Friday, April 28, 2017

"Falling Over Sideways" by Jordan Sonnenblick

"Falling Over Sideways" by Jordan Sonnenblick is a children's story about the chaos that comes with a parent having a hardship that you cannot control. Claire is in the eighth grade and nothing is going right. She wasn't promoted in dance class like the rest of her friends were, her arch nemesis is picking on her, and she doesn't really fit in at school. One day, she is with her dad when he has a stroke and has to be taken to the hospital. The story ensues with Claire learning how to grow up and take responsibility for actions and problems that she sometimes does not want to deal with.

This was a really great story and easy read. It was a heavy topic but not one that made you really depressed or that younger kids would not be able to handle. I would recommend this story for ages 11-15.

~SS

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

"Every Exquisite Thing" by Matthew Quick

 "Every Exquisite Thing" by Matthew Quick is a beautiful story about the struggles of high school and what it truly means to feel lonely and not be yourself. The plot opens with a girl named Nanette who does not believe in herself or the things that she does. Her teacher loans her a book about self discovery and she soon is hooked. She meets the author of the loaned book and the plot thickens with romance, understanding of life and wanting, and death.

Although frustrating at times, this was a wonderful book. In class we discussed how it reminded us of the recent Netflix series "13 Reasons Why" and how the feelings of being alone were portrayed really well through the various characters in this book. It was frustrating for me as a reader at times to watch Nanette continually spiral out of control when she has had a lot of help already and doesn't seem to be heeding any advice given. I would recommend this book for ages 15 and up.

~SS

"Orbiting Jupiter" by Gary D. Schmidt

 "Orbiting Jupiter" is an interesting coming of age novel about a thirteen year old who has had a very troubled life. Joseph has led a troubled life, from getting a girl pregnant at age thirteen to running away from foster home after foster home. He ends up with a kind family where he learns what the true meaning of brotherhood and family means.

I really enjoyed this book and the message that the author had behind it. There was a lot of struggle for the young man that seemed a little bit excessive but there is most definitely issues like this in real life that we don't think about in our daily lives. This was a very easy read and would recommend this book for fifth grade on up.

~SS

Thursday, April 6, 2017

"Daughters Unto Devils" Amy Lukavics

Daughter's Unto Devils is a historical fiction mystery by Amy Lukavics set in prairie times. The main character, Amanda, goes through many trials living in her mountain home, from an unwanted pregnancy to believing that there is a devil haunting her soul, this story shows the struggles of mountain/prairie life with a scary twist.

This was my least favorite of the books we read thus far class. It was not terrifying but I could not get invested in the characters at all and the story line was so out there that none of it was very believable. I think that this would be an easy read for people that like sci-fi.

~SS