I hope it helps you too. I definitely recommend this book to everyone because it truly is an amazing and heartwarming book.


Book Review by: Jenna

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

City of Bones by Cassandra ClareAll the stories are true. A world only visible to those who see through the lies.
Fifteen-year-old Clary Fray lives in an apartment building with her mom, and her dad supposedly died in a car crash before she was born. But she has always felt something missing from her life. One day, Clary goes to the Pandemonium club with her best friend Simon for a fun time but instead ends up witnessing the murder of a blue-haired boy by three teenagers. That is until she realizes that she was the only one there that could see them. Could it have been an illusion, when it seemed so real? The accident stays on her mind till she gets into a fight with her mom Jocelyn when she and Luke, Jocelyn’s best friend, reveal that they are all moving. Clary storms off with Simon to a local poetry night at a cafe, until she spots one of the teenagers from that night. Before Clary could fully question him, she gets a call from her mom screaming not to come home, and the line ends. Clary comes home to nothing but a dead-silent, teared-up house. But she isn’t alone and gets attacked by a monster, which she luckily kills by throwing a peculiar gadget she had taken from the boy at the cafe into its mouth. An injured Clary, utterly flabbergasted and weak, lies on the floor of her kitchen until the boy, Jace, comes and saves her, bringing her into a whole new world. It turns out her mother wasn’t the lady she thought she was, and neither was the world in front of her, not at all. The boy she had seen them kill at the Pandemonium wasn’t a human, and neither was Clary. What does Clary do when after finding out her whole life was a lie? Where is her mom, and will she trust these random teenagers to help find her? Guess so. Get ready for not only action, adventure, and love, but a world of tales and fantasy. This book is so descriptive and magical that it feels like you’re there with them. The book is filled with surprises and cliffhangers, good and bad. So, come on, they’re waiting!


Book Review by: Ella

A Summer to Die By Lois Lowry

This book goes through all of the hardships of young teenage girls. It explains relationships with siblings, relationships with parents, and relationships with friends. This book is filled with emotion and the writer has an excellent talent with making you feel what the characters feel through words. The book is about two sisters, Molly and Meg. Molly was always seen as perfect by her parents and others that surround her. She always knows what to say and do in certain situations, she is beautiful, popular, she has her goals sorted out perfectly for her, and she is always filled with joy. Meg on the other hand is the complete opposite of Molly. She is motivated to set goals for herself but she can come off as unsure, she is angry about nothing some of the time, and she never seems to be fulfilled with her life. Soon, all of their lives get flipped upside down when Molly finds out that she is sick. The roles reverse and she becomes someone who is genuinely angry and miserable with their life. Molly’s parents aren’t sure what to do next and Meg observes Molly with confusion and with questions flowing through her head. Meg then realizes why everyone has had the sudden change. Such a good and detailed book, read more to find out what happens!


Book Review by: Ella

An American Summer by Alex Koltowitz

An American Summer by Alex KoltowitzWith amazing insights and real raw stories about the people of chicago, their struggles, their victories, and their lifestyles, the novel An American Summer by Alex Koltowitz is truly an eye opener for anyone who is trying to learn more about Chicago and its inspiring people. This book is so full of fascinating stories that it is truly impossible to set down, it’s one of those reads where you just need to keep reading. The novel circles around love, friendship, hardship, parenting, gang violence, bad influence, good influences, gun violence, and compassion. Each chapter is a new story. The people of chicago go through pain constantly, they fight each day to keep going and to maintain their ways of living along with their safety. Gun violence is a major issue in the city of chicago with 14,033 people killed and 60,000 people wounded over a twenty year period. Alex wrote about a man named Peter Nickeas in chapter 5 who tweets the horrific sightings he experiences each night. His job is a night reporter for the Chicago Tribune. Peter has seen many horrible sightings that even his own relationship with himself has been ruined. Each chapter holds another person’s story, another person’s emotions, another person’s pain, and another person’s peace. Real people, real events, and real struggle, this book is truly amazing in all aspects.


Book Review by: Naima

White Hot Kiss by Jennifer Armentrout

White Hot Kiss by Jennifer ArmentroutWhite Hot Kiss by Jennifer Armentrout the first book of the Dark Elements and this book has been one of my favorite reads of 2021. The book is about Layla who is half Warden and half demon. Wardens are gargoyles sent down by the heavens that can take human form and eradicate demon life on the topside of Earth to keep the peace. Among the Wardens Layla has always been a bit of an outsider due to her demon heritage but her best friend, whom she happens to have a major crush on, does as much as he can to make her feel like she belongs. One day when Layla is doing her usual night routine of tagging demons for the Wardens to find later to hunt she comes across a demon, Roth, who seems to already know who she is. She somehow escapes from him and returns safely to the Warden household only to find him in her AP biology class the next day wanting to be her friend. He informs her that he knows all about her demon heritage and is willing to tell her about it but he wants her to stop tagging demons. Layla who lives with the Wardens has no interest in her demon side and honestly hates that its even there so she declines his offer. However many chains of events that involve unusual demonic activity has Layla being pushed towards Roth and starts to feels feelings that she isn’t ready to accept bubble up inside of her along side her feelings for Zayne. Read the book and the rest of the series to find out what happens to Layla and boy issues along with her issues from hell, literally.


Book Review by: Ella

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper LeeA book that I have read recently is To Kill A Mockingbird. Hands down one of my favorite reads. The book is full of lessons, humor, insights, and so much more. While reading this book it is important to look inbetween the lines, past the actual words, and dissect the meaning of them. There is a lesson in each chapter. The book is full of intelligence and it is very adventurous! Atticus, who is the father in the book, is a very wise lawyer whose goal in life is to teach all that he knows to his two children, scout and Jem, since their mother passed away. Scout and Jem befriend a boy named Dilled who was staying in Maycomb Alabama in the summer near where they lived. Dill, Scout, and Jem spend their summer days acting out stories from books until Dill develops a fascination with the quiet scary house down the street known as “Radley Place.” Nathan Radley owns the Radley place where his brother Arthur lives also known by his nickname “Boo”. Boo has not left the house in many years so it was easy for the children to come up with conspiracies about him. That fall, Scout and Jem go back to school and to their surprise, they find little gifts left for them inside of the tree on the Radley place property. The following summer Dill comes back and Scout and Jem tell Dill about the gifts. They started acting out the story of Boo Radley because he was so mysterious and no one knew anything about him. Atticus then quickly puts a stop to their fun. Soon after the children sneak onto Boo Radley’s property to find out more about him. Atticus starts dealing with a case dealing with the racist white community of Maycomb who have made false accusations of a man of color. Atticus is defending him and the trial takes a spin as the summer slips away. I myself have learned many valuable lessons from this book that I still carry with me.


Book Review by: Katie

Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets by J.K. RowlingI read Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets a few months ago and I loved it. Not only did I love because I loved the first book but I also loved it because it was the first time I have actually really liked the sequel to a book! The book is about Harry, Hermoine, and Ron at their second year of Hogwarts. They are having a blast during their school year so far until one day Harry starts to hear odd sounds coming from the walls that no one else is hearing. Eventually there are other factors that lead him to know that he can hear and understand snake. In the beginning of the year Robs sister was buying secondhand books and later she found a diary. The diary could write back to her and eventually she went missing. Harry, Ron, and Hermione need to figure out a way to save her and get rid of whatever took her. The genre of this book is Fantasy and Mystery.


Book Review by: Katie

Harry Potter and The Sorcerers Stone by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and The Sorcerers Stone by J.K. Rowling This book is the first book in the Harry Potter series. It is about a boy named Harry Potter and about how his parents died when he was born and how he now lives with his evil aunt and uncle. One day he gets a letter but his uncle won’t let him read it so he throws it away. The letters keeps flooding in and finally Harry gets ahold of one. It is telling him that he is going to go to school to become a wizard. He buys all of his things and he leaves. On the train Harry sits next to a boy named Ron. They meet a girl named Hermione while she is looking for her friends toad that got lost. They get to the school and get sorted into their houses and they are having a great time! Some odd things keep happening to Harry and he thinks it is his Professor Snape but he finds out it is actually his professor Quirell. They have to find out a way to stop him from doing any harm to Harry and get to the bottom of things!


Book Review by: Chloe

Hidden Valley Road by Robert Kolker

Hidden Valley Road by Robert Kolker Robert Kolker’s Hidden Valley Road follows the lives of the Galvin family in the 1950s and their struggles with schizophrenia. The Galvin family has twelve children, half of whom are diagnosed with schizophrenia. This book chronicles the lives of each family member having to confront an illness that was not well known in the 1950s. This book is similar to a medical mystery and will captivate you with the real, raw lives of the Galvin family. Hidden Valley Road contains mature themes of death and suicide which may not be for everyone. However, this non-fiction piece is incredibly captivating and informative about schizophrenia and its scientific history. For those who are interested in reading about real-life experiences and learning more about schizophrenia, Hidden Valley Road is the perfect book for you.


Book Review by: Jamila

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Lord of the Flies by William Golding Lord of the Flies is a young adult fiction novel by William Golding. The novel tells the story of a group of young boys who find themselves alone on a deserted island after an unexpected plane crash that occurred. Throughout the story, the group of young boys develop rules and a significant system of organization. Without any adults or supervision, the children eventually become savage and brutal. Lord of the Flies is a good book because each character was richly developed and all symbolized something greater than they seemed. The novel has many symbols throughout and greatly explores human nature in many ways. This novel puts in perspective battles between leaders and teaches that the one true test of the leader is execution. William Golding conveys the message that there is always evil inside us and there is no way to escape it.


Book Review by: Ella

Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur

Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur This book would have to be one of my all time favorites. I have read the book a total of four times and it never gets old. Instead I pull more and more information and lessons each time I read it. There are five chapters, Wilting, Falling, Rooting, Rising, and Blooming. These chapters focus on the growth of a person through traumatic or life changing experiences. Rupi compares a person’s method of growth to a flower. The wilting chapter explains one’s life starting to deteriorate in front of their eyes. The Falling chapter explains one’s life starting to fall apart. The Rooting chapter explains how one is trying to learn how to put their life back together and build something new and even more beautiful from remembering where you came from and your origins. The rising chapter explains how one is going to use what they learned during the rooting period to build something bigger and better than before. The Blooming chapter explains how one’s life has come back together completely and how one learned to carry on with their life through hard lessons.

To me, this book is deeply inspiring. I read it during one of my darkest times and it has helped me find strength in the anger and the sadness I was experiencing at the time. The book holds profound emotion and words that help the emotion come to life so one is able to feel what the writer is feeling. It’s a beautifully written book with so many periods of instruction. A strategy I noticed Rupid likes to use is teaching others through her own hardships. Throughout life we go through several periods of feeling lost and weak, she explains her journey thoroughly on how she was able to find her way back to herself. In my opinion that is one of the most important learning experiences, finding your way back to yourself with added wisdom. This book speaks to the soul and aids in bringing peace into one’s life even when everything around them is everything but peaceful. I recommend this book to the people who want nothing more than to grasp the hardships they encounter in life and find strength within themselves.


Book Review by: Heba

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han Lare Jean writes up all her feelings in letters to boys she has loved in the past. One day, she notices that the letters are gone. The letters have been sent out and one by one each boy receives the letter. What will happen when they realize it is Lara Jean? Will they confess their feelings for her? Find out in Jenny Han’s, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. A great Teen Romance of a teenage girl who runs into drama, love, stress and fun.


Book Review by: Fathima

Barracoon: The Story of the Last “Black Cargo” by Zora Neal Hurston

Barracoon: The Story of the Last “Black Cargo” by Zora Neal Hurston Barracoon: The Story of the Last “Black Cargo” is a novel that focuses on the life of a man named Oluale Kossula. Kossula was captured from his town in Africa at a young age and was one of the last known slaves to be sold in the United States. Hurston interviews him and asks detailed questions about his life during and after slavery. The book not only gives detailed insight to the struggles he faced as a slave, it also discusses how he attempts to rebuild his life after with his family. Hurston forms a bond with Kossula as she visits him repeatedly and provides direct recounts from him in her book. This novel shows the intricacies of Kossula’s life and his willpower to face his hardships as a young boy and as elderly man. Moreover, this novel does not disappoint, and will provide a valuable and thorough perspective on the Atlantic Slave Trade and life after slavery.


Book Review by: Fathima

Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi Persepolis is a graphic novel that revolves around the life of the author Marjane Satrapi. This autobiographical book depicts Marjane’s childhood in Iran during the Islamic Revolution and the Iraq-Iran War. Such conflicts in her country force her to leave her family and country and move to Vienna, Austria where she lives with her parents friend Zozo and her daughter Shirin. However, living with them does not go well and she eventually moves into a boarding house. Marjane continues to move from place to place and during these periods she meets various people some who lead her down difficult roads and others who allow her to find her true passions. The images in the novel are extremely well down and will help keep you enticed in the story and envision the various events of Marjane life. This novel addresses interesting topics such as the struggles Marjane and her family faced in Iran when she was a young girl, along with going through her teen years without her family and trying to find her way as an adult in Vienna. This book will show you many different aspects of Marjane’s life and you will not be able to put it down!


Book Review by: Fathima

One of Us Is Lying by Karen M.McManus

One of Us Is Lying by Karen M.McManus This murder mystery involves five students: Simon Kelleher, Nate MaCauley, Bronwyn Rojas, Addy Prentiss, and Cooper Clay. One day all these students are in detention when suddenly Simon has an allergic reaction and dies. However, his death is announced as murder because at the time of his allergic reaction his EpiPen was missing from the nurses office. This is the start of an investigation of all the students in detention with him. The novel switches off on each of the four students, allowing them to be narrators at different parts of the storyline. As these four suspects grow closer, they try to prove their innocence while attempting to solve the mystery of Simon’s death. This is a great murder mystery novel that will keep you on edge trying to solve the investigation. The novel is one of my favorite teen murder mystery books and will keep you engaged as the story advances.


Book Review by: Fathima

The Hundred Lies of Lindsay Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti

The Hundred Lies of Lindsay Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti This story takes place in a town where an investigation is taking place to solve the disappearance of Lizzie Lovett, who went missing after going camping with her boyfriend. Although time causes people to give up on the search for Lovett, a girl named Hawthorn Creely decides to try and solve this strange mystery. She knows nothing about Lizzie and attempts to put herself into Lizzy’s life before she disappears and understands her as much as possible. This involves working at the same place Lizzie did and interacting with Lizzie’s boyfriend. As Hawthorne immerses herself in Lizzie’s world she finds strange things that lead her closer and closer to solving Lizzie’s disappearance. Not only is this novel a page-turner, the ending’s plot twist will surely shock any reader. This is worth the read if you love murder mysteries that keep you questioning everything!

Book Review by: Fathima

The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas

The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas This story takes place in Garden Heights with teenager Starr Carter. She attends Williamson Prep, a fancy high school with primarily white students. This feels out of place for Starr because a majority of her friends live and go to school in a completely different area. She struggles to balance these two worlds, and this issue escalates when her friend Khalil Harris is shot right in front of her. This tracery changes her life forever and pushes her to not only question the issues in her own society but also stand up against them. This book discusses racism and ignorance in society towards people of color, and will allow the reader to have a better comprehension of such issues. Starr’s determination to fight for justice for black people in her society makes this novel powerful and shows the importance of one’s own voice and speaking up. This novel will move you and is an amazing read that is extremely informative on racism in our world today.


Book Review by: Heba

The Fault in our Stars by John Green

The Fault in our Stars by John Green When Hazel Grace Lancaster is diagnosed with Lung cancer, she begins to slowly give up. Keeping to herself and being socially distancing was what she was now used to. When her mom pushes her to go to a support group, she reluctantly complies. That’s where she meets Augustus Waters. Hazle steps into a new world of adventure. However with adventure comes risk. What expense will come with Hazel’s new extroverted side? Find out in John Green’s novel The Fault in our Stars.


Book Review by: Arjun

David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell

David and Golia by Malcolm Gladwell In his novel, David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell carefully examines the common trope of an underdog winning despite the odds appearing to be massively stacked against them. He cites several instances, from the namesake of the book to a girl’s basketball team in order to prove his hypothesis. A hypothesis that concisely states that the belief in the improbability of a certain outcome is due to a failure in properly identifying and evaluating possible disadvantages and advantages. To prove his theory he dutifully explains how established social and societal beliefs oftentimes result in a flawed understanding of a situation, by reinforcing a person’s preconceived notions. In addition to the aforementioned case studies he demonstrates his point through sociological and psychological research; research that allows him to extrapolate the results of one situation to similar situations. His analysis of case studies is advanced and developed, ranging from race riots in the 1960s to the passage of laws aimed to combat crime, so called “three strikes laws”. I highly recommend this book to those with a particular interest in the field of psychology/sociology and how insights gained from their study can be applied in real life situations and understanding them. Malcolm Gladwell’s understanding of the subject allows him to deliver it to his readers in an easy to understand format that allows us a greater insight into the field of applied psychology and how it can be used to analyze past history and contemporary events.


Book Review by: Heba

Perks of being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Perks of being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky Fitting into High School is not always easy. Charlie is a Freshman struggling to find out where he fits in best. When he meets Patrick and Sam, they click instantly. As the friendship continues to blossom, Charlie develops deep feelings for Sam but it’s a long shot considering she is a few years older than him. As time continues on Charlie begins to realize he is getting flashbacks of memories he does not want to recall. Not only is Charlie struggling with his place in high school, but now he is fighting his past trauma. What will happen between Sam and Charlie? What will Charlie do to help with his past? Find out in Perks of being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky.


Book Review by: Heba

Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles

Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles Ah, Highschool romance. Brittany Ellis, your average popular girl and Alex Fuentes are two very different people. However they do have one thing in common, chasing their dreams. They come from two completely different world’s but both strive for the future they want. Will their blossoming relationship get in the way of their aspirations? Or will they get the happy ending everyone wants? Find out in Simone Elkeles Perfect Chemistry.


Book Review by: Jamila

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee To Kill a Mockingbird is a great book to read for many reasons. The book’s plot sheds light on the many serious issues going on in this world. Racial inequality, discrimination, and prejudice is shown in this book through the characters experiences in the novel. This book is written in first person by the character Scout Finch who is both the narrator and protagonist in the novel. Scout and her brother Jem learn many important and valuable life lessons about tolerance, empathy, and understanding from their father, Atticus Finch who takes on an important case of a wrongly accused black man. Because Scout is only six years old when the novel begins, and eight when the novel ends, she has an unusual perspective that plays a significant role in the work’s meaning. Ultimately, this book is one of my favorites because it is so influential and gives a great understanding of how innocence is destroyed by evil.


Book Review by: Heba

The Selection by Kiera Cass

The Selection by Kiera Cass Every girl’s dream is to become a Princess; the palace, the glamorous lifestyle, and being waited on at all times. What could be better? When forty-five girls are given a chance to compete for Prince Maxon’s heart, a true war will begin. Tears and Tiaras are just the start of a long fight for the crown. Will one special participant stand out to the prince? Or will he be between candidates? We shall find out in Kiera Cass’s The Selection.


Book Review by: Heba

All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven A beautiful story telling the highs and lows of two teens wrestling mental illness and ghosts from their pasts. When Violet Markey and Theodor Finch are assigned to complete a project, they are forced to get to know each other. What could two people from opposite sides of highschool popularity possibly have in common? That is what we find out in Jennifer Niven’s All the Bright Places. Teen drama, romance, heartache, abuse and adventure are just a few directions this novel will take you. An amazing piece of true art that will make you laugh and cry within just a few pages. You will not want to put this book down!


Book Review by: Hannah

Ghost by Jason Reynolds

Ghost by Jason Reynolds The book Ghost by Jason Reynolds is a must read. The book is about a boy named Castle who’s father is in jail for attempted murder. Castle decided to do something different after school one day that changed his life. He joined the track team for one practice and the coach offered him a spot on the team, with an agreement that he could not break. Castle’s life changes for better and for worse. He finds his friends, his passion and he overcomes fears. Read this book to experience a real page turner that never will let you want to put the book Ghost down.


Book Review by: Steph

Know My Name by Chanel Miller

Know My Name by Chanel Miller In 2015, Brock Turner was convicted of three counts of felony sexual assault towards an unconscious woman during a party at Stanford University. Though the case and trial were highly publicized, the identity of the woman was kept secret and was referred to as “Emily Doe” throughout the harrowing experience. In this gut-wrenching yet inspiring memoir, writer and artist Chanel Miller reveals her name and her heartbreaking story. Though it is definitely one of the hardest reads of my life, it is also one of the most insightful when it comes to the survivor’s
experience. It is absolutely painful to read about countless people discrediting her, the loss of her privacy, the guilt she feels for disrupting the lives of others when her own has completely stopped. Through all this pain though was a glimmer of hope and inspiration she gives off not only to survivors of sexual assault but countless women and men and everyone in between to stand their ground and fight back against those who wish to bring us down. Miller is not only a fantastic writer, but also a personification of courage through the darkest of times.


Book Review by: Steph

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell In this YA novel written by Rainbow Rowell, Cath Avery is a talented writer whose biggest work so far is her ongoing fanfiction revolving around the fictional and Harry Potter-esque Simon Snow series. Although her gifts in writing are admirable, her shy and socially anxious personality causes her to play catch-up with her much more outgoing and extroverted identical twin Wren. Through college and her own personal life, Cath must jump through all the hurdles in life while, at the same time, finding the courage to say goodbye to her own world of repose and finish her work of fanfiction. I love this book because it is so relatable to any demographic; to those in fandoms, to those who are active in their fandom community, to those who struggle socially, to those who are learning about themselves in college, or to those whose family life is as wack as it is full of love. As someone who loves to read and write myself, it is so awesome to see this kind of representation in mainstream print. I love that it shows the nuance that fanfiction writers have instead of going after the stereotypical image of one. The excellent writing and the realistic characters definitely make this novel one of my favorites.


Book Review by: Steph

All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven This book is a book worth every single second you will spend time reading. Authored by the talented Jennifer Niven, All The Bright Places follows high school students Theodore Finch and Violet Markey, both of whom struggle to varying degrees with their mental health. Although their story starts in the most bizarre (and heartbreaking) way, it is a story full of love, hope, healing, and acceptance. Though they both have their problems, at the end of the day, they have each other to fall back on and have comfort from. Until, of course, love alone proves that it does not have the ability to solve everything. All The Bright Places tells the real story of how people live and cope with their mental struggles, and how it affects not only their own selves but also the people around them. This book is an imperative read for teenagers because it could raise awareness about mental illnesses and even help its readers with their own struggles, both of which are very important for impressionable minds and to be good support systems.


Book Review by: Steph

What’s a Girl Gotta Do? by Holly Bourne

What’s a Girl Gotta Do? by Holly Bourne What’s a Girl Gotta Do? is a great read for those looking for a lively, snarky protagonist who has her own cause to fight. Lottie, a fiery feminist, launches a project wherein she will call out every sexist instance she comes across in an effort to combat the rampant sexism present in the community. With the help of her friends, her favorite snacks, and her trusty bullhorn, she embarks on a journey made for the tough. Though her intentions are in the right place, she receives negative backlash from her fellow peers, thus pushing her to examine why this is happening and how she should cope with all these. I love the vibrancy and energy Lottie gives, and it inspires me to be more active in fighting the misogyny that has become normalized in all of our lives. On the other hand, I also love the fact that we get to see how Lottie struggles with the fight she wages, because even though her fight is honorable, it still is taxing to keep pushing against the overwhelming majority who don’t support her cause. This book is important and a very engaging way for teenagers to learn about feminism and why it is meaningful


Book Review by: Steph

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

SThe Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo Drama, poetry, love, and more poetry. These factors compromise The Poet X, a novel written by Elizabeth Acevedo about young Dominican girl Xiomara Batista. Xiomara likes to write, something her mother doesn’t see a future with for her. Xiomara likes a guy, something her mother doesn’t think is appropriate. Xiomara is unconfirmed, something her mother wants to rectify immediately. Throughout the book, she explores her culture and religion into depths she has never gone to before as she learns more about herself, her family, and her history. Written in
fantastic verses, this book will leave you looking deeper into yourself and asking the questions you have not asked before about your identity and how it shapes you. Her story is just like our own stories, really, and Xiomara would truly leave a mark on you.


Book Review by: Julia

Stranger Things Suspicious Minds by Gwenda Bond

Stranger Things Suspicious Minds by Gwenda Bond Stranger Things: Suspicious Minds is a sci-fi book set in the 1970s. Dr. Martin Brenner needs people to try out his new invention, an engineering marvel that controls and redevelops the brain. During Summer Break, a college student named Stacey, volunteers for the experiment. However, she drops out, which bumps her friend, Terry, into her place. One day, when Dr. Brenner dealt with something else, Terry wandered through the lab and found a kid locked in a room. The kid is Dr. Brenner’s daughter, who’s name is Eight. After more investigating, the contestants find even more kids locked in various rooms. What is this experiment? Why does it involve kids with no idea of their pasts? The book includes magical like themes, advanced science technology, and suspense. Stranger Things: Suspicious Minds is a prequel to the hit TV-Show, Stranger Things, and is great for preteens, teens, and adults


Book Review by: Katie

Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban by J. K. Rowling

Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban by J. K. Rowling Today I am going to be writing a review on the book, “Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban.” This book is an amazing book to read if you like action, mystery, magic, and adventure. The main character is Harry Potter and he has to overcome many challenges alongside his friends Hermione and Ron. This book is the third book in the Harry Potter series so I would suggest reading the first two books beforehand. Harry finds out that there is a killer on the loose and he has escaped from wizard jail called Azkaban. The guards for Azkaban are placed by their school for safety purposes. Harry doesn’t like being around these guards called dementors. They take all the happiness out of the room. They make him feel sick. He has to learn how to fight off these creatures and worry about the killer. There is always a lot going on in this book so it never gets boring. Thank you for reading about my opinion on Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.


Book Review by: Claire

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas An assassin. Hired to kill, and never be caught. Except she was. The girl known to be the greatest assassin in the land, in prison. That’s how life is going for Celaena Sardothien. Until, one day she is given a chance for freedom. Enter a competition to become the King’s personal assassin and in a few years, gain her freedom or wait for death in prison. Standing in her way? Twenty-three other opponents, all wanting freedom of their own and the title of “The King’s Champion.” Can Celaena out smart them and win the title and is there something more sinister hiding in the castle? Read this book to find out once and for all, who is really the best assassin in the land.


Book Review by: Krysta

The Selection by Kiera Cass

The Selection by Kiera Cass Imagine if you got the chance to win the heart of a handsome young prince,and get everything you could ever want.To others this would be the opportunity of a lifetime but for America Singer it’s everything but that. Think of the bachelor but better, love,grief,and excitement are found all throughout this book. America Singer is forced into a competition,and has to live with cameras being shoved in her face constantly.If that’s not bad enough America is separated from her childhood love,Aspen.Will she be able to keep their relationship going no matter the distance or will she soon realise that the mysterious Prince Maxon isn’t as bad as she originally thought. Will America end up with Aspen or Maxon? Who would you choose a man who you thought you loved or someone who could show you love? I really enjoyed this book,and I hope you will too.


Book Review by: Krysta

The Silent Songbird by Melanie Dickerson

The Silent Songbird by Melanie Dickerson If you like adventure and romance this book is for you.The Silent Songbird takes a look at the exciting life of Evangeline.Evangeline wants nothing more than to be free and find love,which is nearly impossible considering she is the King of England’s cousin. When being forced to marry a man for a political alliance she is forced to run away from the only place she has ever known. From running away from an unwanted marriage to running after pigs.Evangeline’s story has got joy,hurt,love,and excitement. I could not put the book down,and I’m sure you won’t be able to either. Join Evangeline on the exciting story of her life.


Book Review by: Ilona

Words on Fire by Jennifer A. Nielsen

Words on Fire by Jennifer A. Nielsen Recently, I read the book “Words on Fire”. This book is about a girl named Audra who lives in Lithuania on a farm during a time when Russia occupied this country. One day, Cossack soldiers came to their house and arrested Audra’s family. Audra just barely escaped by running into the nearby woods. Right before her mother was arrested, Audra receives a package in her father’s work bag, and instructions to bring it to a woman in a nearby town. Audra is separated from her family, and she does not know why, but she understands that the Russian Cossack soldiers are still searching for her. She delivers the package to the woman her mother told her about and finally finds out what her parents’ jobs were. She meets many friends and learns how to be a book carrier, just like her parents. This book was very interesting, and I really enjoyed it. I loved reading about Audra’s adventures as a book carrier, and all of the dangers that she had to encounter. This is a very thrilling book, and it will keep you at the edge of your seat as you read about all of the close calls and dangers. I really enjoyed this book and I would recommend for everybody to read it.


Book Review by: Ilona

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares Another book that I have recently finished reading is “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants”. This book is about four friends and their adventures and travels for their first summer apart. These girls meet many new friends in all different parts of the world over their summer break. I especially enjoyed reading this book because it is read from the point of view of each of the girls. It is so interesting to see how everybody is feeling and how they view everything. These girls are best friends and they have been since they were very little. Before they left for their vacations, they found an old pair of jeans hidden in one of the girl’s closets. She got them from a second hand shop without really even trying them on. One girl decided to try them on, and surprisingly, it fits every one of the four girls perfectly. These four friends mail the pants from to one another over this summer break and they all write one memory or special thing that happened while wearing the pants on the leg of the pants. At the end of the summer they look at all of their adventures and they shared together what they had written, seen, done, and all of the funny things that had happened. I would recommend this book to anybody who would like to read about a story of four good friends and all of their adventures apart over their summer vacation.


Book Review by: Shurya

Field Notes on Love by Jennifer E. Smith

Field Notes on Love by Jennifer E. Smith Field Notes on Love is about two strangers who accompany each other on a week-long journey on a train in an attempt to figure out their individual problems. However, they didn’t anticipate actually enjoying the others company but time is slipping away from them fast. The story starts with the main male character, Hugo being dumped by his girlfriend and is left with two train tickets under her name for a trip they were originally going to take together; Hugo now has to find another ‘Margaret Campbell’ so that he can go on the trip. Enter Mae (or Margaret) Campbell, an aspiring filmmaker who is in desperate need of an adventure for her upcoming project so that she can go to film school. Hugo takes her offer as he is also desperate for a chance to be alone from his family since he is a sextuplet, and his whole life has been about being part of a set. Both people are attempting to do some self discovery before going off to college on their separate paths. However, Hugo and Mae may actually be the answer to the others’ problems but they have a lot to learn from each other in the next seven days.


Book Review by: Shurya

Tweet Cute by Emma Lord

Tweet Cute by Emma LordTweet Cute is about two classmates who get caught up in a full on Internet war that gets more personal than either anticipated. Pepper is an overachiever who on the outside seems to have the perfect life. However, she hardly has any friends and her family is constantly at each other’s throats and to top it all off she has to manage her family famous business’ Twitter account while balancing school. Jack is Pepper’s frenemy who happens to secretly make apps, one of which is famous at his school that allows the students to talk to each other without knowing their identities. His family is unaware of his secret hobby since Jack is expected to take over their family restaurant. Jack and Pepper cross paths when they both get caught up in their family’s restaurant drama and begrudgingly become friends. However, secret family drama, secret identities and the lies they’ve been telling their friends have been catching up to them and threaten their relationships and futures.


Book Review by: Shurya

Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart

Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart Genuine Fraud is a unique mystery that is told backwards. It starts with the ending and slowly unravels with each chapter going back in time to find out what exactly led to the first chapter. Jules, the protagonist, is an unreliable narrator who has you second guessing any information she provides. The other characters are just as questionable like her best friend Imogen, causing you to question who to trust as each character seems to contradict the other. Genuine Fraud is one of those books that is better to go into blind, as most details spoil the ambiance of the story. However, what originally seems to be a story about young adults’ lavish lives soon shows the dark side of desperately wanting to be in a glamorous world. It additionally illustrates the dangers of obsession as secret identities, and murderous plots are revealed.


Book Review by: Shurya

Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga

Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga Other Words for Home is a book written in verse about a middle schooler named Jude trying to navigate her life in America as a Syrian Muslim after she immigrates. Jude and her mother are forced to abandon her brother and father in Syria due to the ongoing Civil War when her mother becomes pregnant. Jude now has to balance between assimilating to her new surroundings and trying to hold onto her culture. She additionally has to adapt to an entirely new life which includes learning a new language, adjusting to foreign customs and battling Islamophobia. Other Words for Home showcases the struggles of growing up Muslim in America as a young immigrant girl. Jude now has to endure trying to accomplish her big dreams in a space that seems to reject her. Other Words for Home is a touching story that is amplified by Jasmine Warga’s beautiful metaphors, similes and verse overall.


Book Review by: Shurya

With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevado

With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevado With the Fire on High is about Emoni who is a high school senior who is also a teen mom. Ever since she was a freshman, Emoni has been forced to sacrifice so much for her future daughter’s life. With the help of her grandmother, Emoni has been able to provide as much as she could for her daughter. However, as a senior conflicts start to clash involving financial problems, the father of her child, and Emoni’s future career. Through it all, Emoni has been able to use cooking as an outlet with her ‘magic hands’. Yet, somehow joining a culinary class somehow amplifies her problems but also seems to solve them. Emoni has several life changing decisions she needs to make as she is graduating, all of which threaten the structure of the life she’s built over the past few years. Soon, her relationships with her grandmother, absent father, father of her baby and even her baby are endangered as Emoni attempts to juggle all these problems. But through all her problems, somehow Emoni’s talent for cooking seems to keep her life stable.


Book Review by: Saja

Shatter me by Tahereh Mafi by Sarah J. Mass

Shatter me by Tahereh MafiI read this book called “Shatter me” by Tahereh Mafi and it was the best book from a series I have read so far. This book is about a girl named ‘Juliette’ who was thrown into a Reestablishment for murdering someone by accident, she has special powers that prevent her from touching anyone or else she’ll end up hurting them. The Reestablishment thought that Juliet was just a normal 17 year old until they discovered she has powers that can work in their favor. The Reestablishment asks her to work in their favor & Juliet has to choose between being a weapon or a hero. I really like how this book and the other books from this series shows how Julitet has evolved from being weak to a strong woman who’s ready to fight for what’s right. I also like how this book has so much action, as well as drama. I recommend this book to anyone interested in a series of one novel and one that includes so much action, drama, and also shows coming of age.Overall, I really loved the detail and action included in this amazing series.


Book Review by: Saja

Court of thorns and roses by Sarah J. Mass

Court of thorns and roses by Sarah J. MassI recommend this book called “Court of thorns and roses” by Sarah J. Mass to fantasy lovers. This book is about a woman who finds herself trapped in the fae kingdom and she’s given a deal that if she breaks the curse on the lord of spring then she can go back home to the human realm. She was hunting for a wolf who turned out to be a fairy when she killed it and ended up being dragged into a magical kingdom. I really like how this story contains things like swords, faeries, and magic as well as a strong main character. The main character represents how strong and smart women can be and I really like that about this book. Overall, this is a very interesting and adventurous book to check out for any fans of action or fantasy novels.


Book Review by: Saja

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow RowellI read this book called “Eleanor & Park” by Rainbow Rowell and It’s a super amazing book for anyone who’s interested in romance. This book is about a redhead girl named Eleanor who lives in poverty and gets bullied at school and Park is a Asian American who has a hard time fitting in with everyone else. On the first day of school Eleanor couldn’t find a place to sit so then Park offered her a seat next to him and from that day on they always sat next to each other. Eleanor always caught Park reading comics so then she started looking at the comics he was reading over his shoulder and it eventually led them to talking about their fav hobbies like music and mixtapes. As they get to know each other more, they start falling in love with each other without realizing. I really like how this book shows how Park didn’t really like Eleanor at first but then they started talking and became close friends until they started catching feelings for each other. Overall, this book is really good for any readers into romance and coming of age novels.


Book Review by: Saja

Speak by Laurie H Anderson

Speak by Laurie H AndersonI recommend “Speak” by Laurie H Anderson to any teen interested in coming of age novels. This book is about a 14 year old girl named “Melinda” who called the cops to a party the summer before her freshman year of highschool and now everyone in her class hates her. Melinda goes to this summer party with her friend to have a good time but then she meets a senior named ‘Andy Evans’ who acts nice and dances with Melinda but then they both go to his car in the parking lot and she ends up getting raped. Melinda calls the cop to report the incident but gets too scared and leaves before they show up. This book shows Melinda’s healing process throughout highschool and how she got stronger, Evans attacks Melinda again but this time she fights back and he ends up going to jail. I recommend this book to anyone who had experienced sexual assault and feels like they’re alone or balmes themselves for what had happnened. I really like how this book shows how strong sexual assault victims are and even though the pain doesn’t totally go away, there are people who support them and make it a little easier for them to heal with time. I personally never experienced sexual assault but I still liked reading this book, so I also recommend people who haven’t experienced sexual assualt to also try out this amazing book to learn more about sexual assualt and try to understand the way affects victims. Overall, this book is really good for both sexual assault survivors and others interested in learning about sexual assualt and the victims point of view.


Book Review by: Saja

All the bright places by Jeniffer Niven

All the bright places by Jeniffer NivenI recommend “All the bright places” by Jeniffer Niven to teens who are into sad and romantic novels. This book is about a girl named ‘Violet’ who’s still grieving the loss of her sister in a car accident and a guy named ‘Theodore’ who’s suffering with depression and has suicidal thoughts.Violet and Theodore both meet at a ledge where he talks Violet out of jumping and then they both partner up for a geography project where they both explore the beauty of indiana as they start liking each other. I really like how both Violet and Theodore both end up learning more about themselves and each other throughout the novel. The way this book brings awareness about mental health and how suicide affects the family and friends of the victims is explained well. I enjoyed this book even though I’ve never dealt with depression, so I recommend this book to anyone suffering with their mental health as well as people who aren’t to learn more about the affects mental health can have on people’s lives. Overall, I really enjoyed the way this book brought up different emotions and how it showed the different point of views of both Theodore and violet and what they were thinking and feeling throughout the novel. I think this would be a very emotional and interesting book for readers to check out.


Book Review by: Saja

The women in the walls by Amy Lukavics

The women in the walls by Amy LukavicsHave you ever read “The women in the walls” by Amy Lukavics? No?…. Well, I recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of horror, this book will give you goosebumps and chills. This thrilling book is about a girl named ‘Lucy’ whose mother died when she was three and she had to grow up in a creepy mansion in the middle of the woods. Lucy sometimes walks around and explores the mansion with her cousin ‘Margret’.When Margarets aunt who raised her disappears while walking in the woods one day, she starts spending a lot of time in the attic and claims to hear her dead mother’s whispers through the walls. Lucy doesn’t believe her at first but then she started hearing voices as well. I really like how this book makes readers question what’s gonna happen next or raises some questions, they’ll have to read to the end to find out the answers which makes it more interesting and fun to keep on reading. It also has a lot of action as well for anyone interested in books or movies with that genre. There are a lot of parts where I was shocked about what happened because it was unexpected and that’s the biggest thing I love about this book. Overall, this book has a lot of mystery and is really great for anyone looking for a good scare.


Book Review by: Adam

Ms. Marvel by Wilson, G. Willow

Ms. Marvel by Wilson, G. WillowThe Ms. Marvel comic series, a relatively new addition to Marvel Comics, is by far one of the most sensational comic series produced by Marvel that I have ever read. This award-winning series introduces Marvel fans to the first ever Muslim and Pakastani hero in Marvel Comics. Our protagonist, Kamala Khan, is such a sensational character, in my opinion, due to her immensely positive reputation of women, Muslims, people of color, and even comic nerds/fangirls! But on top of this, what makes Ms. Marvel such an astounding character is her ability to be relatable to ALL readers and audiences, regardless of distinctive backgrounds, such as race, religion, or gender. Kamala, a young teen in the exciting world of heroes, gets to live out her fantasy as a superhero, and she also has to learn the new responsibilities of this position as well. Commonly referred to as “The Spider-Man of our generation,” Ms. Marvel appeals to thousands of readers, and has become an inspiring model for many children today. Truthful, just, altruistic, and kind hearted, Ms. Marvel has the makings of the type of hero we can all aspire to be!


