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Teen Book reviews!
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May 25, 2018
Book: Eleanor And Park
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Rainbow Rowell’s novel, Eleanor & Park follows the hardships that we go through as teenagers. To elaborate; balancing high school, stress, social interactions, bullies and most of all,
learning how to love and learning how to cope with the loss of someone important.
Eleanor is a teenage girl in high school. She is insecure about her red, fuzzy and extremely curly hair, as well as, so she says, her bigger than normal body shape and her weird clothes. The story follows her overcoming the bullies at school, learning to love herself and learning to love another.
In the simplest of terms, my opinion of the book would be that the meaning of love went far and deep. Rowell conveyed this meaning through heartbreak and the importance of loving yourself. Within the novel, she covers some very real topics that are felt by a lot of teenagers. I recommend this book to anyone. It’s a romance, but it also includes bullying, self-esteem problems, trust issues and the loss of a loved one. This novel is relatable. The characters face the same trials that we do as teenagers. Having the opportunity to share in Eleanor and Park’s lives provides a window into discovering how to solve some of our own problems.
Rating: 4.5/5 stars.
Review by Sophia L. N. Age 15.
April 18, 2018
Author: Sarah J. Maas
In my opinion, a fantasy fiction novel is supposed to be used as an escape from the world. It is used to go into one that is greater and more vast then ours, full of creatures and places unable to exist on Earth. Sarah J. Maas’ novel A Court of Thorns and Roses, does an excellent job at doing just that. The story is told in the perspective of Feyre, a girl who’s life has been made a struggle because of the poverty forced upon her family. As if this wasn’t enough, she is afraid that the small town that she lives in, will be taken from the villagers and grabbed by the magical immortal beings living beside them called Fae.
There were things that I enjoyed in the novel such as, the realness of the main character, Feyre. Maas does not sugar coat the emotions of the character. We are meant to feel, and know everything going on in her head. I personally enjoyed this because it made her more human to me and not ”fake” in a sense. I also enjoyed the plot of the book. It was filled with a sense of the unknown, for both the reader and the main character. She makes it an escape into this new, huge, dangerous world full of different, exciting things that have yet to be explored (and to the reader’s benefit, it is). I truthfully did not find any part of the book displeasing or disappointing. I enjoyed every inch of this book and I believe that other teens should read this series because they will get a taste of a different world and follow along side the journey of this strong, intelligent and fearless young woman.
Rating: 4/5 stars
Reviewed by: Sophia L. N., Age 15
April 18, 2018
Book: This Mortal Coil
This genre isn’t something I would normally read, but Emily Suvada does a truly amazing job weaving in something for everyone. This story takes place in a dystopian earth where an incurable virus has taken over the planet. Many people have trusted the helping hands of Cartaxus, a company that rose just before the virus was discovered, who have placed them in underground bunkers around the world. This safe haven doesn’t come without a price however, if you agree to stay in a bunker Cartaxus gets full control over your panel. Your panel is a small gene adjusting electronic chip that gets surgically placed under the on skin your forearm so that you have control over how your body works and your appearance.
Although the people who don’t trust their promises of safety are stuck scavenging on the surface trying to keep away from the virus in any way they can. Catrina is one of the few who are still on the surface, harbouring a burning hatred for Cartaxus ever since they took away her dad and only friend Drax to work for them. So when one day a Cartaxus agent, Cole, shows up at her house claiming that her dad is dead and that she is the only one who can help release an antidote for the virus that her dad had created before his death, she doesn’t exactly go willingly.
This book follows Cat and Cole’s struggle to unlock this cure and the bumps on the road as they do so. This story is so enjoyable and mind blowing. The multiple plot twists will hit you like a storm and leaving you craving more. I had to hold back from re-reading it just to see if I could spot any of the smaller points. The characters are so easy to fall in love with and understand. This book is perfect for anyone who like an action packed book with sarcastic, lovable characters and a little bit of romance.
Rating: 4/5 stars
Reviewed by: Maya Lee, Age 15
Thank you Maya!!
March 1st 2018
Book: The Kite Runner
Author: Khaled Hosseini
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The Kite Runner has the ability to make you want to read it all day, the suspense is unbearable. This book is like no other book I’ve ever read. It is extremely captivating and is tremendously emotional.
Some things I really enjoyed about this book was the inspiration quotes/sayings in this book. The quotes/ sayings really help you understand the characters personality. I also really enjoyed the mystery to this book, you get to learn a lot about each character and their past.
Somethings that I disliked about the book was the ending, the ending left me upset because it was not the way I was expecting it to end, I really felt like the ending needed to be changed. The characters personalities were so beautifully written that you just wanted to read about what they were doing throughout the whole story.
The the biggest plot twist in this book is the mystery that is hidden behind each character’s past, these mysteries also help tie in all the connections between each character. In my opinion this plot twist is very important for the story, the reason I think this is because it’s important that when your reading a book you need to know things about the characters, this can also help make a connections between yourself and the characters, I personally made a lot of connections while reading this book which is important for understanding the character choices.
This is a really good book for teens to read because it teaches a lot of compassion and is a great way to help teens with the decisions they choose to make, the reason for this is because they will be able to tell the outcome for each decision they make.
Rating: 4.5/5 stars.
Our first review was from Aliyah! She writes: My favourite book genre is drama. I also enjoy learning about new cultures.
Thank you Aliyah!!