Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Suicide Notes From Beautiful Girls

Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls
Author: Lynn Weingarten
Rating: 3/5 Stars
Reviewer: Emily

Summary: They say Delia burned herself to death in her stepfather's shed, but June does not believe it was suicide because she and Delia used to be closer than anything. But one night a year ago, everything changed when they and June's boyfriend, Ryan, let their good time get out of hand, and now, a year later, June owes it to Delia to know if her best friend committed suicide or was murdered.

Review: If I had to describe this book in one word, it would be “predictable.” Not bad, just not shocking. There was only one “twist” that I did not predict, but for me, that did not make up for all of the ones that I could see coming from a mile away. The funny thing is that I did really like the characters of the story and wanted to spend more time with them; it was like hanging out with friends that you really like with nothing to do. This is a great book for just passing time, not one to pick up if you’re looking for something new or thought-provoking.

The Cyanide & Happiness Depressing Comic Book

The Cyanide & Happiness Depressing Comic Book: A Collection of Awful Comics to Make You Sad
Author: Kris Wilson, Rob DenBleyker, Matt Melvin, Dave McElfatrick
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Reviewer: Emily

Summary: The authors present a collection of comics, organized into four categories: depressing, very depressing, horribly upsetting and the worst of the worst.

Review: Nothing is off-limits when it comes to the dark humor in this aptly-named Depressing Comic Book. While readers may find that some comics go "too far," some were super funny in a horrible, morbid way. Instead of leading down the path of depression though, perhaps people can find comfort in the fact that no matter what happens in life, you can always choose to laugh at it.

If you are a person who laughs at inappropriate moments or enjoys games like Cards Against Humanity, you would probably love this book.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

How To Be A Real Person (In Just One Day)


How To Be A Real Person (In Just One Day)
Author: Sally Warner
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Reviewer: Denise Z.  
Cover image for How to be a real person (in just one day)

Summary: Kara is a sixth grader who is trying to cope with difficulties she is having at home. Her father isn’t around because of his job and her mother suffers from depression. Kara also has a secret to reveal.

Review: This is a very interesting book with an intriguing main character. Kara’s mother is suffering from depression and it affects her own young life everyday. She makes lists as a way to make herself feel real, even though she numbed herself to the lack of normalcy around her. She tries to mimic those in school and on TV so no one knows how her mother’s illness has been affecting her. Kara’s mother seems to get all the attention even though Kara needs attention from both herself and others. The reader realizes this almost instantly in the book. She learns to cope with her circumstances in the best way she can and has her friend Stephanie, who doesn’t know too much about her situation, to keep her company. I developed sympathy for Kara and her family throughout the book and found Kara to be a really strong and independent person.