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Nobody But Us by Kristin Halbrook (review by Joyce Z. ’17)

Nobody But UsNobody But Us by Kristin Halbrook
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Nobody But Us is a cliched (but with a twist) novel about a boy and a girl who run away together. Zoe has dealt with her drunken father’s abuse ever since he was responsible for her mother’s death when she was young. Will was abandoned by his mother and is constantly being bounced from one foster home to another. Zoe never stands up for herself; Will often causes trouble because he can’t control his temper. Although Zoe and Will are constantly facing new challenges, I feel like this book dragged on for too long. Most of the book is about their constant fighting and their emotional up and downs while running away. Towards the end, however, this book becomes more intense and ends with a heartbreaking twist. Some may feel the storyline is too predictable, and that there are not enough turns and twists. One positive aspect of this book is that the point of view is constantly switching from Zoe’s to Will’s so that we are able to know the internal thoughts of both protagonists. Overall, I think that Nobody But Us is a good book but not a must- read. – Joyce Z. ‘17

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Looking for Alaska by John Green (review by Joyce Z. ’17)

Looking for AlaskaLooking for Alaska by John Green
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When Miles (aka Pudge) starts out at his dad’s old high school, he’s not completely sure what’s going on, but he knows that it’s definitely not what he expected. Chip or Colonel, his roommate, introduces him to a girl named Alaska Young whom he immediately falls for. After Alaska crashes into a police car and dies, Pudge has to face what happened that night and try to forgive himself for Alaska’s death. Did Alaska drive into a police car to kill herself, or was it just a simple accident? Was she just a wild, moody prankster or was she a depressed teenager who never got over her mom’s death? John Green draws out suspense throughout the whole novel. The reader has to decipher what really happened from the few, vague clues and the mysterious atmosphere Green deliberately employs. Looking for Alaska will please those who enjoy reading suspenseful stories full of plot twists and guesswork that will keep them on the edge of their seat. – Joyce Z. ‘17

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The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (review by Joyce Z. ’17)

The Fault in Our StarsThe Fault in Our Stars by John Green
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Fault in Our Stars starts off with a girl named Hazel Grace Lancaster, whom the reader may forget is not normal while she is narrating the story. Instead, she is diagnosed with lung cancer and uses a miracle product that will keep her alive for a few more years. Augustus Waters has been cancer-free for a year at the cost of giving up one of his legs. The unexpected crossing of their lives creates a fascinating love story of a boy and a girl battling cancer with humor, tragedy, and romance all mixed in. John Green has spun a not so classic fairy tale that will have the reader completely absorbed until the last page. Although Hazel keeps the tone playful for the majority of the book, her insightful view of life will keep the reader pondering the fragility of life even long after it ends. – Joyce Z. ‘17

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The List by Siobhan Vivian (review by Joyce Z. ’17)

The ListThe List by Siobhan Vivian
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The List is a brutally realistic, relatable story of eight girls who all suddenly have the undivided attention of the whole high school. Abby Warner, the prettiest girl in the freshman year is understandably ecstatic about her new title but has to work through her sister’s jealousy. Danielle DeMarco has never thought of herself as especially ugly or masculine until she is dubbed Dan the Man by this year’s list. Lauren Finn, the new girl, embraces the newfound popularity received from being the prettiest sophomore. Candace Kincaid, is enraged about being named the ugliest because she’s just not ugly, not even close – on the outside. Bridget Honeycutt knows that her summer transformation is only a result of starving herself the whole summer. Sarah Singer has never cared about beauty and now goes even farther to prove her point by neglecting hygiene for a whole week. Margo Gable, the prettiest senior, might just have her expected title of homecoming queen stolen from her by Jennifer Briggis, the ugliest senior. I recommend this interesting read to anyone who enjoys a light drama of high school girls struggling to fit in. The List is an honest novel that reveals society’s true perception of beauty and how other peoples’ opinion can change one’s feeling of self-worth. – Joyce Z. ‘17

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