Divergent is a book about a dystopian society where everyone is sorted into 5 "factions" based on their personalities. (Abnegation; the selfless, Amity; the peaceful, Candor; the truthful, Dauntless; the brave, and Erudite; the intelligent) Abnegation-born Beatrice Prior feels like she doesn't belong in her faction. When she takes the aptitude test (to see which faction one belongs to the most), she gets an inconclusive result. She discovers she can belong to three factions (Abnegation, Dauntless, Erudite) instead of one, making her Divergent. Being Divergent is dangerous in this society because they cannot be controlled. In the Choosing Ceremony, where 16-year-olds must choose their faction, Beatrice surprises everyone by dripping her blood into the Dauntless bowl. Beatrice gets a new name (Tris) and meets her new instructor, Four (a nickname, just like Tris!). When Tris and Four uncover Erudite's plan to massacre Abnegation, they try to save it as hard as possible.
Like every YA book, Divergent has violence, but at a lower level than the Hunger Games. It also has some romance (kissing). However, Divergent is an addictive and interesting novel, and thanks to this book, I lost at least 3 hours of sleep reading this. I suggest this for mature 10-year-olds and sensitive teenage readers.
I really like The 39 Clues, and when I found out that Linda Sue Park had another book, about Korea under Japanese rule (I'm from South Korea, not North, why does everyone ask that), I was so curious I had to read the book.
When My Name Was Keoko is about the time Korea was under Japanese rule. It is written in two perspectives, Sun-hee and Tae-yul's.
I loved how some of the characters (Sun-hee, Tae-yul, their parents, Mrs. Ahn (a neighbor), and Tomo) rebelled against Japan in quiet or energetic (if that makes sense) ways. This book beautifully portrayed how a family living in those times would act. I'm a sucker for historical fiction and teenage books, so When My Name Was Keoko was perfect! The ending wrapped the whole book wonderfully, with Sun-hee teaching Tae-yul the Korean alphabet.
However, something that could have been better is the lack of background information. Someone unfamiliar with Korea's history might've initially felt confused or bored. I also worried that using Korean pronouns would perplex readers who do not know Korean.
To summarize, When My Name Was Keoko is a great book about rebellion, family, and strength. Even though it may be confusing for people who didn't have a lot of Korean culture exposure, I recommend this book for 9 and up!
I hope that using SWOT can help us know more accurate information about climate change in a faster time. Leonardo DiCaprio once said, "Climate change is real. It is happening right now. It is the most urgent threat facing our entire species, and we need to work collectively together and stop procrastinating." We need to stop this.
When I tried watching this movie, I thought that it was just going to be very boring. However, when I finished it, I totally changed my mind. Guardians of the Galaxy has action, mystery, and humor; the usual Marvel movie combination!
However, I thought that this movie might not be appropriate for young kids under 12, because there are battle scenes and a part where the middle finger is shown. If a parent or a guardian accompanies them, I think it would be fine for younger kids.
I was scrolling through TV when I found "Crazy Rich Asians." I already read the book and thought it was a hilarious mix of marriage, money, and mores. After I finished the movie, I was amazed! Although there are some cursing, I recommend this movie for 12 years and up.
I thought that this movie was just trying to make everything a joke. The parodies of iconic characters are boring, the plot feels like it is stretched, and the special effects are horrible. I dearly hope that you will never watch it.