All 17 year old Moldovan girl Hannah wants is money to support her grandmother. That's why she accepted an overseas nanny job in LA for a Russian family. She is promised food, shelter, and good pay in return for speaking Russian to the children and cleaning. She hopes to make enough money for her grandmother's surgery and to go to medical school. So Hannah leaves Moldova for LA with only a few dollars, a little English, and false documents.
When she arrives, all is good and then she starts to be abused by her host family. As the abuse escalates, she cannot escape and is stuck in a foreign country with no money, way of communication, or identification. Even more so, her family is keeping secrets from her.
Trafficked is a very good book that shows the harsh reality many women face when they are sold to foreign countries. Many girls face even worse that what is described in this novel.
In Smile, you follow around a girl named Raina Telgemeier, from sixth grade to high school. One night, Raina comes home from her troup meeting, trips, and knocks out her two front teeth. That misstep means trips upon trips to the orthodontist. Which means braces, retainers, and bands. (As if growing up wasn't hard enough.) Will Raina be able to handle teeth trouble on top of friend trouble, boy trouble, and the burdens of school? Read Smile to find out.
When Hannah Baker commits suicide everyone is shocked.. Until Clay Jensen finds a box of old tapes on his doorstep. This collection of 7 tapes takes you through Hannah's story, revealing 13 reasons why she committed suicide. Although this seems like a somewhat creepy book, it is probably one of the best books I've ever read.
Did you know that Jews fled to Shanghai during the Holocaust? This book is a treasure about just such a Jewish family. Anya Rosen is the main, curly-headed, character. Over a few days, she learns that the war may not only be happening in countries far away, but in her own home as well. When will peace come? And have you ever wondered where the phrase "Oy vey" came from? Have you ever wanted to know what it was like to have a bomb drop practically on top of you and yet live? Or maybe you've wondered how exactly one takes parakeets for a walk. Find the answers to all these questions and more in "Anya's War".
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl follows Greg, a high school student whose goal in high school is to be liked by everyone. When Greg's mother forces him to befriend a family friend recently diagnosed with leukaemia his life changes. It should be known that this book is not your typical cancer book. Although it is doubtful that Me and Earl and the Dying Girl will make you cry, it will definitely make you laugh.
Sugar knows there is bitterness in life, but ever since she could remember, her grandpa and mom have taught her to sweeten up the world no matter what. It was easy enough, until Sugar and her mother lost their home because of her dad's gambling debts. Now they are homeless, and worse, her mother begins to give up and even lose her mind. What will happen to this perservering girl that rights poems from words written across her heart? No one, not her southern bell mom, her drunk dad, or even her beloved, eccentric English teacher could ever have expected the journey Sugar would have to make before she was almost home. Joan Bauer out-did herself with this excellent book.
This book was a touching story set back in the 1910's. Ella grew up in the better part of London and had no thought in the world about how she was going to support herself when she finally moved out, until the tax collectors come calling. Her parents owe a huge amount of debt and Ella is kicked out into the world with no idea of how to live on her own. Irene, who is in England to learn midwifery, meets and helps Ella when she is in a desperate place and helps her turn her life around. Soon Ella has a nice paying job and is booked to travel to America with Irene, but she is booked on the Titanic. After that fateful night Ella is traumatized. Can she get past the fact that so many others died when she lived? A good read, but it is not for action-lovers.
The Pigman was an excruciatingly boring book. John and Lorraine are two sophomores with horrible family lives. One day they meet Mr. Pignati through a telephone marathon. They tell him they are a charity and he invites them over to pick up a check. When John and Lorraine meet him he seems like a fun old guy so they keep going back and visiting him. Soon the three are best friends and have lots of fun together, that is, until John pushes their friendship too far. This book was the most boring book I have ever read. If you like fantasy, action, or both, this book is not for you.
Stealing things, hustling people in pool games, drinking and smoking... these things are part of Bryon and Mark's lives- until now. Bryon begins to notice that he is changing from a 'bad-boy' to a more respectful, kind guy. However, Bryon also notices that Mark isn't changing with him. As the story continues the gap between the two boys grows bigger and bigger, but they still hold on to their friendship. Soon, even their friendship is challenged in one life-altering decision. This book teaches that the decisions people make every day influence how they will live the rest of their lives.
Mary Madison. Everybody knows who she is- the young child who was held captive in a basement, abused, and when she was rescued, was once again caught in an abusive relationship. Everybody said it was a miracle that she got to where she is today, and it was! However, she didn't escape her former lifestyle on her own- she had help from Someone. The reader gets to hear Mary's story as she is counseling a young woman caught in a similar situation. Heartache, hope, and healing all play an important part in this captivating story. I would greatly reccomend this book!
Mclean Sweet's life was always something new. That is, she was never really herself. With her dad moving all the time, she changes her name, the way she acts, even the way she looks. But in this new town, her world is turned around as the people begin to make Mclean herself.
This was one of the best books I've ever read! It's moving, and you really can relate with Mclean on so many levels. It's original and I could hardly put it down!
