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Review for Double Identity, by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Molly O’Callaghan


Mrs.Levesque


English Language Arts A


October 28, 2013


Double Identity by Margaret Peterson Haddix



Double Identity by Margaret Peterson Haddix was definitely an unsatisfying book for me. Its title and cover struck me as adventurous and a great read but inside it was very dull. Take the main character. Her name is Bethany and wasn’t a very interesting person to have the book centering around. She has long hair and glasses and doesn’t have any character traits that really stand out. It doesn’t help that she is in a gloomy town where she went to live right in the start of the book. Although I did like some of the things she did in the town. Such as going to the Y and fast food restaurants. That was one of the few positives in the book because I could relate to it. The beginning however lacks shine and is lackluster with no hook. The real adventure doesn’t start until about a quarter-way through. This is when Beth finds out she has a late twin “sister” Elizabeth and that’s why her parents dropped her off at an aunt’s house she never heard about. The book drags on about how she researches a man who has something to do with her father and Elizabeth. She eventually finds out she is a clone of Elizabeth and the ending doesn’t give much detail about what happens next. It sure wasn’t a good book for me but I would perhaps recommend it to a young reader in about 5-7th grade who likes futuristic books that are short. The author’s style is decent though witch was one of the reasons that I read it all the way through. If you’re not like me and are interested in books like this like this I would recommend the shadow children series also by Margaret Peterson Haddix. It’s a little slower pace but still a good series for a wide range of readers.


Molly O’Callaghan


Mrs.Levesque


English Language Arts A


October 28, 2013


Double Identity by Margaret Peterson Haddix



Double Identity by Margaret Peterson Haddix was definitely an unsatisfying book for me. Its title and cover struck me as adventurous and a great read but inside it was very dull. Take the main character. Her name is Bethany and wasn’t a very interesting person to have the book centering around. She has long hair and glasses and doesn’t have any character traits that really stand out. It doesn’t help that she is in a gloomy town where she went to live right in the start of the book. Although I did like some of the things she did in the town. Such as going to the Y and fast food restaurants. That was one of the few positives in the book because I could relate to it. The beginning however lacks shine and is lackluster with no hook. The real adventure doesn’t start until about a quarter-way through. This is when Beth finds out she has a late twin “sister” Elizabeth and that’s why her parents dropped her off at an aunt’s house she never heard about. The book drags on about how she researches a man who has something to do with her father and Elizabeth. She eventually finds out she is a clone of Elizabeth and the ending doesn’t give much detail about what happens next. It sure wasn’t a good book for me but I would perhaps recommend it to a young reader in about 5-7th grade who likes futuristic books that are short. The author’s style is decent though witch was one of the reasons that I read it all the way through. If you’re not like me and are interested in books like this like this I would recommend the shadow children series also by Margaret Peterson Haddix. It’s a little slower pace but still a good series for a wide range of readers.


Review for The 5th wave, by Rick Yancey

Hallie west


Ms. Levesque


English language arts A


October 28, 2013


The 5th Wave, by Rick Yancey



In Rick Yancey’s the 5th wave, Cassie (Cassiopeia) the main character, a 16 year old, is left to fight for herself, alone in an alien invaded world. They have been watching the planet for billions of years and have finally made their move to take over. They create total earth destruction, coming in 5 different waves of ways, such as first the power shutting off, followed by silencers and the bird disease. Cassie comes to think she is the last person on the earth. When Cassie’s mom dies during the third wave Cassie, and what is left of the people she loves, go out to find safety and other people. They find what they think is a safe place and there, her dad is killed and her brother taken on a school bus to a military air base supposedly turning the last of the human race in to an army to fight the aliens. This leads her to find her last bit of family alive, and a boy who loves her, but is he who and what she thinks he is… This book is good for grades 6-9, and very hard to stop once you start. It is both thrilling and chilling and there are many secrets that are kept well hidden. I really liked the way that rick Yancey wrote from Cassie’s point of view because it makes what is happening in the story a lot more clear and you can almost feel her emotions towards her family, friends and her little brother… The 5th wave is really easy to connect to even though it is not a real life situation. Cassie is a strong character with a strong personality and her point of view makes you want to read more. This story of love, strength, courage and strong determination is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat.


Hallie west


Ms. Levesque


English language arts A


October 28, 2013


The 5th Wave, by Rick Yancey



In Rick Yancey’s the 5th wave, Cassie (Cassiopeia) the main character, a 16 year old, is left to fight for herself, alone in an alien invaded world. They have been watching the planet for billions of years and have finally made their move to take over. They create total earth destruction, coming in 5 different waves of ways, such as first the power shutting off, followed by silencers and the bird disease. Cassie comes to think she is the last person on the earth. When Cassie’s mom dies during the third wave Cassie, and what is left of the people she loves, go out to find safety and other people. They find what they think is a safe place and there, her dad is killed and her brother taken on a school bus to a military air base supposedly turning the last of the human race in to an army to fight the aliens. This leads her to find her last bit of family alive, and a boy who loves her, but is he who and what she thinks he is… This book is good for grades 6-9, and very hard to stop once you start. It is both thrilling and chilling and there are many secrets that are kept well hidden. I really liked the way that rick Yancey wrote from Cassie’s point of view because it makes what is happening in the story a lot more clear and you can almost feel her emotions towards her family, friends and her little brother… The 5th wave is really easy to connect to even though it is not a real life situation. Cassie is a strong character with a strong personality and her point of view makes you want to read more. This story of love, strength, courage and strong determination is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat.


Review for Matched, by Ally Condie

Katelynn Castillo


Mrs. Levesque


English Language Arts A


October 28, 2013


Review Of Matched by Ally Condie


Matched is the first book out of the entire trilogy. In my opinion Matched, by Ally Condie, was a really entertaining story about a love triangle between Cassia Reyes, Xander Carrow, and Ky Markham. Cassia just got her match but sees someone else’s face on her micro card and starts to fall for him little by little throughout the story. I recommend this book from grades 7th-10th grade. Overall, this book is not inappropriate for younger than 7th but some kids under this grade might not enjoy it as much since they couldn’t relate to the age of the character. It’s based on a dystopian society in the city of Oria where they choose when you die, who your match is, and what your occupation is. I liked how the book got faster in pace as you went along throughout the story and gets more mysterious along the way. I disliked how they jumped right into Cassia’s Match Ceremony before introducing you to the character’s personality and the setting. This book is kind of related Divergent and The Hunger Games with the love and heartbreak between characters. It also has the suspenseful endings where you really want to read the next book. The author does a really good job at describing experiences that Cassia is going through and what she is feeling through them. Ally Condie describes really well how Cassia feels between the boys she is falling in love with and the struggles of her decisions between choosing one of them. Be aware that this book ends in a sad note but it ends in a happily at the end of the trilogy. Overall this is a really good book that I would recommend for everyone.


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