Book Review

Cristian’s Journey

January 18th, 2019   admin  Book Review   No Comments »

There are many great children books amongst our community that are positive, uplifting, and encourages our children to be the best that they can be; not only does Cristian’s Journey signify those things but Cristian’s Journey focuses on a young boy who dedicates his life (literally) to serving others. Cristian’s Journey touches on the topic of a young child battling an ominous diagnosis. It takes transparency, an openness, and a willing heart to share such a sensitive and intimate time with others. I am 26 years old and even at this age, I am able to grasp a life learning lesson from Cristian’s Journey and that is to serve others. There is an art when it comes to serving others.. when you serve others with love, the same love will be returned back to you. It was sad to see Cristian become ill in the story, but beautiful to see the love and compassion he left in the heart of people. #ILOVEYOU10!

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By Shashanna Walker-Simeon



A Divorce Lawyers Guide to Staying Together

May 26th, 2018   admin  Book Review   No Comments »

A new author, but not new to relationships, James Sexton has popped into stores across America and online with his new book “If You’re In My Office It’s Already Too Late: A Divorce Lawyers Guide to Staying Together”. James Sexton has spent over 20 years as a divorce lawyer in the New York Area.  Throughout his time as a lawyer, he has amassed a lot of experience dealing with couples. This book is and is explicitly stated as, a book of what not to do. He begins you with insight into his point of view and explains why this book came into existence. Littered with snark and tangent stories of relationships gone astray, he paints a picture from his eyes of why they did. The book never feels preachy or makes either party in his stories seem to be the “bad guy”, although some are heavily hinted at, and even then, he tries to be devil’s advocate. The reader is left giggling as much as they are made to feel they have been told something meaningful. His words don’t just pertain to romantic relationships, although as a divorce lawyers that is what he works with daily, but can be repackaged to fit family or friends as well. He drives home points such as, communication and respect being huge parts of what makes or breaks a relationship. Overall, a must-read for anyone planning to settle down with a significant other.


By Daniel Sproviero

Looking for THE book: The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

May 17th, 2018   admin  Book Review   No Comments »

“The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck” written by Mark Manson, is THE book to read, the title itself automatically attracts the eye, and the book cover is a bright orange color that is almost impossible to miss. There really isn’t anything subtle about the book, but that’s what makes it so intriguing. Manson is vulgar, and straight up about everything, and as a reader, it really opens your mind to so much. In today’s society, we always think about what we don’t have and compare ourselves to those around us. We consume so much time and energy in worrying about what other people think of us than actually living our lives, and this book helps you realize how that’s wrong, and how we shouldn’t be wasting the time we have thinking about all we don’t have but instead thinking about everything we do have. Although Manson might have a different approach on the whole not giving a f*ck aspect of life, the underlying meaning of the book was just perfect. A must-read for sure.

By: Serena Vohra

Ashley Graham’s A New Model

May 16th, 2018   admin  Book Review   No Comments »

Ashley Graham – you may know her as a plus-sized model changing the industry, but that’s not all she is. Her autobiography A New Model dives deep into how her childhood and teenage years shaped her into the woman she is today. From dealing with her family, to moving to New York as a teenager and falling in love, and now debatably being the most successful plus-sized model today, Ashley Graham has lived a very interesting life that you can now read all about.

Modeling isn’t all fun and games, and things are a bit different when you’re plus sized. Plus-sized models have to meet a different set of standards than non-plus sized models, and Ashley gives us the inside scoop. She has overcome many obstacles in her career, and even in her life, too. Ashley has struggled with childhood bullying on top of balancing her school life and work life as a teenager. While her mom was always supportive of Ashley’s modeling career as a teenager, her father was not. He didn’t like her flying to different states for different modeling opportunities, and wished she had gone to college instead of becoming a model. Ashley Graham’s life is more complex than one may think.

You don’t have to be someone interested in the modeling industry to enjoy Ashley Graham’s A New Model.  Her first-person narrative is easy to read and I believe anyone will enjoy it. Not many people know much about the modeling industry, and Ashley has many credentials that make her trustworthy. Her past-experiences shaped her into the confident woman she is today, and she wants to spread that love and knowledge to others. If you want to know about the modeling industry, how to gain confidence, or just want to learn more about Ashley Graham, A New Model is the book for you.

by Lauren Dinardo

A Separate Peace

April 23rd, 2018   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

A Separate Peace A Separate Peace was America’s best-selling novel for over thirty years. Though it was written a long time ago, it is still being used in many high schools, and colleges across the U.S. It’s definitely a great book to pick up if you’re an adolescent wanting to learn lessons about the transition into adulthood. The book’s main character Gene shares his unusual experience at Devon School during World War II, when many young students were old enough to enlist themselves in the war. During the summer, he became very good friend with Finny, his roommate. Both experienced a summer that would leave Gene with some well-engraved memories. A separate peace put emphasis on the friendship of Gene and Finny. This friendship led Gene to fight a personal war within himself. This novel urges people to value friendship, for one never knows when tragic events might happen. It also encourages individuals to put their jealousy aside and keep it from influencing their judgment. A separate peace was John Knowles’ first published novel. Along with friendship, it explores love, nationalism, and morality.

