Review: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

A cup of teenage awkwardness. A sprinkle of mediocre filmmaking. And a whole lot of insanely funny events. These ingredients make up the masterpiece that is Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews. The novel is narrated by Greg Gaines, a teenager who keeps a low profile at school and makes movies […]

First Thoughts: I Was Here by Gayle Forman

http://www.goodreads.com I haven’t been able to read for a few months because of tests, homework, and now AP tests. I finally went to the library last weekend and picked up some interesting books. My first book I started is I Was Here by Gayle Forman. Foreman’s book If I Stay is one of her well […]

After 55 years, ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ Fans Will Finally get Sequel

With the novel published in 1960, only about 50 years later will the author, Harper Lee, release the sequel that has been around all along? Reports have said that the ‘sequel’ was found attached to an original typescript off ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ in fall last year. I would do a quick recap of the […]

Revisiting the Journals of Sylvia Plath

The following piece contains excerpts from a presentation I gave for my IB HL Literature class. Sylvia Plath is one of the few writers whose works have mirrored all the thoughts, anxieties, and fears that I write about each day. As a young girl, most of the books I read were by men of the […]

Review: The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski was an emotional, relentless novel. Rutkoski gives the reader no time to recover before being buffeted with a new twist or sudden reveal in the storyline. Her story is set in an alternate world, where one country, Herran, has been recently colonized by another, Valoria. Slavery was used to cut […]

Drew Magary’s “The Postmortal” Review

It has been so achingly long since I last read a book that actually held my attention. As I casually read the back, I realized I was hooked. My friend purchased it while I bought Love Among the Artists by George Bernard Shaw. While she drove, I flipped her new purchase open and read a random chapter […]

Courtney’s Tell-All: I Didn’t Come Here to Make Friends

Courtney Robertson – more commonly known to the world as the villain on Ben Flajnik’s season of the Bachelor – recently released a book on June 24 titled, “I Didn’t Come Here to Make Friends: Confessions of a Reality Show Villain”. I can’t lie; I was more excited than I should have been for this […]

The Fault In Our Stars: Hero or Zero in the Overcrowded Young Adult Scene?

Let’s face it, young adult or “teen” books don’t have the greatest reputation when it comes to their big screen adaptations. Aside from the Harry Potter‘s and Hunger Games‘ of the world, we see a lack of well-received feature films. The sci-fi and fantasy genres are the ones that are producing more than anyone else. […]

Springtime Sadness

  Spring·time sadness noun \ˈspriŋ-ˌtīm ˈsad ˈne-ss\ : allergies that occur during the season of spring Examples of SPRINGTIME SADNESS  1: Watch out for: Sneezing Runny Nose Wheezing Urticaria Excess Catarrh Anaphylactic Shock (Breathing Difficulty) Edema Heart Failure  2: AKA Allergies Used in a Sentence:     She got that Springtime Sadness! First Known Use of SPRINGTIME   […]

Young Adult Books Getting Released in November

For those of us who want to know what new books are coming out, yalit.com has all the information laid out. Here are five books from their listing. All summaries are taken from Goodreads. Sorrow’s Knot by Erin Bow Release date: November 1st In the world of Sorrow’s Knot, the dead do not rest easy. […]

Books for Halloween

It’s almost Halloween, which makes now a perfect time to get some scary reading done. Here are five books to get you started. Amber House by Kelly Moore After her grandmother dies, sixteen year old Sarah Parsons goes to hunt for lost diamonds in a house her family owned for 300 years. Joining her are […]

NaNoWriMo is Almost Here!

This October, people all over the globe are preparing for National Novel Writing Month, also known as NaNoWriMo. National Novel Writing Month is an event where participants write 50,000 word manuscripts in the month of November. Traditionally, people write fiction novels during the month, but rebels are welcomed with open arms. So really, anything’s allowed. […]

Lessons from Fahrenheit 451

It is no piece of cake being a college student…or much of anything…in today’s world. Lately, I’ve been feeling burned out, beaten down, and altogether hopeless – and a lot of people I’ve talked with lately are feeling the same way. This is a point in my life when I want to learn all that I can learn, and […]

Banned Books Week

It’s Banned Books Week, the week where we give a nod to censorship as if to say “We know you’re here and we don’t care.” Of course, then we rub it in by reading some banned books ourselves. Censorship is most common among children and teen’s books. Well-meaning parents and teachers try to ensure that the […]

Hark, Potter Fans!

The world of Harry Potter is going to hit the big screens again! Feel free to squeal uncontrollably, Potterheads. This particular film will be about Newt Scamander, “author” of Harry’s textbook, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Now, the movie won’t have Harry or even his parents in it (feel free to cry); it’s […]

Shakespeare: The Hogarth Project

We’ve all probably read a Shakespearean play at some point, probably in high school and college. Regardless, even those of us who haven’t read Shakespeare know one thing; he’s dead. It’s been about 397 years since William Shakespeare died, which seems rather close to a certain number, doesn’t it? That’s right, the 400th anniversary of […]

The Glories of St. Joseph

Blessed (soon to be Saint) John Paul II once said, “As the family goes, so goes the nation and so goes the whole world in which we live.”  If you have a trace of doubt as to the validity of this assessment, just look at your immediate social circle.  Chances are favorable that you know […]

John Green’s “The Fault In Our Stars” to hit the big screen

Named the #1 fiction book of 2012 by TIME magazine, Green’s bestselling novel is being adapted into a movie. Allow me to make one thing clear: The Fault In Our Stars is not a cancer book. In the words of the 16-year-old protagonist Hazel Grace Lancaster, “cancer books suck” because they conceal the hard truth […]

Rowling’s “Casual Vacancy” to become BBC drama

Rowling fans can expect to the see the episodic adaptation in 2014. Rowling has transitioned into the world of adult literature with her latest novel, The Casual Vacancy. Her first work since the completion of the Harry Potter series, The Casual Vacancy strays away from the realm of spells and potions. The novel focuses on […]

Hushed

He’s making a list and checking it twice… Archer is not a monster. He’s just looking out for his best friend. At least, that’s what he tells himself. After a traumatic experience in his childhood, Archer Pond has decided to get revenge on those who have wronged him and his best friend Vivian. By killing […]