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Read a good book lately? Want to tell others about it? Want to know what other teens have read and recommended? This is the place!

Please send us an email with your name and grade, plus the title and author of a book you have read. In your review, let us know what you liked and disliked about the book. Would you recommend it to friends or your family? Are there similarities to other books you have read?

Email reviews to youthservices@glendoralibrary.org with "Book Review" as the subject line of your email, and your review may be posted on this page. (Please limit reviews to 500 words or fewer).


The Reviews

Nicole B.
8th Grade
"Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austen

I recommend this book to anyone (most likely a girl; this is a love story) who wants a story with love, excitement, and those who are looking for a story of life in early times. (The movie w/ Keira Knightly and Mathew McFadden is good too). 1/08


David B.
8th Grade
"Code Talkers" by Joseph Bruchac

The U.S.A. is at war with Japan, and they actually want Navajos. Ned Begau is so completely overjoyed at this news that he decides to join the Marines. Little does he know that he would soon be making history as a member of the legendary Code Talkers. 7/07


Ashley R.
8th Grade
"Stormbreaker" by Anthony Horowitz

"Stormbreaker" is a good book. You should read it. Ian Rider, a secret agent, died during a mission. Then his nephew Alex took over his spot to finish the mission. Before Alex never knew, but now he does. Stormbreaker, a computer, is the mission. Now Alex has to figure what's wrong with the computer before it's sent to the schools in Europe. Read and take Alex's position in his adventure. 7/07


Brandon G.
7th Grade
"Pokemon Mystery Dungeon" by Makoto Mizobuchi

In my opinion, this was a great book. The suspense was held throughout the story. The author writes about a boy who is turned into a Pokemon and tries to prevent natural disasters. I would not recommend this to anyone who is not a Pokemon fan. 7/07


Ryan J.
9th Grade
"The Westing Game" by Ellen Roskin

This mystery is about a man that is wealthy who plays a game as his will. Groups get clues to figure out who killed him. When bombs start firing off, this book gets just that more addicting. 7/07


Danielle M.
8th Grade
"Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" by J.K. Rowling

I thought it was a very good book that had very thorough details. It may be the longest book, but it's one of the best. It surprises you when some unpredictable things happen. You won't be able to stop reading once you've started. 7/07


Max S.
12th Grade
"The Falcon's Malteser" by Anthony Horowitz

This book was about Nick and Tim Diamond, brothers that were private eyes. One day they got the key to a famous criminal's diamond stash. This book was very good. I enjoyed reading it and recommend it to people that like mystery with a bit of comedy. 7/07


Jim M.
9th Grade
"The Falcon's Feathers" by Ron Roy

The book was about stolen falcons. The kids discovered who stole them. My favorite part was when the kids escaped from the shed. 7/07


Christine O.
8th Grade
"The End" (Series of Unfortunate Events #13) by Lemony Snicket

This was a great book, and had me on the edge of my seat the whole way through. The ending was not as great as I would have hoped, but the book was still great. Lemony Snicket is a great author. 7/07


Bradley J.
9th Grade
"Dragon Rider" by Cornelia Funke

This book was great and full of adventure. This boy saves all of the dragons and is very courageous. This book was very good. 7/07


Krista C.
8th Grade
"Number the Stars" by Lois Lowry

"Number the Stars" by Lois Lowry is about a girl named Anne Marie Johansen and her friends and family. Anne Marie discovers that the less you know, the braver you can be. She helps get the Jews away from the Nazis. At this time, the Jews are being "relocated." 7/07


Kaley O.
7th Grade
"Mystery at the Ski Jump" (A Nancy Drew mystery) by Carolyn Keene

This book was very suspenseful! There were three thieves who were working together to created a fake fur-selling company. They went from door to door selling fake furs and fake stock. In the end, they kidnapped Nancy, but her friends rescued her. She also got the criminals put in jail. 7/07


Laura K.
12th Grade
"That Summer" by Sarah Dessen

Sarah Dessen, a nationally acclaimed young adult author, writes the story of 15-year old Haven and her broken family. Haven's father leaves for another woman, then marries her two months before Haven's sister, Ashley's, wedding. Amidst all the chaos, Haven meets up with Ashley's old high school romance, Sumner, who reminds Haven of the "good days" when she had a strong, happy family. Although Dessen fans will enjoy this easy read, it is not as strong as her other novels, but nonetheless is a page-turner that many will enjoy. 7/07


