Ghosts is an amazing story that really brings out the message to always appreciate your family, because you may never know when they may be gone. This story in particular also shows how adolescence is really a learning experience.
Reviewed by: SS
The Someday Suitcase was a very powerful book that really moved me. I really love how the main character stayed strong throughout the entire book, and knew that cherishing memories is sometimes all that we can do to heal.
Reviewed by: SS
Teddy and Company is a regular day in the life book, but there's a twist. All the characters are toys that live in a village island with a forest. I loved the design of all the characters because it was extremely creative, Teddy is a bear with no legs who is moved around by a wagon; I thought that this idea was very inclusive and interesting to see how the story would unfold around this character. I also loved how all the characters had very unique personalities, Sid the snake always thinking about eating, Umpah the elephant always worrying, Peng the penguin always trying to get away from all the other toys, and Prinny the pig who is a happy go lucky piggy! The addition of new toys to the book created some interesting drama and made the ending very satisfactory. Teddy's curiosity really created the story to be an adventurous yet relaxed story! I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking to just relax and unwind with a casual book that doesn't strain your brain when you read.
Reviewed by: Sahana S.
The Thing About Jellyfish was a really heart-touching and powerful book. A friend seeking answers about her best-friends death as the main character really intrigued me. I thought that this was a unique and creative idea to display the fragility of young adolescents. I would recommend this book to anyone who would like to relate to trying to find answers to questions that sometimes can't be answered.
Reviewed by: SS
The Maps of Memory was a very curious sort of book. The main character was always wondering about a certain ship, and as the memories were unveiled to her, she began to see the truth in her family and loved ones. The book was intriguing because of this, finding out the history of the ship made it hard to put the book down! The setting of the place was also beautiful, similar to Venice, Italy, buildings were built on large stakes right above the water. I loved how the main characters made an effort to help heal their loved ones and children who did not have parents as well! I recommend reading this book to find a sense of healing and happiness for whatever we have in life.
Reviewed by: SS
Trapped is the 3rd book in a series of novels, the first one being Framed. Main characters Florian and Margaret are undercover FBI, even though they are only kids. Their colleague, Marcus, is accused of crime, so they must try to rescue him from the false accusations by an unknown person. The main characters begin locked up in a library as the story progresses with flashbacks of their past experiences and how they got here. The novel was very intriguing, and I quickly read the whole thing! I love how every novel in the series is structured by firstly showing us an event with no context, then slowly revealing the details of the whole situation. I would definitely recommend to read this book!
Reviewed by: Sahana Sudhakar
The Book Thief, in my opinion, is an amazing book. I loved how it was from the perspective of a "girl behind the scenes" of a war, instead of being the victim of the war. The difference perspectives of how everyone viewed Jews brought a sort if realism into the book and also made it intriguing to continue reading to see how it ends.
Reviewed by: SS
Counting down with you is about a girl named Karina, who loves English, wants to major in it and become an English teacher. But her parents want her to take a science major because they think that it is the only subject that will get her a job. In addition to all these things her parents decide to go to their hometown for one month leaving Karina, her brother and her grandmother alone. So, Karina and her friends decide to do everything she couldn’t do when her parents were here. Ace is the other main character of the book. Ace is introduced as a kid Karina needs to tutor. Karina’s English teacher asks her if she can tutor Ace. Even though Karina hates to do this she still agrees because she doesn’t want to disappoint her teacher. She starts to tutor him and as many chapters pass, we get to see Ace’s family problems and more about him.
This book is very valuable and should be read by every high schooler because it shows how a high schooler survives with anxiety and tension and also how people support each other and how love and friendship can help a person grow. I would not give this book a 5/5 because it is not very unique or over the top but it is a really good book. It also gives you smiles in between.
Reviewed by: Irine T. Biju
The Inexplicable Logic of my Life is a heartfelt, enthralling , poetic dive into the depths of friendship, love and loss. Benjamin Alire Sáenz spins the beautiful tale of an adopted teen who has always been sure of his place in the world but when his life starts changing in the form of dramatic, reality-altering events, Salvador Silva is no longer sure what he feels and where he belongs on the gameboard of life.
This book, although fantastic, does not have a plot, per se. Instead, it centers predominantly on the relationships between characters as opposed to the course of events in the characters' lives. Following the lives of Salvador, his gay foster father, his best friend Samantha and their new friend Fito. The various occurrences throughout this heartbreaking story bring these three friends closer together.
The novel is a slow one, as you read on, the story doesn’t feel as impactful, but the emotional hit comes randomly after you’ve finished the book, set it down, walked away, and then out of nowhere you think ‘holy hell, this book’. As a chapter driven story without a plot line, the 450 pages can seem a little excessive and intimidating, if not just tedious, especially since not all the characters are lovable at first read; it takes a while to grow fond of them, although once you fall in love, you’re stuck. Despite this, looking back, there are some extremely touching moments of pure beauty, unsurprisingly since the entire book is so lyrical. The writing, tone, and message of this story truly do tug on your heartstrings and the phrase ‘dejate querer’ which means let yourself be loved is used throughout the book and I cannot think of a better, and more truer words to describe the message and purpose of this story.
If you enjoy getting sucked into a story that explores some of life’s simplest questions and really looks at emotions, this is the one for you. The simple poetic love in this story is sure to bring about some tears and sniffles. Dive into the lyrical beauty of The Inexplicable Logic of my Life, and you won’t be disappointed.
Reviewed by Nidhi Chanchlani :)
Growing up, I never was able to read about Indian or South Asian characters, so I was very excited to read this book. As I did, I realized that it wasn't what I was expecting at all.
The main character and her family had very different opinions and experiences with their culture than I did. Most of these experiences shown are negative, and therefore they avoid and alienate themselves from it.
I always felt grateful to be able to have a vibrant Indian community around me, and one that is supportive and inclusive. The characters in this book did not have the same experiences, but I still learned much from the book.
The main character is a Muay Thai fighter, and a very hard worker. In a time where I felt very unmotivated myself, she encouraged me to chase my passions and to remember that we should live every day to the fullest.
While I don't agree with other facets of the main character, Kareena's, mindset, it was still a book that had an impact on me.
Reviewed by jamtan134340