Book Review by: Eileen

The Selection by Kiera Cass

The Selection by Kiera CassYou know how with some books, you forget the details (except for the most random thing) a day after you read it? And with others you’ll remember everything for over a year? For me, at least, this book is the latter. I loved it, and would definitely reread it (but we’re trying to make our way through our TBR even though we both know that’s not happening). The first book in the series centers around a girl named America Singer. Her boyfriend broke up with her, and now she’s being carted off to the castle to compete against 34 other girls for the prince’s heart? How did that happen? Well it did. And now America must keep up with competition if she wants to marry Maxon, and she isn’t completely sure if she wants to either. Then there’s the pressure of the castle, and oh, her ex is a guard now? The amount of stress and pressure is enough to keep me entertained in this whirlwind of a tale. To wrap this up, if you like romance, dystopian, and (of course) reading, then this is definitely the book for you. I mean, it was for me, and I’m a pretty cliche reader.


Book Review by: Adam

We Were Liars by Lockhart, E.

We Were Liars by Lockhart, E. We Were Liars is an exceptional blend of mystery and the usage of an unreliable narrator. Readers are abruptly introduced to the chaotic yet inversely perfect life of Cadence Sinclair, as her parents get divorced and she begins her summer. They follow Cady as she narrates the impactful events of the summers she spent at her grandparents’ private beach home with her crush, Gat, as well as her cousins, Mirran and Johnny. One summer, Cady suffered an accident and found herself unable to remember the events that led up to her amnesia. Furthermore, throughout her time recovering from her accident, Mirran, Johnny, and Gat never reached out to her. As the three eldest grandchildren of the Sinclair family, Mirran, Johnny, and Cady dealt with enumerable pressure from their mother’s, the Sinclair daughters, to pursue the wealth their grandparents will leave behind. Moreover, Cady’s conflicting feelings over Gat, especially after her accident, leave her in a very difficult situation. Author, E. Lockhart, take’s reader’s on an emotional journey with Cady, as well as utilizes the aspect of mystery in her story incredibly. I found this book to be very intriguing as well as fun to follow. Tune in to We Were Liars to discover what happens next!


Book Review by: Adam

We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal

We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal We Hunt the Flame is truly an incredibly unique fantasy novel, in a good way. It is a relatively seamless facilitation of fantasy and Arabian culture all encompassed within classic themes such as identity, journey, culture, romance, purpose, and many more themes. As an Arab person of color, it was exponentially refreshing as well as exciting to witness my culture and identity being intertwined within a genre that mirrors that of the Harry Potter and Divergent series. Furthermore, the author, Hafsah Faizal, was able to deliver such a stellar novel as her first and breakout work of writing. Readers follow our main protagonists, Zafira, who is known as the mysterious Hunter, and Nasir, who has come to be feared as the Prince of Death wthin the kingdom of Arawiya, as they journey separately for the same goal, the book that can restore magic in their home, the Jawarat. Our novel switches from the perspective of Zafira and Nasir respectively, as readers go down a path of mystery trying to determine the history behind their book, the purpose of the allies they meet along their way, as well as their own purpose in the grand scheme of their journey. Follow our heroes as they try to fix their broken world in We Hunt the Flame.


Book Review by: Adam

The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas

The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas The Hate You Give, in my opinion, is a true masterpiece of a book. We follow our young, 16-year-old protagonist, Starr Bradly, navigate through what is most likely the most traumatic and difficult point in her life, thus far. Readers experience Starr’s massive inner-turmoil over the race-related events she has recently experienced, as well as witnessing it begin to seep into her actions, and affect the social, emotional, and physical aspects of her life. Furthermore, we readers also witness Starr struggle to come into her own, as we see her divided personality, School-Starr and Home-Starr respectively, unable to choose to accept either personality entirely. The Hate You Give is an eerily accurate and real reflection of the consequences and negative outcomes that are brought about by societies lack of empathy and compassion for one another. Starr’s journey to confront the problems she sees not only in society and those around her, but also within herself is executed perfectly by author Angie Thomas. Check this book out if you’re interested in real, compelling narratives that explore the effects of racism within large and small scale actions of others.


Book Review by: Eileen

Divergent by Veronica Roth

Divergent by Veronica Roth This book. This book… THIS BOOK!!!!! Ok, so, apart from trying to type my voice expressions of how much I love it, I have to say that Divergent is amazing. Absolutely wonderful. This is the first book in a trilogy following a girl named Beatrice Prior. The society she lives in is made up of factions, separated by personality, and what they value. Erudite, Amity, Candor, Dauntless, and her own faction, Abnegation. Her choosing day is here, and whatever faction she decides to go to is the faction she stays in for life. That’s a lot of pressure on a 16 year old. But Beatrice has to choose, and choose she does. I’d say more, but I’m not sure how much that’d be spoiling for you. Everyone has different tastes with this type of thing. I definitely recommend this to those of you who love fantasy, The Hunger Games, Maze Runner, anything dystopian basically. Beware though, if you like this book, then you’ll probably want to read Insurgent and Allegiant, and… well, it will destroy you and probably put you in a reading slump. So to readers I say: this book will destroy you and break your heart, and to most people: I loved this book, and you probably will too.


Book Review by: Arjun

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

Unbroken by Laura HillenbrandUnbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand, is a story of hardship, perseverance, and triumph. The novel examines the life of Louis Zamperini, first detailing how from his tough childhood, filled with poverty and abuse from his disciplinarian father he rose to compete in the Olympics with the best. There he made his mark upon the track and field world, catching the eye of Adolf Hitler with his speed and agility. From there he joins the Army during World War 2, and thus begins his odyssey, filled with various tribulations and hardships. The novel examines topics of forgiveness, sacrifice, and redemption, Louis endures more sacrifice in a year or two than most men do in their lives, yet at the end of his journey, he learns to forgive and forget. His experiences after his plane crash lands over the Pacific, despite leading to immediate pain and suffering, ultimately make him a better man. Louis’s character evolution over the course of the novel can be clearly felt by the reader, along with the feelings and hardships that Louis experiences as a prisoner of war. I highly recommend this book to those wishing to learn more about the resilience of the human spirit, and its capacity for forgiveness.


Book Review by: Eileen

You Should See Me In A Crown by Leah Johnson

You Should See Me In A Crown by Leah JohnsonThis book was beautiful. The style, the writing, the plot; all of it. Took me in and wouldn’t let me back out. This realistic fiction book is a romance, and very sweet at that. The main character, Liz Lighty, was declined her scholarship to her dream school. That left one option. She couldn’t tell her grandparents and have them sell the house, so she had to run for prom queen. Campbell (the town Liz lives in) is prom obsessed, and everything centers around this event. But she needs that scholarship, so she campaigns anyway. It seems like it’s going to be a joyless whirlwind of a ride, until a new girl comes and decides to run. Her name’s Mack. For those of you who read stuff like this, you probably know where this is going (kind of cliche, but that’s why you read it, right?). Anyway, Liz immediately warms up to this girl, and it seems that it might not be so bad. Like I said, I love this book, and you should totally go read it. It has a lot of representation as well, which I think is really important. So read it! Have fun!


Book Review by: Arjun

Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan

Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark SullivanBeneath a Scarlet Sky is the story of Italian teenager Pino Lella, and his experiences during World War II. The book features outstanding character development, demonstrating the evolution of Pino from an uninterested and uninvolved teenager into a central member of the resistance that wielded great responsibility. The book chronicles how the teenager became involved in the war, and his increasingly larger role in the Allied effort against the Germans. He first joined the German Army to avoid conscription and then became a peripheral member of the resistance, helping Jews escape over the Alps to Switzerland where they would be safe. Later, through a stroke of fortune he was able to become the personal chauffeur of a German general and spy on him and relay information to his handlers. Throughout the book he also experiences great loss, losing members of his family along with his child-like innocence and naivety forever. The book examines themes of tragedy, resistance, and redemption, not only in Pino Lella, but in others around him, including members of the German army. Whether their awakening is fueled by genuine remorse and grief or by fear at facing the consequences of their actions is a matter left for the reader to decide. I highly recommend this novel to anyone interested in the lives of those who fought to end World War II and endured immense personal sacrifice in order to do so.


Book Review by: Eileen

Legend by Marie Lu

Legend by Marie LuLegend by Marie Lu is a book I read a little while ago, and when I tell you I couldn’t stop reading it, I mean it. It’s the first book in a four book series, and the entire thing is wonderful. Amazing. I don’t have any words for it. Actually I do: So, this book takes place in the Republic, which rose out of the United States of America. We have Day, who is a criminal mastermind, and June, a prodigy that got a perfect score on her Trial— something that’s never been done before. Nobody knows anything about Day. They do have his fingerprints, but it doesn’t match anything in the Republic’s database. They’ve gone through many attempts to contain him, but none have succeeded. Then, June’s brother, the only family she has left, is found dead at one of Day’s crime scenes; a breakin for plague medicine. June, being the stubborn and clever person she is, then devises a plan. Find out how their paths cross in this thrilling dystopian novel!
This book, and series, created an entire other world for me to escape into. I felt so connected with the characters, and Marie definitely does a good job of making sure you’re paying close attention. I mean, the description was jaw-dropping. One of the best series I’ve ever read. These books are going to be the ones that, when I’m ten years older, will be reading again. Going back to the people who became my family just a little while ago. Anyway, why are you still here? Go get the book and start reading!


Book Review by: Isra

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Six of Crows by Leigh BardugoLeigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows is a young adult fiction/fantasy novel following six characters’ journey to completing a seemingly impossible heist. Kaz, Inej, Jesper, Wylan, Matthias, and Nina each have their unique skills and must work together to pull off this mission. The book is focused on the outcasts of society, taking place in Ketterdam, the center of international trade and home to many criminal organizations. Each character faces their own emotional and physical trauma, and the constant shift between point-of-view allows the characters to tell their own story. Bardugo’s plotting is engaging, with many twists and turns, making the book hard to put down. Her prose transports the reader to this fantastical world for the time being. This book is the first of a duology and is followed by, Crooked Kingdom, which continues this mesmerizing story.


Book Review by: Isra

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra ClareCassandra Clare’s Clockwork Angel is an adventure/fantasy novel and the first of the Infernal Devices trilogy. It is set in 1878, and 16-year-old Tessa Gray travels to London to live with her older brother. After realizing her brother is nowhere to be found, she descends into London’s supernatural underworld, searching for him. Tessa quickly learns that her only allies are the demon-slaying Shadowhunters-Will and Jem. They soon find themselves up against the Pandemonium Club, a mysterious organization of vampires, demons, warlocks, and humans. With a magical army, the Club plans to rule the British Empire, and only Tessa and her allies can stop them. This intriguing and engaging storyline will keep you glued to the book for hours.


Book Review by: Isra

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri ManiscalcoKerri Maniscalco’s Stalking Jack the Ripper is a mystery/horror fiction novel and the first of a young adult series. Set in 1888, seventeen-year-old Audrey Wadsworth was born in a seemingly perfect world with privilege extended before her. But against society’s expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle’s laboratory to study forensic medicine. Audrey is investigating a serial murderer, as she works on a string of savagely killed corpses. She is a strong and courageous female protagonist, forced to work against societal norms. The story’s shocking twists and turns keep you engaged and is quite a ride. Being disseminated with real, sinister period photos and historical information makes this book hard to forget.


Book Review by: Isra

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa TahirSabaa Tahir’s An Ember in the Ashes is fantasy fiction and the first book of a young adult series. Within this world, in the Martial Empire, disobedience is met with death. The protagonist, Laia, lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family does not challenge the Empire, but when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, she abandons this thought to save him. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she risks her life to be a spy from within the Empire’s best military academy. This book is an emotional roller coaster, but the characters and plot make it worth it. An Ember in the Ashes is truly a unique and captivating novel that is adventurous, amusing, and thrilling.


Book Review by: Isra

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

City of Bones by Cassandra ClareCassandra Clare’s City of Bones is an adventure/fantasy fiction novel and the first of The Mortal Instruments series. The protagonist, fifteen-year-old Clary Fray, is pulled into the world of Shadowhunters-half-angel warriors who protect humanity from evil forces-after witnessing a murder no one else can see. Within twenty-four hours, Clary’s world is turned upside-down after her mother is kidnaped. Cassandra Clare created a fascinating yet complex world full of backstory coupled with other-worldly creatures. This interesting world includes vampires, werewolves, faeries, warlocks, and Shadowhunters. Each faction has its own politics, powers, and agendas. Enveloped with exciting action, light romance, and engrossing narration, Clare sweeps her readers into her world.


Book Review by: Isra

Asylum by Madeleine Roux

Asylum by Madeleine RouxMadeleine Roux’s Asylum is a young adult horror novel and the first of the book series. This book is a story about sixteen-year-old Daniel Crawford, who attends a New Hampshire College Prep summer program. The students taking part in the program are told that they will be staying in the old asylum on campus. As Dan and his new friends, Abby and Jordan, explore the hidden corners of their summer home, they learn it is no coincidence that the three of them ended up there. The asylum holds a terrifying past and secrets that refuse to stay buried. The book contains unsettling photos of real abandoned asylums, adding to the chilling mystery and page-turning suspense. Roux’s, Asylum, is a horror story with a good plot and well-developed mystery.


Book Review by: Isra

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Cinder by Marissa MeyerMarissa Meyer’s Cinder is a utopian and dystopian/science fiction young adult novel and the first book of the series, Lunar Chronicles. Inspired by the story of Cinderella, this book is about a sixteen-year-old cyborg named Cinder. In this futuristic world, humans and androids walk the streets of New Beijing, but not all are seen equally. Cinder must deal with the reality of being a cyborg in a world that considers her a second-class citizen. When her life becomes intertwined with the Prince’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle between Earthens and Lunars. Earthens inhabit Earth, and Lunars are former Earthens who colonized the moon and over time, began developing mind-control abilities. The engaging plot and subtle parallels to the original Cinderella story keep you pulled in till the end.


Book Review by: Isra

Before I Let Go by Marieke Nijkamp

Before I Let Go by Marieke NijkampMarieke Nijkamp’s Before I Let Go is a stand-alone mystery/fiction novel. Set in the isolated community of Lost Creek, Alaska, this is a story following best friends Corey and Kyra. After moving, and merely days before returning to visit her home, Corey receives the news that Kyra died. She returns to her former home only to find herself labeled an outsider. But struggling to fit in is the least of her troubles. In her absence, Kyra, the best friend she left behind, slipped through ice that enshrouds their small community and died a tragic death. Corey seems to be the only one who truly remembers the girl that was lost and is the only one willing to search for answers.


Book Review by: Isra

The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas

The Hate You Give by Angie ThomasThe young adult novel The Hate You Give, written by Angie Thomas, was inspired by the 2009 shooting of Oscar Grant by a police officer in Oakland, California. The book follows sixteen-year-old Starr Carter, who witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend, Khalil, at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed, and his death quickly made national headlines. What everyone wants to know is: what went down that night? The only person who can truly answer that is Starr. Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, this is a powerful and gripping novel about a girl’s struggle for justice. This book is important, timely, and worthy of reading because of its social and political message.


Book Review by: Isra

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
by Ransom Riggs

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom RiggsRansom Riggs’s Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is a contemporary fantasy and young adult novel, and the first of its series. A mysterious island, an abandoned orphanage, and a strange collection of photographs make this book all the more interesting. This is an unforgettable novel that weaves fiction and photography into a thrilling reading experience. The story opens with a family tragedy that leads sixteen-year-old Jacob traveling to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar they may have been dangerous. The children have been isolated on the deserted island for good reason, and it seems they may still be alive. A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is a delight to anyone who enjoys an adventure.


Book Review by: Jessica

The Girls by Emma Cline

The Girls by Emma ClineThe Girls by Emma Cline was a book I also recently finished, and despite some of the reviews, I was absolutely enthralled by it. This book takes place in alternating times, all of which kept me on my toes. The imagery was absolutely exhilarating, and I swear it felt like I was in the 60s itself, I could perfectly picture it. A while ago I read another book about a girl that was in a cult(fictional, of course), and I found that The Girls was way more realistic. Despite how long ago this book takes place, I found myself relating to the teenage angst that the main character, Evie. That honestly doesn’t sound good, considering we’re talking about cults, but it shows how vulnerable we all are. We like to picture cult members as weird and so apart from ourselves, but we never consider how the slightest amount of events could make us just like them. This review, as I’m writing it so far, seems as if the book were glorifying cults. That argument though would be proven wrong. As I mentioned before, the book is split into alternating parts, one in which the main character reflects over the atrocities of their cult leader and the brainwashed members. Overall, this book was beautifully executed.


Book Review by: Jessica

The Vegetarian by Han Kang

The Vegetarian by Han KangI recently finished The Vegetarian by Han Kang . I picked up this book after watching a youtube video about books that Elio from Call me By Your Name would read. That being said, I didn’t expect much as I wasn’t reading it out of my own interest. Although I finished it like a week ago, I still find myself pondering on it from time to time, especially whenever I see meat. It’s that provoking of a book. It’s a very interesting concept-vegetarianism and veganism, that is- to mull about, when it’s taken into its essence. Diet culture and restriction of meat is very commonplace in today’s society, so it’s very mind dazzling to see the concept taken into the consideration of a culture that is not as used to it. This book and the writing were so haunting, and while the ideas presented in it made absolutely no sense, at the same time they were the most crystal clear and comprehensible ideas ever, right in my face. This book prompts you to look at everything you ever knew backwards, and that is something that I love. Overall, the book is hauntingly and disturbingly beautiful, so if you ever get a hold of the book, it’s definitely something you should read.


Book Review by: Hadee

Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson

Piecing Me Together is written by Renee WatsonPiecing Me Together is written by Renee Watson and was published in 2017, it has been given awards and is critically acclaimed. It’s a fictional story about a teenage girl named Jade, Jade lives in an impoverished and ill-maintained neighborhood, she has the mindset that if she is ever going to be successful she needs to leave this neighborhood. She has a supportive mother that works day in and day out so her daughter can succeed. There is a wide range of motifs and themes the story reflects, they include but are not limited to privilege and mentorship. This book was meant for people in our age group and it does a pretty good job of relating to younger generations. While it is not a true story it is a powerful and meaningful story, it covers every relevant subject, one being police brutality. This is what makes the story seem more realistic, in summation, this book feels real, because almost everything that happens in it, happens in our day-to-day lives, which adds to the overall level of realism.


Book Review by: Hadee

Maus by Art Spiegelman

Maus by Art SpiegelmanMaus is one of the best books I have ever read, It is a powerful story, It is the perfect book for people who prefer to read comics but also want to read a compelling story. It was written by Art Spiegelman and it was originally published in 1980. To many, it is one of the best graphic novels ever written even after 30 years of its publication. Its protagonist, Vladek Spiegelman, lives through the fast process of Hitler’s Nazi regime taking over Europe. It reflects the absolute trepidation that so many people had to go through just because they didn’t have blonde hair and blue eyes. What makes this book so different from other books is the fact all the races in the book are represented by animals. Germans are represented by cats, and Jews are represented by mice. This is a fantastic book, with a twist on a real story, which is what makes it so unique.


Book Review by: Hadee

The Giver by Lois Lowrey

The Giver by Lois LowreyThe Giver is a dystopian/science fiction novel written by Lois Lowrey, it was originally published in 1993. The protagonist is a boy named Jonas who lives in a dystopian society with no crime and no such thing as sadness, but, it’s not as it seems at first glance. When children are around the age of 14 they are assigned their occupation which they have no choice but to do for the rest of their lives. There is no such thing as freedom, even your parents are chosen for you. The story reflects on the subject of freedom, more specifically that people should have freedom, but a higher authority of that society should limit that freedom o a certain extent. In order to keep the peace and not let chaos rule, the government should guide and assist its people. People should be able to experience life as it is, because without joy, and without pain. Life isn’t, well, life, this book can really put you in the zone, it challenges the ideals that we already have, which is why it’s such a powerful and, In general, a fantastic read worth your time.


Book Review by: Hadee

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

The Raven Boys by Maggie StiefvaterThe Raven Boys is a fantasy fiction is the first novel is from the series The Raven Cycle, The Raven Boys was written by Maggie Stiefvater and was published in 2012. While I did not read any other book of the series I can tell you that this book is definitely underrated. But I will let you find out why when you read it, the novel reflects on the subjects of friendship and power. The novel focuses on this group of boys that are called The Raven Boys, hence the title. The Raven boys are extremely wealthy and powerful, they do not understand what it means to be in poverty and they have no concept of currency. They do not value materialistic things to a certain extent, but they do value loyalty the most. I won’t go too deep into my description of the protagonist in order to avoid spoilers, her name is Blue Sargent and she can be described as being a pretty good example of what a typical teenager does and says, yet she is completely different in some aspects. In summation, this book is really weird, to say the least, and it can get confusing from time to time but is definitely worth your time if interested.


Book Review by: Hadee

Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell

Nineteen Eighty-Four by George OrwellNineteen Eighty-Four is a science fiction/dystopian novel published in 1949 and written by George Orwell. This book is one of many of George Orwell’s greatest works, this novel serves as a warning to the people at the time and future generations of the danger of totalitarianism. The novel goes into great detail about how oppressive these forms of government can be when they are given too much power. For example, the novel touches upon very relevant subjects of the 21t century despite it being a very old book. For example, the novel touches upon the subject of controlled history. An example of this would be the victor of any war writing the history and twisting certain aspects to their will and nobody can say anything about it. In summation, 1984 is a highly controversial yet powerful novel, which is the norm for all of Orwell’s works.


Book Review by: Hadee

Animal Farm by George Orwell

Animal Farm by George OrwellAnimal Farm is a dark, powerful, fantastic novel overall, and one of my favorite books of all time. Animal farm is a dystopian novel written by George Orwell that was originally published in 1945 and since then there have been many recreations. The main themes the novel reflects upon are power and totalitarianism. If you read my other review for 1984 you can realize that the themes are pretty much the same which is why both books are so great. The topic of corruption is probably the most detailed out of any of the themes in the novel. I really want to go into detail about the plot but all I can say is that there is technically not a protagonist but the story focuses on a group of animals that take over their master’s farm and slowly evolve into a society of monarchy and extreme corruption. This is the most creative way to show people what happens when a society is run by a monarch and the class system is based on discrimination that I have ever seen.


Book Review by: Hadee

A-List of Cages by Robin Roe

A-List of Cages by Robin RoeA-List of Cages is a fiction novel written by Robin Roe and was published in 2017, so it is a fairly recent book. The novel focuses on the stories of two foster brothers, Adam and Julian. Adam and Julian have not seen each other for a few years at this point and they are excited to be reunited once more. But, as they spend more time with each other their relationship begins to crumble, and that’s where I will stop with the plot summary in order to avoid spoilers. Both Julian and Adam, specifically Adam have great character development which makes the story a lot more gripping and interesting than it already is. The reviews for this book are fantastic and I enjoyed it as well but one thing I believe it lacks is Julian’s character development, which is why I focused on Adam’s more. Keep in mind this is just my opinion so you may think it’s better than I do so don’t let this decrease your interest in this book. In summation, I think this is a real page-turner and would recommend this to anyone looking for an overall compelling story.


Book Review by: Hadee

We Hunt The Flame by Hafsah Faizal

We Hunt The Flame by Hafsah FaizalWe Hunt The Flame is a Fantasy Fiction book that was originally published in 2019, so it’s one of the more recent books I have reviewed. It was written by Hafsah Faizal and it was given many awards, one of them being a New York Times bestseller. At the moment there are two books in the series and there are supposed to be more on the way, the setting is set in ancient Arabia and our protagonist is a woman named Zafira. Zafira disguises herself as a man that is known as the hunter, in order to prevent the people of her village from starvation she must go into the dark and spooky forest. The story reflects on many themes, two of them being grief and forbidden love. While I did not love this book I did enjoy reading it and I know other people will enjoy it more than I did, though I did not read the second book, so far it is a compelling story that I am legitimately interested in. But, I do suggest reading both books because that’s what I plan on doing in the near future.


Book Review by: Hadee

Lord of The Flies by William Golding

We Hunt The Flame by William GoldingLord of The Flies is a young adult fiction novel originally published in 1954 and was written by William Golding. This novel is considered to be very well written, and I have to say I definitely agree, considering it was written by a Nobel Prize winner. The novel explores the hypothetical situation of a group of young boys, ranging in age, surviving on an island with no sentient life but themselves. The novel reflects how children, when alone, govern themselves which then connects to the themes of rational thinking and decision making based on emotions. The reason why Golding decided to write and later publish this novel was that he believed that the books that had been out at the time misrepresented how children would react and interact with each other. In my opinion, that seems pretty bizarre, but everyone needs their inspiration I guess. In summation, despite the author’s inspiration for the novel, it is a great novel, with a fantastic and compelling story, great writing, and great character development.


Book Review by: Hadee

Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay

Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy RibayPatron Saints of Nothing is a real page-turner to say the least, it was written by Randy Ribay and is a mystery fiction novel. It was originally published in 2019, so it was pretty recent, the novel covers countless relevant topics in today’s climate. The novel reflects the themes of identity, more specifically immigrant identity and what I think is the most important theme, family. The protagonist, Jay, was born in the Philippines but has not been there for many years, the book focuses on the bond Jay has with his cousin Jun which has mysteriously passed away. Jay’s mission is to find why and how Jun died due to the fact his death is shrouded from the truth. I want to say more but at the same time, I don’t want to spoil anything besides the main purpose/story of the book. This is a great book overall and if you are a fan of mystery this is the book for you. I don’t love mystery-based books, but I still highly recommend this for anyone looking for a good book in general.


Book Review by: Hadee

The Five People You Meet In Heaven by Mitch Alborn

The Five People You Meet In Heaven by Mitch AlbornThe Five People You Meet In Heaven is one of the greatest books I have ever read, it was written by Mitch Alborn and it was published in 2003, but since then there have been a few recreations. It is a Philosophical fiction novel, a book of mystery, and a brain teaser with a powerful and overall amazing story. There is a sequel to this book, but sadly I have not read it yet, but I do suggest reading both books to get the full experience. The story is centered around a man named Eddie, the novel follows his experiences of his life and afterlife. The novel reflects on the themes of everything happening for a reason, and that everyone has a purpose in life, and it’s our job to find out what that purpose is, it touches on countless other themes, I just believe those two are the most important. Anyone and I mean anyone looking for a great book to get you through quarantine, this is the book for you. This book has one of the greatest character development I have ever seen in any literature.


Book Review by: Hadee

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

The Hate U Give by Angie ThomasThe Hate U Give is a very powerful and relevant story in today’s society. It was originally published in 2017, so pretty recent, I am sure by now many people have heard about this book due to its popularity and it is definitely underrated. It is a Young Adult Fiction novel written by Angie Thomas, the story reflects on the subject of police brutality, and the BLM movement. The story explores the story of the friend of a victim of police brutality, his friend being unarmed but shot and killed anyways because of the color of his skin. This book won Coretta Scott King Author Honor, a Michael L. Printz Honor, and the Odyssey Award for the best audiobook for kids and teens. I would recommend this to anyone that loves realistic fiction or enjoys books based on events that occur in real life. It’s not a page-turner in my opinion but despite that, it is still a great book.


Book Review by: Hadee

Scythe by Neal Shusterman

Scythe by Neal ShustermanScythe is a science fiction/dystopian novel, it was published in 2016 and written by Neal Shusterman. This book has great potential to become one of the best science fiction series, it was most definitely a page-turner. The book is set hundreds of years into the progress of humanity, at this time we have apparently conquered any kind of disease and in general all problems. But like any other society that seems perfect, there is a dark side that is quickly uncovered. The most important themes this novel reflects on are morality, corruption, and AI (Artificial Intelligence). There is a Scythe movie in the works at the moment but I have done some research but I can’t figure out if the movie was a project that was given up or not because the trailer came out four years ago. But I digress, I would recommend reading this book if you are looking for an intense sort of thriller, this book is by no means and chill and relaxed, it can get really dark.


Book Review by: Hadee

Born A Crime by Trevor Noah

Born A Crime by Trevor NoahYou think Trevor Noah’s comedy is good, wait until you read his book, Born A Crime. Born A Crime was written by Trevor Noah published in 2016 and it is an autobiography, a movie version of the book is soon to be released if not already released. The book reflects on the themes of physical abuse, mental abuse, racism, and love. The book follows the story of his coming of age as a young adult in South Africa. I was surprised when reading this book, I usually judge autobiographical by the fact that they are autobiographical pieces of literature. But this book, this book exceeded my expectations, his life story is so interesting I legitimately wanted to know what happened next after every chapter. Even if you are not interested in non-fiction I highly encourage you to read this book, you will not regret it.


Book Review by: Hadee

Wolf By Wolf by Ryan Graudin

Wolf By Wolf by Ryan GraudinWolf By Wolf is an alternate historical fiction novel written by Ryan Graudin and published in 2015. The story covers the alternate universe where Nazi Germany wins World War II and Hitler and the emperor of Japan, who I forgot the name of, have set up a race to congratulate themselves for winning the war. It is not a bicycle or F1 car race, no, it is a motorcycle race, and our protagonist plans on winning that race. Because if she does, she will be able to meet Hitler and hopefully kill him. But, does she kill Hitler or not? Well, you will just have to find out if you read the book. I don’t generally like books that cover alternate timelines in already set history and this one is no exception, I honestly did not like this book, to be honest, due to the overwhelming majority of books just like this one, the whole what if Hitler won World War II. It just seems very unoriginal and bland at this point. But who knows you may like this book more than I do. Out of ten, I would give this book a 5.3/10.


Book Review by: Hadee

Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D. Schmidt

Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D. SchmidtOrbiting Jupiter was published in 2015, it was written by Gary D. Schmidt, and is a young adult fiction novel. Without a shadow of a doubt the main theme if not one of the main themes is determination, to never give up no matter what, no matter how corny that is, and how cliche it is to say it’s corny. I feel like this book is one of the most depressing and dark books I have ever read, it covers the story of a teenager who has a daughter he has never seen before, he was put into the foster care system, which is very abusive. Both mentally and physically, and he assaulted his teacher which is what put him in jail, well, it’s pretty much jail. Wow, a lot to take in right, Joseph, or protagonist, was put into a foster family, and his new brother named Jack is very weary of Joseph because he knows about his past. I do not like overwhelmingly depressing and dark books, therefore I do not like this book. If you like dark and depressing books, this book is for you, I give this book a 6/10.


Book Review by: Hadee

Paper Towns by John Green

Paper Towns by John GreenPaper Towns is a young adult fiction mystery novel written by John Green and was published in 2008. The novel surrounds the story of Quentin and his quest to find his friend and childhood crush Margo. I generally do not like lovey-dovey books, and this one is no exception. I did not like reading this book because it covers subjects that I am not interested in and don’t feel comfortable even reading. To be fair I do like the mysterious side of the story and the fact that both of the main characters have great character development but the romance is what ruined it for me. This book was definitely not boring nor slow, it was the perfect amount of pages in my opinion. I know most people that have read this book have come to really like it and you might too. So why not give it a try, I would give this book a 6.4/10.


Book Review by: Hadee

Pay It Forward by Catherin Ryan Hyde

Pay It Forward by Catherin Ryan HydePay It Forward is a fiction novel originally published in 1999 and later published as a young adult fiction novel in 2014. It was written by Catherin Ryan Hyde and was later released as a movie in 2000. Our protagonist Trevor McKinney is given a project by his teacher to find a way to change the world for the better. What does he do? How does he do it? Well, you will have to find out if you read the book. Obviously, there is a lot more to the book than this one assignment he was given, but I do not enjoy giving plot summaries. Im not spark notes, in general, I did enjoy reading this book, it’s not fantastic or the greatest book ever. It’s just a good read and I would recommend reading this book due to the fact it’s not intense and it feels like a real story. In summation, I would give this book a 7.6/10.


Book Review by: Hadee

Slaughter House Five by Kurt Vonnegut

Slaughter House Five Kurt VonnegutSlaughter House Five was written by Kurt Vonnegut, it was originally published in 1969, but since then there have been many re-releasing. It is a science-fiction satire, the most important themes, in my opinion, the story covers are the destructiveness of war And free will. I really enjoyed this book and it seems a ton of other people did too, considering this book is in the top 100 best novels of all time. The story follows our protagonist Billy Pilgrim, Billy Pilgrim becomes a prisoner of war after being captured by the German Army, oh and he travels through time occasionally. This book is a real page-turner, I sincerely enjoyed reading every single page. Billy Pilgrim’s character development is fantastic and the way the author intertwines unrealistic and realistic seems / subjects together just makes the book even better. I highly recommend this to anyone, it’s a great read, you will not regret it.


Book Review by: Hadee

Dear Martin by Nic Stone

Dear Martin by Nic StoneDear Martin was written by Nic Stone and was published in 2017, so it is a fairly recently published book. It is a young adult fiction novel that covers the theme of systemic racism and police brutality, to name a few. I honestly do not see the appeal to this book, it’s pretty much the same plot as piecing me together. The book follows the life of Justyce McCallister through a highschool with mostly white students and Justyce is in the school due to a scholarship, see the resemblance yet? Honestly, this book is really nothing special, I don’t know how it was #4 on new york times bestsellers. The story is good, the character development is good, it’s just the fact that this type of story has been told over and over again, it’s just predictable which in turn makes it boring to read. Just experienced first-hand police brutality, by being the victim in it, I did not enjoy this book, but you might, so why not give it a try.


Book Review by: Hadee

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

The Graveyard Book by Neil GaimanThe Graveyard Book was written by Neil Gaiman, published in 2008, and it is a young adult fiction novel. The story follows our protagonist, Nobody Bod Owens, Owens’s family was murdered, and now he is raised by supernatural forces, at least that’s how I interpret it. This book is dark, creepy, yet, it’s a very compelling story, I would not say it’s scary but it definitely can be creepy to some. Owens’s character development is fantastic and the book can get very confusing at times, but that just makes it more mysterious. Which in turn makes it a perfect read because the mysteriousness only makes it more interesting. Obviously, the main theme would be death, but some side themes would free will and the supernatural.


Book Review by: Hadee

The Book Theif by Markus Zusak

The Book Theif by Markus ZusakThe Book Theif was written by Markus Zusak and was published in 2005, it was turned into a movie in 2013. But, with every other book that turned into a movie, the book was definitely better. Almost everyone I know that has read the book told me it dragged, but I have to completely disagree. I really enjoyed the character development of Leisel Meminger and her family/friends. What is most interesting about this book is the fact that the narrator is death itself, the book follows Leisel through Nazi Germany during World War II. Now, I know what you are thinking, “this is just another World War II book”, well you are not wrong, but this is another good World War II book. If you have the time, I highly suggest spending an hour or two a day reading this book, its 99.9% worth reading.


Book Review by: Hadee

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

The Glass Castle by Jeannette WallsThe Glass Castle was written by Jeannette Walls, published in 2005, and is a biography. The book covers the life of the author and her family, Jeanette Walla, the title comes from her father’s lifelong dream, to build a house made of glass, a glass castle. As you most likely know, this book was turned into a movie pretty recently, 2017 I think. This book is fantastic, it has a great story, great character development, and was given a few awards over the years. If you plan on reading the book, I suggest you watch the movie right after. Of course, the book is better, but why not compare the two for the full experience. In summation, I would recommend this book to anyone, and that’s saying much since I don’t usually enjoy biographies.


Book Review by: Hadee

Darius the Great Is Not Okay by Abib Khorram

Darius the Great Is Not Okay by Abib KhorramDarius the Great Is Not Okay was written by Abib Khorram, it was published in 2018, and it is a fiction novel. The book follows the story of Darius Kellner and his family, Darius is a sophomore in high school, and he has to deal with the endless problems his family has. This book is a rollercoaster of emotions, not my emotions, but the emotions of the characters. The amount of hardship and confusion Darious’s life is filled with makes the book much more interesting. Darius trying to go through these problems makes this book an extremely compelling story. I highly, highly recommend this book to anyone reading this, it is one of the best books I have ever read. In summation, it’s a compelling story, with great characters, it’s a real page-turner, It’s definitely worth your time.


Book Review by: Ilona

Magyk by Angie Sage

Magyk by Angie SageI loved reading Angie Sage’s book “Magyk” because it was very adventurous and interesting! Although it was on the longer side, I read it very quickly because this book was so engaging! I am sure that people who enjoy “Harry Potter” would love this book. It has many plot twists, and it is also a series. Mostly, this book is about a family of wizards and all of their adventures and experiences. This family had a magical son who was also a wizard, but he mysteriously disappeared on the day of his birth. The very same day that the queen of their kingdom is killed, the assassin comes after her newborn daughter as well. The family finds this daughter, or “Queenling”, and takes her in as its own. Even though the family loves the “Queenling” very much, she looks completely the opposite of her family. On her tenth birthday, she finds out who she truly is, but also sees that her assassin finally caught up to her. This book takes you on an adventure with the “Queenling”, the wizard family, their aunt Zelda, a peculiar boy named “Boy 412”, and Marcia Overstrand the ExtraOrdinary Wizard. I would definitely recommend this book to anybody who would like to read it!


Book Review by: Gregory

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

And Then There Were None by Agatha ChristieA horrific mystery, And Then There Were None is a story of 8 people who were invited to a mysterious Island by a mysterious Mr. Owen. These 8 people were Justice Wargrave, Vera Claythorne, Philip Lombard, Dr. Armstrong, William Blore, Emily Brent, Thomas Rogers, General Macarthur, Ethel Rogers, Anthony Marston, Isaac Morris. As the characters meet up on the island, many questions are left unanswered, as they question why Mr. Owen has not appeared yet. Soon, slowly, characters have begun to die, one by one, and everyone becomes fearful of the future, as they realize they cannot escape the island. As the characters begin to converse they all realize that at one point or another in their life, they have been accused of murder, or some unethical action that led to another’s untimely death. And Then There Were None articulates themes of guilt, justice, and the effects of aforementioned principles on the human race. Overall, I enjoyed And Then There Were None, as it provoked some profound thought, and made me think about the administration of justice, and how the book relates to punishment in the modern era.


Book Review by: Gregory

Ronaldo by Luca Caioli

The book Ronaldo by Luca Caoli follows the rise to soccer fame of Cristiano Ronaldo, and his amazing amount of success. Cristiano Ronaldo Dos Santos Aviero was born in Madeira, Portugal, to a family of six. From a young age, Ronaldo was obsessed with soccer, and practices on the daily. Into his teenage years, local scouts recognized him as a rising star, and he was recruited to Sporting Lisbon, in Lisbon,Portugal. This was a very hard time in Ronaldo’s life, as he moved from the island of Madeira onto the Portuguese mainland, and was left with little contact with his family. It was no mistake, as he was soon promoted to the Sporting first team, and later joined the ranks of Alex Furguson’s Manchester United in Britain. In the Premier
League, Ronaldo proved his talent and work ethic playing on the left wing with his amazing free kick and goal scoring abilities. His talent garnered the attention of Real Madrid, one of the best teams in the Spanish La Liga, and Real soon bought Ronaldo for their team for close to 100 million euros. Ronaldo won many awards, and shattered goal scoring records and established a rivalry with Lionel Messi vying to be the best player in the world. Overall, Ronaldo proves to be a role model and inspiration for many, as his work ethic is quite remarkable, and his accomplishments are too many to count.


