The book Wonder explains an incredibly inspiring
and heartwarming story of August Pullman. His nickname is Auggie. Auggies
mother’s name is Isabel Pullman, his father’s name is Nate Pullman, and he has
an older sister named Via Pullman. Before beginning school, he used to be
In school, Auggie’s best friends are Jack Will and a
girl named Summer.
Auggie is a boy with some facial differences who is
beginning fifth grade. On the first day, kids around him were judging him by
his look and were staring at him too. Everyone thought that he was dumb and not
smart. He was also getting bullied by a kid named Julian.
All Auggie wants is to be normal and fit in with the
other kids. But everyone is always trying to avoid him. At the end of the book,
it turned out to be that Auggie was one of the smartest kids in his class, and
at the end of the year he won the Henry Ward Beecher award.
In my opinion, this is a great book. It really teaches an inspiring lesson. It teaches us that it does not matter if we have some disabilities. We are all the same and should be treated equally, and everyone is smart you just have to put in some effort. Out of 10, I would give this a 9 because this book inspires me to work harder each day like Auggie, even though my back is against the wall. I would recommend this for ages 10 to 15.
Abby Day comes from a pretty normal family where nothing out of the ordinary ever happens. When Abby decides to sign up for a DNA service with her two best friends, she doesn’t expect to find out anything particularly interesting. She is shocked when she discovers she has a sister living less than twenty minutes away from her. Her sister is Savannah Tully. An Instagram star with perfect hair and a seemingly perfect life. Savannah reaches out to Abby, and they decide to meet up at summer camp to get to know each other without telling their parents. When Abby discovers her best friend turned crush, Leo, is working at the camp, things get way more complicated.
She struggles to balance her growing feelings for Leo, bonding with Savannah and all the other trouble she gets into around camp. As Savannah and Abby uncover secrets about Savannah’s adoption, they start to become closer and work to find the truth about what happened all those years ago. They learn lessons of family, friendship and honesty as they try to navigate a summer that they’ll never forget. I was so excited to read this, and I wasn’t disappointed. I loved the dynamic between Abby and Savannah as they got to know each other. All the characters were so different, creating someone for each reader to relate to. I didn’t expect there to be as many twists and turns as there were, but surprisingly, I enjoyed all the suspense. Many different storylines were going on that all connected, creating a very enjoyable and satisfying ending.
If you ask anyone in the town of Fairview who killed Andie Bell five
years ago, they’d all tell you the same answer: Sal Singh. Everyone believes
it, and no one ever asks any questions; no one, except Pippa Fitz-Amobi. She
knew Sal and can’t believe he would ever murder anyone. Especially his own
girlfriend. For her senior project, Pippa decides to look into the case and
solve it once and for all. With the help of Sal’s brother, Ravi, she follows
each and every lead to find the truth about Andie’s murder and Sal’s suicide.
Instead of finding answers, Pippa keeps turning up with more questions. As she
starts getting closer to the truth, someone keeps trying to cover up their
tracks. Pippa starts to get threats, but her interest in the case only grows.
It starts to take over her life. She starts questioning everyone and everything
around her. A detective can never trust anyone. She decides no matter what, she
needs to find out who killed Andie Bell?
I couldn’t put this book down! Each time I thought I solved the mystery, there was a new twist that completely threw me off course. Each character was so complex and had a key role in the story. Pippa’s perspective was very enjoyable to read, and I felt like I could really relate to her character. This is the best murder mystery story I’ve read, and I recommend it to everyone, even if you don’t usually enjoy mystery books. There are elements of comedy, romance and thrill to keep everyone intrigued. The story was so fast-paced, and I was never bored. If you’re looking for an entertaining, suspenseful read, this is the book for you.
J.R.R Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring is the
first entry into The Lord of the Rings trilogy. The novel focuses on Frodo
Baggins’s adventure through Middle Earth as he attempts to destroy the One
Ring, a powerful relic of the past. Frodo and his friends must overcome great
difficulties as they travel across Middle Earth to destroy the One Ring in the
fires of Mount Doom. Throughout the journey, Frodo and his companions are
hunted by orcs, goblins, dragons, and trolls as they fight for peace. Frodo and
his friends must unite the races of dwarves, elves, and men if they wish to
achieve their goal.
