Title: Eleanor & Park
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Reviewer: Joely Metz
Review: **Contains Spoilers** Eleanor & Park is a romance novel with adventure in it. Eleanor is the new girl the unknown quantity. She has a broken home life and shattered past. Then she meets Park and at first he hates her. He thinks she is big and strange. But after a while, they become friends. Then they fall in love. At home Eleanor’s stepfather is cruel and abusive but she forgets every bad feeling she ever felt when she is with Park. She lets herself free-fall into his world and wants to stay there. But as their relationship grows, things at home get worse and worse for Eleanor. Reality has caught up with them and is winding up to punch them in the face. They don’t know if their love will survive what is above to hit them, but they are willing to try. In short, Eleanor & Park is a book about love and it’s a book about life. It’s about how love is strange, beautiful, complicated, and how life isn’t perfect. How love can’t solve all of life’s problems, but it can give temporary relief. Out of 5, I would call Eleanor and Park a 10. I am very picky with books but this had me on the edge of my seat the entire time. I even forgot that I was reading. I felt everything that Eleanor and Park felt. I fell in love with them, just like they fell in love with each other.
Featured Quote: “It was like their lives were overlapping lines, like they had their own gravity. Usually, that serendipity felt like the nicest thing the universe had ever done for her.”
Recommended To: I would recommend this book to everyone.


Title: Little Women
Author: Louisa May Alcott
Reviewer: Emmanuella S.
Review: A long time classic, Little Women has been touching the hearts of many for centuries. The story follows the four March sisters who, now that their father has left for war, must learn to come together and care for their mother as well as the house while he’s away. However, with such contrasting personalities, the sisters find it hard to see eye to eye most of the time. Jo, or Josephine March, is the protagonist of the story as the book is told through her narration. She is a tomboy and wants nothing to do with romance. Rather than being married off, she considers holding the family together while her father is at war of much greater importance. Beth March, the third oldest, and the shyest of the bunch keeps to herself. She tries everything in her power to please others and exhibits an affinity for music, as she plays the piano very well. Margaret March is the oldest of the sisters. She is as responsible as she is kind, and cares for her sisters as though she were their own mother. And finally Amy March, the youngest of the bunch. She is an artist and has quite the eye for pretty things. She is vain, and often catches herself in the midst of her fits of temper, but she tries everything to improve her character. This Alcott classic, with the use of this heartwarming as well as tear-jerking tale, demonstrates a story about sacrifice and love, shows us that togetherness is key, and even among the people who have witnessed the worst in you, somehow always know how to bring out the best.
Recommended To: All who love the classics and love a book that is as heart-warming as it is heart-breaking.

Title: An Abundance of Katherines
Author: John Green
Reviewer: Thais Maldonado
Review: Other than being a child prodigy, Colin Singleton is a unique kid. For example. he prefers to only date girls with the name Katherine.  He also informs other of random facts which aren’t really interesting. His best friend, Hassan, lets him know what is okay to say in front of others. After Katherine number 19 dumps Colin, he becomes depressed. What better way to get over a breakup than going on a road trip? Hassan and Colin go to Gunshot, Tennessee. During this trip Colin tries to create a mathematical formula that is capable of predicting how long a relationship will last. Hassan and Colin go on adventures, such as, hunting down pigs and getting stung by hornets. The theme is love comes in all shapes and sizes. Throughout his life Colin is persistent in finding a girl named Katherine he can love. However, by the end of the book he falls in love with a girl whose name isn’t Katherine. She is quite different from Colin’s usual preference. Colin realizes not everything can be predicted from a formula. Although the constant mentioning of math can get quite boring, the personalities of the characters make up for it. The friends Colin make in Tennessee are outgoing, interesting, and nothing like the few friends he has back home in Chicago.
Recommended To: I would recommend this book to curious and adventurous people.

