The Promised Neverland Book 1
Author: Kaiu Shirai, Posuka Demizu

Plot Summary:

The Promised Neverland is about a group of kids who live in an orphanage called The Grace Field House. They are all happy in the house until one day when their sister, Conny, is being delivered to a foster family. Everyone is happy for her except, she leaves her favorite stuffed animal behind. Emma And Norman decide to deliver the stuffed animal to her, thinking that she hadn't yet fully left. However, when the two get to the gate, they find Conny dead and realize that Conny was never to be delivered to a foster family but to be eaten. And all their other family members who have gotten into "foster families" were killed. Emma, Norman, and their friend Ray decide to escape along with Don and Glinda, two of their siblings.

Comments:

I really liked this book because it was so full of energy and emotion and all of the characters have courage and count on one another.

My favorite part of the book was when the kids all worked together to help one another in practicing tag to help them get more on board with the escape.

I didn't have a least favorite part of the book though because the book was especially good for me and hopefully for you also!!
A Child Called “It”
Author: Dave Pelzer

Plot Summary:

In this book, it discussed the abuse of a child named Dave Pelzer. Dave Pelzer was a child from Daly City, California who was severely abused by his mother from the ages of 4 to 12. Before he was abused, he had an amazing life. He spent time with his 2 brothers, and he was given a lot of Christmas presents, adventures, and trips. Soon, his life turned to terror. He had to drink ammonia, he was barely allowed to eat, he had to wear the same clothes because his mother wanted him to be humiliated, and he was stabbed by her as well. After years of abuse, he was finally out of his mother’s custody. He was finally free.

Comments:

I thought this book was absolutely amazing. I thought this book was amazing because Dave was extremely brave for sharing his abuse story. I also thought this book was very upsetting because Dave suffered from so much abuse throughout his lifetime. He was abused from when he was 4-12 years old. I thought that was devastating, and he did not deserve this at all. My favorite part of this book was the part when Dave and his 2 brothers were having fun. They were so happy, and they were treated so well. They always looked like they were having so much fun, and they were so excited about life. From Christmas, to the last day of school, they all looked so happy, even the parents. My least favorite part of this book was the part where Dave was forced to drink ammonia, and eat his own vomit. That part was my least favorite part because it devastated me seeing Dave being abused this badly. He did not deserve any of this abuse at all. Seeing him suffering from such severe abuse made me upset. Overall, I found this book to be a heartwarming, heartbreaking, and an amazing book in general. I give it a 5 out of 5 stars, and I would recommend this book to everyone.
Let’s Call it a Doomsday
Author: Katie Henry

Plot Summary:

The world could end at any second of any day and 16-year-old Ellis Kimball would be prepared. Ellis is completely consumed by the idea that the world is going to end to the point where she can often be found buying food and supplies to assure that she will be ready whenever it does happen. She is also in the process of coming to terms with her Mormon faith and overcoming identity issues. After a regular visit with her therapist, Martha, to help deal with her anxiety, Ellis runs into a girl from school named Hannah Marks. She learns that Hannah is also fascinated by the apocalypse and that she even knows when it is going to happen. Ellis and Hannah become quick friends although Ellis has a tendency to worry about how others perceive her and constantly critiquing herself as to whether or not she's doing the right thing. As the story progresses, Ellis and Hannah work together to piece together all of the information they have both individually gathered about the apocalypse. During this extensive search, Ellis realizes Hannah is withholding information from her, but she can’t figure out why. As the apocalypse gets closer day by day the pair start to question what exactly is going to happen. Are their expectations and theories true? Only the test of time will tell.

