OCD Love Story by Corey Ann Haydu

OCD Love Story by Corey Ann Haydu
Call #:
TEEN HAYDU
Rating: 4/5 stars
Review by Neila F.

The book is a love story about the main character Bea coming to understand and love herself, despite the very serious issues she’s tackling internally. Throughout the book, Bea wrestles with loving those who are around her and support her because of and in spite of these things. Lish, her best friend, is an excellent friend who helps her battle her issues. I would rate the book 4 out of 5 stars because it is better than most books; it really explains how people with OCD deal with love and other issues.

I did like the book because it really explains what females think and what goes through their mind when in love. I was able to relate to the main character Bea because of the way she is really into Beck and I have felt/ did the same things that she has done.

I decided to read this book because the cover made it seem interesting and I know you are not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but I do. I would recommend this book to females because I know that many would relate to Bea. This book was not like others that I have read before.

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Uncharted: A Thief’s End

Uncharted: A Thief’s End
Call #:
PS4 UNCHARTED
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Review by Brian A.

Uncharted: A Thief’s End is the concluding game for the Nathan Drake’s storyline within the Uncharted Franchise. I give this video game a solid five-stars, because I thought it was an amazing end to what was an amazing series of games. After being subject to what was supposed to be his retirement from risky treasure-hunting adventures, Drake reunites with his brother, Sam. Drake decides that before he can retire, he and his brother need to finish what they started, which was discovering Captain Avery’s hidden treasure.

I don’t know what words to use to accurately describe how much I liked this video game. I liked how the game put together Nathan Drake’s legacy as a treasure hunter and as a person who cares for those around him. I was able to relate to Drake because we both can’t turn down an adventurous opportunity, even if that means venturing into the depths of Madagascar’s jungles or being stranded in the middle of Scotland’s caves. The most exciting parts of the game play were when I, as Drake, had to take down bases loaded with enemies. They would be firing at me countless times, and I would take them down one by one. Another thing I found not only exciting about the game play but amusing was the amazingly designed sceneries of nature whether it was the ocean, mountains, or big abandoned temples.

I decided to play this video game because I had already played the previous games of the series (Uncharted: Drake’s Deception and Uncharted: Among Thieves). I wanted to see what was next for Drake, and I couldn’t contain myself when I had the game in my hand and I was able glance the video game’s cover; it was really intriguing! I would recommend this video game to people that like adventure and action games because trust me, this was probably one of the greatest video game-adventures I ever had. In addition, this video game’s storyline made me think about doing the things I love doing and that I should enjoy life to the fullest.

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Stand and Deliver (1988)

Stand and Deliver (1988)
Call #: DVD DRAMA STAND
Rating: 5/5 stars
Review by Melanie A.

 

Based on a true story, Stand and Deliver is a movie about a high school in Los Angeles in a Latinx neighborhood. With the AP Calculus exam coming up, the school’s new math teacher Jaime Escalante pushes his students to study for it. The day of the test comes, and they excitedly all pass! However, their scores are called into question and they are tasked with taking it again.

I really like Stand and Deliver because even though Jaime Escalante’s boss and the students didn’t believe in him, he was determined to give these students hope. The students came together and started gaining confidence in themselves and their teacher. I liked that it’s in English, and includes Spanish. The students start to create a friendship with their teacher and I can relate to that. I am also Latinx and although my life isn’t completely the same as the characters in this movie, I get to see how each student lives their life. 

I have already previously seen the movie a long time ago, but as I was scrolling through the library’s Fighting Racism movie list, I came across the title and I was excited to find out that it was available. I would recommend this movie to Latinx teens as well as anyone else, as it’s also a great movie to watch with family and friends. Stand and Deliver is really similar to the movie Coach Carter. I am a senior and with the SAT’s coming closer, this movie has inspired me more to take time for things that are important. It also reminded me to think about my future, because what I do now will affect my future.

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The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer

The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer
Call #: TEEN FARMER / J NEWBERY FARMER
Rating: 4/5 stars
Series: House of the Scorpion, Book 1
Review by Vincent V.