Book Review by: Gregory

Driven by Kevin Cook – Book

Driven is an account of golf students at the David Leadbetter Academy in Florida. Driven really pulls the curtains back on the training of world class athletes who join the PGA Tour. The book covers the rigorous schedule of the gold students and the intense competition between students. Cook even expanded on the idea of parents in the golf setting, where some may be very overbearing on their children, and pushed them as hard as they could to professional golf. This was the case for Michelle Wie, a young woman who was pushed into joining the LPGA, only for her to burn out. I believe that the book offers good advice, that you should not push yourself past your limits, but you should always put forth your best efforts. Also the book offers an inside look on how elite athletes train and become elite, and how you can replicate their success in your interests in your life. Finally, I enjoyed Driven because it addressed the future of golf and many other sports, as it says it is the job of younger generations to carry on the tradition of sports and uphold the legacy of athletes for years to come.


Book Review by: Gregory

Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare“O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo” is one of the most recognizable quotes in the theatrical world, and is part of the heart wrenching tragedy of Romeo and Juliet. Set in the town of fair Verona circa 1595, Romeo and Juliet are members of feuding households, the Montagues and Capulets respectively. However, Romeo encounters Juliet after he sneaks into a masquerade
held by the Capulet family, and instantly falls in love. However, due to the political climate between the families, the two have no choice but to become married in secret. From here, countless obstacles prevent Romeo and Juliet from living together in love, and the plot continues to follow the characters as they try to navigate their emotions and the political implications surrounding Verona. Romeo and Juliet is a great read, and incorporates relatable literary themes that have relevance to modern times, such as light and dark, live and death, and peace and war. Overall, Romeo and Juliet is a worthwhile read, as Shakespeare utilizes his mastery of literary techniques to articulate an develop the plot and theme.


Book Review by: Gregory

On Desperate Ground by Hampton Sides

On Desperate Ground by Hampton SidesOn Desperate Ground is a historical book that covers the events of the Korean War. The Korean War started after encroachment by the communist North Korea into the democratic South Korea. The book covers decisions made on the ground by leading generals such as USMC General Oliver Smith and decisions made from Japan by Commander of the USMC X Corps, Ned Almond. The book most extensively covers the military conquest towards the Yalu River near the North Korean and Chinese border. However, a major road bump in the US conquest was Mao Zedong’s forces joining the war. While the Chinese were terribly trained, and were no match for the expertise of the Marine Corp, the Chinese had so many men, they outnumbered the Marines grossly. Here, Hampton Sides restates accounts of men who fought to their last breath, protecting US assets with their lives. Personally, the most memorable part of the book was the account of men who fought on Fox Hill near the Chosin Reservoir. These men were battered, with little ammunition and supplies, but defended the hill for nearly 3 days until Marine forces were able to assist in their retreat. In conclusion, this was one of my favorite reads as it gave me insight into the real events of the Korean War and gave me a great appreciation for the dedicated and selfless soldiers who preceded us who protected American values.


Book Review by: Gregory

The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo

The Alchemist by Paulo CoehloThe Alchemist is a story of a young boy, named Santiago, who is a shepherd who is in search of his meaning in life. One day, he has a dream that says he needs to go to the pyramids to find a treasure. In search of more information, he goes to a gypsy, who affirms his dream. However, the boy sits in a village square in Spain, and questions his dream. An old man appears and attempts to strike up a conversation. As they talk, he explains that the boy has been revealed his Personal Legend, or his true meaning in life. The story precedes as the boy looks to follow his personal legend, face his doubts, and face many challenges that try to halt his progress. I encourage you to read the book, because it explains and clarifies a lot of principles that have been lies preached throughout society. Paulo Coehlo uses literary techniques to accentuate themes, and bring the story to life. Overall, the book expressed a lot of things that are relevant to society even today, such as the meaning of life, and purpose of humans of the earth.


Book Review by: Gregory

The Odyssey by Homer

The Odyssey by HomerThe Odyssey is a timeless classic written by Homer in the 700s, and whilst it is extremely old, still conveys themes that are relevant in society today, such as justice, fate, and self restraint. The beginning of the epic poem starts in the home of Odysseus, where Telemachus is feeling pitiful of himself, as Odysseus has not returned from the Trojan War for 20 years. As Odysseus was the King of Ithaca, his absence has left his wife in the hands of suitors who seek to marry her and take over Ithaca. However, Athena intervenes, and gives directions on how he can find his father’s whereabouts so they can once again reconvene and save Penelope from the ignorant suitors. Odysseus, alive and trapped with a nymph name Calypso in Ogygia, also sees Athena
appear to him, and she advises him as he escapes Calypso and makes the perilous journey home. In conclusion, the book echoes themes such as homecoming, that humans can still associate with today. Personally, I enjoyed the epic poem, as the literary techniques and allusions were interesting, and the plot was engaging and entertaining.


Book Review by: Lana

The Lord of The Flies by William Golding

The Lord of The Flies by William GoldingThis book begins with a sudden plane crash. Many young children, specifically boys get off the plane and have to find out what to do. There are no adults, parents, food, and shelter. What shocks them most is the idea of no rules. At the beginning the boys are filled with joy that they are in these conditions. The children don’t really focus or realize the conflicts they could be facing. As the plot unfolds, they learn to survive. They demonstrate drastic character development, if not in a good way. Different themes and lessons are taught throughout the book. Leadership and supremacy seems to be all they really care about, read and find out more challenges faced by the young savages and how they learn to survive all on their own.


Book Review by: Lana

The Fault in our Stars by John Green

The Fault in our Stars by John Green Antagonist, Hazel Grace 16 year old young woman faces many challenges of her own. She is diagnosed with Cancer and attends a cancer patient support group. When attending she catches the eye of a 17 year old boy named Augustus Walter who is there on behalf of his friend. As they get to know each other crazy emotions unfold although Grace is unsure of commitment due to fear of death. They speak upon similar past experiences and relate in many different ways. Reading this book really taught me many different lessons. It will teach you to be more grateful of your well-being as well as adds a huge mental/emotional spark to the whole plot.


Book Review by: Lana

We Were Liars by Lockhart, E.
We Were Liars by Lockhart, E.
This book is narrated by a 17 year old girl Cadence Sinclair whose life is pretty privileged. She spends her summers on her grandparents private island. This is with her cousins in which they experience different crazy events together. Candece and her cousins are also known as “The Liars” which place a huge role in the plot. As the story progresses, she is faced with a huge story conflict which occurred 2 years prior to this summer. It’s intricate story line allows a reader to love the characters and their personalities. With the focus of love, and mystery I recommend this book due to its great overall climax.


Book Review by: Lana

13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher

13 reasons why by Jay Asherhis book 13 Reasons Why is not only a book but a very popular netflix series launched in March of 2017. This book speaks upon many everyday struggles a teenage girl experiences in the real world. The main character named Hannah Baker transfers to a new school hoping and believing this was a great choice. Little did she know she would experience insane struggles as a female teenager. With these struggles she decided to take her own life. The twist to it is not only did she just leave, she left back huge issues behind her. These issues include 13 tapes, in each tape is a reason for why she decided to take her life. The book is mostly narrated by another vital character named Clay Jenson who takes a huge role in Hannah’s life. This is a great read for young adults who are eager to learn more about the messed up society we live in, allowing for this book to share rough relatable experiences.


Book Review by: Lana

Book: The Yellow Wallpaper, Charlotte Perkins Gilman
The story begins with the narrator explaining her overall journal writing based on daily events. The narrator mentions how she feels she has a severe sickness. However her husband, a doctor, refuses to believe that her symptoms are real and continuously belittles her. The plot enhances with her undiagnosed sickness getting worse. She experiences more struggles between her and her husband. The falling action is extremely interesting and definitely was worth a read. One of my favorite fiction stories and would recommend it to young adults.


Book Review by: Abigail

Warriors Don’t Cry by Melba Patillo- Beals

Warriors Don’t Cry by Melba Patillo- BealsWarriors Don’t Cry by Melba Patillo- Beals is the most courageous and historically powerful book I have ever read!. This book tends to change your lens on the perspective of racism, which is seen in this modern day era of the 21st century. Even through the eyes of the 1950’s regarding Central
High School. The eyes of the author’s mind is seen through the eyes of her perspective of integration and segregation and how her experience was. While the author was only just a African American teenage girl at the time her biggest inspiration was her grandmother. Although, for her sake she volunteered and learned for the sake of her education to move schools alongside the 8 who fought for integration. The 9 African American teenagers and their road to fight in for victory of this tumultuous event.


Book Review by: Lizette

Do No Harm:Stories of Life, Death, and Brain Surgery by Henry Marsh

Do No Harm:Stories of Life, Death, and Brain Surgery by Henry MarshDo No Harm is a book written by neurosurgeon, Henry Marsh. It discusses a variety of neurological conditions ranging from pineocytoma to trauma to anesthesia dolorosa. Marsh tells stories of his experiences as a neurosurgeon, but he does not only discuss his accomplishments. By discussing his failures, readers realize that a person in this field of work must be mentally strong and very brave. I feel that we often think that doctors are always 100% sure of what they’re doing, but this is not the case. Surgeons must be willing to make mistakes in order to learn and this is scary to think about, but it really opened my eyes. There is so much that we don’t know about the human body, as it’s truly complex. However, it is amazing to think about what we do know, and what doctors like Marsh have been able to accomplish. This helps us appreciate doctors, surgeons, and healthcare workers, especially today during the pandemic. There are many doctors who are working hard to develop cures and treatments for conditions and illnesses that they are not fully informed about, which is extraordinary.Nevertheless, Do No Harm reveals both the ups and downs of neurosurgery, so if you are interested in surgery, I recommend that you read this.


Book Review by: Shurya

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Six of Crows by Leigh BardugoSix of Crows by Leigh Bardugo is a fast-paced heist story in a magical world, following six main characters who can rely on no one but themselves. The story takes place in the mystical Ketterdam and starts with a gang led by Kaz Brekker who is presented with an opportunity that cannot be refused; however, he needs help from five other teenagers. Each character has their unique background and point-of-view in the story with a distinct voice and is each incredibly complex. Whether you are reading about Nina, the ‘Grisha’ who has the power to heal anyone around her, or Inej the cunning spy, you find yourself rooting for the criminals that you would normally root against. The vivid storytelling by Bardugo makes you feel as though you are alongside Kaz and the gang as they narrowly escape their enemies. While each character has their own trauma and battle to face, they find themselves bonding with each other even though they know they should not get attached- after all the heist is only for money. Six of Crows leaves you stunned by its plot twists and invested in the clever characters (probably more than you should be) as you are transported in a dangerous, magical world far more interesting than our own.


Book Review by: Shurya

A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E Schwab

A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E SchwabA Darker Shade of Magic is the first book in a gripping trilogy about different universes of magic, each with London at its center. There is Grey London (a dull London with no magic), White London (where those with magic have all the power), Red London (where magic thrives in a balance), and Black London (a ruined, broken London). Kell is one of the last Antari, a magician from Red London who can move between the universes with objects from each London. While Kell is on one of his shady missions in Grey London, he runs into Lila Bard -a thief with nothing to lose- who manages to surprise him as she somehow robs him and also saves his life. After this exchange, Lila and Kell are forced together to become allies on a treacherous mission that turns into something that neither of them ever anticipated, with the fate of four universes in their hands. Schwab manages to make her writing sound as magical as the universes themselves, with every line sounding more beautiful than the last. While reading, I found myself enthralled by the peculiar world and invested in all of the unique characters, like the ‘royal family’ that Kell is apart of and Lila’s mysterious past. The Shades of Magic trilogy is uniquely its own with its cast of charming characters who shouldn’t get along and the genius worldbuilding.


Book Review by: Shurya

The Woman in the Window by A.J Finn

The Woman in the Window by A.J FinnA Woman in the Window is a thrilling mystery about a woman named Anna Fox who accidentally sees something that would change her life. Anna Fox is agoraphobic and a result never leaves her house (like most of us right now). The story starts slow, with the exposition mainly describing Anna’s daily life that has to take place inside. However, as you continue, you realize why the slow-paced exposition was necessary as it soon unravels Anna as a character. After new people move next door to her, she witnesses something shocking through her window, causing the story to become much more fast-paced. While Anna tries to contact the authorities, she is forced to grapple with what is real and what is not. She takes matters into her own hands, but the problems that have been forcing her to stay inside this whole time are her biggest obstacles. Finn’s gripping descriptions of Anna’s journey keep you on your toes as you question the reality of every event taking place.


Book Review by: Shurya

Grown by Tiffany D Jackson

Grown by Tiffany D JacksonGrown is a tragic story about a young girl who simply wants to make it big in the music industry. The story is told in two timelines, where you find out the ending in the beginning, and are then led back from the past to the present where the story continues. Grown starts with Korey Fields dead and Enchanted Jones waking up next to the body, with no recollection of what happened. But before she even knew him, Enchanted was just a girl with dreams too big for her small home. She desperately wanted to become a singer, but as she pursues her dream she meets people who are not who they pretend to be to the public. She soon gets wrapped up in this world, finding out it is not as glamorous as she thought. The haunting story wraps you in with its easy writing style and shocking plot twists. Grown tells the story that many young girls, unfortunately, experience at the hands of the entertainment industry.


Book Review by: Shurya

Scythe by Neal Shusterman

Scythe by Neal ShustermanScythe by Neal Shusterman is the first book in a dystopian trilogy that is completely different from the countless popular dystopias you may have read before. The book takes place in a seemingly perfect world where humans are now immortal, and you cannot be killed by anything- you can simply be revived. The only way people die is at the hands of Scythes, people who are chosen specifically to have this as a job. Scythes are the most highly regarded people in this society. The story takes off when Citra and Rowan both have to compete for a spot as a Scythe. However, the story is much more than just immortality; it is about what makes mortality and how power changes people. While the political world is very different from our own, the parallels are uncanny as you question the ethics of this futuristic world where technology controls all. Shusterman writes the story where it is impossible to predict what happens next and you are constantly in awe of the clever decisions the characters make. Scythe is a thought-provoking sci-fi where nothing is black and white; the complex characters are forced into decisions where there is no right answer, and sometimes is eerily similar to our world today, even though we are far from the utopia in Scythe.


Book Review by: Shurya

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The Book Thief by Markus ZusakThe Book Theif by Markus Zusak is a beautiful, poignant read that will stay with you long after you finish the book. The story starts with Liesel being taken in by a foster family during World War II, right after her brother dies. She picks up a copy of ‘The Gravediggers Handbook’ next to his grave and thus begins Liesel’s hobby of book stealing- a dangerous hobby since books are frequently being burned during this time. The story follows Liesel’s relationship with literature as she navigates growing up during a time when only hate thrives. Her relationships with the other characters like her strict foster mother, her loving father, and her friend Rudy are painfully real as she grows up. Her family soon takes in a Jew, making her family a potential target if anyone ever finds out. Although the story takes place in such troubled times, the characters manage to still show humanity and have small innocent moments that make you smile. One of the most striking things about The Book Thief is the gorgeous and unique point of view that I don’t think anyone will have experienced before reading this book. The writing by Zusak is breathtaking and makes the story even more impossible to forget. The Book Thief is an unforgettable read that I think everyone needs to read at least once and is guaranteed to make you cry.


Book Review by: Shurya

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins ReidThe Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is about a journalist who seems to be randomly chosen to be interviewing the Hollywood starlet (Evelyn Hugo). Evelyn Hugo was a glamorous movie star who has long since retired but hasn’t had interviews in many years, making the offer to Monique Grant (the journalist) impossible to refuse. While the premise seems simple enough, the execution is much more alluring. There is something about the interview style of this book that makes it impossible to put down; with every page, you want to uncover more of Evelyn’s mysterious life. Monique’s interviews with Evelyn soon make her past clear and show the harsh reality behind her supposed ‘glitzy’ acting life. The real reasons for her seven marriages unfold as Hugo exposes the answers to all the questions she avoided in the past. Reid’s storytelling is captivating as she explains the actuality of Evelyn Hugo as she manages to perfectly capture the glamorous life of an actress and the grueling behind the scenes of it all, and also manages to sneak several plot twists into her story of Evelyn’s rollercoaster of a life.


Book Review by: Shurya

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank GreenAn Absolutely Remarkable Thing is about a normal girl named April May and her friends who accidentally discover a strange sculpture in New York and upload it to the Internet. However, she soon is swept up into the Internet world as she finds out that these sculptures have randomly appeared all over the planet, with no trace of who left them. April and her friends embark on a journey to discover the mystery of these sculptures but it is not easy as April has become a celebrity overnight and someone the public now looks to for comfort in this weird time. An Absolutely Remarkable Thing is a commentary on fame, social media, and politics in a world that is simultaneously attempting to deal with possible space aliens. It is unlike any other sci-fi in its genre and it is certainly much more unusual. Green’s conversational writing flows as you read about this peculiar version of Earth with threats of alien invasions, connected dreams, and weird monkeys. This book is honestly so outlandish but that’s what made it so enjoyable with all the elements coming together perfectly.


Book Review by: Shurya

Renegades by Marissa Meyer

Renegades by Marissa MeyerRenegades by Marissa Meyer is about a world where some people are born with superpowers that are different from the typical superhuman abilities from mainstream movies. A long time ago, a group of people with these abilities announced themselves to be the Renegades and helped overthrow the villains or Anarchists who also had superpowers. Now, the Renegades are a large force that recruits people all the time and are meant to be a representation of peace for everyone in their society except their bitter enemies. Nova is one of these Anarchists who has an agenda against the Renegades because of her traumatic past and wants to get revenge. Adrian is a Renegade who truly believes in their cause. Nova has to clash paths with Adrian to fulfill her revenge, but once she is surrounded by Renegades constantly she begins to see that the world isn’t as she once thought. Each side is complex and neither one is simply good or bad. Renegades takes a common trope and manages to make it much more complicated with secret identities, out worldly abilities, and a thirst for justice on every side.


Book Review by: Shurya

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicole Yoon

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicole YoonThe Sun is Also a Star is about two teenagers in New York who meet at the wrong time. Natasha is a practical girl with science being her forte. She is spending what could be her last day in America trying to prevent her family from being deported back to Jamaica. Daniel is supposed to spend the day at a college interview, making his parents proud, which is what he has been doing his whole life. The book takes place over one day, the most important day in Natasha’s and Daniels’s lives that somehow is made even more significant when their paths clash. The question of how close two people can become over the course of one day is posed. One specific thing I liked about this book was how it wasn’t just told from Natasha or Daniel’s perspective; there were chapters of other ‘random’ characters that showed how many people we can touch in a single day. The Sun is Also a Star illustrates the importance even a single day can be, more specifically, the people we interact with on that day (even the ones who were strangers hours before).


Book Review by: Karolina

Secrets Under the Olive Tree by Nevien Shaabneh

Secrets Under the Olive Tree by Nevien ShaabnehThe book “Secrets Under the Olive Tree” is a fiction based novel of the life of Layla Anwar, a young Palestinian girl born into a country with an apartheid regime. Layla is well aware that her family has been keeping deep, dark secrets for generations as she hears whispers that mask the secrets of her family throughout her village. Even after moving to America with her family, Layla’s adolescent and young adult years are difficult for her due to such cultural differences between Palestine and the United States. The relationships between characters and tragedies that they face will leave you at the edge of your seat. This novel is extremely mysterious and Layla does eventually unlock the unholiest of secrets of her family’s history.



Book Review by: Karolina

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Red Queen by Victoria AveyardThe book “Red Queen” by Victoria Aveyard is the first book of the Red Queen series. The story begins with introducing Mare Barrow, a 17 year old girl that lives in a world divided by the colour of one’s blood, yes, blood. Those with red blood are the ‘commoners,’ the majority of the population that is ruled by the Silver elite, a society of individuals that have silver blood and possess supernatural powers. Mare lives in poverty because of the Silvers’ oppressive power on the Reds. Although, she finds herself working in the Silver’s Palace and ultimately discovers that though her blood is red, she too holds deadly powers of her own. This secret of hers can potentially destroy the balance of power amongst this divided society and bring down the Silver regime. Mare enters a dangerous path of Reds against Silvers, power against justice, and herself against her own heart. What will Mare do with this power she so secretly holds? Read this amazing book and find out!


Book Review by: Mohammad

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott FitzgeraldThe book Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is set in the 1920’s Jazz age New York. The narrator is a man from the Midwest named Nick Carraway. However, the subject of the book is the mysterious Jay Gatsby. He claims to be a self-made millionaire, and people know very little about him. It covers him and his pursuit of a woman named Daisy Buchanan. It covers a lot of themes throughout the story. We see the effects of materialism on people, and how they interact with each other. The period the book is set in is also very interesting. All of the characters in the book are well written and deep. I personally love the book and recommend it to anyone who is interested.


Book Review by: Karolina

12 Years a Slave by Solomon Northup

12 Years a Slave by Solomon NorthupThe book 12 Years a Slave is a nonfiction memoir of the life of Solomon Northup, a free man who was sold into slavery in 1841. This shocking read opens doors to an absolutely horrendous yet courageous journey Northup faced as he fought his way back to freedom when being hundreds of miles away from home. Solomon Northup was born a free man in New York where he lived a comfortable life with his wife and children, until he was lured to Washington D.C. for a business trip that promised him ‘fast money.’ He later was drugged, beaten, and sold into slavery in Washington D.C. and shipped to a Louisiana plantation where he would spend the next 12 years of his life, a slave. This captivating true story is one of many portraits of American slavery and leaves you on the edge of your seat, presenting Northup’s darkest moments in a fight to freedom. This book was also made into a major motion picture and awarded several Grammy awards for its amazing story and performance. I highly recommend reading the book and watching the movie as it will blow you away with the authentic horrors of slavery in the south during the 1800’s.


Book Review by: Jessica

The Good Girls by Claire Eliza Bartlett

The Good Girls by Claire Eliza BartlettI love mystery books, especially ones that display cliques and the stereotypical high school girls involved with murder. They’re usually super exaggerated, but very much appreciated because they are often packed with heavy drama, exactly my cup of tea. The Good Girls by Claire Bartlett is an example of this genre, but it will forever stick out as one of my favorite ya murder mystery books. Unlike the other types of books that would fall into this genre, the plot with its twists and turns is very well executed. Usually I am able to predict everything that happens in these mystery books within the first hundred pages. This book kept giving and giving until the very end, which was very enjoyable. In this way, it reminds me of another one of my favorite YA murder mystery books, One of Us is Lying. Although some features of this book were a bit unrealistic, it’s what makes this book even better, because who doesn’t like to see girls supporting girls? This book was definitely worth my Valentines Day.


Book Review by: Jessica

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D SalingerI love The Catcher in the Rye so much. The way it is narrated reminds me a lot about the way I narrate my own life, with a wistful and nostalgic eye. Overall, I feel like for the most part that I only like this book so much because I relate to Holden on some level. Holden, in my view, is so complex and perfect. Well, not perfect, but honest and raw. He isn’t afraid to pick out his own flaws and pick apart the flaws of the world. He is a sinner trying to perfect the world because he couldn’t perfect himself. In a way, this book kind of reminds me of The Bell Jar, which is another book that I had fallen in love with. After reading this book. I spent a lot of time thinking. This was a really thought provoking experience and I recommend it to anyone and everyone.


Book Review by: Jessica

Circe by Madeline Miller

Circe by Madeline MillerI, myself, am not usually a fan of anything within the fantasy genre. Surprisingly, though, I did enjoy reading Circe by Madeline Miller. The way the book is written is very captivating, like Circe herself, and now I actually want to read more of her novels. The imagery of the book was sublime and ethereal, and now I desperately want to transport myself to the lands that the titans and olympians roamed. Life seems to be much less dull there. I also really enjoyed the way that this book portrays Circe. I had to read the Odyssey for english class, and the Odyssey really gave a stern impression of how evil and alluring Circe was. Despite that, I always admired Circe because she turned Odysseus’ crew mates into pigs, so it was fun to read a book that focused on her. And the writing, as I said before, is just amazing. It was so gentle, like a whisper, and I felt all the emotions, as if I were an old lady looking upon a past life, or a friend telling it to me.


Book Review by: Maha

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Wonder by R.J. PalacioThis book is about a kid named August who struggles with his appearance since he was born with a facial deformity. He wants to be accepted in school/society but he’s seen as different and people form a judgement about him before getting to know him. He spent his elementary years being homeschooled until he enrolled in public junior high which is where he comes across bullying. I recommend this book because it helps the reader understand the perspective of someone who struggles with judgement and self esteem. The big takeaway of this book is about true friendship and acceptance.There’s also a movie based on this book as well. I enjoyed both but I think the movie leaves out key details that the book better elaborates.


Book Review by: Maha

Life in a Fishbowl by Len Vlahos

Life in a fishbowl by Len VlahosThis novel is about a 15 year old girl named Jackie whose dad has terminal brain tumor that is incurable. Since her dad doesn’t want to leave her family financially deprived, he basically puts his life up for auction on ebay.The highest bidder is allowed to use him for whatever they’d like.I enjoyed reading this book because it’s comedic and set up with different perspectives from each character. The issue of voluntary ethunasia and the disagreement between christian believers are a topic discussed in this novel. Also, since the media was informed of Jackie’s dad’s online ad, they are put on reality television. However, since it was edited and made to be put out a certain way, their family has to deal with the backlash and consequences of this.


Book Review by: Maha

Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire. by J.K. RowlingOut of all the books in this series I enjoyed this one the most because it was very interesting and had a lot of conflict in it. It’s when Harry is on summer vacation and goes to the quidditch world cup finals and the death eaters leave Voldemort’s symbol. This leads the community to be frantic all while Hogwarts hosts the Triwizard tournament. The people who are eligible to be in the tournament must be picked by the “goblet of fire”. There’s much at stake and they had to complete 3 magical tasks which put a lot of pressure on the contestants. It’s not only Hogwarts that is a part of the challenge, 2 other schools had to compete as well. This was probably the scariest book in my opinion because of the suspense so I would recommend this book. It’s the 4th one of the series, so be sure to read the others to know the backstory.


Book Review by: Maha

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper LeeThis book is about the lives of the siblings scout & jem, their father atticus in the town of Maycomb, Alabama during the great depression. It sheds light on topics like race,class, innocence,injustice, hypocrisy,tradition in the south. The perspective of this novel is from a 6yr old scout who discovers what prejudice is and learns about innocence through the symbolism of a mockingbird. This book is by far one of my favorites because it conveys empathy and realism. There is also a movie made based on this book but I think the book elaborates more and is way better than the movie. This book really shows how people’s reputations are not always a representation of who they are. This novel isn’t boring at all and contains so much symbolism which makes it deeper than it seems.


Book Review by: Maha

The Pigman by Paul Zindel

The Pigman by Paul ZindelThis book is about two teens, John and Lorraine, who meet a strange man after doing prank calls. After pretending to be with a charity organization, they meet Mr Pignati and start a friendship with him. Since he is a widow, he quickly becomes a parental figure for the two teens.They begin to hang out more while Mr. Pignati gives them the love and attention they lack in their own households.After he suffers a health injury, John and Lorraine house sit for him but foolishly threw a party without Mr. Pignati’s knowledge. When he comes back from the hospital,he finds his valuable collection of porcelain pigs which he held dearly since it was his late wife’s collection completely destroyed by the drunken teens. This book shows the fragility of human life, taking advantage of kindness, and consequences of grief. It’s not too long of a book but very interesting.


Book Review by: Maha

Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

Romeo and Juliet by William ShakespeareThe setting of this novel is in Verona, Italy in the year 1303.This book is about 2 “star crossed lovers” who fall for each other even though their families are rivals. Juliet Capulet is forced to get married to a suitor, Country Paris while secretly meeting with Romeo Montague who plans on running away with her. I enjoyed reading this book because it was very interesting and descriptive. I liked how it was written in old English because it allows the reader to envision the time period this was written in. Also, it shows the development of forgiveness from both the capulets, and montagues (sworn enemies) which is a major theme of this book. This book was really captivating and detailed so I finished reading it pretty quickly. Even though it’s about 480 pages, you won’t even realize because it goes by fast.


Book Review by: Hadee

A Raisin in the Sun by Lorain Hansberry

A Raisin in the Sun by Lorain HansberryA Raisin in the Sun was originally a play later created into a book by Lorain Hansberry. The book portrays the struggles of an African American family living in poverty in the mid-1900s in South Side Chicago. Like any other family, they argue and yell at each other, but any problems they have, they try to face them together. The main two things the book touches on are race and dreams, more specifically what happens when a dream deferred? I will not be answering that to avoid spoilers for anyone interested in reading, but I extremely recommend if you are interested to listen to the audiobook while simultaneously following along. I say this because the actors in the audiobook use real emotion and it really makes you feel like you are actually watching the play. This is a great story with real problems with great character development, I assure anyone reading this that it’s worth your time.


Book Review by: Hadee

Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller

Death of a Salesman by Arthur MillerDeath of a Salesman was originally a play and later turned into a book and it was written, by Arthur Miller. Some general information about the protagonist, he is a normal guy named Willy Loman, a salesman for a little under forty years. He is sixty years old and his life seems to be going nowhere, he is married and has two boys. His marriage is in shambles and so is his relationship with his two sons. He struggles in life due to his twisted views on what makes a person successful, which connects the theme of the American Dream. I strongly suggest reading this book, it’s one of the best books I have ever read and one of the only books that has made me annoyed reading it. I mean that as a compliment, the characters feel real and they face problems in ways that are not completely ethical and moral. In summation, it’s a great book and it should be on anyone’s list of books to read.


Book Review by: Hadee

The Absolutely Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

The Absolutely Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman AlexieThe Absolutely Diary of a Part-Time Indian is a novel written by Sherman Alexie. A story is a first-person narrative about a 14-year-old Native American boy named Arnold Spirit Junior. Arnold, also known as Junior lives on an Indian reservation, he is a determined, brave, and smart a kid with low self-esteem. He believes he is invisible and weak, which is far from the truth. In reality his peers see him as an intelligent kid that is determined to be successful despite the many hardships he goes through. He spends his free time doodling and creating little cartoons of his surroundings and the people he sees and knows. This is a great book for anyone, especially young adults,


Book Review by: Hadee

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray BradburyFahrenheit 451 was written by Ray Bradbury, it is dystopian fiction, and it was first published in 1953. The story takes place in a society where all books are banned, yes you read this correctly, where all books are banned. And these people called firemen burn any and all book they find. The reason the title is called Fahrenheit 451 is because that is the temperature in which books burn. The protagonist, Guy Montag, is one of these firemen, over time he starts to question his role in society and begins to wonder why he is burning all these books. This novel reflects the theme of freedom of speech and the freedom of thinking without having to be censored. I would recommend this book to any and all teens, it is a fantastic read and one of if not the best of any of Ray Bradbury’s work.


Book Review by: Hadee

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

We Were Liars by E. LockhartWe Were Liars is the kind of book that messes with your head, it’s a thriller, and it was written by E. Lockhart and published in 2014, it also won the award for best young-adult fiction novel. This novel touches on the themes of family ties and most importantly, self-acceptance, among a few more. The story is about the Sinlcair family, a family of extremely rich and powerful that spend their summers on a secluded private island that they own. The protagonist is a girl named Cadence, she is the oldest grandchild in the family and the narrator of the novel. What I believe to be what makes the novel more interesting is the fact the Cadence is an unreliable narrator. She has a hard time remembering things in detail or at all, which leaves the reader in the dark on some occasions. This novel can get really confusing which is what makes it so good, I had so many questions going in and I would even have those “what just happened” moments. This is a great read for anyone looking for thriller and mystery.


Book Review by: Hadee

The Martain by Andy Weir

The Martain by Andy Weir
The Martain is a science fiction novel written by Andy Weir, which, impressively, was originally self-published. No, the protagonist is not an alien, rather he is a man named Mark Watney. A botanist that was stranded on Mars and must find a way to survive, hoping he ever gets rescued from this desolate wasteland, these events occur in the year 2035. The novel represents the progress of mankind on interplanetary travel and science in general in the future; it also reflects the importance of logical and ethical thinking when in times of stress. At times this novel had me at the edge of my seat, wanting to know what happens next, and if you do plan on reading it, watch the movie after you finish and compare the two. While the book is definitely better than the movie, it’s worth the comparison. This was one of the books that I came across from my school’s book club, and I really enjoyed reading, then, discussing it with my peers. In general, I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a good science fiction/drama novel to get you through quarantine.


Book Review by: Wareesha

The Invisible Life of Addie Larue by V.E. Shwab

The Invisible Life of Addie Larue by V.E. Shwab
The Invisible Life of Addie Larue, written by V.E. Shwab, is a uniquely written book, and is one that can only be appreciated to the full extent until the end. The book follows the life of a woman, Addie, who is essentially, as given by the title, invisible. The moment another person turns away, she is forgotten and the entire encounter is wiped from their memory. The book shifts between several time periods, allowing for a comprehensive understanding of her life story. Only at the end is everything made clear, and it left me in awe. I think the last chapter was perfectly written in a near poetic sense and opened an obvious door of reflection upon the entire book. Without even realizing, you are left with a message/lesson built throughout the course of the story about the importance of time. The book is not very plot heavy but instead is simply Addie’s story. And though at first the book may seem slow, The Invisible Life of Addie Larue, is completely worth it!


Book Review by: Wareesha

Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid

Such a Fun Age by Kiley ReidThis book is honestly a direct reflection of the title! Though the book holds topics of serious discussion, the book is overall a very fun read. The book focuses around a single event that occurs right at the start- a black woman is falsely accused of kidnapping. The rest of the story ties together several different elements touching upon the multiple aspects of growing into adulthood. You get to see this woman, Emira, enjoy her 20’s with her friends and have fun, but then also in reality, her having to deal with trying to find stability in her life. It keeps you on the edge of your seat as you automatically find yourself attempting at uncovering the intentions of all these characters. And again, alongside all the light-hearted plot points, Such a Fun Age successfully provides a necessary viewpoint towards privilege and racism from the perspective of a black woman.


Book Review by: Wareesha

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Such a Fun Age by Gillian FlynnGone Girl is definitely one of my favorite books. It was one of the first thriller or even mystery novels that I have read, and have searched for a book that matches it ever since. This book is about the disappearance of Amy Dunne and the investigation that follows. Nick, as the husband, is a suspect and the evidence does not always work out in his favor. Throughout the story, details about Nick and Amy Dunne are slowly revealed and makes you consider several different possibilities of the outcome. It shifts between perspectives from Amy’s diary which allows for a greater suspense buildup once the truth is revealed at the end. Unlike many books, Gillian Flynn writes in such a way that makes it impossible to guess what happens! The story peaks your interest quickly, making it the perfect read for those wanting a book they won’t be able to put down.


Book Review by: Sarah

Broken Grace by E.C. Diskin

Broken Grace by E.C. DiskinGenre: Mystery, Thriller, Fiction
This outstanding novel held an insanely unique and thrilling story. 20 year old Grace Abbott endured a tragic car accident that left her mind empty. With no memories or recollection lingering, she is both terrified and vastly confused. The sudden news of her boyfriend’s death that very same morning was nothing but another obstacle she could not conjure. Making matters worse, it was revealed that his passing was a homicide. Grace could not help but begin to wonder, had she done it? Had she murdered her boyfriend? As Grace’s memories returned, her questions only increased. Broken Grace left the reader with anticipation and suspense throughout the entire novel.


Book Review by: Sarah

To Catch A Killer by Sheryl Scarborough

To Catch A Killer by Sheryl ScarboroughGenre: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense, Romance, Fiction
Erin Blake, 16 is becoming curious about the closed case of her mother’s murder. Erin was only at the ripe age of two when her mother passed, determining this case to be 14 years old. Not sure where her father resides, she began to look for answers of both these inconclusions on her own. Erin develops a passion for forensic science, answering a few of her many questions. Erin also stumbles along a particular love interest that she is not certain she should endure. With the help of one of her trusted teachers, she is inching closer and closer to resolving the articles that remain unknown. All is well until her beloved teacher is murdered as well. Words cannot describe the apprehension this book reflects. The reader is placed on the edge of their seat, anxious for more answers while enjoying the suspense of the journey itself.


Book Review by: Sarah

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

The Alchemist by Paulo CoelhoGenre: Adventure, Quest, Fiction
This book renounced the meaning of life into something I had yet to think about prior to reading. It places a different outlook on the true meaning of fate. 18 year old Santiago grew up with an expectation of becoming a priest, but Santiago had other ideas. He wanted to become a shepherd and travel to places he would not have been able to before. Exploring the world was a vital dream for Santiago. As he pursued his dream and became a shepherd, along came a new dream. This dream consisted of a treasure that he needed to conjure. Santiago was not sure whether this was a plausible objective, or a simple fantasy. Either way, he did not hesitate to find out. Coelho did an amazing job at truly making the audience pause to think about their meaning in life.


Book Review by: Sarah

The Odyssey by Homer

The Odyssey by Homer
Genre: Quest, Epic Poetry
Odysseus remains captured at an island, with his family in question of if he is still among the living. Odysseus, gone so long, has experienced great hardships during his travel. He left his home, Ithaca, thirty years prior. The story consists of Odysseus’ journey back home, whether he completes it or not. It also places the perspective of his family, portraying the fear and longing for Odysseus. This piece of literature kept the audience guessing Odysseus’ next virtue, as well as anticipating the final end. I was constantly thinking throughout this book and could not predict what was to come next.


Book Review by: Sarah

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
Genre: Survival, Biography, Nonfiction
Unbroken is an impeccable novel presenting the cruel realities of World War II. It opened my eyes to the actuality of despite the win of the United States, too many soldiers suffered in the process. We get Louis Zimmerman’s perspective of the war, and the horrible trials he experienced. Him and a few others get stranded on a lifeboat, struggling to survive. The fear coursing through their bodies made it seem like the worst possible thing to happen, but little did they know, it was only the beginning of what was to come. This thrilling story painted out the horrors of POW camps as well as PTSD. I am not one for history books, but this piece was a must-read.


Book Review by: Sarah

Paper Things by Jennifer Jacobson

Paper Things by Jennifer Jacobson
Genre: Friendship, Problem-solving, Fiction
When I read this book for the first time, it sent me into another world. I was so drawn in, I forgot I was even reading. Eleven year old Ari Hazard and her brother Gage struggle in their home situation. Jumping from house to house, it becomes hard to acquire basic necessities. Ari faces backlash from her classmates, commenting on her appearance. Little did they know, she simply could not afford to accomodate to her hygiene. She faces affliction that no eleven year old should encounter. I would recommend this book to anybody that wants a good read.


Book Review by: Sarah

A Child Called “It” by Dave Pelzer

A Child Called “It” by Dave Pelzer
Genre: Survival, Nonfiction
A Child Called “It” is a saddening story of a child with an abusive mother. His mother would play tormenting games to inflict pain on Dave. He struggled on a day-to-day basis to stay joyful. With trials of starvation as well as horrible living conditions due to his mother, he is left with no hope. This book takes the reader through Dave’s triumphs and his perspective. I would recommend this novel to someone who can take descriptive wording, and a person who wants to be taken through a vulnerable lifestyle. This book taught me the importance of standing your ground, and to keep pushing your limits.


Book Review by: Sarah

The Secret Language of Sisters by Luanne Rice

The Secret Language of Sisters by Luanne Rice
Genre: Family, Fiction
This novel is a very powerful story that taught the reader about the true consequence of distracted driving. More specifically, texting and driving. 16 year old Ruth was on her way to pick up her sister, Tilly, when she checked her phone to reassure Tilly that she was in fact on her way. This quick interaction led to a tragic car accident, leaving Ruth in a coma. This sends Tilly into a guilt-induced state, telling herself that the fault is her own. Throughout this book, I was both learning a valuable lesson as well as enjoying the riveting story. This was by far one of the best novels I have ever read.


Book Review by: Sarah

Underwater by Marisa Reichardt

Underwater by Marisa Reichardt
Genre: Recovery, Romance, Fiction
Morgan, a joy-filled student, suffers a tragic school shooting. The joy and perseverance she once had soon abandoned her body. Morgan is left with severe PTSD and no will to leave her house, in horror of what the outside world would do to her. Evan, the new neighbor that just moved in, has different plans for Morgan. Determined to help her overcome this fear, Morgan is not sure whether she can handle it. Throughout this book we witness a heartfelt story with no tell of what is going to happen next. I absolutely loved this book and all the lessons it taught.


