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Their Eyes Were Watching God 

by Zora Neale Hurston

It takes Janie a while to discover her own voice in a society that has ignored her as both a woman and an African American. This novel follows her through various relationships and stages of her life that allow her to realize what she values in companionship and what she values in herself. 

I enjoyed this book because it is not like every other coming of age novel. It focuses on Janie's hopefulness and courage and how this leads her to find a solid understanding of herself while overcoming tragedy. It deals with themes such as fear, love, ambition, and femininity.

I would absolutely recommend this book. Though set in the early 1900's, the themes are still completely relevant to today. For this reason, I believe that most people will enjoy reading this novel. 

Juila, 18

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A Court of Thorns and Roses 

by Sara J. Maas
12/13/2017 Categories: action fantasy romance

This book was kind of like Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones, except the fact that the main character is a huntress, and not a normal-poor girl(Feyre is poor, but, you get the point). This book is about Feyre who is a huntress, and she kills a wolf(which turns out to be a faerie) and her fate is to live the rest of her days in Fae. During her stay, her icy attitude towards the High Lord quickly diminishes into flames of passion. War is raging in Fae, and the High Lord wishes to protect Feyre as much as he can before she finds out the truth. The Night Court of Fae overtook Tamlin's Court, imprisoning him Under the Mountain. Feyre heard of Tamlin's imprisonment, and quickly came for his aid. The High Lady of the Night Court put Feyre under three tasks and a riddle in order to win Tamlin back. Feyre had to show the High Lady that her love was strong enough to win Tamlin who was in payment in due of a curse(Talk about #GirlPower). 

I think this book was really good. I could tell that Sarah J. Maas wrote it, and she does a good job of writing the main character as a girl. A pretty great one at that. The only things that alerts me is some of the scenes in the book has a bit 'this-is-for-older-kids' content, and some cursing. Other than those two things, the story itself is amazing.

Like I said earlier, I think that this book was written for young adults, and not for kids(even I am not one). Teens who enjoy awesome stories about unconditional love, and supreme action, would definitely adore this story like I do.

Priscilla, 13

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David Copperfield 

by Charles Dickens
12/13/2017 Categories: classic historical movie realistic fiction

Image result for david copperfield book coverThe orphaned David Copperfield grows up amongst a variety of both comical and frightening characters. He faces trial after trial, but eventually grows up. This is a classic coming of age novel that demonstrates how David learns to deal with loss, responsibility, and love. 

This book is a nice, cheerful story. It is not dramatized or very mysterious, and yet the simplicity of the story allows for many serious themes to be addressed. It is a refreshing reminder of what is most important in life (friendships, love, and courage). 

While I absolutely love this book, I do admit that some people might find it boring. If you like Charles Dickens, then this is a must read since this is considered his most autobiographical work. 

Juila, 18

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Never Let Me Go 

by Kazuo Ishiguro

As children, Kathy, Ruth, Tommy, and all the students of Hailsham are taught that they are special children, that they have a purpose, and that above all they must keep themselves healthy. However, the true nature of their horrifying life's purpose is eventually revealed and they must deal with the psychological trauma of facing their fate one by one. 

Though disturbing to read, this novel is refreshing in its own way because it follows the lives of characters who do not necessarily fight the corrupt system that they are born into. This causes the readers to consider how acceptance and desensitization play a role in a society that is so much bigger than the power of one individual. Through such a pessimistic point of view, Ishiguro actually inspires the reader to not give in to corruption and to appreciate the beauty of life. 

This book is different. It isn't fun to read at all, but in a way it feels necessary. Frustrating and depressing, it forces the reader to consider the value of life and the twisted side of humanity that will do anything to live as long as possible. In addition, it deals with love, jealousy, fear, and regret. 

Juila, 18

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One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest 

by Ken Kesey
12/13/2017 Categories: classic handicaps movie

Image result for the one who flew over the cuckoo's nest bookWhen the unruly McMurphy joins the submissive patients of a psychiatric ward, he influences them to rebel against the attendants and nurses who routinely humiliate them and treat them with scorn. McMurphy goes head to head with the frighteningly influential Nurse Ratched as his antics become increasingly extreme. 

