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Monday, March 6, 2017

JENKS Student Comments

Tell us what you are reading and what you think about it! Click on green "Comment" below.
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At least a short paragraph telling about the book AND your opinion on the book.

23 comments:

Abigail said...

Abigail Heinsohn
1st hour
Thirteen Reasons Why: Jay Asher
Thirteen Reasons why is about a girl named Hannah Baker. In the book, she is struggling with people at her school and decides to commit suicide. Before she commits suicide, she records thirteen tapes with peoples names on them. On each tape, she talks about how each person played a role in her suicide. Everyone on the list except for one person, Clay Jensen, played a role in her suicide. Clay Jensen receives the tapes and wonders why he is on the tapes. Eventually, he finds out the reason why he was on the tapes and regrets not helping Hannah.
I really enjoyed reading this book. I thought that it was very sad how no one helped Hannah throughout her troubles. If someone, throughout the book, had helped her maybe she wouldn't have committed suicide. What was really sad is when she reached out for help, someone just told her to move past things. Which in my opinion, didn't help the situation. Overall, I thought it was a well written book.

Anonymous said...

Wyatt Pickett
1st hour
I Am The Weapon- All Zadoff
This book is about a teenage boy who is an assassin. In the book he starts out by killing on of his "best friends" dad and for the first time ever, feels guilty about it. He then gets a new assignment to kill the major of New York City. He starts asking questions about the "program" but instead falls in love with the Majors daughter. During this time he learns that he is not the only teenage assassin in the world under the programs control. When the mission turns sour he realizes that the girl he has fallen in love with is the real target as she is working with a terrorist to kill the ambassador of Israel where her mother was killed in a terrorist attack.
I personally loved this book. It is filled with loads of action, adventure, mystery and drama. The plot is written and the characters are well thought of. It is a little "naughty so to say but, its still a good book.

Anonymous said...

Decker Robison 1st hour
UNDEFEATED: Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team
by Steve Sheinkin
When I picked this book I didn't realize that it is a biography, not a fictional book. Thankfully it was good anyway. This book is about insane athlete Jim Thorpe and his experience with The Carlisle Indian School in Pennsylvania, especially with their football team. This book talks a lot about stereotypes, like in Warriors Don't Cry, except this time stereotypes about Indians, not African-Americans. These events took place in the early days of college football, so Thorpe and his teammates have to face the underdeveloped rules among other things including tough schedules, bigger opponents, and bias toward them from other coaches, players, referees, and sports writers.
I thought this book was really interesting and therefore liked it a lot. I usually like history books, and this one was just perfect for me. I liked how it painted the whole picture and used primary sources. It had so much detail. To me the book never dragged at all. I would recommend this book to anyone.

Anonymous said...

Easton Ewer
1st hour
“Assisted” by John Stockton
John Stockton’s autobiography, Assisted, provides an interesting insight on his usually very personal life. In the book John writes in a great amount of depth about his life experiences from growing up in Spokane, Washington to being inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. John is careful to vividly recount all of the many individuals, groups, places, and events that led him on his path to success. John also shares his views and unwavering beliefs with the reader. He clearly states his thoughts on topics important to him such as, the importance of his family, his faith, and his competitive spirit.
I personally loved this book. It is an absolutely wonderful read for anyone from the die-hard sports fan to the “I’m only reading because Mrs. Jenks is making me”.

Zoe Giles said...

Zoe Giles
1st hour
By Your Side: Kasie West

In the book by your side, a girl named Autumn Collins gets locked in a library and has to live off vending machine food for three days. Autumn didn’t think things could get any worse, but that was before she found out that she wasn’t locked in alone, she realizes that a trouble maker, Dax Miller is stuck with her. She hopes that one of her friends will come and find her, but no one does. She suddenly learns that her and Dax are going to have to get along.
I loved this books, because it has a little adventure but it is mostly romance, this book is good because it shows you how two different kinds of people can learn to get along in the world.





Anonymous said...

