The book If I Stay by Gayle Forman is about a young girl named Mia who wakes up to an unexpected joyful snow day, making her and the rest of her family now have some available free time. They all together decide to take a small trip to visit some family friends at their home. They could have visited, then go to a bookstore to roam all of its inviting ailes, and then have dinner with the grandparents, but everything changes within seconds. There is a sudden car accident, completely totaling the car. Mia gets up only to shattered pieces of the car everywhere,both her now deceased parents, and her younger brother lying on the ground. She finds her own wounded body on the ground as well. She watches as the ambulances arrive quickly rushing her body in an ambulance and follows. Mia is in very critical condition putting her in coma. Now, Mia is forced to accept the death of her family and realizes she might not want to stay at all. This story brings attention to the difficult question that Mia has to answer that will make out what her life will become. In the end,she still is struggling with making her decision whether to take the easy way out and leaving with her family or to fight and live with the loss of her family. Will she have the power and courage to stay?
I picked this book up because it caught my eye after hearing and many good reviews about it. I also knew there was a movie and was excited to read before watching to compare and contrast. I kept reading even though it was upsetting to me, I was determined to find out what she decided. It helped me in a way I could relate, my situation is not as tough and difficult as hers but it still guided me on my own life decisions making me realize every decision has an impact and effect. I would give this book to be honest to anyone really. It’s a great fictional read that could very much be a real life thing. It has the message of how in the matter of seconds everything can change and any decision you make no matter how easy or hard there’s always needs to be consideration of yourself and others.
Written by: Anam .R
The Perks Of Being A Wallflower talks about the various stages of teenage life. Through Charle, the author depicts the lifestyle of most teenagers today. From love and romance to drugs and sex, this book has it all. It is extremely engaging and provides us with a lot of advice, as teenagers to deal with difficult situations. Slow at first, this novel captured my heart. It is very informational and at the same time , it stays interesting. The book also has some emotional aspects to it that enthralls and entertains the reader. Overall, The Perks Of Being A Wallflower describes the everyday schedule of tenagers. It takes the reader on an entertaining ride. The novel deals with sensitive situations and helps readers understand them. This novel looked interesting to me and hence I picked it. Though it started slightly slow, it is very entertaining. I would advise students from all backgrounds to read it . But Mostly, I would encourage middle and high school students to read this as it makes the unhappy teenage years easier.
The book itself has a lot of memorable events, big a really big one is the Tom Robbinson case. The book talks about racism in the events that take place, and knowing that many people wouldn’t listen to a man because of his color was not right. My reactions to this book was somewhat shocked. Only some events did that to me, and some were interesting. I was interesting in what was next for the Finch kids and the case itself. I think that racism was definitely wrong back then. There was no right to be treated that way and knowing that some people wouldn’t give you the respect you deserved. I had to read this book for my Lit/Writ class, but I did get hooked. I wanted to know how these people treated one another with their ways. It was interesting to find out how things were back then. I also had to keep reading it for my Lit/Writ class. I would give this book to people 10 years and over. It’s a suitable book for anyone to read, as long as they can understand it. It’s important for them to know what racism was and how was it.
book reviewed by Giovanni Mendoza
The Virgin Suicides by Jeffery Eugenides tells the story of the Libson sister who are all teenagers Cecilia the youngest, Lux, Bonnie, Mary and Therese the eldest with Mrs. Libson and Mr. Libson as their parents, Mrs. Libson who is strict and catholic and Mr. Libson a not so strict dad and a math teacher at his daughters high school. Seen through the eyes of the teenage neighborhood boys who are deeply in love with them, the ones who would get through with the approval of the sisters parents coming back from the Libson house taking souvenirs from the libson’s sister’s room and bathroom picturing that everything they touched they were now touching looking at the same travel magazines that they were. The day after prom Lux misses curfew and Mrs. Libson locks the sisters from the outside world making excuses as to why they are missing school they started becoming depressed all they have are travel brochures, rock records that later get burned my their mother and decorating their cluttered room.
Provide your reactions to the book: Jeffrey Eugenides book The Virgin Suicides has a mixture of themes two of these themes are dreamy and dark. It really captures teenagers feeling even though it is through the perspective of the neighborhood boys he still captures both gender’s feeling and point of views.
Conclude by summarizing your idea: I love this book because it is unique and it is not the mainstream coming of age novel it is very different book to read. I would recommend this book to someone who likes coming of age novels.
Why I picked it up: I watched the movie The Virgin Suicides directed by Sophia Coppola and loved it later I found out that it was based on a book so I decided to read it and it was great as well.
Why I kept reading it: I wanted to know how the film contrasted from the book and people always say “the book is better than the movie” and their right the book had little details that the movie dose not show and I just wanted to keep reading page after page.
Who Would I give it to next: I would give this book next to someone who likes to read books that are coming of age that have romance/darkness and a hint of comedy to them.
The book is a non fiction one wherein various teens and people inspire us with their inspiring stories about the different phases a teenager goes through and how other people dealt with it. If not that, it’s just a book with great stories , some inspiring, some humorous, some sad and some just happy. There are a collection of about 60 short stories. Each chapter indicates a phase a teen goes through. For example, there is a phase about relationships in every teen’s life and a chapter in this book helps us deal with such situations through entertaining stories which each have a hidden message in them. A lot of people think that it’s outdated to read such “old-fashioned” books but after reading this one , they think don’t think likewise. I think that each story has a different theme and message for us to go home with and I would encourage every teen to give it a glance. Personally, I loved this book and this whole series. This gave me a very insightful thought about what was happening around the world and I felt aware by knowing these people’s situations. Also, I wanted to read the teen version of it and I was so inspired. I also took away a lesson from each story and I think that those messages made me a better person and taught me to handle such situations in life. I picked it up as I remembered reading the first teen soul version a few years back and recently, i came across it and i picked up I kept reading it as I found the stories extremely interesting.
Skim by Mariko and Jillian Tamaki, brings forth the melancholic, confusing, tragic, and emotional life of a perfectly woven imperfect character nicknamed Skim. Skim has to deal with jerky popular school girls, a crashing and burning relationship with a friend, depression, the death of a classmate, and the question of her sexuality. Is there a silver lining to all of this? Falling in love, learning something new, and finding something that was always there.
Skim= a bit of an Aquarius.
Skim= I would shove this book into the hands of anyone going through the stuff she was going through and any who are adventurous.
Skim=I picked it up because of the unique art style.
Skim=it became my favorite graphic novel when I kept reading it.
Skim= a must read coming of age graphic novel.
Reviewed by= Jalen x. Greene