Title: The Bunker Diary
Author: Kevin Brooks
Reviewer: Emmanuella S.
Image result for the bunker diaryReview: The Bunker Diary by Kevin Brooks is a psychological thriller that will have you at the edge of your chair with each page. In the book, we follow Linus Weems, a homeless teenage boy who is used to the cruelties of living out in the streets. One night he takes it upon himself to do something out of his character and helps out a blind stranger, who ends being his captor and holds him hostage in an underground shelter or ‘bunker’. Subsequently, five other victims follow him, each with their own stories, but united by one desire, their indubitable need to leave the place that imprisons them. However, with each ‘test’ their abductor begins to put them through, loyalties start being questioned. Secrets become uncovered, the sanity of some lost, and the wants of the flesh begin to speak louder than the needs of the people.
Featured Quote: “Tip for the day: never eat a bible when you’re starving to death.”
Recommended To: Anyone who is ready to get a good look at humanity at its rawest, and being surprised at every twist and turn this book has to offer.

Title: Speak
Author: Laurie Halse Anderson
Reviewer: Anonymous
Review: The novel Speak is an emotional story about 14-year-old Melinda Sordino. Anderson touches on many sensitive themes, which work with the overall plot of the story. Melinda begins high school with no friends, insecurities, and a dark secret. As the story progresses, we are able to see just how much Melinda is affected not only by her surroundings, but also by the secret that haunts her. Her inability to share this secret with anyone causes Melinda to spiral into a dark depression. To further add to Melinda’s long list of issues, she does not have any friends, and the one friend that she did have only betrayed her. In my opinion, many will be able to relate to Melinda’s search for identity and her high school experience. Melinda experiences one of the worst possible things and the event causes her to lose everything. However, just like the plants that are frequently mentioned, we are able to see Melinda grow. Anderson really does tell a heart-breaking but beautiful story about a typical high school girl that goes through something that no one should ever have to undergo.
Recommended To: I would recommend this book to high schoolers that enjoy reading about people overcoming emotional obstacles. Anyone ever labeled an “outcast” will be able to relate to Melinda.

Title: Fahrenheit 451
Author: Ray Bradbury
Reviewer: Anonymous
Image result for fahrenheit 451 original coverReview: One of my favorite novels, ever. It’s a wonderful work of fiction literature that is well written and keeps the reader thinking. The book takes place within a utopian society in which Montag, the protagonist, lives what he believes is a happy life. Instead, this life is rather robotic and metallic. Humans are practically superficial, empty shells and depend on technology more than each other. Books are forbidden, and things such as firemen, cause the reader to question all aspects of Montag’s society. One major theme within the novel is hypersensitivity to one’s surroundings. This comes into play largely while reading. This novel gives you something you can compare our own society to.
Featured Quote: “Stuff your eyes with wonder, he said, live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories.”
Recommended To: Those who like utopian books such as Hunger Games and Divergent but want less romance and more discovery and development.


Title: Hatchet
Author: Gary Paulsen
Reviewer: Hawat
Review: This book was very interesting. In the beginning the book was very slow and boring, but as the book progressed it became more and more interesting. If you’re interested in survival, this book is for you. It starts off with a thirteen-year-old boy who ends up in the Canadian wilderness when the pilot driver has a heart attack and passes away. You can tell that in the beginning he was a little scared but faces his fears and becomes a survivor. Throughout the book it tells us that life could be harsh and we have to grow and change to survive it.
Featured Quote: “Things seemed to go back and forth between reality and imagination, except that it was all reality.”
Recommended To: If you love survival books, this is a go-to book.

Title: The Outsiders
Author: S.E. Hinton
Reviewer: Hawat
Review: The Outsiders is a book about sensitive teenage boys who get into gang fights, laugh together, and burst into tears. There are many themes throughout the book. The setting of the book is in Oklahoma. Many violent scenes occur throughout the book. If you like facing your fears this is a go-to book. The characters overcome the struggles and conflicts in and out of their gang and learn the meaning of good friendship and family. This was an enjoyable story.
Featured Quote: “They grew up on the wrong side of society. They weren’t looking for a fight, they were looking to belong.”

Recommended To: People who like romantic stories and drama.