Heather M.
9th Grade
"The Masterharper of Pern" by Anne McCaffrey

"The Masterharper of Pern" is a great book in the "Dragonriders of Pern" series. It combines the dragons everyone loves into a setting full of music. It is a wonderful story and gives you some insight on the history of one of the most beloved characters, Robinton. If you like dragons and music, this book is for you! 7/07


Chris O.
9th Grade
"Bleach" vol. 1 by Tite Kubo

"Bleach" is about Ichigo Kurosaki who can see ghosts. One day he meets Rukia who is a soul reaper, and is tracking down a hollow. Rukia gets injured and accidentally gives Ichigo all her power. Then Ichigo killed the hallow. He then kills two more. 7/07


Rachel M.
7th Grade
"Chicken Soup for the Soul" by Jack Canfield and Mark Hansen

This book is for everyone. It contains many stories about life, love, hard times and more. By reading them, you might understand more that you are not alone. I strongly recommend this book. 7/07


Luke C.
8th Grade
"Pirates of the Caribbean - At World's End" by T.T. Sutherland and Elizabeth Rudnick

This book is about Captain Jack. Barbossa and the rest of his crew have to rescue Captain Jack. When they rescue Jack they meet at Shipwreck Cove. Then they choose to fight Lord Beckett and his men. When fighting, Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann get married. So if you like pirates you should read this book. 7/07


Brandon L.
7th Grade
"The Vile Village" by Lemony Snicket

Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire are in an event of unfortunately and their friend Isadora Quagmire are captured by Count Olaf and hidden in a bird. 7/07


Kevin C.
8th Grade
"Stormbreaker" by Anthony Horowitz

When Alex Rider discovers that his wife works for MIG, he is dragged into spying on Harod Sayle. Harod Sayle is making "stormbreakers," computers to give to schools all over England. Alex finds out tha Harod Sayle put lethal viruses to be unleashed upon schoolchildren when they turn on the computers. Harod Sayle discovers that Alex is working for MIG. This book is full of action. 7/07


Luke C.
8th Grade
"The Deadly Hunt - The Sinking of the Bismarck" by William Shirer

This book takes place in World War II. The British have sent their best warships to sink the Bismarck, a German warship. But the tide turns, and the Bismarck sinks one of the British ships and cripples the other. Will the Bismarck be sunk? Find out in this book. 7/07


Alan C.
10th Grade
"Foundation" by Isaac Asimov

In a very distant future, humans have created a Galactic Empire that has lasted for 12,000 years. However, a scientist named Hari Seldon predicts that it will soon be destroyed in a dark age lasting 30,000 years. In a last hope to preserve order, he creates the Foundation - a sanctuary to preserve human knowledge - which must fight the Empire's end. 7/07


Adriana J.
7th Grade
"Breaking Through" by Francisco Jimenez

This is the book after "The Circuit" (see below). The family has to be separated in order to get back to America. The separation was hard, but they had to do it. Francisco had to stay with his older brother Roberto. They both had jobs in town so they could provide. They didn't know how to cook so they just ate canned food. 7/07


Adriana J.
7th Grade
"The Circuit" by Francisco Jimenez

This story tells the hardship of coming into America. It is a very heartbreaking story of a family of eight working hard to stay alive. They do what they can to get money, but it's not so easy. They speak no English so their job doesn't pay well. This book is based on true events. 7/07


Max S.
12th Grade
"The Whale Rider" by Witi Ihimaera

This is a story about a family on an island near Papua New Guinea. They have a tradition of a male leading the tribe, but there is one problem. The only child they have is a young girl, Kahu. Koro, her grandfather, isn't pleased with this. As Kahu grows up, she grows attached to Koro. He pays no attention to her. But one day Kahu beats the odds and becomes the whale rider that her tribe is looking for. I didn't really enjoy this book. It was kind of slow and boring. This is a good story, though, and I recommend it to people interested in tribal traditions and beliefs. 7/07


Annamarie S.
7th Grade
"Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" by J.K. Rowling

Lots of action. I would definitely recommend it, but just to say: someone dies. Harry is getting closer and closer to being all alone. 7/07


Christa S.
12th Grade
"The Journal of Biddy Owens" by Walter Dean Myers

This is a wonderful book that really gives kids a better understanding as well as a different perspective on how life was for African Americans living in the U.S. during the '40's. It also teaches teens about the Negro Leagues and how ball players felt about segregation and about life. It is an outstanding story told. It was a great read, and I'm glad I read this book. 7/07