Book Review by: Minnah

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
City of Bones is the first book in the fantasy series written by Cassandra Clare, The Shadowhunter Chronicles. This book follows the teenage girl Clarissa Fray after she witnesses a murder while she is out partying with her best friend, Simon Lewis. The murderers are shocked when they find that Clary can actually see them, and take her along with them. Throughout the book Clary is taken on insane journeys such as fighting off demons. Rather than finding the one family member Clary is looking for, it’s revealed that she shares blood with someone who she would have never expected. This book has themes of love along with adventure. Read City of Bones to find out more about the adventures of Clarissa Fray and her newly found friends.


Book Review by: Minnah

City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare

City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
City of Ashes is the second book in The Shadowhunter Chronicles. Throughout this book, Clary Fray is searching for her mother, who has put herself into a magically-induced coma. After angering the Inquisitor, Clary’s brother, Jace Wayland, is sent to the Silent City for questioning of his allegiance with their father, Valentine Morgenstern. Throughout Clary’s quest to find her mother and stop her father, her best friend, Simon Lewis, is going through certain changes of his own. During this journey to find her mother and stop Valentine, Clary is shocked to find that she has a certain power that no one but her does. Clary has to juggle stopping her father, saving her mother, helping her best friend, and dealing with her brother, all at the same time. Can she deal with all these problems at once? Find out by reading City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare.


Book Review by: Minnah

City of Glass by Cassandra Clare

City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
City of Glass is the third book in the fantasy series The Shadowhunter Chronicles. Like City of Ashes, in City of Glass, Clary Fray is still searching for and trying to save her mother, Jocelyn Fray. Against her brother, Jace Wayland’s, wishes, Clary follows her friends to the shadowhunters home, Idris. In Idris, Clary’s best friend, Simon, is imprisoned by other shadowhunters after they find out that he can walk in the daylight, which is abnormal for vampires like Simon. The goal of the shadowhunters in Idris is to destroy Valentine Morgenstern before he can destroy them. In order to do this, they must put aside their hatred and fight alongside the downworlders. Find out if the shadowhunters and downworlders are willing to put their differences aside to defeat Valentine in City of Glass.


Book Review by: Minnah

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
Set in 1878, Clockwork Angel is the fourth book in The Shadowhunter Chronicles and the first of The Infernal Devices. After receiving a letter from her brother, Tessa Gray visits London in a search for her missing brother. Tessa finds out that she has a strange ability that not too many people have. After being forced against her own will to use her ability, Tessa finds herself associated with shadowhunters William Herondale and Jem Carstairs. In order to save her brother and the London shadowhunters from clockwork creatures who are trying to take over, Tessa has to use her ability and fight alongside Will and Jem. Can the trio save everyone from these strange clockwork creatures? Find out by reading Clockwork Angel.


Book Review by: Minnah

Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare
Clockwork Prince is the fifth book of The Shadowhunter Chronicles and the second of The Infernal Devices. Tessa Gray is safe at the London Institute with the shadowhunters, but the Magister is not finished with her. The head of the Institute, Charlotte, is struggling to keep her position at the Institute. Amidst all the Magister madness, Will is going through changes of his own. Will Charlotte be able to keep her position as head of the Institute? Will the magister finally get a hold of Tessa? Will we find out the reasons behind Will’s darkness? Read Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare to find out.


Book Review by: Minnah

Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare
Clockwork Princess is the sixth book in The Shadowhunter Chronicles and the third and final book of The Infernal Devices. Tessa and the shadowhunters at the Institute are still struggling to fight off Mortmain’s clockwork devices. The key to finish Mortmain’s plan is Tessa herself. With Tessa and Jem now being engaged, Will is struggling to keep his feelings for Tessa aside, in order to allow his parabatai, Jem, be happy in their engagement. Will Mortmain succeed in his plan and capture Tessa? How will Will keep his strong feelings for Tessa hidden? Read Clockwork Princess to find out, and prepare for many tears.


Book Review by: Minnah

City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare

City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare
City of Fallen Angels is the seventh book in The Shadowhunter Chronicles. The Mortal War is finally over, and Clary Fray is getting ready for her mothers wedding while finally training to become a shadowhunter. Clary and Jace are finally able to be together after the rollercoaster that they have been through. But don’t be fooled, the rollercoaster isn’t over. The Clave finds that someone has been murdering shadowhunters. Will these murders break the peace between Downworlders and Shadowhunters? Clary has no idea of the danger coming her way.


Book Review by: Minnah

City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare

City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare
City of Lost Souls is the eighth book of The Shadowhunter Chronicles. Clary is shocked to find that her beloved Jace is now working alongside the murderous Sebastian Morgenstern. She goes to dangerous lengths to save Jace, but finds it to be harder than she thought. The Clave is trying to kill Sebastian, but they cannot kill Sebastian without also killing Jace. Alec, Isabelle, Simon, and Magnus are trying everything they can to find a way to sever the tie between the two boys, while Clary is trapped in trying to earn Sebastian’s trust. Clary would risk her own life to save Jace. Find out if Jace is capable of being saved by reading City of Lost Souls.


Book Review by: Ayah

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare is the first book in a six-book series. It follows a 15-year-old girl named Clary Fray who goes out one night with her best friend Simon Lewis and her life changes. Her mom goes missing and, while trying to find her, Clary discovers that she has been hiding a big secret from her. Along with the help of Jace Wayland, a mysterious boy who claims to be half-angel half-human, she investigates her mother’s disappearance while uncovering a secret world. In this twisting story, Clare writes about themes of betrayal, love, and friendship. You won’t have trouble losing yourself in this book. There are twists and turns that you wouldn’t expect. Before you know it, you will be unable to stop reading this series.


Book Review by: Ayah

City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare

City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
City of Ashes is the second book in The Mortal Instruments series. After finding out her mother put herself in a poison-induced coma, Clary rushes to find a way to reverse it before it’s too late. Meanwhile, after angering the Inquisitor, Jace finds himself locked in the Silent City for questioning his allegiance to the Clave. Clary’s best friend, Simon, is also having problems with himself. He has been feeling weird for a while and, in the supernatural world, that is definitely not a good sign. Clary has to save her mother, help Jace escape the Silent City, and figure out what is going on with Simon, all while trying to figure out her place in the Shadow World. The plot in this book is amazing. I highly recommend reading this book.


Book Review by: Ayah

City of Glass by Cassandra Clare

City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
City of Glass is the third book in The Mortal Instruments series. Continuing on her mission to wake her mother up, Clary ventures into Idris, the secret country for shadowhunters. Except one problem. She is not supposed to be there. She travels to Idris in secret with her father figure, Luke Garroway, who also happens to be former parabatai with her evil father, Valentine Morgenstern. Meanwhile, after traveling to Idris with the Lightwoods, Simon is imprisoned by the new Inquisitor after finding out some important information about him. Jace juggles trying to free Simon and stopping Valentine before he can destroy them all. In order to stop Valentine, all the residents of the Shadow World must come together. If they don’t, they do not stand a chance. City of Glass is definitely one of the best books in the Mortal Instruments series. When I first read City of Glass, I could not put it down, and neither will you.


Book Review by: Ayah

City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare

City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare
City of Fallen Angels is the fourth book in The Mortal Instruments series. The Mortal War is over, Valentine is dead, and Clary, Simon, Jace, Alec, and Isabelle return to New York. Clary is training as a Shadowhunter, her mom is getting married, and she finally has a boyfriend. All is well. Except not really. There have been murders going around provoking the already tense relations between Downworlders and Shadowhunters. Simon’s mom just found out about a secret of his and kicked him out. Jace starts to distance himself from Clary and his family. And when a mysterious ex of Magnus’s shows up, all hell breaks loose. This book has twists of romance, mystery, and adventure that will never leave you bored.


Book Review by: Ayah

City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare

City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare
City of Lost Souls is the fifth book in The Mortal Instruments series. It continues from the cliffhanger City of Fallen Angels left off on. Jace disappears, but when he reappears, Clary is horrified to find out that Lilith’s magic had bound Sebastian and Jace together, making Jace evil like him. The Clave has to kill Sebastian but whatever happens to one of them happens to both of them. Because of this, Isabelle, Alec, and Simon make bargains in search of ways to bring Jace back. Meanwhile Clary ventures off on her own mission to get him back. This story is split between love and hate, loyalty and betrayal, life and death. Which side will win? Good or bad? Or maybe it’s a mixture of both. Read City of Lost Souls, I promise you won’t regret it.


Book Review by: Ayah

City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare

City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare
City of Heavenly Fire is the sixth and final book in The Mortal Instruments series. In the last stretch of battle, the Shadowhunters of the world have to band together with the downworlders to defeat Sebastian Morgenstern. Sebastian has been attacking Institutes around the world, leaving no survivors, turning them all into Endarkened for his army. The rest of the Shadowhunters band together in Idris, determined to protect their angel city. Without the Nephilim in the world, there is no one to protect the humans against demons. Clary, Isabelle, Jace, Alec, and Simon must race against the clock to defeat Sebastian before he can take over the world. City of Heavenly Fire won the Goodreads Choice of 2014 which, just shows how good this book is. It marks the conclusion of this series with a bittersweet ending.


Book Review by: Ayah

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
Clockwork Angel is the first book of The Infernal Devices trilogy. It features Theresa Gray, who arrives in London from New York in 1878 after being invited by her brother. As soon as she gets off the ship, she is taken by two women who claim to take her to her brother. She is then held captive until a boy named William Herondale frees her. He takes her to the local institute where Shadowhunters, demon-fighting half-angel half-human beings reside, and there she meets Jem Carstairs. As she plunges into London’s dark supernatural world in search of her brother, she forges friendships and bonds with the inhabitants of the London Institute that last for an eternity. Tessa Gray is by far one of the best YA female protagonists ever written. She is strong-willed, intelligent, brave, and will do anything for the people she loves. Clare’s characters are all complex and all her books have plot twists you will never see coming.


Book Review by: Ayah

Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare
Clockwork Prince is the second book of The Infernal Devices trilogy. While dealing with the blow of recent betrayal, Tessa finds herself growing closer to the inhabitants of the London Institute. She begins to see the London Institute as home. Yet even as she finds her sanctuary, she and the others still have to face the dangerous threat that looms over London. This book is a mixture of romance, historical fiction, and fantasy. So if you like any of those genres, this book is for you. I 100% recommend this book, this whole series in fact, and you won’t regret reading it.


Book Review by: Ayah

Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare
This book is one of the saddest YA books you will ever read. People, including myself, have cried over it for hours. So if you like sad books, this book is for you. In the finale of the Infernal Devices, the London inhabitants of the shadow world continue to try to defeat the threat they’re facing. You will never guess the ending in a million years. The relationships in this book, whether it be romantic or platonic, are beautifully written. The complexity of each character allows you to imagine more vividly they are here with you. Though it has a sadder and somber tone throughout the story, there are still moments of humor that makes it even more interesting. I guarantee once you start this book, you won’t be able to stop reading it.


Book Review by: Ayah

Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare

Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare
Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy follows Simon Lewis on his adventure in becoming a Shadowhunter. Needless to say, Simon Lewis has lived a memorable life. Previously he was a human, then a vampire, then after having his memories erased, human again. Now he is training to be a Shadowhunter, half-angel half-human demon fighters, at the Shadowhunter Academy. As Simon explores what it means to be a Shadowhunter, he learns about the previous students of the Academy and the stories behind them. Follow Simon’s adventures through the Academy, friendships, and relationships by reading Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy. Simon is a very humorous, lovable protagonist and also a really relatable character. He’s definitely one of my favorite characters of all time, and I think he will be yours too.


Book Review by: Ayah

The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare

The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare
The Bane Chronicles is a compilation of eleven short stories following the High Warlock of Brooklyn, Magnus Bane on his adventures through time. As an immortal warlock, Magnus Bane has been alive for a very long time. In that time, he has had many wild adventures. In The Bane Chronicles, Bane rescues a hunted warlock, saves a wayward Shadowhunter in Edwardian London, and more. This book was hilarious. I highly recommend it if you are a fan of The Mortal Instruments or The Infernal Devices. It gives some backstory to some of the main characters of those series. Find out more about how he met his closest friends, his never-ending adventures to help the Nephilim, and why he got banned in Peru, in The Bane Chronicles.


Book Review by: Ayah

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare
Lady Midnight is the first book of The Dark Artifices series. This series is set five years after The Mortal Instruments. So to have a better understanding, I would recommend reading that series first. It is set in Los Angeles, where the Blackthorn family runs the Institute. It follows 17-year-old Emma Carstairs, a close friend of the Blackthorns, who is determined to find her parents’ murderer and get revenge. On top of all that, faeries come to the Los Angeles Institute to strike a bargain with them. One small detail, though. Under the new Cold Peace treaty of the Dark War, dealing with any fae is illegal. But they give them an offer they can’t refuse. There have been suspicious demon activity and murders going around. To have their lost brother returned to them, the Shadowhunters of Los Angeles must find out who’s behind it. Read Lady Midnight to find out what happens.


Book Review by: Ayah

Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare
Lord of Shadows is the second book in The Dark Artifices trilogy. After realizing she is in love with someone whose love can destroy them both and everyone around them, Emma ventures into the Faerie courts to try to find an answer. There the Seelie Queen strikes a bargain with her. In exchange for information, she wants the Black Volume of the Dead. Emma realizes the Black Volume of the Dead, a powerful ancient spellbook, is her only hope. While she and a few other shadowhunters run around Faerie trying to find it, a group of extremists called the Cohort, try to seize the Los Angeles Institute and reveal all of the Blackthorn’s secrets. Lord of Shadows’s plot never has a dull moment. It has plot twists you will never see coming. The Blackthorn family is such a closely-knit family that will just warm your heart. I strongly recommend reading this, it is definitely one of my top three favorite books.


Book Review by: Ayah

Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare

Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare
Queen of Air and Darkness is the third and final book of The Dark Artifices trilogy. Innocent blood has been spilled in the Council Hall, normally a place of peace. As the Clave sits on the edge of a civil war, the Blackthorns and Emma need to find a way to stop all their enemies (which is a lot trust me) and a deadly curse from destroying the world of Shadowhunters. Along with having to defeat their numerous enemies, they have to battle grief and loss. But maybe with the help of the heroes of the Dark War; Clary, Jace, Simon, Alec, Isabelle, and Magnus, they stand a chance. This book shows the importance of family and how family is not just by blood. Clare portrays important issues in this book such as the impact bigotry has on a society. Everything from the plot to the character to the message is absolutely perfect. You should definitely read this series.


Book Review by: Ayah

Ghosts of a Shadow Market by Cassandra Clare

Ghosts of a Shadow Market by Cassandra Clare
Ghosts of a Shadow Market is a compilation of ten short stories featuring Brother Zachariah and a variety of other characters. It mainly follows Silent Brother Zachariah, former shadowhunter James Carstairs, on his adventures throughout time in many different Shadow Markets around the world. The Shadow Markets are a meeting point for downworlders, warlocks, vampires, werewolves, and faeries. There they buy and sell various magical objects, exchange dangerous secrets, and spread stories that are meant to be hidden. In this book, hidden objects (and persons) are uncovered, secrets revealed, and betrayals made. Past and present lives intertwine as they come together as one story. This isn’t part of a specific series, but rather side stories and backgrounds from different characters of the shadow world. I would really recommend reading this if you enjoy the rest of Clare’s books. It gives insight into the lives of our favorite characters and helps you understand them better.


Book Review by: Ayah

Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare

Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare
Chain of Gold is the first book in The Last Hours trilogy. It takes place in 1903 London. Cordelia Carstairs comes from an ancient family of notable Shadowhunters. Her father is Elias Carstairs, a slayer of many important demons. Her cousin is Brother Zachariah, notable silent brother and former shadowhunter hero of the Clockwork War, Jem Carstairs. But when her family gets a notice that her father is on trial for major crimes, she and her family travel to London to try to fix their reputation and gather important people in support of her father. When she reaches London, she is immediately sucked into the life and friends of her to-be parabatai, Lucie Herondale, and her childhood friend James Herondale. She is optimistic she can fix her family’s reputation. That is until demons attack in broad daylight and cannot be killed. Along with the Herondale siblings and their friends, Cordelia is drawn into a world of secrets, evil forces, and supernatural salons, all while trying to save her family from ruin. This book is absolutely perfect. Historical fiction? With romance? And unraveling mysteries and secrets? Sign me up. The second book of this series comes out in March, so I highly recommend reading this now then reading its sequel.


Book Review by: Ayah

Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller

Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller
Daughter of the Pirate King is the first book of one of the best duologies in YA. It follows Alosa Kalligan as she ventures into an enemy ship as part of her father’s mission. Her father is the richest pirate captain in the kingdom and only trusts her with this mission. Her mission is to find a legendary map that leads to a magical island with unimaginable riches. This adventurous book features an enemies to lovers romance, along with so many turns in the plot that you never know where it is going to go. Alosa is a strong and interesting character with witty banter that makes the story funnier. You won’t regret reading this book and you won’t be able to put it down.


Book Review by: Ayah

Daughter of the Siren Queen by Tricia Levenseller

Daughter of the Siren Queen by Tricia Levenseller
This is the second book in the Daughter of the Pirate King duology. Alosa recently discovers a secret her father had kept hidden from her about her heritage. Because of this, the man that she had trusted and been loyal to for her whole life, is now her worst enemy. Using the map to the magical island that she retrieved, Alosa and her crew race to find the island before her father does. Confident in herself and her crew, Alosa finds herself ecstatic at the chance to find the treasure and establish herself as the pirate queen. This book has themes of friendship and loyalty along with found family. Alosa and her crew are extremely loyal to each other and function together as one big family. This book is heartwarming and adventurous and there is never a dull moment. When you read this book you will lose yourself in the fictional world that is Alosa’s.


Book Review by: Ayah

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
This book is by far one of the most heart wrenching and beautiful stories I have ever read. It deals with issues in society that are not often talked about or are considered taboo. The story follows Finch and Violet, two high school students who find each other on the top of a bell tower. Each one seemingly has it together on the outside but are both dealing with personal issues. They consider jumping off but save each other from doing so. Afterward, they get paired up on a project to go on trips throughout Indiana to find the most important sites. Throughout the story, they grow closer to each other and begin to understand one another. This book deals with important themes that need to be talked more about, especially within YA books. Before you read this book, make sure to search up any trigger warnings because it does deal with sensitive topics that can be triggering to some people.


Book Review by: Ayah

The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller

The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller
The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller is a short standalone that is perfect for a quick weekend read. The story follows Alessandra who is often overlooked due to being the second-born daughter of a nobleman. Because she is constantly overlooked, she has high goals. Her goals include getting the Shadow King’s attention, marrying him, killing him, and taking his kingdom for herself. The Shadow King’s powers are mysterious and unknown to most. Many say he commands the shadows to do his bidding while others say they speak the plans of his enemies. Nonetheless, Alessandra does not care about him or the rumors and only cares about getting the throne for herself. She is planning on doing everything within her power to make that happen. This story will grab your attention from the first page and is worth every second of your time. Alessandra is a strong, ambitious protagonist, and following her story is never a dull moment.


Book Review by: Ayah

Heartless By: Marissa Meyer

Heartless By: Marissa Meyer
Heartless by Marissa Meyer, is a prequel story to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Before she was the cold-blooded Queen of Hearts, Catherine was just a girl who wanted love and freedom. As an aspiring baker, Catherine wanted to open up a bakery with her best friend. But fate had other plans. As the daughter of the Marquess and Marchioness, she was to be engaged to the King of Hearts. Follow Catherine through her villain origin story in Heartless. Find out how she fell in love, how she lost faith, and how she rose to power as the infamous Queen of Hearts. This book is a standalone which is perfect for a quick weekend read. Curl up with some blankets and a cup of coffee and read Heartless.


Book Review by: Ayah

Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

Sorcery of Thorns By: Margaret Rogerson
Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson follows librarian Elisabeth of one of Austermeer’s Great Libraries. She had been raised among the tools of sorcery, grimoires that whispered secrets in the dark while trying to escape their iron chains. She has been taught as a child that all sorcerers are evil. She hopes to become a warden, tasked with protecting the kingdom from the magic power of the grimoires. Then one day she is framed for releasing the library’s most dangerous grimoire. Desperate to clear her name, she turns to her enemy Nathaniel Thorn, a sorcerer more powerful than most. Follow Elisabeth through her mission to clear her name while questioning everything she has been taught about sorcerers, and herself. This book is one of my top three favorite standalones. If you are looking for a quick fantasy read, I recommend you read Sorcery of Thorns.


Book Review by: Ayah

To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo
To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo is a retelling of the famous fairytale The Little Mermaid. Princess Lira is siren royalty and the most dangerous of them all. Nicknamed the Prince’s Bane, she steals the heart of a prince every year on her birthday. Prince Elian is the heir to his father’s kingdom, but he believes he is destined for another path. Determined to hunt down the lethal Prince’s Bane and stop her from killing more princes, he sails to a faraway kingdom to find a weapon that can stop her. Little does he know that she is hunting him down. In a twist of fate, Lira’s mother, the Sea Queen, banishes her and steals her power until she can deliver Elian’s heart to her. Tasked with finding Elian, stopping him from finding the weapon, and taking his heart, Lira must pretend to be someone else. Follow Lira and Elian on their adventures that fate has intertwined in To Kill a Kingdom.


Book Review by: Ayah

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon, follows 17-year-old Natasha Kingsley, an undocumented immigrant from Jamaica who believes in science and cold hard facts. She does not believe in fate, or destiny, or dreams coming true. That is until she meets Daniel Bae. Daniel has always been the perfect son. Good grades, going to a good school, future doctor. Yet he wants to be a poet, a dreamer. When Natasha and Daniel meet in the crowded city of New York, they can’t both help but think that it is fate who brought them together. With her family getting deported in 12 hours, Natasha has to find a way to keep them here. She is desperate, willing to do whatever it takes. But perhaps fate has other plans. Find out what happens in The Sun is Also a Star. I promise you won’t regret it.


Book Review by: Ayah

An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson

An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson
An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson is a fantasy standalone. Every human has a craft, something they are good at. For Isobel, it’s painting. She creates beautiful portraits for the powerful fae. They pay her in enchantments, but every enchantment has its price. When Isobel makes a dangerous mistake when painting the autumn prince that can cost him his crown, she is in grave danger. Sucked into the world of the Fae, Isobel tries to make things right while trying to stay alive. Follow Isobel’s adventures in a world where beauty means danger and nothing is what it seems, in An Enchantment of Ravens.


Book Review by: Jomana

Geek Charming by Robin Palmer

Geek Charming by Robin Palmer
I have read this book about 3 times. I came across the movie version of this book first a couple years ago. I picked up the book version when I had to complete a book report for my 7th grade language art’s class I ended up finding it at my local library. I read the book and watched the movie and both had 2 different endings. Personally I liked the ending in the movie better, but it is up to you to decide which one you enjoyed more. It’s a classic Disney story. I ended up watching the movie on disney channel with my friends. It was tons of fun. I always enjoy books that get made into movies because I like comparing what happenes side to side plus it encourages me to pick up books more often which is why I wanted to recommend this book to many people. So basically, the book takes place in a highschool setting with the 2 main characters. A boy and a girl (don’t wanna spoil too much so I won’t give out the names), the 2 main characters are from 2 whole different social groups in highschool. You know how there are many different types of highschool cliques. For example the jocks, fine arts people, musicians (band kids), “the popular kids” etc. Yeah so technically these 2 characters you can say were from 2 different worlds. She’s Ms.Perfect she is always dressed so well, put together and is crazy rich. He is more of a classic pop art boy who loves film-making. Anyways without giving away too much let’s just say these 2 characters from 2 different cliques find a common target & both want to hit it and in order for them to accomplish their personal goals they must work together in order for that to happen. Along their journey they discover tons of new things about each and figure out their true self & identity.


Book Review by: Brianna

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Cinder is a renowned mechanic, one that has to fix herself sometimes. Her world is filled with not only humans but androids as well. She is a cyborg with a mysterious past. Her planet is rid of a deadly plague killing millions with no cure. What she doesn’t know is that she just might be the key to saving everyone. What she does know is that the Prince of New Beijing has asked her to fix his android, a prince who makes her fluster. But her world comes crumbling when her stepsister has contracted the plague and it is only a matter of time before she dies. Between trying to help both her and the prince, she is caught in something much bigger than herself, one that includes the powerful Lunars from the moon who wield supernatural abilities. This Cinderella inspired novel is just the beginning of a long journey for not only Cinder but Earth’s fate. The series has 3 other books that get better with each page! I love them all and definitely my comfort series!


Book Review by: Brianna

Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Moving to West Virginia was supposed to be normal, quiet, serene. Though Katy’s moody neighbor is the exact opposite. Daemon Black hates her, while his twin sister is ecstatic to have a new friend. Daemon isn’t the only abnormal thing around her though, unexplainable things keep happening. Flashes of light that seem to come from nowhere and storms that appear in less than minutes. Suddenly these occurrences have an explanation, aliens. Yup, you heard right. Not just any aliens either, Daemon is one of them. Which brings danger, literally, Daemon has left a light signature on Katy. One that attracts enemies with a thirst for blood. If you liked Twilight this book is for you, it has similarities between the two but yet very different. Don’t let the alien thing fool you, nothing too supernatural, although a bit of friendly flirting!


Book Review by: Ameera

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

 We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
Over my winter break, I picked up the novel We Were Liars by E. Lockhart and it was incredible. This novel is centered around the wealthy and perfect Sinclair family that owns a private island on Beachwood where they spend every summer. The oldest grandchild in the family, Candace Sinclair has had a tough past few years, but she can always escape to the island after school each year to get away and spend time with her family. However, when she gets into an accident and can’t remember what exactly happened to her, she begins to question all she has known about the island and her childhood there. This book is incredible because there are so many unexpected twists and turns that come along as you read. While reading this novel, I was on the edge of my seat the entire time, anticipating what was going to happen next. Finally, the ending of this amazing read will knock your socks off and will stay with you long after you put the book back on the shelf. Overall, I strongly recommend that you pick up this book the next time you are at Orland Park Public Library because it is impossible to put down!


Book Review by: Ameera

Gossip Girl by Cecily von Ziegesar

Gossip Girl by Cecily von Ziegesar
Do you like a dramatic, intense and short read about a group of spoiled high schoolers living out their lives in the Upper East Side of Manhattan? Well then the Gossip Girl Series by Cecily von Ziegesar are the perfect books for you. I recently read the first book in this series titled Gossip Girl and I absolutely loved it! This story follows the lives of best friends Serena Van der Woodson and Blair Waldorf as they experience the epitomes of being a privileged socialite teenager at Constance Billard School for Girls in Manhattan. This book focuses on the tension between Blair and Serena ever since Serena went off to boarding school without a proper goodbye, which caused extreme drama between the two of them and all their friends. On top of all this, there is a digital website called Gossip Girl run by an anonymous student that keeps everyone updated about all the news going around. Due to the popularity of these amazing novels, a Gossip Girl show was created about the lives of these spoiled teenangers as well! I would definitely recommend these books to anyone who likes a quick and amazing read that will keep you on the edge of your seat during every page turn!


Book Review by: Jessica

The Girl in the White Van by April Henry

The Girl in the White Van by April Henry
To begin, April Henry’s ‘The Girl in the White Van’ follows the story of a teen, Savannah, as she is kidnapped and waiting to escape her captor.
I read this book in a couple hours; I just could not put it down. I’ve been a fan of April Henry for a long time. All the familiar writing she has put into this book gave me big feelings of nostalgia.
Again, April Henry delivers with a quick and brilliant plot. This book was just full of jam packed action, suspense at every corner. She did not fill any page with vacuous words, every single word had relevance to the plot. You could also tell how well researched it was as it was very detailed. Besides how much I love her writing, I love how diverse her characters are. In this book, her main character does kung fu; not something you see everyday. Added to that, there are always very strong elements of teamwork in this story as portrayed by Savanna and Jenny.
If you have a short attention span and hate lengthy and meaningless books, this for sure is the book for you. I also recommend it to anyone who doesn’t read as much or is barely starting to read YA as April Henry’s books are great introductions to the world of YA.


Book Review by: Jessica

Want to Go Private? by Sarah littman

Want to Go Private? by Sarah littman
I’ve had my eye on Want to Go Private for a long time. I am glad to say it did not disappoint. It shines a light on an important topic, online safety, that I think every young person should be well informed on. Everybody always thinks that they are different, that they would never fall for that kind of thing. In Want To Go Private, the author shares through the fictional story of Abby on how that narrative is completely false. Abby is a cool and nonchalant teen who does not care what anybody thinks. This notion of Abby’s individualism is highly highlighted within the novel, which I think is important to emphasize how this truly can impact anyone. Even if you’re not in it for a plot, the book is still great for a casual read. If you’re looking to read a book, pick this one.


Book Review by: Enrique

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Genre: Domestic Fiction, and dramatic
This book is enjoyable to read if you have an open mind. This book made me think about the problems that I had in my life, and honestly it helped me. I enjoyed reading this book. It is different from any other book. Like in this book, they talk about problems that people don’t want to deal with. If you need some help with life then, I recommend this book. If it can help me, it can help you as well. One of the characters, Atticus Finch is very inspirational. Like the way of thinking it’s so open minded. One of the quotes from Atticus was “You just hold your head high and keep those fists down. No matter what anybody says to you, don’t you let ‘em get your goat. Try fighting with your head for a change.” That quote helped me to not give up in life but keep on trying.


Book Review by: Enrique

Before You Judge Me: The Triumph and Tragedy of Michael Jackson’s Last Days by David Ritz and Tavis Smiley

Before You Judge Me:The Triumph and Tragedy of Michael Jackson's Last Days by David Ritz and Tavis Smiley
Genre: Genre: Biography, and tragedy
The most famous person in the world was the lonestest person in the world. As a fan of Michael Jackson, this book makes you feel like you know Michael Jackson as a person and who he is as a person. I read this book many times and I’m still shocked about his final days and the problems he was going through. But it’s inspiring because he still didn’t give up in life and he just wants to be happy. If you want something uplifting, I recommend this book. Honestly, this book taught me about life, love, and care. It taught me how important and how short life can be. It really made me the kind of person I am right now. I definitely recommend this book.


Book Review by: Enrique

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
Genre: Memoir, Autobiography, and Biography
Honestly I thought I was not going to enjoy the book because it didn’t seem to be my style of story or book. Someone recommended it to me, I actually enjoyed it. It’s sad but it makes you think twice about your life and the people around you. If you feel like you’re the only one, I recommend this book and you will know that you’re not alone and there are millions of people who are going through the same thing as you. This book made me feel I should appreciate life more. Never in a million years, I thought that I would recommend this book to others. I would give this book five stars.


Book Review by: Suraya

One of Us is lying by Karen McManus

One of Us is lying by Karen McManus
One awesome book I recently read was One of Us is lying. There are five characters; Bronwyn, Addy, Nate, Cooper, and Simon. They are all from different backgrounds, and they all meet in detention. Simon runs the schools gossip app, and planned to expose all of them. He didn’t get the chance to because he never made it out of detention that day. This book is a mystery trying to solve who killed Simon. I give this book 5 stars for it’s engaging plot and plot twists!


Book Review by: Suraya

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
One good book I recently read was The Hate U Give. It is about a black girl named Starr who lives in a poor neighborhood and goes to a rich prep school. One night she attends a party and reconnects with her childhood friend named Khalil. They leave the party and while they are driving, they get pulled over by an officer. The officers fatally shoot Khalil, and his death becomes a nationwide discussion. The media paints him as a thug, and people are twisting the story around. I give this book 5 stars because of how current and real it is.


Book Review by: Enrique

IT by Stephen King

Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
Genre: Horror, thriller, and Dark
Imagine living in a nice neighborhood, then kids suddenly go missing for no reason. Then one of the kids that when missing or found dead is one of your close friends or siblings. Then, 20 years later, you and your old friends come together to find “ It”. It’s a sad beginning but with a good ending. The first time I read this book, it brought chills to my spine, and I love it. As a fan of classic horror books, this book is so good. Stephen King has many great horror books but this book is one of the best he has written. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves horror stories, or likes the chills running through your body.


Book Review by: Enrique

Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
Genre: Horror fiction, Drama, and Mystery
The story takes place in London in the 1800s and there’s a doctor named Dr. Jekyll and he wants to know what happens to the mind of an evil person, and he invented a drink or some sort of drug that turns you into evil. Honestly, I love those kinds of story about the mind of one and what happens. I enjoyed this book, and honestly it’s one of my favorite books to read. Even though this is an old book from 1886, it’s still relatable to today because a person can be two faced or have a good or bad side. If you love mystery or horror stories, I definitely recommend this book. You will fall in love with it and want to read it again and again.


Book Review by: Grace

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by Rowling, J. K.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by Rowling, J. K.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone is such an amazing book that took me out of the real world and into a fantasy. After reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s stone, I wished that I could be a part of Hogwarts, the world where the book takes place, and do all of the brilliant things the wizards and witches do there. Everyone says that the books are better than the movies, and this is one important case. Before I read the book, I watched the movie, and let me tell you, the book is way better. The book includes many more details and characters that are left out to make the movie short enough. However, don’t get me wrong, it is spectacular to see the book come to life because it makes it seem more real and magical. The book also teaches many lessons, such as being humble, love conquers hate, friendship and loyalty are important, and standing up for what is right it important, but also hard. Overall, I would rate Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone one of my favorite reads because it makes me feel joy inside reading about things that are so magical and beautiful. I would definitely recommend reading this book because it is a ten out of ten


Book Review by: Jessica

It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini

It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini
It’s Kind of a Funny Story By Ned Vizzini is an absolute must read for every teen. It has everything needed for a perfect young adult book in one. As we all know, mental health is a big topic amongst teens and often very stigmatized. With the stigma, it makes it difficult to write a good book that goes along with it, as more often than not there is glamourization. In contrast, this book aces their delivery on their message of mental health. It is something that all teens can relate to with all the pressure placed on teens these days, with how realistic the book is. I, myself, found myself relating to it. Despite how serious the topic of the book is, the author delivers it in a way that is gentle. The book deals with these issues in the form of comedy which makes everything easier to take in. Overall, this book is funny, thought provoking, and relatable, and you should read it. By the end of it, I promise you will have fallen in love with every single character.


Book Review by: Yara

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
This is so far one of my favorite dystopian fic stories so far. The storyline as I always say was excellent. The characters were so easy to relate to and the love story was beautiful. The ending of the book was so shocking and heartbreaking. Victoria Aveyard is one of the best authors I have ever read so far. The way we fall in love with the protagonist and antagonist-especially-and their relationship before and after is so beautiful. The story is so wonderfully orchestrated. Everything about it is really good. The plot is wonderful, the characters are all so unique and beautifully written and it’s such a ‘consumable’ book. I notice that sometimes in books like this there is either a LOT of action which makes it hard to keep track of, or too less which makes it boring, or all the action is packed into one sector of the book, but this isn’t the case with Red Queen. It always keeps you on your toes and interested about what to come while not being too over dramatic.


Book Review by: Yara

One of Us is lying by Karen McManus

One of Us is lying by Karen McManus
This is one of my favorite books I have ever read. The story has a perfect mix of drama, suspense, mystery, and romance, and I haven’t read anything quite like it. I couldn’t put this book down, I was constantly on the edge of my seat, waiting to see what happened next with the characters. It shocked me when they finally figured out what actually happened to Simon, because it was definitely not what I was expecting. I can’t wait to read the sequel, “One of Us is Next“. There were a lot of things in this book that I never saw coming, but they added much more dimension and detail to each of the four main characters. This book is definitely a must-read if you love teen-mystery/drama. Whether you’re invested in the mystery itself, the relationships between the characters, or you’re just looking for a good book, there’s something in this story that will keep anyone from putting this book down.


Book Review by: Yara

The Selection by Kiera Cass

The Selection by Kiera Cass
So I remember the day my sister came running up to me telling me to read this book series, and I thought it looked too princessy and I wasn’t going to give it a try. Oh my gosh after I got over the front cover and actually started reading it I WAS HOOKED! This was my first actual book series I read aside from “The diary of a Wimpy Kid”… that was a hard stage to home out of for me. And now I enjoy reading the series of any type of book. Haha but if you are obsessed with watching the Bachelor and Bachelorette show like me you will love this book. But these books are not only girls fighting over some dude, there is also a mix of The Hunger Games in these books and that’s what makes it so much better. I 10/10 recommended these books and I have read the series 4 times now because of how much I love them. TEAM MAXON ALL THE WAY!!! If you do happen to read the series you will eventually understand that :))


Book Review by: Yara

A Good Girls Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson

A Good Girls Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson
This book is one of the best murder-mystery style novels I have read for a long time, I was kept guessing literally right to the very end. There were so many twists and turns and beautifully laid out plot developments, I could not stop reading this. Holly incorporated the perfect level of humour and implied romance to the story without taking away from the overall suspenseful atmosphere to the book. The allusions to modern social problems such as sexual assault and drug/substance abuse, bullying and mental health were incorporated very tastefully to show them in their stark, black and life-ruining true forms while not dwelling on them, as this would have changed the meaning of the book. It’s also worth pointing out how the book is designed to be read as an investigative diary style report, giving a very upbeat and informal writing style, which I personally found very refreshing! Could not recommend this book more!


Book Review by: Makhia

Midnight Sun by Stephine Meyer

Midnight Sun by Stephine Meyer
Midnight Sun is a novel written by Stephine Meyer and was published on August 4, 2020. This novel is a rewrite of the Twilight novel but is told from the point of view of Edward instead of Bella. Before reading this book I would recommend reading the twilight novels before this one. Since the events are already talked about but with a different point of view. Altogether there are five books in the series including Midnight sun. The series talks about a vampire teen who loves Bella being a human and is a 17-year-old high school student and a 103-year-old vampire Edward in a 17-year-old body. Along with the series of books that the author has written, there are a total of five movies that were released throughout the years 2008 through 2012. If you were obsessed with the Twilight series as much as I did you would love this book.


Book Review by: Makhia

Shout by Laurie Halse Anderson

Shout by Laurie Halse Anderson
Shout is a novel by Laurie Halse Anderson that was published on March 12, 2019. It was a New York Times bestseller and won an award for Goodreads Choice Awards Best Poetry. With her young adult books, she would write about sexual assault because she is a survivor herself and advocates for them. This book is written in poem format and it is not based on one story. She talks about different personal stories that happened to her. Like her experience with sexual assault. Almost seems like a big rant and you are getting to know her on a different level. Since some of her adult fiction talks about her personal life this book will have some spoilers. This book could be very educational for teen girls to learn from.


Book Review by: Makhia

My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult

My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult
My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult was first published on April 6, 2004. The Novel talks about how Kate Fitzgerland has leukemia which is cancer and she is dying from it. Anna Fitzgerald is Kate’s 13-year old sister and growing up she had to give Kate everything. She would give her blood, plasma, or anything medical. It all ended when she needed a kidney and Anna decided to sue her parents for medical emancipation. Medical emancipation is when a minor can have the same rights as an adult and can refuse medical treatment. The Novel follows along with her trail and what happens at the end of it. This novel is one of the best novel’s I have ever read and the ending will leave you in shock. I truly recommend this novel if you are looking for a good rad and I couldn’t bring myself to put it down. I had to keep reading to see what would happen next.


