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Millburn Teen Read-and-Review

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Teen Book Reviews

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

Reviewed by: Aarush

 

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling is a superb book. The first installment of this iconic series has all the necessary elements of an amazing novel. Firstly, the characters in the book are very well represented. With just a few pages each character is described in lots of details and is flushed out. The appearance, motives, ideals, and philosophies of each character are creatively shown through the book with various situations and dialogue. The characters beg the reader’s sympathy and continue to make the reader want to learn more. The numerous exquisite details mixed in with the most creative scenarios results in an amazing read. The remarkable world of magic the book is taken place in opens up the endless possibilities for hooking adventures in the future. In conclusion, this book is very good for readers of all levels, adults and children. It does not take much to get hooked to the story. The book is structured and written amazingly along with amazing character descriptions that are very well developed. I am super excited to read the following books in the series given how great the first one was to me. 

 

 

Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami

Reviewed by: Vivian

Rating: 5 Stars: AMAZING!!!

 

Kafka on the Shore by Japanese author Haruki Murakami is a story of prophecy, family, and love that follows the parallel stories of two main characters: the young, angsty Kafka Tamura and the lost, old Nakata whose paths eventually converge as Kafka’s search for his identity meets Nakata’s search for a missing cat. Music is a creative, recurring theme Murakami seamlessly works into the story, serving as a medium through which characters can express themselves and further the plot. Like a movie soundtrack, it subtly conveys the ambiance of the story. Although the book is written in the surrealist style with supernatural events, it can still feel grounded and relatable. The characters are imperfect yet endearing: each showcases a different perspective on the nature of life. Their relationships are real and organic: their lives are riddled with tragedy, shaping the way they think. On the other hand, the surreal aspect of the story showcases Murakami’s talent as a writer. His eloquent writing carries readers to another world of magic and destiny, where nothing is as it seems. The sensation of reading certain moments of the story can only be described as floating. Filled with metaphors and symbolism, the story takes twists and turns that all tie together in the end. The dream-like quality of Murakami’s storytelling, coupled with vibrant imagery and complex characters, make Kafka on the Shore a must-read.

 

 

The Blind Side by Michael Lewis

Reviewed by Nathaniel

The Blind Side, written by Michael Lewis, is a non-fiction book about football and its effect on Michael Oher. I found this book to be very enjoyable. Although at first I was confused as to why the author was talking about Lawrence Taylor, his goal very quickly became apparent to me. This happened as Michael Lewis showed us Taylor's effect on the very foundation of football. Reading about Michael Oher's life story really puts into perspective the struggle that some people go through in some of Americas less affluent neighborhoods. The portions where Michael Lewis talks about the transformation of the NFL, and strategy in games, is both informative and simple. I am no expert in NFL formations and philosophies, but Michael Lewis explains it in a way that even I could understand the depth of. The use of two main storylines means that whether you read this book for the story, or for the evolution of the offensive lineman, there is something you can enjoy. I would recommend this book to any football fan who wants to gain a better understanding of one of the best offensive line prospects in college football history, or of the changing role of the offensive lineman in the modern era.

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