Trevor Woffinden
1st hour
Woven - Michael Jensen and David Powers King

Woven is about a boy named Nels. He and his mother live in the middle of the forest far from any civilization. Nels has a dream to become a knight but his mother has a different idea. The towns people call him the night of Cobblestone. Nels finally gets the chance to become a night at the nearby festival. He gets rejected by the princess because of his appearance. While he was coming home something happens to Nels. Nels has now become a ghost but nobody can see him but the same princess who rejected him at the festival. The princess doesn't care about Nels, but soon finds out that their lives depend on them finding the magic needle that can fix everything. They go on many treks to get to the magic needle. The princess soon becomes friends with Nels and the get the needle and fix everything. This book is really cool and keeps you interested the whole time reading it. I would really recommend others to read this book if they like a good adventure and like books with unexpected outcomes. I was engaged in each chapter and from the first chapter to the last it keeps you entertained.

Kennah H. said...

McKennah Hewitt
1st Hour

Rebecca- Daphne DuMaurier

"Rebecca" is a modern-Gothic novel that I think is a must read. It begins with a young girl (who remains nameless throughout the entire book) staying in Monte Carlo where she meets a dashing older man, Maximum de Winter, who asks for her hand in marriage. As a reader, it seems way too sudden and too good to be true, but she accepts his offer. This leads to her returning the his estate and generally feeling out of place. Eventually, you discover the reasons for her feelings of uncertainty. Mr. de Winter's late wife, Rebecca, has a looming presence at the estate which causes troubles in the new marriage, and other relationships within the household. With many plot twists and surprises, this book keeps your attention and gives you a lot to think about. I thought it was very well written and it reminded me a lot of Charlotte Bronte's "Jane Eyre", but I think "Rebecca" is ten times better. There was plenty of mystery and weird circumstances to consider this book true Gothic literature. The only thing I didn't like was some character aspects of this nameless heroine. She often let herself get ran over by others and seemed to never put two and two together. However, by the end of the book she has gained confidence and wisdom. Overall, I really enjoyed this book!

Anonymous said...

Garrett Lane
1st Hour
No Such Person- Caroline B. Cooney

In the book No Such Person, the Allerdon family is enjoying their time at the family cottage on the river. One day Lander and Miranda were outside when a tragic accident happened with a boy named Derry Romaine almost drowning under a barge going down the river. He is alive but in the hospital, but then while the best friend of Derry; Jason Firenza, a name that doesn't exist. With Lander out on a date, Jason leaves for a second and the police return instead of him. Lander is put in jail, accused of shooting Derry Romaine in the back till he was dead. I really enjoyed this book, it made you think and it was such a mystery. It was confusing at times but made sense later on. I would recommend giving this book a read.

Anonymous said...

Cassie Wilker
1st Hour
Jenks Class
"The Hunger Games" (Book One)
Author: Suzanne Collins

Everyone that I know has been telling me to read this book because it is so good and now I know what they're all talking about! The Hunger Games follows a young girl named Katniss Everdeen from a dystopian capitol, in which she lives in one of the poorest districts of them all. There is a frequent activity in the capitol called "The Hunger Games." There are twelve districts, and one girl and one boy are chosen from each to go into an arena and fight to the death for the amusement of the gamemakers and people of Panem. Katniss is surprised when she hears that her little sister is chosen to be the girl tribute for District 12. Bravely, she takes her sister's place and goes to the games, leaving behind her one true friend, Gale and her mother and sister, Prim. As she is approaching the games faster and faster everyday, her trainer, Haymitch is trying to build her spirits up, but she just keeps shutting down, wondering if she will be able to make it with her tribute friend, Peeta. As the couple struggles through love and heartbreak in the arena, they seek the day that they can both go home to their nice homes with their families. Katniss struggles fighting with herself, among other tributes, to stay alive. Her strategies and talents with a bow and arrow advance her and Peeta to the top, in which seems to be a forever battle to keep the Capitol and President Snow happy. This is a great book, and I would recommend it to anyone. I can't wait to read the others!:)

Anonymous said...

