I chose 'The Great Gatsby' by F. Scott Fitzgerald, because of all the hype around it, and I want to see the upcoming movie, but I thought I should rea...moreI chose 'The Great Gatsby' by F. Scott Fitzgerald, because of all the hype around it, and I want to see the upcoming movie, but I thought I should read it first. The Great Gatsby is about a young man named Nick Carraway who rents a estate next to this famous man named Gatsby. Turns out Gatsby is famous for his amazing parties, and Nick gets invited to one of them, after that his life becomes quite interesting. My favorite quote from this book is “I hope she'll be a fool, that's the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool.” I chose this quote because I think it there's some truth to it, a fool is dumb oblivious, and easy to manipulate, maybe Nick wants that, he likes girls who are dumb and easy to take advantage of. I think F. Scott Fitzgerald's style is very calm and eloquent, he has a very chill way of writing, which makes you feel like someone out of Mad Men. I would recommend this book to anyone look for a really nice story about the 1920's and something classy for a change.(less)
I read 'Fat Cat' by Robin Brande, I chose it because I can relate to the plot of the book, and it's interesting seeing someone progress from overweigh...moreI read 'Fat Cat' by Robin Brande, I chose it because I can relate to the plot of the book, and it's interesting seeing someone progress from overweight to attractive. Fat Cat is about a overweight, 17 year old girl named Cat, who has to do a science research project based on random photo she chooses. Cat gets stuck with a photo of Homo Erectus cavemen defending their food, and she decides she will live her life just like they did for 7 months, and the outcome is life changing. My favorite quote from Fat Cat is “Amanda and I both paused to take in that bit of wisdom. And try to decide if it even was wisdom.” I liked that quote because I can relate quite often, I hear people saying things that sound smart but are actually stupid all the time, and that leads me to question it. Is it really wisdom, or is it some idiotic cliche saying that offers nothing of value? I think Robin Brande's writing style is terrific, she had me thinking I was a 17 year old girl trying to watch what I eat. I recommend this book to anyone looking for some extra motivation on losing weight and any girl who's looking for nice love story, or guy if you're into that.(less)
I chose 'Fablehaven' by Brandon Mull, because the title and cover stood out me,I'm a big fan of fables and ugly witches. Fablehaven is about Kendra an...moreI chose 'Fablehaven' by Brandon Mull, because the title and cover stood out me,I'm a big fan of fables and ugly witches. Fablehaven is about Kendra and Seth Sorenson who travel to their grandparent's estate to be babysitted while their parents go on vacation. Little do they know, their grandparent's farm is a magical realm called 'Fablehaven' full of magical creatures and some evil demons, together they will eventually help save Fablehaven from the evil demons. My favorite quote from Fablehaven is “Smart people learn from their mistakes. But the real sharp ones learn from the mistakes of others." I like this quote, because it's excellent advice and you can apply it to real life also. I think Brandon Mull's writing style is smooth, catchy, clear, easy to read, and not dimwitted like most children books. He gives credit to his readers and assumes they're not idiots, they know how to read, that's why he's one of my favorite authors. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a great fantasy series, I plan on reading the other books in the series as well and I'm sure they'll be just as wonderful. (less)
I chose this book, because a good friend of mine recommended it to me, I gave it a go, and it's now one of my favorite books. In 'The Homework Machine...moreI chose this book, because a good friend of mine recommended it to me, I gave it a go, and it's now one of my favorite books. In 'The Homework Machine," there is a group of 4 kids who hang out, because all of their last name's end with a D. One of them is incredibly intelligent, so he builds a homework machine, and they all use it, until it starts to cause trouble. My favorite quote from the book was, "What should I do? I gave them both an A." I liked this quote,because it exhibited the helpless teacher's position, they couldn't doubt the kids on their homework, because they had no proof! I'm a big Dan Gutman fan, so I very much enjoyed Mr.Gutman's writing style, I loved how he switched between characters, so we get everyone's side of the story. I was also locked onto the subplot about Sam's dad and how he was stationed at the Middle East, I thought it was strong and emotional. This book has become one of my absolute favorites, and it could be a book I read to my future kids every night. I would recommend this to anyone who dislikes homework, and wants a well-written story.(less)
