Tuesday, May 15, 2012

How to take the Ex out of Ex-boyfriend

How to Take the Ex Out of Ex-Boyfriend

 By Janette Rallison

"I bet you Cinderella didn't get along with prince charming's friends either..."

Giovana has been dating the most popular guy in school, Jesse, for a long time. But no matter how hard she tries, she can't get any of his friends to like her. And now to make the matters worse, Giovanna's brother Dante is running for Student body president against Jesse's friend! How can her life get any worse? Jesse turns against her and they get in a huge fight and break up! When she sees him with all the other girls, she can't help but get a little jealous right? She has to find a way to get him back before it is to late. " What happens when you break up with someone and realize it was a mistake?" 'How to take the Ex out of Ex-boyfriend' is really fun fast read. It was really funny and it kept you wondering what was going to happen next. It is for sure a book for a girl, a guy could read it if he wanted to but it probably wouldn't be very exciting. I really loved this book. It was nice to sit down and read it on a stressful day. It is very funny and I laughed the whole way through. I would recommend this book to all of my friends if they like romantic, funny, serious (at times) and exciting books. LOVE THIS BOOK!!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Harry Potter

This term I read the 7th harry potter, 'The Deathly Hallows'.  In this novel, Harry is on a mission. A mission to rid the world of Voldemort once and for all! Harry struggles to save the future from the wrath of the darkest wizard who has ever lived. Throughout the book, he and his friends are looking for what is a horcrux. It contains the living part of someone, which means that nothing could destroy that person completely, without destroying the horcux first. This is what harry is up against in order to keep the world safe.

I thought that J.K. Rowling did a great job at concluding this timeless story. From the beginning where Harry was just a boy discovering a whole new world, to the end; a young man who rid the world of evil. My favorite part of this book was that it included adventure, humor, romance, and magic. I would recommend this book for anyone as long as they have read the first 6 books.

James Patterson Popplet


Tuesday, May 8, 2012


Cracker....The best dog in Vietnam

It has been several years since the war has started and the troops need more war dogs to help them find bombs and people. Cracker is a regular German Shepherd who has a happy life with his owner. Until one day they move and they find out that they can not keep Cracker any longer so they have to try to find her a good home. They couldn't find any one to take her. That was, until they saw the sign. "War dogs needed" it said. So they called and they took Cracker away. Well, Cracker didn't like being taken away from her owner. she had no idea what was going on. So she got aggressive. No one could quite handle her people were afraid to even feed her and then they started saying things about how she was to aggressive and that he army might have to put her down. And then one day the unthinkable happened a person pulled her name to be her handler. Rick. Would she finally bond with another person? would it save her from being put down? or would she act like she always does....Mean? I would highly suggest this book it is one of my favorites. But if you are going to read it then bring some tissues because I cried a ton while reading this book.

Harry Potter

My Animoto Video

Monday, May 7, 2012

The Selection

The Selection by Kiera Cass is a Cinderella story retold in a dystopian society.  America Singer lives in Illea, a nation established after war destroyed the United States.  The society has castes which were based on the careers of your great-grandparents. America's family are artists which is a level five out of eight castes.  Her family often struggles to make ends meet. America likes to sing and play instruments, so to help earn money for her family she often performs at parties.  A couple of years ago she met a boy Aspen, who is caste six.  They secretly meet in a treehouse about once a week.  Aspen is a servant who is meant to be invisible.  America and Aspen are in love, but they know it will be difficult to save enough money to start out on their own.

Soon it is announced that the Selection will take place.  Thirty-five girls from around the country will be chosen to come to the palace so that prince can choose a bride.  America doesn't even want to enter, but her mother and even Aspen convinces her she has to give it a chance.   By some miracle her name is drawn, and America leaves for a much different life in palace.  She meets the prince outside in the gardens on her first night there and gets to talk to him before the other girls even meet him.  During their conversation America tells the prince,
          "Actually, I'm here by mistake."
           "Yes. Sort of....My plan is to enjoy the food until you kick me out."

Thus begins America's friendship with Maxon, the prince.  She decides she's going to be herself, and because she doesn't want to marry Maxon, she can tell him about the other girls.   However, America discovers that the prince is much different than she thought, and although she still loves Aspen, she may change her mind about the prince.

When I first saw the cover I was intrigued, but I thought it looked and sounded too much like Matched.  Because the Selection is televised and there is a famous announcer, that seemed like something borrowed from Hunger Games.  However  I decided to give it a try because I enjoy dystopian romance.  I think we all relate to being the underdog like America.  Sometimes we feel a little insecure and think that everybody else has advantages that we don't have.  I wanted America to win because she acted like herself and was truthful.  Don't we all have a dream that suddenly we'll become famous or wealthy or whatever it is you may wish.  Even though America doesn't necessarily dream of life in a palace, as a reader I found myself routing for her and wishing that the prince will choose her.

This is probably just a book for girls who enjoy tales of dystopian societies with romance.  I really grew to like the characters and wanted to find out what happens to them and their society.  I even stayed up late to finish it!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

The Book Thief By: Markus Zusak

The Book Thief
By: Markus Zusak

"Although something inside her told her that this was a crime – after all, her three books were the most precious items she owned – "

  The Book Thief is a very unique, and intriging book narrated by Death. Yes, Death. Death tells the account of a young girl named Liesel Meminger. Liesel lives in Germany at the time of World War 2. Liesel is on her way to Munich, where she and her younger brother will go to live with their new foster family. But Liesel's brother doesn't make it, and she goes alone, leaving her mother, wondering if she will ever she her again. When Liesel arrives at the Hubermanns, she is a scrawny 10 year old, with hardly any education. Over time she becomes comfortable in her new home, learns to read and even makes a few friends. Liesel loves to play soccer, to learn, to read, and most importantly, steal books. Liesel steals many books in her life time, and is given some as well. The Book Thief is a great book that shows the struggles and turn of events in a young girl's life who happens to live in a society that she doesn't always agree with.

  Liesel is surrounded by a cast of lovable characters. Some of them are, Hans Hubermann, Rosa Hubermann, and Rudy Steiner. Hans Hubermann, or 'Papa'  is a very eccentric painter and accordionist. Hans is a man who loves to smoke, helps Liesel read, and helps her adapt. Hans Hubermann scraped through the war in his younger years. He had many stories from then, including learning to play the accordion, and a promise. Painting is his profession, but sometimes he plays the accordion for a bit of money. 'Mama', or Rosa Hubermann, is a harsh, demanding, fugal, woman. Rosa is also the mother of two other children that are grown and gone. She is famous for her watery, bland pea soup, washing service, and her swearing. Even though Rosa seems harsh, it is clear that she loves Liesel, and wants the best for her family. And lastly, Rudy Steiner. Rudy comes from a large family, that live right by the Hubermanns. Rudy is a free spirit, who loves to run, play soccer, and steal with Liesel. Rudy is always trying to get one thing from Liesel, and his famous line is, "How about a kiss?" But to his disappointment, his request is always denied. I liked all of the different characters and all created a very believable setting, and story.

  I really enjoyed this book. I would definitely recommend it to anyone. A book narrated by Death was something I had never heard of, and I really liked it, it gives a whole new side to the story. I think it has a great message, and helped me better understand the time period. I also liked it because it has lots of twists and keeps you wondering what will come next. Don't let the size scare you, it is totally worth it. Anyone that enjoys reading original, fresh, adventurous stories will love this book.