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The Fault In Our Stars
by John Green

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This book was extremely breathtaking and I loved it! I love how Hazel dealt with so many ups and downs however eventually she did find happiness. Even though the book ends on a sad note I did enjoy it!

Roller Girl
by Victoria Jamieson Graphic Novels

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Roller Girl is a very good novel. This novel is about a a girl names Astrid who is a junior who overcomes many problems with her best friend which is now her ex best friend. She has many problems in Roller Derby and just wants to be like her idol Rainbow Bite. She loves Roller Derby but she wasn't very good at it in the beginning. She overcomes many problems at Roller Derby practice and makes life long friends. This book has a great theme and is definitely a good read.

Gone
by Michael Grant

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The book Gone had a very good concept. It was never done decently before. It was a dystopian world where there were only kids. Kids ruled everything and kids were everyone. I think the books were just too long for me.

The Hunger Games Catching Fire
by Suzanne Collins

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This is the second book in the Hunger Book series and I enjoyed it for the most part. This book felt a bit more boring than the last one in the series, but did pack a lot in the second half. Katniss and Peeta pretending to be in love and Katniss really actually liking Gale was something which was an issue and I enjoyed how it became an issue. The 75th Hunger Games concept was really cool to me with the past competitors. The rebellion group and the 13th District that we find out about are both very cool and can relate to America now. The ending is that part which really made me like this book, just so much new and turns that I would not have expected like District 12 being gone, Peeta not making it out, them landing to District 13. It made me so hyped and anxious to read the next book in the series because I was ready to see what takes stage next in this battle between the Capitol and rebels.

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.

Guts
by Raina Telgemeier

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This book was really good! This book is a true story based on Raina Telgemeier. This book is about how Raina overcomes her fears of food and anxiety. She goes to a therapist which helps her. Her best friend move and her bully gets surgery. She becomes friends with the bully and also overcomes her anxiety and food fear. This novel had many ups and downs and I would definitely suggest this novel. This is a good read!

Pete The Cat Rocking In My School Shoes
by Eric Litwin

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This book was about all the differ t things Pete the cat did when her was wearing his red high top sneakers, that he called his “school shoes.” It starts with him going on the bus to school and tells about his school day. It ends with him getting off the bus and his mom waiting for him and he says, “I was rocking in my school shoes.”

Six of Crows
by Leigh Bardugo

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Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo is a young adult book about a significant group of youngsters each with their own backgrounds and pasts trying to accomplish a single goals. Each individual wanting to succeed for their own purposes, they are all forced to work together and return the hostage Bo Yul Bayur, the creator of a deadly drug, for a price of thirty million Kruger. Motivated by the money, the group, consisting of the gang leader and well known gangster, Kaz Brekker, along with Mattias, Inej, Nina, Wylan, and Jesper, eith their own talents encounter a number of challenges and threats along the way of this near impossible jailbrrak. In doing so over time the group gets to know one another and form relationships as well as mend some. Along the way, the audience gets to know more about where the characters each came from and how they ended up with the lives they live. With many plot twists and captures, the grouo ultimately with the help of each other find o it that the original prisoner they came to break out was in fact dead and instead his son was held hostage. As the plot unfolds and the group returns with some trauma, new memories, and some mishaps, they cone to find out that they were part of an impactful scheme by the man who set this whole thing up. Twisting the story, Kaz finds his way out of it however the audience is left off on a major cliffhanger with crew meme nerd taken captive, sick, or hidden, leaving those remaining to take a John the once again and out things back in place.

I Survived The Attacks Of September 11, 2001
by Lauren Tarshis

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This novel from the popular “I Survived” series was worth making. I liked how they were able to nicely put it apart. I liked how she put together fiction and facts. The last pages Tarshis included were pretty cool, as it made me have a deeper understanding of the author and why she made this book, as well as show the events that happened in 9/11 in a nonfiction way and even answer some questions to understand more about the horrific event. One other thing I liked about this book is how they made such a tragic event and the book have a happy ending for the protagonist, his family, Uncle Benny and Lucas’s love for football, and the guys who Lucas used to play football with. It was nice to know they were safe at least. At the start of the novel, we are introduced to Lucas a kid who lives in Port Jackson, New York, and loves football with all his heart but later he is told by his doctor and parents, not to play football ever in his life anymore in order for him to have fewer concussions as his doctor said he had too much as a kid in just to years. Lucas was shocked by hearing this so he decided to get advice from his Uncle Benny, who is a firefighter in New York City, just a few blocks away from the Twin Towers, that had made Lucas fall in passion with the game, hoping he will be able to convince his parents. With that, on a beautiful morning, he sneaked to NYC taking the train instead of being at school where he reaches and finds his Uncle Benny. As they were having the conversation they witnessed a plane so close crash into one of the twin towers. Everyone was shocked, and Uncle Beny had to go… After many horrifying issues constantly occurred in the city, and one month after those who survived returned back to their homes, it was the best time for the author to end the book by trying to make a happy ending as Benny was watching and enjoying a football match because he states he had to only quit the team not his love for football nor the guys in his team that meant a lot to him! Overall this was a great book and I recommend all to read it!

The Glass Castle
by Jeannette Walls

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This memoir was recommended to me by my previous English teacher on the summer reading list for this year. Although I didn't pick this book for my assignment, I still decided to read it for my own enjoyment. This memoir was powerful, enlightening, and painful at the same time. Jeannette Walls wrote her experiences in a way that readers were able to feel what she felt in certain situations, whether it was anger, sadness, or joy. This emotional roller coaster is one of the things that kept me reading. In addition, I found the duality of Walls' feelings for her parents really interesting. Although even I found myself hating her parents throughout the memoir, it can be learned that Walls continued to love her parents despite the constant troubles and disappointments that she had to endure during her childhood. In a way, her parents even inspired her (not exactly in the best way) to grow from a girl with almost nothing to the successful and genuine writer she is today.


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