Tuesday, January 1, 2019

ARC Review: XL


ARC Review: XL

The advanced reader copy, XL, by Scott Brown, is a novel I definitely recommend reading.  The novel tells the story of a teenager, Will Daugherty, who is slightly below five feet tall.  Will is really jealous of his stepbrother Drew, who is 6’3, and their friend Monica, who is 5’10.  Will secretly loved Monica, but he is very self-conscious about his height, so he has no confidence in himself.  But then Will starts to grow, and it happens really fast.  There is a whole lot of drama and multiple twists and turns throughout the story.  I recommend this book to any teenager and up, for it has some romance in it.  As the story goes on, it tends to keeps getting better and better.  Many important and surprising questions are answered, and the outcomes are unbelievably shocking!  The story is based on a scenario a lot of teenagers dealt with, sometime in their life, which is feeling self-conscious.  I would rate XL a 9.5/10, because of how well the story was a plot out.

Title: XLAuthor: Scott BrownPublisher: Randon House Children's BooksReviewed By: John V. 

ARC Review: City of Ghosts


ARC Review: City of Ghosts 

 I read the book City Of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab. A teenage girl who usually spends the majority of her summer break at the beach in New York City, ends up having her plans changed by her parents. The family decides to take their trip to Scotland. Cass’s parents are filming a documentary about ghosts in Edinburgh, Scotland. The history and mystery of Edinburgh is haunting. Literally.
Cass has a best friend who is a ghost. His name is Jacob and Cass is the only one who can actually see him. Cass has a veil that can separate the living from the dead when she pulls it over her face. When Cass pulls the veil down over her face, she can enter the spirit world. Cass encounters many obstacles along her trip to Scotland. One of her many challenges is when she becomes trapped in the spirit world for a period of time.

I would recommend this book to anyone, but especially those who like paranormal activity and mystery.

Title: City of Ghosts
Author: Victoria Schwab
Publisher: Scholastic
Reviewed By: Joseph T. 

ARC Review: Grenade

ARC Review: Grenade 

The book Grenade by Alan Gratz is arguably the best book he has written so far, two hundred eighty eight pages of pure excitement and thrilling history of both Japan and America. Hideki, an Okinawan student was just forced to fight the battle of his life. As bombs explode on his school as he is only in fourth grade Hideki has to fight the battle of his life. In the middle of WWII, on the small island of Okinawa American naval ships are bombing anything they could on the island. Back then there were no rules of engagement so if an American saw a Japanese soldier they could shoot them. The Americans knew that there were not allied forces on the island so they had the green light to bomb it. That is exactly what they did. As the bombs were falling, Hideki graduated early into “The Blood and Iron Student Corps”. Their Sargent gave them to grenades, “one to kill an American soldier, and the other to kill yourself” Gratz added. Hideki was responsible to kill someone. Hideki did not know if he could do it, but at the same time, he did not want to lose his family, country, and most importantly his dignity during the war. “For every ten Americans is one Japanese soldier” their Sargent screamed as he sent them to fight.
Ray, is a rookie American soldier. This is his first battle, and very well could be his last. He did not know much, but he knew he would either live protecting his country, his childhood, his life or die to trying. Ray faces many challenges along the way but none compares to the biggest one of his life. As Ray and Hideki unknowingly cross paths, they realize they have a lot in common, and eventually run into a dangerous situation where both of their lives are at risk. One will perish and the other will rise and overcome other challenges they may face. Read the book to find out what will happen and how Ray and Hideki unknowingly form an unbreakable bond.

Title: Grenade
Author:Alan Gratz
Publisher: Scholastic
Reviewed By: Patrick M.

ARC Review: The Collector

The Collector

ARC Review: The Collector  

The Collector, by K.R. Alexandar, tells the story of siblings Josie and Annie are forced to move to their Grandmother’s house they begin to see bizarre things they hadn’t noticed in their previous visits. Grandma’s new set of rules being one of them, “Never leave your windows open after dark, No dolls in the house.” and “Never, ever go by the house in the woods”, these rules deeply unsettle them. That, however, isn’t the creepiest part, Grandma keeps mentioning a person, or thing, called Beryle. 

As Josie and her sister begin their enrollment in yet another year in school, they don’t make many friends. Except for one girl by the name of Vanessa, who is one the nicest people they had ever met. Vanessa invites them to her house, and under the pressure of not wanting to lose the only friendship they had, they follow her into the woods, the very woods their Grandmother forbade them from going into. As the story progresses these rules get broken, one by one, things soon escalate until Josie is faced with all of the consequences of her actions into one terrifying moment of shock and disbelief. 

