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Girls Of Paper And Fire
by Natasha Ngan

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The representation was amazing. You normally don't see girls from all over Asia in a single book. It's usually limited to just East Asian girls, or just South Asian girls. The Paper Girls were diverse, with different ethnic features and skin tones - the best part, they were all portrayed as beautiful. The plot itself definitely bored me a little, and I had to push myself to finish. Some bits were too predictable for my taste, and I wasn't craving the next book after I finished. Sometimes, I was more interested in the side characters than I was in Lei. There were a lot of dark topics in this book, incorporated into the storyline. As the characters grew with revelations, growth and self-love also played a big role in the climax of the book. It was slightly difficult to imagine the world Ngan was trying to build. Also, I felt like the writing was a little flimsy. Lei felt off sometimes, and it felt like she was the "perfect character". Her only major flaw was that she was clumsy. If we put it bluntly, she was deemed "special" for having golden eyes and being feisty/outspoken. The trilogy does have room to improve, maybe the second and third books will be better. (3 STARS)

Gone
by Michael Grant

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Gone is an intriguing book that makes you want to read it from the beginning. From the beginning it gives you a sense of mystery and wants you to keep reading. The story has a lot of action and doesn’t get boring. As the characters get closer to finding out the truth and try to find out why things happened. It is a nice book to read if you like dystopian novels. Though the series is long, which is the downside. The idea of the story is still good. You have a disaster and then the world is plunged into chaos and kids try to rule the world. There is a whole series and it looks pretty good and is worth reading.

Five Feet Apart
by Simon And Schuster

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This book was a very easy read and I couldn't put it down. Honestly the forbidden love did bring some tears but the topics discussed in this book made me realize and appreciate life. The fact its based on a true story also didn't help stop the tears. Its set in a hospital and focused on a girl named Stella. She has a disease with something in her lungs and the guy she meets has this same problem but worst and highly contagious. In order for her to get new lungs she needs to avoid this guy and stick to her daily schedule of staying safe. But of course they decide to get together but stay five feet apart. The memories they made just in a hospital and not even in arms reach are so amazing.

The Hunger Games Book 1
by Suzanne Collins

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In my opinion, this is my favorite book of the trilogy. This is where the main plot of the hunger games is introduced and the author's craft done by Suzanne Collins is amazing. The way she used these motifs to be so powerful was very unique and clever. The character development too was amazing and done well. I enjoy how to this day, people use signs from the Hunger Games in defiance against a larger oder. It just goes to show how much of an impact this book has on today's world. I'd recommend this to anyone as a good light read with a lot of powerful messages.

The Bane Chronicles
by Cassandra Clare

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The Bane Chronicles consists of a series of novellas about a character from The Mortal Instruments, which is one of my favorite series. I was expecting a lot from this book because of the content that Clare has consistently brought in her previous books. To my surprise, it definitely disappointed me a little. Although some of the novellas intrigued me, many others failed to keep my interest. The idea of creating a book about a mysterious character from the series was a great idea, but I felt like the majority of the stories provided left me unsatisfied or uninterested. Despite my mild dislike for this book, I continue to love Clare's series as a whole.

The Last Lecture
by Randy Pausch

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I really liked this book because it reminded me to be grateful for the life that I am blessed to have. The author is dying of cancer and decides to use his last few months writing this book expressing his feelings and his thoughts of life for his children so that they can read it when they are older and understand who he really is. I would recommend this book to anyone for needs to be reminded of the purpose of life.

Case Closed Vol 1
by Gosho Aoyama

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Case Closed is a series revolving around a Junior High Schooler named Jimmy Kudo. He works as a detective even at a young age and is extremely good at it. One day while at an amusement park with his crush named Rachel, he notices 2 men dressed in all black and acting suspicious so he decides to investigate. He tells Rachel to go on without him. He finds out the 2 men dressed in all black are part of an organization called the "Syndicate" and are dealing with a small business owner. They are giving the owner evidence of him smuggling guns for some money. Jimmy records this interaction and is planning to give it to the police but then one of the men notice Jimmy and are able to knock him out. They then give Jimmy poison the Syndicate developed and is supposed to kill Jimmy. However, the poison only managed to make Jimmy appear younger, around the age of a first grader. He soon wakes up and goes to Dr. Agasa, a doctor that he knows. Dr. Agasa says he can’t do anything unless he is given the chemical makeup of the poison that made Jimmy small and also for Jimmy to not tell anyone else his identity. Since it would look weird for Jimmy to live alone, (Both of Jimmy’s parents are travellers and are never home) Dr. Agasa gets Rachel to take Jimmy home, Rachel’s dad happens to be a Private Investigator that hasn’t been getting many cases because Jimmy had been taking it all. But with Jimmy now on “vacation” (Dr. Agasa gave Jimmy an alibi) Rachel’s dad had been getting a lot more cases. Jimmy had tagged along with Rachel’s dad and helped him and the cops with the investigation with subtle hints. Book 1 ends with Jimmy solving a case and helping the cops and investigator in figuring it out. I would definitely recommend this series to a friend, after reading books 1-5 I can guarantee this is a funny, dramatic, and all in all amazing series. It has everything needed in a good book, drama, suspense, and some comedy mixed in. I like it because of how much it was able to grab my attention and keep it. I have a pretty bad attention span and to be able to keep my attention for so long is amazing and other than that it has good aspects to it. So in the end, I would recommend this to a friend and I think this series is amazing.

