5 Books to Read Over Break

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5 Books to Read Over Break

Rachel Wright, Staff Writer

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After getting an other opinion from the school librarians, these are five books that I believe students should read over break.

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

A romantic fiction. These two have nothing in common, but once they fall in love they have many things to lose. Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an ordinary life. She has a steady boyfriend, close family, and has never traveled. Once she gets fired, she takes a badly needed job working for Will Traynor, who is stuck in a wheel chair, and paralyzed from the neck down after a motorcycle accident. Will has always lived an extreme life, traveling, sports, making big deals- and now he believes he cannot live the life he has now. Will is moody and bossy and Louisa does not want to treat him with extra care. After working with Will, his happiness starts to mean more to her than she expected. After working for a month or two, she finds out what Will’s plans are, and she decides to show him that life is worth living, even if you can not do everything you did before.

Overall I give this an 5/5 because of the story and lesson that I learned when reading this. It was easy to like Louisa and enjoy hearing from her, because of how positive she is. Will is heartbreaking and cold, because sometimes it is hard to like him because he is very moody, but it is heartbreaking because he just wants his old life back.

The sequel of this book is, After You.

The Girl on The Train by Paula Hawkins

Mystery and thriller. Every morning and night, Rachel, takes a commuter train home. Everyday she sees the same thing, and she sees this couple always having breakfast on their deck, having a perfect life that she no longer has. Until today, it is only a minute until the train moves, but she could still see what was going on. Unable to keep it to herself, she goes to the police. The police say she is unreliable, but is she really? Soon she gets entangled in the investigation, as well as the lives of everyone involved.

I give this a 4/5 because of the story line and the mystery of who could be trusted. Who would you trust a alcoholic, liar, or cheat? It is full of surprises because you think you know the answer, and then you find out you are wrong. It was fascinating and gripping throughout most of the book, because the very beginning was very slow.

Harry Potter and The Cursed Child by J. K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany

Fantasy. Based on the original new story, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series, and was presented on stage. It was always difficult for Harry Potter and it is not easier now that he works at the Ministry of Magic, husband, and father of three. While Harry is trying to let the past stay in the past, his youngest son, Albus, is struggling with the weight of a family legacy that he never wanted. As the past and present fuse together, both father and son learn an uncomfortable truth.

I gave this novel a 3.5/5 because I really enjoyed it, but I never wanted another Harry Potter book. The reason for this is because it ended so long ago and it ended well, and thought of extending it and that it was a screenplay made me not want to read it. I’m happy with this addition because it is different from the other novels and conflict was very different as well, which made it great because it was not like the books before.

Miss Peregrines Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Young adult fiction. A mysterious island, abandoned orphanage, and a strange collection of special photographs. a horrific family tragedy sets Jacob on a journey to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. While exploring the abandoned rooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children are more than peculiar. They may have been dangerous. Somehow-impossible though it seems-they may be alive.

I gave this book an 4.5/5. The beginning of the book is slow, but it picks up after a few chapters. The pictures in the book go very well with the characters and it goes with the story. The odd pictures made the reading experience well, because most young adult authors don’t have pictures in books.

The sequels to this is, Hollow City and Library of Souls.

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon.

Young adult fiction. She has a disease that is rare. She is basically allergic to the world. Madeline can not leave home, and has not been outside her house in seventeen years. The only people she is allowed to see is her mother and nurse, Carla. But one day, a moving truck arrives next door. She looks out the window and sees him. He’s tall, lean, wearing all black- from his shoes to his knit cap- he sees her looking and they are both staring at each other, he is Olly. People may not be able to predict the future, but we can predict a few things. An example of this is, is that she will fall in love with Olly. This love will most definitely be a disaster.

I gave this book a 5/5 because of the storyline, great characters, sweet romance, and a great message. This is a good quick read for anyone that likes to read or someone that wants to start reading. The dialogue was funny and the illustrations and format was unique and made it more fun to read. It did a great job mixing up the lighthearted parts with the more serious information.

If you liked all of these books then you should try these authors; Marie Lu, Veronica Roth, Leigh Bardugo, Marissa Meyer, Sarah J. Maas, Gillian Flynn, Morgan Matson, and Lauren Oliver.