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The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

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Charlie is a freshman.

And while he’s not the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular. Shy, introspective, intelligent beyond his years yet socially awkward, he is a wallflower, caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it.

Charlie is attempting to navigate his way through uncharted territory: the world of first dates and mix tapes, family dramas and new friends; the world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite. But he can’t stay on the sideline forever. Standing on the fringes of life offers a unique perspective. But there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor.

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I honestly don’t know why it took me so long to get around to reading this book. I’d heard all the buzz about it, and then the movie came out and I thought I should really read that book. And so here I am a year later, and may I just say that reading this book was quite the experience. There were so many times throughout this book where I would read a line, put the book down, think about my life, pick the book back up, read the line again, put it back down, maybe cry a little bit, etc. Some of the stuff just hit my soul, y’know? And it may be just the fact that I’m a moody teenager like so many others out there, but… you have to read this book if you haven’t. And maybe you should read it again if you already have. It just puts a lot of things in perspective. Charlie is probably one of the most awkward characters I’ve ever read about and along with, but I’m glad I did. I’m still a bit confused about some things, but I plan on having a discussion with someone. Now, I’m going to watch the movie [insert cringe] hopefully it isn’t that bad.

How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr

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Jill MacSweeney just wishes everything could go back to normal. But ever since her dad died, she’s been isolating herself from her boyfriend, her best friends—everyone who wants to support her. And when her mom decides to adopt a baby, it feels like she’s somehow trying to replace a lost family member with a new one.

Mandy Kalinowski understands what it’s like to grow up unwanted—to be raised by a mother who never intended to have a child. So when Mandy becomes pregnant, one thing she’s sure of is that she wants a better life for her baby. It’s harder to be sure of herself. Will she ever find someone to care for her, too?

As their worlds change around them, Jill and Mandy must learn to both let go and hold on, and that nothing is as easy—or as difficult—as it seems.

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So this is the book that my book club at school read last month. I was a little unsure of reading it at first, just because I’m not really in to stories like these, but I didn’t want to judge to soon. And I’m really glad I did. Read the book, that is. It was one of those stories that make you appreciate all of the things you have in life, the good and the bad. I was especially able to relate to Jill’s relationship with her father. All in all, the book was great. And remember, folks: Try a little tenderness.

The Rising (Darkness Rising #3)

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~~~!!!ATTENTION!!!~~~

~~~!!!DO NOT READ IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THE FIRST TWO!!!~~~

Things are getting desperate for Maya and her friends. Hunted by the powerful St. Clouds and now a rival Cabal as well, they’re quickly running out of places to hide. And with the whole world thinking they died in a helicopter crash, it’s not like they can just go to the authorities for help.

All they have is the name and number of someone who might be able to give them a few answers. Answers to why they’re so valuable, and why their supernatural powers are getting more and more out of control.

But Maya is unprepared for the truths that await her. And now, like it or not, she’ll have to face down some demons from her past if she ever hopes to move on with her life. Because Maya can’t keep running forever.

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I was kind of… actually a lot disappointed with this final installation. It was utterly unsatisfying. I was expecting a lot more. It was nice to see the cross over and the return of some characters, but from Maya’s point of view, they kind of seemed boring. At the end of The Calling, they hinted that the kids from Canada would be meeting up with characters from the The Darkest Powers trilogoy, and I got super excited, but I was let down. I felt like they were just running around getting captured and “rescued” all the time. There honestly wasn’t much development in anything. I mean, if you’ve come this far already, I would just finish it. Heck, Armstrong might even branch off from this series again, so you better catch up on your reading.

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

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After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.

Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother—or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.

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I know they say not judge a book by it’s cover, but as soon as I saw that this book was by Rick Yancey, I immediately checked it out. And may I just say that I was wise with this choice. This book was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. Amazing, just in case you didn’t get that first part. It didn’t end the way I thought it was going to, and there were a few times I yelled at the characters in the book, hoping that in some impossible way they’d listen to my advice, but of course, authors write to break our hearts, and so that is what happened. And that is the joy of this book. There’s absolutely everything you could want out of a book in The 5th Wave, and plus Rick Yancey’s beautiful writing. That man really does have a way with words. I was surprised to find Yancey writing from the female perspective (and a wee bit firhgtened), and I obviously was worried for nothing because Cassie was perfectly bad a$$. Any who, if you haven’t already read it, READ IT! Like, right now. Oh, and I just found out that there’s going to be a sequel, so yeah, I’m happier than a mother that just gave birth.

Have You Heard of Wattpad?

Recently I have joined an online author’s community called Wattpad.

It’s pretty cool. There’s an unlimited amount of free books and stories you can read that have been written by fellow aspiring authors. You can share and write stories of your own too!

I like to use the app on my phone, so if I get an idea for a story I’m working on, I can “jot” it down, and save it for later to work on.

I encourage you guys to make one and enjoy the Wattpad Community!

If you do, my username is tprinn!

http://www.wattpad.com/

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