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Reviews
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Title
Across the Universe
Author
Beth Revis
Review
This book is mysterious and intriguing from page one. The plot is fast-paced and suspenseful with several astonishing revelations as the characters work to solve the murders on-board. The book takes place entirely on a space-ship bound for a distant planet, upping the stakes of every event that takes place.  View at phoenixpubliclibrary.org
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Title
The Perks Of Being A Wallflower
Author
Stephen Chbosky
Review
This book is one of the best books of all time. In the beginning I was quite confused, but as I resumed reading I comprehended more and more. When reading this book I related to what the main character was going through. I couldn't stop reading since I began. Inclusively I read it in a day. Soon I will go watch the movie. I really recommend this book to teenagers. The book was both funny and heart-touching. Here is the synopsis;
"Charlie" is the alias of the adolescent narrator of the novel, who is about to begin his first year of high school. The novel is presented through letters that Charlie writes to an anonymous friend, whom he hears girls at school talk about fondly. Charlie begins his freshman year apprehensive due to the death of his only good friend Michael, who committed suicide several months before. He does not feel that he can lean on his parents or older siblings for support, because they never truly understood him. He also explains that the only relative that he ever felt close to was his Aunt Helen, but she was killed in a car accident on his seventh birthday. Charlie soon makes friends with two seniors, Sam, and her step-brother Patrick. Throughout the story, Sam, Patrick, and Charlie's English teacher Bill introduce him to many new experiences and the letters he writes show his growth. In the end, he learns that he can go on life without being scared because he is a wallflower. Charlie writes about situations he gets into with his new friends including going to parties, seeing and performing in Rocky Horror Picture Show and going on his first date. Charlie also falls in love with Sam during the novel. He writes to his anonymous friend a lot about love. Besides his feelings for Sam, he also briefly dates Mary Elizabeth, another girl in their group of friends. In addition, Charlie writes about Patrick's relationship with Brad, the quarterback of the football team, who is gay but still "in the closet". Another relationship discussed is his sister's, who is dating a boy who Charlie witnessed hitting her, which Charlie is especially sensitive to as his Aunt Helen was abused. Charlie grows a lot during the story and learns how to participate in life.
Throughout the course of the story I felt as if I knew Charlie. I watched him 'Grow up". I feel as if all adolescents should read this book.   View at phoenixpubliclibrary.org
Rating - 1(low) - 5(high)
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Title
A Long Way Gone
Author
Ishmael Beah
Review
This story is about a boy who grew up in hard times and ended up being recruited as a boy soldier. He lived a miserable childhood, having to kill those he had once been friends with and he had to watch his family die. However, he escaped and ended up becoming someone who helps those child soldiers escape from this prison. I actually had the opportunity to meet the author and his story is phenomenal and he has become an amazing person and his story will influence many.  View at phoenixpubliclibrary.org
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