Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson is a very good book. I checked this book out because I had just finished Wintergirls by the same author. I liked the way it was written, in very short chapters. This story is about a girl overcoming raoe and trying to fit in her freshman year of high school. This book was very suspenseful because it hinted throughout the entire book what happened to her, but never told you until the end of the book. The ending was very surprising, and she has to face her biggest fear. Overall, I would give this book a very good rating." Book reviews by Olivia
I read the book Legend by Marie Lu. The story was about the 2 narrators, Day (Daniel) and June, and their futuristic lives in L.A. You follow the two of them through times that weren't expected and reveal secrets left behind for only one persons eyes. This fast paced story was near impossible to put down. I recommend this book to those who read the Hunger Games because they seem very similar in many ways.
I read Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli. This story follows a orphan boy named Jeffery through a tough time period. He meets people no one ever though he would, went through hard times, befriended "blacks" even though he thought the color of their skin was more of a chocolate brown, and came out a hero. This book was not my favorite and I couldn't categorize who would personally like it.
I read the story Star Girl by Jerry Spinelli. It is a story a strangely different high school girl and her life being an outcast. As a boy falls for her she changes her ways and people give her the silent treatment. What will she do to keep him talking to her???
Thanks for the reviews, Danielle!
"I read the book "In a Heartbeat" by Loretta Ellsworth. The story begins when, Eagan, an amazing figure skater, dies after attempting a triple-lutz in a competition. The story then is handed over to Amelia, a girl with CHF, or Congestive Heart Failure. She has waited months for transplant, but is troubled when she is able to receive one. She knows that it means someone else must die for her to be happy. Slowly, things are revealed about Eagan's troubled relationship with her mom and Amelia's new attitude and cravings. Is her donor trying to tell her something, or is it just side effects from the drugs?
I highly recommend this book, as I couldn't put it down and finished it in less than 2 days. (around 2 hours). The coolest thing is that the book is dedicated to her mother and nephew. She began the story as therapy at the loss of both. Her mother had passed away from Congestive Heart Failure and her nephew, Jason, had a fatal motorcycle accident. Jason was an organ donor, as shown on his driver's license, like Eagan. She felt happy that part of him lived on, like Eagan's parents. This book was written in the memories of both and helped her keep writing through her grief.
This is a great book to read so don't hesitate to pick it up. The book is amazing and worth a try. It also teaches great lessons such as to enjoy life while you have it, because some are not as fortunate. The author did a great job with the tricky subject of death and turned the book into something you want to read."