Melinda is a freshman in a high school in Syracuse New York, after she graduated middle school; she went to a party where she was raped. After the par...moreMelinda is a freshman in a high school in Syracuse New York, after she graduated middle school; she went to a party where she was raped. After the party, she was depressed. All the friends she had before the party avoided her, she was hated because she called the cops when there was underage drinking, but no one asked her why. All of her friends joined different clicks, and glared at her across the hallway. Her grades dropped, her attitude was down, and her only friend was a exchange student who no one accepted. She avoided the man who rapped her, but he stared to make her uncomfortable.
This book revels how fear a expressed toward society. Melinda is scared to be noticed in society, she is afraid that the boy who rapped her would do it again. She was constantly judged by everyone in high school and everyone who was at the party because she called the police. Her alienation caused her to fall into a dark hole, and spy on her friends new life. She was unable to move on or to speak the truth , which enabled her to regress.
I thought this novel could have been written better, I wish there was bigger language. I thought it was an interesting topic, but I could have been more detailed.
Butter is a novel about saxophone player who is obese, weighing 423 pounds and is only a junior in high school. This boy relieved his nickname Butter...moreButter is a novel about saxophone player who is obese, weighing 423 pounds and is only a junior in high school. This boy relieved his nickname Butter because he was bullied to eat a full stick of butter. He is in love with a girl named Anna, blond and skinny. They have been dating for about a year online, but she doesn't know his true identity yet. Butter is too ashamed to show her what he looks like, although she hae the element of surprise. He makes a deal with her that they would meet on New Years Eve, but it was also the day he would die. Butter created a website called butterslastmeal.com which he would record some of the foods he would eat on December 31st. Sme of his selections were strawberries (which he was severely allergic to), alcohol and of course a stick of butter. By creating this website, he learne that people "popular" kids are imaged him and respected his idea of suicide, they even encouraged it. For his last days, he would try to convince Anna in person that they should be together, diet severely, and insult his best friend, his music teacher.
At times of need, bullying can cause peopele to commit suicide. Throughout this book, Butter is constantly reminded of the way he got his nickname and why people bullied him. In the beginning of the novel, Butter sat and ate lunch isolated so hw couldn't be bullied or teased about his weight. Him being 423 pounds and eating unhealthy food didn't help people from staring or making disgusted looked on their faces. He got teased about having to buy two seats on an airplane so he could fit, and that if he sat on the tiny plastic chairs in the lunchroom, they would break. Butter decided to kill himself because he saw how his friend was losing weight but he couldn't, he was bullied into it.
I thought this book was somewhat disgusting. This boy's actions and food decisions made me uncomfortable, he decided to eat a second whole stick of butter. Throughout this novel, I felt uncomfortable which made me uncomfortable with this book. (less)
**spoiler alert** Caitlin Paine is a senior living in the slums of New York City. She lives with her mother that could care less about her, and her yo...more**spoiler alert** Caitlin Paine is a senior living in the slums of New York City. She lives with her mother that could care less about her, and her younger brother Sam. They are on the search of finding their father and getting away from their mother. Caitlin and her brother are constantly being moved from one place to the other due to their mother's instability of jobs, and they believe that New York is the worst place yet. Caitlin meets a boy in school named Jonah and bonds, he brings her to a concert in Carnegie Hall and then starts her journey of the supernatural. She begins her new life as a vampire hybrid, half vampire half human and her first kill is the singer of the night. She is then thrown in between a war of good and evil vampires. She meets another vampire, Caleb, falls in love, and fights her way to help the good win the war.
Throughout this novel, we experience the battle of good vampires against the evil ones, and the struggle to find love. Caleb and Caitlin try to find her father through riddles and clues but also find out what they mean to each other. They journey to different cities with historic backgrounds and legends to find the one thing that will unite them and help win the war to favor the good.
