One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest centers around narrator Chief Bromden, a patient at a mental institution, who pretends to be deaf and dumb. The story begins when Randal McMurphy, a rebellious, intelligent con-man, is admitted to the ward after feigning insanity to escape a work camp. As soon as McMurphy arrives, he begins to raise havoc, and rally the patients against the oppressive rule of Nurse Ratched, a former army nurse. As time passes, McMurphy’s rebellion continues as he attempts to restore the other inmates’ self confidence, and goad Nurse Ratched. However, things change when McMurphy realizes that Ratched can hold him for as long as she likes, because of his admission status. As a result, he is forced to decide between his own self interest, and the rebellion which he has created in the other inmates.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is a book which blends a unique setting, as well as interesting characters and themes to create a fantastic novel that I would recommend to anyone. One of the greatest parts of this novel to me was the character of Chief Bromden. His feigned deafness allows him to be privy to otherwise secret information, and that, combined with the unreliability and hallucinations he experiences as a result of his schizophrenia, keep the story interesting as Bromden’s perception of the world around him changes with the events of the story. I rate this novel a 4/4
The novel Violent Ends is a story about a teenage boy named Kirby Matheson who killed six of his classmates, injured five of them, and shot himself, under 20 minutes. This novel is written in seventeen points of views. Each chapter is written by a YA writer. These seventeen authors include Brendan Shusterman and Beth Revis. Each of the seventeen points of views, reveals the relationship that people in Kirby’s life had with him. They also show the impact that Kirby had on these people. Some of these points of views reveal Kirby’s soft side, but other reveal his darker side as well. Another aspect about the chapters is that they portray the lives of the people before the shooting occurred, and others show the negative impact the shooting had on them. Each point of view reveals personality traits of Kirby Matheson, but do not completely reveal the reason to his terrible actions.
The Fault in Our Stars tells the story of young teenagers that have/have had cancer. The books follows a sixteen year old girl named Hazel who has terminal cancer. She attends support group meetings and becomes friends with another teenage boy named Augustus Waters. They fall in love with one another instantly. But Hazel is scared she will break his heart when she passes away. They go on many small, and big adventures together and try to live their lives to the fullest. I would recommend this book if you like to laugh and cry a little. I would give it 4 stars out of 5.
The Help is about black maids who are working in southern homes in Mississippi. It takes place in the early 1960s. These maids do everything for women they work for, they cook, clean, and even raise their children for them. Aibileen is a maid who is great with children, she loves the baby she gets to take care of. Her young son died years ago and taking care of a little girl helps fill the whole in her heart. Minny is a sassy maid who has trouble because no one wants to hire her. She talks back and maids are expected to only be “the help” and to stay quiet. Minny finally gets hired by Miss Skeeter who tries to behave as a polite southern lady, but she is new and town and is different. Aibileen and Miss Skeeter know it’s time to make a change. They start to write a book together, in the percpective of 12 black maids. When this book is published, it exposes white people for mistreating black people and a change is starting. I like the book so far, it is about an important topic and I would recommend it.
For my free choice book, I read Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything written by Stephen J. Dubner and Steven Levitt. To be honest, when I first started this book I was very skeptical, I thought it would be boring and confusing; filled with terms I didn’t know. I didn’t really understand the United States economy and I thought the word “economy” was just a way to describe money. I was incorrect, proving the saying “don’t judge a book by it’s cover.” I have thoroughly enjoyed this book. After reading the first page I was instantly informed about how the economy is so much more than money. I find economics fascinating, it answers so many different questions that apply to everyday life. I think this book could not have done a better job explaining the “hidden side of everything.” It is very easy to understand and engaging and I felt as if I could relate to nearly everything they wrote about. The authors have a very clear tone and voice throughout the book, making me feel as if I knew them. At times I did feel like some of the chapters dragged on for a bit (for example the chapter about school teachers and sumo wrestlers), but overall I would definitely recommend this book to other people and give this book a 3 1/2 stars.
The Fault in Our Stars tells the story of young teenagers that have/have had cancer. The books follows a sixteen year old girl named Hazel who has terminal cancer. She attends support group meeting and becomes friends with another teenage boy named,ed Augustus Waters. They fall in love with one another but Hazel is scared she will break his heart when she passes away. They go on many small, and big adventures together and try to live their lives to the fullest. I would recommend this book if you like to laugh and cry a little. I would give it 3 stars out of 5.
Roy was a good kid who wasn’t known for breaking rules, he just moved again from another town to Florida’s Coconut Cove. He’s lived everywhere and seen alot. But he’d never until that day seen the barefoot boy running next to him through the window of the school bus. The barefoot boy known as “Mullet fingers”, the mysterious kid who he just had to meet. Roy tries to catch the kid but he’s stopped by flying golf balls to the head and strangling bullies. Until Roy falls right into Mullet finger’s trap and befriends him. Roy learns about the illegal construction site of the soon to be Pancake House. Together, with the help of Mullet Finger’s and his sister, Roy must help save the endangered owls who’s homes are on the line. But to save the Burrowing owls, is Roy up for breaking the rules? Breaking the law?
Hoot is a classic book that teaches you that sometimes adults aren’t always right, and sometimes you have to take matters into your own hands. I think everyone has a lot to learn from the characters in this story. Which is one of the most interesting books I’ve read all year. This book definitely deserves it’s title as a Newbery Honor Book. I’d recommend this book to anyone of all ages and would give this book a 4 out of 4!
– Becky King