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
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
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
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