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  • gardup
    gardupliked a comment in Gym Candy.
    really good book about the struggles of football
    Almost 4 years ago
  • ryacro
    ryacro's book review was featured in Of Mice and Men.
    Of Mice and Men: Summary Have you ever wondered what it would be like to work on a ranch during the Great Depression in the early 30’s? Then, Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck would be a good book for you. This book takes place in the Salinas Valley in California. The protagonists (or two main characters), are Lennie and George. They are two guys who wander around work on a ranch, then another, and another. This is what was called jumpers. Their dream is to own a farm for themselves. Sometimes the world isn't so nice though. One conflict is that Lennie is a special man, that has trouble remembering stuff, this is a problem that they face throughout the whole book. Another conflict is that Lennie is very strong, and not good with small animals. The turning point is when they find a farm that pays good money. They think by working there for a month, they can save up enough to get their land. Although things get heated between Lennie and the antagonist; Curley. This book is very fast paced and has a few swears, but overall, the message is that even the best intentions don’t always end well. Of Mice and Men is my favorite book and hope it will be yours too.
    Almost 4 years ago
  • ryacro
    ryacro added a book review.
    Of Mice and Men: Summary Have you ever wondered what it would be like to work on a ranch during the Great Depression in the early 30’s? Then, Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck would be a good book for you. This book takes place in the Salinas Valley in California. The protagonists (or two main characters), are Lennie and George. They are two guys who wander around work on a ranch, then another, and another. This is what was called jumpers. Their dream is to own a farm for themselves. Sometimes the world isn't so nice though. One conflict is that Lennie is a special man, that has trouble remembering stuff, this is a problem that they face throughout the whole book. Another conflict is that Lennie is very strong, and not good with small animals. The turning point is when they find a farm that pays good money. They think by working there for a month, they can save up enough to get their land. Although things get heated between Lennie and the antagonist; Curley. This book is very fast paced and has a few swears, but overall, the message is that even the best intentions don’t always end well. Of Mice and Men is my favorite book and hope it will be yours too.
    Almost 4 years ago
  • ryacro
    ryacro has read this book.
    By John Steinbeck
    Almost 4 years ago
  • shapla
    shapla added a book review.
    Can you imagine your life changing in the blink of an eye? One second, one split second and it's all gone. Mia was just a normal teenage girl that morning, she had her mother, her father, and her brother Teddy. Almost all of that was taken from Mia that snow day when the truck hit her car. Have you ever just been somewhere at the wrong time? In the book If I stay by Gayle Forman, 17 year old Mia was. And it changed her life forever. Most of the book takes place in the hospital, on what was going to be an awesome snow day. The antagonist is The coma that Mia is in, and the protagonist is Mia, because she is always changing and well developed throughout the story. One major conflict in this book is the fact that Mia can see everything that's happening while she's laying on her hospital bed. She sees her best friend, boyfriend, and family. But no one can see her, feel her, or hear her. Another conflict in the book is that mia has to make one of the biggest decision she will ever make. Would you want to wake up an orphan, or die and leave behind so many people who love you? There is always that one person in your life that has an impact on the decisions you make. For Mia, that person was her grandfather. The soothing words he said to her, for a second made her feel like she had something to live for. “It's okay if you want to stop fighting.” This book can make you cry, and it's definitely a must read!
    Almost 4 years ago
  • immlibb
    immlibb added a book review.
    If you like stories of survival against all odds, where a group of people must fight nature herself in an epic contest of wills, then there is, in fact, a book for you. The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss was published in 1812, but the age does not make it boring; it does quite the contrary. When the Robinsons fall victim to a shipwreck, they must fight in an epic battle of nature versus man for mere survival. Follow the story of this eighteenth century family as they salvage the wreck, build the magnificent dwelling of Felsenheim, discover, and thrive on the desolate island that is their verdant prison. One of the major conflicts is definitely the first rainy season they encounter, full of fierce hurricanes and storms. The other would be their constant battle against massive snakes, lions, and hyenas. The turning point in the book is when the family finally gets to the island from the wreck. The family faces a persisting threat of death on their remote tropical island, the location of which is not specified. The Swiss Family Robinson is exciting, and breathtaking in the description. What I like about the book is how consistent the author stays with the region they are in, (native plants, wildlife, trees, etc.,) and how easy it is to picture the island.
    Almost 4 years ago
  • shapla
    shapla has read this book.
    By Gayle Forman
    Almost 4 years ago
  • danigey
    danigey added a book review.
    This is Cirque Du Freak: A Living Nightmare...By: Darren Shan. This book contains thrilling and exciting passages which leaves you hungry for more when you close the cover. The story is set in a town, an old library, a school, the hospital, Steve's house & Darren's house. During day & night for two weeks. As the main character Darren Shan is the protagonist. While overtime his best friend Steve Leonard becomes the antagonist because of not being able to become a vampire. The two conflicts are that Steve turns his back on Darren and will probably never change from that, and After becoming the new person he thinks he is, Darren won’t do something that'll keep him alive, because he thinks it will change him from being human emotionally. Darren had to fake death. The turning point in the book would be when Darren does something that will change his life forever. I love this book and probably buy the whole series because of how wonderful the storyline went.
    Almost 4 years ago
  • gardup
    gardup added a book review.
    Gym Candy is a book with an emotionally strong ending. This book is about an eighth grader named Mick Johnson(protagonist). He goes through a series of tests like the 40 yard dash and stats in a scrimmage. His friends Drew and Deshawn are trying to get on the varsity team too. Mick is trying to beat the best running back in tryouts Matt Drager(antagonist). He has better stats than every other running back except Drager. Mick tries as hard as he can to be the first string running back. Mick makes the varsity team, but he is second string. His dad is happy with the results. During the season the whole team was working out in the school weight room Matt Drager and one of his friends come in and Matt's friend hold on to Mick and Matt punches him in the gut multiple times. The reason why he did that is because Matt wanted the starting spot on the team. Matt got kicked out of school and off the team after that so Mick got the starting spot. In the championship ship game against Foothill high school Mick played the whole game. He took handoffs, pitches, tosses and screen passes. Then toward the end of the game Mick and his offense where 4th down and goal. Coach downs told drew to hand the ball off to Mick for a dive. On the field when Drew snapped the ball he handed it off to Mick and Mick thought he had the winning touchdown, but one of Foothill's best linebacker tackled Mick behind the goal line and the game was over Foothill had won the championship. Later that summer at Mick’s house, Mick’s dad told him that his company got into a partnership with Popeyes gym and he said that he could get Mick a free membership. Mick says sure. He goes to Popeyes and he checks in. His dad also got Mick a personal trainer. Mick meets his personal trainer Peter Voltz and talks to him gets to know him and sets his workout schedule. After Mick’s first workout, Peter takes Mick to the back room and tells him about steroids. Peter gets Mick hooked up with a stack of steroids Like Dianabol (D-bol) and injection steroids. After starting the stack his trainer enhances the difficulty of Mick's workouts. It pays off. At the start of the season Mick was bigger and stronger than ever. After he started the steroids he was smashing through his team's number one defensive line like no one is in front of him! I like this book because the ending is very strong and emotional and teaches a good life lesson that it is never good to cheat, play with your own skill and not rely on other things. Will this be Mick's big break or will his accomplishments all fall apart. Find out in Gym Candy by Carl Deuker.
    Almost 4 years ago
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    By Carl Deuker
    Almost 4 years ago

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