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Night Film

August 14, 2017

I don’t read too many adult books but this one was recommended to me as a good mystery. Night Film by Marisha Pessl is a mystery thriller that keeps you reading and intrigued without being too scary.

indexOn a damp October night, beautiful young Ashley Cordova is found dead in an abandoned warehouse in lower Manhattan.

Though her death is ruled a suicide, veteran investigative journalist Scott McGrath suspects otherwise. As he probes the strange circumstances surrounding Ashley’s life and death, McGrath comes face-to-face with the legacy of her father: the legendary, reclusive cult-horror-film director Stanislas Cordova—a man who hasn’t been seen in public for more than thirty years.

 Cordova’s dedicated followers are extreme in their devotion, to say the least, which makes every encounter that McGrath has an intriguing one. I actually enjoyed this story and one of the most interesting things about it were the Websites/pictures/articles (all fictitious of course) that were dispersed throughout the story to give it a more realistic feel. A great read!

The Hate U Give

August 7, 2017

I am almost certain that The Hate U Give will win the Printz Award this year. This ripped-from-the-headlines story by Angie Thomas is one of my favorite books that I have read this year – and not just

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because it is some great story-telling.

The book is about Starr Carter, a girl who lives in the projects but goes to school at a fancy private school (AKA – she is the only Black girl). She is constantly torn between the two “worlds” in which she

exists. This tension comes to a head when her childhood best friend Khalil is shot (he was unarmed) by a police offer after being pulled over. Starr was in the car. Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a dru

g dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone

wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

This story provides a unique perspective in a situation that has been happening all-too-often in the US. Starr knows the truth about what happened, but does not want to be thrown into the spotlight and forced to relive the night that haunts her. She wants Khalil to have justice – but at what cost? If you were in that situation, what would you do?

This book helped put into perspective things about our society and culture which cause incidents such as this one to keep happening. It does not necessarily offer a solution, but provides some talking points to start a conversation that we all should be having.

I highly recommend that everyone (teens and adults) read this book.

Searching for Sky

July 31, 2017

A mix between Blue Lagoon and Peter Pan, Searching for Sky by Jillian Cantor is an entertaining story about two teenagers, Sky and River who have always lived on “Island”, a deserted desert island that is the only world they’ve ever known. Until the day River spots a boat. Across Ocean, in a place called California, Sky is separated from River and forced to live with a grandmother she’s just met. Here the rules for survival are different. People rely on strange things like cars and cell phones. They keep secrets from one another. And without River, nothing makes sense. Sky yearns for her old life where she was strong and capable, not lost and confused. She must find River so they can return to Island, but the truth behind how they ended up there in the first place will come as the biggest shock of all.

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Learning about the world through the innocent eyes of Sky is charming – but be warned this book is heartbreaking!

Ready Player One

July 24, 2017

Ernest Cline’s EPIC YA Novel Ready Player One has been made into a movie and the trailer premiered at San Diego’s Comic Con this past weekend. IT LOOKS AMAZING! Steven Spielberg directed the film and if you haven’t read this adventurous homage to pop culture then you should! Check it out:

Orbiting Jupiter

July 19, 2017

Orbiting Jupiter by Gary Schmidt is a heartfelt middle-grade read. I don’t normally read too many middle-grade books but this one was amazing.

And….WOW. First of all this book is short, I read it in about an hour.

The story is told from the perspective of Jack, 12, who tells the gripping story of Joseph, 14, who joins his family on their rural farm as a foster child. Damaged in juvenile prison, Joseph wants nothing more than to find his baby daughter, Jupiter, whom he has never seen. Adjusting to life on the farm (and life in general after Juvie) is hard for Joseph who is unsure how to act in the world in light of his past. When Joseph has begun to believe he’ll have a future, he is confronted by demons from his past that force a tragic sacrifice.

This novel might not appeal to some readers for a few reasons
1 )It obvio
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2) The language and story-telling is simple


HOWEVER, I think that Schmidt used this form of setting/storytelling to produce a novel that is purely emotion.
Jack’s brother-like relationship that he forms with Joseph is heartwarming and heartbreaking at the same time.
Although the ending bothered me a little bit (simply because all of the characters in the novel follow a cliche path) it was still brilliant and emotional.


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