Categories

A Thousand Splendid Suns 

by Khaled Hosseini
05/10/2017 Categories: family drama non-fiction older teens

A Thousand Splendid Suns is about two women. One is named Miriam, who's father arranges a marriage between her and Rasheed. She marries him and tries to have children. She is unable and he becomes abusive. Later, Laila marries Rasheed after her parents are killed by a rocket. She becomes pregnant and gives birth to a girl and he becomes abusive towards her as well. The two women become friends and have to deal with an abusive husband until something changes that.

I liked this book because it talks about how women are treated in a different country. I like that the author didn't hold back because it really makes the reader understand how those women must have felt.

If you have read The Kite Runner I recommend reading this book. It's an emotional story about how two women become friends after having to live with an abusive husband. If you like reading about drama and how women are treated like less than humans you should read this book.

Sandra, 16

Rating: 

smileyFind at the Library

A Place to Stand 

by Jimmy Santiago Baca
05/10/2017 Categories: non-fiction older teens

This book is a memoir about a Chicano boy who is abandoned by his alcoholic father and his mother. In his book, he talks about the crime, violence and drugs he was exposed to. He talks about how his decisions led him to end up prison and he explains what he experienced there.

I really liked this book because it really made me think about how many people end up in jail or dead because of their bad decisions. I thought about how the author did all those things because he didn't have a nice childhood. He was abandoned and that led to everything that happened to him. The book is tragic and really touches you if you read it. I felt that I can better understood how many people end up in violence when they are not raised with love and compassion.

I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn more about how our childhood experiences lead to how our future will be like. If you like to read memoirs, I recommend this book. It's emotional and doesn't hold back from harsher realities.

Sandra, 16

Rating: 

smileyFind at the Library

Outliers 

by Malcolm Gladwell
04/29/2017 Categories: non-fiction older teens

Malcolm Gladwell talks about how being a genius isn't always the only way to succeed. In his book, he talks about patterns in studies about people who are successful. He mentions outliers, people who are different than most and how they are able to succeed.

I really liked this book because it made me think about how some people have more advantages and opportunities to succeed. Also, it's interesting to read about those patterns that have to do with how people are born and how that determines whether someone will be successful.

I would recommend this book to anyone that likes reading books that deal with psychology and success. I like the way the author makes the book seem personal and it can connect to many people.

Sandra, 16

Rating: 

smileyFind at the Library

Lone Survivor 

by Marcus Luttrell with Patrick Robinson
04/29/2017 Categories: non-fiction true stories war

Lone survivor is based on a true story. It is about four U.S navy seals whose mission was to capture or kill an al Qaeda leader in 2005. Unfortunately they are outnumbered and soon only one of those navy seals is alive. This book is Marcus Luttrell's survivor story, in it he describes what happens to the other Navy seals and what he had to go through in order to survive.

This book had a strong impact on me. It shows how many people risk their lives for our country. I thought the book was really emotional and it's heartbreaking because that man had to see his partners/friends killed in front him. He then had to live with knowing only he survived.

If you would like to educate yourself on how other people do heroic things for our country, check this book out. It reminds you to keep our troops in you thoughts and prayers for what they go through to keep us safe. If you like reading about survivors and true stories you should really read this book.

Sandra, 16

Rating: 

smileyFind at the Library

The Crucible 

by Arthur Miller
04/26/2017 Categories: non-fiction older teens play

The Crucible is a play about the Salem witch trials. It's about a girl named Abigail Williams who claims she and other girls were possessed by the ladies in the town who are witches. Abigail does all this because he wants John Proctor's wife to be executed so she can have him to herself. Eventually many people are arrested because of Abigail's lies, some are even executed.

I liked this play because it makes you think about how fear is very powerful. People are willing to say and do many things out of fear. The author wrote the play in response to McCarthyism and I thought it really showed how people believe what they want without any proof. This play is an example of how fear can spread and cause people to overreact.

If you like reading about the Salem witch trials, I recommend you trying this book.

Sandra, 16

Rating: 

smileyFind at the Library
 

Between the World and Me  

by Ta-nehisi Coates
04/26/2017 Categories: non-fiction older teens racism

Between the World and Me is letter that the author is writing to his 15 year old son. He writes about his life experiences growing up as a black male in America. He argues the dangers of being a young black male and the relationships between violence and race. In this book, Coates wants not just his son to take something from it but he wants society to read it and understand how life is for a black person in America.

I thought this was an amazing book! It talks about how society has viewed black people and how it continues to view them as inferior. The author writes his book to his son but it wasn't meant just for him. I learned a lot about how difficult it is to be black and to be viewed as less than human just because of the color of your skin. It's a powerful book and I really enjoyed it.

