“Divergent,” the next great Young Adult dystopian novel

“I am not Abnegation. I am not Dauntless. I am Divergent. And I can’t be controlled.” -Tris Definitely my favorite line from Divergent, by Veronica Roth, a young adult dystopian about a society split into factions based on personality. The quote captures Tris’ edgy personality. Divergent has been hailed as the next great young adult…

Happy Book Day! (And other thoughts on World Book and Copyright Day)

Today is World Book and Copyright Day, as celebrated by UNESCO (United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization). You can check out its history here, but the day “seeks to promote reading, publishing and the protection of intellectual property through copyright,” according to UNESCO. Tonight is also World Book Night (unrelated to UNESCO), where volunteers…

Jennifer Lawrence shines as “The Girl on Fire”

My review was originally published Monday by my school newspaper, The Daily Titan. Katniss Everdeen captures the audience with her wit, charm and archery skills. Katniss (played by Jennifer Lawrence, last year’s Academy Award nominee for best actress in Winter’s Bone) is a 16-year-old girl living in District 12 in a post-apocalyptic America called Panem,…

Reading Update: My Winter Reading Plans

I finished reading The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins yesterday, and I am really looking forward to the movie coming out in March. For a while, I had been turned off to the series, thinking it was the next Twilight. But it is a good book, and I would strongly recommend it to college- and high school-age…