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Book Club

Book Club is an after school activity that meets every other Tuesday from 3:40-4:15.  We choose a book to read and meet twice to discuss it.  All books are chosen by the group through voting.  The choices are suggested by a designated person to bring book choices.

In order to help the larger school community, we have reviewed each of the books we've read.  If you are looking for a book for advisory, check out one of the suggestions below.

Dash and Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohen and David Leviathan

Similar in structure to their other book Nick and Nora's Infinite Adventure, this writing duo divided the novel and wrote chapters back and forth each taking on the narrative voice of one of the two protagonists, Lily and Dash.  Two teens left to their own devices over Christmas break find each other by chance and develop a friendship through a little red book that sends them on adventures throughout the city.  Unsure whether to keep their identities a secret and maintain their relationship on paper alone, the two take the plunge to find out if their friendship might be something more. 

Gold by Chris Cleave

Kate and Zoe are best friends with dreams of going to the olympics. Only Kate’s carer is derailed when she stays at home with her baby. A story of heartbreak, strength, and love, this book explores the journey the women travel on and the steps it takes to reach their goals. A great read with many twists and turns, and lots of excitement.

Everyday by Jonathan Leviathan

What if you traveled to a new person's body everyday? For A in John Levithan's "Every Day" that is a reality. A is a teenager but everyday A has to take control of a new person's body (who is also a teenager) and try to live their life without creating suspicion. This already sound tough but it gets worse when A meets a girl, Rhiannon  who is in an abusive relationship with her boyfriend. A falls in love with her but how can A ever create a relationship when A has to become someone else the next day (who could even be of the opposite gender)? All these questions will be answered in the quirky and sweet "Every Day".

Its Kind of A Funny Story by Ned Vizzini

It’s Kind of a Funny Story is not only a funny story, it’s one every high schooler should read. Craig Gilner, a student at a prestigious New York City high school finds himself so overwhelmed and depressed because of school, that he feels suicide is his only option. However, at the last minute, Craig decides to call a suicide help-line, and ends up checking himself into a hospital in the middle of the night. He is soon transferred to the adult psychiatric unit and finds himself with other patients, most whom are not as high functioning as he is, but are happier. Through this, Craig learns what is important in life, and what makes him happy. Vizzini explores the stigmas behind mental illness as well as what truly matters for a person, while still managing to keep the book entertaining, and more importantly- funny.

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini, is about a young Afghan boy, Amir, who encounters many difficulties while living in Kabul and later on in America. Many of these conflicts involve his father and his friend, Hassan. The Kite Runner is a very eye-opening and compelling journey of Amir discovering himself while living with guilt of his past. In the midst of this, he attempts to prove to his father that he is a worthy son. This inspiring stories captivates the reader into becoming aware of hardships in other countries, in this case in Afghanistan. Hosseini does a splendid job of engaging his readers through the story of Amir and his growth from early childhood to adulthood. As a reader, it is expected for you to feel the emotions portrayed in his story and to sympathize with the characters and the message behind the story.

The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

While exploring the inside of a popular girl’s life, Oliver weaves the tale of Samantha Kingston. She has it all. The perfect boyfriend, looks, and popularity. Until one day, when a party at a classmate's house, a little way from town, goes crazy. She leaves with her friends after a fight, most of them drunk, and they crash the car in the forest. Samantha dies instantly yet wakes up the next day perfectly fine. But one thing is off, it’s still Friday the 12th, the day she died. Samantha gets the next week, reliving her final day seven times. She gets the chance to change relationships and events messing with her day. But ultimately figuring out in the end that no matter what happens her fate is set in stone. Before I fall is a story for the mature filled with break ups, suicide, drugs, alcohol and one fatal accident.

They Caged the Animals at Night by Jennings Michael Burch 

This memoir recounts the childhood struggles of Jennings as he floats in and out of orphanages and foster homes.  Part of a large family, Jennings single mother suffers from depression and is at times unable to take care of her own children. The family lives in New York City during the 1950's and 1960's and the story paints a very different picture of the city through the eyes of a lonely child who is just looking for a friend.  Jennings is eventually reunited with his family and is able to overcome his difficult past.  He grows ups to start his own family and learn from the lessons of his past to make sure his children never have to experience his struggles.  This true story shows the strength of one young boy and is a great choice for anyone looking for a realistic story about overcoming adversity. 

Girl Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen

Girl Interrupted tells the stories of Susanna, a teenage girl with borderline personality disorder who has been committed to a psychiatric hospital in the late 1960s. During her time in the hospital, we learn about the peculiar patients surrounding her and the events that led her to being committed.  Throughout the book, the other females in the hospital look up to Lisa, a sociopath who is the cause of the little drama that occurs in the book.  By the end of the book Susanna and some of the other patients have left the hospital and started living normal lives.

Wonder by RJ Palacio