In The Mirror
Ann Carbine’s In the Mirror: A Memoir of Shattered Secrets is an emotional journey of self discovery. Carbine is shocked to discover that the marriage she had thought was perfect is in fact anything but. …
Room by Emma Donoghue is a story with a highly thought provoking premise. It is narrated by Jack, a five year old boy who has lived his entire young life inside a tiny room where his mother and he are kept prisoner. Please skip ahead if you don’t want to read any more about the plot as I don’t want to spoil it for you. . .Jack’s mother was abducted and raped when she was nineteen and Jack was born two years later. His mother is naturally depressed and will do anything to escape their prison. But she will also do anything to protect Jack, but Jack, because he has never seen anything else, believes that the room is his home and that it is perfectly normal.
Looking For Alaska
Miles Halter is a sixteen year old who’s life so far has been a constant string of nothingness, with no girls, no trouble, no goals, no challenges, no friends; nothing. He seeks something a little different, a bit of excitement, a bit of life, something. So he leaves Florida and goes to Alabama. His roommate Chip is an impoverished student with a Napoleon complex whose existence is all about trying to get the better of the school’s rich prep students. He is best friends with the gorgeous and irresistable Alaska Young, whom absolutely all the boys are completely smitten with. She’s got it all. She’s beautiful, intelligent, classy and exciting, with an adventurous and risk taking personality that guys cannot get enough of. Chips and Alaska shows Miles the ropes, teaching him to drink and smoke and getting him involved with all sorts of elaborate pranks. But Alaska is desperately unhappy.
Knight tells the story of Anya Gage, how has learned that the only way to get anything in this world is to earn it. She has absolutely not expectation and no dreams. But then she attends a party and happens to meet Knight Sebring. He’s a man who knows what he wants and generally gets it, and what he wants right now is Anya Gage. Knight tries his best to leave Anya Gage to the sort of comfortable life that she surely deserves to have, but Anya goes ti his nightclub and knows that he will have to look after her. Knight aims to give Anya the best, but he is a man with a mysterious and dark past.
The Kite Runner is the debut novel from author Khaled Hosseini. He accomplishes things that many more experienced author accomplish. He manages to provide an enlightening, educating and eye opening portrayal of the political unrest in Afghanistan while at the same time creating a staggering level of character development that truly grips the reader and leads them through an emotional rollercoaster of a story. And all this he achieves on his first attempt.
If I Stay
If I Stay is a story all about loved ones and family members. It is told in first person perspective by Mia as she is treated in hospital and looked after by all the people close to her. Not to give too much away, but Mia will have to make an extremely important choice before the end of the book.
Awkward is the story of Mackenzie, a girl with issues. When Mackenzie was a young girl her father cheated on her mother and she blamed herself for the divorce and for the fact that her father promptly abandoned her. This has led her to distrust men in general and to be unable to rely on anyone. Mackenzie also tries her darndest to avoid any attention at school since she was subject to a humiliating incident.
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