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Reviewed by Anuragini Arora
All We Can Do Is Wait by Richard Lawson follows the lives of five teenagers through flashbacks and memories after the Tobin Bridge collapses. They meet in the waiting room of the Boston General Hospital while waiting for news of their loved ones.
Jason and Alexa are waiting for news of their parents. Both wish that the beautiful summer of their past before everything went wrong, when their family was happy and they were all spending time with Kyle (their friend in Cape Cod), would come back. Skyler is waiting for news of her sister Kate, to whom she owes everything. Morgan is waiting for news of her father, who raised her in the most difficult circumstances. And Scott is waiting for news of his girlfriend Aimee, who is worth more than everything to him.
All We Can Do Is Wait deals with relationships, grief, and dreams and forces you to think about what you would do if you had to cope with a tragedy. Each character has dealt with his or her own sadness and unique traumas, but what is common is their desire to make everything right again.
When I started reading All We Can Do Is Wait, I thought it was slow and uneventful. But I realized that in a moment like that, when everything we have is in jeopardy, all we can do is wait (and maybe hope a little). Richard Lawson’s first novel is emotional, intriguing, thought-provoking, sincere, and utterly real.
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.
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.