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Lightning Book Reviews - Escape to Everywhere

Name: Vikki Riquelme

Title: Catcher in the Rye

Author: J.D. Salinger

This novel has a first person narrative voice: the protagonist, Holden Caulfield. The language is very inclusive to the reader and very personal, which makes you very attached and concerned for the character, allowing you to escape into the world that is Holden's life.

Name: Jessica Yip

Title: The Diary of a Young Girl

Author: Anne Frank

An entertaining and yet compelling autobiography recounting the life of a young 14 year old girl’s life in constant hiding during the war, her battles and obstacles to overcome.

Name: Yvonne Mudliar

Title: Sherlock Holmes – The Valley of Fear

Author: Arthur Conan Doyle

The writing style was immersive and took me to old London, to help solve crimes with a brilliant detective and his army doctor friend.

Name: Angelika

Title: Noughts and Crosses

Author: Malorie Blackman

This book helped me to escape because….

It brought me to the time where racial discrimination was big. It answered the thought in my mind “what if the roles were reversed?” It showed two different perspectives when the races were swapped. This made me feel like I was in the novel witnessing everything that happened.

Name: Danielle Haj Moussa

Title: The Great Gatsby

Author: F Scott Fitzgerald

This is immersive, astounding   and remarkable reading… I feel like I am transported to the eccentric era of the 1920’s a classic – unforgettable..

Name: Marina Bebawi

Title: Maze Runner

Author: James Dashner

This adventure story is very mysterious and puzzling, and a story that I felt like I was in and journeying with the characters. I felt [I was] in the story. I forgot about the real world helping me to escape. *****5 stars

Title: The Dream Thieves

Author: Maggie Stiefvater

This book transported me into a world of psychics, monsters & ghosts….it all somehow made sense. Now I own a tarot deck & pretend to know the future! Thanks Maggie.

Name: Georgia Tsamardos

Title: The Book Thief

Author: Marcus Zusak

This book addressed a struggling moment in history & followed the journey of the characters & death itself. It made me think about courage & gave me great perspective.

Name: Miguel Campos

Title: Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone

Author: J K Rowling

This book expanded & challenged my imagination to consider a world where magic & intriguing capabilities could be real. It provoked me to consider how I would respond in the situations Harry faced.

Name: Angelina Wishalim

Title: The Maze Runner

Author: James Dashner

The connections you make with the characters makes the reader feel what the characters are feeling, to go through what they have been through. Empathy travels through the book. The characters are not the only thing that helps me escape, the world it is set in helps me travel to another & encourages to live through and with them.

Name: Keshia Ambosta

Title: Noughts and Crosses

Author: Malorie Blackman

This book made me more aware on the racial disagreements that have or are still currently accruing in the world. Therefore it takes me back to the past when racial discrimination was common and normal during this time.

Name: Natalia Stewart

Title: What I Saw

Author: Beck Nicholas

The plot line and characters make you feel as though you are part of the story. The novel makes you feel many different emotions as you anticipate what will happen next and how it will affect the characters. You escape from reality as the novel entices you to just keep on reading without focusing on anything else.

Name: Amber Capitani

Title: Room

Author: Emma Donoghue

This book enabled me to appreciate the world we live in, as well as the freedom that we are fortunate enough to have.

Name: Jessica Dizon

Title: Girl Online

Author: Zoe Sugg

This book helped me to explore places in my imagination that wouldn’t have been possible in real life at that moment, like different places and countries. It also let me see the world from a different perspective than my own.

Name: Janina Pacis

Title: Paper Towns

Author: John Green

Margo’s escape allowed me to live vicariously through her. Margo made me realize that you’re free to do whatever you want and believe whatever you want to believe…

Name: Nicolas Tari

Title: Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Author: Jeff Kinney

It’s a must read novel filled with mishap & fun. Easily relatable for kids of all ages. This could possibly be the best of our generation.

Name: Emma Reedy

Title: The Girl on the Train

Author: Paula Hawkins

This was a thrilling murder mystery which continued to leave me with questions and theories about who was responsible. The novel had many exciting twists and turns that caught me off guard while reading but overall, a good novel that had an interesting storyline and characters.

Name: Mahima Kumar

Title: Let It Snow

Author:  John Green

This is a collection of three romantic novels allowed me to go on three completely different journeys filled with adventures during the time of Christmas. Different perspectives of characters produced a wide range of emotion within me as well as creating a calm atmosphere in order to escape.

Name: Vanessa Wishalim

Title: The Catcher In The Rye

Author: J D Salinger

This book helped me to escape because….

This novel held a character, Holden that I identified with on many levels, specifically with his feeling of a lost sense of identity. Due to this I as able to establish a thorough connection to him as a friend, instead of just a fictional tool. The “Catcher in the Rye” was a reflection of myself and the world I live in and though it isn’t a story of fantasy, magic and dragons, it was a story of a lost boy trying to survive his life and live how he wants without the overbearing restrictions of society, something we “millennials” are far too familiar with.

Name: Katie Bermingham

Title: The Eye of Minds

Author: James Dashner

This is a tale of adventure that travels through the world of virtual reality. It helped me escape into an unbreakable trance of pure interest.

Title: In Order to Live

Author: Yeomi Park

This book  directed my imagination to the laborious hardships in North Korea. Under the brain washing of the regime, it put the rights and freedom I have into perspective and makes me feel privileged.

Name: Ivy Malschafsky

Title: The Hobbit

Author: J R R Tolkien

This book shows how unexpected adventures can result in an amazing experience and how to get out of a comfortable life and change.

Name: Sandra Afrim

Title: Henderson Boys – Grey Wolves

Author: Robert  Muchamore

This book allowed me to understand how undercover agents worked and how people in WWII felt and how they were treaded. It helped me escape to the second world war, feel as if I was there, escaping from the enemy and sabotaging them.

Name: Lauren Jong

Title: Ruby Redfort

Author: Lauren Child

The thrill of the mysteries portrayed throughout the series help me to visualize the situation and enabled me to escape and is entertaining.

Name: Thalia Jong

Title: Another Forgotten Child

Author: Cathy Glass

This book helped me realized that  there are other young children in the world that are being neglected, isolated and  abused struggling to reach out for help and recover from a disturbed childhood at a young age.

Name: Channel Khammo

Title: Girl Online

Author: Zoe Sugg

This book helped me to escape because….

It made me feel many emotions. The book was written so well that it felt real. It was like being on a rollercoaster when reading this book, one minute I’m happy and the next I’m sad.

Name: Angelina Romeo

Title: Paper Towns

Author: John Green

Paper Towns is a captivating example of how friendship can be the light in the dark…

Name: Fiona Nguyen

Title: Harry Potter Series

Author: J K Rowling

This is a perfect combination of fantasy and reality. It will have you hooked on all the adventures. In short it’s absolutely magical. 

Title: The Silent Invasion

Author: James Bradley

This book helped me to escape to nother world, where something is destroying the human population. This novel is a captivating and heart warming  tale that will engage you until the end.

Name: Joy Elias

Title: Pride and Prejudice

Author: Jane Austen

This 1800’s magical adventure helped me to escape because it allowed me to venture into a world of comedy, romance and drama in a way I’d never experienced before.

Name: Erin Andrew

Title: If We Were Villains

Author: M L Rio

This book allowed me to enter into the world of Shakespeare through the eyes of an aspiring actor, who in reality was caught in a Shakespearean drama of his own.

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