I chose this book, because of the title, I thought wishes, kisses, and pigs, did not go together, so I had to check it out for myself, and I was pleas...moreI chose this book, because of the title, I thought wishes, kisses, and pigs, did not go together, so I had to check it out for myself, and I was pleased with the outcome. In 'Wishes, Kisses, and Pigs," a girl named Louise wishes for her brother to turn into a pig, and her wish actually comes true. She now has to find a way to turn him back into a human, but she needs to keep in mind that wishes can me manipulative and tricky! My favorite quote from this book was "Star light, star bright, first star I've seen tonight. I wish I may I wish I might, have the wish I wish tonight." This was the quote Louise used to turn her brother into a pig, and for some other mischievousness things. She would wish on a star, and hopefully the wish would come true the next day. I liked the author's writing style, because it made me feel like I was at a farm, and I was a Southern cowgirl who had to work in my family's farm, and that made me feel superb about the book. There was also many similes and metaphors, which added to the book's experience. In end, I was satisfied with this book,and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a short and sweet story. (less)
I chose this book, because the cover and title looked interesting to me, I thought it would be a good read. The book is about an orphan boy that works...moreI chose this book, because the cover and title looked interesting to me, I thought it would be a good read. The book is about an orphan boy that works on the streets, begging for a gang that he has to give all his money to at the end of the day. He wants to escape from his horrible life, but he has no hope, until he finds a magical violin that makes more money than a regular violin. My favorite quote from this book was, "Sharing his memories felt like handing over a sharp knife. A knife that others might handle carelessly. A knife that could be used to hurt him." I liked this quote, because it talks about how had memories can be, they feel just like the moment itself. I thought the author's writing style was fine, and really didn't much more improvement. He used lots of imagery, and sure knew how to describe a vista. I enjoyed this book fairly well, but I think it could have been better, I enjoyed the steam-punk side of it, and found it interesting. I would recommend this book to anyone who's looking for a great young adult, mystery, adventure, or steam-punk book.(less)
I chose this book, because a good friend of mine recommended it to me. The Phantom Tollbooth, is about a boy named Milo, who lives quite a boring life...moreI chose this book, because a good friend of mine recommended it to me. The Phantom Tollbooth, is about a boy named Milo, who lives quite a boring life, until he comes home to a random tollbooth in his room. He sets up the tollbooth, rides through it and ends up in a mysterious land, he then goes on a adventure through this land with some other characters. My favorite quote from this book is,"If you want sense, you'll have to make it yourself." I think that, that quote shows how deep the book can be, yet it is forcing you to use your imagination at the same time. I loved Norton Juster's writing style, because the way he wrote seemed very calm and collected, it kept me relaxed even at the most intense moments of the book. I would recommend this to anyone with a giant imagination, because people who are left-brained sometimes can't process this book, there's so much going on that its overwhelming to them.(less)
I chose this book, because of its cover, I thought it seemed like appealing book and that I might want to read it, so I added it to my kindle. No Coin...moreI chose this book, because of its cover, I thought it seemed like appealing book and that I might want to read it, so I added it to my kindle. No Coins, Please, is about a ingenious, 11 year old, scam artist named Artie who signs up for a tour around the U.S. with two teenage tour guides and a couple of other 11 year old boys. During their whole trip, Artie sneaks away from the group and goes off to swindle some innocent people into buying his rip-off items. My favorite quote from No Coins, Please, was, "Artie, do you have everybody's money?" I think that quote shows how much money Artie had pocketed just from that trip. I find it amazing and hilarious that a small boy of Artie's age could scam so many wiser, and older people. Gorden Korman's writing style has been one of my favorites for a long time now, he makes you feel like you're really in the car with the Ambulance crew, and that seems really difficult to pull off. I would recommend this to any boy-genius looking to make some good money, I personally liked it, because I saw a lot of myself in Artie.(less)
I chose this book, because of the author, Gordan Korman, he's one of my favorite authors and I thought it would be interesting to read another book of...moreI chose this book, because of the author, Gordan Korman, he's one of my favorite authors and I thought it would be interesting to read another book of his, because they are always funny and interesting. The Zucchini Warriors is about two boys named Bruno and Boots, and a couple of their friends, they all go to a school together called,"McDonald Hall." During their year there, they both experience many wacky problems and difficulties, such as a girl joining their football team, the Zucchini Warriors. My favorite quote from this book was when Elmer, the school nerd says,"They're Manchurian bush hamsters, sir,an endangered species. I'm attempting to make them reproduce." I like that quote, because it shows the silliness of the book itself, and how many wild things happen in that one year alone. Gordan Korman's writing style has always been one of my favorites, his writing style makes you feel like you're a hidden camera and you're experiencing everything that's happening to these unfortunate characters. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a hilarious book to read, with many bizzare and absurd things that happen to Bruno and Boots, this book is for sure to get a laugh out of even the most stingiest of people.(less)