Book Review by: Makhia

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
Speak was a novel written by Laurie Halse Anderson and it was published in 1998. Speak received the Golden Kite Award for Fiction. She released the book talking about her story. She opens up and talks about how she was raped at the age of 13. The novel is based around a teenage girl named Melinda. It all started when she was raped by a senior. She wasn’t well-liked after that day because she did call the cops but wouldn’t say why. Ever since that day she was never the same she would barely talk and she fell into depression. She would do things to hurt herself. I feel like this book is very good for young teenage girls who are starting high school. This was a very powerful read but it does involve rape and mentions of self-harm which could be triggering for some people to read. This author has done a fantastic job writing this novel. It was also like a lesson to always speak up for yourself and talk about these kinds of situations because it could be very difficult. When people see other people talk about it, encourage them to talk about it to show that you are not alone.


Book Review by: Makhia

Uncomfortable Conversations With a Black Man by Emmanuel Acho

Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man by Emmanuel Acho
Uncomfortable Conversations With a Black Man was a book published on November 10, 2020. The Author is Emmanuel Acho. He was a linebacker who played in a national league but he is an analyst for fox sports now. The book talks about him educating people more specifically white people on what black people have to go through. They send him questions so he can answer them in his book. He also has a youtube channel that talks about these topics. But the book goes more into depth with the topic. This book is for people who are wanting to learn more about black culture and what they have to go through daily. It also helps people put everything in perspective and show how blacks and whites are not different; they just get treated like that because of the color of their skin.


Book Review by: Yara

Before I fall by Lauren Oliver

Before I fall by by Lauren Oliver
Started off with Cupid Day. Being on the top of the pyramid is the most important thing. Roses, parties, and privileges is what messed it up for Samantha Kingston. Until she died in a terrible accident that night. But for some reason, she wakes up the next day to the same exact day. Sam continues to die and wake up the next day, over and over. But, she starts to realize that she can change her decisions. She holds more social power than she ever thought. This book is truly about making the right choices. Popularity is not worth it. I definitely learned so many important lessons from this book. Small things have a big impact on people. I will always carry this with me and remember that from this book. This book is worth the read. I would recommend this book to someone who enjoys reading about friendship and values in life. This book deserves an 8/10 rating since I did get bored at one point but was worth it at the end.


Book Review by: Yara

The Fault in our Stars by John Green

The Fault in our Stars by John Green
This is truly a heartbreaking story. Hazel Grace who is diagnosed with stage IV cancer is forced to go to a support group and ends up meeting her almost perfect Augustus Waters. Her and Agustus enjoy each other’s company and do totally normal teenage things. Agustus is in remission. Hazel’s cancer is getting worse. What does it mean to be sick, young and in love? This book is truly inspiring, humorous and honest while talking about a touchy subject without crossing the line. Such an amazing book and definitely a must read!!


Book Review by: Yara

To all the boys I loved before by Jenny Han

To all the boys I loved before by Jenny Han
This is such a cute and romantic teen book to read. The character Lara Jean is just such a vibe. She sincerely is so adorable and makes the book. Lara Jean, who lost her mom at a young age expresses her feelings by writing them. She wrote a letter for every boy she liked, and placed them in a box her mom had given her. She never intended for them to be sent out but on her first day at school she gets confronted by one of the five boys and her world comes to an end. Will Lara Jean find herself embarrassed for the rest of her life or find something positive come out of this? I truly learned to never hold my feelings back from this book because you never know the outcomes of things. You only live once and should live your life to the fullest and never hold back!!


Book Review by: Yara

Maze Runner by James Dashner

Maze Runner by James Dashner
The Maze Runner was something that I thought wouldn’t interest me since i’m not the person for science fiction books but this one is definitely intriguing. Thomas who is the main character gets put into a place called the glade. Everyone in the glade has no idea who they are or who put them in the glade. The glade is covered by walls. The walls open and close on the daily. When the walls do open they lead to a maze that seems impossible to crack. Thomas believes the only way out is through it. Will he be the one to crack the code and make it through? The Maze Runner has made the top of my book list. The problems that Thomas runs into are truly suspenseful. Definitely check the book out!


Book Review by: Yara

Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard

Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard
Pretty Little Liars has been on my list for a while after I watched the show. Due to my boredom in quarantine I’ve been going crazy reading new books. I will gladly admit that some of the books on my list were definitely boring. But Pretty Little Liars was everything but boring. It starts off really dramatic when the most popular and secretly hated girl goes missing. Nobody knows where she’s at, if she was kidnapped, if she was playing a trick on them or even if she’s alive or dead. This book is definitely a roller coaster with so many twists, turns, ups and downs. The series is so exciting and mysterious and something that keeps you on the edge of your seat. I would rate the book a 8/10 only because of some of the explicit parts. I am definitely not for them but it wouldn’t stop me from reading the books again.


Book Review by: Yara

Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Hey guys, it’s Yara and I am going to break down The Hunger Games! It is definitely a must read. So so much better than the movies. Ok so basically, 2 tributes are chosen from a district usually involuntarily to fight for their lives. For this year’s annual games Katniss volunteers for her sister. Her and Peeta get chosen. Peeta was a boy that helped Katniss in her past. Katniss can’t imagine herself ever killing Peeta due to her feeling that she has a debt to him. As you get further in the story feelings emerge between the two and they start to become closer, harder for them to kill each other. They fight for their lives against bigger and stronger tributes who waited their whole lives to participate in the games. The games are never in anyone’s favor, but Katniss holds hope out for her and Peeta, but will they survive? This book will always be my favorite. It’s definitely my go to book when i’m bored. I would recommend the book to anyone wanting a little romance mixed with suspense and action. It truly deserves a 10/10. I just enjoy how descriptive it was and how it managed to still be emotional. Recommend this to people who love action, survival, fiction, emotional, a little bit of thrill, and dramatic stories!


Book Review by: Makhia

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
Today I will be talking about the novel Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver. Before I Fall was published in February 2010 and became a movie in 2017. They won the award for Goodreads Choice Awards Best Young Adult fiction. The novel talks about a teen girl named Samantha Kingston. Everything was going great in her life. It looked like her future was bright. But that all changed when she died in a car crash when she died instantly on February 12. But she finds herself waking up reliving her death over and over again. Throughout the book, she tries to find out why this keeps happening to her. I recommend this book to young adults because it could contain mature themes and language throughout the book. If you love the book as much as I did I would also recommend watching the movie as well.


Book Review by: Makhia

Ten by Gretchen McNeil

Ten by Gretchen McNeil
Hi, today I will be talking about the novel Ten by Gretchen McNeil. It was published in September 2012 and became a movie in 2017. This novel is about ten teens who were supposed to go to an epic party on an island. Meg was supposed to spend her time with her friend and crush before she goes to college. But it wasn’t just her friend and her crush, there were also random people on the island who went to different schools. Everything was going great until the lights went out and by one by one they were getting killed. Little did Meg know they were all connected to each other in a way and they found out one of them is the killer. It was up to Meg to find who the killer is. This book is a great read if you are into horror and mystery. It reminds me a lot like the book “And Then There Was None”.


Book Review by: Bella

Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin

Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin
We are lucky to live in a world where the Axis powers did not win World War II, and all people can be themselves. However for Yael, the main character in Ryan Graudin’s Wolf by Wolf, is not so lucky. Having survived the death camp experiments, Yael is an adamant resistance member with a special skill- skinshifting. Her ability to transform her outward appearance into others is useful when the yearly motorcycle competition, The Axis Tour, rolls around. Taking the form of the first female competitor and former victor, Adele Wolfe, Yael’s plan is simple: win the race, attend the Victor’s Ball with Hitler, and kill him. Yet, the fierce competition and even fiercer racers make her mission more complicated than expected. Reminded of her past through her five wolf tattoos, Yael must stay focused on the road ahead in order to change the world.
Graudin’s compelling narrative takes readers into an imaginative, fantasy world filled with likeable characters with honorable goals. The “what happens next?” question allows readers, such as myself, to fly through the story with ease. I loved how the world was fleshed out, as if the Nazis actually did win the war. A lot of care went into writing about such a sensitive topic, and it is shown in this book. I highly recommend it to anyone with a passion for history!


Book Review by: Makhia

Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
Today I will be talking about the book Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly. This book was published on September 6, 2016, and shortly became a movie in 2017. The book has received NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work for nonfiction and also became a New York bestseller at one point. Hidden Figures was set in the 1930s through the 1960s during this time men were viewed to be way more superior than women. The book talks about three powerful black women named Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson who worked at NASA as mathematicians. They helped to win the space race. Since they were women and especially black women at that, they experienced a lot of discrimination towards them. I found this to be a great read because it talked about a really important time in our history while also talking about some great things that these women have done. I recommend this book to anyone because it was such a powerful book that got its point across. If you love the book as much as I did I recommend watching the movie because it’s a great visual for people who struggle with reading like me.


Book Review by: Maddie

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein
This book is about a group of selected students picked to have an overnight stay at the grands new opening of Mr. Lemoncello’s library. They are given a scavenger hunt once inside and trapped inside until someone wins or someone gets out of the game. There will only be one winner who will then become the face of Mr. Lemoncello’s library.. These selected students have to decide if they want to work in teams or risk working independently. This book is a modern day version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.


Book Review by: Maddie

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Lord of the Flies by William Golding
This book starts off with an immediate plane crash. Dozens of kids get off the plane and are shocked to find that they are on an island with no parents, no food, no way to get out, and most importantly; no rules. They have to learn to survive if they ever want it to make it off the island alive. With a series of choices for food, leadership, followers, shelter, fires for signals, and the Beast that lurks in the woods. Will they make it out alive or will they turn on each other before they get the chance? A great novel that will leave you at the edge of your seat.


Book Review by: Makhia

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
Hi, my name is Makhia. Today I will be talking about the book Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher. This book was published in October 2007 and recently became a tv show from March 2017 through June 2020. Thirteen Reasons Why was the number one new york times seller. This book talks about the struggles of a teenage girl named Hannah Baker that she has experienced in high school. She sadly took her own life. She left behind tapes talking about the thirteen people she blames for her struggles freshman year. But the book is mostly narrated by a boy named Clay Jenson who finds the tapes sitting on his front door. This book is great for young adults who are looking for a great read. As a reader, it is hard to find books that would always keep me interested throughout the entire book. But with this book, I always find myself going back to it to find out what happens next and I found it to be a great read.


Book Review by: Jessica

The Liar’s Daughter by Megan Cooley Peterson

The Liar’s Daughter by Megan Cooley Peterson“The world can be an evil place.”,Peterseon, 2019)

The Liar’s Daughter brings us an interesting perspective that is not usually conversed- and one that is usually ignored- the view of someone with unknowingness. It is further highlighted through the fact that the book is portrayed through the perspective of a child,someone at the peak of gullibility. Well yes, technically Piper is 17, but the book shows flashbacks from her younger years.It shows us how easily manipulated people can be, and how innocent kids can be. This in turn grants us an impeccable plot- the after story of a brainwashed child in a cult after the government raids their headquarters. All while it builds the suspense, Peterson makes you fall in love with Piper; makes you feel as if you know her too, praying that she realizes everything. Not only does it have a lot of suspense, but there are also hints of romance, one that will make you excited for Piper. It is all wrapped up in a bow of delivery, with Peterson’s astonishing and mesmerizing ability for words, added on by her never disappointing ability to make a story come to life. This is a perfect book for you, no matter which genre you are into. It is a quick read that still delivers an experience of a lifetime.


Book Review by: Sydney

Just Jamie by Terri Libenson

Just Jamie by Terri LibensonThis graphic novel is one of the most relatable stories that was ever written. Told in half comic, half picture book form, Just Jamie will have you loving every second you are reading. Jamie and Maya are BFFs. They always have been and always will be, right? That’s how Jamie feels, but Maya doesn’t necessarily agree. Ever since pretty and popular Ceila took control of their friend group, things have been weird. Maya loves being popular and wants to do everything she can to stay friends with Celia. Jamie doesn’t really care about makeup, boys, or popularity. Maya has been feeling disconnected with Jamie lately, and Jamie feels like their friend group is conspiring against her. It doesn’t help that perfect Celia wants Jamie out of their group. Can Jamie and Maya save their friendship before it is too late? Read this amazing book to find out!


Book Review by: Sydney

Sunny Side Up by Jennifer L Holm

Sunny Side Up by Jennifer L HolmThis story is by far one of my favorite graphic novels of all time. Sunny, (Sunshine) Lewin is a teenage girl who goes to visit her grandpa in Florida for the summer. At first, Sunny is extremely bored at the retirement home, but she soon meets and befriends a boy named Buzz who loves comics. From finding lost cats to running from terrifying alligators, Sunny and Buzz have a very eventful summer. Sunny discovers a newfound love for comics and uses them to help her understand an event that caused her parents to send her to Florida in the first place. Set in the 1970s and told in Sunny’s present time as well as flashbacks, this book lets you discover secrets about Sunny, her family, and her life. I recommend this book to anyone looking for a great read. It is part of a series, so you won’t have to say goodbye to Sunny anytime soon.


Book Review by: Sydney

The Prince and The Dressmaker by Jen Wong

The Prince and The Dressmaker by Jen WongThis graphic novel beautifully captures a subject extremely prominent in today’s society: being able to be yourself. From the start of the story all the way to the very last page this book draws you in with its gorgeous imagery, bright colors, and relatable characters. The story is about a dressmaker Francis, whose designs and creativity are too much for the high society she tailors dresses for…. or so she thinks. Everything changes when Francis accepts a job offer proposed by a mysterious man who tells her of a client who wants her to be their personal seamstress. Francis soon discovers her client is not who she thinks they are and promises to keep an enormous secret. The uncertainty of her new situation doesn’t stop her from making unexpected friends, creating gorgeous dresses, and possibly meeting her idol and inspiration. I give this graphic novel a 10 out of 10. It is a true work of art.


Book Review by: Fiona

The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas Hi, my name is Fiona. I read The Three Musketeers and adored all 700 pages of it. The Three Musketeers has a lexile level of 990 and is recommended for 9-12 graders, however I didn’t have any trouble with it. Don’t be intimidated by the length of this book, however, the many exciting quests make the chapters fly by. It includes a lot of interesting French history that is integral for understanding the situations and dynamics.
D’Artagnan and his three musketeer friends, Porthos, Athos, and Aramis work as the king’s guards under Monsieur De Treville in Paris. They often fight with many of Cardinal Richelieu’s friends. The main antagonist, which shows up a little later in the book, is Milady de Winter who is a spy for the Cardinal. The four friends have many swashbuckling adventures, many detailed sword fights, and lots of secrets to be uncovered. This book made me feel like I was a musketeer with them, fighting for the French people. You don’t have to be a fan of sword fighting or the 15th Century to really enjoy this book!


Book Review by: Simon

Mickey Bolitar: Shelter by Harlan Coben

Mickey Bolitar: Shelter By Harlan CobenShelter by Harlan Coben is the first book in the Mickey Bolitar series. The book follows the titular high school student’s search to solve the mysteries about his deceased father’s past. I also loved the characters in this book: Mickey was a basketball player (and so was his uncle Myron). He became friends with a goth girl named Ema (whose name is Emma but everyone called her Ema because she was emo), and a nerdy kid named Arthur, who Mickey nicknames Spoon because when they met, Spoon offered Mickey his spoon in the cafeteria. The cast of characters make an unusual bunch, but they each have their own skills, and when they work together, they are able to help unravel the mysteries of Mickey’s father’s past. I loved this book because it was very suspenseful and thrilling. Mystery and thriller novels are always fun to read because you never know what is going to happen next. I couldn’t put this book down, because every time it seemed that a problem was solved, a new one arose, each one more dangerous than the last. I can’t say too much about the book’s ending, but it involves an action-packed fight that will keep you on the edge of your seat.


Book Review by: Simon

Mickey Bolitar: Seconds Away by Harlan Coben

Mickey Bolitar: Seconds Away by Harlan CobenSeconds Away by Harlan Coben is the second book in the Mickey Bolitar series. In this book, we learn some very dark secrets about Mickey’s father, and the secret organization he worked for. We are also introduced to the main villain of the series: The man who killed Mickey’s father, but made it look like he was killed in a car accident. We also learn much more about Mickey’s uncle, and even some secrets that he’s been hiding from his nephew. The most interesting thing we learn, however, is Mickey’s role in the secret organization that his father worked for, run by a mysterious old woman nicknamed the “Bat Lady”. Very early into the book, Mickey’s friend (and possible love interest???) gets shot inside her own home. (Don’t worry, she lives–but her mother is killed.) Mickey and his friends must work together to find the murderer, and the answer is nothing you’d ever expect. This book was even more thrilling than the previous book, Shelter, and I recommend this to anyone who likes mystery novels and suspenseful thrillers to keep you on the edge of your seat.


Book Review by: Simon

Mickey Bolitar: Found by Harlan Coben

Mickey Bolitar: Seconds Away by Harlan CobenThe third and final installment in the Mickey Bolitar trilogy by Harlan Coben, Found is the most exciting and suspenseful book of all, in which Mickey and his friends Ema and Spoon must team up with a sworn enemy to prove his innocence. When school bully Troy Taylor is kicked off the basketball team for supposedly taking steroids, he seeks out Mickey and his friends for help due to their problem-solving skills. In this book, a lot of crucial information is revealed: Why Mickey’s father was murdered, why Troy has been such a bully, the history behind a child believed to be missing for decades, and why the headquarters of the secret organization that Mickey’s father worked for was burned to the ground. Suddenly, Ema’s online boyfriend stops responding to her messages, and Troy’s best friend Buck moves away without any explanation. What’s the connection between these two disappearances? Read Mickey Bolitar: Found by Harlan Coben to uncover the answers!


Games Reviews

Games Reviews:

Game Review by: Niall
Spider Man Miles Morales (PS5)

Swing into action and play as Miles Morales version of Spider Man found at the Orland Library for PS5. Learn how to control your spider-like powers from the original web-slinger also known as Peter Parker. Take on the Roxxon Energy Corporation who embody corporate greed and will employ soldiers to take out competitors’ energy sources. As well as The Underground which go head to head with Roxxon while also creating crazy gadgets to take out Spiderman. Sling through New York and fight crime as everybody’s favorite Neighborhood Spiderman and see the world through his eyes. It has won Best Storyline and Best Characters from multiple different award ceremonies. Find Spider Man Miles Morales for PS5 only in the Video Games section at the Orland Park Library.


Game Review by: Niall
The Legends of Zelda’s: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo Switch)

The Legends of Zelda’s: Breath of the Wild is an open world adventure filled with creatures controlled by Ganon that you must defeat. You play as Link and your goal is to rid Ganon from the land, rescue Zelda, and save Hyrule. To do this you must collect gear, solve puzzles, and defeat enemies. Breath of the Wild was created by Nintendo making it safe for all ages and can be played with friends and family. This game also holds the Game of the Year title from 2017 as well as best Game Direction and best Action/ Adventure Game. So dive into this unique land and discover the deserts, haunted woods, and underwater kingdoms this game has to offer. Find this game in the video games section of the Orland Park Library for Nintendo Switch only as well as other big name games.


Game Review by: Daniel
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba : The Hinokami Chronicles (Nintendo Switch)

Are you a Demon Slayer fan? Or an action game fan? Well Demon Slayer : Kimetsu no Yaiba : The Hinokami Chronicles brings the best of both worlds with its amazing adaptation of the Demon Slayer anime into a fighting arena style video game. It has all of the beautiful animation and all of your favorite characters from the anime. You can play as any of your favorite characters, such as Tanjiro, Zenitsu, or Inosuke in intense, fast paced, and action filled fights. This game has tons of things to do to keep you excited to keep playing too. There’s a story based on the anime so you can have an even more immersive Demon Slayer experience, a multiplayer mode to play against your friends, and even a ranked mode so you can become one of the best fighters and play against the best players! The fighting mechanics are very unique compared to other fighting games as well with unique abilities for each character and new combos. This game is a must for big Demon Slayer fans!


Game Review by: Daniel
The Legend of Zelda: breath of the wild (Nintendo Switch)
he Legend of Zelda: breath of the wild (Nintendo Switch)

The Legend of Zelda: breath of the wild is the newest installment in The Legend of Zelda series and it quickly became the best selling game in the franchise. After waking up 100 years after the calamity of the Hyrule Kingdom, with little to no memory of who you are or what happened, you must adventure into the vast open world map of Hyrule to unveil its history and save what is left of Hyrule from its century of pain. Hyrule will immediately overwhelm you in awe as you explore the various beautiful geography ranging from snowy mountains, castles, and even active volcanoes!
But be prepared as there are many creatures, and robots, ready to stop you in your tracks. Don’t panic though as you have many ways to fight back with an amazing and limitless combat system. You will find yourself fighting while flying in the air, riding on horseback, and even using your own powers in underground dungeons! The story is also very investing guiding you on missions filled with action and fun characters. The game has something for everyone to appreciate with endless hours of gameplay so don’t wait, come adventure into the wild.


Game Review by: Samantha
Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest (Nintendo 3DS)

Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest is a great game on the Nintendo 3ds that everyone should play. It is a game that involves strategy and a great story. In the game you are a princess in the kingdom of Nohr and you are never allowed to leave the castle. King Garon your father, let’s you leave to the kingdom of Hoshido. The two kingdoms have been arguing and about to go to war. When you get to Hoshido, Ryoma the Hoshidan prince, calls you his sister. Apparently, you were born in Hoshido but kidnapped at a very young age. Now everyone argues who the you are going to follow. If you pick the Nohrian path the game will now be Fire Emblem Conquest. I hope this review persuaded you to play the game.


Game Review by: Julian
Minecraft

Minecraft is one of the best-selling games in the world. It has an interesting history, and many game changing updates. It’s amazing to see how it has grown to today. It started as a basic ‘Cave Game’, and turned to a game entertaining millions. A game that was created in six days would be expected to go nowhere, but Minecraft was a whole other story with the creator, Marcus Pearson listening to the players for ideas. Minecraft has an interesting history with many major breakthroughs. What’s the best update in Minecraft? What’s the worst? What’s the most game changing? There’s no better one than the one that started it all. Minecraft, 1.0.0. Minecraft has many major/game changing updates that brought Minecraft to where it is today. Minecraft today is one of the best-selling games that has cured boredom and entertained millions of people around the world. Minecraft took the world by shock when it was bought by Microsoft, and turned into the Minecraft that millions know today. Minecraft is one of the most evolved games in the world. From ‘Cave Game’ to entertaining millions of people, Minecraft is one of the most popular/well known games in the world.


Game Review by: Sebastian
Jedi: Fallen Order (Xbox One)

I was in awe when I first played Fallen Order. The game does an amazing job with their story telling and graphics. As you progress through the game you learn more and more about each character and learn things you may not have known before through force echo’s. The game can teach you a lot about the Star Wars universe and the many events that take place. I recommend this game to those who love Star-Wars or who enjoy challenging single player games. Even if you don’t like the combat, it’s a game thatinvolves creative, beautiful sights and exploring. I hope this review gets you to pick up Fallen Order and start your journey.


Game Review by: Sebastian
Lego Marvel Avengers (Xbox 360)

Lego Avengers a great Lego game. To differ from Lego Marvel Super Heroes, this game adds a unique combat system that involves using combos with other characters. The story follows Age of Ultron and adds some comedic moments that are classic in a Lego Game. The voice acting for this game is also catching and makes it feel like you’re watching the actual movie! Characters have unique deisgns, with some characters like Iron Man have multiple suits that you can change through while choosing your character. This review will hopefully help in you choosing the next game you dive into.


Game Review by: Sebastian

Minecraft (Xbox One)

One of the greatest games of all time, Minecraft. It’s a unique, vast open world game that inspired many games to this day. Minecraft is all about you making your way through a world full of cute animals during the day, and dangerous fauna during the night. With a crafting system with many recipes to make your journey more exciting, you’ll be able to accomplish your jouney. Though the graphics are not amazing and realistic, the blocky features of this game make it how it is today. If you’re an explorer, a builder, or a person who loves combat then you should pick up this game incase you haven’t already. Hope this review helps you!


Game Review by: Eric

Super Smash Brothers Ultimate-Video Game

Are you a fan of fighting games? Are you a fan of any of the following video game series; Super Mario, The Legend of Zelda, Pokemon, Fire Emblem, Donkey Kong or more? If any of those answers are “yes,” then this is the game for you! Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is a game for the Nintendo Switch, with your favorite video game characters from almost 50 different series duke it out to see who is the best fighter. Can you defeat Bowser as Mario? Can Link from the “Zelda” series defeat Captain Falcon from “F-Zero?” Fight against the computer or your fiends, either in person or suing the online battle arena. Now, bring the ultimate fight to you!


Game Review by: Lizzie

Minecraft Xbox One-Video Game

Minecraft is a YA videogame that has had great popularity for the past 12 years since it has been released. It is a 3D block structured game that allows you to do whatever you want in the game. There are two main modes you can play in which are survival and creative. In survival, you have health and hunger which must be plenished in order to stay alive, as well as fending off monsters from killing you. In creative, you can do what every you want without the fear of dying and losing progress. In creative mode, many people choose to build different creations; there is no limit to the creativity. There is a way to beat the game, which is killing an entity named the Ender Dragon, but after beating this boss you are still able to make progress in your world. Minecraft is a great family game that anyone can pick up on. It’s a game that you can start playing in your childhood, and still enjoy playing it years later in teenage years and adulthood.


Game Review by: Lizzie

Terraria Nintendo Switch-Video Game

Terraria is a 2D sandbox game that takes place on an open world. There isn’t a set goal in the game, but there are many things to do. Players can defeat monsters, build houses, explore the many biomes and defeat powerful bosses. When starting the game, you create a new world which can be played by a single player or multiple players. There are customizable characters you play as and as you progress in the game. With progress, you can dress them up with armor, clothes, hats and other accessories. Terraria has very similar gameplay to Minecraft, so many players who have played Minecraft grow to love Terraria.


Game Review by: Lizzie

Slime Rancher Xbox One-Video Game

Slime Rancher is a single player first person game where you play as Beatrix LeBeau. The story line takes place lightyears beyond Earth on the Far, Far Range. The goal of the game is to try and create a successful life on the range by collecting slimes. There are many different species of slimes, which have their own special ability based on their species. The more slimes a player collects, the more money can be collected to explore the range. Through out the game, players meet several NPCs who help you advance in the game. Slime rancher is an enjoyable game where players can appreciate the gameplay and animations.


Game Review by: Samantha

Link’s Awakening (Nintendo Switch)

I really enjoyed Link’s Awakening and I feel that everybody who plays it will enjoy it. The graphics on the game were phenomenal with all of the game lighting. The art style of the game was also very cute. The dungeons in the game weren’t too hard so that everybody can play it. The characters Link talks to in the game are all very unique. It was one of the games I actually finished because I usually start my games and then never finish them. So if it is a game I actually finished than that means how good the games actually was. Hopefully, this review will get you to play this game.


Game Review by: Samantha

Fire Emblem Awakening (3Ds)

Fire Emblem Awakening is a great game and I feel everybody should play it. The graphics in the game are beautiful and very well designed. The game is a mix of challenging strategy and a deep story. The combat in the game includes knowing which weapons are stronger than others. The characters in the game also have lots of character and can be very funny. Each character has a different personality and they each use weapons between magic, bows, axes, lances, swords, and staves. I hope this review will get you to play the great game of Fire Emblem Awakening.


Game Review by: Rahaf

Bubble Trouble – Video Game

Bubble Trouble is a video game in which your character use shoot down all surrounding before they can touch you. Every time you blast a bubble, and depending on the difficulty of the level, divides into two smaller bubbles. Bubble Trouble can be played in single or multiplayer mode. This game is played on a level basis, and the more you progress, the harder the stages become. I would rate this game a 4/5. This game can be played on pc of on a mobile device. Bubble Trouble is a classic and simple game that would be enjoyed by people interested in old-school games.


Game Review by: Lexi

The Show 21 – Game

The show is a real life baseball simulator /video game. The show is a 2 or 1 person game. To play all you have to do is know the buttons on the PlayStation controller and how to play baseball. Play 9 innings or less .The game is pretty simple and has very easy directions. The Show has all your favorite MLB teams and players. The Show also has many of your old time favorite players, such as Jackie Robinson and Babe Ruth. The game is available on the PlayStation. This game is a homerun. It should be a number one pick for any baseball fan.


Game Review by: Ali

Portal 2 – Game

Portal 2 is a multiplayer puzzle game that sequels the popular hit Portal. Portal 2 requires a player and his partner to complete a number of tasks by creating portals around the room to transport the player or objects such as cubes and spheres required to complete the challenges. Portal 2 has many different levels that will allow for weeks of fun with a friend. Each level has a unique layout and a different solution ensuring the game doesn’t get stale. Portal 2 also has an excellent story mode attached to it for those who like a good story in their game. While I believe Portal 2 is best when you can verbally communicate with your partner, if that isn’t an option there are certain signals and signs you can use to communicate with your partner in the game. I recommend Portal 2 to anyone looking for a great game to play with one of your friends if you are both really interested in puzzle games.


Game Review by: Ali

Pummel Party – Game

Pummel Party is an amazing multiplayer party game. Similar to Mario Party the player is put on a map with each map having different perks to them allowing for a unique experience on each map. The game starts with everyone rolling a dice to choose the pick order, then each player moves around the map based on what number he rolls on the dice. After each player has gone once the turn ends with all the players playing in a minigame. The winner of the minigame is rewarded with the most keys as well as the option to go first next turn. They also are rewarded with an item. There are many different items which can be used during your turn. Some items damage other players, some heal you, and some lead you closer to the trophy chest. When a player lands on the trophy chest he has the option to open the chest for forty keys or to pass. The winner is the player with the most trophies at the end of the game. I recommend this game to anyone who is looking for a fun party game to play with their friend group as it allows for an endless amount of fun.


Game Review by: Ali

Rivals of Aether – Game

Rivals of Aether is a fighting game in which one player fights against another. Rivals of Aether has many different characters all to fit the playstyle of whichever player. The great thing about Rivals of Aether is it’s not like any other fighting game and is completely unique with the character designs. Some characters can jump up to 4 times, some can teleport, and some can make floors to give a fun x factor in each game. There are many different maps that a player can play on to ensure the game doesn’t get stale. The great thing about Rivals of Aether is that there is a competitive mode as well as a casual game mode to appeal to any type of player. For players that are all about winning and getting better and improving at the game, the competitive mode is a great option for you. For the players that are just looking for a fun time with their friends or just a quick fun time playing with other players online the casual mode is also a great option. I recommend Rivals of Aether to anyone who likes fighting games and is looking for a fresh unique fighting game unlike any other.


Game Review by: Ali

Slay the Spire – Game

Slay the Spire is a dungeon crawler type video game in which the player has the move from level to level fighting enemies. To fight the enemies you use cards in order to use spells and attacks. After each level the player has an option to choose one of three cards. Along with a wide variety of cards there are four different characters all with very different play styles. This allows for each run to be completely different and unique. After completing a series of levels you have to fight a boss. If you beat the boss you move up one floor. Each floor has the same layout with different enemies in each level and a different boss. I recommend this game to anyone looking for a dungeon crawler game that is very unique in its gameplay as well as completely different from run to run.


Game Review by: Ali

Super Animal Royale – Game

Super Animal Royale is a battle royale game in which a player tries to be the last one standing by defeating all other enemies. The game starts out with the player flying out into the map on a giant eagle. The player then has the option to drop anywhere on the map where he will then search for loot. There are many different weapons you can pick up as well as healing items. There are different rarities for the different weapons ranging from gray which is the worst all the way to golden which is the best. There are also different forms of transportation, one being a rolling ball that you can only ride along and the other being an emu that you can ride with a teammate. A great thing about Super Animal Royale is that you can play with friends. I recommend this game to anyone looking for a fun battle royale to play with friends or alone.


Game Review by: Ali

Valheim – Game

Valheim is an open world game in which the player tries to get resources in order to progress further into the game. There are many different resources for the player to gather. There are different areas with different difficulties of enemies. You can fight boars, deer, skeletons, wolves, and more. There are also different bosses you can fight with clues on where they are which you can find by exploring the map. There is also an option to build structures in order to build a base. This game can also be played with friends or solo, convenient if you are looking for a game to play with your friends. I recommend this game to anyone who likes open world games that is looking for a new fresh experience.


Game Review by: Ali

Super Smash Bros Ultimate – Game

Super Smash Bros Ultimate is the newest game in the Super Smash Bros series. Super Smash Bros is a fighting game one could play for fun or competitively. Super Smash Bros can be whatever you want it to be. It is one of the best party games to play with friends and family while also being one of the best competitive games as there is an endless amount of improvement possible when playing Super Smash Bros. With a wide variety of characters that could fit the playstyle of any player, Smash appeals to every member of the family and every member of the friend group. Whether you want to play Bowser, a big strong villain in the Mario Series who uses his flame breath to burn down opponents, or Princess Peach, the gentle Princess who uses an umbrella to hurt her opponents. Super Smash Bros also has a very prominent competitive scene if your style is more about competition and improving your skills in order to win more and become the best.


Game Review by: Ali

The Binding of Isaac Rebirth – Game

The Binding of Isaac is a dungeon crawler game in which one moves from room to room fighting enemies. In each room there is a random room layout as well as random amount and type of enemies. On each floor there are multiple regular rooms with enemies, an item room that guarantees one item, as well as a boss room which has a difficult boss you must fight in order to get to the next floor. The game progresses further and further and the more you play the more items you unlock and the more floors you get to explore. This game is a great solo player game that you can play between chores or errands as each run takes about twenty minutes. This game also has a great amount of variety and each item works differently and certain items can work together very well and some can work very horribly together. This allows the player to always have a new experience every time they play as a big problem with these types of games is the repetitiveness but The Binding of Isaac Rebirth isn’t like that. I recommend this to anyone looking for a fun new solo player game to play that isn’t very time consuming


Game Review by: Ali

Cuphead – Game

Cuphead is a run and gun game in which a player controls either Cuphead or his younger brother Mughead. After Cuphead gambles away his soul to the devil he must beat multiple enemies in order to reach the devil and win back his soul. You have different types of shots to use with some being better for closer ranged battles and some being better for longer ranged battles. You also have different power ups and special abilities at your disposal. Cuphead is a true game of skill that requires the player to play smart as well as play very well as if you get hit three times in one fight you lose and have to start over again. A great feature in this game is the option to play with one other player who will take the role of Mughead. This allows for the game to be enjoyed by yourself or with a friend. I recommend Cuphead to anyone willing to learn and get good at a difficult game that becomes very fun and very enjoyable once you get used to it.


Game Review by: Ali

Hades – Game

Hades is a video game in which the player controls Zagreus, the son of Hades. Zagreus is sick of the Underworld and attempts to escape but in order to escape he must face off against all the enemies ahead of him. There are multiple floors and multiple rooms in each floor with a boss room at the end of each floor. Using different weapons and different blessings from all the Greek Gods who attempt to help Zagreus make it up to Mount Olympus. This game has not only great gameplay but also a great storyline which helped win it Game of the Year earlier this year. I recommend this to anyone who likes dungeon crawler games like this as well as is looking for a game with a good story line. The only factor that might draw players away from this game is the difficulty. The game is very difficult and has many very difficult bosses you have to face in order to try and make it out of the Underworld but there is an option to make it easier if you want to decrease the difficulty a little or if you want to focus on the story.


Game Review by: Ali

Among Us – Game

Among Us is a multiplayer game in which 10 players are on an airship. There is a role assigned to each player in which one could either be a crewmate or an imposter. The crewmates’ job is to complete all their tasks around the ship while also trying to figure out who the imposters are. The imposters’ job is to kill the crewmates without getting caught. The game ends when either the crewmates finish all their tasks, eject the two imposters, or when the imposters equal or outnumber the remaining crewmates. While this game is advertised and made for children it is still an incredibly enjoyable game for older teens and even adults. This game is also the ultimate game to play with friends. Will you be able to decipher who the two imposters are before they reach their goal? Will you be able to deceive and trick the crewmates into thinking you are one of them? Find this out by playing Among Us today.


Game Review by: Ali

Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes – Game

Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes is a two player puzzle game which includes one player who has a virtual bomb in front of him and the other player who has a defusal manual in front of him. Both players cannot see each other’s bomb or manual and the goal is for the players to work together to defuse the bomb. The player with the bomb has to explain what each puzzle on the bomb includes while the manual owner has to use that information to figure out how to solve the puzzle which he has to relay back to the bomb handler. This game is a very fun game that constantly has you racing against the clock to defuse the bomb before it explodes. The game is a great game to play with any friends or members of your family as the ultimate two player game. This game also has many difficulties and levels to allow for multiple days or even weeks of fun with your defusal partner. I recommend this game to anyone looking for a fun two player puzzle game that can be enjoyed by all ages.


Game Review by: Ali

Risk of Rain 2 – Game

Risk of Rain 2 is the sequel in the Risk of Rain series based around a character trapped on an alien planet trying to escape by fighting monsters. Throughout the game you can gain power ups to strengthen your character in order to be able to face the increasingly stronger opponents. The game has a wide variety of characters as well as a humongous amount of levels ensuring that you get your money’s worth when playing this game. This game ensures that there is a character that will please everyone that plays it. Another great feature of this game is that you can play with friends. The mix of items allows you to go for many different playstyles and many different scenarios each time you play. I recommend this game to anyone who is willing to put in the hours to understand the depth of the game as well as anyone wanting to play a fun game with their friends.


Game Review by: Ali

Fortnite – Game

Fortnite is a game where a player drops into a world by a flying battle bus alongside ninety-nine other players. The goal of fortnite is to kill opponents and be the last player standing. You can loot abandoned houses and other structures with hopes of getting a good weapon and some health healing items. There are many different rarities for weapons starting from grey all the way up to golden weapons which are much better than the weak grey weapons. In Fortnite there is also the ability to build, you can build walls, floors, or stairs which can block shots from enemies. While Fortnite is a game made and marketed towards children, it is still a great option for adults and I have seen many people from all age ranges enjoy the game. The great thing about Fortnite is you can also play with friends allowing for even greater experiences as you get to enjoy the game with friends. Personally for me what drew me towards fortnite and what kept me playing for a while was the fact I was playing with my closest friends, a game truly gets better when enjoyed with another person.


Game Review by: Ali

Minecraft – Game

Minecraft is a game in which you spawn in a world made of blocks. The ultimate goal of Minecraft is to beat the Ender Dragon, a mystical dragon who is incredibly powerful and extremely hard to beat. To beat the Ender Dragon you must explore the world and upgrade your tools and weapons in order to have a better champ against the dragon. Going through many materials such as wood, stone, iron, gold, and diamonds as you explore the world. The great thing about Minecraft is that your goal doesn’t have to be to kill the Ender Dragon. One’s goal could be to have the most awesome base, to make the best farms, or to just create cool structures. To allow for this Minecraft has two different game modes, survival mode and creative mode. In survival you have to worry about stuff such as health and hunger during your journey to ensure you stay alive or you risk dying and losing all the items you have. In creative mode there is no risk of dying, you have an infinite amount of resources at your disposal, and you can fly. Minecraft could be played by anyone of any age. I have seen children enjoy the game, adults, teens, and even grandparents enjoying it with their grandchildren.


Game Review by: Ali

Overwatch – Game

Overwatch is a team based first person shooter focused around the goal of either capturing a point, moving a payload, or capturing a flag. In Overwatch there is a wide variety of characters you can play and a wide variety of roles you can play as well. Some characters are focused on doing the most damage to the enemy team while others are focused on helping and healing your own teammates to ensure they don’t die to the enemy team. Overwatch has multiple game modes, one of them being a competitive game mode for people more interested in testing their skills and improving at the game while also having casual game modes for people more interested in having a fun laid back time with no penalty for losing. This game also has voice chat in order for players to communicate with their teammates in order to improve teamwork which is the main factor needed for victory in Overwatch. Overwatch has enough variety to appeal to most people based on what they look for in a game. I would recommend this game to anyone wanting to test their skills, looking for a fun, chill new game to play with their friends, or even both based on how you are feeling that day.


