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     Raising the middle finger to someone in American society is seen as an offensive way to display emotions. Despite the offensiveness, the middle finger is often wielded towards other people without much thought. But how does it feel to be on the receiving end of the middle finger?  That topic is...
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     When tragedy strikes true friendships are formed, even in the least expected places. This is true in the case of Renée and Flo. The two went to school for years, but suddenly they find themselves drawn to each other. Unfortunately, there is a block in their way- Sally. Renée’s supposed best ...
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     During the summer of 1963, JJ Green decides to take her destiny into her own hands. Encouraged by her parents to find a summer job, preferably at the family lawyer’s firm, she defies her parents by going against their wishes. As she follows her dreams, she finds herself in an intern position i...
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    What happens when you are a teenager and find yourself in hospice? This is the storyline behind Somebody Up There Hates You by Hollis Seamon. The novel focuses on Richard who is a typical teenage boy, only he is destined to die. Knowing his fate, Richard decides to live each of his last days to th...
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    Mackenna Reid left behind the fairytale land of Doon for her love of theater. But when her Calling arrives in the form the Doonian prince she left on the bridge- Duncan- she begins to have her doubts. By telling Mackenna that her best friend Veronica, who is Queen of Doon, needs her help to fight an...
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    Earning a full-ride to Mills College for Girls seems to be the best thing that has ever happened to Sarah… until her heart falls in love making her doubt her decision. When she first met Mr. Haddings, Sarah had no idea how much he would change her future, making her consider his school UW as a pro...
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    What do three women from different time periods have in common? Their blood that defines who they are-whether they know it or not. In The Secret Daughter of the Tsar, by first-time debut novelist Jennifer Laam, three different perspectives are explored. Veronica is a struggling professor of Russian ...
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    With humans on the brink of extinction, Tania Deeley has been told she is a rarity- a human child. As a substitute for children, a company called Oxted Corporation has created tekenoids which are robot human children. But the problem is on the tekenoid’s eighteenth birthday, Oxted recalls their m...
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    The blue butterflies seem to be following her wherever she goes, but what does the sudden appearance mean? For Gloria, the butterflies appear as she leaves her hometown and departs for a summer at a prestigious “geek camp.” After losing her grandmother, Gloria vows to make the most out of her s...
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    Love- an emotion so powerful that cannot be denied. Unlike a light switch, people cannot choose who to fall in love with as the heart desires whoever it wants. For Farrin, a girl from a wealthy family in Tehran, Iran, is struggling with her love life. She had learned to live a low-key life, fear of ...
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    One who dreamed of the job. One who needed the community service. One who wanted to prove himself to others. What happens when three individuals are tied together by fate? Each had their own motivations for joining the Search and Rescue but no one signed up to be part of a murder investigation. Th...
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    Love, fashion, and kidnappings. Which one does not belong? Kidnappings would be the obvious choice, yet the theme finds its way side-by-side with the others in Blonde Ops. A trouble-child due to her computer expertise, lands sixteen-year old Bec a one-way ticket to Rome to intern at one of the worl...
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    Facing the unknown is scary for anyone. But what happens if the one factor known suddenly vanishes? This is how Lynn feels in Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis after losing her security. Left on her own to the knowledge she has, she begins to learn that there is much more out there in the unknow...
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    With the summer heat beating down on the Earth, most people head to the beach to escape without second thoughts, unless that is- Francesca Snell in The Summer of Letting Go by Gae Polisner. For her, the beach used to hold fond memories until one day when she looked the other way and her life changed...
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    In Lauren Oliver's recent novel, Panic, the idea behind the game is fear. Fear paralyzes the body during most of the challenges, but the motivation for each player to keep going is the payout of $67,000. Set in the small town of Carp, the novel takes place ­during the summer where one thread keep...
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    Numbers count. Contrary to popular belief, Numbers count, As they make up you and me. One, two, three, four, This number makes up my life. Five, six, seven, eight, How can I improve my score? Nine, ten, eleven, twelve, Don’t even bother, It’s too late. That number on a scale, Tha...
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    Just like everybody else, you assume your voice is important, and that’s how 15 year old Mike felt until one devastating day. When his Father is suddenly taken from his life, Mike thinks his only problem would be to cope with his death, but he was wrong. Instead, he finds himself in court- fightin...
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    “Why do we write fiction?” Professor Piper asked. “To leave our mark. To create something that can outlive us” (22). Just like in the dialogue seen in Cather’s fiction writing class, Rainbow Rowell wrote this revolutionary book to leave a mark, as it is something many people experienc...
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    “You’re very disturbed,” he said (256). Similar to the dialogue found within the novel- The Walking Dark, the novel is a bit disturbing at first to the reader so this is your fair warning now. The novel, I would classify, as Gothic literature as it has the aspects of the genre: allusions to t...
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    As I reached for the book, the beautiful face on the cover truly enthralled me and made me want to read it even more than before. What book cover was it? It was Ink by Amanda Sun. How would I describe this book in one word? Ink-credible (*audience laughs at my crafty pun*). On a more serious note...
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    “What do you want to be when you grow up?” is a common question among adults to children, the future generation of the country. It seems there is a high-level answer these adults and also fellow students expect, otherwise it is frowned upon. When I replied to the question, I did so without tho...
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    How does one fight authority when one is not a solider? Some might say that one cannot fight as guns win the war, but that is not the case for Patrick Henry, who chooses a different path to help his side, the Patriots, win the war. Henry poses the question when the Revolutionary War against Britain ...
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    Sometimes two worlds can collide by accident, but end up so perfectly as if meant to be. This is the case when Eleanor meets Park in Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell. The novel takes place in 1986 in a small community, and school full of cliques, just like today’s society. The story alternates...
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    There is nothing you can do but wait. When you have the information, but cannot do anything about it, all you can do is wait it out patiently. As the storm begins to amplify its strength, you can only sit there and watch. You begin to hear the wind whistling, blowing anything it’s in path. Next, y...
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    Smart: Having or showing quick-witted intelligence. That’s how anyone in my school would describe me; few even know me beyond that one adjective. That girl who was salutatorian in eighth grade and in all those honor classes, yes that is me. But that’s not the real me. To me, I’m not smart-I...

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