Monday, December 27, 2010

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Be More Chill by Ned Vizzini

I was skeptical when I began reading Be More Chill by Ned Vizzini. But that was last night. And today, I am finished with it. That should tell you how well written it is.
Vizzini has captured the not-so-popular teenage mind perfectly in two of his books that I have read (Be More  Chill and It's Kind of a Funny Story). This book is about a teenage boy who finds out about a supercomputer that you can take by pill and become more Cool. (Cool is capitalized in the first part of the book because it is the way our hero thinks. There are two types of cool in his mind.)
So, our hero, Jeremy Heere, goes to extraordinary measures to get his hands on the supercomputer, or, as it is called, the squib. Once he takes it, he listens to the voice of Keanu Reeves which instructs him what to do.
Sadly, the squib turns up not always working out how he would like it to.

Check back soon for my review of Zombies VS. Unicorns. I don't have the time to review it right now because I want to go into detail of every story.

Edit: Oh, and Mr. Vizzini, in the highly unlikely event that you read this, you should know that nobody wants to know that the hero of the story is uncircumcised. Just sayin'. :P

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Because It Was Inevitable...

Hey, happy Christmas Break...Hope you are all enjoying the holiday season! Now...what you have all been waiting for...or not...
I am just going to do one uber-review right now.

The Hunger Games trilogy began with, of course, The Hunger Games, which is the story of a girl who sacrifices her own life to take the place of her sister's in the annual televised gladiator-style death match that is known by the citizens of Panem as the Hunger Games (How many times can I say The Hunger Games?). Panem is what became of North America after a huge war that nearly destroyed civilization. There are 12 (13?) districts that surround the Capitol, which is a city that has total control of the districts. Katniss Everdeen lived in District 12 when her sister, Prim, was chosen for the Hunger Games. Katniss, knowing that she would probably die, stepped up to take the place of her sister. She vaguely remembers the other tribute from her district, Peeta Mellark, for a random act of kindness. The Hunger Games illustrates Katniss and Peeta's fight for survival.

In Catching Fire, the games are over, but nothing is easy as it should be. Every move Katniss makes seems to harm someone else, and talk of a rebellion is stirring throughout Panem. Catching Fire shows that every word or action can have its consequence.

Finally, Mockingjay, which was published in August, is the story of the rebellion of Panem. If you don't know this by now, Mockingjay's ending left many people wanting more, and many others very angry at Collins for the route that she took with this one. I do not side with those people. In my opinion, Collins' ending is beautiful and heartbreaking. I feel that if she had not given it the exact ending that she did, the series would not be the same. I get that it is bittersweet, but life does not work out the way you want it to. That's just how it is. Collins has showed that before in her trilogy, but Mockingjay took it to a whole new level. I think that's why everybody was bothered by the ending. It did not take the exact route that it felt it should. But if you look at it from the very start of the first book, you will see that everything is extremely significant and the ending is beautiful, even if it is a little sad.

Thanks for reading, and check back later!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

I'm not dead...promise.

Okay, okay, I've been a bad little blogger...
I will probably not post a review of a book this week, but give me a little time. I have finals all week, but after this week is Christmas break and I will have more time to read. Right now, I am reading Mockingjay by Suzzane Collins. It's delicious. I should finish it this week and have an update for you.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Weekend Update

Hello everybody. Sorry I have not updated recently, I have been very busy with finals and debate. I will update with a new book very soon. Thanks for reading!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Go Ask Alice

While I find Go Ask Alice very interesting, I am not completely sold on it. Everything just happened so quickly that it was hard to get into. I know that it is supposedly based off a real diary, but it could have been done a little better if you ask me. I am not saying that it is not good, in fact when I got towards the ending, I could not put it down. Parts of it were very interesting. But don't buy a new copy of it. I am happy that I bought it used, to be completely honest.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini

Okay, I am guilty... Of reading a book just because I really wanted to see the movie. I did it with this book and many others, but I only do it when I am sure that the book will be good too. It's Kind of a Funny Story is a great book about suicide because while the topic of the book should be depressing, this book makes you smile and laugh. The ending of the book brings no sadness, only hope.

Craig Gilner would look like a normal, happy teen to anybody on the outside. But since he got into a prestigious high school, he was stressed out to the point of wanting to kill himself. When it got too bad, he ended up admitting himself in a hospital, where he meets some incredible people who are in bad situations. These people help to turn his life around.

And, still, I have not watched the movie, but I LOVED the book.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

A Cold Tuesday

Hey, sorry I do not have time to check up on the blog and post a review of a book, but I thought I would stop in and say that it is freezing. I have to march in a Christmas parade tonight for band, so wish me luck! It was snowing while we were practicing today. :(

Monday, November 29, 2010

Crank by Ellen Hopkins

While the story told in Crank and the other two books in the series, Glass and Fallout, is a very dark and serious one, the books are still very good. They show more realistically the descent into drug use than any other book I have ever read on the topic, even Go Ask Alice. They show what terrible things drugs can do to you and, in the end, offer hope.
This is actually probably my favorite book. It was my first novel written in verse, and I really like the way that the words flow. Since I picked up a copy of Crank at a Barnes and Noble, I have read the rest of Ellen Hopkins books and they are all absolutely fantastic. When Fallout, the final book in the Crank trilogy, was getting ready to be published, I could not wait for September 14 to come, and I read the book in a few days time. I would highly reccomend the Crank series to any reader, even if you do not like poetry. You will love it, I am sure. Pick up a copy at the bookstore, borrow it from a friend, or even buy it. It is one-hundred percent worth every penny.

Sunday, November 28, 2010


Hello, this is the first post on A Teen's Reads. I will discuss what books I am reading with this blog and post mini reviews on them. For this post, I will not be talking about any book, but I just thought that I would send a warm welcome to everybody who checks out the blog!