Category Archives: Book Reviews

“Circe” Book Review

By Kathryn Hutchinson In ninth grade English, the first classical work read is Homer’s The Odyssey. Madeline Miller retells this classic in Circe, but from a different perspective. In Greek mythology, Circe is the daughter of Helios, God of the sun, and Perse, a water nymph. She is very different from the rest of her

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“Six of Crows” Review

By Kathryn Hutchinson Six of Crows is the first of a two book duology and the fourth book in the Grishaverse. This duology follows the story of six teenagers, Kaz the Barrel boss, Inej the spy, Jesper the sharpshooter, Nina the Grisha, Wylan the runaway son, and Matthias the ex-convict, as they try to pull

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“The Song of Achilles” Book Review

By Kathryn Hutchinson The Song of Achilles is a story about the Greek hero Achilles and his companion Patroclus. The story is told through the view of Patroclus and stays consistent throughout. Patroclus was exiled from his kingdom after he killed a noble boy. He is sent to a nearby Kingdom called Philians where he

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“Holding Up the Universe” Review

By Brooke Lovelace Jennifer Niven keeps readers on the edge of their seats in her novel Holding Up the Universe. Libby Strout, formerly declared world’s fattest teen, re-enters the world of highschool after being house-bound for three years. She soon meets Jack Masseline and their worlds collide like never imagined. Jack is your basic popular

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“Women and Power” Review

By Kathryn Hutchinson Mary Beard is a 66 year old author and professor at The University of Cambridge. On November 17, 2017 she published a nonfiction book called “Women and Power”. The book is 91 pages long and goes in-depth regarding the reality of women throughout history.  She begins all the way back in the

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Joshua Xavier’s 10 Favorite Things

 Interests are what make up a person’s personality; without them, a person would be a blank slate. Experiences are another factor in creating a person’s personality; without them, people would be unable to find things they are interested in. Examples of interests could be sports, music, cooking, etc. I have a lot of interests, such

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“The Woman Warrior” Book Review

By Humaam Said The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts is a book written by Chinese-American author Maxine Hong Kingston. The autobiography documents the five stories that Kingston narrates to preach a message about empowerment. However, this sharply contrasts with her Chinese upbringing to relate the last message about freedom to the audience.

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“Second Chance Summer” Book Review

By Madison Carr Morgan Matson’s novel, Second Chance Summer, is an award-winning book that follows a young girl as she returns to her childhood vacation spot in the Poconos. Taylor Edwards, the protagonist, struggles with running away when things get particularly tough for her family. Her father is sick, so they decide to have one

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“Red Queen” Book Review

By Nimisha Mikkineni Victoria Aveyard’s masterpiece, The Red Queen, is a best-selling novel that follows an unusual world and an even more unusual girl.  Mare Barrow, the protagonist, struggles in a world where people are separated by the color of their blood. There are the Reds, who are essentially regular humans, and there are the

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How Splendid is “A Thousand Splendid Suns”?

By Shivananth Ilayanambi Spanning decades, Khaled Hosseini’s A Thousand Splendid Suns follows the story of two women as they navigate their lives in Afghanistan under Soviet, Taliban, and finally, no rule. Mariam is the daughter of a rich businessman and his housemaid. She was born out of wedlock after her father slept with one of

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