Are you looking for something to read over the Easter break, well look no further because there are some great new books in the Learning Commons:
Molly’s Game by Molly Bloom
They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera
Famous Last Words by Katie Alender
Gemina by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Fallout by Nikki Tate
Rock Star by Adrian Chamberlain
Alien Invasion by Israel Keats
Zephyr Conspiracy by Israel Keats
Josie’s friend Amanda is missing. But because she’s a runaway with a history of drug use and other risky behavior, no one seems to care. Clem, the owner of the community kitchen in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside where Josie works in exchange for food, advises her to just leave well enough alone. Then a young man whose friend is also missing asks her for help. Josie learns that she, along with the other teens who helped her bring down the cop responsible for the death of her entire family, is becoming known on the street as a person who makes sure justice is done. When the battered bodies of homeless teens start filling the city’s morgue, Josie and Team Retribution suspect a connection to their missing friends and begin investigating. They discover an underground fight club where at-risk youth are being forced to fight and even kill each other for sport. Josie is captured and may have to enter the ring herself to save her friends.
This is an action packed, fast moving book based on the streets of Vancouver giving a glimpse into the lives of its street people. You see the hopelessness of the lives of the runaways who live there and how they are drawn into bad situations. It also shows how friendships can be made and the lengths people will go to to help their friends. I enjoyed this book as it was action packed and a quick read. I was disappointed in the end as it leaves you hanging, not really sure what has happened to resolve the situation. I also found it strange in the beginning when the murder of Josie’s family is brought up as it doesn’t add to this book and must have been written in just to draw the reader’s curiosity enough to read the book that does deal with that topic.
Sixteen-year-old Solomon is agoraphobic. He hasn’t left the house in three years, which is fine by him.
Ambitious Lisa desperately wants to get into the second-best psychology program for college (she’s being realistic). But is ambition alone enough to get her in?
Determined to “fix” Sol, Lisa steps into his world, along with her charming boyfriend, Clark, and soon the three form an unexpected bond. But, as Lisa learns more about Sol and he and Clark grow closer and closer, the walls they’ve built around themselves start to collapse and their friendships threaten to do the same.
I really had no idea what to expect when I started to read this book. It is a story that shows what true friendship can do for people and how important it is to be honest with your friends. It was a short book and I quite enjoyed it. There are quite a few Star Trek references that would definitely make more sense to Trekkie people but even if, like me, you aren’t a Trekkie it is easy to understand. The book depicts an “easy” fix to mental illness but does acknowledge that this really isn’t the case and the right treatment is needed and may take many years. It also acknowledges that people with mental illness are people too and should be treated as such.
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