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Along with many other readers, I read the rising novel, Me Before You, by Jojo Moyes. It is a realistic fiction novel that was published by Penguin Books on January 5, 2012 in the United Kingdom. This story is definitely one to make you feel as if you’re living in it; it creates an emotional and romantic mood throughout it’s whole. I would definitely recommend this book to those who have a place in their heart for sappy love stories, and as with almost all cases, the book is significantly better than the movie.

I think that the most impacting element that this story has on the reader is it’s setting. In this novel, there is a 26 year old woman who has grown up in a working-class family. She has few qualifications and lands a job caring for a quadriplegic man. Will Traynor had the perfect life, and after a traffic accident, he is stuck in a wheelchair with limited use of his upper body and no use of his legs and back. Time after time, Louisa attempts to foil his plan to live life miserably and she tries to help him see that he still has places to go, views to see, and people to meet. Will remains bitter to Louisa, and she becomes cold-hearted towards him as well. Through all of her attempts of adventure for him, Louisa Clark and Will fall in love. Will’s mother learns of his plan to go to Dignitas (assisted suicide organization in Switzerland), and she respects his wish as long as he promises to live 6 more months. Louisa takes him on an exotic vacation and they connect like never before. Will then decides that it is better to tell her of his plans now than to wait any longer. Louisa feels that she has failed her mission to make him choose life. The mood throughout the novel makes the reader feel involved; Will’s choices that affect Louisa also affect the reader. Moyes uses her power to connect the reader and crush them with a sad ending.

Even though the ending of this story was by far the worst I had ever read, the entire novel as a whole makes up for it with the love that Louisa has for Will. The sacrifices made and the differentiating emotions pulls the reader in, and that makes this an amazing novel. Because what’s a better than feeling like you’re one of the characters yourself?

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Best Friends is a novel by Martha Moody about the friendship between two young women in college and how it blossoms into the later years of their lives. It was published in 2001 by Penguin Group. I enjoyed this novel because of the unpredictable twists and turns in the plot.

Clare Mann goes to college in Ohio where she meets Sally Rose, a wealthy and beautiful girl from California. Clare is immediately fascinated with her lifestyle and finds her to be more interesting then anyone she has ever encountered. This friendship only grows when Clare goes with Rosie to L.A. to meet her family. The secrets Clare finds out answers all her questions about Ruby, while the California air transforms her into a different person. Clare becomes more carefree and treats L.A. as an escape from the reality of her life back home. She soon finds it hard to be able to separate her own life from Ruby’s. They soon grow older and begin to separate, but always seem to be able to rekindle their friendship. The many things Clare craved in Ruby’s life hold would be revealed to be just something undesirable in the end.

All in all, I can say I really enjoyed this novel, but mostly because of the secrets and surprises it holds. I would recommend this novel to someone looking for a good read about the element of envy in a friendship and about a family trying to maintain an image much different from the one they actually have

The Last Little Blue Envelope

Claudia Rupert

English

Mr Moser

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The Last Little Blue envelope was written by Maureen Johnson and was published April 26 2011. It was published by HarperCollins.I personally believe that this book is an excellent read and one of my favorite books. It is filled with suspense and mystery and is a quick read.

The Last Little Blue Envelope takes place a few months after the end of 13 Little Blue Envelopes.While swimming in Greece, Ginny’s backpack was stolen, and she never got to read the 13th and final little blue envelope. Ginny receives an email from a guy saying he found her backpack with the letters inside. Ginny now has to follow a new set of mysterious instructions, and she heads back to England.

Oliver, the man who has the letters, says the first step is to head to London. Ginny enlists the help of Keith, who she met on her first trip, and his girlfriend Ellis. The 4 set off to find the last piece of Aunt Pegs artwork. They only have a few days until the new year, when the piece will be auctioned off, and Ginny will have to give half of this new part of her inheritance to Oliver.

This book is very intriguing and is just as good if not better than its prequel.This book will make you feel many emotions and have you on the edge of your seat. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who likes a suspenseful novel.

13 Little Blue Envelopes

Claudia Rupert

Mr. Moser

English              

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13 Little Blue Envelopes was written by Maureen Johnson in 2005. It was published by HarperCollins. I am a huge fan of this book because it is very suspenseful and it draws readers in.

The main character in this book is a young girl named Ginny Blackstone. She is on summer break when she receives a message from her  “Runaway Aunt” Peg, who is now dead. THer aunt says Ginny will be traveling to foreign lands and she can only bring as many things as she can fit in a backpack. She cannot bring any extra money or a journal and no electronics. Ginny is only allowed to open the next envelope once she has reached the destination or has completed the task set in the previous letter.

The first envelope sends her to London where she meets an artist named Keith and her aunt Pegs roommate. She realizes she has a crush on Keith, and they go to Scotland to meet her aunt’s guru artist Mari Adams. Ginny and Keith have a fight and they part ways. Later she encounters a horrible hotel in Amsterdam and finds shelter with a family. Following the letters, she goes to Denmark and meets four Australian students, Emmett, Bennett, Nigel, and Carrie. Together they form the “Blue Envelope Gang” and follow the second-to-last envelope to Greece. The 12th envelope states she can open the last one whenever she wishes.

