Book Review: Thirteen Reasons Why


by Jay Asher

Clay Jensen doesn’t want to listen to the tapes.  Hannah Baker is dead.  But Hannah has decided to explain her suicide and seek her revenge from beyond the grave.  Thirteen people.  Thirteen sides on seven cassettes.  Everyone played a part, at least to Hannah, in her suicide.  While at first repulsed, Clay gains understanding and experiences new grief as he listens to his secret crush detail why she took her life.  I found this book to be an interesting look into the mind of a suicidal teen.  This is certainly not a light read.  It is frustrating that at the end, after you understand what Hannah went through, there’s nothing you can do to bring her back.  There’s no magic or time travel in this one.  Hannah’s suicide is a final and complete act.  There is no coming back.  You will be just as heartbroken as Clay was, and if you see yourself or anyone you know in Hannah, you will hopefully take action to prevent your loved one from taking their own life.

The Millionaire Readers Club has Its First Members!

Congratulations go to the first inductees into our Millionaire Readers Club!  These students have already read 1,000,000 or more words this year, as measured by Accelerated Reader.  The benefits of membership include a membership card, a late fee coupon, and an automatic invitation to our Nintendo Wii party, scheduled for February 23.  We’re so proud of these four students for reaching this huge goal!

Haley Capps

Jennifer Lawrence

Anna Presnall

Book Review: Forge

by Laurie Halse Anderson

As of late, I have been on a Laurie Halse Anderson reading kick.  She’s a wonderful and prolific writer, so it is time for me to get caught up on her awesome books.

So, Forge is a sort-of sequel to Chains.  The final book in the trilogy, Ashes, is due out later this year.  This installment follows Curzon as he joins the Patriots in fighting the Revolutionary War.  He was with Isabel, who rescued him from the British prison in New York, and escaped from slavery herself, but she left after realizing he would not help her on her journey to find her younger sister who was sent to a plantation in the Carolinas.  By chance, he ends up joining a regiment of Patriot soldiers and fights again in the Revolutionary War.  This is his story of survival and upheaval while enduring the winter at Valley Forge.

The historical details are accurate; I had the desire to cover up my feet while reading about the barefoot soldiers working in the snow.  This is a great book, which means that it is a fast read.  Don’t miss out on this wonderful story!

Happy Birthday to Edgar Allan Poe

Yes, on this date in 1809, Edgar Allan Poe was born.  He is one of my favorite authors of all time.  There’s nothing like a Poe story if you’re in the mood for some creepy reading.  Check out his biography at Poets.org.

Though incredibly talented, his life was mostly sad and ended tragically in 1849, at the age of 40.   Most of his fame came after his death.  Check out some of his stories and poetry at Poestories.com.  My favorite is “The Raven.” What’s yours?

We also have several biographies and compilations of his writings in the library.  See Mrs. Overstreet or Mrs. Morrison for help locating those books.

Happy (late) Birthday to J.R.R. Tolkien!

John Ronald Reuel Tolkian was born January 3, 1892.  He was the author of the incredibly popular Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Hobbit, and countless other volumes that accompanied is fantastical creation, “Middle Earth.”  Tolkien passed away in 1973.

For more information on his life and books, check out the Tolkien Society or his Wikipedia page.  We have many of his books available in the Eastwood library.  Also don’t forget to watch the most recent Lord of the Rings series of movies if you missed the most recent re-airing on TNT over the holidays.