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A Danger to Herself and Others by Alyssa Sheinmel is a psychological thriller novel focusing on an institutionalized teenage girl named Hannah. Hannah bel...Show more A Danger to Herself and Others by Alyssa Sheinmel is a psychological thriller novel focusing on an institutionalized teenage girl named Hannah. Hannah believes she is being unnecessarily rehabilitated and does everything she can to return home. Meanwhile, the reader gets snippets of an incident that occurred at a summer camp and realizes that not everything Hannah says is to be trusted. A Danger to Herself and Others utilizes the unreliable narrator tool effectively, luring the audience into Hannah’s mind and making them question her thoughts just as Hannah does. This book deals with the topic of mental illness in a respectful way, never portraying the mentally ill as evil or having bad intentions. Rather, it shows a very human side of them. Hannah’s personality is strongly established and stays consistent throughout the story. Her habits and thought process give the reader that much more insight into who she is and how her mind works. Though Hannah’s character is well-written, other characters can feel bland or one-dimensional. It may be due to the circumstances surrounding the characters (spoiler territory), but at times, they feel unimaginative. I particularly liked how this book ended; it didn’t give much of a sense of closure, allowing the reader to draw their own conclusions about Hannah’s next step. Leaving the ending so open also meant that the book didn’t offer a pat answer to Hannah’s issues. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a unique type of psychological thriller. Show less
Following by Jeffry W. Johnston Following, a dark thrilling, action story with its own young Sherlock Holmes, testing his spying and detective skills. It ...Show more Following by Jeffry W. Johnston Following, a dark thrilling, action story with its own young Sherlock Holmes, testing his spying and detective skills. It is a story about Alden, whose parents were killed when he was still a young boy. He spies on people just to practice and polish his spying skills and one day unfortunately comes across a real murder, something that keeps him up at night. He just cannot let go of this surprising twist in his everyday life and takes it in his own hands to solve this gruesome case without letting his best friend’s police dad figure out what he is doing. This story has lots of twists and turns that keeps the reader trying to join all the puzzle pieces and figure out the solution, which isn’t as easy as it seems. The main conflict in this novel is the hero of the novel doesn’t even trust that he has enough proof to show the law and takes risks that make the readers fear every minute of the way as he tries collecting proof again and again. I loved the fun relationship between Alden and his best friend, Charles. It was definitely the only light humor in this book, while everything around them is just falling apart, this relationship keeps Alden sane and that gives the readers the satisfaction that someone is there to keep him protected. The story could definitely be made more interesting with some more twists and turns as this story definitely has potential to turn the novel into an” edge of the seat” thriller. The book doesn’t have the most intriguing story but it is well written, and it definitely isn’t for the faint hearted. I would recommend this book as a light read, as this protagonist will definitely ‘follow’ your thoughts till you solve the case beside our very own, not always right, self doubting ‘Sherlock Holmes’ and his loyal sidekick Charles aka ‘John Watson’. Manraaj Grewal Show less
The Ginger Kid by Steve Hofstetter is a humorously written book filled with stories about Steve Hofstetter’s life after seventh grade. Starting a new cit...Show more The Ginger Kid by Steve Hofstetter is a humorously written book filled with stories about Steve Hofstetter’s life after seventh grade. Starting a new city school, so different from his small-town elementary school, he is already nervous but when he starts getting bullied and feels like he doesn’t fit in, he goes on a self discovery path which leads him to a destination filled with hundreds of people who pay to watch him joke on about everything from his school to his hilarious revenge stories. People who wouldn’t listen to him for free, are now actually paying to see him watch. I don’t see a better example of irony. He did not really have the best childhood but today he tries everyday to make hundreds of people laugh. Someone once said that making people laugh is the hardest thing of all and I agree, with thousands of problems and everyday stresses of life, it is a very hard job to get a smile on someone’s face. His life in high school completely changed him and made him the person he is, because I personally believe that everything happens for a reason and even what he went through resulted in him focusing on making himself better other than trying to impress everyone else and losing himself. His earlier relationships with girls