Th1rteen R3asons Why Friday, Oct 24 2008 


-From Book Jacket:
    Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch.  Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker-his classmate and crush-who committed suicide two weeks earlier.
    Hannah’s voice explains that there are thirteen reasons she decided to end her life. Clay is one of the,. If he listens, he’ll find out why.
    Clay spends the night crisscrossing his town with Hannah as his guide. He becomes a first-hand witness to Hannah’s pain, and learns the truth about himself-a truth he never wanted to face.

I picked this book up at the library.  The library doesn’t have all the books I want to read, but I still enjoy going there to browse through the books.  I was on the look for these book since I read about it; I am not sure where I heard about this book but I am glad I did.  It really is a great book with the sad twists in there.  I don’t exactly get some of the reasons why she did kill herself, but I think I do kinda get it.  You should definitely pick up this book and read it.  Most kids at my school said they wanted to read this when they picked it up and said it sounds like a good book.  I really do like the back cover.

-Back Cover
 You can’t stop the future
 You can’t rewind the past
The only way to learn the secret
     … is to press play


Story of a Girl Monday, Oct 20 2008 

Title: Story of a Girl
Author: Sara Zarr
Number of Pages: 192 (hardcover)

I don’t exactly know why I did that at the top but I did. This book I pratically read it because I liked the cover and the library I go to doesn’t have Sweethearts by the same author. So I decided to pick this up, I don’t have enough money to buy all the books I want to buy. Story of a Girl is a pretty good book that reflects what just so happens in real life at some schools in some people’s life.

-From book jacket:
I was thirteen when my dad caught me with Tommy Webber in the bck of Tomm’y Buick, parked next to the old Chart House down in Montara at eleven o’clock on a Tuesday night. Tommy was seventeen and the supposed friend of my brother, Darren.
I didn’t love him.
I’m not sure I even liked him.
In a moment, Deanna Lambert’s teenage life is changed forever. Struggling to overcome the lasting repercussions and the stifling role of “school slut,” Deanna longs to escape a life defined by her past. With subtle grace, complicated wisdom, and striking emotion, Story of a Girl reminds us of our human capacity for resilience, epiphany, and redemption.

Breaking Point Sunday, Oct 19 2008 

I just finished reading Breaking Point by Alex Flinn. This was an intriuquing book combining the insightfulness of Paul, a boy who wants to fit in, with Charlie whose friends aren’t really “friends” except for Paul. Even though Charlie and Paul are best friends, Charlie still uses him and Paul uses Charlie. It makes you think if someone is using you and if you’re using someone.

-From book jacket
“We may need to plant a bomb in Old Lady Zaller’s classroom.”
These simple words will change Paul Richmond’s life forever. Paul is new to Gate, a school whose rich students make life miserable for anyone not like them. And Paul is definitely not like them.
Then something incredible happens. Charlie Good, a star student and athlete, invites Paul to join his elite inner circle. All Charlie wants is a few things in return-small things that Paul does willingly. And then, one day, Charlie wants something big.
How far will Paul go to fit in?

This book really makes me think about some of the ethical issues rasied in Breaking Point. Well I am not exactly sure if you can call them ethical issues but oh well. How come Paul let Charlie make him do those things, small or big? All these things Paul does to fit seems so real life like. Breaking Point is like taking a step into reality of those who just are willingly to do anything to fit in and all the manupliation if they don’t want to. But is “fitting in” and “being popular” really matter? I don’t think so. You definitly need to read this, add this to your must read list.

Party Princess by Meg Cabot Saturday, Oct 18 2008 

Another one of those AR books. I am trying to see how many AR points I can get by the end of the year. I’ll hopefully have about 200 when Christmas comes along, hopefully. Unfortunately, not all the books I read are AR books that I can test on in school. However, I will read non-AR books. Well, this is the seventh book in The Princess Diaries series. I quite haven’t read any of the others, and I am starting in the middle of the series. This one was eye-popping in the library because it was bright pink.