The Fellowship of the Ring is an excellent introduction to The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. While reading this novel, I felt immersed in the world of Middle Earth and connected to the characters. Tolkien meticulously describes locations, characters, and events, painting a vivid image of the setting in my mind. Each character was complex and had their own strengths, weaknesses, beliefs, and personality. This made the story much more engaging than other fantasy novels I have read. Action sequences are also abundant to keep readers engaged, and they are extremely well-written, so that readers can truly understand the peril the characters face. The novel also ends on an excellent cliffhanger that caused me to immediately begin reading the second book in the trilogy once I had finished The Fellowship of the Ring. J.R.R Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring is truly a masterpiece of a novel and one of the best fantasy novels I have read. I highly recommend the book to anyone looking for an exciting, surprise-filled adventure. I would give this novel 5 out of 5 stars.
“Come back alive and victorious or don’t come back at
Cassandra Leung, Cas, was born into a family of reckoner trainers. Training
giant, genetically engineered beasts that protected ships was all that she
knew, all that she longed for. Life was simple and straightforward: pirates are
bad, so train reckoners to destroy pirate ships- easy peasy, right? Well, it
would have been if she weren’t captured by the very pirates she was raised to
despise on her very first solo mission. The pirates, led by Captain Santa
Elena, revealed that they had managed to acquire their very own reckoner
(despite the fact it was near impossible to steal one) and were in need of a
reckoner trainer. Cas, being a reckoner trainer-in-training, had no choice but
Disclaimers before I begin my review:
is not one of my favorite genres. I prefer NA and Adult books to YA. I read an
incredible – INCREDIBLE book before I started The Abyss Surrounds Us.
Now, with that out of the way, I rated this book a solid 3.3 out of 5 stars. Stuff I liked: Loved the world building and, obviously, the pirate aspect. The main character was realistic. Easy to follow plot and writing. Queer (sapphic: woman loving woman) and forbidden relationship. Stuff I disliked: Plot was weak. Slow paced until the very last third of the book. So, in conclusion this book would be perfect for younger me but older me is a bit too picky for books now. Happy reading!
The story of Someone We Know by Shari Lapena
takes place in a small, quiet town in New York, where a young teenager named
Raleigh Sharpe has been mysteriously breaking into his neighbour’s homes. After
her mother, Olivia, finds out about her son doing this sort of unpleasant act,
she contacts her lawyer for some advice on how to deal with the situation.
However, she also sends anonymous notes for the neighbours that her son had
targeted, which read a brief apology of his actions. She feels happy about
herself and thought writing apology letters was the right action to do.
However, the action of her son’s break-ins has been known throughout the
neighbourhood. Why would Raliegh Sharpe want to break into his beloved
neighbour’s home, and why so hack their computers as well? Olivia tries to
dismiss her son’s action from her mind and mention it as a memory from the
past, that is until one of her son’s victims is confirmed to be dead. As the
heartbreaking news of the victim named Amanda Pierce starts to spread, Olivia
starts worrying about her son’s innocence, knowing her son wouldn’t do any sort
of action to harm anyone. Who really killed her? Who knows more about what
they’re telling? Will the actions of Olivia’s son travel into a deeper, more
frightening story? Find out by reading Shari Lapena’s novel, Someone We Know.
I found this well-crafted novel to be very enjoyable. The writing and story of the author were so well that they kept me on the edge of my seat with excitement and curiosity. The main suspense started with the first page of the novel, all the way towards the end. The novel overall was a fascinating, fast-paced novel, and would recommend this book for ages 12 and above.
On the Come Up by
Angie Thomas follows the story of sixteen-year-old Bri, who wishes to be one of
the greatest rappers of all time. Coincidentally, Bri is the daughter of an
underground hip hop legend who sadly passed away before achieving stardom. To
catch the big break her father never could, Bri tries to win her first rap
battle. However, it’s hard to get one’s “come up” when you are labelled a
hoodlum at school and your mom loses her job. With these frustrations pilling
up in her head, Bri focuses her anger into her first song, which ends up going
viral for all the wrong reasons…
This is the author’s second novel, and I thought it was
absolutely phenomenal. I highly recommend it, especially to anyone who likes to
or have ever dreamt about writing songs. Angie Thomas was a rapper before she
became a world-famous author, and I think it shows in the tone and writing
style she chose for this novel. It’s completely different from anything else I
have ever read!