all resulted in him getting better at the next relationship he had. Girls weren’t really crazy after this ‘nerd’ a term he is starting to accept, teachers were annoyed with him, insensitive kids bullied him and the more he tried to fit in, the more he awkwardly stood out. The main conflict was solving how to be your own person, while trying to also be an ‘accepted’ person. As simple as that sounds, its really hard to impress EVERYBODY as nobody is the same as someone else. So what one group or one person finds funny doesn’t mean another group will also find funny. This book was a very clear example of this. It was an honest and raw reality of the insecurities that people have inside them, someone is not always as they seem, and most importantly if you truly know that you are the best version of yourself you can be, then there is nothing wrong with you, there is something wrong with the people who are judging you. It wasn’t the best written book I have read, but it definitely was the most different. This was not a book written for readers who like the typically written book with the story progressing as it goes on. There were digs taken at people, there were lots of inside jokes that even the readers got in on. This was more like the author casually having a conversation with the reader and just telling a really long story. This book also introduced me to the man himself” Steve Hofstetter” and after watching his comedy shows, I can say he is definitely underrated. He is better than most of the stand ups I have seen. His comedy comes from experience and there is no story better told than the one you actually experienced and taking digs at your own self. Because as great as I think our imagination is, it is still limited, but if someone who has written an actual book about their life, does a stand up, it definitely makes for a lot of interesting and unusual stories. I would definitely recommend this book to those” Crazy”,” weird” people who are actually amazing, unique and interesting humans. There is no telling a story without humor and when even the sad parts are told in a hilarious way, you can bet it’s a pretty good book. Its definitely worth 2 reads at the least! M. Grewal Show less
First, I must say that this book has an interesting plot, but it seems so weird to me that I couldn’t quite consider it to have a strong climax. The story...Show more First, I must say that this book has an interesting plot, but it seems so weird to me that I couldn’t quite consider it to have a strong climax. The story is about a white family living on an Indian reservation area and there was this girl named Britta who recently has a sister named Cally and an older sister named Addy. This family unexpectedly received a child that was sent from an unstable Indian family one day. For four years, Dorinda or Chipeta’ s been fostered by the Twitchshells, but the baby’s birth mother was demanding her right to take her daughter back. Because of the love the Twitchshells shared with Dorinda, Britta tried multiple ways to stop Dorinda’s birth mom from taking her away. I truly envy the strong emotions and the dilemmas both sides have in the story. I also gained some knowledge about this specific Indian tribe, thank you for the author to write a wonderful book. I recommend this book. Show less
This book is brilliant and it contains a lot of complicated emotions in it. It made me realize how painful it is to women out there who have had this kind...Show more This book is brilliant and it contains a lot of complicated emotions in it. It made me realize how painful it is to women out there who have had this kind of experience in the past. This book starts by giving the information of this girl named Grace’s past memories and also saying that her dad died to the cause of a heart attack. She was sent to an orphanage until after two years, her uncle signed the guardian papers and brought her back to the same neighbourhood. During that time after going back, she slowly dug deep to find the truth of her terrible past of being hurt and assaulted. I should say that this book made me super sad based on the fact that the main character was being hurt. I can’t imagine how hard that must be for her to go through and especially that she didn’t tell anyone, not even her very best friend, about this incident for such a long time. I am glad that this book is helping to raise awareness on this topic. Thank you for the author to share such a wonderful book. This book is a five out of a five. I definetly recommend it to everyone. Show less
Many of the fashion trends and perfumes today are due to the innovative trends created by Coco Chanel. This novel showed how Chanel used her ambitious, cu...Show more Many of the fashion trends and perfumes today are due to the innovative trends created by Coco Chanel. This novel showed how Chanel used her ambitious, cutthroat and clever nature to create a timeless company. Chanel's improvised childhood lead her to find inspiration for clothing that reshaped the fashion world. Coco Chanel was one of the world's greatest fashion icon's and learning about her rise to fame is a powerful story! - Ria Show less