Student Review: My Sister’s Stalker, by Nancy Springer (reviewed by Gavrielle A.)

My Sister's StalkerMy Sister’s Stalker by Nancy Springer

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

In My Sister’s Stalker by Nancy Springer, 16 year-old Rig finds out his sister is being stalked. Karma is in college and Rig lives with his artsy mom who lives in her own world and rarely understands reality. In his free time, Rig looked his sister up on Google and came across a rather creepy shrine-like website dedicated to his sister. His spacey mother didn’t find pictures of Karma out and about, and in her room creepy at all. As a last resort, Rig secretly contacts his strong-headed, rude, overpowering father who he basically hates. Together they go all out to track down Karma’s stalker and keep her safe from whoever is getting creepier by the day. Rig grows up by taking more risks to attempt to save his sister from the angry and creepy stalker. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a fast but good read. The reader should enjoy action, mystery, and can handle a little gruesome details. It is definitely not horror. I would recommend it to anyone over age 12 and either gender. As a 15 year-old girl, I liked it but found it too easy. Nobody under 12 who gets scared extremely easily should read it.~ Student: Gavrielle A.

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Student Review: Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand (reviewed by Tianchen H.)

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and RedemptionUnbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand, is a story about the adventurous life of Louis Zamperini. As a young child, Zamperini was naughty. One day, as Zamperini was bored, he decided to follow his brother and join track. With hard work and practice, Zamperini blossomed into one of the elite runners in the county. However, when World War II starts, Louie decides to protect his country and abandon his athletic career. Fortunes are not going well for Louie, as he is captured by the opposition. After the capture, Zamperini spends years in exile at prison camps, and has to deal with cruel leaders. When Zamperini is released, he realizes the undeniable consequences of war. This book/biography deals with decision-making and growth from being a kid to an adult.

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is remotely interested in picking up a book. Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand, is a breathtaking story of how one man changed his life. Any reader would almost personally experience all that Louis Zamperini had to go through, and feel sympathy for the main character. This memoir would be enjoyed by those who like adventure, sports, and excitement. However, if the reader is one who gets teared up easily, this is not a book to touch. There are many sections of the book where violence and brutality is being displayed, so this amazing book is not for the faint of heart.~Student: Tianchen H.

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Student Review: Looking for Alaska, by John Green (reviewed by Carly S.)

Looking for AlaskaLooking for Alaska by John Green

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Looking for Alaska is a novel by John Green. Miles, who everyone calls “Pudge,” moves to a new school in Alabama. This is the school that his dad went to so it is a tradition in his family for Pudge to go, as well, by a certain age. Pudge’s roommate, Chip, who is a small quirky guy, instantly clicks with Pudge and they become good friends. Early in the semester, Pudge meets a girl named Alaska (who becomes a main character) and instantly he falls for her. He loves Alaska’s presence and her views of the world. She makes Pudge do rebellious things that he might have not have done otherwise. Pudge begins to realize Alaska isn’t as happy as she makes herself out to be. One day Alaska goes missing and Pudge, along with their other friends, go looking for her. Will they find her? Is she alive? Where did she go? This book covers topics on being a good friend and learning how to solve problems. I think other people should read this book because it’s very unpredictable and has a lot of twists and turns. A reader who likes fiction and mysteries would really enjoy this book. A reader that likes predictable books should definitely avoid this book because you won’t be able to figure out what is going to happen so easily. ~ Student: Carly S.

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Student Review: Paper Towns, by John Green (reviewed by Carmen B.)

Paper TownsPaper Towns by John Green

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In the book, Paper Towns, by John Green, the author creates tension that keeps you turning the pages. After an adventurous night of just the two of them, driving around getting revenge on the people that hurt her, Margo goes missing the next day. Quentin, her friend who is a teenage boy must put together the clues she left behind in order to find her. He has loved her from afar for 10 years, but they just recently became friends. It is up to Quentin to find Margo, he is the only one that can. Even in the very short time in which they connected, he is the only person that really sees Margo for who she is and not for what people want her to be. He is the only one who truly understands her. So therefore it is up to him to find Margo, and he barely knows where to start. Time is running out to find and bring Margo home alive. Who knows if she even wants to come back? This book touches the topics of loyalty and trust. Margo puts her trust in Quentin when she leaves the clues behind that only he would understand. I highly recommend this book to any teenager who is looking for a adventure-filled book and one that forces you to keep turning the pages. Although, if you are not a teenager you may not find this book entertaining and you won’t get anything out of it. Overall, I highly recommend it. ~Student: Carmen B.

