Reviews #1 — part two

Lightning ThiefPercy Jackson and the Olympians, Book One: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

Riordan’s first novel in the series has a great hook that immediately captures your interest. The story line mixes a present-day setting with mythology, and proves to be an interesting read.

– Sugan, 10th grade



Ready Player OneReady Player One by Ernest Cline

The plot revolves around a teenage boy who lives his life in a video game. I found it both well-written and unexpected; there were plenty of plot twists that kept me invested and weren’t obvious. The characters were also well-developed.

– Akash, 10th grade



Thirteen Reasons WhyThirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Both well-written and challenging, Asher’s first novel has us following a trail of cassette tapes that the main character, Clay, finds on his doorstep two weeks after a classmate, Hannah, commits suicide. Her voice leads Clay, and us, around their hometown, slowly revealing Hannah’s motives for her actions – thirteen in total. While I had some difficulty following the plot at times, the narrative kept me invested anyway.

– Zarah, 9th grade

Like Water for ChocolateLike Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquirel

I, like my brother Alec, enjoyed Like Water for Chocolate. We’re currently reading it in our Spanish class, and while I initially was hesitant I grew to enjoy it. There’s a great deal of substance to the story that I wouldn’t have expected initially.

– Carlos, 10th grade

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