For those of you struggling with writing your book review, take a few minutes to read this review by one of our own!
The Fault in our Stars Review
I read The Fault in our Stars after hearing all of my friends talk about it and say how amazing and emotional it was. They were right. The Fault in our Stars is a mixture of upbeat, happy feelings that make you smile as you’re reading and sad moments that make you cry, but keep turning the pages. Every time something happened, I had to make myself stop and I texted my cousin and we would have long discussions about what was happening.
The Fault in our Stars is about a teen named Hazel who has a terminal tumor. The tumor shrunk a little and bought her a few years, but Hazel knows that she will die soon. She goes to a therapy session every week just to get out of the house. This particular time that she goes there is someone new. His name is Augustus Waters. They start talking and she discovers that he also has a form of cancer that affects his bones. They become good friends and overcome fears and battles together. This book is full of unexpected twists and turns that catch you completely off guard. I think many people can relate to this book, or at least learn an important lesson from it. The Fault in our Stars shows insight on how the characters change and feel throughout the whole book.
My cousin gave me the copy after she had finished it. She warned me that I would end up crying, but I didn't think much of that because almost every book that she gives me was like that. I should have taken her warning seriously. This book is an emotional rollercoaster. As soon as I opened it, it sucked me in and I could not stop reading it. I read in class, at home after school, and in bed until I was too tired and could barely open my eyes. I just wanted to know what was going to happen next.
I would recommend this book to ANYBODY. This book would be a life changing book for kids, teens, and adults. For people who read a lot, they could probably finish it in less than a week. I read it in 3 days! So go find a copy and read this inspirational book. You’ll never forget it.
CHOMP BOOK REVIEW
I like books that have adventure, are interesting and exciting. Chomp is a book that has all that. It is about Mickey and his son, Wahoo, getting a job in a reality TV show, which turn out not to be so real. Wahoo is named after a wrestler, not the fish. That is something he keeps mentioning in the book.The reality TV show is starring Derek Badger, who you can describe as a coward. In the show, he “wrestles” animals for people’s entertainment, which becomes a problem. The book conveys many themes, like you have to rely in yourself, but teamwork is still important. Teamwork is shown in many ways, especially in the everglades.
As I stated before Chomp has all the elements I like about books. It's full of excitement and adventure, and it keeps you interested while reading. There are many adventurous parts, like the scene with Alice the alligator, Tuna's dad (Tuna is another main character), and how Derek Badger reacts in the Everglades to a bat attack. It makes you not want to stop, I, sometimes read 60 pages in a day of it.
I liked the book more than any book I have read this school year. I kept interested from the beginning to the end of the book. Chomp was a book I heard about and decided to read. I decided to read this book, because I heard that it was a good book, and I also liked the unique book cover that it has. The book cover is a cartoonish alligator with his jaws opened. That's really significant, because the book doesn't have anything similar with the cover; except that the cover is an alligator, and an alligator plays a part in the book.That made me curious to know what it is about.
One character I liked reading about was Mickey. He had a concussion in the past, and ever since he had double vision and constant headaches. He gets grumpy a lot, since that incident. I like reading about him because he's grumpy, but still knows how to be smart. When he doesn't like someone, he really doesn't like that someone, just like how he felt about Derek Badger in the begging.Since I liked the book, I am planning to read the other books written by the same author. The books include Hoot and Flush.
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Student food review about Grape Jell-O!
A student-written review of the Cheesecake Factory!
After reading these food reviews, choose a restaurant in the surrounding area that you love. It can be a sit-down restaurant, a fast-food joint - anything you love! Practice writing a short review of the restaurant and put it in the COMMENT section of this blog post! Be sure you do the following things:
Here's my sample review that I wrote about a restaurant I waitressed at in college!
I love restaurants where the wait staff knows your name. Tony’s Restaurant in Saginaw, Michigan, is a greasy-spoon, hometown experience that everyone must try at least once in their life. When you walk through the doors, the aroma of the classic Steak Sandwich will call your name. David, the owner and Vietnam vet, will smile and shake your hand, especially if he hasn’t met you before. And the menu? It’s hard to beat.
Deciding what to eat is a daunting task on its own because everything that comes out of the kitchen is made from scratch. Even though the menu will make your heart palpitate, anything you choose will make your taste buds sing. What would I recommend? Definitely the Tony’s Steak Sandwich. This sandwich has been around since the 1960s, when the restaurant was first opened by David’s great-grandfather. It’s made on thick-sliced Italian bread made at the local Spatz’s bakery. The warm bread hugs a grilled cube steak, smothered with your choice of mozzarella or American cheese and mushrooms if you’d like. What makes the sandwich truly special is the salty tomato sauce slathered on top. If you’re like me, though, and you don’t like wearing a huge bib while you eat, ask for the sauce on the side. I love it with grilled bread – I’m telling you, the added butter puts it over the top. I know, I know. It's butter. Trust me; it's worth the extra few miles you'll have to run to burn off the calories.
