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Thursday, November 27, 2014

13 Reasons Why: Jay Asher

Hey Readers, happy Thanksgiving! I'm sharing this interesting book called 13 Reasons Why. This is a realistic fiction book.  Those of you who liked Looking for Alaska by John Green or If I Stay by Gayle Forman should like this book as well.

The protagonist of this book is Clay, a high school student who one day receives a box of 13 tapes. Inside he finds out that these tapes are from his former crush, Hannah, who had committed suicide weeks earlier. As Clay listens to these tapes, Hannah explains that there are 13 reasons why she committed suicide. She describes how each person who will receive these tapes had taken a part in why she ended her life. Clay, who had really liked Hannah, needs to find out what he had done wrong. Listening to the tapes all night Clay longs for the answer as he hears the stories of all the people that hurt Hannah. His journey while listening to these tapes is portrayed with dual narration by both he and Hannah. The dual narration makes the book come to life as you feel empathy for both Clay and Hannah.

I would definitely recommend this book because I feel that it gives a close understanding to the need for empathy and kindness. You will never treat someone the same after you have read this book because you will understand that one little act is everything. Even though it may have been slow at times, I found this book very intriguing. It is a good read and I think you should all give it a try.

Your Friend,
Rae Sparks

Saturday, November 1, 2014

The Testing Series: By Joelle Charbonneau

Hey readers, I know you all will love this trilogy called The Testing Series. I assure you that anyone who liked Hunger Games, Divergent or The Giver will rave over this book and the whole series!

The first book of The Testing Series is called The Testing. The protagonist of this book is Malencia Vale also known as Cia. Cia lives in one of the colonies in the United Common Wealth, Five Lakes. Every year Tosu city hosts the top graduating students from each colony for The Testing. No one knows what goes on in the Testing because those who finish it have their memories wiped of everything that has happened. Cia is accepted into The Testing and desperately wants to pass and get into a University like her dad, but she discovers that unexplainable things happen during The Testing.   She is told that you can't trust anybody and it isn't all fun and games.

Throughout this whole page turning trilogy you are intrigued by the action, well-developed characters, brewing love story and excitement. I definitely recommend this series for all kinds of readers!

Your Friend,
Rae Sparks