Book Review: The Twin by Natasha Preston

*This review contains some mild, non-specific spoilers. The Twin by Natasha Preston is a dark teen novel published in March 2020. My local Barnes & Noble in Shelby Twp, Michigan had signed copies sitting out on a table in the YA section, and the opening pages intrigued me, so I purchased it. With the creepy-twin … Continue reading Book Review: The Twin by Natasha Preston

Book Review: Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk

Fight Club is classified as a satirical novel; it’s a dark comedy. I will admit many parts are laugh-out-loud funny. But it’s really a literary novel. We start with a nameless narrator, who's bouncing all over the place, talking about explosives, death, support groups, and his job, which he hates. He works for a generic car company, a typical … Continue reading Book Review: Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk

Book Review: The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

The Catcher in the Rye (1951) by J. D. Salinger is one of my all-time favorite novels for more reasons than one. First, it’s impossible to put down. The eccentric narration by Holden Caulfield is conversational and comical, despite the more serious undertones to the novel. Second, the character development, symbolism, and approach to deeper, … Continue reading Book Review: The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

Book Review: I Am the Cheese by Robert Cormier

Required reading in 9th grade: a bizarre but original book where the reader has to figure out what's going on. It jumps between therapy transcripts, to a boy’s memories, to present narration of the same boy riding his bike all over the place. In the end, things come together to a dark and unforgettable finish. … Continue reading Book Review: I Am the Cheese by Robert Cormier