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Sense and Sensibility
by Jane Austen
Sense and Sensibility, by Jane Austen, best known for her undisputed masterpiece Pride and Prejudice, like all Austen's work, shines with hilarious wit and breathtaking romance. The premise: Elinor, a young aristocrat, is in love with the handsome Edward (no, Edward isn't a vampire) who is seemingly unattainable. Unfortunately, the book is flawed with the frustrating aspect of Austen's style: her old-fashioned storytelling. Nowhere is it more annoying than at the very end. (Major spoiler alert.) "...about three hours after his arrival, he had secured his lady..." That is how we discover, after anticipating it since chapter three; Elinor has obtained the love of Edward! Hmmm… does that seem a bit underdone and anticlimactic to you? (End of spoiler alert.) However, the book is thoroughly entertaining. It's exceptionally funny (My mother says I laughed out-loud when I read it a lot.) One finds it easy to sympathize with the characters. One may even find it relevant to one's own life: after all, who hasn't felt heartache after a shattered romance with a man or woman? Or fallen in love only to discover that the one you feel passion for can never be won? Can any of us honestly say we have never been in the same situation as the protagonists of this story? Other books by Jane Austen: Mansfield Park, Emma, Pride and Prejudice, Persuasion.
by Bethany Haimlton
This book was truly inspiring. It showed that you can do anything. it was written differently than other books. it just seemed much different. It is a really great book. It talks about Bethany and her experience with her shark attack in Kauai and how she dealt with losing her left arm. I recommend this book to anyone. I do not recommend to kids under 10.
The Year of the Hangman
by Gary Blackwood
The Year of the Hangman is a great book full of twists and turns. The year is 1777. The British have won the Revolutionary War and the patriots have gone into hiding. Fifteen year old Creighton is taken from his home in Britain and forced to go to Colonial America where he becomes friends with Benjamin Franklin and general Arnold. He tries to help the Patriots fight back against his own people. If you have any interest in History, action, or good books you will like this book. Seriously, read this book. You will enjoy it.