Mallory Hansen
1st Hour
Jenks
"A Walk to Remember"
Author: Nicholas Sparks

A Walk to Remember is a story based towards the play The Christmas Angle. Landon one of the main characters is a senior at Beaufort High school who meets this girl named Jamie. Jamie's mom had passed away and she is being raised by her father, which they are super tight. Jamie is the type of girl everyone at school makes fun of, because of her being so religious and the way she dresses. One day Jamie decides to ask Landon to play a part in the Christmas Angle play. Soon after this they began to spend lots of time together. Later on Landon tells Jamie how much he loves her and she gets scared, he doesn't know she is dying from a disease called leukemia. She ends up telling him the disease she has and he begins to pray for a miracle. They fall in love and get married even though she is weak. A little after they get married Jamie ends up dying. This book was super sad, but such a great opportunity. I love learning things and seeing how other peoples lives are and how they deal with them! I would recommend this book for sure.

Anonymous said...

Abby Dalton
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
By: Betty Smith
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is a story set in 1908 about Francie Nolan, her family, and their experiences. This story begins when Francie is 11 years old. It tells the story of her growing up. In the beginning everything seems so innocent and beautiful. However, as time goes on, she realizes things are not that way. This book does not have a typical plot with a climax; this book simply tells the story of a family. It portrays things in a true light, life happens slowly and so that is how the story goes. There is death, love, and birth. This book shows how Francie adapts, grows, learns, and eventually overcomes. I really enjoyed this book. It had a real story, and things certainly did not always turn out good. It taught good lessons about life, and showed that you can find beauty anywhere. I would recommend this book to anyone.

Anonymous said...

Bryson Hansen
1st
Phoenix Files-Doomsday
Phoenix Files is about three teenagers (Luke, Jordan and Peter) whose families are all invited by a huge company called Shackleton Co-operative to live in a new town called Phoenix which is in Australia. It seems like a normal town until the three teens find out why they are all there. The Company plans to release a disease called Tabitha in 100 days to kill everyone in the world except the residents of Phoenix.
This is the Sixth and final book in the series. Phoenix is in ruins and the release of Tabitha is just in 16 hours and the teenagers still haven't found a way to stop it.

Katelyn Everton said...

Katelyn Everton
1st Hour
"Paper Towns"
By: John Green
Paper Towns is a story set in Orlando, FLorida. It focuses on the senior year of a boy in high school named Quentin. Quentin has lived next door next to Margo Roth Spiegelman his whole life and has always had a crush on her. They hadn't talked since they were kids until one night when Margo showed up at Quentin's house. She convinces him to a wild night of pulling pranks on people, vandalism, and breaking and entering. Quentin is a good student about to graduate high school and never does daring things. So when Margo disappears the next day, Quentin decides to step outside his comfort zone again, this time to try to find her. With help from friends and some clues that she left behind, Quentin goes on an mission to find the girl that stole his heart and made him feel truly alive. This was a pretty good book but made for teens that like mystery/drama.

Matthew Ensign said...

Matthew Ensign
1st hour
"Unbroken" by Laura Hillenbrand
Unbroken is a biography about a person named Louie Zamperini, an olympic runner and an airman for the US in World War 2. It talks about Louis in his childhood, training to be an olympic athlete, and then competing in the Berlin Olympics. Afterward Louis went into the military for WW2 and, while on a mission, crashed into the ocean along with others. They survive for many weeks on a raft in very poor conditions, but then a Japanese boat picks them up. Him along with others become prisoners of war, and are held until after the war. It also talks about his life after the war. This is a really good book and I strongly recommend reading it.

Anonymous said...

