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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Perks of Being a Wallflower: By Stephan Chbosky

Hey readers, I am here today to talk about one of my favorite books, Perks of Being a Wallflower. You will like this book if you like books like Looking for Alaska and Wonder. This book is more appropriate for teens than tweens because there are nuances in the language that force you to read between the lines and a tween might have trouble understanding.

This is a realistic book that takes place in high school from the point of view of a boy named Charlie. The story is told from a series of diary entries written by this boy in the first person. Charlie is a wallflower, or an outsider, until he meets two people, Sam and Patrick, at a school football game and they welcome him into their group. Sam and Patrick are two seniors who are down to earth and kind but also like to party and live life. Charlie, who is somewhat awkward, gets to know these free spirited people and their friends who change his life as a freshman. As the story goes on you learn about Charlie and his past and some reasons why he is a wallflower.

I really love this book because it grabs you into the world of Charlie and makes you feel like you are experiencing what he is experiencing. I also loved this book because I didn't expect most of the things that had happened. I would definitely recommend this book to both genders.

Your Friend,
Rae Sparks

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Unwholly: By Neal Shusterman

Hey readers, the summer is almost over and I hope you all had fun. Have you been reading? Well I hope so. Anyways, I told you all I would follow up on the sequel to Unwind so here it is....Unwholly!

SPOILER ALERT: IF YOU DID NOT READ UNWIND YET DO NOT READ THIS.

This book continued the story of Connor, or Elvis Robert Millard, Risa, who is now paralyzed from the waist down and Lev, who is now in trouble and famous for being a clapper who didn't clap. In this book the author Neal Shusterman changes it up a bit. He doesn't only write from the point of view of these 3 characters but he adds new ones.  There is Starkey, an AWOL runaway who craves power and control and Maricola,  a girl who was supposed to be tithed. There is also, Nelson a parts pirate (takes unwinds or normal people and sells their parts illegally), who despises Connor for humiliating him by shooting him with his own dart gun and getting him fired as a Juvey cop and wants revenge on him . Lastly, there is Cam who is not a normal human. His entire body is made up of other children. His brain is made up of the smartest kids, his body is made up of the most athletic, his skin of all complexions and his hair of every color.

Each new character that this author has added has different goals and adventures that they go through and each of their stories is connected to the other like a puzzle.

I thought that this sequel was better than the first book. It added more depth to the story and it made me feel like I was apart of this crazy world that the author made up. The only thing I didn't like about it was that it was predictable and there weren't a lot of big twists. Otherwise, I loved this book and I hope you all read it. Expect more reviews from this series soon!

Your Friend,
Rae Sparks

Friday, August 1, 2014

The Lovely Bones: By Alice Seabold

Hey readers, I am here today to talk about a book called The Lovely Bones. This book is realistic fiction and is for teens and not very appropriate for tweens because it could be kind of scary.

The Lovely Bones is about a girl named Susie who is raped and dies in the beginning of the book. The rest of the book is told from her perspective from heaven or should I say, pre heaven or the in-between. Susie and her family are very tight and right before she dies she practically has a boyfriend. Susie can see her family but they can't see her and it shows how she deals with these emotions.

This book really interested me because I have always wondered what heaven would be like and this book describes it. This book isn't really a "happy" book but an intriguing one. One thing that I didn't like about it was the message of the book-Susie letting go. I really preferred the topic of what heaven was like with her viewing her family except the author revolved it around the theme of letting go.

This book is also a movie and although I did not like it a lot because it didn't live up to the book and was confusing, you should watch it once you read the book!

Your Friend,
Rae Sparks