I would recommend this book to those "privileged" people who have never experienced racism. Anyone who isn't black should read this book because it really makes you aware of how society has treated people just because of how they look. The book allows people to have an idea of what it must be like to have to live in a body that one can't control. In this case, how to live as a black male in a world where everyone controls what happens to that person.

Sandra, 16

Rating: 

smileyFind at the Library

The Private Lives of the Impressionists 

by Sue Roe
04/26/2017 Categories: art biography france non-fiction

Late 19th century France sometimes was not a friendly place for the then-considered-radical impressionists. This book analyzes how the friendships and family lives of the impressionists (such as Monet, Manet, Bazille, and Renoir) were influenced by societal expectations and political events. Their art was unprecedented, and while society may have been slow to accept it, they continued with their work, and today it is revered.

This book, beyond being a biography, is a commentary on friendship and rebellion. For this reason, I found it very enjoyable. Sue Roe provides ample descriptive details while also explaining interesting historical facts. By learning about their political, economic, and social tendencies, and by analyzing written records of the painters themselves, the reader is provided with a detailed characterization of each individual artist.

I would recommend this book to anyone interested in art or history. The writing is somewhat slow, since it is essentially a history book, however the content is extremely captivating and worth the read.
 

Julia, 17

Rating: 

smileyFind at the Library

Freakonomics 

by Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner
04/26/2017 Categories: non-fiction older teens

This book explores unusual topics in a way that is unexpectedly revealing about the nature of society and economics. By analyzing statistics on topics such as schoolteachers cheating on standardized tests and relating that to something completely different, such as sumo wrestlers intentionally throwing matches, the reader learns not only how interesting economics can be, but how oftentimes the world is not as it seems.

I would describe this book as eye-opening. To many people, the word "economics" connotes boredom, but this book may just change your opinion. This unconventional take on economics demonstrates key principles of analysis while tackling serious themes such as human honesty and the effects of poverty.

Even if you are not typically partial to nonfiction, I would recommend this book. It is always good to expose yourself to a variety of genres. Oftentimes, we fall into the pattern of trusting our assumptions and the assumptions of others. This book is an impressive reminder that even when what is typically accepted seems reasonable, it is important that you analyze the facts for yourself. What you find may be surprising.

Julia, 17

Rating: 

smileyFind at the Library

Night 

by Elie Wiesel
03/04/2017 Categories: biography historical holocaust non-fiction

Night tells the story of Holocaust survivor, Elie Wiesel and what it was like for him and his family to live being isolated from the rest of the world with the Jewish community. Wiesel remembers when he lost his family to the immoral act of genocide and the fears that he had while losing the will to live.

Night is an interesting book because it's one of those books that can shake you emotionally by presenting the life of a Jewish person in the face of intolerance. This story is told all from Wiesel's perspective which shows us what it was like growing up with loved ones being killed and discriminated against during this time of genocide.

Yes, I would recommend this book to others because this story has a theme of how it is important to stand up to injustices even in the face of danger. Informing more people about making a change in the world is needed to create a civilized society. Young and old people should read this book so history can be remembered by all.

Kirsten, 15

Rating: 

smileyFind at the Library

Devil in the White City 

by Erik Larson
05/21/2013 Categories: murder non-fiction older teens true stories

Devil in the White CityIn 1893, the World's Fair was to be the biggest event of the century, and it was. Numerous exhibitions from across the country and even the world traveled to Chicago to be displayed next to newfangled creations like the Ferris Wheel and the jawdropping shows of Buffalo Bill. Little did anyone know that danger was lurking in the shadows in the form of serial killer Dr. H. H. Holmes: the devil in the White City.

I LOVED this book. As an avid reader of murder mysteries, the story of Dr. Holmes was at once intriguing and frightening. Coupled with the story of the World's Fair, I found this book to be a wonderful dose of both true history and an enthralling plot. Even if you don't like history, you'll still enjoy this book because the story is not overwhelmingly filled with data yet is still realistic. The actual events of both the Columbian Expo and Holmes's killing sprees are portrayed in a wonderful narrative format that is a delight to read. However, due to the rather gory aspects of this novel, I'd recommend this book only to strong readers with equally strong stomachs.

Erica, 17

Rating: 

smileyFind at the Library

Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul III 

by Jack Canfield
12/10/2011 Categories: inspirational non-fiction true stories

Chicken Soup coverThis book really is chicken soup for the teenage soul; it's about real life experiences that real teenagers braved through. This book is comprised of over 50 stories, relating to the typical issues that we all face. It reminds us that we aren't the only teens dealing with these problems. 

I think that this book is great because it's a great turn-to book when you need some good old comfort. It's about stories and lessons that have been shared by fellow teens/adults. 

I would recommend this book for anyone 11 years old or older. It's the perfect book to turn to when you're feeling down. If you love real stories on life lessons, you'll absolutely love Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul III!

Gillyn, 15

Rating: 

smileyFind at the Library

Page 2 of 2 << < 1 2