April 15, 2013
The book was about a 17 year old girl named Erin. She is secretly an advice writer named Miss Fortune Cookie. Only her friend Linny knows about Miss Fortune Cookie. It is around the time for college acceptance letters to come in the mail. Erin’s friend, Mei, is super nervous because she applied for Harvard! But she wants to go to Stanford because of her boyfriend of 13 months. Mei’s mom has been planing a Harvard party for ages because she wants Mei to be accepted, since Harvard is the best college in Mrs. Liu’s eyes. Erin also applied to three colleges, Princeton, Brown, and Harvard. Next, after Erin answers multiple questions on her advice column, she notices one question similar to Mei’s problem. She replies about running away jokingly, but she also says to follow your heart. Erin gets worried when Mei doesn’t answer her calls or texts. She thinks Mei took it seriously. Instead Mei texts her and they meet in the hallway and walk and talk together. Mei gives Erin a fake ID. She tells Erin that she already gave Linny hers. Later on, Mei texts Erin to bring Linny and meet her at an address. When she gets to Linny’s, they Google search the address. They figure out that it is a club and that is why Mei gave them fake IDs. They get ready and find a ride. They are only going for Mei’s sake. Mei tells her mom about Darren (her boyfriend) and for about a week, Mei is not allowed to talk on the phone or use any electronics unless she needs it for school. In the end, Mei finds out about Miss Fortune Cookie and Mei’s mom supports Mei and Darren.
Erin’s blog is my favorite part of the book. Reading someone’s problem can be funny. The people asking what they should do have some pretty funny problems. They can also make up the funniest things. Some can be serious, but Erin always uses a quote in her answers and she always sticks with the mood that the question is. (Question=sarcastic Erin=sarcastic)
One memorable thing from the book is Erin’s history with Mei. She understands Mei. They have been best friends for such a long time, then they split up in 8th grade, but Linny made them reunite in 9th grade.
Review by Aida, Grade 6, Dumbarton Area Library
March 31, 2013
Mary May Gilhooley has suffered for all of her high school years at Oyster Point High, because of a popular jock, Jake Barbone. He has taken everything from her; the only spot at Georgetown, the thrill of high school that only few people get, and last but not least, the precious moments that she has to spend with her best friends before setting off to college. In The Best Night of Your (Pathetic) Life, Mary and her friends participate in the Unofficial Oyster Point High Scavenger Hunt, where they are so desperate for a chance to beat Barbone and make him feel defeat for once. The scavenger hunt includes straightforward objects like “Get a burger king crown,” or “bring us a box of tissues” and some things that keep all the teams puzzled like “Shuck a Mary on the half shell,” or “tag the town red.”
I found this book very intriguing because I kept on seeing if I could guess what they were going to have to try and find. I could not turn my head from it because of all the suspense and drama it contained. However, aside from the drama and suspense, there was many times where I found myself laughing at the subtle humor shown every so often. Throughout the book I found myself wanting Mary to win, and overall, I thought it was a very good book.
One memorable thing about the book is that it was amazing how Mary and her friends always stuck up for each other, and had a really strong bond.
Review by Raghda, Grade 6
March 26, 2013
When twelve year-old Foster McFee and her mother are chased into Culpepper, West Virginia by an Elvis Impersonator, Foster is less than optimistic. In this tiny town where nothing seems to happen, it’s hard to keep your biggest dream. And Foster has a huge dream: one day she hopes to star in her own cooking show, just like Sonny Kroll, her baking idol. Though she doesn’t know it, this town just might teach her the hardest thing she has ever learned: reading.
I loved it! This book combined a great read with food: two of my favorite things. The plot was great, however, the author should have spent more time describing Foster’s father. I thought that he was more of a fuzzy blur than a character, and had a hard time picturing him. Overall, this book was great, and I would totally recommend it to others!
I can’t help but remember all the scenes when Foster bakes! They made me hungry for brownies and cupcakes. These scenes were so descriptive, I could almost smell the chocolate and vanilla!
Review by Hannah, Grade 6, Twin Hickory Area Library
March 25, 2013
Erin Kavanagh has her own blog page called “Miss Fortune Cookie”. People would ask questions about problems in their life and Erin would answer them, using the name Miss Fortune Cookie. No one other than her best friend, Linny, knew about her being Miss Fortune Cookie. It was her secret identity. Erin’s other best friend, Mei, had a secret boyfriend. Her mother forbid her to date anyone before she finished college, but she didn’t listen to her. Then her mother finds out and because of Miss Fortune Cookie, Mei and her boyfriend, Darren, decide to elope. Erin had to chase them to tell them that she was Miss Fortune Cookie. Can she tell them before it’s too late?
I liked the book because I could relate to two of the main characters, Linny and Mei, Erin’s best friends. They were both Chinese and I am also Chinese. In the book, there were some phrases in Chinese (with translations) and I could understand what they were saying. I disliked the book because I didn’t like the plot. The whole chase to find Mei and Darren was boring.
A memorable thing about the book is how Erin was able to establish her own blog page and have many people asking for advice on it. The people asking for advice had no clue who Miss Fortune Cookie was. Even so, Erin was constantly replying to letters.
Review by Alice, Grade 6, Twin Hickory Area Library
March 8, 2013
This book was about Mary, a senior in high-school, who spent her life being an “Also-Ran” and a nobody. Determined to be heard, Mary signs herself and her friends up for the end of year senior scavenger hunt, which is the most notorious, dangerous, and thrilling experience for all seniors. Her team is great, but then she realizes that maybe she doesn’t know her friends all that well… A hard-to-derail Mary finds herself caught amidst wanting to win, crushing crushes, fraying friendships, and trying to figure out what exactly she wants to make of herself.
