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 :)
The KnockOut by Sajini Patel
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