A Little Something Different
by Sandy Hall

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This summer I read, " A Little Something Different" by Sandy Hall. I really enjoyed the book because, as the title says, it really is a little something different. I rated this book 4 stars because the book was very simple and easy. I liked it for its simplicity, but I think it could have dug a little deeper. It felt a little one-dimensional, and so I took one star away for that. Other than that, I think this is the type of book that I would read again if I was bored or going on a long car ride. I liked the way we got to know all the characters on a more personal level because we were in their thoughts, even though a lot of the characters held no importance to the main duo. Watching the awkward love birds blossom their relationship was equally adorable as it was painful to read. One thing I really enjoy in books is when it is a light-hearted read, so you can casually read it whenever and wherever. This book is perfect for that, in fact, you could even finish it one day if you wanted. I would totally recommend this book to anyone who was a little cheesy college romance. Anyone who needs a break between intense books or just a book to read without any effort, this is it! The book is about two college students, Lea and Gabe, who are literally made for each other, and it's obvious to everyone around them. They like each other a lot but still have not managed to confess and start dating. As you read, you go through a year of college and swap the points of view as you read. We see interactions between Lea and Gabe through the eyes of other people like their creative writing teacher and her wife, two students from that class, the bus driver, a squirrel, a bench, Lea and Gabe's friends, and a few more. It's the story of how they slowly come closer to each other and eventually learn about each other and their mysteries.

That Was Then This Is Now
by Se Hinton

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I would totally recommend this book. It is about two best friends Bryon and mark. Then they become foster siblings when Bryon's mother adopted Mark. The reason behind the adoption is that Mark's parents shot and killed each other in a fight one night. The two boys are close with each other. Mark and Bryon are not part of a wealthy family. Their family struggles to get by, and they live in a poorer and rougher part of town. the two boys are good kids but have no problem stealing for their pleasure and for money for their family. Their relationship is great but as soon as Bryon begins to spend more time with Cathy he grows distant from mark. Later in the story Bryon realizes he needs to grow up and start thinking more about his future. while mark is selling drugs and does not care about the consequences. When Bryon and mark save a friend who is overdose Bryon realizes mark has been selling drugs. He makes a difficult decision and turns mark in his best friend and brother. At the end of the story mark hates Bryon and their strong bond is destroyed. I would love for you guys to read this book it tells us a life decision that sometimes we have to make diffuclt decisions in life that are the right thing to do. Bryon knows mark is selling drugs and knows even though it is a difficult decision it is the right thing to do.

Light Filters In Poems
by Caroline Kaufman

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I chose to read a poem book by Caroline Kaufman, by the name of, “light filters in: poems”. I had been meaning to read a poem book for a while and I picked this one because it seemed new and not as popular. The poems in this books were a compilation of many themes and had a wide range of topics. If I were to simply explain some main subjects, the struggle to learn how to love yourself, depression, sexual abuse, abusive/unhealthy relationships and the past. Of course I was not able to relate to every single poem, but I found it extremely sensational and grateful to read about what goes through people’s minds and personal experiences with it. I found myself closing the book many times out of pure shock of how exact the words were. It felt as if my own heart and mind were written out on a page. Every single poem touched me in some way, whether it was because I was touched by it, related to it, thought the same thing, learnt something from it or understood something. Caroline Kaufman is a student herself which makes me feel more drawn to her because she is speaking in real time. She also addresses the readers very well and her poems are very smooth to read because it is direct and doesn;t distract the reader with complex descriptions and imagery. I want to read more books by her and also more collections of poem books because they convey a different type of message in my opinion. It was a good read and most definitely a book I would recommend for people who are looking for something easier to read but still have a connection and depth to it.