Reviews #1 — part three

Like Water for ChocolateLike Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquirel

The novel is able to combine magical realism with the everyday life of a family living during the Mexican Revolution. It accurately portrays a dynamic typified by Latin families during the time period. The symbolism is not heavy-handed, and adds to the narrative.

– Alec, 9th grade



DivergentDivergent by Veronica Roth

One of my favorite books, the first of this fast-paced trilogy (which, like the cover says, is being made into a movie) is a great dystopian novel. Think Hunger Games and Brave New World.

– Eric, 9th grade



Generation DeadGeneration Dead by Daniel Waters

The first in a series, Generation Dead is a great book about overcoming oppression and everyday life, even though the main characters aren’t necessarily living, so to speak.

– Savannah, 11th grade




Fault in Our StarsThe Fault in Our Stars by John Green

The most recent of Green’s novels (also being made into a movie), The Fault in Our Stars is – like the contrasting clouds on the cover – about opposing forces in one girl’s life: living while dying (from cancer), juggling the indefinite of love and the inevitability of sadness, and making a mundane (and painful) existence a bit more bright. It’s a tearjerker, mind you.

– Ella, 9th grade

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