• Book Review: “Inkheart” by Cornelia Funke


    Inkheart is among one of the first books I can remember really loving. I can’t remember how old I was when I first read it, but I imagine I was around Meggie’s age. Now, reading this again in my early adult years, I’m reminded of why I loved it so much.

  • Book Review: “One” by Sarah Crossan


    When someone mentions fiction in free verse, we all know who immediately comes to mind: Ellen Hopkins. Arguably, Hopkins has been the greatest advocate for this style of writing, particularly for young adults. My vocal advocacy for Hopkins’ fiction is why Crossan’s publicist thought I’d like One by Sarah Crossan. Boy, was she right. One tells the story of Siamese twins Grace and Tippi, who have been home-schooled their entire lives, but now because of financial strain will need to join traditional schooling. Literally joined at the hip, they brave this new (and scary) adventure together, and clumsily navigate their way through high school—with even more gawking and ridicule than is…

  • Book Review: “Flirtin’ With the Monster” by Ellen Hopkins


    Every reader of Crank, Glass, and Fallout should pick up Flirtin’ With the Monster. If you haven’t read any of the aforementioned books yet, do it. Right now. We all have something to learn from this story. Ellen Hopkins has edited an incredible collection of essays. Our favourite authors and characters discuss everything from role models, the verse format, addiction in all its forms, and who addiction is really affecting: the user and everyone who cares about the user. Finally, the reality of drug abuse isn’t embellished, but accurately and honestly depicted by those who’ve witnessed it first-hand. The best and most effective parts of the book, of course, are the essays by Hopkins’…

  • Book Review: “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” by Stephen Chbosky

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    The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky is a classic. Unfortunately, people hear the word “classic” and instantly retreat. I would recommend this book to absolutely anyone, because I think everyone can be influenced by this story in some way. Charlie’s coming-of-age story is one that I believe anyone can identify with. There are extreme things happening in Charlie’s life, but these extremities don’t make the story any less relatable. It’s because Charlie writes letters, hypothetically to the book’s readers, that I think the story is one of a kind.

  • Book Review: “Crank” by Ellen Hopkins


    A lot of people seem to be drawn to this story because of its brutal honesty. It’s no secret: Crank is loosely based on Ellen Hopkins’ own daughter’s story. The truth melds with fiction and creates this intense, drug-addled world. I think I can speak for everyone when I say that any parent is terrified their child will end up hanging with the wrong crowd, spending time doing the wrong things. It’s easy to say “that will never happen to me.” I think it’s unlikely Hopkins ever expected it to happen to her bright, straight-A “Kristina.”