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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