I thought this book was very well written. I appreciated its sense of humor while incorporating more serious themes. The characters were well defined and relatable, even though the situations sometimes weren’t. This book was made for the misunderstood teenager of today.
I think my favorite part of the book was (actually kind of cliché) when Mary realizes that her long time crush is a selfish, stuck-up, solve-everything-with-money rat. And then she moves on.
Review by Asha, Grade 8, Twin Hickory Area Library
March 8, 2013
Sam Lewis is factually a genius. However, Mr. Griegs and his mustache can beg to differ. But Sam has better things to worry about, like the fact that his ex-best friend Morgan and enemy since the start, Chris, are planning to kick his butt at recess in exactly thirty-three minutes. Whether or not Sam is really the smartest kid in school does not mean he has what it takes to face football star Morgan in the long-awaited fight.
I liked how the author would pause the story at times and include a picture from the view point of the main character. I also liked the characters he included in the book. Sam is quiet and keeps to himself, while on the inside he dearly misses his old best friend. Morgan, Sam’s old best friend, has tenacity and is determined to defeat Sam in the fight. Lastly, Chris will do anything it takes to make sure that Morgan cannot trust Sam.
The one memorable thing in the book was the force Chris put on Morgan and Sam’s relationship. He stole Morgan right under Sam’s nose and treated Sam so terribly. Sam missed his friend so bad, put did not feel brave enough to step up and do something about it.
Review by Ashton, Grade 6, Gayton Branch Library
March 6, 2013
Hideout was about S. Wendell Palomino (Swindle) coming back to Cedarville to take back Luthor from Savannah. There is no paperwork at the dog pound of Swindle relinquishing ownership of Luthor. Swindle wants revenge, but even worse, the law is on his side. The team (Griffin, Savannah, Melissa, Logan, Pitch, and Ben) is split up because they are going to three different camps. They try to hide Luthor from Swindle in the camps. Unfortunately, Swindle has hired people to find Luthor for him.
I think that this book was amazing! I loved the action and the thinking the characters had to do. Everything was completely unpredictable! It amazes me how the characters could use their amazing talents. This was one of the best books I have read.
One memorable thing about the book is how the team kept trying even though all odds were against them.
Review by Andrew, Grade 6, Twin Hickory Area Library
February 12, 2013
Before Aunt Peg dies she leaves envelopes, thirteen to be exact, for her niece, Ginny. She has to travel around Europe and find out the hidden “clues” Aunt Peg has left. She gets through the first twelve, till someone steals her bag, which had the last envelope inside. Now some one, whom she does not know, contacts her saying he has found the envelope. Ginny finds herself walking through memory lane and savoring those last, sweet reminiscences of her dear Aunt Peg.
This book has it all: romance, suspense, and thrill. This heart-wrenching, page turning book, will flip your stomach as you read it all. I loved the parts of Ginny using her instincts to find the pieces if the picture and at the very end, putting the pictures together. Of course she couldn’t do it without her humorous, sarcastic, dramatic friend, Keith; the peppy, cheerful, enthusiastic, Ellis, also had accompanied her. Then there is the handsome, mysterious Oliver who gives Ginny the most important document that she needs.
The most memorable thing I found was the challenges Ginny and her friends had faced thanks to crazy Aunt Peg. There was the broken car, the locked door, and the hostage of cats! But Ginny pulled through, using her instincts she assembled the picture that is worth $267. The part that I loved most was Ginny reading the letter written by her late Aunt Peg.
Review by Medha, Grade 6, Twin Hickory Area Library
February 7, 2013
Bianca isn’t really into guys, especially Wesley Rush, the playboy of her school. But after she ‘accidentally’ kissed him, things start to change. She eventually gets caught up in a terrible love triangle between Wesley and the boy she’d been crushing on, Toby. Then there’s the trouble with her parents who just can’t seem to get along. She also has to deal with her two friends who both know something’s wrong, as well as having this nagging word in the back of her head, duff.
The characters in the book were funny, in their own teenager way. Because of that, it might be hard for some people of past generations to catch on to the slang that they use. The writing style of the book was actually slow paced, with the author going through every little detail. Some of the situations were a bit awkward, since it was a teenage romance book.
One memorable thing about the book was when Bianca finally realized that her situation in her life was nearly the same as the character in the book she was reading. The character was also stuck in a love triangle, and had to make the same tough decision as Bianca. Reading the book helped Bianca finally decide on her choice over Toby or Wesley. This realization is what had set her on the path that would make her happy, which is why this is very memorable.
Review by Aishu, Grade 7, Twin Hickory Area Library
February 2, 2013
The Perks of Being a Wallflower is told by a high school freshman, Charlie, going through the ups and downs of adolescence. The story unfolds through a series of chronological letters anonymously sent from Charlie to a person he has never met, but whom he believes will be a good listener. In the beginning, the letters are written by an unstable and insecure Charlie. After some very interesting twists, the Charlie writing the letters is wise, happy, and, well, the beautiful wallflower that he is grateful to be.
The writing, being in the form of letters, was hard to get used to. However, it grew on me and I really began to enjoy the format of the book. All of the characters that Charlie writes about in his letters are so interesting. I got completely absorbed in the book as his letters progressed, as did his life. The main character, Charlie, was so easy to relate to, which I think is important for teenagers to be able to do. The book made me cry, laugh, and reflect on my own life. In conclusion, I absolutely loved the Perks of Being a Wallflower.
Throughout the book, I felt a deep sense of belonging. It was truly incredible how alive this book made me feel.
Review by Cory, Grade 11, Twin Hickory Area Library