The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

the language of flowers cover imageSummary: Victoria has spent most of her childhood in foster-care. She has problems with connecting to people and messed up the one chance she had at having a family. Through her relationship with Elizabeth, she learns the meanings that flowers were give during Victorian times. When she is emancipated at the age of 18, she finds herself on the street with nowhere to go. She makes a connection with a busy florist who needs help and recognizes Victoria’s unique gift for finding the perfect flowers for customers. Victoria chooses the flowers based on the customer’s emotional needs and they find that their wishes are answered.

While working with the florist Victoria reconnects with someone from her past and is able to confront her secret and set out to make it right and finally find the happiness she has longed for.

Why I picked it up: It was recommended to me by a couple of close friends.

Why I kept reading it: Victoria is a really interesting character. Most people would give up on her but she loved plants and photography and is interested in art like I am. I wanted to find out if she would finally find the family that she so desperately wanted.

Who I would give it to next: I’m sharing it with all my friends who like a good coming-of-age story.

Reviewed by Mrs. Accorinti

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

The fault in our stars cover imageSummary: The story follows Hazel who is portrayed as an indifferent girl diagnosed with Cancer, who prefers to watch life go by. She meets Augustus, who draws her into the real world. They begin learning about each other, and in doing so, explore themselves. Although Augustus ends up killed by a cancer recurrence, Hazel realizes that she will never truly lose him, as he will live on in her forever.

Why I picked it up: It was recommended to me by a trusted source.

Why I kept reading it: This book explores radical ideas, such as leaving as little of a “footprint” or legacy as possible. I was drawn in by these unorthodox themes and fell in love with the way John Green spun his words to create a seemingly simple plot that is truly an eye opener when delved into.

Who I would give it to next: I would recommend this book to anyone who is comfortable with drugs, and death. The book is otherwise appropriate for all ages.

Reviewed byNiyva V.

Kindred by Tammar Stein

Summary: In Kindred by Tammar Stein, Miriam a freshman in college goes through the ultimate religious adventure of her life as she goes on a mission to endure for what she really believes in. Miriam starts off as a quiet girl who has her own unique religious beliefs that she does not talk much about. She tries to develop her own religion but ends up following paths of different religions like Christianity and so forth, until one night during her spring break in college, Miriam receives a visit from the angel Rafael, who asks her to go on a mission and protect this random girl Tabitha from her school. Unfortunately Miriam fails, and then thinks of quitting school and pursuing multiple jobs.

However, when Miriam fails her first assignment the angel visits her again and asks her to save another human. Caught in these multiple assignments that try her loyalty to religion, and whether she fights for it or not, Kindred goes through one of the most adventurous and enduring adventures of her life. Not only that, but her twin brother Mo also got visits from devils asking him to commit indiscretions. Who’s right and who’s wrong? Who will win the devil or the angel?

Why I picked it up:
I picked this book up because this book seemed very unique given that religious fiction is not that common, and I wanted to find out more about what the story would be about after reading the title stating that “good and evil have never been so close.”

Why I kept reading it: I kept reading the novel to find out what would happen to Miriam if she didn’t complete her assigned tasks from the angel, and what would happen between her and her brother.

Who would I give it to next: I would give this book to anyone seeking an entertaining novel that has a new approach because this book is not religious it just uses general religious ideas in fantasy.

Reviewed by Ahmed E.

mockingjay by suzanne collins

MockingjaySummary: Katniss accepts her new position as the rebel in District 13. Her and a few others were taken from the Quarter Quell. The Quarter Quell is from Catching Fire. However, Peeta was not one of these who were extracted. He is still missing and in close watch under the Capitol’s eyes. Each day, Katniss still feels as if President Snow haunts her. After much torment, she chooses to accept the role as Mockingjay for the rebel side. By accepting this role, she is granted immunity for her friends and authorization to personally end President Snow’s life. Beetee, another Game victor, works with Katniss closely. She trains Katniss to become a special weapon. As the role of Mockingjay, Katniss is featured in commercials representing the rebel side. These clips are called propos. In a propo, she teams up with her dear friend Gale. They are sent to District two. During their time in District two, they visit a hospital that ends up getting destroyed. By speaking with the injured, and then seeing the hospital being demolished, encourages Katniss to fight for justice. The rebels begin to gain strength after her decision. This is also stimulated by the coded message Peeta sent out to warn the rebels. After Peeta sent out this message, the Capitol releases footage of Peeta being tortured.

Why I picked it up: I watched the movie, “The Hunger Games,” and I loved it, so I decided to read the sequel for it.

Why I kept reading it: Once you pick this book up, you won’t be able to put it down.

Who would I give it to next: Anybody who watched or read The Hunger Games will love this book.

Reviewed by: Nihal S.