Did he jump.. or was he pushed..?

Harry Dolan, the author of Bad things happen, completely hooks you from the start with the first scene being the main character buying items from a store to conceal a MURDER. You are introduced to a cunning and calculated killing pair who will stop at nothing to not get caught. This is a very interesting book so far but takes a while to get into the plot because it starts out very messy and complicated. Although, this book definitely introduces you to a new world because it takes you into a perspective that many people never consider. The mind of a killer. These characters explore every single outcome until something sinister happens….

Reading Update: Wolf Hollow

Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk is a poignant novel that follows a 12 year old girl living in Pennsylvania during World War II.

The first line of the book hooks the reader in and makes you want to learn more about what is going on. There are a couple of unexpected turning points that make the book stick with readers. The main character is relatable because she goes through some of the same struggles children may face today.

The book is full of mystery which makes it difficult to put down. I have not yet finished this book, but I cannot wait to see how it ends.

Book Review: The Loop

The Loop by Ben Olivers hooked the reader at the start with the obscure setting of a futuristic prison called The Loop being controlled by an AI called Happy and the world controlled by one government. Luka has been there for quite a while struggling to stay sane. But something is wrong…

It’s a really good book, I highly recommend it.

The Fault In Our Stars

The book The fault In Our Stars follows the story of a teenager hazel who is living with cancer. Hazel doesn’t see her cancer as a battle to Hazel cancer is reality. The fault In our stars is a love story between too teenagers who have the constant reminder of death and loss always with them.

Gus and Hazel’s relationship (the two main characters) is so unique and special and it shows in the story. The book not only focusing on their love story but it focuses on bigger ideas and questions. On their journey they experience Loss, hopelessness, and illness while the story also questions everything. The word that Hazel would use to describe their time together would be simply “honest”. Honest is truly the perfect way to describe their lives. Even though these characters are fiction the story it follows is completely honest. Gus and hazel both know what it’s like to live with cancer but even though it is their story we also see how cancer has impacted the people around them.

I recommend this book. It was a really easy book to get into. It was entertaining and inspiring.

Today, Tonight, Tomorrow

Today, Tonight, Tomorrow is a story about a girl named Rowan Roth and it’s her last day of senior year and during the three years of high school she has tried to win against her other classmate Neil McNair after losing against him in freshman year for a school wide contest.

After three years she has finally finished senior year and while she thinks everything is going good for she gets into a car accident with her ex-boyfriend and in the process spills coffee on her dress that she wore for the the announcements for valedictorian which while on stage she doesn’t end up getting valedictorian sadly. Overall this a very good book so far and I feel actually bad for Rowan hopefully things look up for her but anyways this book is definitely worthwhile, see you next time my little lovelies xoxo

Six of Crows Book Review

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo is a fantasy novel about greed, redemption, and trauma. The story hooks you from the start with its intricate setting and complicated characters. The story is about six teenagers who all have troubled pasts that are working together on a heist in order to get enough money to turn their lives around. They each have a unique background and set of skills to their advantage, and the novel leaves you wanting to know what happens next in this action packed yet thoughtful novel. However what really makes this novel so great is how it switches points of view each chapter and offers us a glimpse into each of their minds and past lives. Once you start reading it, it is hard to stop so I would definitely recommend giving it a try.

The Summer I Turned Pretty

The Summer I Turned Pretty” by Jenny Han centers around the main character, Belly. Belly is completely obsessed with summer, so when her mom’s friend, Susannah, invites Belly and her family to their beach house each year, she is ecstatic. Belly is accompanied by her mom, brother (Steven), Susannah, and Susannah’s children, Jeremiah and Conrad. Isabel (Belly) Concklin has loved Conrad since she was a little kid, and although Conrad, Jere, and Steven treat her like a sister, she loves each one of them in a different way.

From the beginning, readers are hooked. The descriptive setting of their shared beach house makes readers want to be there with the 4 “siblings.” The apparent love triangle between Belly, Jere, and Conrad always leaves you wanting to know what happens next between the three of them.

The new world presented in the book is called “Cousins.” This is where the beach house that the two families reside in for the summer is located. The author makes you want to be able to visit Cousins as it’s portrayed as a beautiful stretch of land with beaches, whales, boardwalks, and so much other stuff to do! Overall the book has been really interesting and fun to read so far.

More Class Blogs

For many years, we used the Blogger platform for my classes. Since it is owned by Google, it integrates pretty seamlessly with your Google accounts — which made it easy to use, in some respects — but it is a very limited and bug-ridden platform. So we have decided to construct a new class blog from scratch using the most more powerful and stable WordPress platform.

If you are interested, though, in seeing what past American Studies students have been thinking and writing about, feel free to wander over to Take Control of Your Culture.

You can also check out my senior AP Lit students who are presently blogging over at Story Power.