Comments:

The author incorporates Ellis's constant worry throughout the novel. Her worry helps to build her up as a character and to make the reader feel for her. It also gives an inside look about her personal issues while she was dealing with way bigger things on the outside. This is a very unique work in the aspects that it shows religion as a normal and key feature in an adolescent's life. Many times in today’s society religion is not heavily implemented through childhood therefore, seeing this in the novel was very refreshing which made me really enjoy it. The author was able to discuss yet sometimes question the Mormon religion while still respecting its values. Ellis is definitely a character to cheer for due to her being displayed with dedication and grit throughout the story even through all that she is experiencing. Henry incorporates Ellis’ anxiety throughout the book which incorporates into its overall message. Despite Ellis’ excitement and anticipation of the end of the world, she is suffering from severe personal issues because of her anxiety. The inclusion of her anxiety and as well as her Mormon faith help show Ellis as a individual and build a greater perspective of how she overcomes her problems. The author was able to incorporate many real-life problems that teens struggle with which made it a very admirable book to read.
Dear Evan Hansen
Author: Benj Pasek, Val Emmich, Steven Levenson, Justin Paul

Plot Summary:

A teenage boy named Evan, who struggles with social anxiety, helps a family mourn the loss of their son, Connor, who took his own life. As someone who also struggled socially, Connor's parents were worried that their son had no friends and lived a very sad life. Before passing, Connor had taken a letter that Evan had written to himself, as an assignment for his therapist. His parents found this letter and presumed that Connor had written the letter and that Connor and Evan were friends. As the story progresses, Evan continues to lie to Connor's family to help them think that he and Connor had a strong friendship and to help them through the morning. As the lies build up, Evan also starts to become more confident and less anxious, socially. In the end, Evan's secret is finally revealed, and he has to face his problems.

Comments:

My favorite part of the book was seeing Evan's social skills develop. He starts the book being very timid and not even able to order food for himself. After finding people that love and care for him, he becomes more comfortable and confident in himself and is able to even give a speech to his whole school. However, this also leads to my least favorite part of the book: Evan's deception. He finds a family that is clearly struggling and mourning the loss of their son, and instead of telling them the truth, he does what is best and easiest for himself and lies to them.
1984
Author: George Orwell

Plot Summary:

In the novel 1984, it takes place in a dystopian society called London, Oceania. It is a totalitarian society that has a leader named Big Brother, and the Party controls everything. There is war and everybody has to love the Party and Big Brother. The protagonist is named Winston Smith. He is 39 years old, and he has a varicose ulcer. He is somebody who happens to be against the Party. He does not like their rules, and he writes in a diary. He got the diary from Mr. Charrington’s shop, and he writes in it. Although he does commit thoughtcrime while writing, he did not get caught because he hid from the telescreen in his apartment. Before he met his “partner named Julia, he thought she was a member of the Thought Police. Turns out, she was not. She was just as against the Party as he was. For a long time, they would be intimate, and they would spend a lot of time together. Unfortunately, they were both arrested because they both committed crimes. In Winston’s holding cell, he was being tortured and he was in pain. He was being tortured by someone who he had trusted, which was a person named O’Brien. He was being tortured because O’Brien wanted to cure him. Soon, he ended up looking and feeling better. But he was punished by O’Brien by saying Julia’s name in a dream. The punishment was going into Room 101, a room where you have to face your biggest fear. Winston’s biggest fear is rats, so he had to have a rat cage put on his face. Because he was so scared, he betrayed Julia, much to O’Brien’s satisfaction. The book ended by having Winston love Big Brother, and he was going to obey the Party.

Comments:

In general, I thought this book was very interesting because it shows people what it is like to live in a dystopian society. It also shows people how it is like to live in a society where somebody rules one another. I also thought this book was interesting because Winston and Julia were so dedicated in not being caught together. My favorite part of this book was when Winston had his dream about the Golden Country. It was my favorite part of the book because Winston and Julia felt so much freedom, and they were having such a good time. It was basically the only good time they had in the book, even though it was just a dream. My least favorite part of this book was when Winston had to go to Room 101 and was tortured by having a rat cage on his face. It was my least favorite part of the book because nobody, not even people who have done bad things deserve to be tortured so severely. Overall, I thought this book was interesting, and I rate it 4 out of 4 stars.
Be More Chill
Author: Ned Vizzini

