Choice: I’ll Give You the Sun

Twins seem to make a great story in recent reads, in I’ll Give You The Sun, Jude and Noah give us a glimpse into that complicated life. The story of love and finding joy in both areas of their lives, but even when they seem to find happiness, both Jude and Noah seem to be missing out in their best friends life. This story feels so real knowing a few different sets of twins, in which no matter where they are in life, if they are not close or fighting with their twin, they don’t seem completely happy and at rest. This is a great book because it has depth with the two characters  and builds them up separately, but ties it together as you continue to read. The picture can’t really do justice to the creativity of Noah, but I think it is well fitting.

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Creative Commons License by Flickr: “Suns 4621″Seniwati

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Choice: The Crossover

This story is a relatable story in the sense of siblings dealing with differences in their lives. In this story it’s a little different because you have twins, Josh and JB, this makes the story more interesting because not only is it hard for siblings to feel different, but when you are the exact same age and look similar that’s when it can be harder. I think this picture does this story justice, because when you think about it every new basketball court with two hoops, the hoops look similar to each other. Over the course of time though each hoop begins to look different, maybe a look comes undone, or it becomes frayed. This reminds me of Josh and JB, they are twins who start of their journey in life together, but over the course of time even though they are twins they begin to look different and find different ways of expressing themselves in the great game that plays such a large part in their family.

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Non-Fiction: Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

Okay I was pretty much in awe after reading this book. To know that this man was alive and went through all that he did just makes me amazed at not only the human body, but the will to live. I was motivated, angry, saddened, and just speechless throughout reading this. The movie was good, but I felt that it softened some the spots in the book that really were just meaningful to the storyline.

Louie was someone who just had that internal drive that kept him going no matter what the circumstance. The fact that he made it being a POW in horrific imprisonments and beatings just goes to show you that there are people who are willing to sacrifice so much and take so much just to make it back to the ones they love. The story of Louie is one that should not be forgotten and should also intrigue others that read about him to remember all those who didn’t make it back and how that sad reality is still happening today.

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Creative Commons from Flickr “May 12, 1939 LOUIS ZAMPERINI “Unbroken” Star, with University of Southern California Trojans two-mile relay team, Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum”

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Good/Evil: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

This is an encouraging story about a boy named Christopher who ends up stumbling upon a mystery that he wants to solve. He is determined to get to the bottom of this event using his detective like skills. Christopher is a smart kid in school who is preparing to try to get into university, he is mildly autistic so he is trying to overcome the idea that people have about him. He lives with his dad, but soon ends up on a journey that reveals deep dark secrets that lead to a whole new life for Christopher. This book almost has two sides of it where Christopher is the “good guy” with all this evil going on around him that he has to conquer and nothing can stop him from figuring it out.

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Deception: Identical by Ellen Hopkins

This book really is one of those books you do not want to just pick up for a fun read, but one that is read for an emotional roller coaster. Ellen Hopkins just has a way of writing that can really tear you apart and leave you feeling happy after you finish one of her books, but her writing is beautiful in the way it portrays dark subjects. The girl in the picture above reminds me a lot of the main characters Kaeleigh and Raeanne. This girl sees herself in her shadow that looks identical to her, just like the twins see each part of themselves in each other. Read the book if you want to have your mind blown.

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Love/Romance: Never Never

So I am not one for romance novels especially the ones coming out lately that have way to many vampires, werewolves, and what else they can throw in for an interesting story. Never Never was different I felt like this had a different spin on a type of romance, but it was not so far off in a certain direction that made it seem fake. Two people who knew each other so well and then in the blink of an eye having no clue who they are just makes you hurt for both of them. I truly think that the characters of Charlie and Silas feel real and pull you right into the book with their emotions and how they are trying to figure everything out. There were a lot of turns in the story that you were not expecting and you kept getting sucked in deeper and deeper. This is hard to write about because I want to give details, but I feel like that will ruin the story. Let’s just say that the ending is really awesome, I did not realize that this was going to be a series until after reading it, so originally I felt robbed that there was not going to be a follow up. Definitely worth the read though if you have a short block of time for a book!

The Green Glass Sea

The Green Glass Sea by Ellen Klages was a great read for me. I just picked it randomly off the shelf because I thought that the cover was interesting with different mathematical equations written all over the picture. What was interesting about this book was the way it made a young girl the main story when you had a time of war and government testing going on all around the United States. Dewey is just a regular girl who has the struggle of not so great parents, which seems to be a reoccurring theme through more and more YA literature I am reading now. She has to go try to live with her father who is working on the Manhattan Project in New Mexico, but he is so invested in his work he really does not seem to be able to give Dewey much attention at all. I thought she was such a tough and neat character because it showed how even when you have to struggle with not really having a “true family” you are still able to live a normal life. She befriends Suze and couple other friends and the Gordon’s. She never truly feels like she belongs there in such a different environment, and just seems like she wants to be somewhere else. The ending to the book (I won’t spoil it) was just not as good as I truly thought it could have been, I was just expecting more out of it.