Penny, who lives in Brighton, England, is like any teenage girl, struggling with superficial boys, petty friends, and pimples. One thing sets her apart though: she suffers from panic attacks. Inspired by her best friend, she decides to write an anonymous online blog discussing her life and giving advice on how to get through the trauma of adolescent life. Then, in a play gone horribly wrong, Penny is utterly humiliated in front of the entire school. And there are videos. Lots of videos. All over the internet. Thinking her life is over, Penny wonders how she will ever be able to face anyone ever again.
Suddenly, as if by a miracle, her parents receive a job in New York City and they are whisked away to spend Christmas in the states. When Penny meets the adorable Noah, all of her worries disappear. He shows her all of the hot spots in NYC and she can't believe that she was ever worried about such silly high school things. She likes him. A lot. Maybe even love. So naturally, she has to blog about it. But Noah isn't who he says he is and Penny soon realizes that you have to be careful what you put on the internet. Will her fairy tail Christmas end in heartbreak?
Zoe Sugg, also know as Zoella, has millions of followers on her YouTube channel and blog and this is her debut novel. She is being compared to J.K Rowling so if you like to stay up to date on the next great thing, this is the book for you!
Animal Farm is a hilarious, satirical novel that takes place on, you guessed it, a farm. When the farm animals get sick of being ruled by humans who always take the products of their labor but never return it, they decide to rebel. Lead by Napoleon and Snowball, both pigs, the animals successfully take over the farm and create the Seven Commandments of the Animal Farm: whatever goes upon two legs is an enemy, whatever goes upon four legs, or has wings, is a friend, no animal shall wear clothes, no animal shall sleep in a bed, no animal shall drink alcohol, no animal shall kill another animal, and all animals are equal. Life seems as though it couldn't get any better for the animals, but not for long. Napoleon has been secretly plotting to run his comrade Snowball off the farm and begins murdering the other animals and plotting with humans. What's next? Walking on two legs?
Anybody who knows me, knows that I am obsessed with YouTube. When I found out that one of my favorite YouTubers, Alfie Deyes, was writing a book, I instantly ordered a copy. The Pointless Book is full of interactive games, puzzles, and even a cake-in-a-mug recipe. This super fun book would make a fantastic gift for any kid or teenager!
I have recently become absolutely obsessed with the show The Office so, when I saw that the author of The Book With No Pictures is a character on the show, I just had to pick it up! (Not to mention how cute he is heehee.) The title of this book is true: it has no pictures, but where it lacks in pictures, it makes up for in comedy and it is sure to make children and adults alike laugh out loud.
Full of revenge and romance, Wuthering Heights is a book not to miss. I am reading it for my AP English class and I can't get enough of it. It begins with the mysterious house, Wuthering Heights and its uncomfortable occupants acting in strange ways. From ghosts to vicious dogs, this classic novel is sure to excite.
I am absolutely obsessed with Pretty Little Liars, I just can't get enough of it. Perfect is part of this fast-paced book series in which Aria, Spencer, Hanna, and Emily are blackmailed by the mysterious 'A.' After their best friend Ali disappears, A somehow knows all of their secrets and isn't afraid to lay it all out on the line. The only thing is, these secrets are secrets that only Ali knew...
Insurgent is the second book in the Divergent trilogy. In this heart-racing story, Tris and Tobias are known to be Divergent and don't know where to turn. They travel to all of the different factions, finding it difficult to settle down – and who to trust. When secrets are revealed, trust is broken, and allies are made, it is difficult to know who is on your side. Tris and Tobias struggle to stay alive and stand for what they believe in while dealing with these struggles and fighting the Erudite.
23-year-old Samantha is offered a grant to go to school by an anonymous foundation. In return, all she must do is write letters to a man, 'Mr. Knightly', about what is going on in her life. In her letters, Sam reveals the deepest secrets she's never told and progressively comes to find her true self. And perhaps the love of her life.
I absolutely loved this romantic, funny, and truthful book. I especially loved that it referenced many of my favorite classic novels, such as Pride and Prejudice and Jane Eyre.
Sterling is in love with Ethan. She has loved him since the beginning – before he had over 20 million followers on his fan page, before he was number one on the charts for his music, before the red carpet events and worldwide tours. Ethan is living his dream, and everywhere he goes, people know who he is. Except now, due to insane recording schedules, constant workouts, and numerous fan meet-ups, Ethan barely has time for her anymore. Sterling realizes that, although she is happy for her boyfriend, she has to pursue her own dreams in order to be truly happy.
Will Anderson’s girlfriend, Elizabeth, is active in the woman’s suffrage movement in Detroit. During one of their rallies, Will takes down a mysterious armed man who he believes to have been scheming to murder one of the women speaking. The thing is nobody else saw the man and they believe Will to be crazy. Soon thereafter, a seemingly unreliable source informs him of a plot, including lies, blackmail, and murder, to rig the election on a suffrage amendment that is soon to be voted upon. Then Elizabeth begins receiving death threats. Will confides in Elizabeth, his old partner, and numerous other people, all who believe him to be overreacting. Believing the rally incident, the death threats, and the tip off to be related, Will sets out to find the people responsible – and to prove that he hasn’t lost his mind.
Royally Lost is my pick for our Random House night on June 24th because I thought it was quite adorable and perfect for a light summer read. The premise reminded me of the ever-so-popular movie, The Prince and Me.
The story begins with Nikolai, the 18-year-old prince of Mandovia, who is sick of being in the limelight. He feels that going to stuffy events and looking perfect all of the time with no real say in what happens in the country is not fit for him and, in a fit of built up anger and irritation, runs away from the king and queen in search of adventure.
