Archive for the ‘Reviews’ Category
Author: Aaron Starmer
Review: I liked the book DWEEB because when they all got called down to Vice Principal Snodgrass’s office during 2nd period it left me wondering “Why?” This book in a lot of parts leaves you curious. When Eddie snuck out to the auditorium all the bullies, like Tyler Kelly, and most of the kids seemed brainwashed. I like the part when Wendell was in Vice Principal Snodgrass’s office and Wendell got stuck in the chair. He had to get unstuck from the chair quickly but he couldn’t. So instead he just ran into the closet with the chair stuck to his rear.
Teen Reviewer: Chauna
**This is the second review from Chauna and we’re so grateful to her for sharing her opinions on her latest reads. Remember that any teen who writes a review and turns it in at one of our 3 libraries will earn 75 points towards the grand total on their Summer Reading Program log! Thanks to all the teens that’ve turned them in so far.
Title: The Giver
Author: Lois Lowry
Summary: This novel is about people that live in another world with no color just gray everywhere. They have certain rules and schedules they have to abide by. Each parent and child lives in a house with four people; including themselves. Which are a mom, dad, daughter, and son. As a child you volunteer and are watched at the ceremony of eleven’s you are told your job for life. But for Jonas he has a special talent unraveling inside and The Giver will teach him what it is and how to use it.
Main Character: Jonas is the name of the main character. He has a special gift, talent within himself. As the story goes on little pinches of color he sees and how he is talented at a lot of things he comes to see what his talent is. The Giver’s part is to help Jonas figure out his true gift and balance it.
The Giver: This is the title for Jonas’ teacher. He will show Jonas what his job will be and gives him some visions. These visions will show Jonas how other worlds live and work. He plays a huge part in Jonas’ choices.
Favorite Moment: I would say at the end of the book when Jonas takes himself and a very important abandoned baby away from their world. Then because Jonas uses his gift to protect them, make a difference, and explore the world.
Thoughts on the book cover: The book cover was amazing for this novel. It was because it showed a picture of the Giver. Also because in the background was how Jonas saw things with his gift, instead of the grayness.
My thought about the book: My thought of this novel is that it is creative. It gives you a different look on what you’re supposed to do with your life. Also, that you have a special part in this world. Finally what you think and know matters and can make a difference.
People that should read this book: Honestly anyone could read this book because it shows people you can live in this world. Next that you can look at it with confidence, creativity, and boldness. Then make a difference.
Teen Reviewer: Moesha
**Thanks for such a thorough review, Moesha! The Giver is a really popular book and we think your review will inspire others to check it out. Remember that any teen who turns in a review to one of our libraries this summer can add 75 points to their Summer Reading Program log. Every little bit helps you reach the grand total and get all your cool prizes. Stay tuned to the blog for more teen reviews coming soon!
Author: Carol Weston
Review: I liked this book because you could never tell what was going to happen next. You could never tell when Melanie was going to get in trouble for what her brother did. Her brother, Matt, was always getting lost. I like the part when Melanie said she wanted to be a hero and not get in trouble when they were on vacation on her parents’ anniversary and her dad found an old friend, Sophia. It seemed like her dad and Sophia still liked each other. Melanie called for a toast and everything was fine.
Teen Reviewer: Chauna
**Thanks for your review Chauna! We love having teens contribute to the blog. Remember teens, any review you submit to one of our libraries earns you an extra 75 points to put on your Summer Reading Program log to help get you towards that grand total. Stayed tuned as we feature teen reviews all summer long…keep reading, keep reviewing!
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Title: If I Stay
Author: Gayle Forman
Other books in series or Standalone: It has a sequel/companion called Where She Went
First Impressions: I picked this one up because it sounded like a pretty interesting story. A 17-year-old girl named Mia is riding in the car with her parents and little brother when they are in a horrific car accident. With her parents dead and her little brother’s life hanging in the balance, Mia has an out-of-body experience while comatose. She can see what is going on around her and realizes that she has to make the decision herself: should she live or die?
Last Impressions: I really liked this book! At first I wasn’t sure how it would work with the whole thing going on while the main character is in a coma, but the flashbacks very nicely give us backstory on Mia and her family and helps to get to know them as lovable characters. The flashbacks also provide plenty of light and humorous moments, which helps break up the saddness of the whole situation Mia is in. I also really liked how passionate Mia is about playing the cello. I enjoyed that uniqueness about her, and it even kind of made me want to listen to some cello music!
Least Favorite Moment: The description of the accident scene. But then again, I might have a weak stomach where blood is concerned.
Thoughts on the bookcover: Very simple and pretty. I love the colors, and the dying tree with one bloom left on it seems like it fits Mia’s situation well.
People who should read this: If you like realistic fiction or more serious books. Music lovers will also appreciate what a big role music plays in the book (Mia is a cellist, her boyfriend Adam is in a rock band, and her parents were avid music lovers).
I read this book as a requirement for my Disabilities Literature class, and I absolutely loved it… so I here I am, telling you that you should read it too!