While in Greece her backpack gets stolen with the last envelope in it. She asks her aunt pegs roommate who happened to be her husband to help find the envelope. In the attic of her aunt Pegs house she finds her old artwork. The painting collection is sold at auction, and the proceeds become her inheritance. While wondering if selling the paintings was the right decision or not, a conversation with Keith makes her realize that Peg wanted Richard to know that she loved him. She writes a letter to her aunt, letting her know that even though she never read the 13th envelope she knows what it said.

13 Little Blue Envelopes  is an action packed story for all ages. Readers feel as if they are in the book themselves when reading this novel. It is a quick and enjoyable read leaving readers wanting more. Overall this book is a fantastic read for anyone.

AR: The Hunger Games

Claudia Rupert

Mr. Moser

English

1-25-17

 

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The book The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins was published by Scholastic Press on September 14th 2008. It was published in New York, New York. This book became an instant hit drawing in all ages. I believe overall the book was very well written,very entertaining, and action packed.

The main character of the book The Hunger Games is a young 16 year old Katniss Everdeen. She is a very skilled hunter and has a great shot when it comes to archery. Young Katniss lives with her mother and her sister Prim,age 12, since her father died. The family belongs to district 12, the coal mining region. Every year the Capitol of Panem holds the Hunger games. This event is where two tributes, one boy and one girl, from each of the 12 districts must come to an arena and fight to the death and only one person will win. During the selection process Katniss’ sister Prim is selected as one of the tributes for district 12. Knowing she has to save her sister Katniss volunteers in her place. The other tribute from district 12 is a young man named Peeta.

During the opening ceremonies Katniss and Peeta are dressed in fire outfits. They are also allowed to practice their archery skills in training before the games officially begin. As soon as the games begin Katniss realizes that Peeta has abandoned her and teamed up with the strong rich kids. Peeta and the kids corner her and force her into a tree not allowing her to come back down. With her smart thinking she notices a tracker jacker nest and cuts the branch containing it causing it to be dropped onto Peeta and his gang below. During this she manages to get her hands on a bow and an arrow. Soon she finds herself teaming up with a young girl named Rue from district 11. Together they completely destroy the Career tributes food supply. In the meantime Peeta doesn’t appear to be teamed up with the rich kids anymore. Katniss doesn’t know where he’s at or who he’s with but all she knows is he is not with them. Soon Rue is killed by one of the Career Tributes and Katniss is on her own again. Soon the announcer changes the rule of the game saying that 2 people from a single district can win. Katniss frantically searches for Peeta.

When Katniss finds Peeta he is wounded but she nurses him back to health. If they could pretend to have a romance they could get gifts from their sponsors which would help keep them alive. Soon it is Peeta and Katniss against the last remaining tribute Cato. Soon they are faced with wild dogs and Katniss shoots Cato into the pack. The dogs ripped him to pieces. Soon after Cato’s death the announcer decides the rule of only one winner is back on. Neither Katniss nor Peeta will kill one another so they agree to eat poisonous berries at the same time causing them both to die. Right before they put the berries in their mouths the announcer comes back on saying they have won the Hunger Games. Eventually Katniss finds out that Peeta is actually in love with her. To end the book they step hand and hand off the train and onto the Platform.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins is an action packed story for all ages. Readers feel as if they are in the Hunger Games themselves when reading this novel. It is a quick and enjoyable read leaving readers wanting more, which is why Suzanne Collins continued the series. Overall this book is a fantastic read for anyone.

AR: Looking for Alaska

Claudia Rupert

Mr. Moser

English

1-26-17

 

Looking For Alaska

 

Looking For Alaska is a John Green novel that was published on March 3rd 2005 by Dutton Children’s Books. This novel was published in New York, New York. I personally believe that this book is an excellent read and one of my favorite books of all time. It is filled with suspense and mystery and is a quick read.

A young man by the name of Miles Halter is the main character in the novel. He is attending Culver Creek boarding school for his junior year of highschool. Miles becomes friends with a girl named Alaska,and two boys named Colonel and Takumi. The friends smoke, prank and cause mischief together. Miles falls madly in love with Alaska but she has a boyfriend who’s at college. Meanwhile a girl named Lara likes Miles and wishes she had a chance with him. One night Miles and Alaska were playing truth or dare while drinking. Alaska gets a call and suddenly she runs to her car and drives off campus. The following morning Miles is informed that Alaska had died in a car accident the night before. Miles was heartbroken and had many questions surrounding the death so the friends start to search for answers. Takumi suddenly remembers that it was the day Alaska’s mother died and realizes she went to her mother’s gravesite. It was unsure if Alaska intended it to be a suicide or just an accident. To answer the prompt of how to get out of the labyrinth Miles gives an answer Alaska would have liked. In the end, Miles comes to peace with Alaska’s death. He knows he will never understand her fully but will always remember her.

This book brings a lot of suspense especially when Miles and his friends are searching for clues to Alaskas death. The reader feels sorrow for Miles having to deal with such a loss. This book will make you feel many emotions and have you on the edge of your seat. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who likes a suspenseful novel.

My plans for this school year.

My plans for the 2016-17 school year are to achieve good grades in all of my classes. Although my Geometry started out a little rocky, i plan to pull the grade back up by doing good on the upcoming tests and quizzes. I also plan to make at least Honor Roll every marking period this school year.  I also am taking new classes this year that i hadn’t before such as Culinary Arts. Hopefully this class will prepare me to be self sufficient in the future. Lastly I plan to work my hardest during Field Hockey season and put in extra time to become even better.