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Picoult offers look into motherhood in novel

By Alyssa Book

Harvesting the Heart by Jodi Picoult is a book that explores the struggles a young woman faces with dealing with issues of her past while meeting the demands of being a wife and a new found mother. The plot centers on Paige O’Toole and Nicholas Prescott. She is a young runaway and he is a striking up and coming med student. Having their backgrounds  being from completely different parts of the globe, as the reader you can begin to feel like this a modern Cinderella story, Picoult is too crafty for that though, weaving in abortion, neglect, and lies into the story-line. The sensitive topics covered are handled in a respectful manner.

The story talks about the difficulty of meeting the demands of a family. The story switches point of view between Paige and Nicholas, which is great because it shows how men and women look at the same concerns in a different way. Having a mother absent in her life, Paige is wondering if she has the emotional state to take care of a child of her own. As the story progresses, you see how Paige is starting to become a mirror image of her mother, the woman she swore she would never take after.

Picoult wrote this story in a voice of vulnerability and delicacy. Every character I came across I felt that I understand what they were going through. I have many Picoult books, and this one felt the most personal. She handles the story with emotional grace and shows how the transition into motherhood and marriage is not always the fairy tale we grow up hearing about.

The only frustrating part I found with the novel was the ending. It did not give you a clear cut answer to what the solution to the problem was. I found myself wondering days after I finished the novel what exactly the ending meant. I loved the book and just wanted to know more about the future of Paige and Nicholas. While this was frustrating, I believe that the ending showed how well Picoult causes the reader to think about what they are reading and use their own morals to decide what they think should happen.

I would recommend this book to anyone that is at least high school age. With both male and female narrators is helps both genders identify with story. The novel is full of suspense but has a romantic interest in it so it stays interesting the whole way through. Harvesting the Heart is a great novel that shows a new perspective into the life of motherhood, marriage, and discovering yourself.


Patterson’s ‘Witch and Wizard’ casts a spell on readers

By Lauren Holstner

Witch and Wizard by James Patterson, also known for the Maximum Ride series,  is a spellbinding series that has readers wanting more.

Patterson brings out an old concept of how society might be controlled one day, with laws and rules about everything and “The One Who Is The One,” in other words, the supreme ruler.
This series is about two siblings, Whit and Wisty Allgood, who are dragged from their family and put in a security prison, where they escape using their new mysterious powers.  Are these children really a powerful witch and wizard, and the kids mentioned in an all powerful prophecy no one seems to know?
This book is extraordinary, there is always something happening, either fighting the bad guys, fighting for their lives or rescue missions.  The detail is amazing and brings the book to life, along with the characters the reader can picture perfectly.
I loved everything about this book, and would not change thing, from the details to the story line; this is a great book that everyone who can read and likes fantasy stories should read.

‘Revealers’ gives readers new spin on witches

By Lauren Holstner

Revealers by Amanda Marrone has readers starving for more.

Jules is, at first glance, an ordinary teenager with ordinary troubles in an ordinary world.  However, first glances often lie: Jules is a witch in a coven that hunts other nightmares and protects the world with their old ways.

Jules is rebellious, though, the most rebellious in the coven, who happens to have a massive crush on Connor, the head witch’s son. Trying to solve the problem of why the other witches, who have already become of age, are so scared and nervous all the time, Jules definitely has her hands full.  Jules tries to solve the mystery and save her friends from a power none of them has ever seen before.

This book has amazing details and plot like no one’s ever thought of before with witches going alongside demons and against their own kind, making readers wish for more.  I loved the storyline and how it made me never want to set the book down since it is always throwing more twists at the reader.  From the characters to the action, this is a great book that I loved, and wish it was longer.

I think this book adds a new spin on an old story in a way that makes readers starve for more, or at least wish for it, with its twists and turns; along with the characters it makes a great read for any occasion, well almost any.

I recommend this book for anyone that loves to read or just likes the occasional fiction; this book is perfect for anyone who likes new twists on old things.

‘The Hunger Games’ franchise garners students’ approval

By Alyssa Book
Katniss Everdeen has become a worldwide phenomenon. Not only has this character been the symbol of peace in the book The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, but with the highly anticipated film still raking in millions of dollars in theaters around the world, Katniss Everdeen is the new “Bella” of  teenage pop culture. 

If you have not witnessed the movie or read the books, the plot centers around a young girl fighting for her life in the Hunger Games, held in her country Panam. This book is futuristic and takes place in the continent formerly known as North America.
The book is highly suspenseful and as a reader I found myself cheering for my favorite victors to win and for the government to be taken down. FC students have also found this book to be exciting and have their opinions on how the movie held up to the high expectations from the book.

Freshman Remi Bowman liked the choice of casting as Jennifer Lawrence as the main character, Katniss.

“When I saw the movie, I thought Katniss Everdeen was cast perfect. She was the exact fit,” said Bowman.

Senior Brittany Murray said she was a little more hesitant to accept some of the characters, but she said all did a great job.

Bowman also enjoyed seeing her favorite parts from the book being interpreted on film. She said her favorite scene was Katniss and Peeta’s return home, knowing that their journey was far from over.

Murray’s favorite scene was seeing the chariots entering the arena and being announced to all of Panam as the Hunger Games are about to begin.

The movie was two and a half hours long, but similar to the book, once it was over it felt like it took just a blink of an eye to escape into another world. The ending to the movie was mirrored to the book; Katniss and Peeta returning to District 12 and a future uprising is in their midst.

With the success of the movie and the books now topping the lists of best sellers, it is evident the next two installments will be produced and released soon to keep the Hunger Games’ fire burning.

Memoirs of a geisha makes reporter spellbound

By Lauren Holstner

Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden is an amazing novel and an even greater story.  This novel is set in Japan before and during WWII.

Memoirs of a Geisha is about a small girl named Sakamoto Chiyo. Americans would say her name as Chiyo Sakamoto.  This young girl is only nine, her mother is dying, and so is her father.  Then she meets Mr. Tanaka, who she thinks will adopt her and her older sister.
Through many misunderstandings, and a long painful train ride, she ends up in the Nitta Okiya in Gion.  She has been separated from her sister, and with no where else to go she starts her life as a geisha in training. She goes to live at the okiya, which is a place geisha live and train when they want or are forced to become geisha.

This novel is the most amazing book I have read in a long time; iit is startling and extraordinary.  From the details to the story line,  I cannot tell if Sayuri (Chiyo’s geisha name) really did exist even though I know she did not, making it even more extraordinary.
I fell in love with this book after reading it; I still can’t even stop thinking about it.  I think anyone who likes a good story should read this.    This real life novel will draw readers in to a land barely any of us could imagine: the life of a geisha.