I Wonder Sometimes…

Wonder, by Raquel J. Palacio, is a tale of how differences can be overcome if you simply look past them. A boy named Auggie has a severe facial disfigurement, which causes him to have an “unsettling” appearance that others are scared of interacting with. He was not enrolled in a public school because he was…

Book Recommendations: Realistic Fiction

Water for Elephants By Sara Gruen We are pulled into the bittersweet memories of ninety-something-year-old Jacob Jankowski, who recalls his life as a young man. During his final year at Princeton University, Jacob loses his parents to a car crash. Left destitute and penniless, he begins his journey as a wanderer. Tossed by fate onto…

Divergent: Book vs. Movie

Divergent has been a popular topic ever since the books came out. Being the first book out of the Divergent trilogy, Divergent introduces a dystopian future in which the only city left after a horrible war is split into five groups, otherwise known as factions. The five factions are Abnegation, Dauntless, Candor, Erudite, and Amity….

Finding Spiritual Enlightenment with James Franco

Palo Alto James Franco The majestic beauty that is James Franco’s unscathed scruffy mind, fixated on rape jokes involving Seth Rogen, love triangles involving Seth Rogen and literature that should have involved Seth Rogen, has reared a questionable head. Palo Alto, published in 2010, is a collection of short stories written by an individual who…

Woody Allen: A Witty and Effervescent Human-being

After walking around Union Square one hypothermic afternoon, I found myself seeking shelter in the nearest store which just so happened to be Strand- the real life Beauty and the Beast library but not as grandiose and not free- even though most books are close to it. Although the weather outside was frightful, I found…

Entertainment Section: What to Watch, Listen, and Read

What to watch: Community- This quirky comedy about a study group in community college comes back for its fourth season on…. someday. The date is still unknown, but when it comes back on, please watch it so it doesn’t get cancelled. Hailed by many as the Arrested Development of this generation, if you like self-referential…

What to Listen To; What to Watch; What to Read

What to Listen To: Adversity by Beach Fossils… Along with their whole album: What a Pleasure. All their songs are really relaxing and they’re similar to The Drums. James Franco by Hoodie Allen. Because… James Franco. What to Watch: Movie: BeetleJuice– Directed by Tim Burton Tim Burton can do no wrong. TV Show: Arrested Development– On Netflix or Hulu C’mon,…

“The Fault in Our Stars” Book Review

“ The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, But in ourselves, that we are underlings.”  Shakespeare John Green is capable of flustering with emotions in a way that a person you are not closely associated with usually cannot. He clearly demonstrates this in his new novel, “The Fault in Our Stars,” by sending…

Book Review: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

If you enjoyed The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, you will love the sequal, Catching Fire.  This was one of the most highly anticipated books of 2009 and a must read for anyone who read The Hunger Games. I would highly recomend this book to all readers because the story and writing style were really…

Book Review: The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins, takes place in an amazingly twisted imagined future of the United States.  After a huge revolution, the 13 districts of Panem rebelled against its ruling city, the Capitol. Naturally, the Capitol won and to punish and remind the remaining twelve districts (district 13 was destroyed) of the great rebellion,…

Book Review: The Tenth Circle

Jodi Picoult’s thirteenth novel, The Tenth Circle is possibly one of the most vivid and gripping novels I have ever read. It explores many different topics that any teenager can relate to. The novel illustrates a tale of the teenage world that scarcely contains any innocence. The world of drugs, wild parties, date

Book Review: Twilight From a Guy’s Perspective

by Sayeed A ’14 I don’t understand what all the fuss was about because this book was just okay. The plot in the book was decent but the characters were hollow and boring. I am a guy so maybe I would not like a story in a girl’s point of view. The love story parts…

Book Review: The Forever War

The Forever War, by Dexter Filkins, recounts the author’s eye witness experiences of the rise of the Taliban in the 90’s and the US wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. He whittles the hundreds of notebooks he filled up during his years as a war correspondent for the New York Times down to a series of…

Book Review: Uglies

By Alexandra K ’13 and Naimh N ’13 “She could see New Pretty Town through her open window. The party towers were already lit up, and snakes of burning torches marked flickering pathways through the pleasure gardens. A few hot-air balloons pulled at their tethers against the darkening pink sky, their passengers shooting safety fireworks…

Book Review: Needful Things by Stephen King

This twisted novel about a seemingly harmless town is a true horror story that leaves you terrified. Needful Things is one of my favorite books. Gruesome in its own spectacular way, Stephen King’s novel is an amazing reminder that

Book Review: It Chicks

Gossip Girl with a twist, is one way to look at “It Chicks.” The twist? All the characters do not already have it made for them, but instead are trying to push themselves up to the top at a famous performing arts high school and are mostly minorities. However, there is just as much drama…

Book Review: Zig Zag

Ellen Wittlinger, author of many other teen books including Hard Love, awes us with a realistic-fiction novel of hardships, a long distance relationship, the struggle of two vulnerable kids who have just lost their father and one cousin who wants to fix it all. Robin and Chris have been a couple for two years now…