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Thirst No. 1 by Christopher Pike

Thirst No. 1 is a book for all kinds of readers. It is based on a young, well actually old, woman and her life. The book was written by a male author but has outstanding writing style from a woman’s point of view. Thirst is action packed but also a love story of sorts. Throughout the book, the main character, Sita, is faced with the changing times, danger, and peoples’ true intentions. She meets some interesting people that are not good and some that she feels for deeply. Sita faces large amounts of police forces in excruciatingly tight situations. There is blood and love, lust and age, fighting and seducing, as well as major deception; Sita even covers religion. Sita sucks her readers into her story and doesn’t let go, showing them her true self and the side that she wants others to see. Sita,her friends, and her foes, must fight to see who can make it to the end of time. Who will succeed in this story of survival of the fittest? Thirst kept me guessing and was constantly climaxing, with little room for breakage. Any reader looking for a good book will enjoy this book.

~Lauren L., Class of ’11

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March 8, 2011 Posted by | Book recommendation | , , | 1 Comment

The Girl Next Door by Selene Castrovilla

In The Girl Next Door, author Selene Castrovilla unleashes the bittersweet story of Sam and Jess, best friends and neighbors since preschool. Seventeen-year-old Sam is a not so girly girl who lives with her mom and little brother and who secretly mourns after her father’s death. She is in love with her best friend Jess, the popular baseball player at school that every girl wants to be with. However she thinks she does not stand a chance next to perfect from head-to-toe, Cindy Evans, a popular girl who is just as willing to be with Jess as she is. But all of that changes when Jess is hammered with news that turns his world upside down: he has a rare and treatment-resistant type of cancer.

At first, Jess is devastated by the life he can no longer live and the lack of support he gets from his uptight, cold mother. Although Sam is heartbroken and she feels as if without Jess she has nothing to live for, the love she has for him causes her to stay by Jess’s side at all times and give him nothing but love and care. Throughout the book, as Sam’s support and love for Jess grows stronger so does the feelings they have for each other, and as the months go by their relationship deepens as they begin to fall in love with each other. Castrovilla does a successful job as a writer by capturing the reader’s mind and allowing them to feel the characters’ emotions as the story progresses, and ending the story by giving the reader a genuine lesson about life, love, and making peace with the unpredictable events in life that cannot be changed.

I thought that this book was incredible. Although this novel was sad, it had a beautiful story. The plot is very realistic, and therefore it’s easy to feel the emotions the characters are going though. The ups and downs of Sam and Jess’s story captivated me and made me want to keep reading to see how their story would turn out. The book not only was entertaining to read but also taught me many life lessons and sentimental ideas that could be applied to real life. Although a lot of the book is centered on Jess’s disease, the main focus of the plot is unraveling the two teens’ love story. Because of this, I would recommend this book to teenage girls.

~Amanda H., Class of ’11

March 8, 2011 Posted by | Book recommendation | , , , , | Leave a comment

Jane by April Lindner

Jane Moore does not care about pop culture, read celebrity magazines, or listen to rock music. Jane, her parents least favorite and least attractive child, is about to be noticed for the first time in her life. When Jane becomes the nanny for the daughter of famous rock star, Nico Rathburn, her life becomes part of the celebrity gossip she used to ignore. Nico Rathburn has a secret, a big secret. As Jane becomes entangled in the rock star’s life, the hidden truth from his past will cause her to question the life she has been leading and the man she has come to love.
April Lindner breathes new life into the old classic Jane Eyre. Charlotte Bronte’s characters take on modern day characteristics while retaining the essence of the original. This novel will be interesting for readers of the original Jane Eyre and new readers alike. Jane will keep readers in suspense until the end. Fans of romantic novels are sure to find this to be a great read. Will Jane stay with the sole love of her life or will she leave him and his dark past? Check out Jane by April Lindner from the Collins Hill Media Center to find out.

-Melissa M., Class of ’11

March 7, 2011 Posted by | Book recommendation | , , , , | Leave a comment

If I Stay by Gayle Forman

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

March 7, 2011 Posted by | Book recommendation | , , , | Leave a comment

A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks

Landon Carter was what you call a “bad” boy when he was younger. He would play tricks on people and wasn’t very serious about his religion. He wasn’t very serious about any girl until he met Jamie Sullivan. She changed everything about his life. She made him a stronger person and helped him to have more faith in God and himself. It’s hard to believe that one person can truly make a difference in someone’s life.

I read this book, and it truly touched me. I cried at the ending, and it is worth every second of your time to read. I think all girls would love this story because it’s a fantasy all girls have about the “perfect” guy. The author writes so that it is really easy to understand and easy to read. This is one of the best books that I have ever read in my life, and it is hard to put it down once you begin reading it.

~Julia A., Class of ’11

March 7, 2011 Posted by | Book recommendation | , , | Leave a comment