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'Contemporary Fiction'

Mar 18

Teens Review: Restart

Posted to Off the Beaten Shelf on March 18, 2019 at 12:00 AM by Elizabeth Land

Title: Restart by Gordon Korman
Reviewer: John A.
Rating: 4 Stars

Restart by Gordon Korman book coverThis was not a book that I would have read willingly, but I am pretty glad it was assigned. Restart is the story of a boy named Chase Ambrose. During the story he gets amnesia, and because he lost his memory he has to find his life.

In Restart, Gordon Korman does an excellent job of making sure you know what is happening with all of the characters. The way he does that is by switching to a different character in every chapter. When he does this, it helps that you know what is happening with characters even if they are not with the main character at that very moment.

In Restart, Gordon Korman does an excellent job of making sure you know what is happening with all of the characters. The way he does that is by switching to a different character in every chapter. When he does this, it helps that you know what is happening with characters even if they are not with the main character at that very moment.

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Mar 11

Teens Review: Bridge of Clay

Posted to Off the Beaten Shelf on March 11, 2019 at 12:00 AM by Elizabeth Land

Title: Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak
Reviewer: Blaine H.
Star Rating: 3 Stars

Bridge of Clay book coverBridge of Clay is a book about the life of the Dunbar family. The Dunbar family consists of Michael and Penny Dunbar, and their four boys: Matthew, Clay, Tommy, and Henry. The entire story is narrated from Matthew’s point of view.

In most of the book, the story switches settings from the present to the past, when Michael and Penny met and fell in love. Penny was an immigrant from Poland who was taught by her father to play the piano. She moved to America and fell in love with Michael Dunbar. From there, they got married and had the four boys. Unfortunately, she suffered an early death, and the story tells exactly how that happened. After her death, Michael abandoned his children for quite some time. After some time has passed, he returns and it is incredibly awkward for everyone. Because he abandoned the children, the boys called him “The Murderer”.

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