The Girls, by Lori Lansens, is the story of a pair of twins, Rose and Ruby Darlen. Rose is the serious, talented writer and Ruby is the beautiful, funny one who loves to discover ancient artifacts. They’re twenty-nine years old, which wouldn’t be that big of a deal for the average set of twins. But these twins are joined at the head, and at 29 years old, they are the oldest surviving craniopagus twins in the world. The Girls is told from both Rose’s and Ruby’s perspectives; they alternate chapters as they write a book together about their life.
You might think that the central story line would be Rose and Ruby’s disability, but it’s not. These girls refuse to let their disability define them. In fact, at times, you will probably forget that they are joined at the head. These girls are extraordinary first, and disabled second. Their disablity does play a role in how they live their lives, but their story tells more about their struggle to be accepted by others. At times, you will also probably forget that this is a work of fiction, and not a true autobiography. I don’t know how Lansens did it, but she really managed to give each character their own unique voice, and she made this story come to life in an incrediblely realistic way.
I would tell you more, but I don’t want to give anything away. The writing is beautiful, the story is amazing… just see for yourselves and read this book! You won’t be sorry
Here’s another review that I think sums it up pretty well: http://blogcritics.org/books/article/book-review-the-girls-by-lori/page-2/
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Author: Catherine Fisher
Other books in series or Standalone: Has a sequel called Sapphique
First Impressions: This sounded like a really unique story. Finn is trapped in a futuristic prison called Incarceron. He has always been told that he was born there, but he can’t remember anything before the past three years and he’s sure that he had a life on the outside. Things start to piece together for Finn when he comes into ownership of a device that lets him communicate with someone on the outside: Claudia, the daughter of the Warden.
Last Impressions: Once it gets going, this book is great! I had the hardest time at first trying to figure out when and where it is set, but once things started coming together, it turned into a really exciting and thought-provoking story. The technology involved is super cool and it’s fun to imagine it alongside the 18th century style of clothing.
Favorite Moment: I can’t say because it’s a HUGE spoiler, but I’ll say that I really liked the ending.
Dream Cast: A movie is already in the works starring Taylor Lautner as Finn, and I can see him filling this role perfectly! No one else is confirmed for the cast yet, but I could totally see Emma Watson as Claudia.
People who should read this: With the dual viewpoints of Finn and Claudia, both guys and girls could enjoy this book. It’s great for anyone who likes dystopian lit or books about cool futuristic technology.
People who should not read this: It kind of takes awhile for the story to pick up and for you to figure out what exactly is going on, so if you’re impatient, you might get frustrated. But seriously, hang in there, it gets really good!
Title: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (DVD & Blu-ray)
Directed by: Edgar Wright (director of Shaun of the Dead & Hot Fuzz)
Length: 112 minutes
Genre: Comedy, Action, Guy-Friendly-Romance, Comic/Gaming (pretty much everything awesome!)
Based on: Scott Pilgrim graphic novels by Bryan Lee O’Malley
Are you in your teens? 20’s? 30’s? Heck, young at heart? Boy, do I have the movie for you! [Blogger’s note: I would be an awful Billy Mays.] Well, that’s assuming you like any of the following: graphic novels, music, video games, comedy, over-the-top action and/or romance. What’s that? You don’t? Well, GET OUT. …I’ll wait for the whole zero people to leave the blog. We good? Okay.
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World was easily the most entertaining movie of 2010. Filled with comic and video game-imbued fight scenes, dumb (e.g., Scott) and witty (e.g., Wallace) comedy, insanely catchy music, and a seriously messed up relationship.
For those of you that know nothing about Scott Pilgrim, the story begins like this: Scott Pilgrim is a 23-year old slacker. Still reeling from a bad break-up, he manages to form a tentative relationship with high schooler Knives Chau. While complacent, Scott is turned on his head when his literal dream girl shows up: Ramona Flowers. After finally convincing Ramona to start dating, and a half-hearted break-up with love-struck Knives (perhaps not entirely in that order), Scott discovers that in order to remain with Ramona, he must battle her seven evil exes. And these are no Karate Kid structured matches; each evil ex has their own abilities and powers, and is willing to go to any low to defeat Scott (something Scott himself has no problem doing).
Did I mention Scott’s in a band? Featured as the bass player in Sex Bob-omb, along with Steven Stills as lead guitar/vocals and Kim Pine on drums. For those of you worried about some random band performing and the hoity-toity actors lip syncing and pretending to play the instruments, fear not! Each member of Sex Bob-omb plays their own instrument, both in the movie and for the soundtrack. I will note, however, that Beck wrote all their songs—who cares?! Beck is awesome! As for The Clash at Demonhead, Brie Larson (as Envy) sings in the movie, but it’s Metric’s song on the album—again, Metric is superb, so oh well! And may I just note that there is, I kid you not, a Bass Battle! I love puns.
Worried about the movie straying too far from its graphic novel roots? Again, not an issue! The beginning is nearly word for word, and while they have to leave some things out for time’s sake, and the ending is a bit different due to the final volume not being out until after the movie’s script was written. Aside from that, nearly everything including the characters’ clothes and hair styles are identical to those in the graphic novels.
Okay, Scott’s pretty oblivious, and Ramona seems to have been cold and uncaring in her past, but the events and the dialogue that transpire with these two and those around them will have you giggling and/or pumping your fists into the air…or at the very least, it will leave you with good memories and a pleasant sense of nostalgia.