Saturday, February 18, 2017

"The Edge of Everything" by Jeff Giles

The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles is a story about a young girl and her quest to find answers about her past with the help of her little brother and a mysterious stranger. Zoe and her brother Jonah are automatically thrust into an intense situation at the beginning of the story when a man drives up to an abandoned house and tries to kill them. As they learn that this man is a known murderer, another man comes out of the woods and saves the two, their dogs, and lets the murderer escape. Their savior, X, is a bounty hunter from a place called the Lowlands who’s one and only job is to collect the souls of evil people. X and Zoe have an immediate attraction and they must learn how to cope with feelings of love without being able to be together. 

This book has gone to the top of the pile in one of the most intriguing young adult novels I have read to date. It is very long, almost 400 pages, but the book automatically puts the reader into a high intensity situation which has you hooked from the very beginning. The story line is pretty generic, star crossed lovers not being able to be together, but the situations they are put into by themselves are very interesting. The ending/part four of the book got very slow and boring however. This book is good for ninth grade and up. 


Friday, February 3, 2017

The Memory of Things by Gae Polisner

"The Memory Of Things" by Gae Polisner is a historical fiction and young adult novel about the 9/11 tragedy and a young man's quest for fulfillment. The story begins with the main character, Kyle, in shock and walking away from the twin towers in New York City right after they had been hit. He sees what he thinks is gigantic white bird on a bridge as he walks across but in reality, it turns out to be a young girl that is going to jump off. Kyle pulls her off of the ledge and their story ensues with adventures, young love, and realizing that they are capable of much more then they believe.

I really enjoyed this story! It had some very serious and sad moments, but also light and lovable moments that made you laugh and grow with Kyle. The story was mostly from Kyle's point of view, but occasionally it was in verse from the girls point of view. Polisner did a very good job capturing the essence of teenage romance but also the shock and confusion of what happens during a disaster.  You wouldn't think that those two would go hand in hand but in this story, they did. The only thing that I really did not enjoy was the ending, which seemed lackluster. Both characters go their separate ways and Kyle believes they will never see each other again (because their relationship was built on not normal circumstances so in real life would they even be right for each other?) but Hannah gave him her phone number anyway. And then it ended. I wish there had been maybe an epilogue with a future look at what happened to both characters.


The Memory of Things

Image result for the memory of things What would you do if the twin towers were being destroyed right in front of you and while trying to run away to safety, you see someone in need of help? Do you risk your own life and go back to help that person also get to safety, or do you hope they get somewhere safe on their own? Well, that's the decision sixteen year old Kyle Donohue had to make as he struggles to make it to safety. The Memory of Things falls into the categories historical fiction and friendship and love. As Kyle and this mystery girl takes things day by day, the more he gets to know her, the more he wants her to stay. These feelings eventually turn into something more and both teenagers discover a fondness for each other. While this story isn't just about friendships and relationships, it's mostly tells a story about trust and hope.