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Ghost is a realistic fiction book by Jason Reynolds. This book is about a seventh grader boy
who wants to join the school track team. His life out of school is tough because he has an
abusive father who tried to kill his mom and him. Although life was hard for him, Charles, a
nearby friendly figure, takes care of them for years. Next, he goes to tryouts and the coaches
were impressed but then he had a fight with one of the bullies. Later the coach gives him a
1984, George Orwell, Realistic Fiction
Summary: Winston, the main character, is against the political party and Big Brother. Posters
around London show the party slogans. More posters write that “Big Brother is Watching.”
However, Winston is against the party. It was wrong to be against the party because people could
be vanished for thoughtcrime. Although, it wasn’t just Winston; it was Julia, but what can they
do the if the whole population is against them?
Fighting Words is written by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley. The genre is realistic fiction and it’s about 2 girls, 10 year old Della and 16 year old Suki. Their mother was an addict and had a psychotic break, and their mom’s boyfriend Clifton never treated them right. Both of them are adopted by a woman named Francine, who isn't the nicest person in the world but not a bad person either.
Fangirl, by Rainbow Rowell, is a young adult novel about finding yourself. Cath and her twin sister Wren have been inseparable their entire lives. Cath is an introvert and would prefer to live in her book world rather than venture out into the real one. When moving to college, Cath expects that her sister will remain her best friend, but Wren forms her own friend circle. Cath faces struggles that many people, particularly fangirls, will face when moving to a new environment and having to adapt.
3.5 This book is great but it did not catch my attention like many other books did.
This book is based off a true story of a middle school teenage boy. His name in the book is Ross Maloy. He is a teenage boy who wants to fit in to the school. He then gets diagnosed with a rare eye cancer after which he has to go through many surgeries. After the surgeries his eye is always winking and he does not know how to control his life anymore.
The Outsiders is a coming-of-age novel by S.E. Hilton and is a story about how a boy and his two older brothers survive in the world after the death of their parents. The main character, Ponyboy (his real name is Michael Curtis), is a 14-year-old who is in a gang with his brothers and friends. They view themselves as outsiders to the real world and take care of one another like family. The book covers the journey they go through as they struggle to get by.
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell is a realistic fiction book set in 1986 and follows Eleanor and Park. Eleanor is a new girl in town and she couldn’t stick out more. Park is the boy in the back of the bus who thinks he’s invisible. But not to Eleanor. The two bond over mixtapes and comics. Even with their mountain of problems, they fall in love, knowing it might not last. Yet they’re brave enough to try. I read this book for school and to be honest, I hated it. I tried so hard to enjoy it, but I just couldn’t.
Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen is a realistic fiction book. It follows two points of view of the same story. When Julie Baker first saw her new neighbor Bryce Loski, it was love at first sight. When Bryce first saw Julie, it was the complete opposite. As they got older, Julie fell deeper for Bryce, and Bryce got even more terrified. After a tragedy hits Julie, things change. Her love for Bryce changes. And so does Bryce’s view of Julie. Throughout this cute romance, we see heartbreak and friendship.
My rating for this book is a 4 because the book is focused and I believe the poem format does bring it down in some spots at times.
This book is about two characters who have had a lot of problems in their lives. Their names are Hannah and Cal. They both live together after Cal moved in because of family problems. They both are cousins and Cal pulls pranks on Hannah that she doesn't like. Her parents slowly start drifting apart after Cal moving in. She decides to bring the family back together and to include Cal in that family too.