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May 24, 2011

The Marbury Lens

I have been seriously neglecting my book reviews, and for that – I am sorry. What can I say? New boyfriends take up a lot of your attention ❤

But either way, The Marbury Lens by Andrew Smith was a book I read months ago and still can’t get out of my mind. For those of you who haven’t heard about it yet, here is the author’s summary:

After being kidnapped and barely escaping, sixteen-year-old Jack goes to London with his best friend Conner, where someone gives him a pair of glasses that send him to an alternate universe where war is raging, he is responsible for the survival of two younger boys, and Conner is trying to kill them all.

                                                                                                                                 -Andrew Smith

I was very apprehensive picking up the book at first, seeing as it is meant more for the male audience. I was promptly proved wrong. This is not just a book of a dude doing manly things (although there was plenty of that), there is also romance, some good-ol teenage angst, and a sick pedophile that will definitely make the hairs on your neck stand up. You are sucked into the book immediately and your attention is kept to the end. The characters are dynamic and real, and poor Jack is perfectly articulated. It is written in first person, Jack’s, and often times the emotions translate to the reader. I found myself having to put down the book just to breathe and think on my own.

I made the mistake of beginning this book late at night, which only put the icing on the cake as Jack is kidnapped in the first five pages (don’t worry, I’m not spoiling anything). I didn’t get enough sleep that night because I absolutely could not stop reading. If I did not have school or any other priorities, I could have easily finished the book in a matter of hours.

I have been recommending this book to all of my friends who are suffering the “there’s nothing to read” spell. Even my mom has begun reading The Marbury Lens. I absolutely think you should read this if you like any of the details listed above.

Oh, and this book is a multi award winning novel.

Well done, Andy!

 Emily Treat

 

PS. The Marbury Lens has inspired me to read other books by Andrew Smith. I have just begun In The Path Of Falling Objects, and I have a strong feeling this book will not disappoint me. Review coming soon. ALSO, Stick will be released in October, Andy’s most recent work of art. My skin is crawling.

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December 31, 2010

Th1rteen R3asons Why

imageI have been wanting to read this book for years. My friends have been passing around our group since 8th grade. You see, our group is much like a book club. If one of us has a book someone else wants to read, we pass it around. It has been really amazing in the past, but every once in a while someone will forget to pass it on or just simply loose it in their room. This was the case for this book.

For Christmas, I received a 25 dollar gift card, so I bought the book.

It was a great read. I read it in a matter of hours. Its only about 300 pages and it takes place in one night.

“What is this book about?” You may be asking.

  Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker–his classmate and crush–who committed suicide two weeks earlier. On tape, Hannah explains that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out how he made the list.

                                                                                                  – Jay Asher (author)

Absolutely amazing.

Not for the depressed teens, nor those who are contemplating suicide! I’m very serious. I found myself very near tears many times.

 Emily Treat

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November 12, 2010

Harry Potter and The Deathly Hollows

imageSince I brought up Harry Potter in my last entry, I absolutely must talk about it now. I wont spoil anything from the book, because I know some of you out there have yet to finish reading it. No problem.

For those of you who have read the book, isn’t it absolutely epic? On the edge of your seat, crazy, mind-blowing, tear jerking, heart throbbing, action packed goodness that every book should be! I just love it.

And so I have been counting down the days. On MuggleNet.com, where everything Harry Potter can be found, they have a little box that tells the days, hours, minutes, and seconds until the first part of the movie comes out.

Oh my goodness, I need to get tickets!

After I watch the movie, I will post a critique of every second. I will not reveal any details on the plot because I know not everyone will see it on opening night, but will still see it one day. So I will spare you the disappointment of a spoiler.

Just because I feel like making this blog interactive, I’ll start asking questions. For this one I shall ask… Which Harry Potter book/movie was your favorite and why?

My favorite would have to be the Prisoner of Azkaban for the movie because it was made oh so well, The Half-Blood Prince movie was definitely the funniest, and the last book is my all time favorite. Well done JK Rowling, I aspire to be like you one day!

Emily Treat

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