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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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Jane Eyre 

by Charlotte Bronte
12/13/2017 Categories: classic historical romance social classes

Image result for jane eyre book coverAs an unwanted child and later as a governess restricted by society's expectations, Jane Eyre must find a way to balance her strong emotions and her unwavering morals. In this dark, gothic novel Charlotte Bronte explores the themes of status quo, romance, and religion in the 19th century. 

The best part of this novel was the unexpected, almost cheesy, suspense and plot twists that are emphasized by the gothic style. Jane perceives everything as almost magical or mysterious. Even into adulthood, she seems to continually witness bizarre events. 

I would recommend this book not only because it is good exposure to this style of literature, but because it is often the source of interesting debate. There are a variety of views concerning whether Jane and Rochester's choices were justified. In addition, it is extremely dense with symbolism and metaphor and would thus be a great book for an analysis essay.

Juila, 18

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Invisible Man 

by Ralph Ellison

Image result for invisible man ralph ellisonThis novel is based in the 1950's and follows the journey of an African American man, who remains unnamed, trying to succeed in a primarily "white" community. He realizes through many challenges he is "invisible" to society.

In my opinion this book was very bad and the only reason I read it was because of school. This book had a lot of adult content.

I do not recommend this book to anyone under 16 years of age. This book has a lot of sexual content including rape and incest. It also shows how poorly African American's were treated in the early 20th century.

Emily, 16

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Sky of Red Poppies 

by Zohreh Ghahremani
06/28/2017 Categories: family secrets friendship social classes

Sky of Red Poppies is about two girls named, Roya and Shireen, who both live opposite lives financially, politically, and religiously in 1960's Iran. However, even through their differences they become best friends. Roya is jealous of Shireen's independent lifestyle and begins to question of how she was raised and stands for controversial political stances which gets her in trouble at times even with the government at one point. With Iran being closed to opinions, it makes it difficult for both girls to achieve their goals as people morally.

I liked how the novel incorporated poetry which the girls would recite and memorize for themselves. As well how they explored political views in a nation at the moment who usually oppresses or objectifies different opinions that opposes their government.

If you like learning of different cultures and political views of a different nation then Sky of Red Poppies by Zohreh Ghahremani is the right novel for you. As well as if you like the everlasting bonds of friendships and getting through obstacles.

Anahi, 17

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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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Uglies 

by Scott Westerfeld
04/20/2017 Categories: dystopia friendship social classes technology

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Tally is a girl who can't wait to be 16, because when she does, she will be turned "pretty". Where Tally lives, everybody over the age of 16 looks the same; perfect skin, bones remade to the exact length, perfect everything. But Tally's wish is slowly crushed and turned into something else when she meets Shay, who wants Tally and her to run away to a mysterious boy in the wilderness, and never turn pretty.

I thought this book was very good and thrilling. The author seemed to have the setting in the future; where North America is long history, and the 10 billion people who lived there, 300 years before this new government and society, were called "rusties".

I would recommend this book to people if you like future-settings with some rebellion and excitement.

Cailin, 11

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Perfect Chemistry 

by Simone Elkeles
11/24/2016 Categories: dating drama gangs romance social classes

Perfect Chemistry is about a high school girl that is popular. She is the Pom Pom captain and is from a wealthy family. The boy is Mexican and from a poor family. He is in a gang, but doesn't deal drugs. They both go to the same high school and end up falling in love because they are partners in the same chemistry class.

I found this book amazing, so yes I liked it! What was good in this story is that It shows the struggles of life and two different sides coming together. It's also a very romantic book, loved it!

I would definitely recommend this book to others. My sister recommended this book to me because she had read it and fell in love with it, so I decided to give it a go. I would recommend it to others because who doesn't like a romantic book.

Anahi, 14

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How To Catch A Prince 

by Rachel Hauck

How to Catch a Prince is story about Stephen, the prince of Brighton, who doubles as a war veteran and a rugby player. As the media dubs him the most eligible bachelor in Brighton and attempts to set him up, Stephen recalls the one girl he'd like to be with, and the reasons why he cannot.

I liked How to Catch a Prince because it was not the typical romance story. With subplots about war and survivor's guilt, How to Catch a Prince kept me engaged in the story.

I would recommend this book to fans of Dee Henderson's O'Malley series. Fans of war, politics, and romance all in one would enjoy this book.

Amanda, 16

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Once Upon A Prince 

by Rachel Hauck

Once Upon A Prince, is a novel about a character named, Susanna Truitt. As readers we witness her life as it is falling apart. She looses her boyfriend, her job, and her home all at once. But then she meets Nate Kenneth. When Susanna finally realizes he is the Crown Prince of Brighton, and he has fallen in love with her; the question is, is she in love with him?