Becca also wants to get away from her parents but not for the same reasons. Her father has recently remarried and his new wife insists on doing the whole "big happy family" thing. In an effort to do so, Becca and her brother are dragged along on a trip to Europe and she is completely miserable – until she meets Nikolai. They have an instant connection and each day along Becca's trip, they meet up in different towns to explore together.
It all may seem fun and dandy, but family vacations don't last forever and Nikolai can't just keep avoiding the royal search party. When all the fun they've been having comes to an end, will their relationship last or will responsibilities and demanding parents get in their way?
We just finished this book for my AP English class and it was quite fantastic. My teacher told us that JK Rowling, author of Harry Potter, got her inspiration to write from Charles Dickens, which I found very interesting.
When Pip is young, he is raised in a home with not a lot of money. When a mysterious person pays for him to get an education and become a gentleman, he is thrilled. Pip abandons his family to pursue the life he has always dreamed of, but when his benefactor turns out to be someone he never expected, will Pip's life stay intact?
Maya, the 15-year-old author of this book, discovered the ever-so-popular Betty Cornell's Teenage Popularity Guide on one of her dad's bookshelves and was intrigued. She decided to follow all of the steps of becoming popular during her eighth grade school year and write about it each day. Popular is hilarious, well written, and filled with pictures and tips from Maya's experiences.
For fans of How to Babysit a Grandpa comes another great read – How to Babysit a Grandma. When babysitting a grandma, there are so many things to do! You could go to the park, dress up like twins, put sprinkles on all of your food, or do all of the above. This adorable book is sure to have not only children, but adults, too, smiling the whole way through.
When a plane carrying a group of British schoolboys crashes, they are stranded on an island in the middle of the ocean with no adults. They are thrilled and immediately elect Ralph as their chief because he is the oldest, most handsome, and a natural leader. Another boy, Jack, is slightly bitter that he was not voted chief, so Ralph assigns him and some other boys to be the hunters. Ralph begins to get frustrated because instead of collecting food and maintaining a signal fire, many of the boys would rather swim and play. Jack and Ralph have a confrontation, and, eventually, Jack and his hunters leave to form another group. One day, a smaller boy comes crying to Ralph that he saw a beast. Of course, Ralph denies that any such beast exists, but Jack's group wants to go hunting for it. They eventually do find the beast and kill it. But, when it is discovered that the beast was just a figment of their imagination, what, or who, did they actually kill? Lord of the Flies shows the influence of 'power in numbers.'
Sixteen-year-old Hazel is dying. She has a cancer that prevents her lungs from working properly and must use breathing machine for most of her life. At a cancer support group that her mother forces her to attend, Hazel meets tall, adorable, witty, and good-natured Gus. They become friends almost instantly. Hazel is drawn to Gus because he doesn't just see her as the girl who has cancer or the girl who is dying. He sees the girl behind the tubes and learns to love her. Hazel loves Gus too, but she fears reality. She is dying and he is bound to get hurt. When Gus tells her some shocking news, Hazel realizes that she is not the only one who has the capacity to hurt those around her.
I can think of only three books that I have sobbed over in my life and The Fault In Our Stars is now one of those. It is snarky, laugh-out-loud funny, romantic, heart breaking, and absolutely outstanding.
Jurgis and his family have immigrated to America – Chicago, specifically – in hopes of achieving the American Dream. They expect America to be a land of wealth and success, but what they discover is far from this. People take advantage of them and rip them off. Some of the adults in the family, including Jurgis, get jobs in meat packing factories where the pay is low, the hours are long, the conditions are unsafe and unsanitary, and if they are sick and miss a day, they're fired. Jurgis has a wife and daughter to support as well as the rest of their family. Will they make it through or will the disappointment of reality ruin the family?
Everybody is split into five factions, each with different goals in mind: selflessness, intelligence, peace, honesty, and bravery. When children turn sixteen, they must decide whether to stay with their family in the faction into which they were born or to switch factions and never see their family again. They are given aptitude tests beforehand to help prod their choice. The test doesn't work on Tris, though, and she learns that she is in the rare group of people who are called Divergent. If anyone finds out, it will result in inevitable death. Tris must choose between staying with the family that she loves or transferring to a faction where she feels that she truly belongs.
Divergent is honestly one of the best books I have ever read. I read it in one sitting (seven hours straight, whew!) and for anyone who loved the Hunger Games, this book is a definite must-read!
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Hester is released from jail with a three-month-old baby. Pinned to the front of her dress is a scarlet embroidered 'A' which we are told stands for ‘adulteress’. Hester's husband sent her from Europe to the Americas with a promise to follow and, during this time, had a love affair with a man who she now refuses to reveal. As punishment for this crime, she must wear the letter for the rest of her life, live in a small cabin, isolated from the rest of the town. After arriving in the town and discovering what his wife had done, Hester's husband, Roger Chillingworth, is determined to seek revenge. He disguises himself as a doctor and begins taking care of a patient, the young priest Dimmesdale, who he believes to be the culprit. Pressing for information and mentally torturing the man, will Chillingworth finally get his revenge?
The Birthday Queen is magic. Just before your birthday, she begins to plan everything from the invitations to the cake and even the party clowns. She helps with the decorations with the snap of a picture to make everything perfect for your big day. This bigger-than-life picture book makes a perfect birthday gift!
Henry is a young solider during World War I. He becomes smitten with a beautiful older nurse, Catherine, and they begin a love affair. When Henry is injured on the front, Catherine is there to aid in his every need. When Henry receives a life-changing piece of news, he must question his own motives and reevaluate his life wishes.
Hemmingway portrays snippets of his experiences in war and his distrust in women through his characters in this classic about war, love, and loss.