Christa S.
12th Grade
"All American Girl" by Meg Cabot

This book was absolutely wonderful. It really inspires kids, especially girls, to never change who they are because others want them to. It also encourages teens to not just look but to actually see and understand what they see. I never wanted to put this book down, it was so great and I always wanted to know what would happen next. 7/07


Christa S.
12th Grade
"The Heart is a Lonely Hunter" by Carson McCullers

This book takes you through the wishes and wants of four people. Each of the four people believe a mute named Mister Singer will make everything in their lives better. Little did they know but Mister Singer had a wish and a want of his own. Everybody will be shocked to find what the gentle and kind Mister Singer does when his wish and want is put to an end. 7/07

Arin J.
7th Grade
"A Journey to the Center of the Earth" by Jules Verne

The story starts out with two characters, Prof. Hardwigg and Harry. Hardwigg encourages his nephew, Harry, to venture to the center of the earth. On the way, they meet an Icelandic guide, Hans, and the three of them go into the crater that leads to their adventure full of mischief and action! 6/07



Katharine I.
8th Grade
"The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" by Mark Twain

This hilarious book is about a troublesome boy named Tom Sawyer. His careless cleverness and acts are very funny. One night in the graveyard, Tom and his friend Huckleberry witness a crime, yet the wrong man is accused of the murder. Tom tells the judge about the real murderer during court, while he (the murderer) got away. While exploring a cave and getting lost in it with his love, Becky Thatcher, Tom discovers that the escaped murderer is hiding in the cave. After the murderer dies of starvation, Tom and Huckleberry find the murderer's treasure chest, which has a lot of money in it. Equally sharing, both were heroes. 6/07


Adriana J.
7th Grade
"A Walk to Remember" by Nicholas Sparks

A boy named Landon Carter never really had a real relationship with a girl. He was known as a bad boy. He really doesn't know why. All he does is hang out and eat peanuts. And a girl named Jamie who's a Christian teaches him right from wrong. He soon falls in love. When he finds out she feels the same way, he finds out she has a disease called leukemia. 6/07

Jennifer L.
8th Grade
"The Wide Window" (A Series of U.E. #3) by Lemony Snicket

This book was interesting. It stared out normal and obvoius who was the kidnapper, but as the story progressed, it took a twist and it wasn't so clear any more. 6/07


David L.
8th Grade
"Cirque Du Freak - The Sons of Destiny" by Darren Shan

Darren and his partners prepare for the final battle against Steve. Destiny said that one would die in the battle, and the other would be a dictator. Darren kills Steve, and to prevent himself from becoming an evil dictator, drowns himself right after. Evanna, a witch, brings Darren back to life, and sends him back in time to prevent all of these events from happening. 6/07


Jasmine C.
7th Grade
"Captain Underpants and the Perilous Plot of Professor Poopypants"
by Dav Pilkey

George and Harold were supposed to go to Piqua pizza palace, but they both got in trouble so they couldn't go. They both had to stay in the school and clean. Well, they really didn't clean, they put powder on top of the fan, and when they came back, everything was a mess. 6/07


Austin M.
8th Grade
"The Outsiders" by S.E. Hinton

This was a very good book. It's one of the best books I've ever read. All the characters are unique. Especially Ponyboy. It shows how people can act towards each other. And how one day you can feel on top of the world, and in the matter of a week you can lose all your happiness. 6/07


Alexis M.
11th Grade
"A Time to Kill" by John Grisham

This was a great book for any young adult that's interested in politics to read. It's full of suspense and makes you feel sympathetic towards the main character. It also teaches you lots about politics and how lawyers think . 6/07


Anthony R.
8th Grade
"The Black Tattoo" by Sam Enthoven

Two kids, Jack and Charlie, who live in England, get brought into a secret society to fight "the Scourge," a demon entity that takes over people's bodies/minds. It was suspenseful, frightening, with relitious symbolism and undertones as the two main characters try to stop "the Scourge" from waking up the dragon. 6/07


Tania W.
10th Grade
"Where the Ground Meets the Sky" by Jacqueline Davies

This is a great story for kids and adults. After reading this story, I learned to value every moment I have with my family and with my friends. This story is about a girl who has to leave her home and friends to live on a place called "the hill," because of the start of World War II. She and her family move not only because of the start of the war, but also because her father is a physicist who is helping the government build a weapon to win World War II. In the end, she learns what life is like with limits. This book is a book I would recommend for someone to read, because it teaches a lesson, which is to value everything you have . 6/07


