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Five Of My Favorite Books – Must Reads for Any Teen

Samarah Peters, Freshman Liason

Reading, a way to escape from everyone and imagine yourself in other places, or relate to characters that feel closer to you than most people. Today I will be telling you about my top five favorite books for the #loveofreadingweek, and hopefully you may like them too!

One Crazy Summer – A historical fiction by Rita Williams-Garcia, One Crazy Summer is my all-time favorite. The book deals with racism and how important a mother figure could be in a child’s life.  Winning multiple awards, the book is a mixture of feelings and leaves you begging for more. It is really realistic and shows the life of a black, poor, hurt mother and her three children she’s run away from. The main character, Delphine is around 12 to 13 years old, already knowing how to feed, wash, and take care of herself all on her own, mostly because she practically raised herself and she is the most relatable character. I love this story and I highly recommend it.

Oliver Twist – A novel by Charles Dickens, this book is one of my favorites. Oliver Twist, who’s name is chosen because all the kids at the adoption place need to have names that correspond with their alphabetical designations (his being OT), is a strong, kind, warm-hearted angel who just needs the most in life. His mother died giving birth to him and the orphanage he was sent to was evil and used the children for labor and beat them. One of the characters was locked out in a garden for days without food and water and basically looked like a twig. Luckily, Oliver was not that sickly. Oliver’s whole story started when he asked for more food from a dare and got locked in a room and beaten for . The book shows how good things can happen if you just be nice and tell the truth, and it becomes a dark twisted, suicidal story of how dark one person’s past can be and why no-one should ‘read a book by its cover.’

The Giving Tree – a children’s story by Shel Silverstein is one extremely deep book about a tree and a little boy who ‘grow’ up together. The little boy plays with the tree and hugs the tree, eats the apples, climbs it, carves it, swings on it, hides from it, finally starts not being able to do it, or not wanting to do it, not wanting it, but he comes back to it. The story is very heart-breaking, yet warming. I feel like it shows when people love someone, they’ll do anything for that person, even if it hurts them, but probably one of the most simplest things to do is just be near someone, and just show them that you are with them through whatever happens.

Sharp Objects – a story by Gillian Flynn which goes through the dark, disturbing turns of murders happening in her hometown. Camille Preaker, the main character of the story who happens to be a journalist, reports the several murders, but as the saying goes: “Snitches get stitches.” Pretty simple – if you like murder/mystery, this story will be perfect for you. It keeps you on your toes and makes you want to get up in the middle of the night to make sure your doors are locked. It’s a New York Times Bestseller, and the same story by the author who wrote Gone Girl. The story is addicting and it is very fun to read.

IT – Stephen King’s bestseller at the moment, this book is now one of the most popular movies, but the book is so long, it is taking a very long time to finish. I do not want to spoil what I have read and I have not read that much, but the detail in it is fabulous and I just adore it so much. The book is scary, intense, relatable in some ways and if you loved the movie… you’ll love the book. https:

Thank you for reading and hopefully you find a interest in any of these books are you like them too!

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