Makaylee Tenhoeve
1st Hour
Jenks
"The Notebook"
Author: Nicholas Sparks

Nicholas Sparks has always been one of my favorite authors. I have read many books by him and they all have been amazing. He uses imagery in his books and I love that. I love being able to imagine the book in my head. The Notebook is a classic love story. A relationship that has its ups and downs. A couple enduring hard times together but always keeping their promises. The two main characters are Noah and Allie. They have an epic summer romance but, like always, summer had to come to an end. Allie moved away and Noah stayed in North Carolina.Noah tried to forget about Allie and get over her but there was always a part of him that was with her. Allie moved away and had a hard time getting over Noah but ended up getting engaged to another man.She always had a part of Noah in her but managed to avoid it. Before Allie got married she decided to go visit Noah before she made her decision. In the end, Allie and Noah grow old together and live in an assisted living with each other. I would defiantly recommend this book to anyone who loves romance novels!

HAHAHAHAHAH (Dallin Thomas) said...

Dallin Thomas
1st hour
"The Reluctant Assassin" By Eoin Colfer.
The Reluctant Assassin is an incredible sci-fi based novel. It covers many different strange, but incredible topics such as time travel, murder, pub fights, gun fights, and even torture. The story is mainly about a young apprentice named Riley. His master, Garrick is a devil of a man who loves his job. He is an assassin for hire. After a dangerous and strange exchange with one of Garrick victims, Riley is blasted into the future, where the very confused, but hard-headed teenager Chevron Sevano has been waiting for him. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a good, but relatively quick read.

Anonymous said...

Junior Damuni
1st Hour
"Unbroken" By Laura Hillenbrand

Unbroken is all about the life of Louie Zamperini. It talks about his life from when he was a kid to when he past away. When Louis was young, he was a big troublemaker. He smoked his first cigarette when he was 5 years old and started to drink alcohol at age 8! He often got in trouble with the cops too. Louie grew up to have one of the greatest life stories ever. He was an Olympic athlete. He was supposed to run in Japan for the Olympics but The Olympics were cancelled due to WWII. Louie served in the war and during a rescue mission, his plane crashes and Louie and his crew were stranded at sea not knowing if they were gonna survive. After many weeks at sea, they are captured by the Japanese and are taken as prisoners of war. It tells about his experiences in the Japanese War Camps. He went through many trials and tribulations during his time in Japan. It also tells about his life after the war. I would definitely recommend this book to everyone, especially people that like exciting and cool biography books.

Anonymous said...

Katie Schwab
1st hour
Pride and Prejudice: Jane Austen

Mr. and Mrs. Bennet are desperate to find each of their daughters, Elizabeth, Mary, Jane, Catherine (Kitty), and Lydia, a husband. But the girls are not so anxiously engaged. Throughout the book many men are introduced to the Bennet daughters, but none fit the bill. When the Bingley family is brought into the picture, Lydia and Mr. Bingley fall in love at first sight. Mr. Darcy, a friend staying with the Bingleys, has his eye on Elizabeth. Lizzy isn’t so easily convinced. Enjoy this classic romance and fall in love with the characters as you plunge into the story and experience each trial and joy. I just love this book! If you’re looking for a wonderful romance, this book is perfect for you!

Anonymous said...

Joshua Forbush
1st Hour
"Burning Blue" by Paul Griffin

Burning Blue is about a girl named Nicole Castro attending school at Brandywine Hollows High School. She is Rich, popular, and a model. However, her life turns around once she was attacked with acid thrown in her face in school one day. She went through surgeries and now has to meet with the school psychologist. While waiting for the psychologist she meets a boy named Jay Nazzaro who dropped out of the high school after freshman year for embarrassing himself in front of the school by having a seizure during a pep assembly because he has a condition that makes him have seizures. The two become friends because they both understands what it feels like to be treated like a freak. Jay then commits himself to use his computer hacking skills to find out who poured acid in Nicole's face, but the deeper he digs into the mystery the greater the danger he puts himself in.

Anonymous said...

