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This is Where it Ends is an intense and engaging story about a school shooting. It is told by 4 different point of views. Thomas, the troublemaker who is Sylv’s twin brother. Sylv, the smarter twin. Autumn, a dancer who is the sister of the shooter. Finally, Claire, a track athlete who is locked out of the school during the shooting. The tales of these student intertwine to show different side of the story. I would rate this book a 4.5/5 because of the action. I could not put it down! It was heartbreaking. I suggest you read it. It proves a lot can happen in a short amount of time.
By: Sophia D.
I just recently finished reading Beartown by Fredrik Backman, the second novel of his I have completed. After enjoying A Man Called Ove, I figured I would definitely find this one entertaining. From the very first pages, I realized I would not be disappointed. Immediately, Backman draws the reader in by delving into the minds of various characters. Be it a middle aged father who is the General Manager of the hockey club, his wife who is a successful lawyer, his musically talented 15 year old daughter, her “outcast” best friend, various hockey players on the successful Junior team, as well as many other adults and teens, Backman gives insight into their deepest thoughts, desires, and fears. His writing style is a concise, distinct manner that contains almost constant suspenseful foreshadowing. There are numerous times where I was cringing, expecting a certain outcome, but Backman provides so many twists that it never becomes predictable. This novel is so much more than a chronicle of a Hockey team and its fanatical town followers. You do not have to be a sports fan to enjoy this captivating story. There are some profound life lessons about choices, individuality, and identity. If nothing else, it is a very enjoyable read.
By: Ryan Wandyes
During a time period when a woman’s only job is to find a husband, Elizabeth Bennet finds herself acquainted with the prideful Mr. Darcy. One of five daughters, Elizabeth is sensible and quick-witted. Despite the Bennet’s low status and poor connections, Mrs. Bennet is determined to find a proper husband for each of her five daughters. From their first introduction, Elizabeth was strongly displeased by Mr. Darcy’s overflowing pride. As they continue to find themselves together, Mr. Darcy’s feelings for Elizabeth develop into something stronger. However, Elizabeth’s prejudice against him remains. Throughout the novel, Jane Austen includes conversations and comments from Elizabeth that reveal her strong character. Her sharp tongue, strong will, and intelligence is what draws Mr. Darcy to Elizabeth. Pride and Prejudice is not an easy read, but is definitely worth it. The story of Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy, along with the other events that take place, keep readers wanting more. The novel is also an eyeopener to readers as it takes place in England between 1797 and 1815, a period where the rights of women were not as developed as they are today. All in all, I would rate this book 4.5 out of 5.
By Allison B.
Little Fires Everywhere is a great book. Though, do not get me wrong there are some parts in the book that I thought were a little slow. I found when they were explaining parts of Mia’s life, and Elena RIchardson’s life it was a little slow. That being said though, I really like how Celeste Ng explained everyone in the story. It was very thorough, and if you read the book you can just imagine how that person acts and what they look like. Overall, this is an enjoyable story that I would totally recommend to anyone who loves young adult fiction.
Favorite part: When Mia is kind to Lexie. (If you read the book you will know what I am talking about)
Favorite Character: Izzy because she has a totally different side to her that you would not expect.
I give this 5 out of 5 stars. Love this book!
By Kayla C.
There is a reason why critics are calling Cassandra Clare the “New Queen of Fantasy.” In her stellar debut of The Mortal Instruments Series, Clare captivates readers with her strong-willed characters, humor and wit, and incessant but invigorating plot twists. In City of Bones, Clare introduces us to her underground world of fantasy, filled with demons, werewolves, and vampires, which is seamlessly woven with the fabric of the modern world, comparable to works of J.K. Rowling and Rick Riordan. Immediately, readers will fall in love with the short, stubborn, ginger-haired main character, Clary Fray, and will be entranced by her journey into discovering this world of magic and mystery, while also uncovering the secrets of her past: Who has kidnapped her mother, who was her father, what happened to her long lost brother? Upon meeting a group of hidden protectors of the world, known as Shadowhunters, Clary becomes swept up in their politics and finds herself in a position which could determine the future of both worlds: the modern and the Shadowhunter.
This book is wonderfully paced, suspenseful, and contains so many plot twists and surprises at the turn of each page. I highly recommend it for anyone who is interested in the fantasy genre, and loves reading about magical worlds as an escape. It might be a little bit odd for someone who is not used to fantasy, as I was when I first read it, but at the book’s conclusion, you’ll be immediately searching for the sequel, I promise!
By: Gwen B.
The book, The Fall of Grace by Amy Fellner Dominy was a well written and a creative story. I enjoyed the story very much, and the placement of events was well done and in some parts suspenseful. At the beginning, the story was split into two times but as the story progressed, it flowed into one. This was done very cleanly and moved the story along at a good pace. When the times changed, it tended to give off a suspenseful feel and made me want to keep reading to find out what happened next.
The story is about a girl whose mother had run the Family Fund, a fund with loads of investors who soon come to find out that the money is gone. As soon as the FBI comes to find Grace’s mother, she falls into a comma. Grace is determined to prove her mother’s innocence and is willing to go to great lengths for do so. She decides to head to a place where her mother has talked to her about before in search of clarity, but on her way there she finds a boy from her school, Sam Rivers. She finds out he is following her because he is in search of the money that her mother is accused of stealing. Grace and Sam run into several struggles along the way to the place including many dangerous experiences. This book is a very good book if you enjoy suspense, drama and even romance. If I were to rate this book out of 10 stars, I would give it a 9 because at some points it can be a little confusing but the flow and story worked nicely, and it was a really enjoyable book.
By: Tessa M.
I really, really enjoyed this book, it was very good. When I first started the book I did not want to put it down, I think I read a whole half of the book in one sit down. Definitely one of the top best books I have ever read. One factor that contributed to why I really enjoyed it was that I found the book extremely well written. I especially loved the dialogue of the characters and their answers and comments to different things throughout the book, I found that to be the best part of the writing. This gave the book a humorous aspect to it, while the main idea of it was quite the opposite. From the start, I had a feeling it was gonna be one of those books that leave a lasting impression, and one you can not get out of your mind, it will always just stay there (which is not a bad thing, it is a good thing). Which let me tell you, I was definitely right about that. If you do choose this book to read, which I highly recommend, you better be ready for a bumpy ride, and the shedding of some tears, (if your an emotional person, like me). But with that said, although it brought upon a lot of sadness and tears (in a way I guess it was a happy sad), one of the greatest parts was the piecing together of all parts of the book bit by bit as the book went on and the feeling of wanting to keep reading to know the full story. Another part of the story that goes along with what I just said, and probably my favorite aspect of the book, (it is hard to say it in a way that would not spoil the book, but I will try my best), the fact that things from earlier on in the story come back and play a part later, which was the part that made the book the saddest to me (you should be able to understand if you have read it). Sure, I was in a way disappointed by the ending, but I realize in a book what happens is what happens because it is written in a way to leave that lasting impact on the reader, that feeling all readers love to experience, even though it may not be the happiest, brightest ending. Although, now that I think about it the ending to this book was not all that bad. Sure, it was sad, but everything came together and it left a sort of happiness and feeling of fulfilment and satisfaction with the story towards the end. Overall, I would definitely recommend this book to other young readers just like me, who are looking for a good book to read, and are into a story with drama, romance, humour and bits of tragedy type of story.
By Olivia M.
4.8 out of 5 stars