Thursday, February 11, 2016

Finding Paris, by Joy Preble

Finding Paris by Joy Preble is about two sisters who would do anything for each other. Paris and Leo were inseparable, until one day Paris decided to run away. Paris liked to do things like this sometimes since she claimed her life was too boring, but Leo knew that this time was different.

Leo and a friend Max found clues which said where Paris was off to next, but once they reached their destination, she wasn’t anywhere in sight. Leo kept worrying about the worst possibilities that Paris could have encountered which just made Leo more and more frightened. Max tried calming Leo down, but Leo had had enough of Max, always saying that everything will be okay, when Leo was sure everything won’t. 

Max and Leo had a special bond like no other and this “scavenger hunt” tests how much they will sacrifice for their relationship. I enjoyed this book a lot because it included a lot of suspense and drama. Also, there were many plot twists that were not expected which made me even more hooked on the book. Once you start reading this book, it’s as if you are in the book too, looking for clues and trying to find where Paris is. I would recommend this book to people who like reading about drama and love. 

 By Brianna Horn
(Grade 8)

Monday, January 18, 2016

The Secrets to Ruling School Without even Trying, by Neil Swab

In the book The Secrets To Ruling School Without even Trying by Neil Swab many things happen.In the first week you meet Max Corrigan your guide and "life coach" to surviving and ruling middle school (like the name suggests, without even trying). He wants save you before the first assembly, so he try's to get you into all the he can.First, Max helps you get in with comedy group. You get in and they need your help to make cartoons for the school newspaper vs the the cartoon they have now. 

You then have to fit in to the artist for their art skills but they need a certain area for their biggest masterpiece .Band geeks sit in the same area so you need to fit in with them so they can move away from the area, but they need money for a campaign to keep their club alive.You need the rich kids to support the band geeks so you need to fit in with the rich kids,but they want the jocks to loss a game on purpose.the jocks will not lose a game so you need to fit in so that can happen the jocks leader says yes but, if the nerds help him get better grades. You also have to go the nerds and fit in.

They also say yes but on one condition,you fit in with the tough kid to get info about them.To do that the tough kids group leader needs an popular kids to come to his sisters birthday party.Even then the popular kids need a favor. You to have to do all this to rule middle school. I like this book because it has a good sense of humor. I also like this book because I think the story plot was very good. It also makes you feel like you're part of the story. It also shows what many people think about middle school. The story is very easy to understand. The book also has illustrations to to help you feel like you are part of the story and you are actually in the book. I would recommend this to any reader because this is a very and relaxing book to read in your spare time

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Believearexic, by JJ Johnson

I read the novel, Believearexic, by JJ Johnson. In 1988, when she was fifteen, JJ Johnson was hospitalized for treatment of bulimarexia, a combination of bulimia and anorexia. During her ten-week stay, JJ had to eat everything on her tray, and took classes like "Assertiveness Training," "Depression Management," and "Body Image Workshop." She gained weight, but her path toward health was a constant struggle. 

In her heart, JJ knew-she knew-that she would be a happy, healthy adult one day. Believarexic is based on a true experience of the author JJ Johnson and is a combination of fiction and fact, of how Johnson faced the inner demons that kept her from being happy. Her story was not romanticized, which tends to happen in young adult books, and that, was a plus for me. Full emotions were displayed here. Nothing was held back. 

You hated the people JJ Johnson hated/disliked, Nurse Sheryl and eventually Monica, and you loved the people she loved too, Chuck and Sophia. You sympathized with the disgusting food that was served, and the fact that patients had to eat over 3000 calories per day. The entire experience of battling bulimiarexia, from entering the hospital to leaving, is within this book. That's perhaps the best part of it, how it's both fiction and nonfiction. 

When you read books making out a journey to be full of stars and rainbows, you don't believe it. Where are the hurdles? Where is the truth? Johnson pushes beyond those rainbows so we can see the truth. Her parents certainly weren't perfect. Her friends weren't either. And Johnson, especially, after the revelation from Dr. Prakash, learns to accept that she does not have to be perfect. Believarexic stands as a beacon to any boy or girl, and those who suffer from bulimia, anorexia, or both - basically this is a book for everyone to read! There are life lessons in this book everyone needs to hear. No one has to be perfect, your true friends are there for you every step of the way, and yes, you can befriend those inner demons of yours to find true peace.