Reading Reflections

7th Grade Book Reflections For LA

Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief

Author: Rick Riordan

Pages: 375

Honestly, at the beginning of the book, I wasn't engaged at all. I actually didn't want to keep reading it, but my friend who suggested the book to me told me it doesn't get interesting 'til around page 300. The main conflict in the book is someone has stolen Zeus's lightning bolt and now Zeus and Poseidon are fighting 'cause Zeus thinks Poseidon stole it. Page. 134 "'Poseidon and Zeus,' I said. 'They're fighting over something valuable . . . something that was stolen, aren't they?'". Page 135 "'Zeus's master bolt,' Chiron said,". Now Percy has to deal with it. When I finished reading this book, I was glad my friend told me to keep reading because it was the best book I've ever read and still today I haven't found a book better than it. After reading this book, I actually started to like reading. I think the author intended for this book to be for an audience around 9-13, but it's actually a book I think everyone of any age would enjoy. In the end, this was one of the best books I have ever read and I'm glad I read it.

Hyperbole And A Half

Author: Allie Brosh

Pages: 378

Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh was a overall fantastic book. This book feature mini stories of funny things that have happened in her life time. My favorite story in this book is "The Parrot". When Allie Brosh says, "The toy parrot was given to us by a family friend who either didn't understand children or hated my parents." This shows foreshadowing that something bad is going to happen. Also when Allie Brosh says, Imagine a grizzly bear. Now imagine that by some accident of nature, the bear sprouts wings and learns how to use a flame thrower. That would be a really unfair thing to have happen. Bears are already powerful enough without those things." she uses Hyperbole to state her point. In addition when Allie Brosh says, "We began abusing the parrot's capabilities almost immediately." This is another hint of foreshadowing. Overall, I loved this book and I would recommend it to anyone.

Divergent

Author: Veronica Roth

Pages: 475

At first, I really liked this book. Although, it had a few flaws, like how does a normal human only fit into one out of five personality types? Besides that, it was well written and seemed like it was going somewhere. Then, at around chapter twenty-six, I started to realize it was just some cheesy love story. For example, in chapter 26, Roth writes, "But he takes my face in his hands, his fingers strong against my skin, and kisses me again, firmer this time, more certain. I wrap an arm around him, sliding my hand up his neck and into his short hair." I mean, I like romance in books but this is just so cheesy. I came to find out that being a "divergent" is really nothing special at all except from somehow being able to magically control the simulations when "normal" people can't. And lastly, the ending is straight up weak. All of that set aside, it was a pretty good book. I would recommend this to a teen audience for the fact that it does contain violence and it goes back and forth between good and bad messages for younger readers.