Category Archives: Book Reviews

Raving For Radio Silence

Rebecca Horton ’21
EE Contributor

What if everything you’re supposed to be isn’t what you want to be? This is the question Radio Silence by Alice Oseman aims to answer. With the release of her third book, I Was Born for This, on the horizon (set to be released in May of 2018) all are scrambling to reread this testament to Osemans writing ability.

Oseman released her first book in July of 2014, when she was only nineteen years old. Since then, she has released Radio Silence, her most critically acclaimed book to date. The book follows the life of teenager Frances Janvier as she struggles to balance her promising academic career with her “social” life. Frances, who has always been a top student and is basically guaranteed a spot in the most prestigious universities, has her world turned upside-down when she befriends the unusual Aled Last, who also happens to be the mastermind behind her favorite podcast, Universe City.

Radio Silence contains everything that makes a YA novel great. It has relatability, love, diversity, and emotion- and not to mention puns, lots of puns. The characters carry a certain depth that makes you care about their struggles. And unlike most contemporary YA books, it has an incredible plot. It’s not just about high school drama and romance. It contains thought-provoking plot-points about creating art, being a fangirl, and being yourself- even if you have to discover who “yourself” is first.

Not a single person who reads this book will be disappointed, Goodreads critics agree. “This book was like, the spiritual equivalent of eating a perfectly toasted bagel… [It] was a show of unity to the millennial experience,” said user softlykaz.

Everything About the Book I’ll Tell You

everything i've never told youLia Horyczun ’16
EE Managing Editor

Everything I Never Told You
By Celeste Ng
Rating: 9 out of 10 stars

Can you imagine the calm before the storm?
The stable feelings before it comes crashing?
The clarity in life before it all changes?

Lydia Lee’s family can. Marilyn and James Lee’s perfect child is dead. And they do not know it yet. As a family, you think you know everyone better than anyone else ever could. You think you know the dreams and desires. Wrong. Very much wrong in the case of the Lees. The timeline skips from the past to the present revealing small subtle histories of each family member. The Lees gradually realize they do not know anything about each other. Set in the 70s, a Chinese-American family battle their secrets unraveling as the investigation of Lydia’s death progresses. Lydia is not who the Lees thought she was, happy, popular, and succeeding in life.

Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder

Since You've Been GoneSarah Dawson ’19
EE Staff Writer

Looking for a fun, entertaining book as a segue into spring and summer? Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson tells the story of the incredible journey of a girl named Emily, on a mission to piece together her life.

Her best friend left without a trace – except for a single note, a list actually, with thirteen items. Emily is determined to find her best friend, yet she has no one to help her. With her parents too preoccupied and no friends left, Emily is determined to crack the mystery surrounding the cryptic letter.

Along the way she meets new friends and has the summer of a lifetime. Yet, this is no stereotypical happily ever after kind of book. The ending is bittersweet, but it in no way measures up to the rest of the book. If you like authors like Sarah Dessen, then this book is for you.

Book Review: Anna and the French Kiss

annaLia Horyczun ‘16
EE Managing Editor

Rating: 8.5 out of 10 stars

Paris is always a good idea…right? Not for Anna Oliphant who is currently entering her senior year with everything finally landing in place only to be ripped from her when her father sends her to boarding school. How can Anna leave her boyfriend-to-be, her best friend Bridgette, and her brother behind in America? How does Anna cope with the adjustment to Paris when she does not want to be there?

Beyond the Turtleneck Sweater

Matt Kapell ‘15
EE Contributor

Since the 1970s, one lone company has been setting standards in the personal technology age by defying the impossible and revolutionizing the world with its stunning innovations. Apple, now regarded as one of the most valuable companies in the world, is responsible for the numerous products such as iphones and ipads which now consume the lives of millions worldwide. The real question however, is how did this tech-giant come up from nothing, and shock the world in surpassing market bullies: IBM, Microsoft, and HP. The answer to all this is one man, Steve Jobs, the genius who nurtured the company from his Cupertino garage into the global giant it is today.

Strong Praise for Room

Jacob Robbins ‘15
EE Contributor

How would it feel to live in a eleven-by-eleven square foot space your whole life and never know what lies on the outside? This question is answered in the heartbreaking, yet inspirational novel, Room. The novel, by Emma Donoghue, tells a terrifying story of a five-year-old boy and his mother who have been imprisoned in a garden shed. Hard to categorize under a certain genre, Room is a young-adult fiction novel, topping charts immediately with its release in 2010. Room is a winner of the 2010 New York Times bestseller for a fiction novel. Additionally, it was nominated for the Man Brooker Prize in 2010.

Boys of Summer Head to Cape Cod

Eddie McElroy ‘15
EE Contributor

The Last Best League, by Jim Collins, provides a detailed look into the Cape Cod baseball league: one of the best amateur baseball leagues in the country. For the course of one summer author Jim Collins follows players and coaches from one team, the Chatham A’s, as they compete against other top talent. Collins also spent a summer as a part of the Chatham A’s team before an injury ended his career, so there is no one better to write about the highs and lows the players experience during the long summer on the Cape. The book is a great read for any baseball fan or young player with dreams of playing professionally. It is also recommended for Trumbull athletes as one of the star players on the team was from Trumbull.

Fallen Angels: a Though Provoking Thriller

Dominic Bova ‘15
EE Contributor

Although it occurred over four decades ago Fallen Angels, by Walter Dean Myers, allows readers to experience the Vietnam War with the creative imagery. The novel follows the experiences of a US soldier, known to the readers as Perry. Perry is a young African American man from Brooklyn. Throughout his experience in the war we see him form relationships with other soldiers to the point where they refer to each other as brothers. While fictional, the book accurately displays many common events during the Vietnam War and portrays them through a first person account of Perry.

In Too Deep

Mollie Coleman ’15
EE Contributor

Caught in a lie she didn’t tell and no courage to correct it. Amanda Grace leaves you on the edge of your seat with this well-written suspenseful novel. In the novel, In Too Deep, the main character, Sam, was determined to make the most popular boy in school, Carter, notice her inspite of hopefully making her best friend, Nick, realize there is something between them.

A Lightning Start to an Intriguing Narrative

Nikhil Ramachandran ’15
EE Conrtibutor

Rick Riordan really has pulled a great trick out of his hat because, “Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief” is a novel you just can’t put down. Now it is geared toward myth heads, and those who are already quite knowledgeable about the ancient Greek Gods.  However, newcomers to the genre should not at all feel out of place because Riordan does a great job of explaining each character, and providing the background behind their mythological origins…

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