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The Odyssey by Homer (review by Sachi B. ’21)

The OdysseyThe Odyssey by Homer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Written by Homer, The Odyssey, is an epic covering the journey of the hero Odysseus to reach his home, Ithaca. Odysseus constantly faces hardships due to a multitude of reasons such as the gods being against him and the urges of women to have him as a husband. Despite being gone for twenty years due to the Trojan War, he continuously perseveres to reach his home, utilizing his trickery and strength. He is heavily assisted by divine intervention from numerous gods like Athena and Hermes, allowing him to fulfill his journey. I thoroughly enjoyed the epic as Homer painted his journey in such a detailed way, making us sympathize for our hero. The only reason I gave the epic four stars was because although Homer wants Odysseus to be our hero, there were many poor decisions that Odysseus made that seemed to challenge his hero status. Overall, I would definitely recommend this epic, which gave me a wide understanding of the ancient Greek mythology. – Sachi B. ’21

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Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck (review by Sachi B. ’21)

Of Mice and MenOf Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Written by John Steinbeck, Of Mice and Men, is a heartwarming novella about two men working to achieve their dream of having their own farm. The novel revolves around the Lennie and George, the protagonists who are complete opposites. George, a smart and caring man, acts as a protector for Lennie, a hard-working man with the mind of a child. The duo work and travel together as migrant workers in California during the Great Depression. Though George sometimes criticizes Lennie for being an extra burden for him, deep down he knows that he can never abandon him. Both Lennie and George have absolutely no family; they only have each other. These two men work in a farm, dreaming of the day to have sufficient money to buy their own land. While the novel is mostly light-hearted, it takes a massive turn towards the end, which made me give it four stars due to the extremely depressing ending. Despite the climax of the novel, this book showcased the importance of friendship and how one always needs another human by their side. I would definitely recommend this short but sweet novel that teaches the important message of friendship. – Sachi B. ’21

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The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon (review by Sachi B. ’21)

The Sun Is Also a StarThe Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Written by Nicola Yoon, The Sun is Also a Star is a novel revolving around two young adults Natasha and Daniel, who fall in love despite the numerous obstacles that come their way. First, Daniel is Korean and Natasha is African-American, which is a racial difference they believe their families would not approve of. Moreover, Natasha is an undocumented immigrant and is to be deported the exact day they meet, forcing the two lovers to separate. Despite the challenges they face, both Natasha and Daniel attempt to make the best of their bad situations. They focus on the present and on each other, cherishing the time they have left together, instead of constantly worrying when they will have to leave each other.

This book is unique and showcases the perspective and thoughts of each character by labeling their names at the top of every page rather than being narrated from only one perspective. This allowed the reader to really feel what the lovers are feeling, and anticipate and fear what will happen to the protagonists. I would definitely recommend this book due to its beautiful concept of how living in the moment is such an important concept that everyone needs to implement in their own lives. – Sachi B. ’21

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