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Student Review: Game of Thrones, by George R. R. Martin (reviewed by Joshua L.)

A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

For term 2 (and more), I have started reading George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones. It is about various characters in the fictional fantasy world of Westeros and their families’ power struggle for the Iron Throne. Whoever holds the Iron Throne controls all of Westeros. At first, the characters are separated doing their own thing. However, a series of events and dilemmas unite them. I find this interesting when it happens because many of them have different cultures which sometimes causes conflicts to arise because of the different interpretations/opinions of one another’s ways. There is no main character in Game of Thrones as Martin focuses on numerous characters. If there was a character that the book focuses on the most, I would say that this character is Daenerys Targaryen. She is involved in many of the conflicts between the various characters and holds a considerable amount of sway as she is the only remaining child of the predecessor of the Iron Throne. This book covers the topic of power and deceit which play an important role in many of the events that occur. Others should read this book because it compares itself to our world and helps the reader understand what conflict is and how it affects us. It is well-written and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who is into the fantasy genre. A reader that dislikes a book that has an abundance of lengthy and/or sexual content should avoid this book.
~ Student: Joshua L.

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Student Review: Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card (reviewed by Jayesh R.)

Ender's Game (The Ender Quintet, #1)Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card, is an excellent novel, full of suspense, conflict, and surprise. It takes place far in the future, after Earth has been attacked numerous times by intelligent and strange beings from a distant solar system. After years of defending their planet, the humans are preparing for a final attack against the aliens to end the war forever. Ender, a compassionate yet vicious child, is chosen out of millions, on account of his brilliance, and put through a series of vigorous tests to prepare him to be the commander of the fleet, nearing the aliens’ home planet with each passing year. He must prevail against malicious challenges, put before him to prove that he will be the most intelligent and resourceful commander that ever lived. Ender’s Game expresses the value of relationships of those you love, the importance of perseverance, and the fact that the world is not fair, and you have to the best you can with what you have.

This book is one of the best science fiction books I have ever read because of its unforgettable plot, which contains many mysteries and adventures, unlike most other books I have read. I recommend it to those interested in a fantastic book full of action and a deep meaning. Readers who dislike futuristic novels and science fiction would not enjoy the book as much as others. Overall, Ender’s Game is a magnificent novel, and everybody should bring its story into their lives. ~ Student: Jayesh R.

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Student Review: The Fate of Ten, by Pittacus Lore (reviewed by Albert M.)

The Fate of Ten (Lorien Legacies, #6)The Fate of Ten by Pittacus Lore

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I read The Fate of Ten by James Frey and Jobie Hughes, under the name Pittacus Lore.
The book is about aliens from a planet called Lorien, trying to stop evil aliens called the Mogadorians from conquering and destroying more planets, like they did to Lorien. During this book the main characters are separated, fighting against Setrakus Ra and his minions. John is the leader of the Garde, those sent from Lorien. Sam is John’s best friend and is a human Garde, given powers by the Entity of the Sanctuary in Mexico. Daniela is another human Grade, Six, Marina, Nine, and Ella are the other original Garde. This book covers the topics of betrayal, going against all odds, and mistrust. Five’s betrayal didn’t really help the Garde, so resolving it was always necessary. They are dealing with the strongest fighting force in the galaxy, almost their whole planet, and the Garde have only themselves and a few friends. Nobody wants to trust Adam, the Mogadorian with a Legacy, one of the Gardes’ many powers, and that affects the course of their actions. He is part of their team, like a body. But by distrust they are losing a hand or foot, theoretically speaking. I would definitely recommend this book, due to its fast-paced scenes and excellent use of suspense. Anyone who likes science fiction, action, and aliens would enjoy this book. If you do not like any of the things said above, or mild language, you shouldn’t read this book.~ Student: Albert M.

