Tuesday, 24 November 2009

Hijab Fashion 101!

Does my head look big in this? by Randa Abdel-Fattah was a very interesting read indeed. Not being religious, I almost stopped listening to the book after the first disc, but I am very glad I persevered and was able to enjoy the book for what is was – a discovery into someone’s own faith and what it means to them.

Amal Abdel-Hakim is a seventeen year old Australian-Palestinian-Muslim, who has decided to go full time after the school holidays. But full time is not work, oh no, it is much more to Amal, full time means wearing the hijab everywhere, and this includes school.
Her friends support her decision, although they have different problems of their own. Amal’s journey is one of understanding, empathy, self discovery and the gaining of wisdom.
Well read by Rebecca Macauley and a great book for all ages and religions.
Monique

Monday, 23 November 2009

Get Lost in Austen

Lost in Austen is a must-see for any Jane Austen fan that has fantasised about living in the world of Pride and Prejudice and being swooned by Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy.

Lost in Austen is a playful and witty twist of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Its protagonist is Amanda Price, played by Jemima Rooper, a modern day girl dissatisfied with her life but who always finds solace in reading Pride and Prejudice. But one night, Amanda discovers a magical doorway linking our modern world to Austen’s when Elizabeth Bennett appears in her bathroom. The girls end up swapping places but Amanda’s presence in Longbourn sets off a series of disasters, altering the events of Pride and Prejudice. Without Elizabeth, Amanda finds herself struggling to restore the balance, especially under the critical attention and smoldering stares of Mr. Darcy, played to perfection by Elliot Cowan.

I'm not usually a fan of deviations to Pride and Prejudice, but I absolutely loved Lost in Austen. All of the actors did a fantastic job of being faithful to their characters while the disastrous events revealed more depth and fascinating twists to the characters. The combination of romance, comedy and period drama is well-balanced and you can't help but empathise with Amanda's struggles. Highly recommended! Here's a short preview below:


-Rafah

Monday, 16 November 2009

Fill out this application and wait over there

Fill out this application and wait over there is fun, light reading by Ruth Starke. Be warned, however, it may put you off a career in a supermarket!

Teenage Hailee wants to escape her boring suburban existence and travel to Asia. One problem - she has only $129.65 in her account. Hailee needs a job.

What continues is a humourous romp as she fills in job applications listing her mother and best friend as referees, and supplies a photo of herself in a hockey uniform to show that she is a 'team player'.

Surprisingly, Hailee is successful. So begins Hailee's career as a check-out chick.

Her first day is memorable. Her hands are bright orange after a late-night episode applying fake tan to her legs. She wears her new strappy Mollini shoes (which no one can see anyway) but before long her feet begin to ache, and she has to invest in a pair of sensible, supportive black shoes. The customers are irritating and the boys in the meat department ogle her.

How will she last?

An enjoyable novel to read as we head into summer.

-Ann

Saturday, 7 November 2009

Killing God

Hey guys!
Once again it's been ages since I've posted, but hopefully this book review was worth the wait.

Killing God is an interesting young adult novel written by Kevin Brooks. Dawn Bundy, the main character, is a conflicted fifteen year old, who tells this story with the help of song lyrics from her favourite band, The Jesus and Mary Chain. She listens to them on her iPod every day, and has even named her two daschunds after them; Jesus and Mary.
She lives with her mother, has little in the way of friends, apart from Jesus and Mary, and she has clearly had a rough time in the moments before the start of the book.
Dawn starts to question everything she once knew when Mel and Taylor, the two 'IT' girls at her school start talking to her, and she starts to notice that she's not who she once thought she was.

Killing God draws to a massive climax in the final chapters, and I'd highly recommend it, as it takes you deep into Dawn's mind, and the story unravels bit by bit in a fantastically suspenseful way.

Hope you enjoy it!
Catch ya round :]
Nick

Wednesday, 4 November 2009

The Disappearance of Katharina Linden



This wonderful book by Helen Grant begins on an alarming note - Pia's granny explodes. I won't tell you all the details, but it involves a lot of hairspray, a box of matches and an Advent Crown.
Instead of getting support from her school friends, eleven year old Pia becomes ostracized as her former school mates think the 'exploding granny' situation could be catching.
Pia lives in a seemingly charming German town called Bad Munstereiffel and town life is vividly and sharply conveyed. However. things are not as they seem when one girl, then another disappear from Pia's school.
Pia and her new found friend, nicknamed Stink Stefan, try to solve the mystery.
There is much suspense and drama in this teenage novel, especially towards the end, but there is also great humour.
Take Pia's relationship with her English cousins, for instance. The misunderstandings they have with the nuances of the German and English language are a joy to read.
There is so much to like about this novel; I was captivated by the character of Pia and didn't want the book to end.
-Ann

 
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