Silent Alarm by Jennifer Banash | Book Review #77

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‘Alys’s whole world was comprised of the history project that was due, her upcoming violin audition, being held tightly in the arms of her boyfriend, Ben, and laughing with her bestriend, Delilah. At least it was–until she found herself on the wrong end of a shotgun in the school library. Her suburban high school had become one of those places you hear about on the news–a place where some disaffected youth decided to end it all and take as many of his teachers and classmates with him as he could. Except in this story, that youth was Alys’s own brother, Luke. He killed fifteen others and himself, but spared her–though she’ll never know why.

Alys’s downward spiral begins instantly, and there seems to be no bottom. A heartbreaking and beautifully told story.’

So right off the bat, we know what this book is about. But we don’t know the why of this story. Already this is a tough subject to have in a book, let alone write about it.. Continue reading

Library Reads | #2

Here I document (in my own way) what I get out form the library and what my thoughts are about the books, before I actually read the books.

Lets see what I have out from the library now, shall we? I currently have out:

The Brilliant Light of Amber Sunrise by Matthew Crow
I requested this book from the library purely because I saw a picture of the book spine here on tumblr and thought it was really pretty. When I got the book though, there was a quotes on the back of the book that really sets the theme for the book. Here’s the quote: “’Do you know about the best thing about the stars?’ ‘What?’ ‘They’re all dead, but we can still see them. When we look up it’s like we’re looking at a million different memories, a million different versions of something that used to be. That’s not romantic, either; it’s just science.’ ‘It’s a bit romantic,’ I tried to argue. ‘No, it’s not,’ she said, ‘It’s real, and that’s what’s important.’” That just really set the tone of the book for me, so I’m really excited to read this novel. Continue reading