Category Archives: Book Reviews

Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison Review

Josh Madwed ’15
EE Contributor

Netflix’s original series, Orange is the New Black, has become a must watch, Emmy winning show. However, very few people know where the hit comedy’s plot was originated. Piper Kerman, who the character Piper Chapman is based, wrote and published her true tale in 2010 by the company Spiegel & Grau, three years before Netflix uploaded the first season. The book, officially named Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison, helped Kerman win the Justice Trailblazer Award from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice and has spawned a cult following…

Heartbreak Multiplied by Nineteen

Kelliann McCabe ’15
EE Contributor

Feeling lonely, angry, and completely devastated? Heartbreak can be an unbearable challenge that may even seem incurable, at times. Colin Singleton, the main character of John Green’s novel, An Abundance of Katherines, can definitely relate.

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

Amy Wills ’15
EE Contributor

Afghanistan. A country torn apart by war due to political and religious conflicts. Unfortunately, that description fails to express the true nature of the nation, a culture that is reflected in its citizens, and the stories of those individuals. One such story is told through Khaled Hosseini, who recounts his experiences there through the semi-fictitious story of a boy named Amir who grows up in Afghanistan, transitions to America, and then to Pakistan to redeem himself for the betrayal of his best friend, Hassan.

Book review: Story of a Girl by Sara Zarr

Lia Horyczun ’16
EE Staff Photographer

Rating: 9 out of 10 stars.

Sara Zarr’s first published book, Story of a Girl, was released in 2007 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. She is known for previous titles such as Sweethearts, Once Was Lost, and The Lucy Variations. This realistic fiction novel is geared towards young adult readers. It deals with coming of age and how to deal with past mistakes.

Losing Logan

Lia Horyczun ’16
EE Senior News Editor

Sherry D. Ficklin’s latest book, Losing Logan,  was released last week by Clean Teen Publishing. She is known for previous titles such as The Gods of Fate Trilogy, After burn: Military Brats, and Extracted: the Lost Imperials” (co-written with Tyler H. Jolley). This book is geared towards paranormal-loving audiences who like a good mystery and some romance too. Ficklin’s dedication on the book’s title page reads: “For everyone who was ever mean to me in high school. Suck it”

#1 Bestseller Turned into Highly Anticipated Movie

Sydney Sirkin ’17
EE Staff Writer

“It would be a privilege to have my heart broken by you”, is one of the most popular quotes from the hit novel The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. Now that the movie trailer and cast has been released, a whole new excitement has been seen from the TFiOS (The Fault in Our Stars) fandom.
6 out of 7 students at Trumbull High said they would definitely be attending the movie when it comes out. The amazing cast contains Shailene Woodley (The Secret Life of the American Teenager, Divergent, The Descendants) as Hazel Grace Lancaster and Ansel Elgort (Divergent, Carrie) as Augustus Waters.
The author of the #1 New York Times Bestseller, John Green, has been overseeing the production of the movie. According to an interview done with Entertainment Weekly, he was said to have been “nervous seeing footage from the film for the first time. ‘I really loved it. It’s everything I wanted the trailer to be.’”
The students at Trumbull High School are more than thrilled for this movie to be released. “I’m so excited for Ansel Elgort, who plays Augustus Waters. John Green is my favorite author and youtuber. Its so exciting that his book is being turned into a movie” freshman Rachel Nagy says.
“I’ve been waiting for the movie for so long, but I still don’t think I’ll be ready for the ending because its so sad” Anna Francisco says.
If you haven’t read the book yet, then what are you waiting for? The release date is set to be June 6th. Click the link to view the trailer.

Divergent – Is it really that good?

Keerthi Yalamanchili ‘17

While dystopian novels are becoming more and more enticing to the young adult population, only a few have been widely accepted and marveled about by critics and teenagers alike – one of which being Divergent, written by the renowned Veronica Roth.

This engaging novel takes place in a futuristic society split into five factions based on virtues – Candor (honesty), Abnegation (selflessness), Dauntless (bravery), Amity (serenity) and Erudite (intellect). Beatrice Prior, one of many teenagers who must decide what faction they believe suits them best, is torn between choosing her family and her identity. Her jaw – dropping choice surprises everyone, and stirs up trouble as the novel goes on. Tris (the reinvented Beatrice) struggles through a difficult initiation process as well as choices that the average teenager makes today, such as romance and friendship. But the similarities end there, for Tris has a secret that can only cause harm to her “perfect” society. As Tris becomes more and more enthralled with this secret, she ends up with the capability to save the world she lives in – but that would mean destroying herself.

A Paper Book With Concrete Messages

Carley Berlin ’14
EE Staff Writer

“Paper Towns is about what we do and do not see when we imagine each other,” said John Green in a videoblog about his book.
John Green is an American author and hilarious video blogger. In 2006, he won the Printz Award for his first novel, Looking for Alaska. Six years later, his The Fault in Our Stars made the New York Times best seller list and is now being turned into a movie.Other works by Green include: An Abundance of Katherines, Let it Snow, and Will Grayson, Will Grayson.
Paper Towns, written by John Green, is one of those books that a reader will not be able to put it down.

“Gates of Paradise” Ends a Thrilling Series

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By Lisa Carbone
EE Staff Writer

Melissa de la Cruz has written many young adult books besides the Blue Bloods novels. She has written other series like the Au Pair series about two girls living with a host family in the Hamptons, The Ashleys about girls in a preparatory school, The Beauchamp Family is about a family of witches, and Wolf Pact is a spin off of the Blue Bloods series.

The Summer I Turned Pretty

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Lia Horyczun ‘16
EE Staff Writer

Jenny Han’s book called The Summer I Turned Pretty was published by Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers in New York during 2009. Han, who has written numerous books, is the author of Shug, Fire With Fire, and Burn For Burn. The Summer I Turned Pretty , geared towards female audiences, is currently being turned into a television series and the author will be touring USA this year.


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