Book Reviews

Bad Girls Don’t Die  written by Katie Alender                                                                                                                 Review by Avery Marr

    “Bad Girls Don’t Die” is a haunting book by Katie Alender, in which it tells a story of a teenager named Alexis. Her scary high school experience made her question everything. Alexis’ younger sister is named Kasey. After a family argument it causes the family to act different including her sister Kasey. She had been acting out of the ordinary, and realizes that it is taking a creepy turn. Kasey claims nothing is wrong with her, but she is using old language, losing track of time, and her eyes turn different colors.                                                                                                                   Also, the house is changing too, doors open randomly and the lights flicker. Alexis starts to claims that it is all in her head, and that it is nothing to worry about. But the occurrences have become life threatening to her family and friends. Alexis thinks that the only way to stop it is by herself.

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Jacob Have I Loved  written by Katherine Paterson                                                                                                       Review by Julia Proper                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Do you have a sibling? And do you feel like they are the better person? Or do you feel like you are the better sibling? Read to find out which sibling you are in the book, Jacob Have I Loved!                                                               Having a sibling can be a good and a bad thing. You might have the sibling that you’re always fighting with. Or you could have the sibling that is nice to you and you’re nice to them. In the book, Jacob Have I Loved, Sara Louise Bradshaw is sick and tired of not being the better twin. Her sister Caroline has always been the prettier one, the better one, the more talented one ever since they were born. Caroline seems to take all of Louise’s friends, their parents, and even their futures.                                                                                                                                             Louise is tired of it and for one, she says that she wants to feel special. In order for Louise to feel special she must figure out what kind of person she is and also find a way to make a place for herself outside of her sister’s shadow. Can Louise be the better twin or is Catherine going to keep being the better twin and have the parents, the future, the more talented one, and even the prettier one?                                                                                                               Read to find out on who is going to be the better one. Are you Catherine who is mean or are you Louise who needs to feel like the special one? I would recommend this book to people my age because you can understand it and this just kind of falls to how teenagers might feel and also how teenagers act.

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Ranger’s Apprentice: The Ruins of Gorlan  written by John A. Flanagan                                                             Review by Andrea Randolph                                                                                                                                                  The book, Ranger’s Apprentice: The Ruins of Gorlan is about Will. Will is not your ordinary boy. Will is a Ranger’s apprentice. He started out as a castle ward in the Kingdom of Araluen. Come choosing day, he would no longer be a castle ward. Will would also not be picked for battle school, but be picked for ranger’s apprentice. Will, will have many journeys including fighting a beast that no one thought he was capable of killing. A whole hunting crew including warriors from battle school were needed to kill this boar. The wild boar had injured Will a lot.                              They finally defeated the wild boar out in the middle of the forest. But, that is not the end yet. Will’s adventure keeps going. He has more journeys with Halt, his mentor, as they travel to try and defeat the ultimate enemy. Morgarath, lord of mountains and rain is after them with his army of wargals. Can Will defeat Morgarath? Read Ranger’s Apprentice: The Ruins of Gorlan to read more of Will’s adventures.

John Flanagan is the author of my book, The Ranger’s Apprentice: The Ruins of Gorlan. Flanagan became most famous for his book series, The Ranger’s Apprentice. John wrote these books for his son Michael. Flanagan has also written, The Brotherband Chronicles. The Ranger’s Apprentice has been in the New York Times bestseller list and has also earned the international success award for the seventh book in the series. He only has these two series. I have not read any of Flanagan’s other books but I look forward to reading the series.

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Me, Earl and the Dying Girl  written by Jesse Andrews
Review by Caleb Domenico
Me, Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews is a touching story of a guy named Greg, his best friend (coworker) Earl, and a girl that is dying named Rachel. Before Greg meets Rachel, he lives a life of being invisible. He doesn’t “belong” to one cliché. He doesn’t have any enemies. He’s just invisible. Greg was able to make it three years in high school being invisible, but that all stopped when his mom forced him to hang out with a girl at his school that was diagnosed with acute leukemia. Then from there everything in his life changed because he sacrificed an entire year to hang out with this girl. School was a mess once he started being around Rachel more. Then he suddenly was visible to everyone else. He started to make enemies, which just made school harder than it already was. He even gave up a college opportunity for her. Will Greg pick up his mess and get his life back on track? Well, that’s for you to find out…
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Crossover written by Kwame Alexander
Review by Nicole Woods
     Crossover by Kwame Alexander is a breathtakingly beautiful book about two brothers, basketball, their relationship with their father, and their relationship as two brothers. It’s a gender neutral book, and an admirable book by both men, women, boys, girls, and everything in between. Crossover incorporates poetry in a unique and refreshing way that makes it fun to read and has you breathless each page. It was published in 2014, and received both a Newbery Award and Coretta Scott King award honor. Author Kwame Alexander attended Virginia tech and has a multitude of other collections and books. An adaption of Crossover has been created.
     The book starts out with two black twin brothers, Josh and Jordan Bell. They’re likable characters with two complex personalities and feelings. They often tease each other, are popular among students at their school, and play basketball very well. Their mother is the principal of the school while their dad was once a professional basketball player who played in Italy. Interestingly, their dad has health problems with his knee and eating habits. Their dad refuses to go to the doctor to get better because of his father’s death.
     Their dad’s health problems become more significant as the book goes on. Josh’s relationship with his brother declines throughout the book because of Jordan’s girlfriend, “Miss Sweet Tea”. Because of Jordan’s new girlfriend, they spend less and less time together. Josh manifests anger for Jordan on the court and throws a ball straight into his brother’s face. His mother suspends them from the team. Jordan refuses to accept an apology from Josh. While at the court practicing with their dad, their dad falls into a coma due to a myocardial infarction.
     What happens between Josh and Jordan? Will their dad come out of the coma? Crossover is incredibly intriguing and is a great read for most ages. It has many positive reviews, and teachers even recommend the book to read with the class. It’s a short read and the pages have very little words but when reading the book you’ll find yourself lost with the characters on a lifelong journey of brotherhood and family acceptance.
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