The author writes it in a simplistic way that makes you want to read more by ending every chapter on a cliffhanger, for example, the end of chapter one “I swore I’d heard an old woman laughing.” He builds up suspense throughout the book as well, like when Annie brings home a doll from Vanessa, in fear Josie throws it out of the window, but it keeps coming back. I wouldn’t call it the greatest book of all time, but it is surely worth a read if you like horror, you could read this 217-page book in a day if you wanted to! There were some parts I didn’t expect, which was nice! 

Title: The Collector
Author: K.R. Alexander
Publisher: Scholastic
Reviewed By: Summer M.

ARC Review: More Than We Can Tell

More Than We Can Tell

ARC Review: More Than We Can Tell

More Than We Can Tell by Brigid Kemmerer brings the reader along for a crazy peek into the two characters lives: Emma Blue, and Reverend Fletcher. Emma Blue, a girl-gamer, has created her own online video game. She has many players, most of whom were very supportive of what she was doing, some of them were not. Nightmare, a not-so-friendly player, has started sending Emma harassing messages on the game. On top of this, Emma’s parents are constantly fighting. Emma’s only escape is to her game, until Nightmare takes her only safe place. When out one day, Emma meets Reverand Fletcher, who could turn out to be her new safe place to talk to. Reverend was adopted into a nice family, away from his abusive father. Until one day, when Reverend receives a letter from his birth father, who he hasn’t seen in a very long time. When Reverand and Emma meet, they are each other’s only support system. But as things start to pull them away from each other, will they be able to find their way back? Or will they veer off the path, and land in a lot of trouble? I would rate this book a 5 out of 5, because the author really engages you as the reader, and makes you feel as if you are with Emma or Reverend during the story. You can really see the real-life connection throughout this story. If you enjoy realistic fiction and interesting turns-of-events, you should definitely read this book!

Title: More Than We Can Tell
Author: Brigid Kemmerer
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Reviewed By: Eliazabeth Morgan

ARC Review: Estranged

ARC Review: Estranged


When I first picked up Estranged I thought it was going a quick read I would forget about and leave it. behind
Boy was I wrong. 

When I saw it was getting the sequel, I got really excited. The story starts off with The Childe who was swapped with the dominating species of the world below, the Fae, a species capable of wielding magic. Every so often they would switch a human child with one of theirs (called a changeling), just to have a human. There is peace in the world below before the evil sorceress Hawthorne comes and takes the throne. The human Childe goes to find his changeling, to save the world below.

My favorite character is probably Whick because of his design and how he acts around the other characters. He also feels right in place with the other things and creatures in the story. The way he is made and bound to the human Childe is very creative, instead of him being completely free-willed until part of the book shows them welting away the symbol that binds him. I would love to see more of Whick in the next book and possibly Hawthorne not being gone. 

Title: Estranged
Author: Ethan M. Aldridge
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Reviewed By: Harrison M.

ARC Review: The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein

The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein

ARC Review: The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein

In the late 1700s, Elizabeth Lavenza is an orphan being abused by her caregiver. One day she meets Victor Frankenstein and his family. Victor is troubled by his past and seems not to understand how to conduct himself in society, so his mother buys Elizabeth so that she can teach him. In Elizabeth’s present day, Victor has gone off to university leaving her alone with the remaining Frankensteins. He stopped sending letters and no longer made an effort to contact her or his family. Without Victor, Elizabeth is useless, so what’s to prevent the Frankensteins from selling her? Elizabeth takes an emergency trip to Ingolstadt to bring her love back, but what will happen when she starts to uncover what Victor was truly doing there?

The author is Kiersten White and it is a shorter novel compared to others I’ve read at 304 pages. I would recommend it to any Middle Grade or above reader who is interested in that time period and had read Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. This book is a retelling of Mary Shellys Frankenstein so having that information before heading into the book would be helpful. I give this book a rating of ⅘ stars. The plot is sound, and the writing is superb.

Title: The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein
Author: Kiersten White
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Reviewed By: Isabella L.

