Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Looking for Alaska

I don’t think I was really prepared for this book even though I have read all of John Greens books (ironically) I was expecting something I didn’t get, but what I got was so much better. This is probably his
most serious and thoughtful book which is to say a lot, because all of his books are to some extent, serious and thoughtful. It is also a painful book to read but I didn’t quite understand why bad things happen to good people and why good things happen to bad people? Although with John’s ability to interpret different characters into multiple personality’s or egos, he manipulates the story into a very stimulating although very tragic story line creating this ordeal of wanting to endure the story even further.

 The beauty of the Looking for Alaska is that it doesn't hide anything. It showcases what young love and growing up are in a very brutal and honest light. We tend to see how the characters communicate, their relationships with each other, their pasts and the pleasure that comes with being a bad kid shine through the pages... Even though there are 2 parts to the story (before and after which I won’t be spoiling what separates them) it engages the reader to persistently want more. I tend to realise why I like this book so much, it’s because unlike most books aimed at teenagers, they aren’t. They don’t fully experience the depth of what being a teenager means, unlike John Green’s books. John utilizes the average teenager’s day to day life and portrays them in his story’s enabling all ages to feel something of the story (especially teenagers) I would recommend this book to anyone; I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and the author’s collections.

Tiana (Cranbourne work experience student)

Monday, 19 May 2014

The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson

I sobbed all the way through The Impossible Knife of Memory. Laurie Halse Anderson is an amazing American YA author who brought wonderful books like Speak and Wintergirls to teens. Her latest novel is just as moving. Hayley looks after her father who has returned from the Iraq war. He suffers from post traumatic stress disorder, but will not face his own troubles. Hayley is in trouble at school – somehow essays don’t mean as much as they should when you are trying to keep your father alive and functioning. She meets Finn who changes the way she sees the world – but does she have time for anyone else in the strange life she lives? Highly complex, intense and some of the strongest character writing around.

- Celia

Friday, 16 May 2014

The hobbit (a very biased review)

The hobbit is a book written by J.R.R. Tolkien, who also created Lord of the rings and many other books. It is about a hobbit, Bilbo, (Which are a race of children-sized, hairy, happy hungry beings) who goes on a
journey and finds himself doing and saying things altogether unexpected. After Gandalf (My favourite character in both the hobbit and Lord of the rings) shows up at his front door and brings along a band of thirteen dwarves  to accompany Bilbo on an  escapade to slay a dragon and take back their homeland of Erebor.

This is definitely my favourite book because it’s full of adventure and excitement, and it keeps you intrigued. I decided to read this book when I was about eight because of my favourite movie (Lord of the rings) and I wasn’t disappointed. This is the only book that I can recall that I have read more than once, and once you read it it’s easy to understand why. I would recommend this to anyone of any age (Well, anyone of any age who can read, obviously) because it has such a diverse range of interesting things in it. When Tolkien wrote the book, it was intended for readers form ages five to nine, even so, many adults and teens read the book anyway.

Destinee (Cranbourne Work experience student)

Monday, 12 May 2014

Nine Open Arms

A mysterious house along a road called Sjlammbams Sahara is at the centre of 'Nine Open Arms' by Benny Lindelauf.

'Nine Open Arms' is an extraordinary novel for teens that has been translated to English from Dutch by the acclaimed translator, John Nieuwenhuizen.

A large motherless family move from place to place, their father trying to seek his fortune through various business ventures that remain unsuccessful.

'Fing' is the narrator of the story, and around her orbit circle a family with eccentricities that keep the reader amused and entertained.
Take, for instance, her father's efforts to create a cigar making empire. Many trials and mishap ensue when 'the Dad' purchases  bales of 'ready-to-use filler' from a tobacco grower.
After making five cigars and lighting them, 'the Dad' and Fing's four brothers race out to the garden where they are sick.

The house along Sjlammbams Sahara is hiding many secrets and as the story continues, moving back and forth from the 1930's to the 1860's, its secrets are revealed.

Beautiful, evocative writing and well fleshed out characters.
Highly recommended.


Thursday, 1 May 2014

Pushing The Limits

Title: Pushing The Limits
Author: Katie McGarry

Pushing the limits’ by Katie McGarry is such a good read. Echo Emerson has experienced a traumatic event. The thing is, she can’t remember it. Echo tries and discovers what happened to her while dealing with the emotional and physical scars that this event has left behind and why it had drastically changed her life.
Noah Hutchins is a bad boy. But he also has his own secrets and insecurities. An event changes his happy, care free life into a complicated journey of ups and downs. He has to make the right decisions without the help of many.
But, when Echo and Noah meet, a romance blossoms. They overcome barriers and learn to trust each other with some of their deepest secrets…
Michaela H
Age: 14

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