Jude, a 15 yr old boy, thinks his mom gave him up at birth. Only after his drug dealing father is killed do the authorities find out that Jude’s mom is the District Attorney. They also discover that Jude’s dad kidnapped him when Jude was 3wks old. With open arms, Jude’s mother Anna Grady, welcomes him into her swell life and sends him to a very nice prep school. One of his schoolmates OD’s on drugs and innocent Jude is immediately put under the knife. Harry, his mom’s boyfriend and the deputy police commissioner, tricks him to help Anna get elected on an anti-drug platform. He will clear Jude’s name, he promises, once Anna is elected. Jude, in turn, is tried as an adult and sent to jail for 5yrs. He then finds that Harry never meant to help him in the first place. He then learns to fight in jail. He needs to for his own good; survival of the fittest. This book has many twists and turns in it.
~Kylan E., Class of ’11
Steven DeNarski is a 16 year old high school student who tries very hard to deny his homosexuality. He drools over his hunky male math teacher and even square dances but he is absolutely, positively not gay. In an effort to try to be normal, Steven covers his walls with posters of women and even buys a playboy magazine to replace the international male catalogs under his bed. To fit in with his peers, he tries to hang out with the jocks and goes on failed dates with some female classmates. Although this delights his parents, it still doesn’t feel right to Steven. To trick his mom into thinking he has a date to the school dance, he takes his fake girlfriend Kelly who is actually a dog. That’s when he comes to a realization that in fact he is gay, but now he has to come out to his best friend and even harder, his parents. This light-hearted book is best for teen readers but is all around relevant to audiences by Stevens need for acceptance.
Madison R., Class of ’11
Split is about a sixteen-year old boy named Jace Witherspoon who has a less then perfect life. His father abuses him along with his mother; before his brother Christian ran away, he abused him too. One day, it got to be too much for him to handle so he fought back with his father. Then, his father kicked him out, and he had nowhere left to go except Christian’s house. Once there, he thought he could get a new start on life and everything would finally go right. He was totally wrong. His ex- girlfriend threats to reveal his secrets and he constantly worries about his mother who refuses to leave her husband no matter how much he hurts her.
Split is a great novel that kept me guessing until the end, and it is one of those books that I kept wondering about even after it was finished. It is a great novel and one that could be read over and over again. I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a good read. I had trouble putting down. It is found in the Collins Hill library with the call number of FIC AVA. If you are looking for an easy book to read I would recommend it to everyone. It is not an overly girly book or one meant just for guys. It is a great book for teens and adults too.
~Grace J. 2011
I was ready to read book but needed a quick read. If I Stay is not only a great book but one you can read in few days. The book has a quick start, and within a few pages, the book already had me hooked. The author, Gayle Forman, also has a unique writing style of mixing flashbacks along with the present to keep the interest going as well. The book is about teenage girl, Mia, and her decision to live through what she has lost. Mia realizes things will never be the same but also takes in consideration what is best for her and the people in her life. The characters in the book are unraveled quickly and make you in fall in love with them from the start. If I Stay would be a great read if: you are into music, you are in need of a cry, and if you enjoy mild romance.
~Katie D., Class of ‘11
If you are looking for a great book to read, I would highly recommend the book The Glass Castle. This is a memoir written by Jeannette Walls. Jeannette shares many stories from her rough childhood. She begins from almost the very beginning of her life by telling readers about an incident that landed her in the hospital when she was only three years old. Throughout the book, she gives us details of the many adventures her family goes on and all the hardships they face along the way. Walls’ describes her family members very vividly. She gives us many important characteristics about each of her siblings and her parents. I found myself using the information that she gives us about the characters to make a picture of them in my head. It makes you feel like you really know them. Jeannette does a spectacular job with giving so many details and really making you understand the circumstances that she was in.
I believe that this book would be enjoyed by both girls and boys and also by people who enjoy reading true stories. This book keeps your attention and never has a dull moment. You are always interested in what is going to happen next. This book also makes you feel many different emotions. While I was reading, the emotion I had most of the time was shock. When you hear the events that occur in the lives of the Walls’ family, you will understand why you would feel shocked. Another emotion that really overcame me was sadness. The Glass Castle is not a very short read, however it is most certainly worth the time to sit down and read. You can find it in the library under 92 WAL. Check it out! You won’t regret it.
~Ericka H., Class of ’11