Tony’s has a plethora of other choices – enormous burritos, gigantic plates of nachos, chili cheese fries that will require heartburn medicine, and amazing fried fish. And you can’t leave without at least tasting some type of delectable dessert. From homemade pies, to hand mixed shakes and strawberry shortcake, there’s something for everyone. If you’re dining with a large group, you can make your meal perfect by ordering the banana split. There’s enough ice cream for a group of 6. Trust me, you can’t eat it on your own.
If you’re lucky enough to visit my hometown, don’t leave without visiting Tony’s. You won’t be disappointed and you’ll be talking about it for years to come!
To end our year of reading, you will write TWO book reviews on novels of your choice! Think about the books you read this year. Which ones left a mark on you? Which ones impacted you? Which book had those characters you connected with more than other? Which one had a story line that made you feel like you were right there with the characters? Remember, your reviews will be stored on my classroom website for years to come! Next year, my students will read your reviews as they learn how to pick out their own books and hopefully begin their journey of becoming lifelong readers. Make sure you're writing towards a middle school audience!
The purpose of a review - movie, restaurant, book, an event, or anything else - is to comment on and evaluate something someone else has created. You present your opinion about whatever is being reviewed in a convincing and entertaining way.
A review shouldn't give too much away - if you tell too much, what's the point of reading the book, watching the movie, or eating at the restaurant yourself? You want to tell the audience enough so they get to know the gist of what you're reviewing but leave them with a desire to read or do whatever it is you're talking about on their own. ENTICE them. Draw them in. Make it sound like something they need to experience on their own.
To learn more about how to write a review, read this sample book review from someone who read our beloved book, The Outsiders.:
"I read THE OUTSIDERS for the first time when I was a teen myself, just a little bit younger than Ponyboy and Johnny. This book had a huge impact on me at that age. I fell so deeply in love with Hinton's simple, vivid writing style. Never had teenagers like me felt so real and present on the page. I couldn't stop telling my mom about it and how good it was and why. I'm sure she still remembers those nights. It is an oft-challenged book, unfortunately, and thinking about it now, I would have been devastated if someone had told me I couldn't read it or had come and taken it out of my library. I can't imagine not having read it then and I have read it so many times since. It's truly a classic and deserves the praise it's gotten over the years.
Ponyboy Curtis is a Greaser. He lives on the wrong side of town. He acts tough, dresses tough, and lets his hair grow long to look tough. He lives with his two older brothers, Darry and Sodapop, and they barely make ends meet. Darry and Soda work hard to support themselves and let Ponyboy stay in school so that at least one person in the family can graduate high school. Pony's best friend is a sad boy named Johnny Cade who's been beaten around one too many times and spends a lot of time looking over his shoulder, anticipating the next blow. The only family these boys have are each other. Pony, his brothers, and their motley group of Greaser friends watch each other's backs and defend each other when necessary. Particularly when the Socs (rich kids from the other side of town) come looking for trouble. Dangerous Dally, funny Two-bit, somber Steve. Through Ponyboy's eyes we catch a brief, eloquent glimpse into the life of a group of teenagers the world seems to have forgotten, who take life's knocks on the chin and somehow keep going.
I picked a small, worn copy of THE OUTSIDERS up off the shelf of a tiny used bookstore in Texas and took it home with me because I felt like the kids on the cover might be worth knowing. How right I was. This story of small-town prejudice and class warfare set in the 1960s has never really aged. The first time I cracked it open I was immediately enchanted by the magical language these kids seemed to speak, a language full of "greasers" and "Socs," "savvys" and "tuffs." I couldn't tear my eyes away. It is a coming of age story and a commentary on the dangers of going through life with blinders on, of judging people who are different from you before you know them. Of not wanting or caring to know them. Every character in this story is backed up against the wall, struggling to survive, and I cried more than once at the injustice of it all. And yet, when you come to the end, you feel the indomitableness of hope, the possibility of change, and the beauty of the human spirit. THE OUTSIDERS has been challenged several times on the grounds that it includes rough language, violence, references to cigarettes, alcohol, and for depicting broken families. And we would never want young adults to know that such things exist or, heaven forbid, that they may encounter them in their own lives. *eye roll* I get so angry when I hear hogwash like that. Never mind that it's beautiful, and real, and good. That it will teach its readers about how to treat their fellow human beings, how hatred and fear do nothing but destroy, and how the sunset looks the same no matter which side of the tracks you're from. That's the kind of book I want to read. That's the kind of book I want my children to read. And no one is allowed to tell me no."
In the comment section of this blog post, tell me what you think of this review. Is this review entertaining? Convincing? Accurate? Rather than just telling what the book's all about, what does the writer do?
Once you finish, open up a new Google Doc and begin drafting your book review. Please SHARE it with me and allow me to comment on it so I can help you as you write. Remember, your writing should be ORIGINAL and keep the intended audience in mind. These reviews will not be due until May 23, 2014. I know it sounds far away, but it will be here before you know it! I'll be able to read and comment on your progress, so make sure you're diligent in getting this finished!