Teen Book Review: The Life-Changing Manga of Tidying Up

The Life-Changing Manga of Tidying Up written by Marie Kondo illustrated by Yuko Uramoto

Reviewed by Raven Holland


Have you ever been embarrassed when guests suddenly show up at your home and everything is scattered and a mess? Well today is your lucky day! The Life-Changing Manga of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo shows you how to tidy up your home with only a few simple steps starring the main character, Chiaki Suzuki. Chiaki, like most people, suffers from hoarding; an embarrassing realization for her when her attractive and tidy neighbor unexpectedly stops by. Uh-oh. Time to call in Marie Kondo, Chiaki’s tidy instructor who builds on her quote “It all starts with visualizing your ideal lifestyle.” There are many bumps along the way for Chiaki as she recovers from her obsession with past items; but, with time and effort, the before and after pictures are unrecognizable. Yours can be, too! As I read this book, I followed alongside Chiaki, step by step; and I’m impressed with the results of my room! It’s hardly recognizable. All thanks to The Life-Changing Manga of Tidying Up, Marie Kondo, and Yuko Uramoto for making this a personal achievement for myself and others as well. I recommend this book to anybody who needs the support or the confidence in cleaning their home. Thanks to the illustrations, the book is easy to understand and even easier to read, making it a great book for younger people. I give this book a rating of five out of five stars. 


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New Video Games 8/23

Xbox 360

  • Battlefield 3

Xbox One

  • The Town of Light
  • Yooka-Laylee
  • Rime
  • Portal Knights


  • Mass Effect Andromeda
  • Nier: Automata: Day One Edition
  • Stormblood Final Fantasy XIV


  • Just Dance 2017
  • Captain Toad Treasure Tracker
  • Darksiders Warmastered Edition
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New YA books – 8/9

  • Invincible by Dawn Metcalf
  • Recreated by Colleen Houck
  • The Swan Riders by Erin Bow
  • Disruptor by Arwen Dayton
  • Incriminated by M.G. Reyes
  • Hostage by Rachel Brown
  • The Year We Fell Apart by Emily Martin
  • Girl Online: On Tour by Zoe Sugg
  • The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson
  • The Storm by Virginia Bergin
  • Beyond by Jason Chabot
  • Crossing Ebenezer Creek by Bolden Tonya
  • Night Magic by Jenna Black
  • Nightstruck by Jenna Black
  • The Sapphire Cutlass by Sharon Gosling
  • A Prince without a Kingdom by Timothée de Fombelle
  • Rocks Fall Everyone Dies by Lindsay Ribar
  • Julia Defiant by Catherine Egan
  • The Pearl Thief by Elizabeth Wein
  • Lifeblood by Gena Showalter
  • When Dimple met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
  • Obsidian and Stars by Julie Eshbaugh
  • Break Me Like a Promise by Tiffany Schmidt
  • Relentless by Tera Childs
  • Once and For All by Sarah Dessen
  • Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab
  • Midnight Jewel by Richelle Mead
  • Reign of Serpents by Eleanor Herman
  • Ash and Quill by Rachel Caine
  • Vindicated by M.G. Reyes
  • Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
  • Midnight at the Electric by Jodi Anderson
  • The Savage Dawn by Melissa Grey
  • Now I Rise by Kiersten White
  • Buried Heart by Kate Elliott
  • The Art of Starving by Sam Miller
  • The Gallery of Unfinished Girls by Lauren Karcz
  • The Library of Fates by Aditi Khorana
  • The Secret History of Us by Jessi Kirby
  • Reunited by Colleen Houck
  • What Goes Up by Katie Kennedy
  • The Dark Days Pact by Allison Goodman
  • No Good Deed by Kara Connolly
  • This Is Not the End by Chandler Baker
  • Ventures by Betsy Cornwell
  • Genius by Leopoldo Gout
  • One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus
  • Solo by Kwame Alexander
  • Girl Online Going Solo by Zoe Sugg
  • The Evaporation of Sofi Snow by Mary Weber
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Teen Review – Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

Reviewed by Emily Brenner

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is a book from the perspective of an ordinary teenage boy, Greg Gaines. In a typical high school full of bullies and cliques, Greg figures the best way to get through his senior year is to keep an insanely low profile and to become acquaintances with just about everyone, making sure not just to stick to one friend group. However, Greg’s life changes entirely when his mom forces him to become friends with a girl who has cancer. This book, which has been said to be “the funniest book you’ll ever read about death,” combines realistic scenarios with relatable characters, making it easy for the readers to connect with the story. The author, Jesse Andrews, does an incredible job bringing humor, heart, and fun to an authentic story of a leukemia fighter. I would recommend this book because it’s a great book to make you laugh and the plot is very fast-paced and compelling. John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars would be a comparable novel to read if you enjoyed this book, as well as his An Abundance of Katherines. You may also enjoy If I Stay by Gayle Forman.

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