Game Review by: Kevin

Forza Horizon 4 – Game

Countless videogames in the market are simulators that intend the gamer to experience and play through real-life situations as a game in a particular aspect like cooking. These games suffer big competition but, in the field of free-play racing, only Forza Horizon 4 can attain the crown. Despite the breath-taking graphics, the product of a 2-year design by professional developers, it involves a wide variety of cars from off-road to track. Each vehicle can be custom upgraded and tuned, with an assortment of various real-world parts that intend to make the car better in particular areas, seldom at the expense of others. Once you choose your desired vehicle, you enter the country of Britain, where endless opportunities await through a single judgment: race or free drive? In free drive, you can explore the country with a convoy of others like yourself, driving around and completing simple trials to collect rewards. Or should you race, you compete against your selection of drivers for victories in championships and other events, all with a prize. The game is compatible with gaming steering wheels and pedals, allowing the gameplay to be more realistic for those that own it. Regardless, all gamers at various levels can enjoy the game with many activities to perform with others with the skill of yourself. All can share the status of Forza legend, but only to those that seek it.


Game Review by: Ava

Minecraft – Game

Minecraft. A game that, chances are, you have heard of at least some point in your life. A game that has absolutely dominated the gaming industry for almost a decade. There is a reason there is so much hype surrounding this game. Minecraft allows the players to express creativity in new and exciting ways. Whether you enjoy battling with deadly zombies, chopping down wood to build a house, or mining in spooky caves to find minerals to upgrade your tools, every video game player can find something new and exciting to do in Minecraft. Minecraft has gone through many updates that have made the game what it is today. In fact, this summer, a new update to the game will be added to enhance the experience in caves. Minecraft is a game that is constantly evolving and is always fresh and fun to play.


Game Review by: Ava

Animal Crossing New Horizons – Game

Animal Crossing New Horizons is a version of Animal Crossing available on the Nintendo Switch. With easy controls, loveable characters, and an open-world concept, it is hard to not adore this game! In this game, you are flown into an island with animal characters that help you get started! From there, you can build and progress your town with the use of landscaping, house design, and animals! It is hard to get burnt out from this game as there is never a dull moment! The world is limitless! There is also a multiplayer option to play with your friends! I would recommend this game to anyone who has a Nintendo Switch and wants to play a simple, open-world game.


Game Review by: Ava

Fortnite – Game

Fortnite is a multiplayer video game that tests players skills and reflexes as you fight to be the last person standing. When you land from the notorious flying “battle bus,” you collect tools and health-restoring items that help you in battles. This game has been popular for close to 4 years, and there is a reason. Fortnite is an addictive game that is fun to play by yourself or with your friends. I would recommend this game to anyone who enjoys playing with friends and battling to be the last player standing. I enjoy playing this game with friends because it is simple to understand, beginner-friendly, and is fun for everyone involved. On top of all of that, the game is free and compatible with most video game consoles including Xbox, Ps4, Mobile, Nintendo Switch, PC, and more. Go ahead and grab yourself a version of Fortnite to join in on the fun!


Game Review by: Samuel

Super Smash Bros – Game

Super smash bros is an amazing video game to play with friends and family. It revolves around the idea of characters from different franchises battling in a super brawl. It is a game that can be played solo, or with multiple players. I would recommend this game to people who like the action genre or the concept of colliding video-game universes. Each character has a specific skill set centered around their powers in their original endeavors. The game includes over 75 playable characters with extra options to add more heroes… And villains to your roster. There are additional real life statues called amiibos that you can use to power up your game and earn exclusive rewards. The 5 star review from Common Sense Media speaks for itself. There are additional subscriptions you can purchase to enhance your gaming experience, like the online feature which can showcase live brawls with your friends across the world! Overall, Super Smash Bros is a great game with many features and characters to keep you entertained for hours on end!


Game Review by: Maha

Call of Duty Mobile – Game

I would recommend this game because it’s fun, especially playing multiplayer. You could play with other people on mobile and people on xbox too. It has many modes like Battle Royale, team deathmatch, free for all, frontline, etc. You could chat on mic or on the physical chat itself to communicate with your teammates. It offers different maps too like, nuketown, crash, killhouse. It’s really for anyone to play because if you just want to practice you would go on the practice mode, and it’s not hard at all to learn how to play. Once you download it, the controls are pretty simple and the app itself gives you a tutorial on how to play.


Game Review by: Gregory

Rocket League – Game

Rocket League is a game that closely emulates soccer but with a fun twist…. You play as a car! In Rocket League, you work with your team to move the ball across the field as fast as possible, and try to score as many goals as possible before time runs out. As with many other games, a level of customization is available where you can modify characteristics of your car to meet your aesthetic preferences. One of the other perks of Rocket League is that it is multiplayer and your friends can join you online or via split screen to engage in some great competition. Also it should be noted that Rocket League is free to play on all devices, so it is a great way to connect with friends for no cost to you! In addition to this Rocket League is also cross-platform, so friends across devices such as Xbox, Switch, PS4, and PC can all play as a group. Overall, Rocket League is one of my go-to games as it puts a fun twist on soccer and has a great player experience!


Game Review by: Gregory

Minecraft – Game

Minecraft is a survival, multiplayer or single player game that is engaging and fun for the entire family and age spectrum! Minecraft is basically a block-ified world where you work to thrive in biomes. As the name suggests, you mine for resources, such as iron, diamond, and gold, and these resources can be used to craft different items that give you an advantage in the game. You also get the chance to build a lot of structures, and you have a great level of customizability of how your world turns out. Minecraft is not free, and costs $30 across all platforms. There are also some misconceptions about Minecraft as two versions are available for the PC, Java and Bedrock. Java is a PC only edition, with much more features, but Bedrock has a majority of concepts in Minecraft, and is available for cross-platform play on PC, Xbox, PS4, Switch, and Mobile. Minecraft is a great way to connect with friends, as it is a popular game that many have, and is a game where teamwork and cooperation is very important to the success of your world.
Overall, Minecraft is a great way to relax on your own, or join the ranks of your friends to engage in a competitive and team-building game of survival and building.


Game Review by: Maha

Cube Escape – Game

This series of games is really fun and decently hard to figure out. If you like escape rooms/ games I would recommend this series. You can download them on the app store, and there are individual games with different levels to each of them, some intertwine to the others. You can choose from paradox, the lake, the cave, theatre, birthday,the mill,Harvey’s box,the roots,hotel,etc. In each game, the objective is to find hints that lead you to black or white cubes that help you escape. You use the clues to figure out different mini games and puzzles that help you understand the plot of the story. In the beginning you watch a background clip about the scene then you try to escape the room or place. I would recommend you play this if you like mind and mystery type games.


Game Review by: Maha

Rento – Game

You can find this game on the app store or play store and it’s basically like monopoly. A good feature of this game is that you can play multiplayer online or with your friends. You basically make a room and then other players are able to join and you pick an icon to play as. The objective of this game is to have the most plots and own the most hotels. Once you do that, if your opposing player lands on your land, they’re fined and whoever ends up bankrupt in the end they lose. There is also a mystery card feature which either helps or hurt you. I like that it’s simple and easy to play with others. You can play with up to 6 players as well.


Game Review by: Diancarlo

Dark Souls Remastered, Nintendo Switch – Game

In the history of difficult games, the Dark Souls franchise has always held a place of infamy amongst many. Dark Souls Remastered for the Nintendo Switch holds this standard of difficulty and wears it as a proud badge of honor for those who can conquer it’s many challenges. Beyond an incredibly steep learning curve lies a jaw dropping open world filled with gigantic beasts and undead armies. While the graphics and style are far from the majesty of many modern role playing games, Dark Souls Remastered has absolutely no problem immersing you into your character’s situation. There’s no better feeling than seeing a boss that looks completely out of your league finally fall, giving you access to new amazing weapons and areas. Each character is extremely customizable making every new playthrough unique to your custom character. Every slash, roll and magic cast feels great and intentional. Unfortunately the difficulty can be discouraging for many but there are many guides and helpful videos to help any new player. Though the game can be disgusting and gruesome the setting and design only help to push the feeling of adventure in a far off magical world. It is an amazing adventure for those who wish to tackle more difficult games.


Game Review by: Diancarlo

Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Nintendo Switch

During the past year, we’ve all had to put our lives on hold. Staying at home has not been the most awesome get away. Fortunately for the lucky group who own a Nintendo Switch there was a perfect island getaway. Animal Crossing: New Horizons is the perfect escape for all types of people. It’s an extremely accessible game where you build up your island and fill with relatable animal friends. As you progress, more and more things become accessible to you and your villagers. Things like more houses for more villagers or bigger shops to buy more furniture or decorations. It’s the perfect game for relaxation. The music is calming and tropical, it truly luls to a feeling of peace. The game runs at your own pace which is perfect for those with busy lives. I highly recommend it to anyone interested. Your own island awaits!


Game Review by: Diancarlo

1-2-Switch, Nintendo Switch

1-2 Switch is the ultimate party game. For this one, you really don’t have to know your way around a controller to play. It’s easy for anyone to pick up, especially for those who loved the Wii. Instead of playing Wii Fit however, we’ve upgraded to playing as cowboys and samurais. This game not only shows off the technology of the switch with minigames that make it feel like there are real marbles in your controller, but it allows you to connect with people through short party-game competitions. The games are quick, easy, and fun to play. Each game is loaded with personality, has a ton of replayability, and the visuals are fun and exciting. It’s one of the best ways to bond with your family, friends, or even strangers! This game will have you smiling, and if you’re looking for something to get the party started, look no further than 1-2 Switch!


Game Review by: Diancarlo

Pokémon Sword & Pokémon Shield, Nintendo Switch

Pokémon is one of Nintendo’s most beloved franchises, and one of my favorite games to play growing up. When Pokémon Sword and Shield came out for the Nintendo Switch, I was ecstatic. The storyline was fun to play, easy to pick back up, and most importantly there are tons of new Pokémon to discover. The world exploration is amazing, and the soundtrack only adds to the atmosphere. The fun doesn’t stop when you beat the game, however, as after the main story is completed, there are postgame trials to keep you occupied. There’s also an optional DLC that adds more to the game even after you’re done. If you’ve never played a Pokémon game before, this is the one for you. The tutorial will explain everything, and you can even play with friends to help you in your journey! It’s a fresh new look that’s welcoming to new and old players alike.
(Sidenote: There’s really no difference between Sword and Shield besides a few differences in the Pokémon you collect, so don’t worry about not getting the right one!)


Game Review by: Diancarlo

Risk of Rain 2, Nintendo Switch

Aliens, monsters, portals and space pirates. What isn’t there to love about Risk of Rain 2. Risk of Rain 2 is a roguelike 3rd person shooter that completely redefines the genre in the best way possible. While most roguelikes are two dimensional Risk of Rain 2 is in three dimensions and in the third person opting for a more Call of Duty Zombies like feel with the waves of enemies that come to stop your progress in moving through levels. Unlike Call of Duty ROR2 provides way more variety in characters, enemies, locations and upgrades. Though you only start the game with one character, unlocking all the characters is addicting and another driving force that keeps you playing just for one more try. Each character is special and interesting. There is one for every type of player. Don’t like shooty characters? There are two heavy hitting close ranged melee characters. Even that is too much work? Play as my personal favorite, an engineer who places down turrets to face the enemies for you. On top of all of that there are different unlockables you can get from completing challenges as characters unlocking different variations of their kits. Don’t like how the turrets can’t move with you? You can make them move by completing a challenge with that character. Items are another way ROR2 keeps things fresh. When you defeat an enemy they give you cash you can use to unlock chests scattered throughout the map. Those chest give you random items that upgrade your character. Health, Damage, status. While ROR2 is kinda difficult at first once you start to learn more of the game, things become absurdly fun. It has online multiplayer to play with friends. I highly recommend playing.


Game Review by: Diancarlo

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Nintendo Switch

Everybody loves Mario Kart. It’s fast, simple, and pure fun. Those are some of the few reasons why Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is one of the best selling games on the Nintendo Switch. There is no feeling like the feeling of absolutely smoking friends and family, only for you to see the iconic blue shell come and destroy your lead. While Mario Kart games do switch up the formula from game to game, I will admit that Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (on the surface) does look like the most basic of some of the modern Mario Kart games. So does it hold up to the hype and reputation? Without a doubt, YES! The music alone is one of the many aspects of this upgraded port that carry it’s greatness. Each track has its own song. They all sound amazing and contribute to the setting of each and every track. Along with the astounding music comes some of the most stunning visuals in a Mario Kart game. Each character, kart, track, power up looks astounding. The Nintendo Switch isn’t known for its graphics, but this game is absolutely beautiful and immerses you into the track you’re racing. Bowser’s castle is scary, Electrodome is like a party and rainbow road (all 3) feel magical. With new karts, characters and game modes there is something for everyone in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.


Game Review by: Diancarlo

Super Smash Brothers Ultimate, Nintendo Switch

Super Smash Brothers Ultimate is not only a celebration of video games, but also the ultimate party game. There are 76 fighters in the base game- not including dlc. Almost every one of the characters are icons from video game history. There are a bunch of ways for you and your friends to play and each mode is just as fun as the last. Each last punch, and fireball feels great. With 8 people being able to play at once it’s amazing chaotic fun for an entire party. Seeing your friend’s character get spiked into the blast zone is like no other feeling in any other game. Super Smash Brothers Ultimate is a must play game there is no other way of putting it. It is a gaming experience unlike any other.


Game Review by: Diancarlo

Overwatch, Xbox One

Are you looking for an action-packed game that requires teamwork, strategy, and practice? Then Overwatch, the online multiplayer battle game, is right for you! It can be played both competitively and casually, so there’s no pressure to learn fast. You work in teams of six to capture a control point, move a payload, or even capture a flag! With a roster of 32 heroes in-game, you’re sure to find someone you like. Whether you prefer to support your team by healing, use invisibility to get past your opponents, or even use a giant robot to fly around, there’s a character for everyone. The game is constantly being updated by a dedicated team that adds new maps, gamemodes, and characters to play- so you can rest assured that you won’t get bored. However, please keep in mind that Overwatch is an online game, so you may need to get yourself Xbox Live!


Game Review by: Diancarlo

Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Nintendo 3DS

The Animal Crossing franchise returns with an amazing new installment to the series- Animal Crossing: New Leaf! This game is enjoyable for returners to the franchise and new players alike. You’ve taken on the role as mayor of your new town, and there’s a lot to do! It all depends on your style of gameplay. There’s buildings to be made, public work projects to be built, and new friends to meet! By far, the most intriguing thing about this game is the interaction you have with your animal villagers. The more you talk to them, the more friendly they get, and you can turn your small town into a bustling little community. Build up your town as you listen to the game’s relaxing and beautiful soundtrack, go on an island adventure and play minigames with friends, or buy new items for your completely customizable home! You’ll have a home away from home in your new town in Animal Crossing: New Leaf.


Game Review by: Diancarlo

Punch-Out!!, Nintendo Wii

It’s time to step up to the ring in Punch-Out!! for the Nintendo Wii! You may have seen this game before, and that’s because it’s the beautiful reboot of the Punch-Out!! game for the NES. The new graphics immerse you in the story of Little Mac, an up-and-coming boxer who wants to make his way to the top with the help of his trainer, Doc Louis. The road won’t be easy, however. You start at the bottom, and the challengers become progressively harder. Each fighter has a unique personality along with a unique moveset that you’ll have to figure out in order to win. Once you do win, however, you’ll have a completely new challenge in defending your title. Trust me, this game gets difficult, but you’ll love every step of the way. There’s hours of fun to be had, and tons of opponents to beat, so you’d better get going!


Game Review by: Diancarlo

Mario Super Sluggers, Nintendo Wii

The heroes and enemies of the Mario franchise play ball in Mario Super Sluggers for Nintendo Wii! This game will bring a lot of laughs to the table during family game night. The gameplay is super fun- and simple enough so that anyone who tries can pick it up and have a great time playing. The Mario characters you know and love come together to play baseball with you and your family! It has both a single-player story mode and a multiplayer mode, so you’ll have fun no matter who you’re with. The story-mode is interesting and even poses a bit of a challenge, but it’s nothing that you can’t handle. The game is truly entertaining no matter how you play, and the motion controls make you feel like you’re really stepping up to bat! Not only this, but the game is filled with the atmosphere of the mario world from the roster to the stages to the power-ups. You’ll be sure to enjoy this hilarious, fun-filled game for the whole family.


Game Review by: Diancarlo

Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu

In the hot summer of 2016 a hot new game swarmed the world and it seems like everyone was out and about trying to catch as many pokemon as possible. Needless to say Pokemon go was an amazing success but many newer fans were alienated when trying to play other more traditional pokemon games. Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu is the gap between these two experiences. Taking place in the first generation of pokemon games, it combines the fun catching mechanics of Pokemon go and combines the story and battling of a traditional Pokemon game. The game is fun for everyone and extremely friendly to new fans of the franchize. So if you’re a fan of Pokemon go or a fan of the original games this is a fresh new way of experiencing some of your favorite games.


Movies Reviews

Movies Reviews:

Movie Review by: Daniel

Kimetsu no yaiba : the movie : Mugen Train (Demon Slayer) – Movie
Demon Slayer Mugen Train is the highest grossing Japanese movie of all time and it really makes so much sense. The movie takes place after the first season of the Demon Slayer anime series as Tanjiro and his friends go to investigate the case of missing people on the Mugen Train. Demon Slayer has always had a pretty simple and straightforward story so it’s easy for anyone to keep up. However do not let that fool you because it does not stop throwing stuff at you to keep you at the edge of your seat wanting more. The characters are exciting and unique as well as the story. If you are into action this movie has jaw dropping animation with some of the best fights your eyes will ever witness. Even action aside some of the scenes in Demon Slayer look like they came straight from your dreams. Ufotable truly set a new standard for animation with this movie. If you are an anime fan in anyway shape or from this movie is a must watch for you!


Movie Review by: Omotunde

Howl’s Moving Castle – Movie
Howl’s Moving Castle takes place in the land of Ingary. It takes place from the perspective of Sophie Hatter. Sophie believes that she is doomed since she is the eldest daughter of 3. In Ingary, the youngest goes off on adventures and has the most success, while the oldest is usually doomed with failure. The best Sophie can hope for is to continue on her family’s hat shop business. As she continues her business, she soons finds success with her hats, but feels that she has to work more and more to satisfy others. Sophie then decides to take a break and go visit her sisters. Upon her way, she meets a wizard named Howl. This encounter upsets the evil Witch of the Waste causing her to take away Sophie’s youth and transform Sophie into an old woman. To find a cure for her curse, Sophie ventures out into the waste. I would recommend this movie to anyone who loves fantasy. The animation and visuals are beautiful.


Movie Review by: Hailey

Dear Evan Hansen – Movie

This is a truly inspiring movie. For those who aren’t familiar, Dear Evan Hansen centers around a teenager with anxiety and depression, Evan Hansen, who writes letters in a journalistic manner to cope. At school, he ends up having a friendly interaction with a classmate – Connor Murphy – who he had never particularly met or been friends with prior, but whose story ends up mixed with his in a way he never would’ve expected after Connor’s unexpected passing. The Dear Evan Hansen movie came out a while ago, and, as a plan of the play and book I really wanted to go see it. After a few negative reviews, I was scared away from seeing it in theaters. However when I recently sat down to watch it, it was incredible! It portrays empathy, heartbreak, grief, and raw emotion so well, and being able to see the whole thing acted out with proper camerawork only strengthens the storytelling. I’d absolutely recommend it to teens.


Movie Review by: Matthew

Radio Rebel – Movie

Radio Rebel is a movie about a teen girl named Tara. Tara lives two different lives, one in reality, and one with her radio followers. She has her own radio and is private about who she is so she does not reveal her identity to others at her school. The principal at her school thinks this radio rebel, is cloning the students to bad things so Tara must stand up for what is right. Throughout this movie, Tara is faced with hardships about her radio and must make some hard decisions to not reveal her identity. This movie has a great vibe, is fun, and is mysterious in some parts. I highly recommended that you watch this movie and have as much fun as I did with it.


Movie Review by: Sarah

Mean Girls – Movie

When homeschooled student Cady Heron moves from Africa to Illinois, she attends a public school. Within her first week, she befriends Janis and Damian. They give her the rundown of the different groups in their school. “The Plastics” are the popular girls that consists of Regina George, Gretchen Wieners and Karen Smith. During lunch, Regina sees Cady and quickly befriends her. She is then invited to sit with The Plastics. Quickly enough, they become friends. Cady tells Janis and Damian, which they respond with the idea of her going undercover to collect secrets of The Plastics. Watch Mean Girls to see if Cady successfully does this!


Movie Review by: Sarah

Love, Simon – Movie

Attending a high school in Atlanta, Georgia, Simon Spier has many secrets. He is a closeted gay teenager, which only his friends know. As time passes by, Leah (Simon’s friend) tells Simon about an anonymous confession of a gay student at their school. Simon exchanges email with them and they begin communicating. As they are talking, the emails are found by Martin. Martin threatens Simon with releasing screenshots of the emails. There’s only one way Martin won’t blackmail Simon: if he helps him get with Abby.


Movie Review by: Lexi

Bohemian Rhapsody- Movie

Bohemian Rhapsody– Freddie Mercury was a 20 year old boy who loved singing and music. He was bullied for his appearance including his jaw. It was that jaw that allowed him to have a miraculous vocal range. Freddie decided to live one of his dreams and join a band. Freddie Mercury and his band exploded worldwide. While enjoying his fame, Freddie faced many long life decisions. Freddie met amazing people on his journey and lived his life until his death in 1991. This movie documents his life and is quite emotional. This movie has amazing music. Overall this movie was incredible and something that should not be missed.


Movie Review by: Lexi

Gifted- Movie

Gifted – This is a great movie! An extraordinary girl named Mary has the mind of a prodigy. Mary and her uncle live in a small town in California. Mary’s mom died when she was just a baby. Mary and her uncle face many custody problems. Mary’s grandmother tries to take her to Baltimore and make her a mathematician. Mary and her uncle do not want to split up. Mary just wants to live a life like a normal kid in California. This movie is very emotional because you see the different relationships and it leaves you thinking about the movie and the people in it.


Movie Review by: Sam

Wish Dragon – Movie

You’ve probably heard about the story of Aladdin. Aladdin was an ordinary person who found a magical lamp with an even more magical genie inside it, changing his life. Now think about that and put an Asian spin on it, and you’ve got yourself the movie Wish Dragon. Din, a teenager who delivers food, reminisces about life when he was a kid. While he’s stuck in a poor neighborhood, his childhood best friend has moved on to a rich mansion and brand deals. He wishes he could see her again, and the chance comes when he finds a magical teapot with a wish-granting dragon inside. Turns out he is now in danger from some crooks who want the teapot for themselves. The dragon named Long is in search of the meaning of life. This is the tale of two unlikely people with two intertwined destinies.


Movie Review by: Sam

Space Jam – Movie

Space Jam: A New Legacy is a classic movie reimagined and back with the full experience and more. LeBron James and his son Dom don’t exactly share the same ideas but that doesn’t matter a whole lot when you’re captured by an evil ai. Lebron has to recruit a team of separated looney toon characters to battle it out on the court. What he doesn’t realize is he has to hoop against his son. To make matters worse, Dom has a group of mutant creatures on his team with extraordinary abilities. The event is streamed to people’s devices, and anyone who watches it gets sucked into the video. To save everyone\
including him and his son, he needs to rediscover the meaning of fun.


Movie Review by: Nolan

Yes Day – Movie

Yes Day is a really great movie. The movie Yes Day is about two parents who always say no to their children. Katie, Evan, and Ellie Torres convince their parents Allison and Carlos to give them a yes day. A yes day is where the kids are in charge and the parents can not say no. They did so many crazy things. The family ends up bonding a lot during their adventure. I would really recommend this movie if you like comedies or dramas. Enjoy!


Movie Review by: Nolan

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off – Movie

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is an awesome movie. It is about a high school student who fakes being sick. He fakes being sick so he can hangout with his best friend and girlfriend all day. They all take Ferris’s best friend’s dad’s Ferrari around the city of Chicago. Ferris risks being caught by running into his dad multiple times. His crazy principal leaves school to try and catch them because of Ferris’s repetitive absences. Hopefully he won’t get caught. Go watch the movie to find out what happens. Enjoy!


Movie Review by: Nolan

The Sleepover – Movie

Have you ever watched The Sleepover? It is a great movie that I think you’ll love. Kevin is planning to have an awesome sleepover with his friend Lewis. Clancy is planning to sneak out to a party with her friend Mim. Their parents were kidnapped. Kevin and his sister Clancy find out that their mom was a professional thief and was wanted back by the group they used to work for. They all set out to save their parents from the group. Watch the movie to find out what happens next.


Movie Review by: Nolan

Angels in the Outfield – Movie

Have you ever seen the movie Angels in the Outfield? It is about a foster child Roger absolutely loves the Anaheim Angels. The Anaheim Angels are the worst team in the league and Roger’s dad made a promise to reunite Roger and his family if the Anaheim Angels make it to the World Series. Roger makes a prayer in hope that his favorite team would get some help. An actual angel comes down to help Anaheim win. To find out what happens next, go watch the movie. I really liked this movie and hope you do too.


Movie Review by: Nolan

Angels in the Endzone – Movie

Have you ever seen the movie Angels in the Endzone? It is a great movie about a football team that always loses. Kevin Harper says a prayer after his dad dies which causes angels to come down to earth. Kevin’s brother Jesse quits football after the tragedy. The angels help the losing team win multiple games which makes Jesse come back and help the team. Jesse and his team make it to the championship. You should go watch this amazing movie and find out what happens next.


Movie Review by: Nolan

Angels in the Infield – Movie

Have you watched Angels in the Infield? If you haven’t I strongly encourage you to. Angels in the Infield is about a pitcher who loses his family because of a mistake he made in a game. He now has to take care of his teenage daughter while barely knowing anything about being a dad. After all this his daughter Laurel still believes in him. Laurel’s guardian angel comes down to help Eddie the pitcher regain confidence. The next movie you should watch is this one, enjoy!


Movie Review by: Caroline

Luca – Movie

The movie Luca is a very cute, family friendly movie. We meet Luca in the beginning of the movie and see how strict his mother is about going to the surface. The more human items Luca finds underwater, the more Luca wants to see the surface world. One night Luca goes to see a glimpse of the surface, and he meets another sea monster named Alberto. Alberto is more experienced with the outside world, so he teaches Luca the things he knows. Luca goes back into the water and comes home late which makes his mother furious and questioning what he was doing. His mother finds out he went to the surface and makes Luca spend the rest of the year with his uncle. Luca runs away from home, and goes to meet Alberto at the surface. Luca and Alberto go to Portorsso to get a Vespa. The disappearance of Luca makes his parents go looking for him to the surface. Will Luca’s parents find him and take him back to sea?


Movie Review by: Kierstin

Marriage Story – Movie

have to admit, I only decided to watch this movie because I had just finished the last Star Wars movie, and this one also had Adam Driver in it. So I decided to give it a shot, and then proceeded to recommend it to everyone I knew. This movie was outstanding. I never cry during movies, but I definitely did during this one. This movie features a couple, Charlie and Nicole Barber, and their eight year old son, Henry. It follows Charlie and Nicole’s journey as they go through their long and heartbreaking divorce. The acting and backstories of the movie make it extremely good. It’s also hard to watch their son get sucked into the drama, when he is so young. The couple originally plans not to use lawyers, but ends up using them, and trouble ensues from there. I’d highly recommend this movie to anyone who likes a sort of backwards love story.


Movie Review by: Giuseppe

Baby driver – Movie

Baby driver, a movie about a getaway driver in a series of heists that take place in Atlanta, Georgia. The movie revolves around the character “baby”, a get-away driver who doesn’t really talk much. Instead of talking, he much prefers to listen to music while driving, and his not only daily life but love interest as well as an older deaf man he cares for. The killer soundtrack of this movie really makes it. And sells Baby’s role in the movie, while it is almost 4 years old now, the movie is still very interesting with very fine details and funny references to pop culture, with baby rocking a prehistoric 1st generation ipod loaded up with songs. The ipod he uses is sentimental to him, due to a tragic event in his life that led to him losing his hearing abilities, partially. The villanis people around him make him shine and seem almost angelic in comparison, like he is but an innocent man in a car, driving. But don’t let that fool you because, realistically he understands the good, bad and ugly of the work he does. Moving on, his love interest, a waitress, someone who loves music as much as Baby, has him losing his mind over her from the 2 second glance he gets off her from the get go. Destined to find her, he rushes from job to job, in between attempting to find his girl, asking her out and taking her out, all without her knowing the nature of his job. To her, he is merely an “on call” chauffeur driver. And nothing more. Really is a criminal, chauffeuring around the most deadly people in Atlanta. Loaded and at the ready at all times. The movie has many totally out of left field moments that makes for an intriguing movie, as someone who personally cannot stay still, this movie, from the little references, to the music, to the scenery and dialogue, the dense character relationships and the heists had the begging for a second installment in the series by the end of it. For this reason I’d say it is a solid 9/10 movie. And definitely a good time for anyone who enjoys watching any sort of action movies, or any music lover.


Movie Review by: Ali

Enola Holmes – Movie

Enola Holmes is the younger sister of Sherlock Holmes. After her mother goes missing, Enola decides to search for her. Her older brothers Mycroft and Sherlock Holmes have different plans intending to send her to boarding school. Enola must use her sleuthing skills to outsmart both her brothers and help find her mother. This movie is a must watch as it perfectly balances drama, mystery, action, comedy, and romance. The movie gives a fresh new perspective on the Sherlock Holmes series that has yet to be seen. Millie Bobby Brown who plays Enola Holmes does an excellent job portraying the character and does better than even some veteran actors. I recommend this movie to anyone looking for a nice mystery that brings a twist on the classical Sherlock Holmes world.


Movie Review by: Ali

Parasite – Movie

Ki-Woo, the only son in the poor Kim family is given an offer to tutor Da-hye, a high school student from a rich family in need of an English tutor. After seeing the salary, the young man tries to get the rest of his family involved. The movie shows the great differences between the rich upper class and the poor lower class in Korea. I recommend this movie to anyone looking for a great movie that truly plays on class wealth differences and how desperate people can be when they truly are at rock bottom. This movie is one of the only ones that had me sitting there thinking about it for days after. The only downside to this movie is the fact that it is in Korean with English subtitles. I know in my own family it was hard for my English Second Language parents to understand the film. If you are confident in your English skills I confidently recommend the award winning movie Parasite to be the next movie to hit your TV screen.


Movie Review by: Ayat

Jinxed – Movie

I’m reviewing the movie Jinxed it’s about a family with never ending bad luck. Over a century ago a evil witch put a curse on their great-great grandfather and ever since then the whole family has had the worst luck ever! For years the family has had horrible luck with everything! Years later the great-great granddaughter of the man who was first cursed, Meg Murphy is sick of her horrible luck! From their houses always being destroyed to the water fountain braking and spraying water all over her in school. The young teen is determined to brake the curse for her family! With her brother by her side to help her along the way she sets out to find a way to brake the curse! Will they be able to break it? Make sure to watch and find out!


Movie Review by: Salma

Little Women (2019) – Movie

When I watched this movie in theaters, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked it, since usually my attention span isn’t that great for long movies. The film follows four sisters, Jo, Amy, Meg, and Beth, each with unique personalities and energies that contrast beautifully. When they are young, they are inseparable, but their relationships are strained as they get older. The story is told in a unique way: it cuts between scenes of childhood and adulthood. Even though the same actors play both the younger and older characters, you can immediately tell when a scene is a childhood scene or a present scene, which is one of the reasons I liked the film so much. I can’t say much more about the characters or plot since the real enjoyment in the movie is watching how the characters grow and experience life in their own ways, even with vastly different perspectives. This movie will make you cry and laugh at the same time, and I guarantee that you will see yourself in at least one of the characters. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a sweet, impactful movie.


Movie Review by: Salma

Spirited Away (2001) – Movie

Spirited Away is a beautiful movie, both visually and plot wise. The movie starts off when the main character, Chihiro, ends up in a seemingly empty town with her parents after they make a wrong turn. With kiosks filled with food, decorations, and beautiful buildings, it’s very strange that the town is as empty as it is. However, come nightfall, Chihiro realizes the town is not nearly as empty as it seems. She meets a mysterious kid wizard, who tells her that in order to get out of this strange ordeal, she must work. The movie follows Chihiro’s attempts to work and leave the city with her parents, who are just as trapped as her, while also making friends and foes along the way. For a movie made in 2001, the animation is absolutely incredible and the style is aesthetically calming and brilliant. I must admit I was a bit questionable at first because it looked like it was made for kids, but Spirited Away was the perfect mix of funny, outlandish, and emotional. I highly recommend this movie, as it’s an absolute classic.


Movie Review by: Salma

Luca (2021) – Movie

When I watched this movie casually a couple nights ago with my family, I did not expect it to have as much of an impact as it did. The movie is about two boys who happen to be sea monsters and have an incredible experience out of water in a small Italian town on an island. The boys, Luca and Alberto, are almost polar opposites, and their personalities contrast wonderfully. While they want the same things, they have different ways of going about them. As they interact with non sea monster humans, some better and some worse, they learn more about themselves and each other. This is far from a typical fish out of water plot—the characters are different and complex and each very loveable, and the ending is just as moving. The animation style is colorfully unique and calming to watch. In addition, many people have found comfort in the movie because of how realistic and relatable the characters are. The story of finding yourself and surrounding yourself with people who accept you has also touched many hearts, and hopefully you’ll be one of them.


Movie Review by: Salma

Soul (2020) – Movie

Since I’m personally not that into Disney, I was honestly shocked by how good this movie was, and it will forever be one of my favorites now. In the movie Soul, the main character is a band teacher who’s real passion is jazz. Just as he finally reaches his big break, an unexpected event happens that throws everything off course. He meets someone who is quite the opposite of him, having no passion at all, and their journey together is eye opening. The characters are diverse in both appearance and in personality, giving the watcher many different perspectives and adding to the experience of the film. The animation is incredible: in some of the scenery scenes I honestly forgot I was watching an animated movie. The style of the people is also adorable and adds to the characters. The movie is realistic and emotional from beginning to end, and everyone I know who’s watched it has absolutely loved it, so I highly recommend giving it a try.


Movie Review by: Salma

A Silent Voice (2016) – Movie

This movie is one of my favorite anime movies of all time, and for good reason. It begins like a typical coming of age film: a young girl who is different is bullied and made an outcast by her peers because of her hearing disability and transfers to different schools. While I at first thought this movie would be about her, it instead focused on one of her old bullies, who grew into unexpected circumstances and now wants to fix their relationship. The movie is beautifully made, with complex, relatable, and flawed characters. It gets you attached to each character and hooked on the storyline. If that wasn’t enough, the animation is absolutely incredible, probably one of the smoothest, most detailed, and aesthetically pleasing art styles I’ve ever seen. This emotional movie has a lesson for everyone to learn, and definitely one of my top recommendations.


Movie Review by: Ayat

Radio Rebel – Movie

I’m reviewing the movie Radio Rebel it’s about a shy high school girl, Tara who takes the job of being the DJ for her school’s ratio station. By her being the DJ no one knows her actual identity they just know her as Radio Rebel. Everything starts out pretty well for her and she becomes a hit not just in her school but in her whole city! Things quickly take a turn as she’s put under pressure to say her true identity or her school prom gets canceled because of her. Her school principal isn’t a fan what’s so ever of Radio Rebel and goes to extreme measures to find who’s behind this and even threats to expel Radio Rebel! As you can imagine this beings quite difficult for Tara. Will she be able to keep her identity a secret? Make sure to watch and find out!


Movie Review by: Ava

Selma – Movie

Selma is a very educational movie pertaining to the civil rights movement. It goes in depth on what Martin Luther King Jr’s life was like, and the kind of decisions he had to make as the person who called the shots. This movie was more than I could’ve ever expected it to be. It portrayed real life events appropriately with honesty and I believe that Ava DuVernay did a great job directing this movie. I would recommend this movie to absolutely anyone who wants to learn more about what the civil rights movement was really like. It shows the wins, the losses, the hardships, and everything in between. This was truly such a great film.


Movie Review by: Suleiman

The Little Man – Movie

The movie The little Man. I watched the movie called The Little Man about a week ago with my little brother. The little man is about a man who act to be a baby due to his condition leaving him tiny. The movie was great I enjoyed watching it. It is one of my favorite movies because I live comedies. I think kids will love watching this movie because I has humor in it, and who doesn’t love a good laugh. I give this movie a 10/10. I recommend this movie.


Movie Review by: Maddy

Roll Bounce – Movie

Xavier (Bow Wow), a teenage boy in Chicago, struggles with the loss of his mother and turns to roller skating as a way to deal with his angst. He and his friends are the stars of the skating rink they frequent, but this is about to change. When it closes down, they have no choice but to try out a more upscale spot, the Sweetwater Roller Rink. There, they enroll in a skating contest, and have to prove themselves to the reigning champions, headed by a skater named Sweetness. It is always interesting when you’re watching something that takes place where you live. This movie is a mixture of funny, romantic, heartwarming and so on. If you’re into roller skating, or 80s flicks or flicks that take place in the 80s. I would highly recommend it.


Movie Review by: Maddy

Titanic – Movie

James Cameron’s “Titanic” is an epic, action-packed romance set against the ill-fated maiden voyage of the R.M.S. Titanic; the pride and joy of the White Star Line and, at the time, the largest moving object ever built. She was the most luxurious liner of her era — the “ship of dreams” — which ultimately carried over 1,500 people to their death in the ice cold waters of the North Atlantic in the early hours of April 15, 1912. Around this cross-class romance is a contemporary story in which there is a salvage operation. An ambitious fortune hunter, played by Bill Paxton, plumbs the depths for the treasures of the stately ship Titanic and uncovers the secrets of their profound love. This film is truly heart wrenching, yet entertaining at the same time. One of Leonardo Dicaprio’s best works I believe. It all looks very realistic, the special effects are amazing. It is a classic and if you haven’t yet seen it I would highly recommend it


Movie Review by: Maddy

A miracle from heaven – Movie

Anna Beam (Kylie Rogers) lives with a rare, incurable disorder that leaves her unable to digest food. Despite the dire diagnosis, devoted mom Christy (Jennifer Garner) relentlessly searches for a way to save her beloved daughter. Everything changes in an instant when Anna tells an amazing TRUE story of a visit to heaven after surviving a headlong tumble into a tree. Her family and doctors become even more baffled when the young girl begins to show signs of recovering from her fatal condition. Movies that are based on true stories make it 100x more interesting in my opinion. This movie was truly gutting, made me so upset, yet so happy to the point where I was crying happy tears. The acting in this movie is amazing, especially the younger girl. This movie was simply so raw of emotion, you couldn’t help but to be sad when they were sad. And happy when they are.


Movie Review by: Maddy

Midsommar- Movie

Midsommar is a horror movie that I loved. It follows a young couple whose relationship is falling apart. They take a trip to Sweden and things quickly make a turn when they find out that they are about to be sacrificed by a Swedish cult. I loved the color palette in this movie and the use of all the white and flowers. This was so new for me because when I think of horror movies I think of all things dark and scary. The director and writer Ari Aster did a great job accurately representing a toxic relationship. In most movies it is pretty clear if the relationship is bad or not but this movie lets you figure that out for yourself. Even though most of the movie was in broad daylight the actors did an amazing job at still making me fearful. I loved the new refreshing take on horror with this and I highly recommend it.


Movie Review by: Maddy

Parasite – Movie

Parasite was one of the best movies I have seen in awhile. Oscar winning director Bong Joon Ho did an amazing job with everything. While I loved many aspects of the movie, I think my favorite part would have to be the overall plot. I loved the idea of showing an upper class and lower class family and how they correlate in society. It was so interesting seeing the contrast between the rich and the poor and I thought all the actors did an amazing job representing these characters. This movie won best picture at the Oscars two years ago which I believe is rightly deserved. I don’t watch many foreign films but I was so into the movie I could barely notice that I was actually reading subtitles to understand. I think the Oscars did a good job of giving the best picture award to the most deserving even though it was not an American film. Movies like these make me think that many more foreign films will be popular in the United States in the future.


