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Warm Bodies 

by Isaac Marion
03/16/2013 Categories: horror movie romance zombies

Warm Bodies

A plague has turned people into zombies. Nobody knows how or why it started, but now everywhere you turn you see gray skin. R, a zombie who can't remember his own name, is the one who must change the zombies' fate.

I liked this book a lot because R, the main character, is trying his hardest to regain his ability to care. With Julie, R can care again and tries his hardest to keep his humanity out for others to see.

This book has romance AND zombies for anyone who needs a little thrill. There is also some supernatural bits with R as he gets closer to saving human kind.

Jacki, 16

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To Kill A Mockingbird 

by Harper Lee

To Kill a MOckingbirdTo Kill a Mockingbird is about fictional character named Scout narrating from an adult perspective about something that happened during her childhood. Her story has two main plots: one about she, her brother, and their friend trying to learn more about Boo Radley, a man who has nasty rumors made about him and never leaves his home; and another about the court case in which an African American man named Tom Robinson is convicted for accused rape.

I thought the book was okay overall, because I enjoyed the suspense of the court case, but some other elements of the story seemed bland, or just were not relatable to me in my generation. For example, the scenes with Scout in school did not interest me much, for it had too much detail of a simple elementary school classroom.

I would recommend this book to adults who were around when it was written, since it would relate more to their generation. Also I would relate it to anyone who enjoys exciting court cases, since the court scenes are gripping and exciting.

Hayley, 15

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Animal Farm 

by George Orwell
03/04/2013 Categories: animals classic dystopia

Animal Farm is a book about a farm that is taken over by its overworked animals. They wish to create a world where all animals are equal, but many conflicts arise from all areas.

Personally, I found the book to be so-so. The book may seem silly and childish from the title and base description alone, but it is actually a very deep symbolic novel. Animal Farm has a few emotional thrills inside of it, but is an easy and fast read.

The book is difficult to give a recommendation. Despite being about talking animals, the story isn't exactly always happy, and anyone can die. If one wants a dystopian that stands out from the rest, Animal Farm might be a good choice.

Jakob, 15

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Rosencrantz & Guidenstern are Dead 

by Tom Stoppard
03/04/2013 Categories: funny play

Rosencratz and Guildenstern are Dead is a fairly short play based on a line ("Rosencratz and Guildenstern are dead") from Shakespeare's Hamlet. The play follows the two minor characters: Rosencratz and Guildenstern as they act behind the stage. Weaving in and out of the original story, the reader is able to get a better glimpse at these two characters as they struggle with their own issues about reality, life, and identity. Rosencratz and Guildenstern struggle to find some solid ground in a world were nothing, not even probability, makes sense.

To say this play is fantastic would be an understatement. The idea behind the play is simple enough; yet, the manner in which Stoppard commenced to write it and the bigger ideas about life that he incorporates within the plot are pure genius. The play does have its moments of comedy (in fact, most of it is comedy), but underneath the comic facade, it holds even deeper thoughts about the meaning of life.

I would definitely recommend this book to others for the very fact that it is for everyone. Even though it is based on Shakespeare, it is not Shakespeare. The language is easy to understand and the comedy is for everyone. Yet, I believe that those who would appreciate it the most are those who have read some Shakespeare, especially Hamlet.

Jana, 17

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Vampire Diaries: The Awakening and The Struggle 

by L.J. Smith

Vampire DiariesElena is captivated by a new stranger who arrives at her school. At first the stranger shows no interest in her, making Elena want him more. After a bit of hesitation, the mysterious man, Stefan, finally gives in to her and a strong love is created.

I liked how Elena was a very firm character. Elena stood up for what she believed in and did whatever she wanted. You can't resist Stefan and Damon Salvatore, they're perfect!

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a love triangle. You are stuck between loving Damon's evil vindictive side or Stefan's loving loyal side.

Jacki, 16

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Divergent 

by Veronica Roth
02/19/2013 Categories: dystopia family drama family secrets romance

DivergentThis book is about a group of five factions. In the book a girl gets a new chance at life when she gets to choose what she wants to be. She left her family to become a dare devil. She is trying to stay alive at this compound. But can she stay alive with the people that are there?

I loved this book. I actually read it five times! This book can catch your eye just by the cover. I liked it because I like to read dramatic books. 

I know for a fact that others would love this book. I had recommend it to my friend and she loved it. When you finish this book you will want to get the next one. If you like DANGER you will like this book.

Rebecka, 14

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 

by J.K. Rowling

Deathly HallowsThe book is about a wizard, Harry, who is wanted dead by Lord Voldemort. Harry is on a journey to find things that will help kill Voldemort. When Harry puts his friends life in danger he finally ends the feud.

I started reading the Harry Potter books in seventh grade. When I was reading them I got more and more interested with each book I read. It got my attention because of the mystery. I wanted to figure out why Lord Voldemort wanted to kill Harry.

