Books, Discussions

Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig

Book Review/Discussion

Essentially, I aimed for this to just be a review piece on the book. But that was before I got to reading Reasons to Stay Alive. My decision was drastically altered as I discovered I had so much more to discuss, thus forming a review-discussion combination that may be a bit out-there when my writing is considered. My predominant intention for this book was to read through it during a time in my life in which I believed it would benefit me most. I do think I’ve achieved that, seeing as I have so much to discuss due to reading it.

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Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Book Review

Ari doesn’t know who he is as a person. Forever questioning the mysteries and unpredicatablities of his surroundings, along with the inner enveavours to interpret his own emotions and mental fiends. Dante doen’t share many similarites with Ari. Finding solace in tranquil leisurely activities such as drawing and reading for the sheer fun of it, Dante appears to have life interpreted. Despite their obvious variances, after meeting at the swimming pool, the pair develop a unique and important friendship. Pushed to limits first unforseen, the companions are tested against obstacles established by the undefinable universe and the entanglements of growing up.

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Collective Graphic Novel Reviews

Graphic novels are a interesting and diverse way of telling a narrative. There are so many themes, stories and genres that can be presented through beautiful illustrations and aesthetics that differ across various artists visions. Christmas brought me a vast amount of new graphic novels ranging from humorous fantasy to thrilling manga. Easily readable and compelling, here are some short reviews on five exceptional graphic novels I recently read and thoroughly enjoyed.

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My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

Book Review

Samantha Reed has spent years watching her neighbours from her window. The Garretts are a diverse household of contrasting personalities, alluring Sam away from her seemingly ordinary and fortunate lifestyle. The day Jase Garrett appears at her bedroom window changes everything for her, and she is enlightened by his extraordinary presence. Living in the shadow of her high profile political mother, family problems never seem to be far away for Sam, startling events cause disrupt for her and the people closest to her. Faced with tough judgements, Sam must decide between what she thinks is right and what is best for her loved ones.

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Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

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“The Greatest Mage. The Chosen One. The Power of Powers. It still feels strange believing that that bloke’s supposed to be me. But I can’t deny it either.”

Simon Snow is the Chosen One. Orphaned and forced to spend summer with the ‘normals’, he relishes in the time he gets to return to the magical Watford School of Magicks. In addition to his studies towards his final year, Simon also has the burdens resulted from prophecies; declaring he is the one to end wars and defeat the malevolent Insidious Humdrum. A perfectly typical Rainbow Rowell-esque story of love, friendships, wizardry and discovering yourself.

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Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life (Vol. 1) by Bryan Lee O’Malley

Book Review

Scott Pilgrim is 23, bassist, boyfriend to a High Schooler and totally awesome. Between jobs, playing in a rock band, Scott Pilgrim’s life is pretty wholesome. When a mysterious girl roller-blades into his dreams, Scott is left bewildered, unaware of the identity of this unexplainable occurrence. Ramona Flowers is the girl who turns Scott’s awesome life upside down.

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Trouble By Non Pratt

Book Review

“So it’s just me. Fifteen, pregnant, single mum.”

Hannah is fifteen. Typical popular school girl, always trying to get the attention she constantly desires. She’s built herself a reputation, known for fooling around with the guys and following the footsteps of her best friend. She finds herself pregnant, and unable to tell anyone about it and especially can’t say who the father is. Then she encounters the new boy, Aaron, an enigmatic contrasting character who is trying to find his place in a unfamiliar location. As relationships falter and rumours develop, the two begin to reveal more about each other and terrible secrets circulate.

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Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban By J.K. Rowling

Commencing Harry’s third year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, after another insufferable summer with his dead Mother’s sister and her Muggle family. This year marks the return of convicted criminal Sirius Black, who recently escaped from Azkaban and is now on the run. Harry soon finds out Black’s intentions and once again finds himself in a new, dangerous adventure, along with his best friends Ron and Hermione.

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