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Student Review: Foundation and Empire, by Isaac Asimov (reviewed by Timothy L.)

Foundation and Empire (Foundation, #2)Foundation and Empire by Isaac Asimov

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Isaac Asimov’s Foundation and Empire is an intriguing exploration of the sociopolitical effects of failure when victory seems inevitable. The book is the second book in the Foundation Novels, continuing the story of the First Foundation. In the book, a brilliant psychohistorian, Hari Seldon, founded two communities 300 years ago to pull the galaxy out of an inevitable dark age, and left various pre-recorded messages to ensure their success. However, in Foundation and Empire,, an unforeseen problem occurs when a mutant known only as The Mule is born. He demonstrates an uncanny ability to sway even his staunchest of enemies to his cause, and is bent on conquering the First Foundation. The main focus is on Bayta and Ebling Mis, a young woman and a psychologist, respectively, who are racing to find the Second Foundation so that it can save the first. All the meanwhile, worlds are falling to The Mule’s regime, and many more falling to despair and lost hope. Even the First Foundation, whose victory was foretold, is about to fall. Much of the book explores what this entails for the people in the Foundation, particularly the emotional impact. Asimov’s writing is a unique style compared to slightly more modern literature. The story is told from several perspectives, but all are spoken in Asimov’s unique voice. Any reader who enjoys sci-fi and story over appearance would enjoy the Foundation Novels, but should read the first book, Foundation, before reading Foundation and Empire. The galaxy Asimov has created, while immersive, is by no means the most diverse in sci-fi, to the point of being a bit cliché compared to modern sci-fi. Nonetheless, the Foundation Novels remain a wonderful work of science fiction, and are a must-read for any fan of sci-fi with an appreciation for good story.~ Student: Timothy L.

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Student Review: The Old Man and the Sea, by Ernest Hemingway (reviewed by Gun S.)

The Old Man and the SeaThe Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Old Man and the Sea, by Ernest Hemingway is a very quick and easy read for all readers that enjoy excitement and suspense. This book is about an old, poor fisherman and his struggles to catch the fish of his life. He lives in a small town and does not live in the best conditions. A small boy helps him a lot throughout this novel by being a fishing partner. This book has small glimpses of friendship, survival, and desperation. The old man is looking for a miracle in his life to make his life easier and better. He sets on a long and hard journey with many difficult obstacles in his way to catch a fish that would make him have a better life. I would highly recommend this book because it is an easy and quick read that will keep the reader on the edge of their seat with curiosity and excitement. Readers that enjoy realistic fiction novels would really like this book. This book may not be for everyone like readers that like long, and more action-packed and drama-filled books. This book does include some of these aspects but not all readers may not enjoy this book. I would rate this book a 4 out of 5 because of my personal interests and opinions that connect to this novel and because I really enjoyed reading it. ~ Student: Gun S.

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Student Review: The Intelligent Investor, by Benjamin Graham (reviewed by Eu Ro W.)

The Intelligent Investor (Collins Business Essentials)The Intelligent Investor by Benjamin Graham

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I read The Intelligent Investor by Benjamin Graham, a book about investing. The book starts off with getting rid of a misconception about investing. Benjamin Graham says that investors will not suffer with huge losses and that investing is very different from gambling. Later, he separates two types of investors: a defensive investor and an enterprising investor. He explains how each should keep and balance their portfolio between bonds and common stocks. In addition, he explains the concept of margin of safety, a concept that will prevent investors from massive losses. To be honest, this was a challenging book with difficult concepts to grasp. I would definitely recommend this book to aspiring investors with some prior knowledge. I would advise that people with little interest in investing or even aspiring investors who do not have some knowledge about investing should avoid this book. I have tried to read this book in the past with little knowledge of investing, but I wasn’t able to understand and was quickly bored. Recently, after acquiring much information about investing, I was able to comprehend the book much better. The Intelligent Investor is full of sage advice as well as benchmarks and specific plans to become a successful investor. It is a very informative book and will help a future investor succeed if read with prior knowledge. ~ Student: Eu Ro W.

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