I enjoyed reading Once Upon a Prince for its blatant belief in fairy tale endings. I also loved the voice the author employed, which made you read the book in such a way that you could hear Susanna speak.
I would recommend this book to fans of The Heir series. If you're a fan of fairy tale romances, you'd love Once Upon A Prince.

Amanda, 16

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These Broken Stars 

by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

These Broken Stars is a story about two very different people; a soldier who came from nothing, and a girl who was born into one of the richest families in the galaxy. Together they must find a way to survive after they crash landed on a deserted planet. They encounter an eerie discovery on their way back home.

I really did like this book, because it provides an interesting view of the future through Science Fiction. The story’s location not only includes planet Earth, but the entire galaxy. The combination of Science Fiction mixed with a love story provides a good book, and excellent story line.

I would recommend this book to those who enjoy Science Fiction and romance stories with shifting perspectives.

Natalie, 15

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Princess Academy 

by Shannon Hale
This book is about a young girl, Miri, who lives in the small village of Mt. Eskel. Her town is picked to attend Princess Academy, where the prince will pick a bride, and Miri and the girls must all attend. At the academy, Miri must contend with fierce competition, new learning styles, and her own inner desires to see what she really wants.
I liked this book, because it was interesting to read about princesses, but with a much more modern twist. The book was unpredictable, and always kept me guessing, which made it fun to read.
I would recommend this book to people who like reading about princess stories, but it a much less fairytale-like way. The book is suspenseful, so if that is what appeals to you, this book is good.
Natalie, 14
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Princess for Hire 

by Lindsey Leavitt
04/19/2016 Categories: identity materialism social classes

This book follows the everyday life of a girl named Desi, She wishes that her life could turn extraordinary, and wishes for excitement. Her wishes do come true, but not in the ways that she thought they would. She becomes a filler princess; someone who would fill in for princesses in their break times.

This book was a decent book to read, because it had a very interesting plot line, and the story idea was fun to read. However, there wasn't much action in the book, which I found to be a little boring.

This book is a good fit for people who like girly books, and who enjoy a bit of a shorter read. The lack of action could; however, turn away readers who enjoy that in books.

Natalie, 14

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Pretty Crooked 

by Elisa Ludwig
10/05/2015 Categories: romance social classes suspense

Willa, a 15 year old teenager, moves to Arizona and starts going to a private school thanks to the paintings her mother has been selling. Fortunately, Willa befriends Cherise, a girl who belongs to a popular group. Willa then decides to start stealing money from rich kids and starts giving it to three other girls who are bullied based on the way they dress.

I personally liked this book because there is suspense, and a bit of action. I also liked it because there were a lot of cliff hangers and it made me want to read the next book in the series right away.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a book full of suspense, friendship, romance, and action. 

Diana, 14

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The House of Power 

by Patrick Carman

Atherton, an artificial world, is a three layer world that includes The Highlands, The Tabletop, and The Flatlands. The Highlands sank into The Tabletop and war erupted and now The Tabletop is sinking into The Flatlands. In The Flatlands, there are creatures called Cleaners that will eat every thing in their paths. The Highlands and The Tabletop must unite to defeat them.

I enjoyed reading The House of Power. It was good because it described what it might be like to live in any of the three levels on Atherton. It taught what might happen if the industrial race continues and we don't give Earth's resources time to replenish before we use them again and that we will eventually run out of resources on Earth. We might have to rely on machines to keep us alive and not be able to go outside because of the bad air quality and pollution.

This book takes place around 2105 and Atherton has been completed. It tells of a futuristic time where the Earth has become overly polluted and the sky is black which is why it is named The Dark Planet. I would recommend it to science fiction lovers. It it a great start to the Atherton series. It is one of the best books of science fiction I have ever read. 

Stone, 11

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Tender is the Night 

by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Tender is the Night is a tragic romance novel about an 18 year old actress by the name of Rosemary Hoyt who goes on vacation to the French Riviera. There she meets the handsome Dick Diver, whom she falls in love with. Dick Diver is a psychiatrist who is the doctor and husband of Nicole Warren. The story depicts the life of Dick Diver, in which the wealth he has encountered provokes him into a different lifestyle other than his own.

This book was to a moderate extent, interesting, but it is very difficult to understand. Fitzgerald writes in a very complex and wordy way that actually makes it strenuous to know what is truly happening. This book also doesn't have the greatest plot in the world and it seems as if I was never really intrigued with what was happening.

I do recommend this book if you really admire a complex way of writing in an author, but if you don't, I don't think you will like this very much. I thought that after reading The Great Gatsby by Fitzgerald, I would like it a lot. The Great Gatsby has such an interesting and clear plot that the plot. However, Tender is the Night was mildly disappointing but a little disappointing. I know many people who have very much enjoyed this novel, so might as well give it a read. 

Analyss, 17

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