Nicole B.
7th Grade
"Whispering to Witches" by Anna Dale

A boy by the name of Joe has to spend the winter holidays with his mom and stepdad. He isn't overjoyed, but he finds a mystery. He runs into the Dead-Nettle coven, a group of witches, and he has to find the missing page of "Mabel's Book" before the bad guys do. 6/07


Lisa L.
7th Grade
"Princess In Waiting: The Princess Diaries, vol. 4" by Meg Cabot

This book is really interesting. Mia (Princess of Genovia) tries to install parking meters and ends up having to listen to a 12 hour filibuster. Mia finally gets to go out with Michael but has to cancel her date. Thois book is really good . 6/07


Krista C.
8th Grade
"All American Girl" by Meg Cabot

"All American Girl" is about Samantha Madison (a 15 year old girl) and how saving the president of the United States changed her life completely. She encounters many problems, though the biggest would be her "love life." Samantha loves to draw, and is very good at it too. She learns that by not paying attention to life, it can really mess things up. 6/07


Stephanie P.
8th Grade
"Fahrenheit 451" by Ray Bradbury

I found this book interesting and I recommend it. A fireman, who burned books, meets a 17 year old girl and a professor who help him change. He begins to read books instead of destroying them. 6/07


Rachel M.
7th Grade
"All American Girl" by Meg Cabot

This book tells the truth for most girls, except for the saving the president part. This is an exciting book. You should try this wonderful book. 6/07


Gianna C.
7th Grade
"The Mouse and the Motorcycle" by Beverly Cleary

This book is all about a mouse named Ralph, a boy named Keith, and a shiny, new motorcycle. At first Ralph's thoughts went to the motorcycle. But when Keith gets sick and can't sleep, all the mouse's thoughts go to Keith, until he searches out for an aspirin to help Keith. In the morning, Ralph returns a hero. 6/07


Kaley O.
7th Grade
"The Mystery of the 99 Steps" by Carolyn Keene

The Nancy Drew books are almost always great. This book was very exciting and never got boring. Nancy's friend has a strange dream about something that happened in her childhood. Two men, the Aubert brothers, didn't want Nancy to solve this mystery, so they followerd her. Claude Aubert stayed in River Heights, where Nancy lives and Louis followed her to Paris where she would try to solve the dream. Overall, this was an awesome book. 6/07


Max S.
10th Grade
"Montmorency" by Eleanor Updale

Montmorency was a thief that fell through a roof and almost ended his life. A young doctor saved him and cured his life-threatening injuries. After prison, he used London's sewers to rob various stores to support himself with money. He became very rich and was a well known man. He was Montmorency by day and a thief by night. One day he saved a man's life and became a good friend of his. He even helped him by sneaking in an important embassy and provided him with crucial info that he needed to save England. In the end, Montmorency gave back the stolen goods that he didn't need any more, as he moved away to live another life. The only thing he kept was his boots, just in case he needed to venture into the sewers again. 6/07


Cailey B.
7th Grade
"Our Only May Amelia"

I really enjoyed this book. It was sad at some parts, but it got better at the end. May Amelia is the only girl in the Nasel. She has many brothers. The saddest part is when May's mom finally has a baby girl, the girl dies in her sleep about a week after being born. 6/07


Allison S.
7th Grade
"The Hatchling" by Kathryn Lasky

This is a book about owls. There is this one group of owls that think they are better than the others and are dreaded. They are called the Pure Ones. The leader dies, and his son is supposed to take over his place and finish his business, but he doesn't, and refuses to go back to the Pure Ones. He goes out into the world looking for truth. 6/07


Max S.
9th Grade
"The Pearl" by John Steinbeck

The book "The Pearl" was pretty exciting. Mr. Steinbeck made it very descriptive and let you see everything that was going on. I really enjoyed the detail of the book. Mr. Steinbeck created a good story that got me to keep reading it. The parts I didn't enjoy were that the ending came a bit too early, in my opinion. Also, I wanted to know how much the pearl was really worth. I recommend this book to other students, for it is a interesting book. It reminded me, for some reason, of the book "Hatchet." 3/07


Rachel L.
7th grade
"Belle Prater's Boy" by Ruth White

"Belle Prater's Boy" is my favorite book. I like it because it's a mystery. It was very suspenseful and interesting. Woodrow was my favorite character in the book because he is really funny and the other characters liked him a lot. I think I will read "Belle Prater's Boy" again because it was really good. 3/07


Christopher Q.
Grade 8
"Evil Star" by Anthony Horowitz

"Evil Star" is the long awaited sequel to "Ravens Gate." Matt Freeman is having trouble with his new school. But when he predicts a car crash, he is whisked away by the secret group Nexus. There he learns the second gate is about to open somewhere in Peru. When he arrives, everything goes wrong when a group of men attack him. Now he is stranded in Peru without help.