Movie Review by: Maddy

Little Women – Movie

Little Women was a classic novel that I read a very long time ago, so I was very excited to see that Greta Gerwig had made an adaptation of it. The movie follows 4 sisters as they grow up during the civil war. I thought the casting was perfect for this movie and the actresses did an amazing job at showing a true bond between sisters. I loved how Gerwig took a different approach with this movie and made it switch back between the past and the present. I thought it was so interesting how she made the past a warm filter while the present was more of a cold blue, representing the warmth and comfort of childhood compared to the loneliness and isolation of adulthood. Even though I already knew the story I felt like I was hearing it for the first time. I would recommend this to everyone, even people who know the story already because this is a brilliant new take.


Movie Review by: Maddy

Ladybird – Movie

Ladybird is a movie I really connected to. It follows a senior in high school named Christine as she faces many new challenges in life like boys, friends, college and more. I think the most memorable thing about this movie is the relationship between the main character and her mother. The actors did such an amazing job of creating the perfect amount of love and tension that I think a lot of teenage girls can relate to. I also liked the slide nude and earthy tone color palette because it all fit in so well, especially with the main character’s hair color. There are many emotional scenes in this movie which I think are necessary because that is always a part of growing up. This movie holds a special place in my heart and is one of my favorite coming of age stories. I would recommend this to any teen girl.


Movie Review by: Maddy

Eternal Sunshine – Movie

My next movie is Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. This movie, like Little Women, is not told in chronological order. At first it was confusing to me but I eventually caught on. This movie is about a couple who breaks up and the girlfriend has her memory erased of the boyfriend. When the boyfriend finds out, he signs up to do the procedure too. While in the middle of it, he quickly realizes that he does not want this and wants to keep his memory because he does not want to forget the good times they had together. This movie was very strange to me but it was anything but boring. I love my romance movies but this one stood out to me because of the crazy plot and the way it was told. Even though it was strange I was fully entertained and really enjoyed it. I would recommend this to anyone, even those who aren’t the biggest fans of romance.


Movie Review by: Maddy

The Florida Project – Movie

The Florida Project was such a beautiful movie. The bright colors throughout the film had me captivated the entire time. One of the most shocking parts of this movie was how well the young actress played her character. At seven years old I would not have expected much but I was pleasantly surprised at her amazing performance. I also found out that the mom in the movie was initially not an actress and that this was her first gig. This was just as shocking to me because she gave such a good performance and really made me believe she was a single struggling mother. This movie had so many depressing aspects but I loved how it was seen through the child’s eyes, making it less stressful and more nostalgic. I think people of all ages would like this movie.


Movie Review by: Maddy

The Truman Show – Movie

One movie I watched that made me think is called The Truman Show. In the story, the main character initially lives a completely normal life, many would call “the american dream”. But very soon we find out that all his life he is being filmed and put on television and that the world around him is not real. All the people in his life are actors and the sole purpose of his life is for others to watch. This was such an interesting concept to me because it showed me what would happen if we fully lived for other people. I think when Truman finally escapes the place he has been trapped in his whole life it symbolizes how overall only we have the power to control our lives. It was very thought provoking and I really enjoyed it. I would recommend this to anyone who wants a change of pace when watching movies.


Movie Review by: Lucy

Hamilton – Movie

Hi my name is Lucy I am in 6th grade at Jerling Jr High School. I am recommending an amazing movie that is on Disney Plus called Hamilton. It is the Broadway play that was written by Lin Manuel Maranda. This play has 47 songs and the whole movie is about 3 hours. This play is the story of Alexander Hamilton. We get to see how he came to New York, fought in the war, and eventually how he dies. We meet lots of people that actually existed like George Washington, Tomas Jefferson, John Lawrence, Angelica Shcyler, Etc. People get to learn
about the Revolution and how our government was founded by listening to songs. The cast has to sing and dance on stage and I find that amazing. Some minor warnings are that they do curse quite a bit and there are a couple things that may not be appropriate for kids as in affairs. So those are the warnings I give. I personally think you
should be at least 8 or 9 to watch this. I love reading about history so when I was forced to watch it with my friend I enjoyed it very much. I learned so much watching this movie and I became more interested in learning more. Thank you for reading my recommendation of Hamilton.


Movie Review by: Nolan

Enola Holmes – Movie

Have you heard of the movie Enola Holmes? It is fantastic! This movie is about a teenage girl who is searching for her missing mother. While searching she has to avoid her big brothers Sherlock and Mycroft and help a runaway teenage boy. This is based on the first book in Nancy Springer’s series The Enola Holmes Mysteries. I most definitely recommend that you watch this movie. I would classify this as a suspenseful action film with a lot of comedy. If you would like to watch this movie, it is available on Netflix.


Movie Review by: Suleiman

Tom and Jerry – Movie

The movie Tom and Jerry the new movie!
I watched this movie with my family in the movie theaters about a month ago when it first came out for my brothers birthday. We all enjoyed watching this movie, everything was different and amazing, everything was real life, it all was different in a good way. I loved how Tom and Jerry’s were around real people but this time the people were creeped out about them chasing each other, intact Tom and Jerry’s became friends at a certain point. This movie was really interesting to me because of how the movie was orchestrated. This movie was by far my favorite Tom and
Jerry movie! I suggest everyone who loves Tom and Jerry watch this movie. This movie is a 10/10.


Movie Review by: Suleiman

Godzilla vs Kong – Movie

The movie Godzilla vs Kong. I watched this movie about a week ago in the movie theaters. I enjoyed watching this movie a lot because it looked more 3D and human like. It was also advanced, they had vehicles from the future which I thought were really cool. they had flying cars and flying boats, I think anyone around my age would love to watch this movie. This movie was very interesting because it was about how the scientists were trying to replace Godzilla with long which I thought was sad. If you like Godzilla this movie is definitely for you. I recommend this movie to everyone who likes to see big animals and flying cars!


Movie Review by: Rahaf

Mulan – Movie

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Movie Review by: Rahaf

Stranger Than Fiction – Movie


Movie Review by: Dwight

Greenland – Movie

The world is coming to a tremendous destruction and one family has to have what it takes to save themselves along with others. Greenland was one of the most engaging movies I have seen. I haven’t watched many movies, but I would recommend it to anyone. This movie is exciting, suspenseful, and even funny. The movie has lots of plot twists that’ll have you wondering what’s going to happen next. The actors relay the story well, and the destruction seems real. This movie will provide valuable lessons, specifically about being able to control yourself under stressful situations. I myself would give this a 10/10 as this is one my favorite movies.


Movie Review by: Maha

Love Rosie – Movie

The movie Love Rosie is amazing. I’m not joking when I say I’ve seen this movie more than I can count. The story is just perfect.

Rosie Dunne is hilarious, and someone I would definitely be best friends with, and don’t even get me started on Alex Stewart. Love Rosie follows Rosie and Alex’s love story. This movie is most obviously the best friends to lovers trope. I usually don’t like this trope but this movie was the exception. The complications that came with their story and the time it took for them to FINALLY get together got me so interested. I was literally screaming at the couple so many times because they missed so many opportunities to get together. Overall, I had no regrets watching this movie.


Movie Review by: Heba

Wild Child – Movie

Poppy Moore is a spoiled Malibu barbie. She lost her mother at a young age and has been acting out ever since. Poppy’s father had enough of her childish antics, so he found a solution. Boarding school in London. Poppy becomes furious with her fathers plans and tries to find a way out at every turn. Will Poppy ever accept her new life? Or will she resent her father forever? Find out in the iconic movie Wild Child starring Emma Roberts.


Movie Review by: Heba

Divergent – Movie

Divergent is a dystopian or futuristic movie based on a book written by Veronica Roth. Tris becomes of age to choose her new way of life. Each person is given five options to choose from, which they must stick with forever. When Tris chooses hers, she comes face to face with a great issue. She doesnt fit into any category and is claimed Divergent. What will happen to Tris? Where will she turn to? Find out in the teen drama Divergent.


Movie Review by: Heba

The Edge of Seventeen – Movie

Nadine is a seventeen year old girl trying to find where she fits in life. She’s awkward, not popular, and a bit weird. However, she does have her best friend Krista. Nadine and Krista have been best friends since kindergarten. After Nadine tragically lost her dad, Krist was there for her. Follow Nadine, her dysfunctional family, and her best friend Krista as they make their way through The Edge of Seventeen. A teen drama dealing with real life problems.


Movie Review by: Heba

The DUFF – Movie

D-U-F-F, designated ugly fat friend. Biancia finds out that this is what she is referred to by all her peers. As we’re all aware, high school is not always easy, but could it really be this bad? Wanting to avenge her reputation, Biancia decided she wants to reinvent herself with the help of Wes. Wes is your typical hot jock who was previously dating the popular “It girl.” Will Biancia ever feel better about herself after the help of Wes? Find out in The DUFF. A coming of age teen drama and comedy. A great movie I think every teen should watch!


Movie Review by: Heba

A Walk to Remember – Movie

A Walk to Remember is a teen romance set in the 50’s. Jamie is the daughter of a Minister and is a very closed off girl. She keeps to herself, but people find her the topic of conversation often. Shane is the rebellious bad boy. What will happen when both collide? Will they get along or will this be a horrible combination. Teen drame, real life issues, and love are just a few ways to describe this movie. One of my personal favorites of all time.


Movie Review by: Lela

A 3 Minute Hug – Movie

Do you love watching tear-jerking documentaries? A 3 Minute Hug is the perfect short documentary. It captures the heartbreaking stories of families separated by the U.S. Mexico border. Through a program, these families were able to reunite for just three minutes. It’s a really good watch because it helps teens to understand what these families are going through and the seriousness of the border. I personally enjoyed watching it due to being able to see the happiness these families get to experience for just a short time. It really helps to feel more grateful for everything we have. It is available on Netflix and it’s just 28 min long. So go watch it!


Movie Review by: Lela

Seventeen – Movie

Recently, I watched a movie called Seventeen, and it involves a boy named Hector. Throughout the movie, Hector attempts to find his therapy dog from the juvie he escaped. In doing so, he reconnects with his brother and dying grandmother. I really enjoyed this movie because it outlined the importance of family and improving yourself. Hector really grew throughout the movie, and it was evident in his actions. Even though this movie isn’t an action film, it does have its fair share of scenes. Overall, if you haven’t yet watched this spanish film on Netflix, you should! The cinematography is amazing, and if you like “slice of life” movies, you’ll enjoy this one a lot.


Movie Review by: Lela

A Silent Voice – Movie

If you don’t like anime, this movie will change your mind! Recently, I watched a movie on Netflix called A Silent Voice. Now, a lot of people don’t like anime because it might come off a little strange, but this movie is truly amazing. A Silent Voice is a romance/drama film that came out in 2017. It follows the story of a boy setting out to make amends with the deaf girl he formerly bullied. This movie is absolutely amazing due to its storyline and the development of the characters. It really captures the feelings and expressions felt while growing up. I feel like teens everywhere can relate to this story because it depicts what a lot of us have seen/gone through during our school years. Overall, even if you don’t like anime (or do!) you should give this movie a try. You won’t regret it.


Movie Review by: Jenna

Cobra Kai – Movie

The one and only Karate Kid has come back to life. Cobra Kai tells the story of now

fifty-two-year-old Daniel Larusso, living the dream: He’s rich, owns a dealership, and has a family of four. That is until his childhood karate enemy Johnny Lawrence makes an appearance from the shadows. Johnny’s life was the opposite of Daniel’s successful one when a boy named Miguel and his mom and grandma moved next door. Johnny isn’t too fond of the idea of having an annoying teenager as a neighbor. One night, Johnny spots Miguel getting into some trouble with bullies at a local convenience store and saves him with the karate skills he’d forgotten he had. Miguel is now begging to teach him, but will Johnny let karate back into his life after where it has brought him? Is he ready to fix his life? What will Daniel do when he realizes that Johnny’s introducing his ways to students? What happens when the karate rivalry starts all over again? Who will win this match? This series was so amazing to see how much the actors have grown since the Karate Kid series. There is so much action and drama happening at one time until it all just explodes.


Movie Review by: Ella

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty – Movie

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is my all time favorite movie. I watch it with my father on occasion when we both meet in the middle after a busy week. This movie is full of action, courage, bravery, and determination. The movie is full of surreal experiences. Walter Mitty works with negative assets at Life magazine, his job is to receive pictures for the cover of the magazine and turn them in to be published. Walter lives a very boring and simple life. He does not do many exciting things so he daydreams about all of the exhilarating events that he would love to experience but is too afraid. His most recent daydream was about a woman Sheryl who started working at Life magazine about a month ago. He develops a crush on her and tries to wink at her on Eharmony but there were complications with his profile so the wink never went through. Life magazine had more superior men come in to fire the loyal employees and help publish the last magazine before going completely online. Walter was supposed to receive the last issue for Life from Shawn O’connell but when Shawn sent in his pictures, negative 25 (the last issue) was nowhere to be found. Shawn lives his life on the edge, experiencing all that life has to offer. Shawn is known for being a legend and highly respected in the Life community. With the issue nowhere to be found, Walter decides to go looking for Shawn and his daydreams soon come to life. Walter experiences a series of events from jumping off of a helicopter into a sea full of sharks to camping with a tribe in Iceland all to find Shawn and find out where he put negative 25. This write-up does not do this movie justice so watch to get the full exposure to this amazing story.


Movie Review by: Tomasz

Kingsman: The Golden Circle – Movie

The movie Kingsman: The Golden Circle takes place in London, current time. The movie starts off by showing us an explosion that happened to destroy the Kingsman headquarters in London. The main character, Gary Unwin or “Eggsy” is now forced to find a new home along with the remaining members of Kingsman. They come to discover a spy organization by the name of Statesman, located in the U.S. On top of this, an artificial disease is being created and spread, and the only person with the cure is Poppy Adams. The agents from both sides must now join forces in order to stop Poppy from spreading this disease and get the cure back from her military team. This movie shows the true meaning of adventure, teamwork, and organization. I would recommend this movie for anyone who loves action.


Movie Review by: Katie

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – Movie

This movie is again about Harry Potter and his friends Hermione and Ron. This year they are having a tournament called the triwizard tournament. Three wizards or witches get picked to compete three difficult tasks. They finish picking the contestants and one more name gets chosen. It’s Harry. He did not want to compete but he had no choice. Harry has to figure out a way to finish the tasks without getting hurt!


Movie Review by: Ella

Ice Age Dawn of The Dinosaurs – Movie

My movie review will be focusing on Ice Age Dawn of The Dinosaurs. This was one of my favorite movies while growing up. It is adventurous, mysterious, and full of action to keep the audience intrigued. I am a senior in highschool and I still love watching this movie. It shows children what kind of animals were around during the ice age and it gives children an opportunity to learn more about them and their lifestyles. While growing up I realized that many children take an interest in dinosaurs because they are so interesting. This movie is perfect for children who are interested in dinosaurs and it is a perfect learning experience for young minds trying to learn.

The movie has many important characters. The main ones are, Diego, a sabertooth tiger, Manny, a mammoth, Ellie, also a mammoth, Sid a sloth, and two possums, Crash and Eddie. The characters are the best of friends. The movie starts off with Manny and sid rushing to get a bowl of water to Ellie (Manny’s wife) because she is pregnant and they all think the baby is coming. To their surprise it was a false alarm but Manny stayed aware. Diego is seen trying to hunt a deer for his food but he lost his touch and could not catch up to the deer because he was friends with animals he would usually hunt. Diego then goes onto telling his friends that they need to go their separate ways. Meanwhile, Sid is getting himself into trouble and he finds three eggs and steals them because he is lonely. Sid pretended to be their mother but soon after an angry dinosaur momma looking for her children comes through their habitat. The eggs hatch and the baby dinosaurs form an attachment to sid. The dinosaur momma then takes her three children and sid along with her because he was not willing to give up her children. She takes all four of them back to the underground dinosaur world where they will later face a conflict. Sid’s friends suddenly realize that the momma dinosaur took Sid along with her and they make it their mission to go find him. With Ellie on the way to motherhood, a seriously huge problem, and new people they will meet on the way, the movie is worth the watch.


Movie Review by: Heba

Outer Banks – Movie

The Outer Banks, paradise on earth right? Not everything is how it seems. When a group of friends discovers that John B’s father has gone missing, they start a hunt to find him. John B is the group’s leader and is currently living without a guardian. While on journey to find John B’s father, they discover a hidden treasure that connects with everything. Will they find John’s father? Or will they be stopped before they can do so? Find out on the Netflix original Outre Banks. An enticing adventure including romance, drama, and crime.


Movie Review by: Heba

Five Feet Apart – Movie

Stella and Will are both cystic fibrosis patients. They run into each other and things escalate. As time continues on a connection begins to blossom. However they have one issue, they must stay five feet apart at all times. The underlying conditions that come with cystic fibrosis include that two patience cannot be within five feet of each other. Some rules will be broken. Some consequences will follow. Will they ever get the chance to be together? Find out in the movie Five Feet Apart directed by Justin Baldoni.


Movie Review by: Fathima

Green Book – Movie

This storyline stems around Dr. Don Shirley who is an African-American world-class pianist in 1962. Shirley wants to travel around the United States to perform at various locations. However, he is in need of protection and a driver for the trips and a man named Tony Lip is hired for the job. This is the start of an interesting dynamic between both characters as they travel throughout the states. But, as they enter the South, racism towards Shirley becomes apparent and brings up several issues for him. As the segregation in the South proves to be an obstacle in Shirley’s way, he and Lip begin to confront racism together as they continue their trip. This movie was very powerful and had amazing acting that brought true emotion in the storyline. It is based on a true story and is made in such a way that will keep you feeling connected with the characters along with opening your eyes to issues that go on in our world today


Movie Review by: Fathima

Interstellar – Movie

This movie takes place in the future where planet Earth is becoming inhabitable for humans due to a dangerous Dust Bowl. Cooper, a former NASA pilot is asked to join a team through a wormhole across the galaxy to find a planet to be humanity’s new home. The trip involves going to three different planets and deciding which one is habitable for human life. This crazy journey leads to various complications that mess with time and have you question what’s going to happen next. The several plot twists make this movie engaging and will leave you wanting to know what happens next. The plot may be confusing at times but is extremely well done and is one of my favorite sci-fi movies. The ending will answer questions posed throughout the movie and will not disappoint.


Movie Review by: Fathima

A Quiet Place – Movie

This thriller takes place in a post-apocalyptic world and revolves around a family of three children, a mother (Evelyn), and a father (Lee). They have adapted to living silently because the mysterious creatures that threaten their lives hunt by sound. Evelyn and Lee desperately try to find ways to protect their children and fight the conflicts they face. Although throughout the movie there is a lot of silence, the excellent acting will keep you engaged and fearful for the characters. The struggle for the characters to stay silent and the threat of being heard by the monsters, makes this movie riveting and heart wrenching at the same time. The struggles the family faces throughout the story will keep you on edge and excite you until its very end. Moreover, I highly recommend this movie to those whose love thrillers as this is one of my favorites.


Movie Review by: Fathima

Dark Waters – Movie

This movie is based on a true story and is about an attorney (Robert Billot) who lives in Cincinnati, and discovers the dumping of toxic waste into the town’s water supply by massive chemical corporation DuPont. After discovering that they are to blame for poisoning over 70,000 local people and animals he decides to expose the company’s actions and stop them. He ultimately finds that taking such action puts himself, his future, and his family at risk. This story will keep you engaged and shocked at how one of the largest companies in the United States had continuously dumped acid into drinking water causing birth defects and forms of cancer. It will also keep you enticed in how Robert Billot attempts to expose them along with protecting himself and his family. I recommend this eerie movie to those who find this topic interesting as it tells this true story in an excellent way.


Movie Review by: Fathima

Ford v Ferrari – Movie

This movie is based on a true story and is about Carroll Shelby who is an American automotive designer and Ken Miles a race car driver. Eventually they plan to compete against other race cars such as Enzo Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in France. The storyline takes place in 1966 and depicts how Miles and Shelby try to build a vehicle for Henry Ford in under ninety days. The movie is enjoyable and engaging as the characters are on a time crunch to be ready to go against other competitors. The actors Matt Damon and Christian Bale do an amazing job throughout the movie and I felt very interested in the storyline. There are also several positive messages in the movies such as determination, courage, and persistence. I highly recommend this movie as it was entertaining and funny at times.


Movie Review by: Steph

The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) – Movie

The Trial of the Chicago 7 is one of the Best Picture nominees for the 2021 Academy Awards, and this movie truly deserves not only this and its five other recognitions, but also a win in the biggest category of the Awards. The movie revolves around eight central characters, all accused of conspiracy and crossing state lines in order to incite a riot at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago. Though these eight people represent different factions and have different means to achieving their goal, they are lumped together by a corrupt judicial system under an equally tyrannical judge as a means of silencing these cultural, political, and social revolutionaries who are against what the government ultimately represented: war and inequality. This movie is inspiring, exhilarating, and thrilling. It is both the greatest and yet the most painful piece of cinema I have seen in a while. However, the best part about this movie is the fact that though it is set almost six decades ago, its themes of police brutality, racism, oppression, revolution, and injustice still rings true in current society. This reason brings the movie home for me and solidifies its title as my favorite movie of all time.


Movie Review by: Steph

Parasite (2019) – Movie

Parasite is a South Korean black comedy thriller film directed by Bong Joon-ho which centers around a family, the Kims, of four living in poverty. Through the introduction of a wealthy friend of the family, they one by one assume false identities in order to con their way into a rich family’s household as different professionals to “provide service” to them. However, the house holds its own secret and it is up to the Kim family to outlive this secret in pursuit of their own advancement. I was admittedly hesitant to watch this film at first; it looked too dark and spooky for my own liking. Eventually, my cousin persuaded me to watch it, and this movie was so good that I had to take a break in the middle of it because it was getting too real for me. This is one of the best films I have ever seen. The actors do a phenomenal job at embodying their characters, the direction and cinematography are astonishing, the screenplay is absolutely wonderful, and the score is astounding. Beyond its technical prowess, I absolutely love and adore its commentary about class struggle and family through the use of symbolism and call backs throughout the film. Overall, this movie is one that I have watched with no regrets and it is definitely up there in the list of the best films of all time.


Movie Review by: Steph

Room (2015) – Movie

A drama film based off of a 2010 novel, Room centers around a family of two: Joy Newsome and her son Jack, who is five years old. They are held captive by Jack’s abusive biological father in a room for Jack’s entire life, resulting in him knowing nothing about the world outside of the room’s walls. Through Joy’s careful planning and sheer desperation, she and Jack manage to escape and finally live their lives freely. However, the real world overwhelms Jack and fails to empathize with Joy, leading to various conflicts with the family and the media. This movie admittedly left me in tears. The raw pain and hope that both characters exhibit is so inspiring yet at the same time so heartbreaking, especially when things go downhill for them after a series of good things that let them be happy and have faith. If you are looking for a drama that you can cry to while at the same time make you feel good, this is the movie to watch.


Movie Review by: Steph

The Imitation Game (2014) – Movie

A drama, period piece, and biographical movie rolled into one, The Imitation Game is a movie you wouldn’t want to miss. Benedict Cumberbatch stars as Alan Turing, a genius whose specialties include cryptography and computer science. This movie focuses on the relationships he developed with the people around him, including cryptanalyst and numismatist Joan Clarke and fellow colleague Hugh Alexander. Alongside his personal relationships, we are also taken into a dive of his accomplishments during the second world war as the code breaker of what was the most formidable German cipher device. This movie is as genius as the main protagonist; it is very insightful in the efforts behind the scenes by those whose power is derived from their intelligence instead of their physical prowess. The filmmaking technique is also superb and will make you very immersed in the entire plotline of the film. Most of all, I love that this movie highlights the success stories of the different marginalized groups who fought alongside the many heroes we are taught about in our history classes yet are overlooked and ignored simply because of their identities. I love its intersectionality because in such a homogenous society, representation matters a lot and this movie gives a taste of recognizing the historical figures who can give the same kind of representation that people, especially impressionable kids, need.


Movie Review by: Steph

Get Out (2017) – Movie

Get Out is a 2017 horror film directed by Jordan Peele. It follows an interracial couple, Chris and Rose, and their first interaction together as a couple with Rose’s suburban parents during a stay at their house. Though at first the family seems just like any other, some strange happenings make Chris suspicious of something more sinister going on. His anxiety is even worsened by Rose’s nonchalance and the curious behavior of everyone around him. True to his instincts, he eventually finds out the family’s secret and barely manages to escape back to safety. I don’t normally like horror movies, and in fact, I was forced into watching this. However, the almost two hour run time is definitely worth it. The plot itself is very captivating, the acting is well done, the different twists and turns keep you on the edge of your seat without compromising the depth of the movie. I love its use of symbolism and foreshadowing, especially when things all come together and tie perfectly. Most of all, I love its critique on race relationships and how even the things we do and say that we think are productive on race conversations can be just performative if not harmful to people of color. Overall, a really good watch and definitely is worth your time.


Movie Review by: Isra

The Help – Movie

The movie The Help is a historical drama directed by Tate Tylor and produced by Chris Columbus, Brunson Green, and Michael Barnathan. The movie takes place during the 1960s in a Mississippi Southern society. The protagonist, Skeeter (Emma Stone), returns from college with dreams of being a writer. She decides to interview the black women who have spent their lives taking care of white families and document their stories. This is a good movie in both meaning and how it’s marvelously acted. The characters and their stories are especially moving. The film is your generic feel-good tale, but with an important message.


Movie Review by: Isra

Bird Box – Movie

The movie Bird Box is a 2018 horror/sci-fi thriller directed by Susanne Bier. In the film, a mysterious force decimates the world population, and only one thing is certain-if you see it, you die. The survivors must learn to maneuver their way to safety without their sense of sight. Searching for hope and a new beginning, they must embark on a journey to find the one place that may offer sanctuary. The film flips back and forth between the journey and the earlier time of the catastrophes, which is its most interesting tactic. The movie is gripping, crisp, and concise. It’s a good watch and will not disappoint you if you enjoy psychological thrillers.


Movie Review by: Isra

All the Bright Places – Movie

The movie All the Bright Places is a 2020 romance drama directed by Brett Haley and produced by Elle Fanning, Mitchell Kaplan, David S. Greathouse, Andrew Spaulding, Brittany Kahan, and Paula Mazur. First off, I want to include a trigger warning as this movie does contain sensitive information about mental health and suicide. After meeting each other, Violet Markey and Theodore Finch struggle with the scars of their past. Elle Fanning (Violet) and Justice Smith (Theodore) are two talented young actors who bring emotional depth to the movie. It is a powerful movie about life, choices, circumstances, and consequences. The film also seeks to address issues like self-searching, self-understanding, and self-acceptance. The heart-wrenching and the shocking ending was emotional and pushed through many messages.


Movie Review by: Isra

Five Feet Apart – Movie

The movie Five Feet Apart is a 2019 drama directed by Justin Baldoni and produced by Justin Baldoni and Cathy Schulman. The film follows seventeen-year-old Stella, who spends most of her time in the hospital as a cystic fibrosis patient. Her life is full of routines and self-control-which is put to the test when she meets Will, an impossibly charming teen who has the same illness. There’s an instant flirtation, though restrictions dictate that they must maintain a safe distance of five feet between them. As their connection intensifies, so does the temptation to throw the rules out the window and embrace that attraction. The acting, plot, direction, everything made the movie great. It is an emotional rollercoaster I recommend everyone experience.


Movie Review by: Isra

American Murder: The Family Next Door – Movie

The true-crime documentary American Murder: The Family Next Door is directed by Jenny Popplewell and distributed by Netflix. This documentary focuses on the 2018 disappearance of Shanann Watts and her two young daughters, Bella and Celeste. Their story is told via archived footage, and the true-crime documentary unfolds through home videos, social media posts, police body-cam recordings, news reports, and private text messages. The horrifying events laid out over about 90 minutes make the film more terrifying than most documentaries. This movie is ominous, investigative, and emotional. The story was so well put together it almost seems like a fake murder movie. What is most intriguing about this murder documentary is that there is so much evidence and footage provided. This film is very informative on the case and definitely worth watching.


Movie Review by: Yara

The Lie – Movie

If you’re looking for a scary, suspenseful thriller this is the movie to watch. The Lie is about a terrible mistake that a father and daughter made when trying to help a friend out. The daughter who seems to be impulsive, killed her best friend on a road trip. She admits to killing her to her parents. Her parents go to all costs to protect their daughter from getting in trouble. This movie is such a thriller and truly makes you think. I would rate it a 7/10 due to the acting, wasn’t the best. But overall it was a good story with amazing suspense. I definitely had a lot of thoughts going through my head. The ending will really knock you off your feet! I hope you enjoy it!


Movie Review by: Yara

Clueless – Movie

Clueless is such an iconic movie. A must watch for any teen. Entertaining, hilarious and iconic. These are the 3 words I would use to describe this hit 90’s movie. The movie was so good, pretty much every part of it. This movie is just one you have to watch, this was my first time watching this and I recognised so many quotes from social media platforms. The characters were so good, as were the actors and actresses. I really don’t know how to describe this movie, you just need to watch it! I also wasn’t expecting it to be so funny, I honestly was cracking up for most of the movie. My favourite bit is when she liked Christian and she was completely oblivious to the fact that he was clearly gay. Such a funny movie. 100% recommend to anyone that has never watched it.


Movie Review by: Yara

10 Things I Hate About You – Movie

10 Things I Hate About You is literally the best movie of all time. You will never find a romcom better than this. I kid you not when I say that I’ve watched this movie countless times. I say countless because I literally lost track of how many times I’ve watched it.

Katerina Stratford is THE heroine of all heroines. I just love what she stands for and she’s forever a role model of mine. Patrick Verona is an absolute stud-muffin and I’m sure by the time you watch this movie, you’ll want a guy like him in your life.Cameron James is the most adorable and precious boy I’ve ever laid my eyes on in a romcom. He’s so awkward but he still strives to pursue the girl of his dreams. He even learns French for her! Bianca Stratford may come across as one of your basic popular girls and you’re right. But you’ll grow to love her when she realises how much her sister actually cares about her. The magic never dies in this movie. I still get butterflies in my stomach every time I see Heath Ledger light up the screen; especially when he’s on the bleachers (you’ll know what I mean when you watch the movie!) I still get all squirmy every time Patrick and Kat kiss. As a tragic, hopeless romantic teenage girl who’s watched infinite romcoms, this is by far the best one. You’re missing out if you haven’t watched it!


Movie Review by: Maha

A Monster Calls – Movie

A monster called is a movie about a boy learning to deal with the hardships in his life. It came out in 2016 so it’s not new, but I enjoyed watching it because of its unique way of telling the story. So basically there’s a monster dude who helps the protagonist (conor) confront the emotions he has deep inside since he’s not facing his truth. The monster goes on to tell 3 deep stories with hidden messages and Connor is supposed to tell the 4th at the end when he lives his story. If you like fantasy and drama I would recommend you watch this and the ending isn’t anything that you could predict so it’s interesting. Also, it cuts into an animation when the stories are told which makes it cool to watch. The movie takes place in the Uk so it’s interesting to see how they live and the culture shock compared to the U.S also, it’s on netflix.


Movie Review by: Karolina

The Game Changers directed by James Wilks – Movie

James Wilks, a former professional martial artist, takes on the project of finding the truth about meat, protein, and strength. He films his discoveries as he interviews the world’s top athletes and their diets as well as experimenting on himself through an all-natural vegan approach to eating. This movie opens doors to mind blowing discoveries on how meat and animal based protein actually can do more harm than good when it comes to living a healthy lifestyle and improving in one’s training routine. Wilks strives to present the importance of plant-based diets and the positive impact it can have on one’s well being, both physically and mentally. This movie has really changed my approach to a balanced and healthy lifestyle as I too have swapped out plant based protein for products such as milk, eggs, and meat. Now, without a doubt, this movie can educate you on the significance of having a plant-based diet, though it is entirely up to you whether you want to give it a try or not! I highly recommend watching this movie as it is easily accessible on Netflix.


Movie Review by: Lana

Bird Box – Movie

A mysterious Force one day affects an entire community. This movie has to do with mysteries and could be a real world problem. When you see this mysterious force and lay your eyes on it, you die. The survivors must find a way to live without looking into this mysterious force. As everyone searches for hope and a new beginning the story takes the main focus on a woman and two children. One being her own and one being the daughter of a friend who passed from this mysterious force. This movie overall has a great plot and teaches several lessons which allows the reader to enjoy the book even more. I would definitely recommend to young adults!


Movie Review by: Lana

Hush – Movie

This is by Far my favorite movie. It’s a horror movie involving many different conflicts building up. This movie begins with the main character having a disability of being deaf since she was 13. Maddie is her name ranging in about mid 20s of age. She lives alone in the middle of the Woods. With living alone and being deaf already being a huge disadvantage, she also experiences weird voices in her head with warnings about the future. These warnings then come true eventually with time. Along with those she one day has a visitor. The strange visitor messes with her allowing her to become stronger and stronger. Watching this movie teaches the audience about self development, and ways to problem solve in situations in which it might be difficult.


Movie Review by: Jomana

Jinxed – Movie

We were having a family movie night and I remember my brother chose this movie. I would definitely say it’s a great family friendly film if you’re looking to spend some time with your family (occasionally haha). It’s family – comedy so if you want a couple chuckles here and there then this is a great pick for you. A girl by the name of Meg Murphy has also been the oddball one out and stuck out from all her peers/friends. Everywhere she went catastrophic followed, it’s like she was cursed or something….. no one really knows why. But it was not just Meg Murphy who also brought catastrophe around her, it was the whole Murphy family. Summer begins and with that brings tons of questions, Meg has always wondered what was wrong with her family and why everywhere they go something bad seems to occur When Meg visits her grandpa over the summer and goes through some of her grandparents old things she starts nitpicking clues together and things start to make unravel & make sense. Turns out Meg’s family has been cursed for centuries but the question is by whom & why? How will Meg be able to break this chain of unfortunate events? Will she be able to find out the truth behind all these secrets, watch the movie to find out!


Movie Review by: Jomana

Bad Hair Day – Movie

This is a comedy/adventure movie that definitely got tons of laughs out of me so I hope it makes you laugh too. The movie revolves around this girl named Monica whose dream is to be prom queen in her highschool, she has been planning for this day since day 1 and had everything prepared just waiting to be set into motion. Unfortunately on the big night, which is her prom night things took an unfortunate turn in events. At the same time there is an FBI agent named Liz who is on a hunt for a huge jewelry thief who has got his hands on a piece of jewelry worth millions. So Liz is trying to find the piece of stolen jewellery and the criminal. Somehow, somewhere this piece of jewelry ends up in Monica’s hands and Monica bought the piece of jewelry as if it was just a regular piece of antic not knowing it’s real value nor knowing it’s stolen & has it as a shining piece to her big fantastic prom night. Along these twisted roads and turns of events Liz and Monica now are partners in crime to find the thief …. the real question is will this culprit be found in time or not?


Movie Review by: Jomana

Aquamarine – Movie

It’s a classic family/fantasy movie. This movie circles around the theme of mermaids so for all the mermaids believes or lovers out there this one’s for you. A pair of 2 best friends named Clarie and Hailey find a lost girl washed up on shore, this girl turns out to be a mermaid that goes by the name aquaremire. This girl traveled from sea to land to prove to her father (king of the sea) a very important matter. She told her father that true love exists and she is going to find it but her father does not believe her so. A huge conflict occurs between Aquamarine and her father and now she is on a mission to find true love on land. These pairs of 2 best friends are spending one of their last summer before Hailey moves away and decides to help Aquamire on her quest for true love together as a fun adventure before they part. Aquamarine spots a very good looking man on the beach who turns out to be a lifeguard and she falls heads over heels for him, unfortunately a million other girls have fallen heads over heels for him too, so Aquamarine quest is to make Mr.lifeguard notice her & try to fall in love with her so she can prove her father wrong. With the help of her new fellow human friends … Do you believe Aquamarine can fulfill her goal?


Movie Review by: Jomana

Tall Girl – Movie

You can practically guess what this movie is about by the title. This movie was a huge hit on netflix like a year ago and tons of people watched it. Jodi Kreyman is known for her height and when people see her all they see is a big giant and Jodi wants to try to change that image that people see her as. She wants people to see her for who she truly is, and not just see her from a surface,shallow level she wants people to judge what she is made of, not her appearances. But unfortunately in the cruel life as highschool student that is not the case, and all she has is her best friend Jack who can actually see through Jodi’s height and see her for the gem she really is. But when a fairly similar person enrolls in Jodi highschool that has similar characteristics as she does, like her height that people make fun of, she starts gaining fondness of this person. He’s a german exchange student and has grabbed all the girl’s attention including Jodi too. Before you know it Jodi is in a sticky situation between 2 lovers and she has to decide which one her heart belongs to.


Movie Review by: Jomana

16 Wishes – Movie

An extremely famous actress has the lead role in this movie, you may know her from her very famous role as Jessie from the disney series. Yep, you guessed it’s Debby Ryan. Debby Ryan is staring as a highschool girl named Abby that has been waiting till her sweet 16 forever. She can’t wait to grow up and on her 16th birthday Abby’s dream of growing up comes true in the most unexpected way possible. Let’s just say that Abby has been blowing out tons of candles and has been wishing for many things and one of those wishes went haywire. With these many wishes Abby’s life gets turned upside down and with that the people she loves and adores also change …. to find out more go watch this classic disney movie!


Movie Review by: Jomana

Five Feet Apart – Movie

This is actually a book that has been made into a movie recently, the movie came out 2019. When I went to go watch this movie, I did not know there was a book version until later on, still did not get my hands on the book version but really excited to get it and read it. But the movie thought it was so good, and till this day is one of my favorites productions I mean the director is JUSTIN BALADONI. And all his productions are 5 stars. If you do not know who Justin Baldoni is, then omg are you okay go run and …. search him up. He’s one of those elite directors/actors. He was on a very common famous show on netflix called “Jane the virgin”. Anyways so the plot goes along the line of the main character named Stella who is diagnosed with a type of disease called “cystic fibrosis” and as a seventeen year old girl she gets bored stuck at the hospital most them time, so she spends her day making art, painting and vlogging her experiences. At the same time the other main character that goes by the name Will, is a teenage boy is very charming and is diagnosed by the same illness as Stella. Will is a more reckless, fearless character, Stella is more wise, abides the rules, and considerate with her actions. When the 2 meet a blend of 2 different worlds collide, and instant attraction forms. The catch is they have to stay 6 feet apart at all times regarding hospital rules because of the medical conditions they have. But as time goes on and their connection strengths, it seems like some rules get thrown out the window.


Movie Review by: Jomana

Everything Everything – Movie

An 18-year old gal by the name Maddy is very intelligent, curious and has a large imagination and has to be locked away at home 24/7 & is never allowed to leave her house, because of a serious unknown disease & her mom’s strict rules. Until one day a kid by the name Olly moves in next door and catches Maddy’s attention, sparks of flames between these 2 start to emerge and Maddy wants to meet Olly in person but it’s extremely difficult when she is locked up in her house all day long, That does not stop Olly from trying to connect with Maddy, he calls,texts,emails and etc. But perhaps one day Maddy breaks all the loose and that means costing her something very specific… her life. Does Maddy break all the house rules or does she obey her mom’s strict rules of not leaving this household ?


