Book Review: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Synopsis (from Amazon.com): A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.
 
We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from New York Times bestselling author, National Book Award finalist, and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart. 
Read it.
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Personal Update: Starting My Freshman Year

So, I started school this week. High school, to be more precise. While it’s definitely better than middle school, freshman year won’t be the highlight of my life (at least I hope not!).

My classes have greatly improved since last year though. I get to read Shakespeare (we just started A Midsummer Night’s Dream!) and The Aeneid, study Latin (for the fourth year) and Ancient Greek (for the second year), and do monthly current events reports in geography. Unfortunately, I have three quizzes this week, so “easing into school” is clearly low priority to my teachers. My favorite class so far is either geography, British Literature, or Ancient Greek.

I also attended the first meeting of my library’s teen council. It was amazing. All the other teens were so nice and so much like me. We discussed Doctor Who, Percy Jackson, Comic Con, and our favorite subjects in school, and nobody was called nerdy or dorky. I’ve never experienced anything so different or wonderful.

What’s your favorite class this year?

~Grace

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Poll: What’s your favorite color?

Only one vote per person, please!

 

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Book Review: The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

Synopsis (from Amazon.com): No one ever said life was easy. But Ponyboy is pretty sure that he’s got things figured out. He knows that he can count on his brothers, Darry and Sodapop. And he knows that he can count on his friends—true friends who would do anything for him, like Johnny and Two-Bit. And when it comes to the Socs—a vicious gang of rich kids who enjoy beating up on “greasers” like him and his friends—he knows that he can count on them for trouble. But one night someone takes things too far, and Ponyboy’s world is turned upside down… Continue reading

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Poll: What should I review next?

A review of the most popular book will be posted on Thursday, September 11th. Only one vote per person, please!

 

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Apology and My Bookshelf

Hi, everyone! I have not posted in forever and I’m so, so sorry! I had spring break, then, finals, and then summer  break and by the time I got around to writing reviews, I was too tired. Sorry again!

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Book Review: Legend by Marie Lu

Synopsis (from Amazon.com): What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic’s wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic’s highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country’s most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.

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