I would recommend these books because they are very interesting. If you read this you should be interested in dramatic books

Rebecka, 14

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower 

by Stephen Chbosky
02/19/2013 Categories: high school drama movie suicide

Perks of Being a WallflowerCharlie is writing to a stranger about his experiences in high school. What Charlie sees and what he endures are many hardships that incidentally make him feel sad.

I loved this book because emotionally you can connect to Charlie when he begins talking about how he feels about high school. Charlie says what your innermost thoughts really are.

This book is great. The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a bit on the sad side but an overall a wonderful book.

Liam, 15

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Game of Thrones 

by George R.R. Martin
02/19/2013 Categories: action battles fantasy older teens

Game of ThronesThe Game of Thrones is about turmoil in the seven kingdoms of Westria. After decades of peace, King Robert's assistant dies, leaving an open spot at his court. He appoints his loyal friend Eddard Stark, Lord of Winterfell, to fill the post. Meanwhile, tension is brewing among the other lords, who begin making alliances and preparing for war.

I loved this book because it is full of action and twists that keep you guessing. It has lots of detail that makes you feel like you are really there. This book dives into the more brutal, less romantic side of knights in shining armor and princesses in castles.

I would recommend this book to boys around my age who like books with brutal action scenes and deception. Considering this is not your typical fantasy novel, it is not for people who are fans of fairy tale endings and light-hearted stories.

Liam, 15

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Invisible Man 

by Ralph Ellison
02/19/2013 Categories: african americans classic racism

Invisible manThis book was an extremely confusing narrative about a black man's life during a time when blacks were still struggling against racism. He is more educated than most black men but is thrown out of his school and forced to go North for a job, where he gets caught up in an organization. He thinks a lot about what he does and is a very powerful speaker. However, he decides that he is truly invisible.

I suppose I moderately liked the book, however, it was hard to grasp at times. Nonetheless, it did get me thinking about the deep concepts it was trying to convey. The only reason I would recommended this book is because it is a famous piece of literature that appears frequently on the AP exam. I would expect that people who like to think deeply about society would like it.

Jordan, 1ing7

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Memoirs of a Geisha 

by Arthur Golden
02/19/2013 Categories: japan movie romance

Memoirs of a GeishaThe book is about a Japanese girl who is torn away from her family at a young age. She goes to live in a house with three older ladies, another girl her age, and a famous Geisha. The hope is that someday she will become a Geisha as well. With many set backs, she has a difficult journey, only helped by the handsome Chairman.

It was a very good book. It opens up a whole new culture in such a unique way and allows you to form deep connections with the main character as she makes her way through a life mostly forced upon her.

I would most definitely recommend this book to others because it is a great story that incorporates Japanese culture and history. Most likely, you will like this book if you are interested in Japanese culture, geisha, or narratives of the struggles of a young girl.    

Jordan, 17

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The Necromancer 

by Michael Scott
02/19/2013 Categories: adventure family drama mythology siblings

NecromancerThe world is ending. Soon. With Josh and Sophie Newman, two 15 year olds as the world's only hope, every side is battling for the twins to join them. Who will win? Read The Necromancer to find out.

This book was really good. I loved the cliff-hangar endings and mythological references. Anyone who loves action-packed books like Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson series will like this one.

Hieu, 13

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The Chamber 

by John Grisham

ChamberThis book takes place back in 1967 when the KKK was bombing the houses and offices of black and Jewish people. The book is about a grandson named Adam Hall who tries to save his grandfather that he barely knew and is going to be gassed for bombing an office and killing two little boys. Adam tries everything he can to save his grandfather, but he fails and his grandfather gets gassed.

This book was very good because it talks about history. It is interesting to read and learn about what happened to murderers during 1967.

I would recommend this book to people who are interested in history and want to know more about what happened in the 1900's

Josh, 15

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Mockingjay 

by Suzanne Collins
01/31/2013 Categories: action adventure dystopia movie romance

Mockingjay coverKatniss is finally at District 13, which she thought didn't exist! Now she has to fight in the war against the Capitol in order for all the people of each district to get their freedom back. But there's a catch! President Snow has Peeta and the closer Katniss gets to her goal the more she hurts Peeta. Katniss has to decide if she really wants to go save all of Panem or risk losing Peeta.

I thought it was exceptionally well written. I really like how all the districts fit into the story line. Also there is a love triangle thing going on, and what teenage girl doesn't enjoy that?

I would definitely recommend this book for anyone to read. I absolutely love it because you can connect to Katniss! Also you don't know what Katniss will do next! There's so many surprises and plot twists this book will leave you at the edge of your seat.

Jacki, 16

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Chicken Soup on the Real Deal: School 

by Jack Canfield

Real Deal coverThis book will tell you everything you need to know about how to survive high school. Literally your survival guide, this also features excerpts from the editor's life.

I would recommend this book because it was a really good read. It felt connected to me in a way I can't even imagine. If you like real-life books then go for this book.

Hieu, 13

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