by Pauline Gruber on 03/13/2014   (updated 03/13/2014)

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Book Review by Trevor: Divergent by Veronica Roth

Divergent by Veronica Roth is an interesting and intense dystopian book (soon to be movie), which takes place in future Chicago. The story is about a girl named Beatrice, who lives in a society based on five factions. Each faction is an isolated group, trying to follow one of the following traits: bravery, selflessness, friendship, intelligence, or honesty, often to the extreme.

Beatrice lives in Abnegation, the faction that follows selflessness. As she nears her 16th birthday, she is given a choice, to choose if she should join another faction, and betray and abandon her family and friends, or to stay in Abnegation, where she doesn’t fit.

The book is a definite must-read, filled with lots of action, suspense, and a love story. Let’s hope the movie does well.


by Pauline on 03/12/2014   (updated 03/13/2014)

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Pauline Gruber’s book, The Girl and The Raven, is absolutely perfect for a tween girl like me. Of course since it’s a book for young adult girls there has to be a love triangle. There is an absolutely brilliant one. It was hard to choose between Marcus and Dylan.

The greatest thing about the book was that you feel like you have jumped into the main character Lucy’s life. The book let me feel Lucy’s emotions. When she was sad, I felt sad. When she was happy, I was exuberant!

A more serious matter of the story was her addict mother and conflicts between Lucy and her dad. The Girl and The Raven taught me that even though our parents sometimes may abandon us, they’re still our parents no matter what. The Girl and The Raven also helped me boost my self-esteem. Lucy, who was from the South and dressed very shaggy, was accepted immediately in her school in Chicago—no matter the way that she dressed. It assured me that I did not have to dress like a fashion star to get people to like me. I just had to be myself.

What can you learn from The Girl and The Raven?


by Pauline on 03/10/2014   (updated 03/13/2014)

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Book Review by Mikayla: Airhead by Meg Cabot

Airhead by Meg Cabot is overall a good read for teens. It fits into realistic fiction/drama. The main character is a teenage girl named Emerson (“Em”) Watts who is a nerdy social outcast. She lives with her parents who are both college professors and her celebrity-obsessed sister, Frida. Near their apartment, a SoHo Stark Mega Store is being built that features everything from clothes to electronics. Because of her sister, Em is dragged to the grand opening to see the British pop-star Gabriel Luna perform and in her hopes to meet the Stark Supermodel, Nikki Howards.

As Frida, Em, and Em’s friend, Christopher, arrive at the opening, disaster begins. The group is listening to the dreamy Gabriel sing, as a huge Stark TV comes loose from a wall because a protester shot it with a paintball. The TV tragically falls on both Em and the hottest celebrity at the time, Nikki Howards. Em wakes up in a hospital room with a whole new body. After several days of confusion, the doctors explain that Em has had a brain transfer with the one and only Nikki Howard. After the tragic event, Nikki Howard died, and since she was a very important person, Stark and their hospital decided to undergo the brain transfer.

Now, Emerson lives in a luxurious apartment, is rich, and has to take the role of the most famous super-model known. In the story, Meg Cabot uses easy vocabulary with some challenging words, making the book more interesting from the way it’s worded. I like Cabot’s writing style because it fits the book for what it’s supposed to be, a YA Drama.

My favorite scene in the book is hands down when Em arrives at her new apartment, which was Nikki Howard’s, and discovers all of the clothes and different features she never had in her average apartment. It’s very visual, so you can imagine the entire space. Another thing I enjoy about the book is that Meg Cabot makes the characters believable. Em Watts reminds me of Emma Watson (and not just by the name!). Frida reminds me of Willow Shields from The Hunger Games, and Gabriel Luna reminds me of Carlos Pena, from Disney Channel.

In conclusion, Airhead by Meg Cabot was well done and I recommend it to all young adults.

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