Category Archives: BOOK REVIEWS

Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami

by Cybil Orhan     Written by the adept Japanese writer Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood is about a man, named Toru Watanabe and his coming of age. He recalls his life from being seventeen years to twenty-one. He was shattered

Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler

by Emma Hyndman It’s unsettling to dive into a science-fiction book about a dystopian future set in 2026 when it’s only eight years away. Written in 1993, Octavia Butler’s Parable of the Sower presents a sobering look at a not-so-distant

If You Come Softly by Jacqueline Woodson

by Andrea K. For my African-American review, I decided to read a popular YA author. I had never read any of Jacqueline Woodson’s books but I was very impressed with the book, If You Come Softly. The main characters are

My Mother Was a Freedom Fighter by Aja Monet

by Claudia Rojas Aja Monet’s My Mother Was a Freedom Fighter came into my life after someone spoke the words “So you like poetry? Read this.” At that point, the collection was in my hands before I could blink away

Go Ask Alice by Beatrice Sparks

by Andrea K. When I was first asked to review my favorite YA novel, I thought to myself, “What an easy assignment! I got this!” Until it wasn’t easy, and I didn’t have it…  The fact of the matter is

Book Review: Lily and Dunkin by Donna Gephart

by Andrea K. Let me just say I am in love with this book! The characters are so realistic and have such so much pain in their teenage lives; I just want to hug both of them. Timothy was born

Book Review: Be A Star by Malique Washington

by Jessica Starks This book is a testament to all grandchildren to appreciate their grandparents and love them while they are still around. Be A Star is a book completely filled with love and is undeniably a passion project. A

Book Review: Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

by Claudia Rojas Stargirl is the typical boy-meets-girl story with the least of typical girls. Spinelli’s characters are often beautiful wonders; here, readers will not be disappointed, as they meet home-schooled, bright sunshine, Susan Caraway. The novel gives young readers

Book Review: Who Am I Without Him by Sharon G. Flake

by Darnnell Reese This book is easy to read with very short stories/chapters. The characters are all relatable to just about every kind of kid you’ve seen or known in junior high school. Each character has an insecurity within themselves

Book Review: 20.000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne

Review by Maricel Dragan In the year 1866 French professor Anorax and his assistant Council embark on a voyage. Tales of a huge cetacean wandering the oceans are in the mouth of every sailor. Stories spread throughout the 7 continents.