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Now is Everything by Amy Giles

Book Review by Kayla Souza
Now is Everything Book Cover. Publisher: HarperTeen (2017)

The novel Now is Everything written by Amy Giles, follows a young girl named Hadley as she struggles to protect her future and her sister from her parents. The story is told in alternating then and now chapters that did not confuse the reader as some books often do. The novel portrays a perfect family when you look at it from the outside, but within there is a dark secret. Hadley always believed that she would not have a say in her life because of her controlling father, until she started dating Charlie. Charlie was kept a secret from her parents and Hadley would often confide in him about the things her family would do to her and her sister, resulting in him to take matters into his own hands The story ends in a tragic but relieving way in the since that Hadley and her sister could finally control their own destiny. I would highly recommend this book to people who like a combination of romance and realistic fiction. It touches on topics that many people have to unfortunately live with. Overall, I would rate this book a nine out of ten and is worth the read.

The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand

Book Review by Kaliah Swann

The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand is about a young architect, named Howard Roark, who refuses to conform to society’s restrictions on how architecture should be created. In the novel, their way of architectural expression is inspired by the 1800’s. They refuse to explore outside from this specific era, copying the structures rather than creating their own. At this point in the novel, what stood out was how slow it was progressing. At certain points, minor things would be explained in full detail. For example, there was a scene about a charcoal drawing which went on for nearly three paragraphs. Another example of this was a description of a college professor that went on for two pages. I would only recommend this to those who likes things being explained in full detail and not having details left out. I give this book a 2.5/10.

Real Time book cover. Publisher: Young Readers Paperback; Reprint edition (July 24, 2006)

Real Time by Pnina Moed Kass

Book Review by Danny Alonso

I recently read Real Time by Pnina Moed Kass, and – this one is worth the read. It showed the different points of view and effects of terrorism, and was definitely an interesting read. This book develops many characters and their problems. For example, a character named Thomas Wanninger wants to search the truth about his grandfather who was a WWII officer for the Nazis. This story is well-executed. Another character, named Vera Brodsky, has to deal with her parents’ divorce and worse, her boyfriend’s suicide. I am not going to spoil anything else because I want to save some of the great writing for you. I had fun reading this book and I think you will too. This book is very relatable and it is obviously pretty sad, so yeah, I think this book was worth it. So when you go to the Kellis Library, make sure you give this book a chance. I think this book will change your perspective of terrorism and how bad it really is. I’m going to give this book a 8.5/10.

Publisher: David Fickling Books; Reprint edition (July 25, 2017)

The Call by Peader O’ Guilin

Book Review by Emiliano Villa

The Call, by Peadar O’ Guilin, is a spooky tale. The story is about Nessa, a young Irish girl almost certain to die in the Grey Land after her body has been ravaged by polio. Nessa and her friends attend survival college, a type of boarding school that trains young people with the hope of increasing their chances of survival. Even so, fewer than one in ten survives. What happens is, kids at the age of ten go to this college that trains them to survive the call; not too hard, considering that these kids are trained for these kind of challenges. The problem is that they can get called at any time, so whether they are trained or not, it only matters if they get ready for it. The book was amazing and very detailed. I was so entertained and indulged in the story that it was impossible to put it down. There is no way I would survive the situations in this book, if I was in the position of the characters as seen in the story. This book stands out because of how fast the book goes. In all honesty, I give this book a 9/10.