This book is not a sequel to The Hate U Give (THUG), so no pre-requisite reading is required! However, if you have read THUG, you will also appreciate the linkages between the novels as the characters in either book live in the “same world”. In THUG, we get introduced to the King Lords and Garden Disciples rival gangs, but the focus of the story is on the King Lords. In On the come up, we get a totally different perspective, and we fall in love with characters from the Garden Disciples!
The Hate U Give
(also referred to as THUG) is Angie Thomas’ first novel. It was also the first
book I read from this author, but it wasn’t the last as I since devoured
everything else she wrote!
THUG follows the story of sixteen-year-old Starr Carter,
a young teenager who lives in “two worlds”. The first being her poor
neighbourhood, where she lives with her mother, her father and her two
brothers. The other world is the fancy suburban prep school she attends. These
two worlds are completely shattered when Starr’s childhood best friend, Khalil,
is shot to death right in front of her by a police officer.
Khalil’s death soon becomes a national headline. Due to
the cause of his death, multiple protests take place to avenge Khalil. Because
Starr was there when Khalil was killed, she is getting asked questions left,
right and center by anyone and everyone. She doesn’t feel as though anyone can
truly understand what she is going through. In a situation like this one, what
Starr does or doesn’t say could ruin her community as well as endanger her
Angie Thomas is definitely one of my favourite authors. She writes her novels in such beautiful and unique ways. Specifically in THUG, she makes us acutely aware of what life can be for a Black teenager and makes us feel a wide range of emotions from anger and frustration to amusement. I think that any teen or young adult reader will really enjoy this book. You might or might not know this, but THUG was made into a movie. Though the movie is good, I think the book is better. I definitely recommend reading the book before watching the movie.
Written by Brittany Cavallaro, A Study in Charlotte
is a young adult mystery adventure novel. Jamie Watson had always dreamt of
solving mysteries with Charlotte Holmes and following in the footsteps of both
of their great-great-great-grandfathers. When he and Charlotte both end up at
the same boarding school, she makes it clear she does not have the same dream.
Although, when they are both framed for murder, they are forced to work
together to prove their innocence and find the real killer.
This book was super easy to read. I was immediately intrigued by the characters and plot. I also really enjoyed the faster pace, it did not drag on but it also never seemed rushed. I loved the dynamic between Charlotte and Jamie, a know-it-all girl with an awkward, empathetic boy. They complimented each other, made for a perfect pairing and the aspects of a slow burn romance were adorable. Serious topics like mentions of rape, substance abuse, and murder were never romanticized and were handled really well. There was no shortage of references to the original Sherlock Holmes stories; they fit into the novel and were satisfying but not overpowering. Brittany Cavallaro did an excellent job pulling the reader into the book with her writing- filled with plot twists and mystery, it really made you think. This was a perfectly witty and charming re-imagining of Watson and Holmes as a modern-day crime-solving duo. I immediately wanted to pick up the sequel and continue reading about these characters.
Concrete Rose is
the prequel to Angie Thomas’s first novel, The Hate U Give (THUG). It
doesn’t matter if you have read THUG or not prior to picking up Concrete
Rose because it stands beautifully on its own.
This book follows the life of Maverick Carter, a
seventeen-year-old boy whose father is a former gang legend. To help his mom
pay the bills, Maverick starts dealing for the King Lords. Maverick feels as
though he has it all figured out, that is until he finds out that he is a
father. Suddenly, Maverick needs to learn what it means to be a man. Even after
the loss of a loved one. As we follow the main character on his journey to
fatherhood, we fall in love with Angie Thomas’s writing. It’s funny yet
serious, romantic yet realistic. It’s very relatable and gives a strong sense
of what life could be like for a teen parent.
For those who have already read THUG, you will
appreciate all the small linkages and references back into that story. For
those who haven’t read THUG yet, an interesting cliffhanger awaits at the end
of the novel!
I think that any teen or young adult reader will enjoy this book. I read it in three days, even during school hours, as I could barely put it down! This is even a book I’ll enjoy re-reading!