For those who liked the Alex Rider series this is sure to please. Full of action and suspense, you won't ever want to put this book down. For me, I liked the book because it had the fantasy element, yet it was so modern.

Similar books: Alex Rider series (Anthony Horowitz), "Tanglewreck" (Jeanette Winterson), "A Crack in the Line" (Michael Lawrence), "Small Eternities" (Michael Lawrence). 3/07


Rachel D.
6th grade
"The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe" by C.S. Lewis

I really liked "The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe" by C.S. Lewis. I like the magical animals, and I love everything about Narnia. There wasn't really anything I disliked about it. I already have recommended it to my friends and family. Thanks! 3/07


Katharine I.
7th grade
"Inkheart" by Cornelia Funke

In this magical fantasy book called "Inkheart," a young girl named Meggie discovers one night that her father had the mysterious power to read characters out from a book. I love how the author adds in creatures such as trolls, fairies, nymphs, etc. The only thing I don't like is the misery one character called Dustfinger suffers because Meggie's father had accidentally read him out of his book and can't get him back to his story.

I would definitely recommend this book to everyone I know because it is a very heart pounding, thrilling book. The one similarity this book has compared to the other books I have read is that the genre is fantasy. I love fantasy stories with magical creatures and adventures/action.

The sequel to "Inkheart" is called "Inkspell," which I also recommend. I just love the way Cornelia Funke describes her characters and creatures in a way which allows us to visualize them in our heads. I have even MET Cornelia Funke and have her signature on both Inkheart and Inkspell which I bought. (Coming Soon!!!! 3rd book called "Inkblot") 3/07


Erica B.
8th grade
"Eragon" by Christopher Paolini

I read the book "Eragon" (after I saw the movie) and I loved it! Let me tell you a little about it: "Eragon" is by Christopher Paolini and it is MARVELOUS! It starts out when a boy named Eragon finds a stone in the forest while hunting. It's extremely hard and smooth. It hatches to be a dragon! The dragon is dark blue and has spikes along its back. Eragon doesn't tell anyone, though. Then these people called the Razzac come and burn their house and kill Eragon's uncle. Eragon then joins with a storyteller named Brom, and they make a journey after the Razzac and along the way, they get attacked by them! Then this man (whose name I have forgotten) comes and saves them. They continue on their journey and then Brom dies from the wounds the Razzac gave them! They still continue and go to these people named the Varden. Then they battle these things called Urgals (nasty big monsters) and win! (Only because Eragon killed their leader) And that's the end of the book. Kinda lame ending. 3/07


Benjamin L.
Grade 9
"Chew On This" by Eric Schlosser

What I loved about this book is that it was very interesting. I would look forward to reading it every day. I thought it was very informing. It taught me about the conditions of fast food workers, what is in the fast food, and how unhealthy it is for you. Since I have read this book I have stopped eating McDonalds, and have cut almost all fast food out of my diet. I would recommend this book to anybody of all ages over 10, just because of the reading level. I think every kid should be required to read it just to learn about all the crazy stuff about fast food. This book is a lot like the book I'm reading now called "Fast Food Nation." It is almost the same in the context, but gives more detail in everything. 3/07


Amanda E.
"Number the Stars" by Lois Lowry

Hi I am Amanda Elser. I would recommend the book "Number the Stars." I really liked this book because it kept me on the edge of my seat and it made me want to keep on reading :) This is a book that I would recommend to anybody who asked me for a recommendation. 3/07


Jack D.
Grade 6
"Peter and the Shadow Thieves" by Dave Barry

I really liked this book the action and suspense really got me to read for hours. The story is about the famed Peter Pan but in the book he goes by Peter. A strange creature comes to his island looking for the strange star stuff. The creature finds out that a man named Leonard Aster hides the Star Stuff away in London, England. Peter Knows the Aster family from his previous adventures. He sets out to warn the Aster family that they are in grave danger. When he finds the house he finds Molly, the daughter, under attack and helps her out by pulling her from the window and flying her down to a tree. Then they find out that Mrs. Aster got taken from the house and got put into a carriage. Then Peter and Molly go to Molly's friends house and gets the help from her friend George. Then they go to find her father and save her mother. Of course I'm not telling you the entire story, so you have to read the book to find out what happens next. 3/07