By Monica Legerme

The Perks of being a Wallflower

April 25th, 2017   admin  Book Review   No Comments »

The Perks of being a Wallflower

One of the most inspirational books that every teenager should read is the “The perks of being a wallflower” by Stephen Chbosky. The book is based on a series of letters that Charlie writes to an anonymous person. Perks of being a wallflower follows observant “wallflower” Charlie as he charts a course through the strange world between adolescence and adulthood. First dates, family drama, and new friends, then Sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, last Devastating loss, young love, and life on the fringes. Caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it, Charlie must learn to navigate those wild and poignant roller-coaster days known as growing up.

A #1 New York Times bestseller for more than a year, an American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults (2000) and Best Book for Reluctant Readers (2000), and with millions of copies in print, this novel for teen readers (or “wallflowers” of more advanced age) will make you laugh, cry, and perhaps feel nostalgic for those moments when you, too, tiptoed onto the dance floor of life.

By: Emily Fermin

The Great Gatsby

March 20th, 2017   admin  Book Review   No Comments »

One of the books that people should read is “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald. It’s the spring of 1922, a wide-eyed Midwesterner Nick Carraway has just moved to New York City in pursuit of the American Dream. Settling into a home next door to wealthy Jay Gatsby Carraway grows increasingly fascinated by the elaborate parties held at his new neighbor’s estate. Meanwhile, across the bay, Carraway’s cousin Daisy flounders in her marriage to philandering aristocrat Tom Buchanan. Inspired by the debauchery on display at Gatsby’s wild parties and the lives of the wealthy elite, Carraway begins putting pen to paper as it gradually becomes clear that his cousin and the millionaire share a complicated romantic past that remains unresolved. Throughout the book Gatsby tries to rekindle his romantic relationship with Daisy but they have to go through many obstacles in order to be together. This book is a great book that contains romance, drama and suspense.

By: Emily Fermin

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

March 5th, 2017   admin  Book Review   No Comments »


The book is based on a boy named Bruno who is being forced to move far away due to his father’s military promotion. Bruno has to face leaving his old friends for a new life.  In his new home, Bruno see’s strange people from the other side of the fence. While he was exploring his backyard he notices a strange little boy on the other side of the fence.  Bruno becomes intrigued by the boy because he has a different life than his own and through numerous talks through the fence they become very close friends. In the end of the book, a traumatic event happens due to their friendship. This is book is an amazing book that will help people see the struggles that other people went through during the holocaust.

By: Emily Fermin

Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

February 14th, 2017   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

An inspirational book that can positively influence women is “Hidden Figures” by Margot Lee Shetterly of which had a film based on her book released this past January. “It focuses particularly on black women who served as human computers as they performed calculations at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia during and after World War II. During the war, the United States was desperate for mathematicians and engineers to work in aeronautics. With many men fighting in the war, women took on professional jobs” (Instaread). These women were Dorothy, Katherine and Mary and they were crucial in helping the United States win the space race against the Soviet Union.  Dorothy and Katherine were mathematicians while Mary was an engineer at NASA. The narrative of the book is trying to convey that women are capable of doing the same job as men.

Emily Fermin

“Summary, Analysis & Review of Margot Lee Shetterly’s Hidden Figures by Instaread.” Instaread: 9781539593171. Createspace Independent Publishing Platform, 17 Oct. 2016. Web. 13 Feb. 2017.

A Dog’s Purpose

January 7th, 2017   admin  Book Review   No Comments »

This week’s book recommendation may sound familiar! You may have already seen commercials for the screen adaptation directed by Lasse Hallström. Authored by W. Bruce Cameron, A Dog’s Purpose shares the emotional and humorous story of a dog’s soul and it’s many lives. Told from a dog’s perspective, the novel explores the incomparable and beautiful relationship between man and man’s best friend! After seeing multiple trailers for the film and reading the novel’s synopsis, my curiosity got the best of me and I decided to purchase the novel. After opening the book for the first time I knew it was going to stir me up inside. As an animal lover myself, a vegetariann , and overall animal rights activist, I can say that this book will change your life. You will be given a whole new persepctive on life. You will be reminded  that love never dies, even after death your loved ones are still with you, and that every creature that has lived, lives, or will lives is born with a purpose and a soul. I highly recommend this wonderful and heartwarming novel for everyone and hope you will find hope, peace, love, laughter, and purpose. A Dog’s Purpose is available almost everywhere books are sold and the film is set to be released on January 27, 2017.


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