Category Archives: Book Reviews

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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Is “Battle Royale” Worth the Read?

After they read the very first page, readers will refuse to put down Koushin Takami’s masterpiece, Battle Royale. The dystopia follows a junior high school class whose members are driven to fight each other to the death in a program organized by the Republic of Greater Asia, a totalitarian Japanese government. Although completed in 1996,

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“East of Eden” is Truly John Steinbeck’s Magnum Opus

Recreating the stories of Genesis through two interweaving families, East of Eden has captured the hearts of its readers since its publication in 1952. The first family, the Hamiltons, is led by the self-educated Irishman, Samuel Hamilton. Samuel and his wife, Liza, raise nine children in the Salinas Valley of California. Although never wealthy, the

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