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The Kite Runner 

by Khaled Hosseini
12/13/2017 Categories: friendship movie rape social classes

As a wealthy child in Afghanistan, Amir reads stories with his young servant Hassan, competes in the annual kite fighting contest, and constantly wishes for the approval and attention of his father. As a young adult in the United States, Amir tries desperately to forget the past and the guilt that he cannot let go of. But after he receives a phone call one day, he is summoned to return to Afghanistan and face what he did long ago. 

This book is extremely emotional. Some events in the book are shocking, frustrating, harrowing, and depressing. That being said, this an excellent book that deals with complex themes such as redemption, loyalty, race, and innocence. 

Everyone should read this book sometime in their lives. While the topics are serious, the writing is not difficult. In fact the contrast of the simple style of the book almost makes the tragic events more horrible. This novel leaves the reader thinking for many days after finishing it. 

Juila, 18

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Speak 

by Laurie Halse Anderson
05/10/2017 Categories: older teens rape

This book is about a freshman in high school named, Melinda Sordino. During a party something happens to her and she calls the police. Soon, everyone starts asking her why she called but she doesn't want to tell anyone. Eventually she stops speaking and only expresses herself through art.

I really liked this book because it dealt with violence and victimization, and I have never read anything like this before. It made me think about how many people go through traumatic experiences and don't talk about them because they feel guilty.

I recommend this book to anyone that likes reading books about post traumatic stress disorder and traumatic experiences. Just to forewarn, this book contains topics like sexual assault.

Sandra, 16

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The Lovely Bones 

by Alice Sebold
04/29/2017 Categories: child abuse murder rape suspense

A a 14 year old girl is kidnapped, raped and murdered. She goes to "heaven" and has to watch her family and friends deal with her death and find out who killed her. She also has to accept what has happened to her and move on.

I really liked this book, it was interesting how the author made the girl go to her own heaven. It was a very emotional book and it's heartbreaking how she has to watch her family but she can't talk to them ever again. It's sad but it's hard to put down.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes books about crime and murder. If you like books about how families and friends deal with the loss of someone close to them you should read this book. It really hard to put down once you start reading.

Sandra, 16

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The Kite Runner 

by Khaled Hosseini
04/27/2017 Categories: friendship rape social classes

The Kite Runner is about two boys, Amir and Hassan. Amir is the son of a weathly family, while Hassan is the son of a servant. For years boys were best of friends until one day, Amir wanted nothing to do with Hassan. Not long after, something terrible happens to Hassan. Amir witnessed this terrible act done to Hassan buy stays quiet.

I loved this book. it was really emotional and hard to read because of how the author described how one of the boys went through a very traumatic situation. The book was well written and probably one of the best books I've read. The author captures the innocence of the boys before everything bad happened and he clearly showed the pain each had to go through.

I would recommend this book to anyone that likes reading dramatic heartbreaking books. If you like crying when you read a book you should read this one. The author was able to write about the struggles each boys went through and how that affected their future lives.

Sandra, 16

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Speak 

by Laurie Halse Anderson

Melinda Sordino, busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops. Now her old friends won’t talk to her, and people she doesn’t even know hate her from a distance. The safest place to be is alone. Inside her own head, but even that’s not safe. There’s something she’s trying not to think about. Something about the night of the party that, if she let’s it in, it would blow her carefully constructed disguise to smithereens. And then she would have to speak.

Speak is a book about depression. Depression is the unspoken theme that defines Melinda's behavior. I like how the book was well written.

I would recommend this book to everyone. This is such an important book for the he content and message it presents.

Yessica, 14

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Speak 

by Laurie Halse Anderson
09/25/2015 Categories: emotions & feelings rape realistic fiction

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, is a story about a girl named Melinda Sordino who busted an end-of-the-year summer party because she called the cops. Everyone starts to hate her and her friends don't even talk to her anymore. She is secluded to herself and there is something that happened at the party that she is avoiding from her mind. If it enters her mind, she would have to speak the truth, hence the title.

The novel, Speak, was very enjoyable to me and has a great underlying message. It was not an overly depressing story which made it bearable to read. This novel is one of the few novels that I would definitely read again.

I definitely would recommend the story to others. It sends a great, but not harsh message and it just is an overall enjoyable story. I would recommend it to people who are oversensitive, as I am.

Analyss, 17

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To Kill a Mockingbird 

by Harper Lee
03/26/2014 Categories: classic court battles deep south racism rape

To Kill a MockinbirdThat one famous line "It's a sin to kill a mockingbird" has captivated millions of readers. In this book, it's the innocent versus the guilty and the notion that the guilty prevails over the innocent in some cases. A black man is accused of raping a white woman while really, he is innocent. But with the times being what they are, he has no chance of being tried at a fair trial. Narrated by a young girl who experiences all of life's twists and turns, this book will keep you turning pages until the last word is read.

It was a really good book that made me really think about how life worked. It captivated me with its world of innocent vs. guilty and wrong vs. right.

I would recommend this book to everybody. It is one of those books that make you really think about the unfairness of life while touching your heart at the same time.

Hieu, 14

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Speak 

by Laurie Halse Anderson
06/18/2013 Categories: high school drama rape realistic fiction

SpeakMelinda Sordino's freshmen year stages her as an outcast, friendless girl. Her action of calling the police at an end-of-summer party has left her speechless and unwilling to participate in activities. However, through Merlinda's art class, she gradually reveals that a senior abused her during the party, and that senior is still in school...

Speak is a fantastically strong book for multiple reasons. The author did an amazing job describing the surroundings through Merlinda's narration- it made me feel that I was actually with her. Melinda is a girl that is easy to relate to, and the topic is presented in a very smooth manner- not too dark, not too light.

If anyone wants a relatively short read with a big message, Speak is the one to consider. Personally though, I believe this is a book that all teens should read.

Jakob, 15

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The Lovely Bones 

by Alice Sebold
04/29/2013 Categories: child abuse movie murder older teens rape

Susie Salmon is a normal, 14-year-old girl with a happy family and looks forward to going to high school and maybe dating her crush, Ray Singh.  That all changes when she is brutally raped and murdered on her way home from school and she, and her family, have to deal with the aftermath. Susie narrates to story from her personal Heaven as she comes to terms with her death and watches her loved ones move on and live in a world without her.

It was an interesting read and very touching. Expect an emotional rollercoaster, I was crying by the end, but there is a happy ending so hang in there.  I wanted to read this book because it sounded very original and I wanted to see how Sebold handeled  the whole Heaven issue and having a narrator who was dead.  I thought she handled it well overall and really shows how Susie and her family mature and move past her death.

I would recommend this book for someone that wants something different and is open to unorthodox and sometimes difficult-to-swallow subject matter.  This is not a book for someone very sensitive; there is teenage sex, rape, character death, adultery and some other subjects readers may be uncomfortable with. Read with an open mind and be ready to cry.

Rebecca, 17

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The Lovely Bones 

by Alice Sebold
12/18/2012 Categories: kidnapping murder mystery rape

Lovely Bones coverA teenage girl, Susie Salmon, gets raped and killed by her own neighbor. She tried calling out for help but nobody heard her. Throughout the entire book, the only one who suspects that the neighbor did it is her sister, Lindsay. Susie's parents' marriage falls apart because of Susie's death and they get divorced and end up together in the end again.

I really enjoyed this book because it's full of mystery. It makes you think about who you can and can't trust. It's a perfect example of the saying "Don't judge a book by its cover" because she thought he was a nice guy but he turned out to be a rapist.

I would recommend it to those who like mystery, crime, and love affairs. There isn't a single page in this book that doesn't have one of the three.

Safiro, 16

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