Meghan Kendrick
1st Hour Jenks
Why I Don't Hide My Freckles Anymore
Edited by: LaNae Valentine and Lisa Tensmeyer Hansen
This book consists of many short stories combined into one. Several different people share their thoughts on true beauty and what it means to them. These people tell about the hard times that they have gone through and how they were able to keep moving forward knowing everything would be okay. They also illustrate the best times and talk about how wonderful life truly is. This book teaches that it is good to love others and love yourself because the world holds so much beauty. This is a great book and it made me realize how amazing life is. I would recommend this book to anyone because it is so humbling and uplifting.

Anonymous said...

Tuff Seamons
1st hour Jenks
Unbroken: Laura Hillenbrand
This book is about the life of a boy, Louis Zamperini, who starts the story as a theif. It seemed like he had an addiction to stealing things and running from the cops. His brother started to recognize that Louis was pretty quick. So his brother made him join the track team. Louis excelled, and got a scholarship for college. The USA Olympic team immediately picked him up. After running for the Olympic team for a couple of years and setting multiple records, the draft for World War Two came along. He got called into the Air Force, Louis was a bombardier for the Air Force, with some of his new found friends. One day, they had to go out on a bombing in a broken down plane, they knew it wasn't safe, but they went anyways. The plane ended up crashing, and only 3/4 men in the plane survived the crash. The 3 men left floated on a life raft until the sea claimed another victim. They starved for days, because they couldn't bring themselves to eat sea birds. They did figure out how to fish, but it wasn't constant enough for them to keep strength. They starved 47 days until they were captured by Japanese soldiers and tortured. Louis showed more strength than most other men, so the officers took any chance they could get to beat and torture him. Louis lived through the war, and ended up returning to meet his captors nearly 60 years later.

Jinjer Smith said...

Jinjer Smith
1st Hour
"Reason to Breathe" by Rebecca Donovan


The book I chose to read is called, "Reason to Breathe," which is the beginning of, "The Breathing Series." This story is about a high school girl named Emily Thomas. Her father died early on in her life and her mother was an alcoholic and could not take care of her. She then moved in with her aunt and uncle to find that her aunt, Carol, was very abusive; verbally and physically. Emma endured Carol's conniptions for the thought of hurting her two young cousins was unbearable. She hid the scars and bruises and flew under the radar in school; until the new boy in town caught her attention, and not in the good way. At first she despises him (Evan), but later she comes to really enjoys being with him. She fears that her secret may be discovered so she tries to pretend that she and Evan aren't together. As Emma's aunt stalks her while she is at her friends house, Evan discovers there is something going on at home that she refused to tell him about. As he tried to talk to her about it, she became very defensive about the subject. They didn't speak to each other for a few months. Meanwhile, Emma was slightly interested in another boy that went to school with her. As they dated, Evan moved away and she started to have nightmares about him dying. She discovered she really did love him. Evan soon moved back because he felt the same way about her. They finally accepted the feelings the had for each other while trying to figure out a way to help Emma with her abusive guardians. Emma becomes tired of Carol and doesn't stand for her accusations. The book finishes off as Carol attempts to strangle Emma to death for the "burden" she puts on her family.

Anonymous said...

Aaron Lacey
1st hour
"Prisoner B-3087" By Alan Gratz

This book takes place in World War Two Krakow, Poland. Yanek Gruener is a young Jew who lives in Poland, trying to live as normal of a life as possible while Hitler's Nazis ravage the continent. One by one, the families that live in Yanek's town are taken away by the Nazis, and eventually, he is too taken away, and sent to multiple concentration camps. He goes through the concentration camps Plaszow, Wiliczka, Birkenau, Auschwitz, Sachsenhausen, Bergen-Belsen, Buchenwald, Gross-Rosen, and Dachau. He is branded like cattle as prisoner B-3087, and is abused, beaten, and came very close to death multiple times. He sees his parents be taken away, his uncle die, his friends die, untill he is the only member of his family still alive. Eventually, allies storm Dachau, and free the prisoners. Yanek moves to America, changes his name to Jack, and goes on to get married, and have a family. This book is based on the true story of Jack Gruener.