This week I read The Juliet Club by Suzanne Harper. The book follows 6 teens that have been choosen to go to Verona Italy to study Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet in the very place it was set. In this class they volunteer for the Juliet Club, writing letters to the unfortunate soles that love has wronged. While writing the letters, they may find some things about themselves. The story mainly revolves around Kate, a practical girl who had grown up with the tales of Shakespeare and has decided after a relationship-gone-bad, that falling in love was not for her. As you read, you'll find Kate growing from someone who rolls their eyes at the very idea of Romeo and Juliet being romantic (It DOES end with a double suicide afterall) to finding that she cannot simply tell herself to not fall in love. Although the end is quite predictable, you'll find you do not want to put this book down. I recomend this book as a light, easy read, that will make you laugh and even (it's hard to say this) swoon as passages from the most famous play in history are recalled.
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.
I absolutely loved this book! It is difficult for me to find teenage books that are both enjoyable to read and that are not just silly romance novels. I hadn't read a book as great as this one in a long time. It was moving, funny and depressing at the same time. .