Saturday, January 23, 2016

Teen review: Classic

The Phantom of the Opera
by Gaston Leroux
371 pages
Classic fiction

Reviewed by George S., grade 8

The Phantom of the Opera is a classic that is appropriate for middle school and high school reading levels. In this classic, Christine Daee is a theater performer who takes place of Carlotta when she quits performing. When Christine takes the spotlight, sightings of a ghost at the opera house are reported, frightening the new managers and many performers. A childhood sweetheart of Christine's named Raoul recognizes her, and the opera ghost who demands her heart suddenly becomes his competition. Whom does Christine love, Raoul or the Phantom?

I felt this was going to be a cheesy romance where nothing happens except for people sobbing and moping about their lives; however, the costs of love in this book involve the deaths of any others. I would rate this 5 out of 5 stars because of all the action mixed with romance and blended with drama. It is hard to decide whether she should choose Raoul or the Phantom. Both in my opinion are suitable companions.


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