The House of the Scorpion takes place in the fictional country of Opium, which acts as a buffer zone between the U.S. and Mexico, and is ruled by a drug lord called El Patrón. The protagonist is a boy named Matteo Alacrán, who struggles to search for his own identity while in the shadows of his biological relatives.

This is a interesting book on quite a few levels. First is the story itself; which while I won’t go into much, as nobody likes spoilers, has quite a few twists, turns, and train wrecks, as one might expect in a country ruled by a drug lord. Then there are the characters themselves. A large portion of them are morally gray, and a few are even what we’d call downright evil. But these same characters, these selfish and horrible people, are fascinating and can seem very real. Additionally there are a few individuals here and there who act as a safe zone; this doesn’t mean that nothing bad can happen around them, but they instead serve as a sort of respite for the vindictive world. This serves as a sort of message: you can either be a product of your environment, or your environment can be a product of you. Both have their ups and downs in certain scenarios.

One negative thing about The House if the Scorpion is that it can feel like a rather long read. This makes it good for a book to pass the time with, but also hard to read whenever you please. However, said book has a plot and characters that are more than able to make up for this.

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Wii Party (Wii)

Wii Party
Call #: WII WII PARTY
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Review by Brian A.

Nintendo’s Wii Party is a game that includes minigames, 2 player games, and more using Miis, avatars you can make to your liking. I give this video game a big five-star rating due to the fact it is a variety of games and features one could play countless times. The game itself has many different party game modes which you can play with up to 4 friends of all ages.

I liked this game very much, as I had fun and countless hours of entertainment. I really liked the fact that I could use my Mii as for any mini-game I played with, and the most exciting part about this game is that it is unpredictable. I decided to play this game because I thought it was a simple game control-wise, and that it would be a great game to play with my family and friends.

I would recommend this video to people who want to take a trip back to nostalgia city, as it is a game that is quite old but is absolute gold. As I mentioned before, this is a great game to play with family and friends, as it is competitive and addictive. This has a similar platform like Mario Party in that it is another Wii party game.

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IT: Chapter One (2018)

IT: Chapter One (2018)
Call #: DVD HORROR IT
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Based on: IT by Stephen King
→Call #: KING
Series: IT, Movie 1
Review by Camille G.

IT is based off the critically acclaimed, best-selling book of the same name by legendary horror author Stephen King. The movie is centered on a group of kids, known as The Losers Club, who embark on a journey into discovering as to why many of the towns children have mysteriously gone missing. While simultaneously, being chased by a demonic, flesh eating clown. It is only part one- The Losers Club’s story continues in Chapter Two after they’ve all grown up.

I give the film 5/5 stars for its incredible atmosphere, great imagery and skilled acting. In retrospect, I highly recommend the film, specifically for ages 15+. Its entirety will constantly have you at the edge of your seat! Absolutely gripping!

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Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes

Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
Call #: KEY
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Movie: Charly (1968); Flowers for Algernon (2000)
Review by Amaya M.

Flowers for Algernon is about a middle aged man name Charlie Gordon, who has a really low IQ. Charlie wishes he could be smart; in order to do that, he would have to go through a first ever procedure. Soon after he gets the procedure done, he begins to realize that it really wasn’t worth it at all. I would give Flowers for Algernon 5 stars because to me, I believe other people will also love this book.

This is one of my favorite books to read. I first read this book back in middle school when we were doing a theme and my teacher wanted us to read some passages from the book; once we read the first couple of pages in the book, I got hooked. Then in high school I was assigned to do a literary analysis, and I decided to read Flowers for Algernon again and I loved it even more when I first read it. The book to me was just amazing.

I really liked Flowers for Algernon because it was something that I’ve never read before, and it was my first book that I read in the science fiction genre. I really liked this book because of how descriptive it was; the author did a really good job at describing scenes, and since I have a really imaginative brain it made me imagine what the characters looked like, what was happening, and where it was taking place. Another thing is that Flowers for Algernon does relate to many things now. In the book, it is about a surgery and medical advancements and today almost all of us can relate to that because we do have scientific breakthroughs. Overall, I believe that this was an awesome book and I would recommend it to anyone.

