Cell (write-up by Jewel)
Clay Riddell is in Boston, waiting in line, when he sees a few different people talking on their cellphones. He was very fascinated by the phones because he hadn't decided weather or not to get one yet. Then, suddenly he hears a horrid scream coming from the park; he hears it a few more times when finally he sees the first one. He looks over in to the park, and sees a man chewing the ear off of a dog. Everything starts going crazy. He meets up with a few others and they decided to travel to Maine to fine Clay's wife and son.
I thought Stephen King's novel was very interesting and would suggest it to other people who enjoy reading fiction horror books.
The Great Gatsby (write-up by Stephenie)
If you like books that keep you guessing, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald would be a good book for you. This book seems like it would be a love story, but teaches you the importance of honesty. It’s a story about a war hero who has parties almost nightly to impress a woman across the bay. The story is told from the point of view of Nick Carraway who moves to New York City and gets caught in the middle of everyone’s drama.
Even though this book was not a love story like I expected it was still amazing. I suggest anyone who loves reading to read this book. It will hold your attention the whole time and you may even relate to some of the conflicts between the characters. This book is also not a very long book so if you’re short on time it would be perfect. I enjoyed it immensely and I highly recommend it.
Gilded (write-up by Taylor and Jacque)
Jae Hwa is a sixteen-year-old American/Korean girl who was raised in the United States, but moved to Korea when her mom died. She has many talents like archery and Tae Kwan Do. One day she starts to walk home from her Tae Kwan Do class and something weird happens. A sparkling man appears and tries to take her. Suddenly a dragon like creature appears and scares away the sparkling man and introduces himself as Haechi. Haechi explains that he must protect her from Haemosu, a demigod who is trying to take her and marry her. The book is about Jae and her struggles to kill Haemosu with the help of her aunt, grandfather, and a boy who she is romantically interested in.
This book is definitely worth the read. I was a bit skeptical at first because I've never read a fantasy book, but I was hooked on the first few pages. It teaches you a few valuable lessons like ‘nothing is impossible’. I would recommend this book to anyone because it's good to try new things sometimes.
Jacque's take: My opinion on this book it is a very good book and very interesting. I personally loved this book and it helped me understand a lot. I would suggest this to anyone who is interested in fantasy books and those who like to see different sides of the world. Anybody can read this book but I suggest from 6th to 12th grade or any adults.
The Hobbit (write-up by Patrick)
Have you ever wondered about the world beyond your own home, and what goes on in the outside world?
The hobbit is the story of Bilbo Baggins, a hobbit from an area of Middle earth called the Shire, whose life would change forever when he would share in an adventure with a wizard and 13 dwarves on a journey to reclaim a vast hoard of gold from a an air born fire breather known as smaug.
If I were going to recommend this book to anyone, I would recommend it to anyone who is really into the medieval time period, or anyone who is into the fantasy genre of books. The reason I would recommend this book to anyone interested in these genres or subjects is because of all of the different characters there are in the book, as well as all of the various races of beings as the story as well.
Is Everyone Hanging out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) (write-up by Morgan)
I believe that at some point in life, everyone wants to be famous. But what is it really like? Mindy Kaling's book, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me (And Other Concerns) provides an inside look at the comedy and tv industry. In her autobiography, Mindy Kaling expresses herself as a writer, a comic, and an actress. She wrote her book as if she were having a deep conversation, and it's hilarious.
This is a good book to read for anyone who doesn't actually like to read. It is intriguing and easy to read. I think it helps that her book is so relatable. This book also has pictures, much like a picture book except the photos aren’t illustrated. They are real photos of her real life experiences. this makes it easy to put yourself in the moment with Mindy. I think everyone should read this book.
The Martian (write-up by Tyler F)
The book is about Mark Watney who gets trapped on Mars all by himself because of a giant sand storm. Then he lives in the Hab and grows potatoes using his own poop. He travels to pathfinder to establish communications with NASA and figure out the best way of survival. Then he has to make a long journey to Ares 4 where he could possibly be rescued. He makes it to Ares 4 but does he get rescued? Read the book and you will find out.
I think this was a really good book because it was full of suspense and the main character was very detailed. I would recommend it to anyone who likes science fiction because it shows about what would happen if someone got trapped on Mars.
Monster (write-up by Tyler J)
Steve the main character met up with an old friend and his old friend said that he had an opportunity to make some money so Steve did and at the last minute Steve backed out and left the other two guys proceed with the crime and killed somebody and they told on Steve so Steve went jail for over a year and at the end of the book Steve was proven innocent and got to go home. I liked the book and would suggest this book to teens and both genders.
Out Stealing Horses (write-up by Jewel)
Out Stealing Horses, by Per Peterson, is a novel that revolves around a father and son who spend the summer together in 1948. They live in a small cabin in the woods of Norway. The young boy and narrator of this novel, Trond Sander, is fifteen in 1948, but he is a sixty-year-old looking back on that special summer. It was during that 1948 summer that Trond was transformed from a boy to a man.
The Picture of Dorian Gray (write-up by E)
The Picture of Dorian Gray is a wonderful book for anyone who enjoys creepy stories. Oscar Wilde explores the worst parts of humanity as Dorian Gray a beautiful young man becomes corrupt. After an artist painted a portrait that reflected his soul, he no longer ages, but the painting reflects every foul deed he does.
This story is brilliantly written. It presents several complex ideas in a simple to understand form. Every moment is filled with action, which keeps the story relatively short. If you enjoy reading convtoversial material, you will love this book. It is refrenced in numerous films and is truely amazing. I would give this book five stars.
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