This book is basically in journal form, of course the point of view is from Mia’s view. She’s AEHS (Albert Einstein High School) president, not exactly popular at her school. The student government of AEHS is suddenly broke, her grandma’s play to attempt to raise money, and Micheal’s party are all in this about three-hundred page book. It is a good book; however, it’s not exactly something I would read on like a regular basis.

Well, wouldn’t I hate to have to be a princess. But then again maybe it would be really cool. I don’t really keep up with a journal like Mia does. She’s a writer unlike me who doesn’t like to write.  However, I am starting to keep a blog!

Degrees of Guilt:Miranda’s Story Tuesday, Oct 14 2008 

I read this book over the weekend since I got in from the library on Friday; I finished it today and took a AR test on it too. I got 80% on it. AR is accelerated reader if you didn’t know what that is. In my English class, we have to take AR tests and get atleast 10 AR points every about 9 weeks. It’s quite easy since I ended up with around 60 AR points in that same time.

But back to this book, I liked it. It’s pretty good. I picked it because I like the books by Melody Carlson. If you ever heard of the True Color series there written by her too. This book was also a sad book about a death from taking a drug and drinking too much water. This book is a part of a series called Degrees of Guilt. There all about the same event, but the difference is there from different sides of the story by different people. Miranda had the party at her apartment where Sammy died at, so this book is bound to be about all the guilt she feels. She feels like it’s all her fault and that she should die or go to jail for this. However, I don’t want to reveal too much, so I am going to stop now. You should read this book for yourself.

My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult Sunday, Oct 12 2008 

I finished reading My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult yesterday.  I personally liked these book even though my vocab was as advanced as some of the words in My Sister’s Keeper. It is sad though I try to avoid reading books like that. I read this particular book because I was standing in Sam’s one day around the books, and happened to pick up these book. Then I ended up not being able to buy it, so i went to the library and got it from there. I’ve always wondered why some book titles have a novel at the end, for instance like these book. Hmm…

This book is about a girl, Anna, who is a “designer baby”.  Before Anna’s born, her parents got a preimplantation genetic diagnosis; so, she could be the perfect match for ger older sister, Kate who has leukemia. By thirteen, Anna has been in many surgeries and trips to the hosipital for her sister’s sake. Anna then starts to question who she really is: she’s always been defined in the teams of Kate.  There isn’t many things Anna has in her life except for Kate and her family.  Kate’s not only her sister but her best friend. This doesn’t stop her from going to a lawyer’s office wanting to be medically emancipated. She’s willing to make all the sacrifices she can for this, even losing her sister.

My Sister’s Keeper has a surprising ending to me.  I didn’t think it would end like that.  I did shed some tears because of the ending, but all is good now.  I seem to have a song that somehow reminds of a book.  For instance, I do for this book.  I heard it on the radio this past week.  It’s become my favorite song.  The song is Fall For You by Secondhand Serenade.  I have no idea why it reminds me of this book, but it just does.
Vocabulary I didn’t know So I looked it up:
embryonic-(adj) an early developmental stage
desiccated-(adj) dried/without vitality
rhododendron-(n) ornamental tree
Hawkeye-(n) somebody from Iowa
rogue-(adj) unorthodox or unpredictable/dangerous and solitary
patchouli-(n) aromatic oil
clairvouance-(n) seeing what is not normally seen
eminently-(adv) very
arabesque-(n) formal pose of ballet dancer
paraphernalia-(n) assorted objects/equipment, apparatus, or furnishing used in or necessary for a particular activity
aggrandize-(v) enlarge or extend something
evasive-(adj) avoiding an issue or trouble
vigilant-(adj) watchful and alert
anathema-(n) a person or thing detested or loathed
insidious-(adj) operating or proceeding in an inconspicuous or seemingly harmless way but actually with grave effect
eulogy-(n) a speech or writing in praise of a person or thing, esp. a set oration in honor of a deceased person
vigil-(n) a watch or a period of watchful attention maintained at night or at other times