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    16 Wishes

    Reviewed: March 29, 2023

    16 Wishes (2010)

    16 Wishes (2010) is a classic Disney movie—it's a fantasy that teaches you to enjoy what you have because if not, you’ll grow up too fast and miss out on being a kid. A 16-year-old girl named Abby creates a list of 16 wishes over the period of eight years in the hopes that they will be fulfilled on her birthday. She receives 16 candles from a fairy, each of which grants one of her sixteen desires. When midnight arrives, her wishes are unfulfilled and become unbreakable. However, she wishes to change her prior wishes one last time. In the process,... Read Full Review

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    Westerfeld, Scott

    Reviewed: March 22, 2023

    One of my favorite books is Uglies by Scott Westerfeld. In Uglies, there are two cities that live separately. One city is where the Prettys live, and another city is where the Uglies live. The government makes everyone believe they were born ugly. The concept of "natural beauty" does not exist in this society. But once a person reaches the age of 18, the government makes them pretty. The main character, Tally Youngblood, is extremely excited to turn 18—until she finds out the cost of turning pretty. (That is all I will say because I do not want to ruin anything!)

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    Lies We Tell Ourselves

    Talley, Robin

    Reviewed: March 15, 2023

    Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley tells the story of two girls, one Black, one white, in a newly desegregated school. Taking place in 1950’s Virginia, the dual narrative of the book gives insight into both lives, that of Sarah, one of the few Black students choosing to participate in integration, and Linda, a white student who comes from a family that firmly opposes integration, their views having passed onto her. The girls are forced together when assigned a group project and consequently become closer than they would’ve ever believed possible, breaking more than just one... Read Full Review

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    The Hunger Games

    Collins, Suzanne

    Reviewed: March 2, 2023

    In The Hunger Games there are 12 Districts. The Capital, which exists outside of these Districts, maintains control of the Districts by having the Districts play a game called The Hunger Games. Every District is forced to choose one boy and one girl to play this twisted game in which 24 people enter an arena—and they have to fight until there is only one winner left standing.

    The Hunger Games is one of the first chapter books I ever read, and I fell in love with it! This book is one of the reasons I am a bookworm. The book is very balanced and does not overwhelm... Read Full Review

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    The Haunting of Hill House

    Jackson, Shirley

    Reviewed: February 22, 2023

    The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson is a horror genre book. I read this book for an assignment for my last year of high school, and I loved it! At first, I was skeptical due to its genre being horror. And let me tell you, I cannot deal with horror at all, but this book was amazing. At the start, the book is slow, but you get attached to it very quickly. Shirley Jackson gives the reader an option: Is the house haunted, or are the characters' minds playing tricks on them?

    What I also love about this book is the main character's growth. At the beginning of this... Read Full Review

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    Eighth Grade

    Burnham, Bo

    Reviewed: February 15, 2023

    Eighth Grade (2018) is a coming-of-age movie written and directed by Bo Burnham. It stars Elsie Fisher as the main protagonist, Kayla Day, who tries her best to navigate the end of eighth grade. She dedicates her last week of school to seeking validation from her classmates after they showed her indifference all year. Kayla attempts to do so by trying to talk to them, which occurs as an awkward display of rambling and an averted gaze. Kayla then tries to do impulsive actions in an attempt to act like her classmates, whom she wishes to be more like. However, the main reason why... Read Full Review

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    The Goose Girl

    Hale, Shannon

    Reviewed: February 8, 2023

    The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale is a story based on a German fairy tale by The Brothers Grimm. It describes the most impactful part of the life of Anidori Kiladra Talianna Isilee. Having stolen the right to rule in her kingdom, she was sent to marry the crown prince of a foreign land and become their queen, oblivious to many fatal enemies that stood in her way. Soon her royal life plummets when the enemies strike. From witnessing her friends slaughtered to getting a knife held in her back, she was sorely doomed for a painful future. But as people say, you can always find hope if... Read Full Review

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    The Inheritance Games

    Barnes, Jennifer

    Reviewed: February 2, 2023

    The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes is the first book of The Inheritance Games series. The book follows Avery Kylie Grambs, a high school girl who lost her mom and is now living with her step-sister Libby. Avery has just discovered that Tobias Hawthorne, a billionaire, has left her in his will. However, Avery will not simply inherit the fortune. She must play Tobias Hawthornes' inheritance game. To earn her reward, she must go to Texas and live in the Hawthorne House for one year—along with Tobias' four grandsons. Avery must work together with the Hawthorne... Read Full Review

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    Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

    Pirsig, Robert M.

    Reviewed: January 25, 2023

    Based on author Robert M. Pirsig’s actual experiences, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance is a story about Pirsig’s relationship with his eleven-year-old son as they take a motorcycle trip across America. The journey is an opportunity for them to rekindle their relationship in the wake of Pirsig’s recovery from intense depression. As they traverse the twists and turns of America’s highways, so too is the reader taken down a winding path of philosophical inquiry. The focus of Pirsig’s narration alternates between past and present as he recounts his lifetime of studying... Read Full Review

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    Five Feet Apart

    Reviewed: January 19, 2023

    Five Feet Apart (2019)

    Five Feet Apart (2019), directed by Justin Baloni, is a suspenseful and on-your-toes type of movie. Stella is a 17-year-old girl who deals with cystic fibrosis and has spent most of her life in the hospital. She meets a young rebellious teen named Will, who also has the same illness. Once they meet, there is an instant spark, but just meeting is a huge risk because patients with CF have to maintain a distance of 6 feet to keep both patients safe. The more they get to know each other, the rules become less important. They both don't have a... Read Full Review

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    The Catcher in the Rye

    Salinger, J. D. (Jerome David), 1919-2010.

    Reviewed: January 12, 2023

    The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger focuses on the experiences of Holden Caulfield as he travels around New York alone. After Holden is expelled from Pencey Prep, he decides it's best to escape to New York for the last few days he has at school before heading home to face his parents. He jumps from place to place in New York, from hotels to bars; he never seems to stay in just one place. Along the way, he meets with old love interests, friends of his brother D.B., and more. Holden mentions how the people he meets and everyone around him are phonies and dishonest. These people... Read Full Review

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    From Twinkle, With Love

    Menon, Sandhya

    Reviewed: January 5, 2023

    From Twinkle With Love is a spectacularly funny and heartwarming romance all in one. We follow aspiring director Twinkle Mehra as she works through the racial, gender, and social injustices of the film world, and an even more difficult challenge: the high school social system. Twinkle is what they call a groundling, someone who lives more in the shadows of the school, usually smart and always not popular. She has had a major crush on this guy called Neil Roy, a swimming prodigy and total hottie, for a very long time. Not only that but now dating Neil will give her an opportunity... Read Full Review