Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

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Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
Call #: MOYES
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Movie: Me Before You (2017)
→Call #: DVD DRAMA ME
Series: Me Before You, Book 1
Review by Mya S.

Louisa is a colorful and perky young girl, who is looking for a job to help her parents (who she lives with) with the bills. Finally luck is on her side, she gets a job that pays good money for the next six months for her to be the caregiver of a man named William Traynor, a wealthy banker who is left paralyzed after a motorcycle accident two years prior. Will is stoic and stubborn in his ways, but somehow Louisa is able to melt that icy exterior little by little, until they both discover they are more than fond of one another. Though this brings new happiness into her life, Louisa soon discovers a terrible secret that might tear her and Will’s world apart, leaving her to conjure up a plan to try and change their course before it is too late.

I thoroughly enjoyed the book and the themes it conveyed, however some details left me wondering how they were going to be solved before the end of the book, but I was not disappointed. Though this journey was appreciated, it also left me quite sad due to the ending. I have not watched the movie or read the book in its entirety due to these emotions, but nonetheless I liked the overall point of living your life fully, going on adventures that you never thought you would go on, and that people in your life can be like adventures as well: fleeting and brisk, but nevertheless important to the journey of your life. Read this book with a box of tissues handy, but you will not be disappointed by the voyage you go on with Louisa and Will.

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Fated by Alyson Noel

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Fated by Alyson Nöel
Call #: TEEN NÖEL
Rating: 5/5 stars
Series: The Soul Seekers, Book 1
Review by Katherine D.

Strange things and dream visions are happening to Daire Santos and fearing for her sanity, her mother sends her to live with the grandmother she’s never met, who coincidentally recognizes the visions for what they truly are: the call to her destiny as a Soul Seeker, or one who can navigate the worlds between the living and dead. Soon she meets Dace, a boy literally from her dreams, and must determine if he is the guy she’s meant to be with…or if he’s allied with the enemy she’s destined to destroy.

I really like this book because it talks about how Daire develops powers and must protect people. Her lover, who she dreamed about, has an evil twin, and I think that’s very interesting story to read. I really didn’t like when Daire Santos was having these very bad dreams and while she was having them she would attack people around her, as she would hurt people she loved because of the bad visions or dreams she had. This book was so interesting to me, because I never really read books that feature people who have powers. I love romantic books, and this was a perfect book because Daire and her lover’s relationship in the story. I would definitely recommend this book to people who love to read romantic books. I couldn’t put the book down, and the book never keep me bored or uninterested. I am definitely going to read the other books in the series, and I can’t wait to read more about the story!

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Wonder Movie Review

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Wonder (2017)
Call #: J BLU-RAY + DVD FAMILY WONDER
Rating: 4/5 stars
Based on: Wonder by R.J. Palacio
Review by Jazlyn O.

The movie adaption of the book written by R.J. Palacio captures the hearts of many! Viewers are now able to see the ups and downs Auggie and several other characters face in the first months of school. No matter who you are, you will be able to relate and empathize with at least one, or maybe all, of the characters in this movie.

I enjoyed this movie because it contains many great messages and insights about the real world. It was able to shed light on bullying among younger kids, while almost every bullying movie that I can personally think of consists of a teenage and older cast. It’s important for us to see what the younger kids can go through as well in order to take action against bullying across all ages and schools. In addition, I enjoyed this movie due to its multiple perspectives. The direction of this film takes on a multi-P.O.V approach, realistically emulating life and situations in the real world. Because of the multi-P.O.V method, the audience learns to sympathize will all of the main characters of the movie. Moreover, there are several ups and downs that Auggie, the main character, experiences throughout the movie. For example, you can see that Auggie sits alone at lunch one day, but later makes friends with other students. Auggie’s sister, Olivia, also demonstrates this when she loses a friend (which a lot of teens can relate to), but eventually gains the confidence to join a new, fun club. I feel that this portrays how life can really be, in that life inevitably fluctuates. Actually, the movie is the epitome of the saying, “Life is a rollercoaster.”

I decided to watch this film because my younger sister read the book and watched the movie, and I saw the book almost every time I walked by the book section at Target. Honestly, I never read the book but I’m glad I watched the movie. I would recommend the movie to parents, teens, and younger children… basically everyone. I say that because there’s just simply something for everyone to learn from this movie. Parents can learn how to appropriately act when their child is being bullied or neglected, whereas teens and younger children can learn that just because someone is different, doesn’t mean they should be treated differently. I would also recommend this movie because of the great cast. Since the actors were able to perfectly place themselves into their roles, all of the characters became interesting and diverse. Overall, this movie was able to make me simultaneously smile and tear up!

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Whisper by Lynette Noni

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Whisper by Lynette Noni
Call #: TEEN NONI
Rating: 5/5 stars
Review by Mya S.

Imagine a world where words can become reality, and practically anything you say can lead to a catastrophic or joyful experience. One girl, Jane Doe, obtains the highest form of this gift and because of a tragedy that took place, she has not spoken for over two and a half years. Slowly but surely, people are coming into her life and changing her world, for the good and evil and soon she begins to practice and hones in on her ability to use to save those she loves most. The truth will come out sooner or later; after all, it says on the cover, “one word can change the world”.

I loved this book simply because of the concept of words becoming reality; like when you watch a commercial and see something you want, you could finally speak it to life. I enjoyed the continuous foreshadowing of the main character’s past transgressions, and I enjoyed how the characters-besides the villains of course- were believable and understandable with their actions. I related to many of the characters, but mainly with one character named Camelot. She had the best personality and out of all the characters, she wore her heart on her sleeve and did not once pretend to be someone she was not. I decided to read this book for the very reason you are not supposed to: I was really intrigued by the cover. The one word title and the girl in the background left me captivated and what truly got me was the phrase on the top, “one word can change the world”. The concept of the story is new and exciting to me, and I was very happy someone took the time to create it so I could then read it. The book taught me- though I am sure this was not its intended message- that people must watch what they say, because it could just cause irreversible damage that you won’t be able to take back. Words are powerful and important and should be treated as such. One word can actually change your world if you are not careful enough.

