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Book Review | Before I Fall, by Lauren Oliver

Okay, I admit it. If a movie adaptation of a young adult novel is coming out, I am running—not walking—to the nearest local bookshop to purchase it. So it is no surprise that I sprinted to get my hands on Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver. I am really surprised that this book was made into a movie. The book is about a girl, Sam, who dies in a car accident, but she wakes up to repeat the day over again. This happens to her for seven days. Each day she tries to do something different so she doesn’t...

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Book Review | Searching for John Hughes, by Jason Diamond

As far as John Hughes fans went, I swore I was the biggest one. I have seen most of his films (if John Candy is in it, I have not seen it…this is not intentional, but a really weird fluke that I have yet to rectify) multiple times. I have dreamed of twisting and shouting with Ferris Bueller. I have very strong opinions about Duckie and Andie’s dress (yes to Duckie, no to the dress). I have a Jake Ryan t-shirt, and I contemplated purchasing The Breakfast Club poster for my dorm room in college (only an urge to...

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Book Review | Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee

I went into reading this book with some trepidation. One of my friends warned me against it; she said the lack of quotation marks for dialogue was distracting and confusing. I had heard some good buzz about the book, so I went to Politics and Prose and held it in my hands for a long time. I double-checked with my friend, and she still insisted it was horrible, so I put it down. It took a trip to the Strand for me to finally purchase it. Another friend of mine told me it was the best book that she...

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Book Review | Saint Anything, by Sarah Dessen

It all began in the way all good stories do: with a blind date. In this case, the date was not with a man, but with a book. I was standing in Malaprop’s Bookstore when I first saw it. It was covered in brown paper that advertised that it had “sibling relationships” and “realistic dialogue.” But what sealed the deal were the words “young adult fiction.” It was at that moment that I knew I had to make it mine. I ran to the book counter to purchase the book, tore off the brown paper, and then stared at...

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Book Review | The Boy is Back, by Meg Cabot

Do you love Jane Austen? Do you love Persuasion in particular? (Or at least have strong opinions about it like I do.) Then you will love Meg Cabot’s The Boy Is Back, her latest installment in her Boy Series. (Don’t worry if you haven’t read the others; they are pretty much standalone books. Some of the same characters appear from the other books, but it won’t make a difference for your reading experience.) This book has Jane Austen written all over it (literally). The epigraph in the beginning of the book is from Persuasion, and the characters initially fall...

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TRADE | Nimona, by Noelle Stevenson

Sometimes you want to sit down, open a new book, and finish it by the time you stand up. If you are looking for this kind of quick read, your search is over. Nimona by Noelle Stevenson can be read in less than three hours. Since the book is a graphic novel, the reading speed is determined partially on how long you choose to linger on the images. I personally read the book in about two hours. While I enjoy the quirky art style of Noelle Stevenson, it is not the kind of art that is so gorgeous that...

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