Friday, January 9, 2015

Teen review: Graphic novel

by Raina Telgemeier
233 pages
Stand-alone graphic novel
Suggested for 6th grade up

Reviewed by Kayla, grade 10
Callie is different from everyone else. With her purple hair and various ear piercings she sticks out in a crowd for sure, but she loves theater. Her school is doing the play Moon Over Mississippi, which has been her favorite play since she was little. However, she has no singing talent. So she decides to design the set for the stage crew and she has a bunch of crazy but good ideas. She encounters many adventures and people along the way too, which make her have an even better time.

This book was cool to read because I think that anyone could relate to these kids. The story is also told through comic strips, so the color pops right out at the reader. Callie is a really cool character and she tells her story with such ease. I would definitely recommend this book to others because I thoroughly enjoyed it.

I rate this book as a 5.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Teen review: Romance

Boy Meets Girl
by Meg Cabot
383 pages
Stand-alone teen romance
Suggested for: high school and up

Reviewed by Kayla, grade 10

Kate Mackenzie is down on her luck. She just moved out of her apartment that she shared with her long-term boyfriend who didn’t want to commit. So she had to move in with her best friend--and her best friend’s husband--which is a nightmare. Plus, her boss hates her and is trying to make her fire one of the most popular employees in their culinary section. To top it all off, she now has to meet with a lawyer she despises, or at least thinks she does, to give a deposition.

This book was unique in the way that it was written--as a series of emails, texts, and instant messages between the main characters. It is mainly told from the point of view of Kate Mackenzie but you can see other people’s perspectives through their strongly worded emails and such. I really like the way Meg Cabot writes: Her characters are easy to relate to because they are just normal people. She uses quite a bit of humor, which is what I love about her books also. Over all, I would definitely recommend this book to readers due to its easiness to get through, and its great characters.

I rate this book a 5.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Over 18? Miss book club?

All of you over-18s, don't forget about the GENRE X BOOK CLUB! Genre-X is a book club for Millennials and Gen-Xers to hang out, drink coffee, and discuss interesting books. The next meeting is on Thursday night, January 15 (that's next week!) at the Central Library.

The club will discuss READY PLAYER ONE, by Ernest Cline (a book some of you read in our club). (If you didn't read it, YOU SHOULD! It's awesome!)

Let Jeff and Laura know that you're coming: Email or call (818) 238-5580.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Teen review: Horror

by Stephen King
449 pages
Horror/science fiction
For mature audience

Reviewed by Jonathan, grade 12

Clay Ridell leads a ragtag group of survivors to safety after a zombie apocalypse. The zombie apocalypse was triggered by a phone call that turns any regular human into some sort of creature hungry for flesh. That’s basically the story.

Unfortunately, this has to be one of the lowest points Mr. King has ever reached. I know the guy can whip up a pretty nasty story that’s entertaining and insanely scary, but this isn’t. Not only are the characters as flat as any horror movie character, but the story is so simple and so small that it feels as though it were missing a few elements. Sure, there are moments when Clay ponders over his son and wife, but they come infrequently. The point that I have to get across is that none of these characters (or the entire story itself) have layers. And I know Stephen King is making a social commentary on how many people use their phones a lot, but I think he should have written something more compelling than this--because if his point was for us to stop using our cell phones lest we become hungry cannibalistic animals, he ultimately failed. There is, however, a twist on the whole cannibalistic zombie story in that there’s a leader that this book calls the “Raggedy Man.” I know this book was published in 2006, but the whole “zombie leader” element reminded me of the 2007 movie I Am Legend, in which there was this one particular zombie/vampire creature who seemed to be the head honcho.

Anyway, out of five, it has to be a two. If you’re a die-hard Stephen King fan you’ll probably read this, but in the end be as utterly disappointed as I was.