The Diary of Pelly D by L.J. Adlington

Summary: A construction worker, Toni V finds a water can while he was digging. Inside there was a diary that belongs to a girl named Pelly D. The construction workers are not allowed to keep what they find but he becomes curious and starts reading it. At the beginning, Pelly seems like a really shallow girl. She only cares about her image and popularity. One day, the place where she lived made gene testing/genetic testing mandatory and  the types of people were broken up into Atsumisi, Galrezi, and Mazzini. Atsumisi is the highest ranking and Galrezi is the lowest. Pelly discovers that she is a Galzeri along with everyone in her family except for her dad. Everything in her world changes. People at school who are in a higher rank start looking down on her and she loses all the great things she had. This was first an ordinary diary but soon becomes a war diary.

Why I picked it up: The dark cover and the font of the title caught my attention. Also the summary on the back did not give away much information so I became curious what it was about.

Why I kept reading it: The beginning was a little confusing for me but towards the end everything became more clear. Also I wanted to know the ending of the book.

Who would I give it to next: People who like war diaries and sci-fi. This book is pretty unrealistic with things being in the future, but it made me think that this could happen to anyone. Somethings like gene testing can change someone’s life completely and it was interesting to see how it happened.

Reviewed by Amy H.

Jarhead by Anthony Swofford

Jarhead CoverSummary: A marine who is sent into combat in Afghanistan without being told the horrors of war, realizes just how bad it is to be there to experience it. As he meets his squadron he learns that he is no longer a marine but rather a “Jarhead.” They call themselves Jarheads because they are seen as soldiers with nothing but an empty jar for a head which implies that they will do anything they’re told rather than thinking for themselves. Although he was a scout sniper and should have gotten plenty of kills, he did not. He had not killed a man in combat but he has seen some things that no one should ever have to see. The book ends as he is coming home to the U.S. He comes to see his family and his friends. He goes back to where he knows as home, only to find his girlfriend with her new man. This is a memoir written by the Jarhead himself, Anthony Swofford.

Why I picked it up: I picked this book up because it looked interesting and the title was a bit peculiar so I decided that I would give it a try.

Why I kept reading it: I kept reading the book because it continued to pull me in with intense life and death situations as well as scenes that had shown the effect war had on the soldiers.

Who would I give it to next: I would recommend this book to anyone that is willing to read a true story about one our U.S. marines. I would only recommend this book to older and more mature viewers because of the content that resides within these pages. Besides that, I hope that anyone that picks this book up enjoys it.

Reviewed by Jacob A.

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.