Book Review

The Fault of our Stars

January 8th, 2015   admin  Book Review   No Comments »

Book Review

John Greene’s most well-known book so far is probably this one, The Fault In Our Stars. The story is that of a girl named Hazel who has cancer and meets a boy named Augustus who she falls in love with. The two of them try to deal with cancer, love, and books. The whole story is beautifully written and is just breathtaking. I thought the plot was wonderful, the characters were absolutely believable and you do completely fall in love with them. Hazel and Augustus are fantastically drawn and the voice of them both is very funny and very well done. It is not a sick lit novel, despite having many of the trappings associated with this type of genre, it is a story about two people in love, one of whom has cancer. It has a very deep content which it discusses the meaning of life and death.

I would recommend this book to everyone. It is beautiful, enthralling, funny and just fantastic. It shows how a short life can feel like an eternity just with the amazing moments of life that simply take your breath away. It entertains and educates and offers a jumping off point for young people to explore and discuss important issues.

 

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Jennifer Montero

“Love Letters to the Dead” by Ava Dellaira

November 29th, 2014   admin  Book Review   No Comments »

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This Novel tells the story of Laurel who is asked as an English assignment to write a letter to a dead person. Laurel begins by choosing Kurt Cobain for various reasons, her sister May loved him and they both passed away at a young age. Laurel has many letters already written which she never gives to her teacher. She writes about all of the transitions in her life, things like starting high school, friendships, love and of course the grieving of her sister. So in writing these letters to dead people we uncover the truth behind all of Laurel’s issues and inner deep thoughts. Through her letters to people who will never read them Ava takes us on Laurel’s journey through her life changes. This book is raw and completely beautiful. Reading this book makes you feel like a teen again and relate to the things many teenagers go through at these important points of life. Definitely a must read!

 

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Jennifer Montero

Yes Please” by Amy Poehler

November 21st, 2014   admin  Book Review   No Comments »

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We have all come to love Amy Poehler, known for making us cry of laughter on Saturday night live, and in movies like “Baby Mama”, “Blades of Glory” and many more. Do you ever wish to just take an inside look inside the mind of this comical genius? Well today is your lucky day! In Poehler’s first book she delivers her funny whit just the same. This book is filled with a collection of personal stories, poetry, photos, advice and much more that makes us fall in love more with her. The book is honest, raw and above all else will make you laugh. It’s an inspirational read filled with words we should all live by.

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Jennifer Montero

The Giver by Lois Lowry

September 22nd, 2014   admin  Book Review   No Comments »

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With the movie hitting theaters soon, it’s time for people to take a gander at the book. This was always a classic growing up; if you weren’t assigned this in school for your reading list, you missed out. The Giver is a classic young teen adolescent book about a seemingly perfect world where there is no pain, no war, and no chaos and yet a young boy is chosen to learn from an elderly man about what the real world is all about. The main character Jonas is chosen at the age of 12 to go to the giver, where he is supposed to acquire wisdom from the real world and once he makes that first leap of knowledge there was no going back. The movie adaptation has an all star cast featuring Katie Holmes, Meryl Streep, and always a fan favorite Taylor Swift! The book is written with a deep psychological understanding of the human mind and fears that both we create and are thrust upon us as a people. Throughout the novel we come to see that this utopian world is not so great after all and it gives us an entirely new perspective on what we may expect out of life. If you haven’t already, make this a part of your library. You won’t regret it.

 

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Helen Trieu

What I Know For Sure by Oprah Winfrey

September 15th, 2014   admin  Book Review   No Comments »

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Ever wonder what it’s like to get in the mind of one of the most successful businesswomen in the world? The household name who everyone knows, loves, and wants to be? Well now you can with this book by the legend herself, Oprah Winfrey. The book includes her deepest thoughts and revelations about her life and what it takes to be successful and happy. The book is organized by theme – joy, resilience, connection, attitude, possibility, awe, clarity, and power. This book offers insight into what it was like to go through her career and how she was able to become the nation’s only African American billionaire. Get inside the mind of this incredibly smart and caring woman, and let her teach you a thing or two about being the best you can be while going after what you want. The book is uplifting, funny, endearing, and incredibly thoughtful. A must read!