I chose this book, because my friend Colin recommended it to me, he said it was a witty, and creative book, so I should read it. I'm glad I took his a...moreI chose this book, because my friend Colin recommended it to me, he said it was a witty, and creative book, so I should read it. I'm glad I took his advice, because I really enjoyed, "Schooled." This book is about a boy named,"Capicorn", but everyone calls him,"Cap." Cap lives at a place called Garland Farm, which is basically a farm far fetched from society. Cap gets home schooled by his grandmother, Rain, until Rain injures herself, Cap then goes to live with an ex member of Garland Farm, Mr. Donelly. While living with Ms.Donelly, Cap has to go to public school, where he first gets harassed and bullied, but soon works himself up to the top. My favorite quote from the book is,"I was thirteen the first time I saw a police officer up close. He was arresting for driving without a license was. I wasn't too clear on what being arrested meant either." I like this quote, because it actually made me laugh out loud. It was one of the things in the book that kept me reading, its absolute hilarity, and the difference between Cap and other kids. I love Gordon Korman's writing style, because he switches narrators every chapter. I find it really interesting to have the different points of view from almost every character. I would recommend this book to out casts, unpopular kids, and anyone who's looking for a good laugh.(less)
I chose this book, because the cover page caught my attention, I immediately knew it was a serious book, because of the font and the dominoes, but I s...moreI chose this book, because the cover page caught my attention, I immediately knew it was a serious book, because of the font and the dominoes, but I still checked it out. I'm normally not one to read serious, touchy-subjected books, but "The Book Thief," was an exception. "The Book Thief," takes place during World War Two, in Germany where the Nazis reign. It is about a small girl named Liesel, who's mom transfers her to a foster home, she goes to live with the Hubbermans. From then on she forms a relationship with her foster-father, Hans Hubberman, and he teaches her how to read and write, Liesel then goes on to do incredibly risky things, like steal books and harbor a Jewish person named Max. My favorite quote from this book is,"Here is a fact, you are going to die." After hearing that, I froze in thought, thinking about how true that was. Everyone is going to die, no matter what, some live longer than others, and some live shorter than others, that's just life in a nutshell. This quote really showed the seriousness of the book itself, and how dangerous it was to be in Nazi Germany, if you were Jewish, chances are you were going to die, and that quote made me realize that. I found Mark Zusak's writing style very eerie, because he used Death as the narrator. To me, it made a huge difference in the story, because none of the characters know him, so he's like a ghost that floats around telling Liesel's life story. He's also Death, the guy who collects your soul after you're dead, the Grim Reaper, sometimes while reading this book I would remember that Death is the narrator and creep myself out. I would recommend this book to people who want to learn more about World War Two, but this time, from a German's prospective. This book was too serious for me to like it, but it did teach me some important things, like how terrible life was for almost everyone, back in World War Two.(less)
I chose this book, because of the title, it reminded me of "Diary of a Wimpy Kid," so I thought it would be a good read. Fortunately, I was right. The...moreI chose this book, because of the title, it reminded me of "Diary of a Wimpy Kid," so I thought it would be a good read. Fortunately, I was right. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, is about a boy named Arnold, nick-named "Junior," who has an alcoholic, poor, family, and the school bully as a best friend. He seeks a better education, to improve his life, so he moves to an all-white school and has to face a whole new set of problems. My favorite quote from the book is, "Poverty doesn't give you strength, or teach you lessons about perseverance. No, poverty only teaches you how to be poor." I like this quote, because it shows the reality to poverty, people say they can be wealthier by working hard, but the majority cannot change their economical status through hard work. I like Sherman Alexie's writing style, because he knows when to be serious and when to be playful. He actually made me believe that a teenager was writing the book, not a forty-year-old man. I would recommend this to anyone going through a hard time, it made me feel grateful for all that my parents do for me, and how lucky I am to be born into a normal neighborhood.(less)
THE MAIN CHARACTER IS BEYOND ANNOYING! Now that I got that off my chest, let's start my review of "Frindle".
