Monday, December 17, 2012

Student Review: Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

There are several truths that are universally acknowledged. The Pope is Catholic. The earth rotates around the sun. Every rich single man is in want of a wife. Apples are not oranges. And Les Mis is amazing. The plot is engaging, the characters endearing, believable, and (some) so evil you want to punch them in the face, and the setting captivating.

Les Mis is a classic story about good and evil, with the expected ending. The cool thing about the story is how invested the reader becomes in the characters. You grow to love them, and the ending, while expected, is fulfilling in every sense of the word.

A rating of five stars out of five is deserved with this book. There is a reason that this has been made into a play, a musical, and several movies, each of which is loved the world over.
Reviewer: B.F.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Student Review: Torch Red: Color Me Torn by Melody Carlson

Torch Red: Color Me Torn by Melody Carlson

This book is about a high school girl named Zoe. She is a junior in high school and is quickly learning about peer pressure from her friends. Especially the pressure faced when it comes to boys and how far she is willing to go with them. In Torch Red, you see high school relationships through the eyes of your average teenage girl. You also see the different ways people react to feeling pressure from their friends and wanting to please others. You can really see how different people react when relationships between friends, family, and significant others are put to the test. It’s a great read and I recommend it to all high school girls. If I had to give this book a rating it would probably be 7 out of 10; it wasn’t the best book I have ever read, but it is worth your while and it is relatable. Give it a try!

Reviewer: A.S.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Student Review: Debt Free U by Zac Bissonnette

Debt Free U by Zac Bissonnette

There are several people in the world who are planning on going to college after graduating from high school, or at least sometime in their life. But as the years go on, more and more students and parents have had to resort to using student loans to pay for their secondary education. This can lead to a lifetime of debt, and to people looking up to a net worth of zero. No student should have to start their lives on their own like that. People should be able to graduate from college with nothing but the future possibilities on their mind, not how they’re going to be able to meet their own loan payments.

No worries. My buddy Zac is here to help.

Enter Zac Bussonnette. Zac is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He’s also a writer and editor with AOL Money & Finance. He writes daily for, AOL’s financial news and analysis destination, he’s been on CNN, and done scads of other things finance related ever since he was in high school. He knows how to go through college without loans, scholarships, or mooching off the ‘rents. And lucky for us, he’s gonna give us the road map to helping the average person do the same.

This book is an amazing resource for how to pay for college. Bissonnette not only gives tips to the parents and students, but he also gives some excellent advice about what to do when choosing classes, picking a college, and how to survive the college rep’s sales pitch.

I recommend this book to anyone who is planning to go to college, whether it be right after high school, or twenty years from now when you’ve got a clan of juniors running around the house. Yes, this is a book about finance, but it is well worth the time an effort put into it.
Reviewer: B.F.

Monday, April 30, 2012

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