Madeline C.
Grade 7
"Where the Red Fern Grows" by Wilson Rawls

I loved and enjoyed this book very much! I love dogs too, but I didn't like how the dogs died. It was too sad. I would definitely recommend it to a friend. I've actually already have told my family about it too. Old Yeller was like this book because there was a lot of hunting and adventures. The dogs in both books are heroes. I could read it again!!! 3/07


Allison S.
Grade 6
"A Wrinkle in Time" by Madeleine L'Engle

"A Wrinkle in Time" is about three children, Meg, Charles, and Calvin. Charles meets three ladies, Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who, and Mrs. Which. One day Meg and Calvin were talking, and the ladies and Charles come and the ladies take them into space. They later find Mr. Murry, which was the reason they went into space. He is on a planet called Camazotz, but then a person makes Charles like everyone else with a faraway look in the eyes. Charles takes them to this so called IT, and like Charles, it tries to take Meg away. Mr. Murry goes to another planet to get out of the presence of IT. Meg eventually has to go back and rescue Charles. She is told that she had something that IT does not have. She finds out that it is love and they end up at home as a family once more.

I liked how the writer quoted the Bible. I also liked how it kept my interest and was not boring. I didn't like how they didn't tell how Mrs. Murry and the twins were doing while the rest of the family was in space. I also disliked it when Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who, and Mrs. Which left without telling the Murry family and Calvin where they were going at the end of the book. I would recommend this book to someone who likes adventure. It is similar to other books because it had adventure and fantasy in it. 3/07


Kristina S.
Grade 7
"Avalon High" by Meg Cabot

One of my favorite books is "Avalon High" by Meg Cabot. I liked this book because it combines history with a teen's life. In this book, Ellie Harrison, her brother and their parents, who are professors, move to a town in Maryland because while her parents are on a sabbatical. A sabbatical is a yearlong vacation on which Ellie's dad hopes to write a book on a medieval sword. Ellie meets a boy who ends up being a reincarnation of King Arthur and everything happens as it did long ago. Also, Ellie finds out that she is not really reincarnated as the Lady of Shalott, but really the Lady of the Lake.

What really is the most interesting part of this book is that you can read a book just for fun and end up learning something as well. There was nothing I really disliked about this book, but I think it would be cool if Meg Cabot wrote a sequel. I would definitely recommend this book to my friends. The only similarity this book has to any other book I've read is it is written by Meg Cabot, my favorite author. This really is a great book. 3/07


Nima K.
Grade 4
"Holes" by Louis Sachar

I liked this book because it has a lot of adventures. It is modern life in prison. I would recommend it to my friends and family because it is a very good book and the author is my favorite author. There are no similarities to the other books that I have read before. 3/07


Tina K.
Grade 6
"The Grim Grotto" by Lemony Snicket

I liked this book because it made me want to read more and it made me feel curious because I want to know what would happen next in the book. I would recommend it to my friends and family because I think that they would like it too just like how I like this book. There are similarities to the other books that I have read before as in the Nancy Drew books, and the Harry Potter books. 3/07


Nadine J.
Grade 9
"Girl, Interrupted" by Susanne Kaysen

"I wasn't convinced I was crazy, though I feared I was. Some people say that having any conscious opinion on the matter is a sign of sanity, but I'm not sure that's true. I still think about it. I'll always have to think about it." The previous is a quote from Susanne Kaysen's "Girl, Interrupted." This memoir takes the reader places that are hardly fathomable to "normal people". It questions the validity of our perceptions of the borderline of sanity and insanity. It gives the reader a greater knowledge of what it is like to be an adolescent girl living in McLean Hospital, a residential psychiatric facility, during the 1960's.

I found the book very interesting. Every page was filled with thoughts that could be analyzed upon hours. Susanne's insight and personal experience makes it fascinating to read. Very few people really understand the human psyche and the people deemed "crazy". This book can show them no body is that different; we just all share a common bond in different ways. After reading this I found myself questioning everything, from my life thus far to where I may to end up going. I highly recommend this book because there is a lot to learn from it; about you, about psychology, about ethics, about history, and about life. If you enjoy this book, you may also enjoy reading "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" by Ken Kesey. 3/07