Movie Review by: Matthew

The Fast and the Furious 1 (2001) – Movie

I watched this movie for the second time ever last week and I don’t regret it. It covers the life of undercover Los Angeles cop Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker) who gets into the street racing scene. I really enjoyed watching this movie because before I watched it, I wasn’t really interested in cars at all. But, after seeing the plot and the story unfold in this movie, it really brought my attention to cars and racing. That is why I recommend anyone that is interested in finding a new hobby, to watch this movie and see if you’d like it or if it peaks your interest. Now, I am planning on watching the rest of the fast and furious movies in order up until the 9th movie which is coming out this summer! I don’t think anyone would regret watching this movie, plus it’s a classic in the car community.

Movie Review by: Maha

The Help – Movie

This movie is about black maids experience as maids in the 1960s in the south (mississippi). It covers topics like racism, segregation, and discrimination. It really sheds a light on how americans lifestyle differed vastly from african americans. Even though most slaves were free it didn’t mean that their rights were respected. In the movie, this white girl named Skeeter who dreams to be a writer, goes against her community’s word by interacting with the black maids to write about their work experiences. In doing so, they had to keep things private since it was dangerous for black women to express their opinions without getting in trouble. I liked that this movie incorporated humor and realism which made it realistic and funny at the same time.


Movie Review by: Kelly

Mean Girls – Movie

Mean Girls is an iconic teen comedy from 2004. After being homeschooled in Africa until she was sixteen, main character Cady Heron moves to Illinois and attends a public high school for the first time. This movie focuses on the choices Cady makes while navigating through high school. By befriending Janis Ian and Damian, Cady is taught the do’s and don’ts of North Shore High. Just as Cady thinks everything is running smoothly, she meets “The Plastics”. Gretchen Weiners, Karen Smith, and Janis’ nemesis, Regina George, are the most popular girls in the school and go by the name “The Plastics”. In this dramatic and hilarious movie, Cady finds out if Gretchen, Karen, and Regina deserve the title they have, she meets her crush Aaron Samuels, and decides if she likes public highschool. I enjoy this movie because it is very dramatic and intriguing. Every character has their own quirks and the non-sop drama piles up until it explodes. I recommend this movie to anyone who enjoys cheesy, over the top, one of a kind movies.


Movie Review by: Kelly

IT (2017) – Movie

Based on Stephen King’s horrifying novel, this movie takes place in Derry, Maine. The year is 1989 and summer has just begun. A little boy named Georgie Denbrough goes missing and rumors spread. It is said he was taken by a clown living in the town’s sewer system. This supposed clown comes out every twenty seven years to prey on children. Georgie’s brother, Bill, along with six other friends, go on the mission to hunt the clown and save the town of Derry from the curse. This movie is full of jump scares, adventure, thrill, and is suitable for all horror lovers. I recommend this movie to anyone who likes thrillers as well as some comedy.

Movie Review by: Jomana

Beauty and The Beast (live action) – Movie

I believe most of you have heard of the very famous beauty and the beast movie/story. “Beauty and The Beast” was one of the first original Disney princess tales. The original movie of the beauty and the beast premiered in the late 90s (1991 I believe). The original movie was animated but the newly launched one is live action and is incredible. It premiered in 2017. I remember when it first launched I was one the first people to watch it in the movie theather’s. I recall I went to go watch it with my dad and my brother. They are not really big on watching Disney princess movies but they LOVED this movie and if they can sit through a whole princess disney movie I believe most of y’all would enjoy watching this film. Now I believe you can watch this movie on DIsney+(disney streaming network similar to netflix).Emma Watson a English actress, plays the main character, Belle and does a phenomenal performance. She is an actress known for her role in The Harry Potter series as Hermione Granger. The other lead actor who plays the beast is known by the name Dan Stevens. Previously he was on a very famous drama series called “Downton Abbey”, he played Matthew Crawley. Both gave the performance of a lifetime. It was a movie filled with joy, sadness and excitement. It had lots of beautiful scenes with tons of dance routines and amazing music choices. It includes many of the very famous classic beauty and beast scenes and song choices too. It definitely is a must watch. It pretty much has the same plot line as the original movie but with a little spice. An arrogant prince is cursed to live as a terrifying beast until he finds true love. Until one day a beautiful clockmaker daughter known as Bella crosses paths with him. Bella and the Beast spend tons of time in his castle since she is held captive. With time so many magical moments occur and with the help of a couple of friends like talking teapots and cups Bella and the terrifying beast form a connection. Is this bond strong enough to break the course you must watch it to find out!


Movie Review by: Jomana

Cinderella (Live action) – Movie

Yep, it’s another classic disney princess movie. Cinderella I believe is one of the oldest disney princess tales in the history of time . There are so many versions and tales of the classic Cinderella tale. But there is no version better than Disney’s. After Disney premiered their 1950s version, a live action movie premiered in 2015. So the movie has been out for a while but it seems lilke many people missed out on watching it. Such a shame, it truly is breathtaking. The first time I watched this movie was actually when I was on a very long plane ride. It definitely made my plane ride 10x more enjoyable. The plot line goes along the lines of a beautiful young orphan girl lives with her evil, extremely rude, greedy stepmother with her 2 step-sisters that definitely make Cinderelle life more of a tragedy than it already is. What’s truly amazing about this movie is that they really emphasize how terrible the stepmother treats Cinderella and they emphasize on how well Cinderella treats her in return even with the poor treatment she is receiving. This movie really focuses on a really important saying Cinderllea uses as a guide to a content life which is “Have courage and be kind”. These are a couple words that have a thousands of meanings and in the storyline help keep Cinderella on her feet and patient. And of course there does come a time in the movie where Cinerella meets her Prince charming but this is a part you got to watch the movie to get the details. I believe you can watch it on Disney plus since it’s a classic disney movie and you can perhaps find it on youtube too. Hope you watch it & enjoy!


Movie Review by: Ameera

Little Women – Movie

I have recently seen the 2019 Little Women movie directed by Greta Gerwig and I absolutely loved it! This movie is based off of the widely famous book written by Louisa May Alcott and is extremely heartwarming and inspiring. The plot of the movie takes place between the childhood and present day of the March family. The story follows the lives of the four March sisters, Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy and details their lives from when they were little to what they grow up to become. This movie is so action packed and filled with excitement because it jumps back and forth between time periods and focuses on the goals of each of the sisters. The cast of this movie includes many amazing actresses and actors such as Saorise Ronan, Emma Watson, Meryl Streep, Laura Dern and so many more. There have been many great editions of the March’s family journey created, but this film is an amazing representation of the novel and exemplifies the story so well. Overall, I strongly recommend you to pick up this movie the next time you find yourself at Orland Park Public Library!


Movie Review by: Ameera

Spiderman: Far From Home – Movie

Superhero movies are always action packed and so thrilling to watch! One of my favorite superhero movies I recently watched is Spiderman: Far From Home. In this movie, Peter Parker’s fun and well anticipated school trip to Europe is disrupted when he is given a mission by Nick Fury to help another superhero named Mysterio fight the key elements of the Earth that are slowly destroying land on Earth. This movie is extremely funny, intense, surprising and relatable which makes it so much fun to watch. Although the movie is about Spiderman, it also focuses on high school students and their life on a school vacation which makes it really different from other superhero movies. The film is filled with shocking twists and turns, amazing graphics and incredible actors that poetry their characters so well. If you have ever seen a Marvel movie before, I highly recommend that you also watch the scene after the credits in order to get a little extra sneak peak of what is to come from Peter Parker as well. Overall, this is definitely my favorite superhero movie of all time and I hope that the next time you are craving some exciting action, you will pick up Spiderman: Far From Home.


Movie Review by: Ameera

The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Movie

I have recently rewatched one of my favorite movies, The Perks of Being a Wallflower and it nevers ceases to amaze me! This movie is based on a novel and is about an awkward freshman named Charlie who is taken under the wing of two seniors who show him the most amazing things about life as he discovers what high school is really about. This movie is about friendship and having others you can count on, but it is also about love, finding yourself, the up and downs of life and so much more! The cast of this movie includes Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, Erza Miller and so many other amazing actors and actresses. I love this movie because it is so relatable, funny, uplifting and suspenseful. After you finish this movie, the message from it will stay with you for the longest time and will help you realize the important things in your life as well. This is definitely an older film and it is less popular among this generation, but I assure you that you will love it if you give it a try. So next time you need a good film to watch, pick up The Perks of Being a Wallflower!


Movie Review by: Yara

Divergent – Movie

If you haven’t watched Divergent go watch it right now. This movie series is too good. Divergent is about this society that categorizes people. The society is divided into five factions. Choosing a faction is a big deal in Divergent. When you choose a faction you have to stick to it for the rest of your life. Tris Prior doesn’t know where she fits in because she loves all factions.Tris ends up choosing dauntless is her faction and discovers her own faction is trying to kill off Abnegation.While finding this out she finds out that she is divergent and doesn’t belong to just one faction but to all five. Divergent citizens are automatically killed because they are a risk to the system.Will Tris find a way to stop this awful plan, or will the world discover her Divergence and kill her. Find out in Divergent. I am definitely a serious person and enjoy watching series but I think I rate divergent on the same level of hunger games. So similar but so different. I highly recommend watching this movie when you want to binge watch a series.


Movie Review by: Yara

Knives Out – Movie

Knives Out is a must watch family movie or even on your own. Earned its way on my top 3. Knives Out is a mystery movie about the mysterious death of novelist Harlan Thrombey. But a renowned detective comes to investigate the death. Detective Benoit Blanc is positive that someone in Thrombey dysfunctional family killed him. Everyone is a suspect. Blanc sits through and uncovers the truth. This movie was way too good and exceeded my expectations because I didn’t expect the ending. The movie was twisty and really entairing.


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Show Review by: Isabel

Pretty Little Liars – TV Show

Pretty Little Liars (PLL) is one of the first teen TV shows I have watched. Although I watched it years ago it’s still fresh in my brain, that’s how much the plot line has stuck with me. PLL is a thriller, and I can testify to the fact that there is many shockers in the show. The main characters are five high school girls, Spencer Hastings, Aria Montgomery, Hanna Marin, Emily Fields, and Alison DiLaurentis who mysteriously disappeared. As the girls are mourning their friend and trying to find answers, a stalker slowly evolves in their lives. Targeting each and every one of them, with the signature “-A”. At first the girls were convinced it was Alison trying to communicate and maybe he was being held hostage, but they knew it wasn’t her as the stalker started revealing themselves more and more, along with clues and statements that we’re against Alison. The stalkers motive seemed like they wanted revenge against Alison but since she was gone, they resorted in terrorizing her friends lives instead.


Show Review by: Angelina

Reign – TV Show

This semi-historical drama is based on the life of Mary, Queen of Scots, and is perfect for anyone who enjoys relationship drama and stunning wardrobes. The series follows Mary as she returns to French court with her ladies, Lola, Kenna, Greer, and Aylee, to marry her fiance, Francis, who is the heir to the French throne. This marriage would unite the French and Scottish crowns against their common enemy, England. But Francis’ father, King Henry II, is now unsure if the Scottish alliance is necessary, and his mother, Catherine de’ Medici, believes that Francis will die if he marries Mary based on a prophecy from Nostradamus. Mary is willing to do whatever she has to do in order to protect her country and her crown, but does that include waiting for Henry to decide when she can get married? Or risking the life of Francis, for whom she is starting to care deeply? And how does her potential romantic interest in Sebastian, Francis’ half brother from Henry’s mistress Diane, fit into all of this?


Show Review by: Angelina

Pretty Little Liars – TV Show

This mystery drama is perfect for viewers who enjoy intrigue and manipulation. The series follows high school students Aria, Hannah, Emily, and Spencer as they attempt to determine the identity of the stalker that leaves messages threatening to expose each of their personal secrets, who signs the notes as “A.” They are even more unnerved by this because they were each individually sure the only person to whom they ever told these secrets was Alison, their friend who went missing two years prior and was presumed to be dead. Before her disappearance, Alison was a master manipulator who made the girls finally feel special, but held enough power over them to take that feeling away and give it back whenever she needed to do so. She made them feel safe enough to individually tell her their darkest secrets. Now, the secrets they thought were forgotten and buried somewhere with their complicated friend are threatening to come to light again and shake everything they know. Is Ally back? Does she blame them somehow for what happened to her? Or is someone else’s hand at play here?


Show Review by: Rahaf
The Amazing World of Gumball – Show

The Amazing World of Gumball is an animated sitcom centered around Gumball Watterson. Him and his family commonly find themselves in trouble while trying to accomplish simple tasks. Gumball has a brother, Darwin, a sister, Anais, and mother and father, Nicole and Richard. This show follows the family through these misadventures and puts a twist to everyday activities. I would rate this book a 10/10. If you liked the animated seiries Chowder, I recommend this show. The Amazing World of Gumball would be a great show for kids and cartoon lovers!


Show Review by: Rahaf
The Powerpuff Girls – Show

Accidentally created in a lab by Professor Utonium, The Powerpuff Girls are super powered sisters Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup. Blossom is the self-proclaimed leader, Bubbles is the most sensitive, and Buttercup is the toughest of the group. They must regularly save their city, Townsville, from danger. Their most persistent villains are Mojo Jojo, Princess Morbucks, The Rowdyruff Boys, and Him, who all have more than 2 appearances on the show each. Although the original show ended in 2005, a reboot was released in 2016. I give this deities a 5/5 stars because it is a classic and overall original show. The Powerpuff Girls is an amazing tv-show that can be enjoyed by people of all ages.


Show Review by: Rahaf
Spongebob Squarepants – Show

Spongebob Squarepants is a yellow sea sponge that lives in a pineapple on the sea floor. He works as a fry cook at the KrustyKrab with his manager, Mr. Krabs, and his pretentious neighbor, Squidward Tentacles. The Krusty Krab’s competitor is the Chum Bucket, Plankton, and his computer wife, Karen, Plankton makers usual attempts to steal the secret formula of the Krusty Krab’s most famous dish, the Krab’s Patty. During SpongeBobs free time, he likes to have fun with his friends, Patrick Star and Sandy Cheeks. I would give this series a 5/5 star rating. Spongebob Squarepants can be streamed on Prime Video. Spongebob Squarepants is a classic and comedic show that can be enjoyed by people of all ages.


Show Review by: Rahaf
Chowder – Show

Chowder is the apprentice of chef Mung Daal, and his employee, Schnitzel. Chowder is known for his thoughtless actions and numbskulled decisions. This show follows Chowder as he tries to improve his cooking skills. Chowder’s last episode aired in 2010. Chowder and his friends commonly find themselves in trouble when cooking their dishes. In his free time, Chowder likes to have fun with his friends, Kimchi and Gazpacho. Chowder is a great animated show that can be enjoyed by people of all ages.


Show Review by: Nolan
The Crew – Show

The Crew is a hilarious show that I would recommend to anyone who likes comedy. Kevin Gibson, a crew chief and his NASCAR team are upset with their new boss. The boss changes multiple things around the garage. The crew doesn’t like this and doesn’t know what to do. At first Catherine just keeps trying to make changes like replacing the driver Jake with Jesse. Then Catherine realizes what she is doing to the crew. She finally starts to make the crew happy. If you want to watch this show it is on Netflix. Enjoy!


Show Review by: Nolan
Bunk’d – Show

Bunk’d is a five season television series. This show is about the Ross kids from the television series “Jessie” and how they go to Camp Kikiwaka. They have to adapt to this new lifestyle because they were raised in the city. Lou the head counselor has to teach them so much. As they are learning to become counselors they have so much fun. They all create an unbreakable bond at their home away from home. Go check this show out on Netflix!


Show Review by: Nolan
Fuller House – Show

I encourage you to start watching the show Fuller House. John Stamos, Kelly Sandefur, Coral Hawthorne, David A. Arnold, and Candace Cameron Bure are the producers of this show. Fuller House is a continuation of the show Full House. It is about DJ Fuller and her three sons living in DJ’s old childhood house. DJ’s best friend Kimmy and sister Stephanie moved into the house with DJ so they could be closer. While under the same roof they all create a special bond with one another. If you are interested in watching this show, it is available on Netflix. Enjoy!


Show Review by: Kierstin
The Middle – Show

This show has always been one of my family and I’s favorite shows to watch together. It features a family of five, the Hecks. They are a poor family from southern Indiana. This show is extremely funny, and is a great sitcom for anyone to enjoy. They encounter many things, such as a tornado bringing them a washing machine after they desperately needed one the whole episode. Or, how they drove all the way to Disney World, to find out their tickets were actually for Disney Land. I’d recommend this show to basically everyone, but especially people who need a good sitcom to watch with their families or friends.


Show Review by: Kierstin
Never Have I Ever – Show

I can guarantee this show will keep you on your toes. This show features main character Devi, an Indian American sophomore girl. It starts a few months after her father died, which left her in a state of paralysis most likely due to shock. She finally breaks out of her paralysis, and is starting sophomore year with her best friends Fabiola and Eleanor. They are labeled by most people in her school as “nerds” and Devi wants to break out of that stereotype this year and be “cool” and have a boyfriend. She also lives with her mother, and cousin Kamala. Devi has her ups and downs, you will love her and hate her. This show is great for people who love satire, funny dialogue, and also tackle modern day issues.


Show Review by: Kierstin
The Rain – Show

Do you like dystopian TV shows with a great plot and twists and turns that will have you aching for more? Then The Rain is the show for you. This TV show is originally set in Scandinavia and in Swedish, yet you can also watch it in English and with subtitles. Me and my friend started watching it when it first came out in 2018, and recently finished it together. We both loved watching it together, and always were excited for a new season. This show starts with siblings Simone and Rasmus Andersen. They begin in a normal high school setting, nervous for their upcoming exams. Suddenly, they are swooped out by their parents, and brought to a secret bunker underground. Unbeknownst to what is happening, the outside world of Scandinavia is becoming violently ill from a toxic rain that is falling all around them. One drop can kill. For the next five years, Simone and Rasmus are kept in the bunker, away from the outside world. When they decide to open the bunker, chaos and excitement ensue. I’d definitely recommend giving this amazing show a try.


Show Review by: Kierstin
Grand Army – Show

Do you like shows that tackle today’s world’s problems? Then Grand Army is the show for you. This show tackles issues such as gender, race, sexuality, and more. The show is set in Brooklyn New York, in a high school called Grand Army. During their first day of school, there was a bombing nearby, leading to a lockdown in the school. There are several main characters, some whom are more likeable than others, yet all have their stories excellently written. During the course of the show, you will laugh, cry, and continue to press the “next episode” option as fast as you can. Unfortunately, Netflix recently cancelled the shows, leaving it with only one season, yet I’ve watched it twice and enjoyed it thoroughly both times. I’d really recommend giving this one a watch!


Show Review by: Kierstin
Santa Clarita Diet – Show

Do you like shows that feature the undead and blood, but are also extremely hilarious? Then Santa Clarita Diet is for you. I’ve probably watched this show around three times, and every time I enjoy it. I even got my parents to watch it, and they loved it as well! It features a family of three – Sheila, the mom, who starts off very timid and shy, but has always wanted to be more bold. Joel, the dad, who is a loving husband and very funny. Abby, the teenage daughter, is hilarious, and would to anything to save her family and friends. The first episode starts off with Sheila not feeling well before an open house she has to run later with her husband Joel. Later in the day, she starts to feel really ill, and ends up vomiting all over the brand-new house’s bathroom. The amount of vomit is actually very funny, because of how unrealistic it is. Sheila starts to refuse regular food, but says she feels great. The show continues from there, and gets funnier and crazier every episode. I’d highly recommend giving this show a watch.


Show Review by: Kierstin
Atypical – Show

Do you like family-centered, funny, and exciting shows? Then Atypical is the show for you. This show features Sam, a teenager with Autism, trying to find a girlfriend. It also features his sister, Casey, who is slightly younger, who is interested in track, and loves her brother very much. It also features Sam’s best friend Zahid, who is a very funny character and honestly one of my favorites. There is tension between Sam’s parents, Elsa and Doug, and throughout the season, secrets begin to unravel between the two of them that you would never expect. This show is heartwarming, very funny, and easy to watch. I liked it so much that I finished three seasons in a matter of days (which I would probably not recommend doing, but it was a great show.) Unfortunately this show just ended on its fourth season, but all four are great, and you should definitely watch them!


Show Review by: Kierstin
Money Heist – Show

Do you like fast-paced, heart-racing, exciting TV shows? Then Money Heist is for you. I originally started watching this show to teach myself Spanish better for my Spanish class last year. I ended up loving this show, and I learned a lot of new words along the way. This show features a man that goes by the Professor, other people who go by names of cities, such as Tokyo, Rio, etc, to conceal their identities. The Professor wants to take the group on an extraordinary heist – to rob the Royal Mint of Spain and gain around a billion dollars to share amongst themselves. This task is not easy – and requires precision, intelligence, and cooperation between themselves. After they get inside the Mint, chaos, trouble, and more ensues as they take hostages to buy them time to get the money. I’d recommend this show to anyone – even if you don’t know Spanish, there are English audio and subtitle options.


Show Review by: Kierstin
Black Mirror – Show

If you like shows that mess with your mind in the best way possible, Black Mirror is for you. This Twilight Zone-like show is one of my favorite things to watch because of the astounding visuals, acting, and writing. There are five seasons, and each episode is a standalone story. There are some that are more lighthearted, and some that are more dark. One of my favorite episodes, Nosedive, features a dystopian style society, with pastel clothing and passive aggressive tone. I love the contrast between the two. This episode features ratings – not for photos on Instagram, but real live people. This society is meant for everyone to be perfect, all the time. You are based off a 5-star rating. 4 stars + will let you do much more than a 3 or less star rating. If you get too low on the star ranking, you wither away into nothing in society. It’s so interesting to see this episode, because it almost feels real in some aspects of modern day society. I would highly recommend anyone to give this episode – and show – a watch.


Show Review by: Kierstin
The 100 – Show

This television show is my favorite show of all time. If you like dystopian style TV shows with multi-dimensional characters and great plots, this show is for you. The first episode of this show is set almost 100 years after a nuclear apocalypse that destroyed most of humanity. The survivors were put into a space station called the Ark. This station has kept the remainder of humanity alive – yet their time is running out. Since this station was not designed for humanity to live on it for that long, they must take drastic measures – like sending 100 juvenile delinquents to the ground to see if it is survivable. This show follows main character Clarke, who is a 17 year old leader, and very smart. It also features many other amazing characters. I would highly recommend this show to almost anyone, especially those who enjoy dystopian shows.


Show Review by: Kierstin
Glow Up – Show

Are you a fan of elaborate makeup looks? Then Glow Up is the show for you. This is a British reality show, with 10 very talented MUAs (makeup artists). Every week there are three challenges. First, they do a timed challenge for a brief. For example, they had a challenge where they had to do makeup for a magazine editorial shoot. Or, they also had to do a challenge that required working with prosthetics on a hospital show. After completing the first challenge, there is one MUA that does the best, and two that do the worst. For the two that do the worst, they are put in the red chairs, which means they may be competing in the face-off challenge and could potentially go home. The second challenge is more of a creative challenge. For example, “what freedom means to you”, or so on. They then evaluate those looks, and decide if the people in the red chairs had “beat the seat” or will be going to the face-off challenge. The two in the face-off challenge do a very technical component of makeup in a short amount of time. The loser of that challenge will then go home. I love this show, and watch it with my mom and my sister. I’d recommend this show to anyone who wants to learn more about makeup, or just art in general.


Show Review by: Kierstin
The Queens Gambit – Show

I’ll admit- when this show first came out and my mom wanted to watch it with me, I had no interest in watching it. At first I thought, how exciting can a show about chess really be? Well, I’m happy to say I was very wrong. This exhilarating show follows Beth Harmon’s life from age 9 to age 20. The show begins in an orphanage, after her mother dies and she has nowhere else to go. Beth is a quiet girl, and the show depicts her sadness through usage of color, (grays and muted colors) which I love. Beth eventually starts playing chess with the janitor, and discovers she is quite good at it. The show progresses from there. The show is set from 1958-1968, and the costumes, set, makeup, hair, and more are all very well done. This show also depicts the troubles of addiction that Beth faces, along with fitting in. I’d highly recommend this show to anyone, as there is something for everyone.


Show Review by: Kierstin
New Girl – Show

Are you a fan of sitcoms with hilarious punchlines and in-depth characters? Then New Girl is the show for you. This show follows Jessica Day, a bubbly mid-twenties year old girl from Los Angeles. After coming back from vacation early and finding out her boyfriend is cheating on her, she needs to look for a new place to live. She soon finds a loft with three other guys, Schmidt, Nick, and Coach. Although hesitant to invite a girl into their loft, they eventually welcome her in. The different personalities of the different characters on the show makes it always fun to watch. The episodes are around 20 minutes each, which makes it easy to just pop one on while you’re doing something. I’d highly recommend this show to most people, because there really is something for everyone.


Show Review by: Kierstin
American Horror Story – Show

Do you love horror movies, but sometimes wish you could have more story? Then American Horror Story is the show for you. This anthology series features a different story in each season. The first season, Murder House, features the Harmon family moving from Boston to Los Angeles after a major event happens in their lives. The “Murder House” at first seems like a beautiful, large home for a strangely low price. Their realtor is required to tell them that the past owners were murdered in a strange way. This makes the Harmons slightly nervous, yet they continue to purchase the house. As the season progresses, you will realize that this house has a much greater history than anyone would think. This show deals with mental health, murder, mystery, romance, and of course, horror. I would highly recommend this show to anyone who is a fan of the horror genre.


Show Review by: Kierstin
Shameless – Show

This show is one of my favorite shows I have ever watched. The raw talent portrayed by the actors is what makes it so exciting to watch every time. This show follows the Gallagher family from the South Side of Chicago after their mother, Monica, leaves the kids on their own. Yet their father, Frank, is still around, he is neglectful, and an alcoholic, leaving the oldest daughter, 21 year old Fiona, in charge of five younger kids. Her responsibility and selflessness makes this show like no other. This show will always leave you entertained, as every episode something new and crazy happens to the Gallaghers. I would highly recommend this show to anyone who feels like television is often unrealistic to viewers with out of the ordinary lives. This show has excitement, romance, friendship, and family. If you watch this show you won’t regret it!


Show Review by: Ayat
The Society – Show

I’m reviewing the show The Society it’s about a group of teenagers who all think they are leaving to go on a school trip. They say their goodbyes to their families and all head off on the school busses. The show quickly takes a turn as the kids realize that there whole town is gone and everyone had disappeared. Many of them were scared and didn’t know what to do and were wondering if they would ever see their families and loved ones again. Seeing that it looks like there gonna be on their own for a while the group of teens come together and try to make a community. But as one can imagine so many people and so many ideas and people wanting to be in charge this does cause many problems for them. As people want to claim all the power over the rest. While watching this show many questions came to mind. Will they ever see their families again? Will their town ever go back to normal? Will the group of teens be able to come together as a community? Make sure to watch and see what happens!


Show Review by: Ayat
Pretty Little Liars – Show

I’m reviewing the show Pretty Little Liars it’s about a group of friends who’s life’s all turn when the leader of their group mysteriously goes missing! After their leader disappears the whole group falls apart. The show follows the life’s of the four other girls left in the group as they slowly come back together. They all reunite as they learn that they all have one thing in common, they are all receiving messages from an unknown person. This unknown person who they call “A” threatens to expose all of their deepest secrets. Since they are all being targeted by the same unknown figure the girls come back together as they set out to try to figure out who it is and what they want. Will they be able to find out who A is? Make sure to watch and find out!


Show Review by: Ayat
Wizards of Waverly Place – Show

I’m reviewing the show Wizards of Waverly Place. It’s about the Russos family who seems like your average family which includes dad: Jerry, the two sons: Justin and Max along with their sister: Alex and their mom: Theresa. This seems like your normal family but what you don’t know is that they have a huge family secret that no one knows about. Jerry Russo is a wizard and has magical abilities. He passes down this trait to his three kids. They keep their normal life and wizard life far apart from each other and are always sure to cover their tracks when it comes to them doing anything that involves them using magic. If the family was to ever be exposed, who knows what would happen to them. Will they be able to keep them being wizards a secret? Make sure to watch and find out!


Show Review by: Amanda
Outer Banks – Show

The Outer Banks, Paradise on Earth.” Outer Banks has two groups of people, the Kooks who are more wealthy, and the Pogues who aren’t as rich. John B, JJ, Pope and Kiara are all Pogues. John B hasn’t seen his dad in nine months. His dad disappeared at sea when he was out looking for a shipwreck. They find a clue and John B thinks it will lead him to his dad or it’s a message for him from his dad. Will they find his dad? What else do they find when on the search?


Show Review by: Ayat
K.C. Undercover – Show

The show I’m reviewing is called K.C. Undercover it’s about a girl K.C. Cooper, who at first just lives her normal life as a high school teen when she suddenly finds out news that will change her life. Her parents recruiter her to be an undercover spy like them. They work for an agency called The Organization. The only one left in the family who isn’t with them, is K.C.’s younger brother, who later on joins them but isn’t that good at being a spy compared to the rest of his family. His desire is to lead his family in missions, but still needs a lot of training. This causes their parents to get a robot child to also be spy’s with them and help them on missions. They keep all this between each other in hope that no one will realize who they really are. Will they be able to keep their secret forever? Make sure to watch and find out!


Show Review by: Amanda
Stranger Things – Show

The show “Stranger Things” is about 4 boys, Mike, Lucas, Dustin and Will. They all live in Hawkins, Indiana. One night when Will was riding his bike home, he went missing. When the other boys go out searching for Will they find someone else, a strange girl named Eleven. She knows that she is in danger and says the bad men are after her. She isn’t a normal girl, that’s for sure. Will Eleven help the boys get to Will, or will she bring them into more danger? This series has 3 seasons and is always leaving you on cliffhangers that will make you just want to keep watching it.


Show Review by: Ayat
The Thundermans – Show

I’m reviewing the show The Thundermans. It’s about a family of superheroes who are just trying to have a normal life. Phoebe and Max, the twins of the family but are different in almost every way. Phoebe who’s dream is to become the next big supper hero. While on the other hand Max dream is to become the next big villain and do all things evil. Their younger siblings Billy has supper speed and Nora has laser eyes. As you can imagine it can get hard at times to hide things like this. The whole family hides the fact that they have powers and does all they can to let no one know who they really are. Will they be able to keep their powers a secret? Make sure to watch and find out!


Show Review by: Ayat
Sister Sister – Show

The show I’m reviewing is called Sister Sister it’s about two girls who are twin sisters but don’t know it at first. When the two girls were born one was adopted by a couple and the other by a single mother. They went their own ways in life and grew up without each other. After 14 long years the sisters accidentally meet each other. They are identical twins so when they met each other and saw that they look exactly alike they were confused and speechless. Imagine finding out that you had a twin sister you never knew about! Once the sisters reunite with each other they come across many challenges and adventures together. As most siblings do, they do struggle to get along at times. Will they be able to put their differences aside and get along? Make sure to watch and find out!


Show Review by: Ayat
Drake & Josh – Show

I’m reviewing the show Drake & Josh. It’s about two step brother’s and their little sister along with their parent’s who all live together. Drake’s mother and Josh’s father are married to each other and bring both their families together to make one. Drake is very laid back and carefree and doesn’t really take anything that serious. Well on the other hand, Josh finds school very important, tends to overthink at times and is overall just kinda awkward. Also of course we can’t forget about their little sister Megan who does all she can to start trouble for both her brothers.With the two brother’s having completely different personalities and having to deal with trouble from their little sister things can get heated sometimes. Will they be able to handle it all and come together as one big family? Make sure to watch and find out!


Show Review by: Ali
Demon Slayer – Show

Tanjiro is a young boy who sells charcoal in a village down the mountain which his house is on. Tanjiro goes down the mountain to sell charcoal just like any other day. When he gets back to his house he finds his entire family dead with the exception of his sister Nezuko. Tanjiro carries Nezuko down the mountain trying to get her to a doctor. During the trip down the mountain Nezuko wakes up and she attempts to attack Tanjiro. Nezuko has been turned into a demon and is attempting to eat her older brother. Watch Demon Slayer to follow the story of Tanjiro and Nezuko and how she got turned into a demon. I recommend this show to anyone looking for an interesting action show that includes a lot of plot twists.


Show Review by: Ali
Outer Banks – Show

After finding a wrecked boat John B and his friends are led to the conclusion that the treasure John B’s father was searching for is real. The mystical treasure which is worth about 400 million dollars has always had mystery floating around it. Some people believe that it is real, some people actively search for it, and some people believe it is just a myth. John B and his friends attempt to find this treasure which is no longer a rumor or a myth but is a reality. John B hopes finding the treasure will help him get more information on his father’s disappearance as his father was also searching for the treasure. This show has a great story that any viewer will enjoy following as well as a great mix of drama, action, and mystery. I recommend this show to anyone looking for a new show to watch as well as anyone who likes mysteries.


Show Review by: Ali
The Flash – Show

The Flash is a show that follows Barry Allen who is a forensic scientist that works for the Los Angeles Police Department. While in his lab one night Barry Allen gets struck by lightning. Barry goes into a coma for nine months. When he wakes up he finds out that he was super speed. With the help of some scientists from S.T.A.R labs who become some of Barry’s closest friends Barry decides to use this power to fight bad guys around Los Angeles. Follow the story as Barry Allen fights bad guys as well as tries to find the cause of his powers. I recommend this show to anyone who likes a good science fiction superhero story with a great mix of action, comedy, drama, and mystery.


Show Review by: Ali
The Walking Dead – Show

Rick Grimes wakes up in an empty hospital with not a single person around. Rick leaves the hospital and walks around town and everything is deserted. Searching for his family, Rick goes back home only to find a man and his son. Morgan and Duane decide to take in Rick and help teach him the ways of the new world which the walking dead control. Watch The Walking Dead to follow the story of Rick and his fellow survivors fight against not only the walking dead but also other survivors. One thing I love about this show is the perfect balance of characters. The producers have failed to produce a bad character or give them a bad ending. I recommend this show to anyone who loves a good zombie apocalypse show with a great balance of action, drama, horror, romance, and mystery.


Show Review by: Ali
Criminal Minds – Show

Criminal Minds follows a group of profilers at the BAU, the Behavioral Analysis Unit, who by analyzing criminals figure out their next move. The profilers include team leader Aaron Hotch, super genius Spencer Reid, computer master Penelope Garcia and more. Watch this show for the perfect balance of drama, horror, comedy, and mystery. The only downsides to this show that might be unpleasant for some viewers is the gore. Fake dead bodies are shown along with some gruesome scenes. Other than that the acting is beyond excellent, the writing is phenomenal, and the uniqueness of each episode guarantees it doesn’t get too stale. I believe if you can stomach the content I guarantee it will be worth the watch.


Show Review by: Ali
Lucifer – Show

The show Lucifer follows the story of Lucifer, the devil himself, in human form who has gotten bored of hell. Lucifer decides he wants to experience life on Earth in the city of Los Angeles. Lucifer indulges in all the Earthly desires truly living up to this title of The Devil until a murder happens outside his nightclub. This infuriated Lucifer, reminding him of his job as punisher in Hell. Lucifer decides he will find whoever it was who killed the woman outside his nightclub to personally give them punishment. Unfortunately with human laws he isn’t able to just do what he wants as well as he doesn’t know where to look. This is where Lucifer meets and decides to pair up with Detective Chloe Decker. The show follows Lucifer and Chloe as they go around Los Angeles solving murders. Watch to find out whether or not The Devil will truly wreak Hell on Earth.


Show Review by: Ali
Naruto – Show

Naruto is a story that follows a young ninja in training working to become a full-fledged ninja. Just before his birth a demon fox attacked the village Naruto was born in. The leader of the village, also known as the Hokage, seals the demon fox in the young Naruto. This results in Naruto being shunned and discriminated against due to the demon fox in him. Naruto acts out against the village because of this. After maturing some more Naruto decides to win his peers’ respect and claim the title of Hokage. On his path to Hokage Naruto gains many friends, many allies, and even some enemies. Watch Naruto to experience the struggles he faced on his path to becoming the strongest Ninja in his village.


Show Review by: Faris

Naruto – Show

One thing I have been watching this summer is the animated television series Naruto. The show revolves around the main Character Naruto Uzumaki. He is a young boy who is determined to be the best Ninja in the land. Along his Journey he meets many new allies and friends and learns how defending everything and everyone he cares about is what fuels him. Naruto was orphaned as a child and never knew his parents. He was an outcast as a child and everyone resented him. He trains hard and tries to be the best so that everyone can accept him. Naurto resides in the Village Hidden in the Leaves, a Village that was once under siege by a nine tailed fox that almost left the Village in ruins. The King of the land sealed the fox inside of Naruto’s body when he was a baby, which is why everyone hates him, they fear him. But through hard work and determination he is well respected throughout the lands. He is the perfect representation of a truly good person, and has the purest mind out of everyone. I highly recommend watching this series.


Show Review by: Ayat

Bella and the Bull Dogs – Show

I’m reviewing the show Bella and the Bull Dogs it’s about a teen girl, Bella Dawson who is told that football is only for boys but she believes that girls can also play just as well as boys can. At first she was a cheerleader but soon she puts her Pom pom’s down and picks up a football. She try’s out for the football team at her school and she makes it! In fact she makes it as star quarterback and takes this spot from Troy, who is mad that he’s being replaced. Her being the only girl on a all boy team is a bit tough for her. She has a rough start as many of her teammates don’t welcome her and don’t really want her on the team. Will they be able to all come together as one team? Make sure to watch and find out!


Show Review by: Ayat

Nicky,Ricky,Dicky & Dawn – Show

I’m reviewing the show Nicky,Ricky,Dicky & Dawn it’s about four siblings who are quadruplets who struggle to get along and work as one team. With Dawn as the leader of the pack. Nicky who knows everything. Ricky who is the brains but often is fighting with his siblings. And charming Dicky. With four different brains, four different personalities and four different people thinking there often is always a fight. As siblings often do they but heads here and there and also come across some pretty interesting adventures together. Will the four of them be able to put their differences aside and come together? Make sure to watch and find out!


Show Review by: Salma

Anne with an E – Show

I was reluctant to watch Anne with an E at first because it was a reimagining of one of my favorite children’s books, Anne of Green Gables, but I’m so grateful I did because it has become one of my favorite shows of all time. The show follows 13 year old Anne, who was accidentally sent to live with Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert after a mix up at her orphanage. Throughout the show we see how Anne transforms the lives of Marilla and Mathew, and everyone else in the small town of Avonlea. The show introduces many lovable and complex characters who contrast with Anne and her new family perfectly. Every episode leaves you wondering what will happen next, and how Anne will pull off the schemes she gets herself into. The show portrays life in the 1800s and the impact of discrimination it had on Avonlea and Annes freinds. I recommend this show to anyone looking for a beautiful retelling and a show to make you feel at home.


Show Review by: Salma

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood – Show

This is probably one of my favorite shows of all time, and for good reason. The show follows two brothers, Ed and Al, who made a big mistake when they were younger: they tried to bring back their dead mother through alchemy, which operates on the law of equal exchange. Al’s soul and thoughts are now connected to a suit of armor, and Ed has one missing arm and another missing leg. This leads them on their journey to restore their bodies, Ed using his title as a state alchemist of the military to help him. However, as they find out more and more about alchemy, they realize the task of restoring their bodies is much more difficult than it seems, and that the state military may not be as righteous as they once thought. As their journey continues, they meet new characters who are just as flawed and complex as they are, and battle complex and intriguing enemies and villains. Throughout all this, the worldbuilding in the show is absolutely perfect, and alchemy is one of my favorite power systems ever used in a fantasy world. This series is a perfectly paced and perfectly ended story, and I highly suggest it to absolutely anyone.


Show Review by: Salma

The Umbrella Academy – Show

The Umbrella Academy’s concept is one of a kind, and the uniqueness continues throughout the show. It begins by telling us that 43 infants were born to random women across the globe who were not pregnant the day before. Of these infants, seven are identified and adopted by a billionaire ecce