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Demian: The Story of Emil Sinclair's Youth

by Hermann Hesse

Image result for Demian bookDemian is an introspective novel about a boy named Sinclair and the struggles he goes through to find his true identity. It is a story of the trials and tribulations of youth. 

I loved this novel! It is a novel that definitely left a lasting impression on me as an adolescent trying to navigate through life. I love it because, to me, it almost reads as if it is a painting. 

I would recommend this novel to any young person that is willing to think quite a bit. It really is a novel that makes you re-evaluate how you perceive the world around you. 

Hannah, 17


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The Poisonwood Bible

by Barbara Kingsolver

A father, mother, and four daughters venture off to Africa on a mission to bring God to the people there. This story is based in the 50's and is narrated by all four daughters and the mother.

This was a truly captivating book and I couldn't put it down. But it is made for a more mature audience due to its religious views, death, and poor family unit.

I would recommend this book to an older audience. This is manly for those who enjoy historical fictions and dramas. 

Emly, 16


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The Poisonwood Bible

by Barbara Kingsolver

Nathan Price, an arrogant Baptist missionary, settles his wife and four daughters in a Congolese village determined to spread the word of God. During a time of tumultuous politics, racism, and Congolese independence, Nathan forces the family to stay, despite the risk of increasing danger. The family endures life-altering hardship and battles with feelings of guilt, grief and loneliness. The events that take place during their time in the Congo will haunt them for years to come.

I loved this book. It was definitely one of the best books I've read because of its depiction of historical events, racism, and portrayal of real, raw emotion.

I would recommend this book to others because of its dynamic plot line, important message, and its awesome portrayal of life in the Congo. If you like historical fiction and stories with a powerful message, The Poisonwood Bible would be the perfect book for you.

Bethany, 15


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by Ellen Hopkins

With six sisters, an absent mother, abusive father, and a church who thinks she's a sinner what else can Pattyn do, but act like a perfect Mormon girl. When she just can't take it anymore, she acts out and gets sent to live with her Aunt Jeanette in Nevada. While there she learns how to be herself and how to live her life the way she wants with the guy she didn't know she wanted.

Burned is an amazing book because of the brilliant writing techniques, but also because it makes you think about how you never know what some bodies life is like until you step into their shoes. The main character's perspective on life was a new refreshing one that added a layer of depth to the storyline. Overall this book was amazing.

This book is for those who enjoy stepping out of their shoes into someone else's. Anyone can enjoy this book because the author sets a realistic, beautiful story line and main character.

Mackenzie, 15


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The Scarlet Letter

by Nathaniel Hawthorne

The Scarlet Letter tells the story of Hester Prynne, a sinner in Puritan New England. At the beginning of the novel, Hester is punished by her community for having committed adultery. She is forced to wear a scarlet letter A for the rest of her
life. Even more intriguing is the fact that her lover's identity is unknown, making for a story filled with mystery and secrets.

I had to read this book as part of my summer reading assignment, and was not initially thrilled about it. But as I read more, I realized that the story was actually pretty good. However, the language was very hard to understand since the novel was written in the 1800's.

I don't think that I would recommend this book to others unless you're searching for a challenge to stimulate your brain. While I understand its literary value, I wouldn't suggest this book to someone just for fun.

Daisy, 17


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Bless Me, Ultima

by Rudolfo Anaya

Bless Me UltimaThe novel Bless Me, Ultima is about a young boy who struggled to find his own beliefs and path in life. His parents couldn't be more different: his dad being a free spirit, while his mom is completely religious. Antonio is introduced to several beliefs by other characters who are alienated from society based on their own personal beliefs.

I loved this book because it demonstrates how a young child is forced to chose his/her own path and not what people want him/her to. I love how Ultima, a curandera or healer bonds with Antonio and helps him overcome his fear of losing faith in Society's beliefs. I also loved how Rudolfo Anaya introduces the Hispanic language into the novel, so the reader can be pulled into the language of the people.

I would certainly recommend this book to people who have a background of the Spanish language; however, anybody can still enjoy this book without knowing Spanish. This novel is a classic of the Hispanic novels, because of how the author uses the language to untie the reader with the society in the novel. This novel was perfectly bonded so anyone can read and know what is happening, and the book has some mystery and magic.

Lauren, 17


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