Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon, is a great book for teenagers to read. It’s about teenage girl named Madeline Whittier. She has a very rare disease called SCID, which is a disease that causes a very little or no immune system. She cannot leave her house or she could die. Madeline describes it as, “being allergic to the world”. The only people she sees is her mom, her nurse Carla, and sometimes her school tutors, but she mostly sees them over Skype. She spends her time reading in her all white room. One day, Madeline saw a moving truck near her house, a boy named Olly moved in with his family. Madeline knew she had to know him.
Throughout the book, there were quotes that stood out to me. I noticed a pattern between these quotes. Most of them were talking about taking risks and finding your way in life.
“Life is hard, honey. Everyone finds a way.” (Page 33) This quote is referring to the difficulties is life. This quote was told to Madeline by her nurse. She is trying to tell Madeline that she knows life is hard for her, but you will find your way through life.
“Everything’s a risk. Not doing anything is a risk. It’s up to you.” (Page 68) This quote is talking about risks. The quote is also told to Madeline by her nurse. When Carla said this she is trying to tell Madeline, that taking risks is important. It may be a risk to do something, but it’s also a risk to do nothing in Madeline’s case.
I really enjoyed reading this book. I liked how the book ended with something no one would expect. It had a few sketches throughout the book. I enjoyed the sketches because it gave the readers a visual of things Madeline saw. I also, liked the book reviews, in Madeline’s point of view. The quotes in the book were a great way to inform the readers how hard life was for Madeline.
The second book of the Divergent series; Insurgent by Veronica Roth is my favorite book in the series. I am still reading the last book Allegiant, but I have enjoyed Insurgent the most so far. There are many things I like about the book ranging from action and plot. My favorite thing about this book is the character development.
When I mean character development, I mean being introduced to new characters like Evelyn Johnson. You learn that she is Tobias’ mother and Marcus Eaton’s ex-wife and that brings out a lot of back story between that family. That also leads more issues between Tobias and his father which was introduced in the first book. Then you learn more about Tris and how being Divergent affects how she acts and makes decisions. You also learn about how Christina is doing after Will’s death which starts tension between Tris and her when Christina learns how he died. And then you meet Cara which makes things even more interesting. Tori Wu is not in the beginning of the book, but she is in it later. Then you learn about the history between her and Jeanine because of Tori’s brother’s death. And at the end of the book, you meet Edith Prior which leaves you at a cliff hanger. There is even more to talk about.
The character development in this story is fabulous and it is a great build-on from the first book. I could go on and on about what happens. Overall, what I explained is only a little bit of the reason why this is a great book.
For my Independent reading project I chose the book the Eye of Minds. The Eye of Minds is about a teenager named Michael who lives in the future where everything is virtual. There is this system called the Virt-net which stands for virtual network, this Virt-net is a global network that anyone can use. The way the Virt-net, works is that you have to get a special kind of box people call it a coffin. Then you can enter the Virt-net. The Virt-net is a place that you can do practically anything that you want from hanging out in the duplicate of the real world to playing different games. In these coffins you can feel, hear, see, taste, and smell everything like you were a person and other people can see you too. Before you enter the Virt-net you need to make an aura. An aura is what you look like in the Virt-net. Most people make their aura what they look like but make themselves look stronger or prettier or something. This teen, Michael was a gamer who would spend more time in the Virt-net than he did in the real world. Michael had two friends in the Virt-net Sara and Bryson. Sara and Bryson knew Michael very well but the funny thing is, is that Michael has never met Sara or Bryson in real life. Almost every day Sara and Bryson would meet up with Michael in the Virt-net and hang out. Recently there have been a Cyber Terrorist known as Kaine who had amazing coding and hacking skills. Michael Bryson and Sara are all recruited by the VNS (Virt-Net Security) to stop Kaine from committing any more crimes. The three were good coders and hackers and when the VNS Agent, Agent Weber recruited them to use their coding/hacking skills to find a way to Kaine. The kids get information from someone in the Virt-net about the entrance onto the Path (P) witch led to the Hollowed Ravine (HR) which was supposedly where Kaine was hiding out. In this book the three teens go on a series of adventures throughout the book trying to find the way to the Hollowed Ravine to stop Kaine from using a dangerous program called the Mortality Doctrine on the world. I am going to finish now because the book is really deep keeping you on the edge of adventure and I would recommend it to anyone who likes the Maze Runner Books or if you like Si-fi adventure. I would really recommend this book to you.
Book Review on Challenger Deep
Challenger Deep is about a boy who struggles with schizophrenia, (a mental disorder that affects how a person thinks, feels, and behaves.) Caden Bosch (the boy who struggles with schizophrenia) also experiences hallucinations and as this is happening the author makes the reader feel like they’re the ones experiencing it. It starts out with the main character, Caden Bosch, on a ship that’s headed to the deepest point on Earth. Caden is a smart 15 year old high school student whose friends start to notice his odd behavior. He is appointed to the ship’s artist to document his journey with pictures. Caden then lies about joining the school track team.
One thing that I did not like about this book was when Caden had the hallucinations it was hard to tell if he was still having it or if he was done having it. Also it wasn’t very clear for me to understand when he was transitioning from the two.
Personally, I would not recommend this book to everyone because it was confusing for me to understand. That reason was because he goes back in forth from the ship to real world and the author doesn’t really do a good job telling us when he’s on the ship and from when he’s in the real world. Especially in the chapters, you have to figure it out. For example, in some of the chapters he was with the captain and in that same chapter he was in the real world and not having a hallucination any more.
The “Orphan Train” by Christina Baker Kline is a fictional novel based on true events that occurred in the late 1800’s. This is the story of Molly and Vivian, two women whose lives intersect because Molly had to perform community service for being in trouble which was fulfilled by helping Vivian clean her attic. Molly is an Orphaned Penobscot Indian who is moving from house to house. When Molly meets Vivian she was seventeen years old while Vivian was nine-one. At first they did not have much in common, but while Molly starts to help Vivian, she realizes that they have had similar experiences. Vivian like Molly, was sent by rail as a young women not knowing what the future would bring.
Both women are in different stages of their life’s journey, Molly is still on her path to life, while Vivian is in her later life stages. Through Vivian’s recollections of her Orphan train ride, Molly feels a connection with Vivian. The chapters go back and forth threw Vivian’s memories and Molly’s crazy life, which is confusing at times, but it was very interesting to see the similarities between their two lives.
“Orphan Train” is recommended for readers who like historical fiction. This book is probably targeting a younger female audience because of Vivian experience and Molly’s age. However, older adults would enjoy the story of Vivian’s hardships and how she meet her challenges. It’s the story of an older person sharing her knowledge with a younger angry, bitter, and tough, girl. But, Vivian learns a lot from Molly and her experiences.