January 25, 2011

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

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American classic about a young man coming of age? Shoot yeah it is, this is a harrowing tale of a boy surviving his years as a student and a young adult. After being kicked out of almost every private school on the east coast, Holden Caulfield (main character) embarks on a journey home before vacation starts, as not to  disturb his parents and meet up with a few old gals. Along the way he makes some discoveries, drinks a little and smokes a ton. Who is the famous writer known as D.B, how bout Allie and Pheobe? Read this moving book to find out what its like to be a teenager in the late 1940’s and early 50’s and answer all your questions. Doesn’t sound like your kind of book, well too bad there are many reasons in this award-winning novel for everyone to be fond of it.

I found this book a great pick because it was an easy read, lengthy at times. It had a deeper meaning than first thought inside the plot, that was simple to grasp, for me, myself and I.

Matt S., Class of 2014

The WHS Library owns The Catcher in the Rye.

February 2, 2010

Identical by Ellen Hopkins

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Kaeleigh and Raeanne are sixteen year old identical twins their father is a district court judge and their mother is running for Congress.  Their father loves Kaeleigh much more than he loves Raeanne, because of this he has been sexually abusing Kaeleigh since she was nine years old.  There mother isn’t around very much; she stays in Washington a lot.  Raeanne is always trying to find a way to numb the pain of not being daddy’s favorite. She will take anything she can find, pills from her father to wine from their wine cabinet.  Kaeleigh is always trying to find a way to feel something she will do anything from cutting or making herself throw up after a binge.

I liked this book because this could happen to any family, even the district court judges family or the family of a congress woman.  I like the way the Ellen Hopkins writes her books.  I recommend this book to any high school student who is looking to read a very good book with an ending that will blow your mind.

Josh B., Class of 2011

The WHS Library has Identical and many other books by Ellen Hopkins.

November 5, 2009

Love You, Hate You, Miss You by Elizabeth Scott

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lyhymyAmy thinks she murdered her best friend.

So does everyone around her, except her parents and councilor. She has a major drinking problem and was forced to go to a “crazy house” after the accident. No one understand Amy, she feels like she is alone in the world and only alcohol is the solution, it makes everything better, it has the power to make her forget everything that has happened around her.

She hates her parents because their so in love with each other, which is absolutely not normal and it makes her almost invisible around them. Amy hates her shrink, although she makes Amy realize that its not her fault, people make choices and some of them are not always good.

Love You, Hate You, Miss You is about dealing with the past. Walking around school, people staring, whispering and thinking murderer, Amy feels like dying and never coming back to school again. Maybe some people and make her feel like she can still go on and not blame everything on herself for the rest of her life.

Age Recommendation: grades 10+
Release Date: 2009
Publisher: Harper Collins
Rating: 4 stars

Daria, Sophomore

Love You, Hate You, Miss You is in the WHS Library, along with several other Elizabeth Scott books.