Reviews by Tag: classic

Teen Review
Lord of the Flies

Lord of the Flies

By William Golding
Star Rating
★★★★★

Rated by
Basil Park
Jun 1, 2023

This classic novel is one that I have read before, but am reading it again! As you may know, a plane with many British boys on it gets shots down and crashes on a lone island in the ocean. The plane drifts away into the sea, leaving the boys stranded on an island. This book is about their experiences on that island and how those boys managed themselves without any adult supervision.

Teen Review
1984 by George Orwell

1984

By George Orwell
Star Rating
★★★

Rated by
Addison S.
May 19, 2023

I read 1984 for my English class and I have mixed feelings about Orwell's novel. On one hand, I really appreciate his writing style and I believe the purpose behind the book is important for everyone to hear. However, it was a very slow start and terribly boring during part one. And the ending, don't even get me started. I was not happy that Winston finished the book submitting to everything he had fought against for years. I couldn't make up my feelings on Winston and Julia's relationship as well.

Teen Review
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

By Ken Kesey
Star Rating
★★★★★

Rated by
Maddie D.
May 5, 2023

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey is by far one of my favorite books I’ve read. It explores life within a psychiatric hospital utilizing comedic undertones. The book highlights a power struggle between McMurphy (the cowboy-esque patient) and Nurse Ratched (the tyrant ward nurse). The book is incredibly unique because it presents unreliable narration and forces the reader to continuously guess what’s upcoming.

Teen Review
The Scarlet Letter

The Scarlet Letter

By Nathaniel Hawthorne
Star Rating
★★★

Rated by
Sophie G.
May 1, 2023

The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne is the tale of Hester Prynne, a woman in the 1600s
who is accused of cheating on her husband, who has been missing for years. After the birth of
her child Pearl, Hester is branded with the Scarlet Letter to remind her and her fellow
townspeople of her misdeed. Hester refuses to reveal her lover’s identity, and throughout the
novel has to face the shame of committing adultery, a major sin. 

Teen Review
The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Great Gatsby

By F. Scott Fitzgerald
Star Rating
★★★★

Rated by
Anonymous
May 1, 2023

The Great Gatsby is a book about life in the 1920s. It explores the life of protagonist Gatsby who is known to be wealthy and mysterious along with protagonist Nick Carraway who seems to idolize Gatsby’s lavish life. The book explores the characteristics of the 1920s and is a classic book for all ages!

Teen Review
The Odyssey

The Odyssey

By Homer
Star Rating
★★★★★

Rated by
Anonymous
Apr 26, 2023

The Odyssey is a story of a man named Odysseus who is struggling to find his way back home after being away for ten long years. Throughout his journey, he faces numerous challenges and dangers, including battles with monsters, angry gods, and treacherous humans. Odysseus is not a perfect hero; he makes mistakes and is sometimes reckless, but he is also clever, resourceful, and brave. He is a loving husband and father, deeply committed to his family and desperate to return to them.

Teen Review
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

The Picture of Dorian Gray

By Oscar Wilde
Star Rating
★★★★★

Rated by
Helton W.
Apr 21, 2023

Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray, originally published in 1890, details the life of exceedingly handsome Dorian Gray, who comes to live a decadent lifestyle in Victorian London. While initially innocent, symbolized by his alluring countenance, he becomes obsessed with a desire for eternal youth and beauty. Through his acquaintance with mysterious aristocrat Lord Henry Wotton, he enters a bargain in which he will remain handsome and youthful, while a painting of him, created by artist Basil Hallward, ages.

Teen Review
The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka

The Metamorphosis

By Franz Kafka
Star Rating
★★★

Rated by
Helton W.
Apr 21, 2023

Franz Kafka's novella The Metamorphosis follows Gregor Samsa, a traveling salesman, who awakens one morning to discover he has transformed into a giant insect. The story details the secondary conflicts Gregor experiences as a result of this new physical form, including his familial relationships, identity, and isolation.

Teen Review
1984 by George Orwell

1984

By George Orwell
Star Rating
★★

Rated by
Aubrie
Apr 19, 2023

The book follows Winston Smith, a low ranking member of the ruling Party in London in the nation of Oceania. The Party watches the citizens through telescreens. Everywhere he would look there was the party’s leader, Big Brother. The Party would control citizens’ minds and they would erase history to make the past what they wanted it to. Winston did not want to follow the Party’s strict rules and wanted to take down the Party. Winston met a woman who he soon began a secretive relationship with and they joined the Brotherhood, a group that would do anything to take down the Party.

Teen Review
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

By Ken Kesey
Star Rating
★★★★★

Rated by
Anonymous
Mar 30, 2023

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest is a classic fiction novel written by Ken Kesey that explores the themes of individuality, conformity, and mental illness. The book is set in a mental institution in the 1950s, the story is narrated by Chief Bromden, a patient who has been in the institution for many years and who is believed to be deaf and dumb.

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