Wow, I don't see what all the hype is ab...more THE MAIN CHARACTER IS BEYOND ANNOYING! Now that I got that off my chest, let's start my review of "Frindle".
Wow, I don't see what all the hype is about. I think I'm being really generous by giving this book 3 WHOLE STARS! This book is just way too unrealistic. It's like me calling t-shirts, winker-doodles and the whole world starts to call them that too, except for one person. Then she would actually be on my side by giving me "tough love". Get real Clements.
You know now that I think about it, this is the case with pretty much every single Andrew Clements book. Sure they're original, but are they realistic? (Having humans in a book doesn't make it realistic). "The Landry News" was at least a little realistic, because schools have newspapers, and bad teacher.
PRO TIP FOR ANDREW CLEMENTS: Use "The Landry News" as an example for a good book.
After reading this review, I feel like I was a little harsh on Mr.Clements. Don't get me wrong he's a good author, but this book is just bad!
"Homecoming" by Cynthia Voigt was a bad book for me. It had it's good moments, but not enough. It was overall a quite depressing book.
From the cover I...more"Homecoming" by Cynthia Voigt was a bad book for me. It had it's good moments, but not enough. It was overall a quite depressing book.
From the cover I could defiantly tell this book was not about prom. Instead it's about four kids whose mother leaves them alone in a parking lot, to go shopping. After waiting for hours, the Tillermans decide to trek to the "fabled" Aunt Cilla's house. On their adventure they meet many shady characters, and kind-hearted people. Once they arrive at Aunt Cilla's house, she's dead! The only person there is their silly cousin, while they are here they discover their mother is paralyzed. After a while, they realize that their cousin's house is not the right place for them, so they run off to go live with their grandmother. On the way to their grandmother's, they run into a mean old man, named Mr.Rudyard, who tries to harm them. They eventually escape that tyrant, and reach their Grandmother's house. The Tillermans discover that their grandmother doesn't want them to stay, but with a little convincing, their grandmother gives in.
I feel that this book could have been much shorter. Voigt spends almost two pages describing a club sandwich. This book is four hundred pages, when it could have been 200. She adds too many random details, for example, the color of someone's wallet. I think I could have lived without knowing his wallet color, thank you very much! Although I do admire how she described food. Really made me hungry, like a man who hasn't eaten in days. The way she described the Tillerman's first dinner with Gram made my mouth water. I also feel that this book was easily predicted. I knew that the kids were going to live with Gram, from the beginning. Voigt should have defiantly added a little bit more action into the book. Although,I will give her props on the characters. I personally enjoyed the Tillermans. James especially, in my opinion he's the most useful one.
Overall I believe this book was not right for me. Anybody that wants something "real," or adventuresome, should read this. I personally wouldn't recommend this book to my friends, because it was quite enjoyable. (less)