Guest Blogger: Hannah, Grade 10
Setting (Place): Brazil
What would you rate this book: 5 out of 5 Stars
I do not usually read on my free time, but I could not put this book down. It was thrilling and always kept me interested. I loved every single second of this book.
In this thrilling novel, Teo Avelar, an anti-social medical student, meets the love of his life. He becomes obsessed with an spontaneous, spunky college student, Clarice. The moment he met Clarice at a party, he immediately fell in love with her, and went to extreme measures to get her to love him. As extreme as kidnapping her. He starts off by stalking Clarice and finding out all of her private information. When he enters Clarice’s house and tries to convince her that they are a perfect match, she rejects him. Distraught, Teo beats Clarice on the head with a book he bought for her. Teo kidnaps Clarice and models their trip after Clarice’s original screenplay, Perfect Days. In her screenplay, three friends venture around Brazil looking for love. He hopes that bringing Clarice around Brazil will make her declare her love for Teo.
“”He listened to her breathing, synchronizing his own with hers, and sat on the edge of the bed, watching her closely, but still at a respectful distance. He didn’t want to come across as a sick psycho. With time, he’d prove to Clarice that she was wrong. He was…”
Young adults, or older audiences would enjoy this book. Perfect Days takes on a very mature and terrifying topic. Younger audiences may not understand the topic or be mature enough to handle the frightening plot.
Guest Blogger: Marine, Grade 11
Settings : The story takes place nowadays in a small town called Long Thorpe.
Ratting : 4 out of 5 Stars
At first I did not like the book. I thought it was boring and repetitive. But as the story goes I was more and more into the story and I think the author make a good job making you feel the character’s emotions. I have always been intrigued and scared of what a psycho or emotionless person could do or think. It is a reason why I really liked the book.
The cellar is the story of a kidnapped and sequestered 16-years old girl named Summer. We follow the half year she spent on this cellar through 3 differents eyes, hers, her boyfriend’s, Lewis, and his sequestrator’s, Colin.
Colin is a loner, psychotic and murderer. He works for an attorney and is very polite and nice in public. He kidnaps girls and rename them after flower to create his “perfect family” in his cellar, and make them call him Clover.
Summer, “Lily” was taken without leaving any trace behind her and brought to the cellar to live with 3 other womens : Rose, Violet and Poppy. The cellar is most likely a one floor apartment with a bedroom, a living room, a kitchen and a bathroom. There they spend the following months doing anything Clover ask in order not to be killed and replace. She gradually learn to distinct Lily from Summer, trying not to get crazy and protect herself, and spend her days reading, watching movies, sewing, cleaning...
Clover, him, is obsessed with the idea of building his perfect family and getting rid of prostitute, after losing his mother. He convince himself that he is making the world a better place. Lewis is devastated and spend every days of her disparition looking for her and investing.
“He pulled a knife out of his pocket, Poppy and Rose flinched at the same time. “No please. Clover, I’m sorry. Please don’t,” she begged, holding her hands out in front of her. He shook his head, breathing heavily. His eyes were dark and cold, there was no emotion on his face other than rage. He took one step forward, almost smiling at her; it sent a chill down my spine that someone could be so cold and evil. I couldn’t see the knife as his back was to me but I saw his arms push forward. Violet made a choking sound and fell to the floor.”
I would not recommend this book to anyone who has ever been physically of sexually assaulted, or kidnapped. But if you don’t mind violence and like suspense and action, you will probably like it.
Your Name: Jacob, Grade 11
Setting(Time): Modern Day
Setting (Place): Any common American town
What would you rate this book: 4 out of 5 Stars
Memory Man offers a great twist on the classic murder story, with great delivery and engaging and well - developed characters, however there are plot holes that leave quite a few questions to the reader that never really get resolved. It offers a great read with an exciting story to match.
After a tragic injury in his first professional game leaves Amos Decker without a career, he wakes up to find that his mind had been altered and been given a perfect memory. He takes up the role as a cop, but all too suddenly his gift becomes a curse when he returns home to find his family murdered. He can never forget that night, and every detail replays constantly in his head, forever. Having his life shaken up, Decker is no longer a cop and struggles to live day-to-day as a private investigator, but when a masked shooter walks into a local high school, the police force turns to Amos Decker and his extraordinary mind to help solve the case.
“I am Amos Decker. I want to kill myself. Period. End of story. He opened his eyes. Fifteen months, twenty-one days, twelve hours, fourteen minutes. Because of what he was, the clock was spinning in the forefront of his mind. That was the span of time that had passed since he had discovered the three bodies in his home, his family wiped out. And in sixty seconds it would be fifteen minutes plus the year, months, and days. And on and on it would go.”
Readers who enjoy adult or mystery novels and are looking for a change to the genre would love Mystery Man. Though there are some graphic and intense moments that may turn off or not appeal younger or less tolerant readers.
Guest Blogger: Sophia
Genre: Thriller, Psychological Horror
Setting (Place): Yosemite
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
I liked the main plot, but there was so many different conflicts going on that it was very out-there, but it is a horror book. The main plot twist was surprising, and the element of romance didn’t seem forced.The end result, though questionable, was nice.
Short Summary: Ceo, Graham, Ellie, and Q take a camping trip to Yosemite park, intending to take a hike on the Creek Falls Trail, and then camping there. Their camping supplies are from craigslist, and there’s a snowstorm. Also one of their friends has an axe. Despite the snow, the four students decide to keep going on the trail. People are missing and injured, they’re freezing to death and don’t know if they’re going to make it out of Yosemite alive.
Reviewer: Donovan (Grade 9)
Setting(Time): The 1990’s
Setting (Place): Maine, Massachusetts
Protagonist(s): Garraty, McVries, Olson, and Stebbins
Antagonist(s): The Major, the soldiers
What would you rate this book: 5 out of 5 stars
The plot was great. I really liked it because I originally thought a book about walking would be boring, but it was the opposite. After meeting the protagonists, you become attached to them but only one of them survives in the story. In the story, 100 boys walk from Maine until there is only one of them remaining. You have to walk at a steady pace of 4 miles per hour and you get warned if you go below the speed, above the speed, interfere with the other walkers, or just stop. Once they have 3 warnings, they are killed. The book is a great read whether you are a Stephen King Fan, or have never read one of his books because you will find a character that you can connect with.
The Long Walk by Stephen King is a Dystopian novel that takes place in Maine and Massachusetts in the 1990’s. Garraty is a boy from Maine and every year there is an event called “The Long Walk”, a competition where about 100 boys have to walk at a steady pace of 4 mph until there is only one standing. The rules of the walk are you get 3 warnings for misconduct or going below or above the speed limit. Misconduct includes stopping or interfering with the other walkers. Once you get your three warnings, you are shot and killed by the soldiers that watch the walk. Along the way of the Long Walk, Garraty meets many friends such as Olson, the jokester of the group, and McVries who is the motivator of their group. The Major is the one who is in charge of managing the Long Walk and he is a very strict individual.
The Long Walk is definitely a book worth reading.
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