To Read or Not to Read – Underclassmen Edition

Lilly Hetson, Junior Staff Writer
November 2, 2011
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Featured A&E

If you took an Honors English class this year, you know that there were many book options available. But which ones were amazing and which ones were just ok?

Paper Towns, by John Green

This novel is one of the best summer reading books for young adults. The story starts when Margo Roth Spiegelman climbs up her neighbor Quentin Jacobson’s window, late at night. The pair goes on a crazy adventure that solidifies Quentin’s initial feelings of love for Margo, feelings that he reevaluates during their final meeting. Quentin learns how to live while he goes on a journey with Margo.

But this book is about so much more than love. It is about friendships and senior rites of passage. It is filled with quirky humor and events that take you through a roller coaster of emotions as you follow the lives of Quentin and Margo. John Green is an important author who brings some important messages to light about small town life, growth, identity, and first love in this unique young adult novel.

And Then There Were None, by Agatha Christie

And Then There Were None is one of the best-known Agatha Christie mysteries of all time and has been made into various movie versions. A group of seemingly unconnected people are sent to an island as the guests of a millionaire. When people start disappearing and are found dead, every inhabitant of the island is terrified. This fear only increases as they realize the murderer is one of their own, who is trying to bring justice to the world. This merry-go-round of death ties in metaphorically with ten tiny Indian statues that gradually disappear, one by one, from the study as each murder occurs.

This book questions the way justice is implemented in the world. It provokes thoughts about punishments in general, and although the plot was interesting, the momentum stalled. However, the major twist at the end will definitely make the occasional slow pace of the whole book worth it.

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