By Guli Grover
Very recently in school we were assigned to read Catcher In The Rye by J.D. Salinger. I really enjoyed reading this book and I strongly support that you read this book. First of all, the book is about a teenage boy’s life and his thoughts. I could agree with him on many different points and could understand many things he described. Coming from a teenager it made every word more relatable which kept me up reading all night. I am not going to give anything away nor will I explain with a lot of detail because I prefer reading a book completely from the start without much information given. Throughout the book, the teenage boy talks to us, the readers. He explains everything he feels about everything he sees which really helps us understand who he is and where he is. Secondly, his diction consist of many curse words. I am not supporting you to start using more curse words but it relates to the everyday diction I hear at school. His word choice explains his thoughts on a whole new level and helps me relate to him. It made me realize why some people say different words in different tones, there is always a story behind every person that relates to their everyday actions. Finally, Salinger uses many allusions, even though the plot was written in the “olden days” many examples are still relatable. All of the examples help me see where he is and makes me feel like I am standing next to him. Some of the allusions are things I have never heard of, which gives me the opportunity to learn more. The reason I love this book is because I can relate to it in many different ways. J.D. Salinger does a great job describing and keeps you entertained from beginning to end. I strongly recommend reading this book.
By Heaven James
A book I read this summer was called Stardust by Neil Gaiman. Stardust is a magical and adventurous story I most definitely enjoyed! I loved the mixture of magic and reality that captures the readers’ imaginations. I recommend this book to anyone who likes some fantasy. The plot of Stardust is a young man named Tristan Thorn promises Victoria Forester, his “true love” that if he passed “The Wall” and bring back the star they both just saw fall from the sky, that Victoria would accept Tristan’s hand in marriage or whatever he desired. Tristan goes on this journey to fetch the star not knowing the star is a girl in the flesh. Tristan conquers and goes through the unimaginable to get back to Victoria, but by the end of the journey he realizes that he practically forgot about Victoria and maybe even his love for her. The story is filled with witches and pirates too! I recommend seeing the movie as well, but like a lot of stories that are transferred on film, the movie leaves out adventures that you would only find in the book. This is one of my favorite stories.
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