ARC Review: Lenny's Book of Everything

Lenny's Book of Everything

ARC Review: Lenny's Book of Everything

In my book, “Lenny's Book of Everything,” by Karen Foxlee, Lenny Spink and her little brother face many challenges in their own heads. Her brother, Davey, has a rare form of gigantism, and they are bullied because of it. To avoid the pain of others, they escape to the monthly installment of, “Build-It-at-Home Encyclopedia,” and soon find themselves lost in the fantasy. They adapt to this environment and it sounds become their life. For instance, Lenny vowed to become a beetle expert, and Davey wants to run away to Canada and build a log cabin. They start to pull themselves back to reality as Davey's disease gets worse. The story is about two very young children, leaving behind the real world, for an extremely imagined world, and using their bonds of siblingship, they escape the world, and grow up. 
I personally believe this is one of best books I have ever read, not only does it show, the true unbreakable bond between them, it inspired me to be more caring towards my sister. She is by no means the best sister at all, and I will not lie I am a bad brother, but I have been trying to be nicer. I view this try, as a priceless asset I have gained from this read, it is extremely important to be loving towards your sibling, and if you have the same problem as me, I consider reading this book. The plot is absolutely astonishing, as it unfolds you get to know Lenny and Davey, and it is too the point where you start to want to help them. You watch them detach themselves from society, and actually start to believe that these fantasy stories are real. It is kind of crazy to imagine people actually doing this, but they were still children and they grew up. Whilst you may see this as a goofball book with a goofball plot, the words cut deeper than a knife, and I truly believe this book is a masterpiece. I seriously recommend you read this, it tells of them fighting Davey's disease as it worsens, and how the hard truth is sometimes too hard to face, and therefore they turned to a fake believe world.
In conclusion, “Lenny's Book of Everything,” is an absolutely astonishing book, with an amazing plot, and a very well worded one too. It really teaches the read lessons whilst sharing a great story. In my opinion, the undying love between Lenny and Davey, make the book one of my favorites of all time and have taught me what I need to know to become a better person. Ultimately, you should definitely invest in the book, or check it out from your local library because this book is absolutely beautiful.  

Title: Lenny's Book of Everything
Author: Karen Foxlee
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Reviewed By: John L.

ARC Review: Watch You Burn

Watch You Burn

ARC Review: Watch You Burn

Watch You Burn by Amanda Searcy is about a young girl named Jenny. After a childhood tragedy, Jenny develops an obsession and a fear of fire. Jenny moves out of her home with her mom and her sister to move in with her father, to start her life over. Once she arrives, she gains four friends- Roe, Kara, Ben, and a stalker. Jenny’s stalker’s identity remains hidden as the deepest, darkest secrets from her past rise to the surface. After Kara’s murder, it is up to Jenny to uncover the identity of her stalker before she is killed next. 

My favorite part of this book is the ending because there is an unexpected, shocking twist that sums up the entire novel. My favorite character is Roe. She is one of the most well-written characters, with new layers of herself discovered as the book continues on. I believe that people, around our age (thirteen), both boys and girls, would like this book. This book is great for readers who enjoy suspense or thriller novels. 

Title: Watch You Burn
Author: Amanda Seacry
Publisher: Random House Children's Book
Reviewed By: Emma J. 

ARC Review: #Murdertrending


ARC Review: #Murdertrending

Before we begin I really just need to express my instant attraction and connection with this novel as soon as I began reading. The beginning just draws you in so quickly and makes you hungry for me, I ate this book up faster than I even expected to. The story is so thrilling and exciting that you just can’t wait for what will happen in the next chapter. I highly recommend you snag a copy of this book at any bookstore possible, trust me, you won’t regret it. Here’s just a quick insight on what great story you’ll get in the novel #Murdertrending by Gretchen Mcneil.

Dee is an ordinary girl living in the near future of our world, until she’s not. She’s been convicted of a first-degree murder that she didn’t commit, and now she has to pay. In the future, there’s an app documenting the executions of Alcatraz 2.0, a new prison that’s also, a death camp.
And that’s just where’s Dee is headed.
She wakes up hazed and distraught in a death machine of her own, but she’s not alone. A killer from the Postman is sent to execute her as soon as possible, and she has very little time. She runs off from her killer, defending herself with a small mirror, wearing a cartoonish Cinderella dress that her executioner fit her in.

In a quick turn of events, predator becomes prey.

