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June 06, 2012

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Happyface by Stephen Emond

Reviewed by Annalore

Have you ever completely changed your personality? In the book Happyface by Stephen Emond, the main character, whose real name remains unknown throughout the whole book, moves and changes into a completely different person. He creates a new personality as Happyface, the nickname he earns at his new school. He becomes a new, popular and smiley person, the exact opposite of the nerd he was before. Since the book is his journal, you can see exactly what he's thinking. He also draws pictures to go along with the story, which is really interesting. The characters in this book seem very real, making you want the best to happen for them while the book completely surprises you with twists you did not expect. This book also creates a certain attachment for the characters which makes it very upsetting when something bad happens to them. The setting of the story and how he gets to where he is a bit questionable, though. All in all, it was a really great book, that is funny and sad at the same time.

Sleepaway Girls by Jen Calonita

Reviewed by Annalore

Sleepaway Girls by Jen Calonita is a really predictable book. Sam goes to summer camp for the first time to be a Counselor In Training and it isn't exactly what she was expecting. She went to summer camp because she needed some change, and her best friend got a boyfriend, making Sam the third wheel. Her summer is not uneventful because she get stuck with the queen bee of the camp, Ashley, who feels threatened by Sam so she feels it's necessary to try to make her summer and bad as possible. Sam also has some boy troubles, in the typical love triangle form. Almost everything in this book was predictable, making it very boring at some points. Even though you could tell what was going to happen before it did, but it was still a fun book to read. The characters were a little unrealistic and monotone and there was minimal character development throughout the story. This book was a fun and quick read, but was sometimes boring and not very exciting.

Posted by Arlo at June 6, 2012 05:30 PM