April 26, 2011

Tangled by Carolyn Mackler

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The book Tangled is a very good book. It’s told by four characters: Jena, Dakota, Skye, and Owen. It all starts when they all end up going to the same vacation place in the Caribbean. Jena and Skye don’t like one another, Skye’s the prettier girl, you know the one that get’s the guys and is in movies. Jena is your average girl just trying to make friends but is very shy. She meets this guy named Dakota. They fool around, get together. But the next thing you know is that Skye and Dakota are playing cards. Soon the vacation is over and they all part. Dakota ends up going to his grand-parents house in the middle of nowhere, and meets a girl with a child. He keeps things slow, they keep it PG and when he goes home he didn’t think that he would ever do this. Owen’s mom ends up sending him to this RealLife place where you meet friends. (He’s a blogger.) Next thing you know Dakota is breaking him out of there and he is on a bus to New York to meet Jena! The book keeps you wanting to read! You’ll never want to out the book down! I would probably recommend this book to teenage girl.

– Paige T., Class of 2014

The Westbrook High School Library owns Tangled.

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March 8, 2011

The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde

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This play, written by Oscar Wilde in 1895, is a witty comedy that takes place in England. John Worthing (Jack) is a gentleman who owns a house in the country. He is the guardian of a young girl, Cecily Cardew. Jack likes to spend time in town, so he creates a fake younger brother, Ernest. “Ernest” is constantly getting into trouble, or so Jack tells everyone. He uses this excuse to go into the city, and goes by the name of Ernest Worthing when he is there. Algernon Moncrieff is “Ernest” Worthing’s good friend. He has a young cousin, Gwendolen Fairfax, who Ernest wants to marry. Algernon learns of Jack’s disguise, and goes into the country to visit Cecily. Algernon pretends to be Jack’s younger brother (Ernest), and ends up falling in love with Cecily. Both Gwendolen and Cecily think they are marrying Ernest Worthing, without realizing there is no such person. The play is full of misinterpretations and irony. Witty dialog and amusing, over the top characters make this play an excellent read.

– Molly D., Class of 2014

January 13, 2011

Lost in Yonkers by Neil Simon

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This Pulitzer Prize-winning play takes place in New York City, 1942. Jay and Arty are being forced to stay with their cold, unforgiving grandmother after their mother dies. Eddie, their father, is in debt and needs a job, so he goes south to sell scrap metal for the war. For the boys, this means 10 long, difficult months with Grandma, who immigrated to America from Germany. Her cruelty and indifference has damaged her own children. The boys’ father has no self esteem, his brother Louie is a thief, their sister Bella has the mind of a child and Gertrude has a speech issue. Grandma, who’s foot was crushed when she was a child, has a heart of iron. She has been hurt many times in life, and avoids more pain by hardening her heart against the world. Jay and Arty must learn to survive without their parents in a house devoid of love. This is an excellent play, with a mix of both joy and sadness.

Molly, Class of 2014

The WHS Library owns Lost in Yonkers.

January 7, 2011

The Year I Turned Sixteen by Diane Schwemm

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Turning sixteen is always an exciting event, but what if you have just lost a member of your family as you turn sixteen?  For Rose Walker, this is reality, along with her three younger sisters and mother.  This book, or shall I say series, tells you the stories of Rose, Daisy, Laurel and Lily’s sixteenth birthday, having all a similar wish: Happiness for the family.  What is interesting about this series is how the parts are separated; Each part being a few years away from the next.  Each sister is very different though.  The oldest, Rose, is your average teenage girl, having a love for the preforming arts, such as singing and acting.  Daisy, the second oldest, is the sporty one of the family.  Laurel, the second youngest, is the animal lover.  Lily, being the youngest of the four, is the creative one, sort of having an “out there” fashion sense.  Each of them has a different story.  Recommended MOSTLY for girls (unless some of you guys like “drama-ish themes) you will always be wondering what happens next…

Aidan, Class of 2014

January 5, 2011

Witch and Wizard by James Patterson

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Witch and Wizard is easily my favorite book, I couldn’t put it down. It was about two siblings named Whit who was 18 and Wisty who was 16 that had just found out they were Wizards. One night their parents were arrested by a special force. They force was coming after Whit and Wisty when they magically got away. Throughout the whole book they were going through a magical world trying to figure out how to use their powers. I think this book would be perfect for teenagers because we can relate to the characters.

Delaney B., Class of 2014

December 15, 2009

Prey by Lurlene McDaniel

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Prey was about a new high school teacher and this was a new Teacher at their school who was very good looking. All of the boys loved her and the girls wanted her gone, because the boys where all about her. She has been a teacher for a few years but this is her first year at there school. One student named Ryan has the biggest crush on Ms. Settles.

I thought that this book was very well written. I like the style that is was written in. The book have a very good story line. You will have to read it to find out.  I feel that this book could go between 8th and 10th grade it was a little corny for my likings.

Jessica T., Classof 2010

Prey is available in the WHS Library.

April 30, 2008

Kite Runner

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Kite Runner By Khaled Hosseini
Kite Runner

In a powerful and exhilarating novel Khaled Hosseini tells the story of a young boy’s journey to find himself through the struggles of growing up in Afghanistan. Torn between the best friend he loves and the father he can’t impress Amir must chose, and the decision will change his entire life. Stricken with guilt and in danger of the invading Russian forces, Amir and his father flee to America where Amir grows into a man. As he tries to be happy in his new life he is constantly haunted by the memories of his childhood and the very minutes that changed his life forever. What Amir doesn’t know is that he will soon be thrown back into a very much changed Afghanistan on a mission that begins as saving a life but turns into a new struggle to redeem his boyhood mistakes and find a way to be good again.

Kathryn V., Freshman

How It’s Done

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How Its Done
By Christine Kole Maclean

How its done is about this girl, Grace is eighteen, who wants to be like every teenage girl, she wants to be able to break free from home and her parents, to become independent from her overbearing, strict father, and coy mother. She feels imprisoned in her suburban home that looks like every other house in her neighborhood and each house is laid out the same. She has a best friend, Liv, who decides to check out Corbin College.
How It\'s Done
She meets a charming college professor Michael. He is the one giving the lecture at Corbin College. He’s not much older than she is. He uses a very broad and bold vocabulary and he’s so much more mature that high school boys. Grace gets all caught up in her love for him.

What she had anticipated to be an exciting ride, quickly turned into complication, and twisted lies to her father. She doesn’t want to stay home anymore, she wants to be free, but she’s having problems with Michael. Blinded by her love for him, she’s not sure what to do. Will she choose to leave her fathers side or leave Michael?

April 8, 2008

My Sister’s Keeper

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My Sister\'s Keeper

My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult is about a thirteen-year-old girl named Anna. Anna was born to keep her older sister, Kate, alive after being diagnosed with leukemia at age two. By the age of thirteen, Anna has gone through several transfusions, surgeries, and shots to help her sister survive. Anna becomes tired of living in the shadows of Kate, so she hires a lawyer to be emancipated medically from her parents. Anna being emancipated medically from her parents could result in fatal consequences for her sister. (Anna would have to give one of her kidneys to Kate in-order for her to live.) Will the judge decide to let Anna be emancipated medically from her parents? Will Anna lose the case and have to give one of her kidneys to Kate? If Anna does win the case, will she still go through the operations? If she does not go through the surgery, will she be guilty about not giving up her kidney to save Kate’s life? Anna is faced with decisions that will affect not only her, but her whole family’s life.