Her executioner falls on his sword and is pierced through the stomach and bleeds out, quickly dying, all while Dee watches in terror. She quickly becomes trending on the app and is known as the #CinderellaSurvivor, but fame in Alcatraz 2.0 is the worst thing you can have. Soon, Dee will be sought after by almost every furious executioner in the camp and she has no way out...or does she?
Dee, along with her new found friends and partners will try to escape, try to prove their innocence and try to make it out of Alcatraz 2.0, but will they do it, dead or alive?

Title: #MurderTrending
Author: Gretchen Mcneil
Publisher: Freeform
Review By: Ava H.

ARC Review: We Say #Never Again

ARC Review: We Say #NeverAgain

We Say #NeverAgain: Reporting by the Parkland Student Journalists

In the novel, We Say #NeverAgain it goes deeper into the story the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The story is told from the point of view of the teachers and the students. After the shooting, the students are told by their teacher to do a report on the vigil that is going to be held for the students and teachers who lost their lives. Once the students start to do their reporting about the school shooting there are other reports are saying that they are only reporting for fame. The students are pushed into the spotlight to tell their story.

My favorite characters in the book are the students. The students are the light at the end of the tunnel. They are using their voices to spread awareness. They are shining the light on things that don’t don’t get that much attention. I also like how it is told from the point of view of the teachers and the students. The students had to be brave in order to share their stories. I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in stories that are told from different point of views. If you are like me and like to read things that are more about a tragedy and how to overcome them then you should read this book.

Title: We Say #NeverAgain
Editors: Melissa Falkowski & Eric Garner
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Review By: Tyaria H.

ARC Review: Rayne & Delilah's Midnite Matinee

Rayne & Delilah's Midnite Matinee

ARC Review: Rayne & Delilah's Midnite Matinee

Rayne and Delilah’s Midnite Matinee by Jeff Zentner brings the characters Josie and Delia to life. Josie and Delia are two best friends who co-host their own TV show called Midnite Matinee. When they record their show, they dress up as their on-screen personas, Rayne and Delilah. The two of them love the aspect of being on TV reviewing super low-budget horror movies, but have to deal with their own problems first. Their school lives are coming to an end, and Josie is torn. Her parents are encouraging her to take an internship to be on TV, but that would mean she would have to leave Delia and the show behind. While Josie is stuck between worlds, Delia is trying to find a lost one. Delia’s dad left her when she was young, and she wants to know why. She hires a private investigator to find her dad, and once she finds word of him, she’s hesitant to look for more.

Rayne and Delilah’s Midnite Matinee
by Jeff Zentner was such a good read, and I give it a rating of five stars. The characters of this book are very easy to relate to and very likable, you’ll fall in love with this book instantly. My favorite character from this book is Josie, and I can relate with her struggle of trying to figure out what to do after high school, or even just trying to figure out the future. I recommend this book to anybody who is looking for a good and interesting read.

Title: Rayne & Delilah's Midnite Matinee
Author: Jeff Zentner
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Review By: Danielle H.

ARC Review: Witch Born

ARC Review: Witch Born

The book Witch Born by Nicholas Bowling follows Alyce, the daughter of a witch, who’s been safely hidden away by her mother. When witch hunters come and kill her money, she is forced to run away from her home, with a letter from her mother that she’s supposed to deliver to a man named John Dee. She gets locked away in an insane asylum temporarily and meets a boy named Solomon while making her escape. He takes her to an inn, where she’s taken care of by the inn’s owner. She learns more about practicing witchcraft while searching for John Dee, along with the quest her mother left her. But she soon finds herself dipping into dangerous magic involving the dead.
My favorite character in this book is Alyce. She handles her situation well and she doesn’t give up on searching for her goal. She’s a mentally strong character, and she has some experience with witchcraft. She has a nice personality and is a relatable character. Though she makes some reckless decisions regarding dangerous witchcraft, she handles her other decisions well and recovers quickly from bad situations.I enjoyed reading this book because it has a great and interesting magic system and involves parts of actual history. The entire world, plot, and magic was very interesting. The author did a great job with the setting, too. It was very well written and it was an exciting read.

Title: Witch Born
Author: Nicholas Bowling
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc
Review By: Colette H.