I enjoyed reading this novel although it was cheesy and predictable. They made many historic sites and people vampires and the clues were very confusing, although the book ended suddenly it made it easy to read the second novel. (less)
This book started out disturbing, a fifteen year old sleeping with his grandmother who was forty. He tried to justify the fact that she wasn't that ol...moreThis book started out disturbing, a fifteen year old sleeping with his grandmother who was forty. He tried to justify the fact that she wasn't that old, therefore he couldn't call her Gran but Grace. The boy was committing rape but didn't care until he posted a letter in a newspaper and he got caught. His uncle (grandmother's son) acted as is he was his nephews father but didn't really care about what his mother was doing or who she was doing it with. Lionel's story is also twisted, he has gone to prison multiple times and could care less about family. For his nephew's birthday, his present was porn since he thought that was the best gift for teenage boys. In between his jail times, Lionel won the lottery, and from there on, he became a nice and more respectable family figure.
The idea that pleasure is what's needed in life is expressed highly though this book. Lionel gave his nephew porn, his nephew had an intimate relationship with his grandmother and money buys happiness. When Lionel won the lottery, he changed his personality slightly and decided to take on the roles he had for such a long time. For him money changed his personality, and his mentality; for some people a bride or pleasure can change the attitude of a person.
This novel freaked me out, it was disturbing. The book got better as it progressed although it started out bad, twisted and disgusting. Personally I couldn't get over the beginning of the story so I did not enjoy this book in the least but. I would not recommend this book due to its disturbing content. (less)
The story of Henritta Lacks or HeLa is quite extraordinary, she is no longer living but her cells are. All throughout the world, billions of Henritta...moreThe story of Henritta Lacks or HeLa is quite extraordinary, she is no longer living but her cells are. All throughout the world, billions of Henritta Lacks cancer cells are growing, dividing and helping scientist solve the mysteries to finding cures to diseases. Henritta was a colored woman who lived during the Jim Crow Laws, she was married an had five children. Henritta lived in Baltimore and was popular and nice, although she had cancer, cervical cancer. Her cancer was different, it made a purple bump on her stomach, which when touched, bleed. Henritta had a sample tested from her tumor, and that was the time when the doctor stole some of her cells. Later she learned that she had cancer, and she was "treated" with radium. The doctors told her that her cancer wouldn't spread, and the radium would cure it, but it didn't. Soon enough, her cancer spread and they treated almost every spot with radium, her skin was charred black. Not long after her cancer spread, Henritta died but her cells were still reproducing. This novel tells the story about Henritta's life, the journey of her cells, and the opinion of her family.
I thought it was quite interesting to learn about the history of the woman behind HeLa cells. We learn how the family was not informed about Henritta's cells until years after. This billion dollar industry hasn't profited the people that were the family of the cells. We learn about corruption for money and how people neglect information that impacts others. What if your mother died but part of her was still living?
Summing up the book, it was really interesting, each and every tiny detail was shared about her, from her family routines and the exact color nail polish she wore. Although some of the facts dragged on, I believe part of the book had too many facts and not enough analysis. This book is good if you are interested about what HeLa cells are, what they helped accomplish, and the history behind the woman who originally bore these cells.(less)
Prom and Prejudice is a parody about Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. In this story, Lizzie is a scholarship student going into A school for the ext...moreProm and Prejudice is a parody about Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. In this story, Lizzie is a scholarship student going into A school for the extremely rich and snobby. Since she is the outlaw, Lizzie is bullied, although she has two friends, one that is another scholarship student and Jane, girl who is extremely kind hearted. She was accepted into this school because she is a master pianist, but her talent can't make people think she is equal. Lizzie meets William Darcy who belongs to the private school for boys (also for the wealthy) and believes he is rude and snobby. As the story progresses, she starts to like a boy named Wickem but betrays her for money. Wickem is an opportunist, and discards Lizzie like a brown paper bag. Lizzie grows a relationship with Darcy, they become friends and become even more friendly. In the end, instead of taking Lizzie to prom, he takes her on a date.
We learn how it's better not to judge people before we actually know them truly. Originally, Lizzie couldn't stand Darcy because he was a stuck up snobby rich kid, but she eventually becomes friends with him and goes on a date. When Darcy first met Lizzie, he couldn't stand her because she was a scholarship student, but as he understand he point of view, he accepted certain ways, realized money isn't everything, and fell in love with her.
