Sunday, December 16, 2007

YEARBOOK


This is another good book I read. Not anywhere near as good as The Secret Journal of Brett Colton by Kay Lynn Mangum, but it is still a good book. It's called YEARBOOK by Allyson B. Condie. The author did a very good job describing relationships, heartaches, fears, ideas, doubts, and testimonies of teenagers. Each chapter is from a different person's point of view at this high school including a few students, two of the student's grandma, 2 teachers and the principal.

It was the first day of school at Lakeview High School, and everyone was afraid of something.

Michaela Choi was afraid that Ethan Beckett was never going to ask her out on a date.

David Sherman was afraid that someone had discovered that he was the one who had "streaked" through the seniors' graduation party last summer-wearing running shorts, gigantic sunglasses, a rainbow clown wig, and his father's old moon boots. Worse, he was afraid that someone else might try to take the credit.

Andrea Beckett was afraid that someone would find her weak spot, the chink in her armor, her Achilles heel. She was afraid of knowing what it was herself.

Principal Downing was afraid that she was going to die.

Mr. Thomas, an English teacher, was afraid that he simply might not have the energy to care about his students this final year before he retired. He wrote his name on the board and looked out at his empty classroom. He took a deep breath.

In another part of the school, his son, Owen Thomas, first-year teacher in the music department, was also looking out at his classroom. He felt that he had stopped breathing altogether. He was afraid that the students were going to eat him alive.

Avery Matthews was afraid that she wasn't going to make the volleyball team. She was also afraid of spending too much time by herself. She turned the corner by the gym to look at the final cut list for the team and felt her heart accelerate.

Ethan Beckett, the fastest runner on the boys' cross-country team this year--so far--was afraid of being caught unprepared.

Julie Reid was afraid that no one would notice her. She was more afraid that someone would.

The doors to the school swung open and closed, once, twice, a thousand times, and all the students came in, bumping into each other and walking down the hall together and passing one another. They brought backpacks and watches and notebooks and ideas and heartbreaks and earphones and aspirin and makeup and mirrors and memories and testimonies and doubts and questions. Stories were everywhere.
The bell rang, and the school year began.



I only put books on my blog that I recommend, so you can trust me that this is a good enough one to read. and this one has so many real situations and doesn't necessarily have a golden happy ending. It's real life from many different points of view and shows how they all tie together. You relate to all of the characters because they're so real. Let's go the library right now! go Go GO!!!

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