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The Great Gatsby Movie Review

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The Great Gatsby (2013)
Call #: DVD DRAMA GREAT
Rating: 4/5 stars
Based on: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Review by Raquel R.

Having moved to New York City from the Midwest in order to make money, Nick Carraway is pulled into the world of opulent wealth which is inhabited with people that are corrupt and have little to no morals. Nick meets Jay Gatsby, a millionaire who is blinded by his love for Nick’s cousin Daisy Buchanan.

I saw this movie with my junior AP English class after we finished the book, and I was impressed by the descriptions of each character and what they symbolize in American society. In class, we read this book in order to understand the Lost Generation, which Fitzgerald was a part of, and their view on the American Dream, which was negative. This movie hit the nail on the head in terms of bringing the important aspects of the books to life which was the difference between people made of “old” money and “new” money, the green light that Gatsby reached towards, and the recklessness of the wealthy. The movie also captured the wild nature of Gatsby’s parties in an accurate manner to Fitzgerald’s words, which was full of color and unrestrained. This speaks to the expressive nature in the 1920s, as seen with Gatsby’s parties, yet it still kept a traditional sense to it, as seen with Daisy breaking off her affair with Jay due to her marital commitment to Tom. The 1920s as a whole was a precursor to the Sexual Revolution that would take place in the late 20th century, but this gender and sexual expression was immensely hindered. Both the book and movie captured that accurately, along with the cynicism that Fitzgerald portrayed.

I would have given this movie the full five stars if it had not been for the soundtrack. Although Lana Del Ray’s “Young and Beautiful” and Craig Armstrong’s instrumental score were amazing, the mix of the modern style of music in a 1920s setting was a let-down because it was historically inaccurate. I am not sure if Luhrmann took this approach to appeal to a teen audience or what, but I personally would rather have the score remain accurate to its time period with only an inkling of the modern style being from the pieces of the composer of the soundtrack.

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Teen DIY Club: Temporary Tattoos

Missed our Teen DIY Club program series? Have no fear-we’re posting the recipes and instructions for all of our crafts so that you can make them at home! This post: temporary tattoos!

Materials:

  • Computer
  • Printer
  • Tattoo paper
  • Scissors
  • Water
  • A paper towel

 

  1. Use a program like Photoshop or Microsoft Word to make a design or grab an image from the internet. If there is a word, be sure to mirror it.
  2. Print the image using tattoo paper. Ours is from the brand Sunnyscopa.
    • Tip: Be sure to buy the correct kind of tattoo paper that works with your printer (if it is laser or inkjet, etc).
  3. After you have printed the paper, it requires that we let it dry and then place an adhesive sheet on top of the printed paper.
    • You can skip this step if your printer paper already comes with the adhesive sheet attached to the paper.
  4. Cut the image out of the paper and you are done!
  5. How to apply the tattoo:
    • First remove the clear film from the temporary tattoo and place it onto your skin.
    • Use a damp paper towel to dab on the tattoo. Wait 10 seconds before removing and its done!
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Meet Emilia, BPL Teen Intern!

The next few weeks, we’ll be introducing you to our Teen Services staff through blog posts! First up: our summer Teen Intern, Emilia!

Emilia is an upcoming junior at Morton West High School, and we’ve been able to have her help us this summer as a part of the Public Library Association’s Inclusive Internship Initiative! She is working closely with Readers Advisory/Teen Services Manager Hannah to develop initiatives to involve the Berwyn community with the library and learn what it’s like to work in a library!

What are you doing at the library this summer?

I have a few projects I’ve been working on to benefit the community of Berwyn. Hannah and I have been working with MacNeal Hospital to create a collection of books there for use by long term patients, which I am very excited about! I also have planned, with the Youth Services Department, a Back to School hair program for parents and kids to learn how to do hair in time for school. I’ve also helped at Teen and Youth Services events, and there’s a few other projects I’m working on before my internship is up.

Has your perspective of the library changed since working here?

I did not really visit the library before I became an intern, but my perception of the library has changed! The library is definitely not a quiet place- there’s all sorts of activity happening each and every day. The staff here is really friendly and always willing to help patrons to find a book, answer a question, or really with anything they need! And maybe one of the biggest misconceptions coming into this internship is that the library is just books. In reality, the library has so much more to offer, from services like different databases and faxing, copying, and computer access to assistance with applying for jobs and other activities. It’s amazing how much the library really does do!

Favorite:

  • Book?
    • I sadly don’t read very often, but I really loved Boom Chicka Boom as a kid! I’ve gotten lots of recommendations working here at the library so I hope to read more in the future!
  • TV Show?
    • Grey’s Anatomy! Can’t get enough of it 🙂
  • Movie?
    • Herbie: Fully Loaded.
  • Class?
    • Math-it’s not my best subject, but I enjoy the challenge!
  • Color?
    • Teal.
  • Thing to do outside of the library?
    • Sleep!

What do you plan on doing when you finish your internship?

I’ll be starting my junior year at Morton West, and I plan to continue coming to the library as a patron and volunteer!

What is your favorite memory at the library so far?

I loved the PLA Inclusive Internship Initiative orientation in Washington D.C.! It was great to meet other interns from across the country, and I loved seeing all the sights in D.C.

 

Don’t forget to say hi to Emilia when you’re in the library next! We’ve been so lucky to have her help this summer with programs, library services, and more, and we’re going to miss having her around!

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