Title: The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Author: Stephen Chbosky
Reviewer: Thais M.
Review: Charlie is sweet, sensitive, and shy. Charlie narrates his story by writing letters to an unnamed friend. The unknown friend may be the reader. Charlie is trustworthy and selfless. He is currently struggling with the death of one of his friends Michael and his aunt Helen. Michael had committed suicide. Throughout the book, Charlie has flashbacks of him and his aunt. Although he isn’t considered popular at school, he meets a few great friends. Patrick and Sam are seniors who befriend Charlie. Patrick and Sam realize Charlie is a wallflower. They take him to parties, restaurants, and introduce him to new people. Charlie sees everything and hears everything however, he keeps everything to himself. He learns about his friends and their problems. After awhile, Charlie realizes he is falling in love with Sam. Of course, he doesn’t do anything about it. Charlie never really participates. His English teacher, Bill, advises Charlie to participate more in life. Bill believes Charlie is a special kid. He assigns him books to read and tells him to write essays on them. Charlie experiences and feels emotions he has never felt before. He starts seeing a psychiatrist to discuss his feelings. The psychiatrist constantly asks Charlie questions dealing with his childhood. He never really understood why until one day Charlie remembers. What does he remember? Why is he the way he is? Read and find out.
Featured Quote: “But even if we don’t have the power to choose where we come from, we can still choose where we go from there.”
Recommended To: I would recommend this book to anyone who likes to read sweet and funny books.

Title: The Sky is Everywhere
Author: Jandy Nelson
Reviewer: Thais M.
Review: Lennie Walker is trying to figure out how she can go on in the world without her sister by her side. How can days be sunny when a loved one passed away? How can she laugh when Bailey isn’t there to laugh with her. Lennie isolates herself from friends and family and resorts to nature. She spends the majority of her time outside in a nearby forest writing down notes where she desires. She leaves poems on Styrofoam cups, trees, the soles of her shoes, and other random objects. There are bits and of her wandering. Her life immediately gets messy when she makes wrong decisions. She feels as if no one but her sister’s ex, Toby, understands the loss of a loved one. Joe Fontaine, a new French boy at school, is interested in her. However, she can’t seem to control herself and dates them both Toby and Joe at the same time. There is no one to help her in this situation because she denies to discuss matters with her grandma, her uncle Big, and her best friend Sarah. She can’t even discuss her situation with her mother. Her mother has what the Walkers call the “restless gene”. She wanders the world and explores. How does Lennie deal with her two boyfriends? Will Lennie ever meet her mother? Will she ever accept the fact she can enjoy life without her sister by her side? Read and find out.
Featured Quote: “Because Gram is right, there’s not one truth ever, just a whole bunch of stories all going on at once, in our heads, in our hearts, all getting in the way of each other.”
Recommended To: Romantics

Title: Paper Towns
Author: John Green
Reviewer: Marisa S.
Image result for paper towns coverReview: Q or Quentin has always had a fond liking towards Margo Roth Spiegelman. A very anxious person though, Quentin has always been afraid to express his strong sentiments for Margo. But one long and eventful night takes Quentin on an unforgettable journey with Margo to get revenge, make some mischief and have a little fun. I read this thinking that he was going to get the girl and it would be another sappy high school romance novel; I was very wrong. The day after Quentin’s perfect night, Margo is nowhere to be seen. John Green twists the story into a chilling mystery novel that leaves the reader looking for clues as to where Margo disappeared to. Even the title of the book is a clue; Paper Towns. The novel spirals into a series of unexpected events that leave the reader wondering where Margo is and moreover why no one is all that concerned. As the story escalates, we see Quentin transform and furthermore we see his perspective become altered. Why would she do this Quentin? How did she know that Quentin would come after her? Margo is an ambiguous case and for this reason the reader will find the ending full of ambiguity. Just like the road trip taken to find Margo, Quentin takes a trip to find something more for himself. Sometimes we idealize the one we are infatuated with and this is the perfect example of that. Although it is literally a challenge to find Margo, it is more of a challenge for Quentin to find the Margo he imagines. On that account Paper Towns leaves the reader questioning their definition of the word “exist”.
Recommended To: This book is perfect for young adults that want a little romance, but are more interested in a chilling puzzling novel that is consumed by clues.