I thought this novel was okay, but too cheesy. This parody had all the main characters and setting but had an uninteresting ending. The title of be book has the word prom in it, but she never even goes to prom which is slightly annoying when you get to the end of the story. This novel is a moderate read but not as good as Pride and Prejudice.(less)
Perks of Being a Wallflower is a novel about a boy, Charlie, growing up in high school. Charlie has two friends, Sam and Patrick. These two are stepbr...morePerks of Being a Wallflower is a novel about a boy, Charlie, growing up in high school. Charlie has two friends, Sam and Patrick. These two are stepbrothers and sisters. Charlie leads a sad life following the death of his aunt and his best friend. His brother is a college football player and his sister is an environmental activist with an abusive boyfriend. On Charlie's first day of school, he meets his favorite teacher Bill who gives him books to read outside of school. His best friends, Sam and Patrick (aka. Nothing) lead him on the path of drugs, alcohol, and cigarettes. We are taken on a journey of Charlie's freshman year will his meltdowns and parties.
While reading this novel, we experience a coming of age story. We see Charlie grow throughout high school, he experiences drugs, alcohol, and love. Originally, Charlie was a timid boy who experienced his best friend's suicide, although as he hung out with Sam and Patrick he became more outgoing. Charlie's journey lets us experience his growing up and become more or less mature. We see him transform into a better person.
I enjoyed this book but the movie was better. The book was a little slow and drowned on, I wish more happened during the course of two hundred pages. I wish the book was more exciting. Overall this book was not that impressive.(less)
Battle Royale is a novel about middle school student who are put on a deserted island and have to kill each other until one stands. The class starts o...moreBattle Royale is a novel about middle school student who are put on a deserted island and have to kill each other until one stands. The class starts out with 42 students, 21 females and 21 males and dwindles down one by one. They have tracking devices around their necks that don't come off; the point of these to see if they are located in a danger zone, if they are, the device blows up. Each student received a weapon, a bag, a map, and a compass. Some students didn't want to participate so they hid or committed suicide, and some thought of it as a game. These people took it seriously, they were determined to live, to go to a good college, be a hero. This game showed how each of the characters were killed off, and how seriously these students took the murders of their classmates.
In this story,we see how groups formed and who could or could not be trusted. One group formed: Noriko, Shuya, and Kawada. They wanted to be the last to survive, to escape off the island. While reading, I saw how the groups had morals; they either didn't kill, killed for defense, or killed for fun. Shuya's group killed for defense; only Kawada killed or threatened the other students, but Shuya and Noriko didn't believe in murdering their friends. We saw how good and the evil impacted the relationships between each of these groups. The group's values impacted how they played the game, and how they treated their class mates.
I like this novel but I thought it was a little slow. I wanted action in each chapter, although some chapters just dragged on without any, and they groups ran from each location to the next. I wish the novel was more action packed but it still was amusing to read. (less)
**spoiler alert** Newes form the Dead is a novel about an 18 year old servant girl Anne Greene who was alive but dead. Her body was completely paralyz...more**spoiler alert** Newes form the Dead is a novel about an 18 year old servant girl Anne Greene who was alive but dead. Her body was completely paralyzed after being hanged, and she is haunted by her memories. She was hanged because she was accused of murdering her infant child, although it was a stillborn. She was falsely accused and paid the price but had a second chance. Her child was the product of the young master, although he denied that it was his. He pretended to love her and promised her that she would get whatever she wanted; fancy dresses, lavish dinners, etc. but he couldn't admit that he had an affair with one of the servant girls. Anne had a second chance, and she lived that life with a man, who loved her, and cared for her every move.
This book shows how women are inferior to men in the 17th century. Since Anne was a servant, the man couldn't admit that the child was his because the woman was a lover class then he was. He promised her lies and gave her false hope. Women had no or little rights and could be used for other's pleasures, especially young servant girls. Men took advantage to young girls were sexist, men had rights but women didn't. In this novel, we can see how Anne Greene was affected with sexism, and false hope.
I thought this novel was very interesting, especially since this based on a true story. I liked reading Anne Greene's side of the story more than the medical examiner's; although it was quite interesting to see how determined this young man was.(less)