ARC Review: Summer Bird Blue

ARC Review: Summer Bird Blue

Have you ever imagined losing someone who meant the world to you? In the book Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn  Bowman writes about the reality of Rumi the main character losing her best friend and sister in an unexpected car crash one day. After the crash Rumi was devastated as was her mom, Rumi blamed everything on her mom and decided not to talk to her as she was recovering from the traumatizing news. Rumi had no other parent figure other than her mom because her dad had left the family as soon as Leah, Rumi’s now dead sister was born. As her mom was trying to recover she made a poor choice and sent Rumi off to Hawaii for the summer so she could grieve alone. This idea made Rumi go crazy and the only emotion she ended up having was sadness she became antisocial through expressing these emotions. When Rumi was at Hawaii while her mom was grieving she met a variety of friends that picked her up when she was feeling down and that helped her get her mind off her sister's death. I recommend this book because it's well written realistic fiction story as well as it helps people realize that no one life is perfect. Additionally, every character has their differences and unique ways that their life is difficult for example in today’s society and those difference bring everyone together. Lastly, I recommend this book to everyone because the author does a great way of showing that even the hardest things in your life can be overcome although it may take time and may not be easy you can overcome anything.

Title: Summer Bird Blue
Author: Akemi Dawn Bowman
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Review By: Dana D.

ARC Review: Hey, Kiddo

ARC Review: Hey, Kiddo

Books are a line of communication with story to be told from the year 1345, to the magical lands of Hogwarts. Books have the power to transport you to new and different worlds. But the book Hey, Kiddo, transported me into the point of view of Jarrett Krosoczka. His life as a boy from when he was a kid, to graduation. His family life wasn’t too good either. He grew up up with his grandparents because his mom was a drug addict, in recovery for most of his childhood. This is what makes him grow up with trust issues, and have depression. At the same time the stories getting good it also,  touches upon sensitive topics such as depression and family life. Even though the book is a great read it helps you learn lessons, and learn from the author's mistake. The book illustrates the cause and effect of the people surrounding him to his own life. This book is at the cost of 6 dollars. If you asked me, that's a bargin for your money.

Review By: Anthony B,

I recently completed an advanced reader copy of Hey, Kiddo. It is an autobiographical graphic novel written and illustrated by Jarrett Krosoczka. Hey, Kiddo follows Jarrett from his birth and right up to his high school graduation. The novel demonstrates how Jarrett is able to overcome and mask the setbacks that were nearly completely out of his control. This novel does an excellent job at discussing very taboo topics such as parental separation and the effects that drug addiction not just has on you but also your family. Hey, Kiddo is more than your average graphic novel, it's more of an experience more akin to that of a major motion picture. With its rich storytelling and oddly creative plot driving Hey, Kiddo stands a novel that young and old can get themselves invested into. As soon as, Jarrett Krosoczka was born, his life was thrown into disarray. Even in his youth he knew that his mother was associating with some very suspicious people. With no father in sight, Jarrett’s mother is forced to raise him all on her own. But Jarrett isn’t her only burden, she was a crippling drug addict and her drugs seemed to control her life. Though soon, the rest of the Krosoczka family began to notice the problematic and dangerous environment young Jarrett was living in. So they take action and Jarrett came to live with his grandparents. Once this living situation change happens, Jarrett’s mother is sent to rehab by the grandparents. In rehab, she stays for a majority of Jarrett’s pre-adult life. But in her absence, he discovers his true passion, art. He loves drawing even at his young age and this passion soon develops into a talent. This talent soon becomes a way for Jarrett to ground himself and try to hide the absurdities of his home life. As Jarret goes through life he uses art to try and normalize himself in a sense. He attends classes and follows his passion as much as he can. But as he as he develops as a person, Jarrett starts to piece the shattered shards of his family together. Yet one thing stands in his way, his mother. To him, her trying to sandwich her way back into his life after never being there when he needed her most is worse than not being there in the first place. Follow Jarrett through his rollercoaster of childhood experience. Hey Kiddo by Jarrett Krosoczka is a 320-page emotional rollercoaster. The gripping storytelling is coupled with excellent illustrations that fit the mood and tone of the entire novel. Personally, I rate the book 5 out of 5 stars. After only a few pages you become invested in both the conflicts and characters inside the story. From seeing Jarret evolve as a person as the world around him changes to seeing him.

Review By: Caleb C.