Hands down one of my favorite novels! The captivating characters, ironic humor, and emotional ending balance out the seriousness of the topics and events. Especially interesting is the fact that the story is told from the point of view of Chief Bromden, who is not completely sane himself and periodically lapses into moments of panicked hallucinations. 

Everyone should should read it! It is both depressing and happy at the same time. Kesey artfully criticizes the well-oiled machine that is society in this novel that encourages the reader to live their life freely and undeterred by others. 

Juila, 18

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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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The Last Star 

by Rick Yancey
12/12/2017 Categories: romance sci fi survival stories war

The last start takes off shortly after what has happened in The Last Star. Cassie must fight between her love for Evan and her fear for his kind.

This book was in my opinion not as captivating as the previous two book in this series. It was in a way confusing with the flash backs it contained. But I did enjoy how it changed perspectives in each chapter.

Never the less I would still recommend this book because of how much I enjoyed the previous two. If you like the previous two book you might like this one.

Emily, 16

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The Infinite Sea 

by Rick Yancey
12/12/2017 Categories: action romance sci fi war

Cassie, her little brother, and squad 53 have all taken refuge in a hotel they call "Walker Hotel". Ringer decides that the hotel won't be safe for much longer and goes off in search of a new place to take refuge. Through this time they grow weaker and must prepare for the challenge of fighting the silencers and the child army.

I really liked this book and how it had different perspectives each chapter. It contains romance, action, and suspense.

If you liked the The Hunger Games or Divergent then you will love this book. Its full of suspense and action. 

Emily, 16

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The Fifth Wave 

by Rick Yancey
12/12/2017 Categories: romance sci fi war

1st Wave: lights out, 2nd Wave: surf's up, 3rd Wave: pestilence, 4th Wave: silencers. Cassie has survived all of them and is now alone, maybe the last human on earth. She was found by a "silencer" and shot in the leg and left for dead until Evan Walker finds her and nourishes her back to health. They must fight together to find Cassie's little brother and survive the 5th wave.

I absolutely loved this book and the other two that follows. It is a twisted survival story unlike any other.

If you like romances and thrillers then you would love this story. This is meant for an older audience though so I recommend this for someone 15 years or older.

Emily, 16

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Boundless 

by Cynthia Hand
12/12/2017 Categories: fantasy romance

BoundlessClara, Christian, and Angela all move to California to start college. They all are having visions again and must work together to understand them and fight the evil that follows.

Boundless, the last book of the Unearthly series, was a gripping tale of family, love, and destiny. It was filled with so many very difficult challenges which never really had a correct answer so it always kept you on your toes.

If you like supernatural stories and romances then you would love this book. It was enchanting and very exciting.

Emily, 16

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Hallowed 

by Cynthia Hand
12/12/2017 Categories: fantasy romance

Hallowed (Unearthly, #2)This is the second book in the Unearthly series and follows what happens to Clara after the fire in her vision happens. She must maneuver through the position she put herself in with being with Tucker or Christian.

I really enjoyed this book and how Clara worked through her angelic challenges. It was so interesting to see Clara struggle between love and duty.

If you like romances and mysteries, then you would love this book. It was hard to put down!

Emily, 16

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Unearthly 

by Cynthia Hand
12/11/2017 Categories: fantasy high school drama romance

Image result for unearthly cynthia handClara Gardner was an ordinary teenage girl until she learns she is part angle. She begins to have visions of a fire and of a mysterious boy and its up to her to find out what it means. Her visions lead her to a new school in a new town but they don't give her any instructions of what to do next. 

Unearthly was a very interesting book that was hard to put down. It had drama, mystery, and romance. And the best part is that it is a series.

If you like mysteries and romances you would love this book. It will keep you at the edge of your seat.

Emily, 16

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Running Out Of Time 

by Margaret Peterson Haddix
12/11/2017 Categories: middle grade suspense

Image result for Running Out Of TimeJessie, a thirteen year old living in a village in 1840, realizes that the people in her village are dying of diphtheria. Her mother reveals to her that it is actually 1996 and she is living in a reconstructed village that serves as a tourist site. Jessie is the only one able to escape into the outside world and get help to save her family.

I really enjoyed this book and have read it about four times. It has adventure and thrills throughout the whole story. It also shows what one might feel to be thrown into the future alone.

I would recommend this book to pretty much everyone. It contains drama, corrupt leaders, and thrills.

Emily, 16

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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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