Plot Summary:

This book is about Jeremy Heere, a high school boy who is unpopular and seen as a dork. He is in love with the pretty theatre star, Christine, but she is oblivious to his efforts. He learns about something called a Squip, which is a quantum supercomputer that one can take as a pill in order to become cooler and popular -- as testified by the popular boy Rich. Jeremy decides to take the Squip, and it forms as a voice inside his head that tells him how to climb he social ladder at his school, including how to talk to girls. The squip even gets Jeremy to end his friendship with Micheal, his long term best friend, because he is too nerdy to be seen around. At the end of the novel, Jeremy gets rid of the squip because of the damage it has done to himself and his relationships.

Comments:

I really enjoyed this book. It has a lot of funny jokes while also balancing it with serious topics. I think my favorite thing about this book is the statement it makes about high school and how people will do stupid things (like get a squip) in order to feel cool. The book also is very accurate to high school life and calls out how teens that age really act -- oftentimes rampant with misogyny and homophobia. My least favorite part of the book is when Jeremy and Micheal were at the party and Micheal was abandoned by Jeremy in the bathroom. It's a really sad and emotional scene and it showed how Jeremy chose popular life over his best friend. Although it was a sad scene, I do think it was necessary overall to show the effects of what a "squip" could do to you.
Girl, Interrupted
Author: Susanna Kaysen

Plot Summary:

In this book, it focuses on the author named Susanna Kaysen. In this book, she is 18 years old. She was admitted into a hospital in Massachusetts called McLean Hospital, and she was admitted because she had attempted suicide. Susanna Kaysen stayed in the hospital from April 27th, 1967, to September 1968. Susanna Kaysen suffers from Borderline Personality Disorder, and she was getting mental health for it. Throughout the book, a decent amount of characters were introduced. Some of those characters include Georgina, Lisa, Polly, and Cynthia. Although they all have different mental issues, they all related to each other somehow. Throughout the book, Susanna Kaysen talks about her experiences at the mental hospital. She does not only talk about herself, she also talks about the experiences of other people. Georgina suffers from Schizophrenia, Lisa is a sociopath, Cynthia suffers from depression, and Polly also suffers from Schizophrenia. Georgina is known for being Susanna Kaysen’s roommate, Cynthia is known for always crying after shock therapy, Lisa is known for running away, and Polly is known for lighting herself on fire. Kaysen also talks about the workers there, like Valerie and Dr. Wick. The girls like Valerie because she is the only nurse who they could trust in McLean Hospital. Most of the memoir takes place at McLean Hospital, but towards the end of the book took place in Harvard Square.

Comments:

In general, I thought this book was absolutely phenomenal. I think this book was absolutely phenomenal because it accurately portrays mental disorders, and I loved the characters in the book. I think Susanna Kaysen portrays mental disorders, such as Depression and Borderline Personality Disorder extremely well. I feel like I could relate to Lisa because she is compassionate, and she just wants to feel free. This book also made me feel safe because there are other people in this world who suffer from mental disorders. This includes Susanna Kaysen, Lisa, Georgina, Cynthia, and Polly. My favorite part of this book was the part where Susanna reunited with Lisa at the end of the book. This was my favorite part of the book because Lisa looked so happy to see Susanna, and it looked like her life was getting better by the day. This was also my favorite part of the book because both Susanna and Lisa looked so free. This part of the book made me happy. My least favorite part of this book was when Torrey was sent back to Mexico. It was my least favorite part of the book because Torrey did not want to go back to Mexico after being in Massachusetts. The fact that all of the patients and the nurses cared about Torrey made this part even more upsetting. I think Torrey deserved better in this book, so this was my least favorite part.
They Both Die At The End
Author: Adam Silvera

Plot Summary:

This book follows Mateo, a shy and anxious homebody, and Rufus, a "bad boy" orphan who lost his parents in a car crash, on their day of death. In this society, something called "deathcast" was created which notifies people on the day that they are going to die, and subsequently an app called "Last Friend" was created in order to give dying people one last friend to get them through their day. Rufus and Mateo met on this app, as they both found out that they were dying on the same day. The novel shows them during their adventures and their goodbyes, showing them getting closer and closer over the course of only one day. Soon enough, Mateo gets the courage to kiss Rufus, and after some drama with Rufus' gang, they go back to Mateo's house and relax in each others arms. However, they couldn't beat the reliability of Death Cast, and Mateo gets burned alive by a kitchen fire. Rufus, distraught over Mateo's death, walks into the street without looking, and without a hand to hold him back. Although never fully explained, this suggests that Rufus got hit by a car.

Comments:

I think my favorite thing about the book is the different points of view and how they all connect. The POV switches from Rufus to Mateo to Rufus' friends to Mateo's friends and even to people Rufus and Mateo have barely interacted with. It was really interesting to see how the people that seem random and insignificant actually have a huge effect on the story -- like Howie, Delilah, and Andrea. My least favorite part of the book was probably the suddenness of the romance between Mateo and Rufus. I understand that they only had a day to get to know each other, but I feel like the actual chemistry between them that should have been the buildup for their kiss was really lacking. Mateo barely mentioned anything about being interested in Rufus and he never once hinted at his sexuality until the kiss. I think Rufus' buildup was better, as it was mentioned that he was bisexual and he did have moments of attraction towards Mateo, but still overall lacking.
The Hawthorne Legacy
Author: Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Plot Summary:

Avery Kylie Grambs inherited billions in a will from a man she had never met. After solving his first mystery that he left behind for her and his grandkids, the Hawthornes, they must move onto the next mystery he left for them to solve; find his supposedly dead son, Tobias Hawthorne. As the search begins for Toby, Avery will encounter many roadblocks, such as those who don't want Toby to be found, and other's who want to scare Avery out of her inheritance. Not only that, tensions are high between her and the two of the four Hawthorne brothers, Jameson and Grayson, as she tries to decide which one her heart desires more. Not only will Avery solve the mystery of the missing Hawthorne, she will also discover the mystery of her past, something she has been trying to decipher since her mother's death.

Comments:

This book was amazing! I couldn't put it down! My least favorite part was when we find out that while Tobias is a father figure in Avery's life, he is not in fact her biological father. I feel it hindered the plot slightly, since it would've tied everything in a nicer bow if they were related; it made the whole adoption plot line discovery slightly less significant. When we find out Toby isn't truly a Hawthorne, there is an elated feeling that Avery then must be related to him and thats why she was left the inheritance. Once I discovered that wasn't the case, I was slightly disappointed that he wasn't her true father. My favorite part of this book was the entire mystery behind it. Barnes does an amazing job of keeping you on your toes the entire story, and causing you to want to read more. Every corner there is a new twist which adds to the overall plot of this piece. If I had to choose the best part of this story, it would have to be when Avery and the rest of the Hawthorne family take a trip to the ski house up in Colorado. It was a scene with amazing imagery, and was a pivotal point in the story to move the plot forward.
We Are Okay
Author: Nina LaCour

Plot Summary:

The main character is named Marin. She was born and raised in California but runs off to New York after something tragic occurs. The book starts off in Winter break. Since she ran off, she hasn’t made any contact with her friends in California. Resulting in her not having anywhere to go to for break. So her college allows her to stay at the dorms during break. Her old friend Mabel says she going to come visit her for break. This makes Marin nervous because she did not even say good to Mabel when she left. As the book continues all the secrets and trauma unravels.

Comments:

My favorite part was during a flashback when Mabel and Marin kiss and have a sweet love scene. I actually don’t have a least favorite part of this book but, the reason I gave it two stars was because after reading it I was very underwhelmed.