  Hey, Kiddo by Jarrett J. Krosoczka introduces a boy named Jarrett who is a young boy who has to deal with his mother being a drug addict, a missing father who he doesn't know and two grandparents that are raising him. He is recognized as an artist and he takes this as a good thing and he pursues this and he continues to draw and he visits his mother who is in rehab as he is old enough to drive.
Jarrett Krosoczka has had a rough life with his mom being a drug addict and a missing father and he has lived with his grandparents for most of his life and Jarrett has drawn his whole life from kindergarten to his adult life and he continues to do this as its a hobby he has. Jarrett has always wondered where his father was and when he gets a driver license, he finds his father and he connects with him and he finds out that he has two siblings that are young and he meets them and he eventually loves them. He visits his mom who has overcome her drug addiction and Jarrett realizes that his mom has gotten her life together and she even has a new boyfriend that Jarret likes. Jarrett's life of drawing really helped him get through obstacles that were pretty challenging.
The 322 book by Jarrett J. Krosoczka is a heartbreaking and loveable book that everyone should read. The novel I enjoyed a lot and for that I will give the book a 5/5 rating as this book can help others who have had similar things happen to them and this book is also amazing as it is Jarrett J. Krosoczka actual life.

Review By: Evan G.

Author: Jarrett J. Krosoczka 
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc 
Genre: Autobiography/ Graphic Novel
Release Date: October 9, 2018

ARC Review: I Have Lost My Way

ARC Review: I Have Lost My Way

In the novel I Have Lost My Way by Gayle Forman, three people find themselves all lost in a different way with their stories somehow intertwined. Freya is a new singer who is ready drop her debut album, but she has lost her voice. Harun just broke up with his boyfriend and his parents are ready to send him back to their native country to find a woman to marry. Nathaniel arrived in New York City with only a bookbag, for he has lost everything he once had.
After seeing something very upsetting, an angered Freya trips and falls off of a small bridge. She happens to land on Nathaniel, with Harun as the only witness. Over the course of one day, they get to know each other and find something that they all really could use. True happiness.
My favorite character in this book would have to be Nathaniel. He did not have a very bright childhood, and only grew up around his wild scatterbrained dad. He always learned from the wild experiments his dad came up with and went with them, even when nothing good actually came from the experience. Nathaniel always kind of went with the flow, which is not something I am really good at.
I would recommend this book to seventh grade and up.  I really enjoyed the book because I enjoyed when the characters were together, all happy and jovial. It made me feel like I was one of them, so I was happy too. In this book, Gayle Forman wrote about things that could really happen, such as, divorce, a parent or sibling leaving and not communicating a lot, and even rights and the way of life in the LGBTQ+ community. Therefore, I give this a book five out of five-star rating because it is such an amazing book. You will want to keep reading and reading, especially at the end, and experience true happiness along with Freya, Harun, and Nathaniel and will be sad when it’s over.   

Review By: Kellyn HS

I Have Lost My Way by Gayle Forman follows the lives of three characters named Freya, Harun and Nathaniel. These three characters end up feeling lost in their lives until they meet each other in New York. Together they help each other find themselves again. Along the way, they confront their past that has been holding them back. This all happens in the span of one day. In my opinion this is a good book. I like the factors of friendship and the way that the characters all help each other. The writing style is very interesting in terms of the way it goes through all the characters perspectives and has flashbacks to explain what happened in the characters lives before they met. The way that the story includes all different diverse stories, makes the book very interesting.

Title: I Have Lost My Way
Author: Gayle Forman
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
By: Isabella B.

ARC Review: That's Not What Happened

ARC Review: That’s Not What Happened by Kody Keplinger 

Lee lost her best friend Sarah in their school bathroom the day her school got shot up by a former student, 3 years ago. The Virgil County High School Massacre. But people still don't know the truth about what happened to Sarah. Everyone says that she died proclaiming her faith. But that’s not what happened. Lee and Kelly are the only ones who know what really happened to Sarah that day. Sarah’s parents are writing a book about their daughter and how she died by standing up for what she believes in. This book sparks Lee, to tell the truth on what really happened that day. What really happened to Sarah. Even if it means losing her friends or getting harassed. One of my favorite parts from the book is When they are talking about the victims of the shooting through the survivor's eyes. Another part of the book that I like is when the survivors write about what they think happened that day through their eyes. 

Recommendation: I recommend this book to everyone because I really show you the power of telling the truth. This book shows you the consequences of not telling the truth. This book also shows you the power of friendship. Throughout the book, her friends help her in times of need and also leave her sometimes. Lastly, this book is just overall really good. 

Author’s Website: www.kodykeplinger.com 
My Goodreads Review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2615580237

Title: That’s Not What Happened
Author: Kod Keplinger 
Published by: Scholastic 
Released on: August 28, 2018 
Review by: Danalys A.