In the 1800s, it wasn't socially acceptable for women to become doctors, or even for them to study and read. However, this didn't stop some women. In "Wildthorn,"? Louisa wants to become a doctor and her father encourages her. Sadly he dies, and her brother won't let her go to the medical school. He convinces her to become a companion for a friend's sister. However, instead of arriving at his friend's estate, Louisa finds herself at Wildthorn, an insane asylum. There, they tell her that her name is really Lucy Childs and she is stuck in with the other women. Some of the women are actually insane, but others aren't. Will Louisa be able to keep her identity and escape Wildthorn? Read "Wildthorn"? to find out.
D.J. is a girl from Red Bend, Wisconsin. Her family farms, but she has to run it. She has two older brothers, but they don't talk. And now to top it all off, the rival-town's starting quarterback has been sent to her home to learn how to work hard. Things change in a crazy way you would never imagine, but will the crazy changes be all good? Dairy Queen is original and in most cases, very realistic. If you enjoy a good read with some cows in the background, Dairy Queen is the book for you.
The Perks Of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Rating: Excellent! (5)
Charlie isn't your normal high school freshman. He's a wallflower, that kid sitting on his own in the lunch room. That is, until Charlie meets Sam and Patrick. In this stunning novel which is arranged as letters sent by Charlie to an unnamed friend, Charlie learns what it means to be a friend. Your heart will wretch for Charlie and his friends as they go through the painful and wonderful situations that countless teenagers in real life go through every year. The Perks of Being a Wallflower is similar to John Green's Looking for Alaska in that the main characters find themselves discovering themselves as they make some of the best friends they'll ever have. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys young adult fiction.
The Perks Of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Rating: Good (4)
The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a pretty good book. It is about a boy named Charlie, and his first year of high school. The book is written in the form of letters from Charlie to someone. You never actually find out who that someone is, but through the letters you learn a lot about Charlie. In his letters he doesn't only tell about his challenges throughout his freshman year, he also writes about his childhood, both good times and bad. In his freshman year, Charlie finds some friends, dates for the first time, tries drugs, and starts smoking. He also discovers who he is, and what made him who he is. The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a good book, and I would definitely recommend it.
Jamie Cash, survivor of a horrible kidnapping and torture, is just getting into the hang of a normal life (even though she's constantly remembering details of her time in captivity). FBI agent Dakota Richards is the first man Jamie allows her heart to open up to. Their relationship is slowly starting to progress past the point where Jamie is still cautious around him, until something horrible happens. Jamie's kidnapper is back, determined to kidnap her once again and this time complete what he set out to do many years ago- kill her. Will the police be able to catch the attacker? Also, will Jamie ever have a chance at true love with Dakota? To find out you'll have to read this amazing book, Don't Look Back.
Imagine... a surfing camp! Shark attack survivior, Bethany Hamilton (along with her family), head to Samoa for a week of surfing! Bethany has now been surfing since she was five, now fourteen, her passion for this sport has flourished! Going to the camp can bring about only good... right? No, as soon as she arrives, Bethany stuggles with getting along with a boy who, against all warnings, drops in on other's waves (which in surfing manners, is considered a serious offense), has a horrible attitude that makes everybody feel depressed, and worst of all, he causes a serious injury to one of Bethany's greatest friends! Will God grant her the patience and peace to forgive this boy that cost Bethany's friend painful injuries that keep her out of the water and waves? And one of the greatest questions Bethany asks herself is, why has this boy been acting the way he has? All together, this book kept me reading and wanting more! I recomend this book to anyone who enjoy books that end on good notes and that don't dissapoint you!
Tough guy Rusty James can almost always be found shooting pool at Benny's or bumming around with some of his friends. He wants to maintain his reputation of being the most feared guy in the neighborhood, but what he wants more than anything is to be just like the Motorcycle Boy (his older brother). He wants to always be able to intimidate anyone, stay calm and collected even during the worst situations, and to have an incredibly respected reputation among the people in his neighborhood. Unfortunately, Rusty-James doesn't realize that the Motorcycle Boy's life isn't as great as it may seem. His drive to be just like his brother controls his actions until one day, a horrible event happens that will forever change Rusty-James's opinion of his brother and the life he leads. I would greatly reccomend reading this book- it is a great lesson on choosing good role models and controling what decisions you make in life.
The book Wherever Nina Lies is about a girl looking for her sister, Nina. Ellie, Nina's sister, is looking for Nina. She goes around the whole U.S. to find her sister. Ellie goes through tough situations like finding a guy that is lying to her. She becomes tougher from all these situations. Does Ellie find her sister? Read Wherever Nina Lies to find out!
Louisa is a hard working girl at the supermarket. Adam is a lazy television guy until he goes to the supermarket to work. Rahel is a girl being forced into a marriage she does not want to go through. Tessa is an outcast in her workplace. There is no boss, what could happen without a boss to boss them around?
Bruiser by Neal Shusterman is about a boy named Brewster with a huge secret. The first part of the book is laid out like a mystery novel, in which twins Tennyson and Bronte befriend Brewster and try to figure out his secret. The second half is about what happens after Brewster and his brother come to live at their house. The characters bothered me a lot. Even if they are child geniuses, which they're clearly not, there's no way they could have had some of the incredibly deep thoughts they do. Brewster's sections of the book are written in the form of poetry, implying the unlikely idea that he thinks like that all time. There's also an overbearing amount of foreshadowing building up to the dramatic end. I'd recommend this book for anyone in middle school on up who is looking for an easy, but enjoyable read and willing to abandon logic.