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Helen Trieu

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

September 8th, 2014   admin  Book Review   No Comments »

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If you’re looking for a new age romance novel, this is definitely it. Delirium, the first book of a Trilogy puts us in a utopian world where love is considered a disease, a sickness. The occupants of this world live their lives in an emotionless state, where yes they know no love but they also know no pain. At first glance, this seemed a bit cheesy and almost played out. But after reading it, I could not have been more wrong. Oliver takes us into this world, and explains love in a way that does make one almost fear it. Stories like Romeo and Juliet are no longer ones of romance but horrors meant to caution the young. This disease will make you lose your sense of rationality; it will make your heart beat fast, your cheeks burn and your palms sweaty. This disease will kill you by making you addicted to it like a drug, where without it; you want to take your own life. Sounds terrifying right? Well, the truly terrifying part is that it’s not exactly false. Love is a crazy feeling and it does make people lose their minds so for those who have experienced the pain that it can bring, a world where that pain is impossible does not seem so bad. Maternal love, friendship love, relationship love it is all erased from your brain when you turn 16 years old in this world. You don’t have to worry about a career or finding someone to spend the rest of your life with because that will be decided for you. Oliver introduces us to this world through Lena, a girl who is actually an advocator of this world of no pain. But then she meets Alex, and her world starts to spin just like she was told it would and she must decide to either go with what she knows or abandon all rules and do the one thing everyone is so afraid of: fall in love. This book in itself is an addiction, proceed with caution.

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Helen Trieu

Stuck in the Middle With You, A Memoir of Parenting in Three Genders by Jennifer Finney Boylan

September 1st, 2014   admin  Book Review   No Comments »

 

Stuck in the Middle With You, A Memoir of Parenting in Three Genders by Jennifer Finney Boylan

With the emergence of our more tolerating and accepting world, there have been a slew of books on transgender lifestyles coming out to help people get a deeper look at what it’s like through the eyes of a transgender person. One of these books is Stuck in the Middle With You, A Memoir of Parenting in Three Genders by Jennifer Finney Boylan. This memoir is incredibly touching and gives takes us into her life as she fathers two sons with her wife, and her transition into being a mother to her children. The memoir is incredibly intoxicating and brave, as Boylan allows us deep into her most intimate thoughts as she undergoes serious life changes including coming out to her wife and the couple’s decision to stay together throughout the transformation. In this excerpt from her book Boylan writes, “Most of the time I just have to resign myself to the fact that this whole business is beyond the comprehension of most straight people. If you’re not trans, you’re free from thinking about what gender you are in the same way that white people in America are generally free from having to think about what race they are.” The book is absolutely touching and takes us deeper than we had ever gone before. A must read!

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Helen Trieu

My Drunk Kitchen by Hannah Hart

August 25th, 2014   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

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And the internet wins again! Hannah Hart, once regular New York City dweller and self proclaimed drunken chef now has her own cookbook called My Drunk Kitchen, based on her popular web series by the same name. It all started when Hart came home from work one day and decided to record a fake cooking show for her friend back in California. As the mock show progresses, Hart has more than a couple drinks in her and starts to become the hilarious internet phenomenon that she is now. Her video, called “Butter Yo Sh-t” went viral and her weekly Youtube series was born. Her new book features recipes, stories, cocktail recommendations and other advice for the tipsy cook we all have inside us. Some of her recipes include: Latkes Shotkes, Can Bake, The Hartwich, Saltine Nachos and more. We definitely recommend you read the book, but try the recipes at your own discretion!

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Helen Trieu

Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl

August 18th, 2014   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

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With the movie coming out in early October, haunting trailers of this murder mystery have been invading our TV screens and we are definitely hooked. The book, to which the movie is based on, revolves around a seemingly happily married couple, Nick and Amy Dunne, whose lives get shaken up when Amy Dunne goes missing. Amidst all of the crazy pressure of looking for his Amy, we discover that Nick may have some secrets of his own that lead us to asking the question: did he kill his wife? Flynn’s writing is filled with psychological insight, taking us into the mind of a possibly heartless murderer. She makes us understand him and care for him to the point where when we discover his secrets, we feel just as betrayed as many of the actual characters may have. Her action packed writing makes this a psychological thriller you definitely won’t want to miss.

 

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Helen Trieu

Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar

August 11th, 2014   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

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Looking for the next item to add to your reading list? It definitely should be this timeless classic. Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar is one of those rare combinations of a story that is revolves around its time frame, and yet holds a message that is so definitive, its relevance is truly eternal. The story follows a girl named Esther Greenwood, who gains an internship working for a magazine in New York City. Although she is beautiful and incredibly bright, she finds herself slowly spiraling into a madness that is both beautiful and tragic. With Plath being a poet, it is no surprise that this American novel is filled with detailed descriptions and the most captivating imagery I have ever experienced. Plath takes us into the mind of Esther, slowly and sensibly, as she is descends into madness giving us an inside scope so real, we get lost in her world and question our own reality. Her story is haunting, and makes us question our own lives, making sense of feelings we perhaps dismissed. Described as a Catcher in the Rye from a female perspective, this is definitely a book worth reading.

 

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Helen Trieu