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Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo Switch)

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Call #: SWITCH MARIO
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Review by Brian A.

Nintendo’s Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is the most recent video game out of the Mario Kart franchise. Out of a five-star rating. I would give this video game a big five-star rating due to the fact it has been a game that has only gotten better over the years with its great graphic design and unique content. From a franchise that comes all the way from the early 90’s, this game has many new additions. Even though the game has no storyline or career mode, it still provides many things that entertain the player like a large variety of game modes, courses, and characters you can choose from; moreover, you can play with friends locally and online.

I like this video game because it is a mix of NASCAR and demolition derby with its own Super Mario twist. Taking out your opponents with items or snatching the first place spot in the last moments of the race are moments I find pretty exciting and amusing, and I enjoy playing with my friends because I can interact and compete with them. This game triggers all types of emotions, as they can range from anger from being hit my shell that might have cost you the race to jubilation from finishing in the first place. Personally, I like picking Koopa Troopa as my racing character because I like turtles, but there are lots of characters to choose from.

I decided to play this video because I wanted to see what was new about Mario Kart, since I had not played the game in a long time; the last game I played of this franchise was Mario Kart DS. This leads me to my next point which is that I would recommend this video game to people that would want to play a game with their family, friends, and even random people. This game gave me countless memories with my family and friends. Most importantly, Mario Kart taught me to never give up no matter how many odds are against me. Just because I am in last place it doesn’t mean I should end like that; in fact, it is a sign that I should fight my way into first place, and who knows? Maybe I might clinch that first place spot.

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Spy Kids (2001)

Spy Kids (2001)
Call #: J DVD FAMILY SPY
Rating: 5/5 stars
Series: Spy Kids, Movie 1
Review by Sebastian B.

Carmen and Juni’s parents are retired spies put have been pulled out of retirement on a mission…during which they are caught and kidnapped. Now Juni and Carmen, who just learned of their parents past, need to figure out a way to rescue their parents and save the day!

Spy Kids is one of my favorite movies from childhood; I always wanted to be a Spy Kid because of it! I really related to one of the main characters, Juni. He is more of an immature version of his older sister Carmen and doesn’t get enough credit; he isn’t the great spy he aspires to be and he really beats himself up about it. I too as a kid had large shoes to fill in, and to this day haven’t filled them. If there is one thing that Juni taught me is that you don’t need to fill any shoes but your own. This has truly been an inspiration for me considering I have several older siblings. Juni embraced his true self and utilized his own tactics to try his best to save his parents.

To this very day, I still enjoy this movie and the whole Spy Kids. Not only is it for the children, but there are different appeals for all ages. Movies like this one are great for a family, considering it’s about a Latino family that have problems all families can relate too (except the kidnapping, hopefully). All in all, I highly recommend this series and more specifically the first movie to all ages.

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The Lines We Cross by Randa Abdel-Fattah

The Lines We Cross by Randa Abdel-Fattah
Call #: TEEN ABDEL-FATTAH
Rating: 5/5 stars
Review by Melanie A.

The Lines We Cross is the story of Michael and Mina. Michael attends an anti-immigration group, which his father is a part of. He doesn’t think anything bad of it until he meets Mina, a smart, Muslim refugee from Afghanistan. 

I liked this book because the characters are teenagers and they face problems, and we’re able to see how they solve them. I also liked that it involves a love story between the two characters. The book is written with two different perspectives because it switches chapters between Mina and Michael; you get to see how each react to the same problems and read how their separate lives are. I was so into it, that it only took me two days to read. I don’t personally relate to any of the events that happened in this book but like I said, we see some similar events in our world now.  

I found this book on Fighting Racism book list at the library. I would recommend it to teens or just anyone who wants to read about something different and interesting. I haven’t read a book with this topic, but I’m glad I did because I really liked it. I also liked the ending of the book; it reminds you that even though someone came from a certain place, it doesn’t mean that a certain description describes them all the same.

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