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

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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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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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Teen Review – A Work in Progress

A Work in Progress by Connor Franta

Reviewed by Emily Brenner

A Work in Progress is a heartfelt memoir written by Connor Franta at twenty-two years old. As a YouTuber, Franta has faced a plethora of struggles such as friend drama, sexuality, labels, finding happiness, and finding his true identity in the midst of all the madness—fairly common struggles in today’s society and relatable to a range of readers. Throughout the book, Franta recalls specific memories and events from his past to tell his story and follows with pieces of advice and wisdom he’s learned through the years. His compelling story and the artistic nature of the book draws readers deeper into his story. As an avid photographer as well, Franta also includes multiple photographs from his childhood to tell the story, as well as more recent photographs he’s taken on his adventures across the country. I would recommend this book because the advice given is relative to today’s world and makes you question the way you live your life. Are you truly happy? Are you living to your highest potential? This biography changes your perspective on the world and your outlook on life overall. If you enjoy this book, I would recommend Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom, a novel full of great life advice and a similar feeling. Franta has also just released another book titled Note to Self, where he dives deeper into his individual struggles and how best to deal with them.

 

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Teen Review – This Is Where It Ends

This Is Where It Ends by Marilee Nijkamp

Reviewed by Emily Brenner

This Is Where It Ends is a suspenseful and riveting novel that takes place at a small-town high school in the midst of a school shooting. In each chapter, four relative students in four different situations around the school tell their story and each find a way to get out or try and stop the shooter. The story takes place over an hour long time period, making it hard for readers to put the book down and leaving them desperate for answers. The author, Marilee Nijkamp, uses heart-wrenching characters as well as fear, trust, and heroism, leaving everyone awe-struck and broken-hearted. I would recommend this book because the compelling story line really makes you question our society today and leaves you thinking about the book long after you’re finished. The characters are easy to fall in love with as well. If you enjoy a chilling, hair-raising novel packed with courage and strength, you won’t be able to put this one down. While Nijkamp currently doesn’t have any other books out, Feral Youth—a similar story of survival—is expected to be released in the fall of 2017 and Before I Let Go—also a similar novel by Nijkamp—will be released at the beginning of 2018.

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