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    The House on Mango Street

    Cisneros, Sandra.

    Reviewed: April 27, 2022

    Bilingual (English/Spanish) Book Review

    The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros is a fictional novel that tells the story of Esperanza Cordero, a 12-year-old Mexican girl growing up in a Latino neighborhood in Chicago. She has moved numerous times before, but in this new house on Mango Street, she forms special bonds with her neighbors, all of whom help her understand the real world. She explores her dreams and aspirations, as well as her identity, all while learning about the harsh truth of social class, gender, and race. Through many hardships, Esperanza is able to... Read Full Review

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    Today Tonight Tomorrow

    Solomon, Rachel Lynn

    Reviewed: April 20, 2022

    Today Tonight Tomorrow revolves around two high school seniors, Rowan and Neil, who have a lifelong rivalry when it comes to academics. With graduation around the corner, they both strive for the valedictorian position. However, the school has a tradition for seniors called the HOWEL, a scavenger hunt throughout the city of Seattle, leaving the two to end up pairing up to win. But as the night progresses, these two rivals undergo an unexpected turn of events.

    The title of this book is straightforward, as the events happen in that sequence. At first glance, however, I... Read Full Review

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    Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

    Riggs, Ransom

    Reviewed: March 16, 2022

    Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is the first in a series of novels in which Jacob Portman embarks on a journey to find Miss Peregrine and solve the mysteries of his grandfather’s past. Jacob ends up in a special home for peculiar children and learns about every person there and what their abilities are. He soon realizes that he has a unique ability, just like them—and he learns about what he can do with this. Jacob also learns about a girl named Emma who was in love with his grandfather, and why he abandoned these children after growing up with them. The reader learns... Read Full Review

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    The Giver

    Lowry, Lois

    Reviewed: March 16, 2022

    The Giver by Lois Lowry focuses on 11-year-old Jonas who lives in a “Utopian” society where everyone follows strict rules in order maintain their society. Everyone in this society is given a job or “life assignment” by the elders and is expected to take orders and do the job. They are given their jobs at a ceremony after they turn 12 years old. When Jonas turns 12 he is invited to the ceremony where it is revealed to Jonas what his “life assignment” is: the Receiver of Memory. He is confused at first about his assignment but eventually starts working with the current Receiver, an... Read Full Review

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    Anderson, Laurie Halse

    Reviewed: March 9, 2022

    Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson is a young adult fiction book about a girl named Melinda and an event that happened to her in the summer before starting high school. Melinda Sordino is a thirteen-year-old girl who becomes closed off to everyone and has a hard time communicating with others. Throughout the book we learn more about her, and what really happened during that summer and caused her to become this way. Melinda begins to try and go back to living her normal life like before, and she learns new things about herself. She is able to accept herself, even after what happened to... Read Full Review

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    Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption

    Stevenson, Bryan

    Reviewed: February 23, 2022

    This book really got to me! I originally watched the movie first and then read the book but either way I loved this book. It is a true story novel about a man who was falsely accused of murder. His lawyer was Bryan Stevenson (also the author) and he tries everything to get him out of prison. This story really got to me because especially after everything that had happened last Summer, his story really appealed to me. This book is also part of the reason why I found my passion in life which is becoming a lawyer. He made me want to pursue something that can really help the world. 10... Read Full Review

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    It Ends With Us

    Hoover, Colleen,

    Reviewed: February 23, 2022

    It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover is a contemporary romance novel that follows the life of the main character named Lily Bloom. Lily never had an easy life growing up in a toxic household, but she never gave up and worked hard. She came from a small town, but moved away and allowed herself to grow—she never gave up on her dreams and was able to achieve them. The story takes place after her father’s funeral, and we begin to learn more about her past and how she feels about it. She is met with very complicated feelings for a guy named Ryle that she met in Boston. As Lily begins to... Read Full Review

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    The Fault in Our Stars

    Green, John

    Reviewed: February 16, 2022

    The Fault in Our Stars by John Green is a young adult fiction novel that narrates the story of a 16-year-old girl who is diagnosed with cancer. She joins a support group where she meets Augustus, and there is a rollercoaster of emotions throughout this novel as the relationship between Hazel and Augustus develops. Hazel and Augustus are able to find comfort in each other through the tough times and learn to lean into each other which makes them both realize that they are not alone. They find love in each other and feel hopeful for each other, also while allowing the readers to... Read Full Review

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    The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall

    Alender, Katie

    Reviewed: February 9, 2022

    The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall by Katie Alender is a horror-mystery book about a girl who inherits an institute for troubled females. This book follows the story of the main character Delia—named after her great-aunt Cordelia, whom she inherited the institute from. She soon learns that there are many things wrong with the house, and dark secrets lie within. She realizes that she must save her family and get them out of the house as soon as possible. Delia begins to discover many secrets during her time there and has to figure out why the house has become so evil.

    This... Read Full Review

  • Book cover for Ramayana: Divine Loophole

    Ramayana: Divine Loophole

    Patel, Sanjay

    Reviewed: February 2, 2022

    Sanjay Patel retells an epic tale from ancient times which builds up around the life of Rama, a prince living in India, believed to be an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. He was raised to be a brave and honest warrior capable of vanquishing demons and expected to marry the most beautiful woman. But, the story takes a turn when Rama’s stepmother, Kaikeyi, exiles him to the forest for 14 years. There are further entanglements and tragedy when Ravana, a demonic king who wishes to control the world using terror and power, mounts trouble for Rama and his wife.

    Lord Vishnu completes his task... Read Full Review

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    Midnight Sun

    Meyer, Stephenie

    Reviewed: January 26, 2022

    Midnight Sun is a young adult fiction novel written by Stephenie Meyer. This book is a companion novel for Twilight and retells the events from the young lovers' first encounter through the perspective of Edward Cullen as opposed to Isabella Swan. It takes a new and dark twisted turn on the events of Twilight. We learn of the unnerving and intriguing event of meeting Bella and many fascinating details about Edward’s complex inner thoughts and his past. We get a glimpse of his struggles with his vampire instincts and how he slowly allowed himself to become closer... Read Full Review

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    Someone to Love

    De la Cruz, Melissa

    Reviewed: January 19, 2022

    At first glance, the book might appear to be a sappy love story. However, this story delves into a much more serious topic. The novel does not focus on the love between two people, but rather on the love for one’s self. It is about Olivia Blakely’s journey of self-love.

    The story shows the effects of what society’s standards can do to one’s self. A person’s yearning to be “perfect,” to be what others find appealing, can drive a person's self-esteem down to a point where they are harming themselves. This issue is shown through Olivia Blakely’s eating disorder, which comes to a point... Read Full Review