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Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

By Rhea

Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck, is the story of two men, George and Lennie, who are an unlikely duo of ranch workers.  George is the “leader,” always taking charge and looking after Lennie.  He never quite trusts anyone but himself and Lennie.  Lennie, however, is his complete opposite.  He is a large, strong man, and is thus a great worker.  But Lennie is not as mentally developed as most people.  His behavior is primitive, and like that of a child.  The two men always stay together, and they share a dream.  Currently they work difficult jobs for small wages at a ranch, but they want to change this.  The two hope to save enough money to buy their own ranch so that they don’t have to listen to anyone but themselves.  It is a difficult dream to achieve, but they meet others on the ranch to help them through, like a man named Candy who wants to join them.  However, they also face obstacles, like Curly, the ranch owner’s son, who is out to get them.  And of course, there is the beautiful and dangerous woman on the ranch, who also turns out to be Curly’s wife.  With all these problems, will George and Lennie achieve their dream, or will it all come crashing down?

Of Mice and Men is a book that all FHS students are currently required to read.  It is not an amazing book, but it is not that bad either.  It is a pretty easy read, and is not too long.  The story and plot are not that bad either, and the end of the book is both surprising and sad.  It has a lot of motifs and literary devices, so it is a good book for English class.  I didn’t love the book, but I felt it was pretty good because of the ending.  Everyone has to read the book, so there isn’t much of a choice, but don’t worry because it isn’t all that bad.


By Rhea

A Tale fo Two Cities, by Charles Dickens, is set in both England and France.  Conditions in France are horrible.  The rich love life while the poor barely survive.  A revolution is brewing, quietly but quickly.  Mr. Lorry is a banker at Tellson’s, a bank which has branches in both countries.  Lucie Manette is an orphan, a ward of the bank.  The two meet so that Mr. Lorry can tell Lucie that her father, who she believed to be dead, is still alive.  Together, they go to a man named Defarge’s wine shop.  This man used to work for Lucie’s father, Dr. Manette, and now houses Dr. Manette for “safe keeping.”  Dr.  Manette must be kept safe because, after 18 years in prison, he has finally been released.  However, his mental state is horrible and he has no recollection of who he is or what happened to him.  Together, Dr. Manette, Mr. Lorry, and Lucie return to England and try to bring Dr. Manette back to his original state.  While this may not seem like much, these actions lead to these characters and many others to become intertwined with the French revolution.  There is great happiness, but immense loss.

A Tale of Two Cities is surprisingly a very good book.  The summary above is only about the first part of the book.  The actual story is has many different characters and plots that all come together at the end, and it is much too hard to summarize.  In Farmington, all students must read this book as Freshmen.  Most people who read this hate it in the beginning.  Nothing really happens in the beginning, and it is very hard to read and understand.  However, as the book continues, the plot progresses and gets much more interesting.  Towards the end everything starts to come together.  The end is actually very interesting and impossible to put down.  I would recommend that everyone read this book, but one must be a very advanced reader in order to understand it.  The language is very different and difficult to understand.  Also, there are many literary devices which are very confusing.  If your are up to the challenge, read this book!  (If not, you will have to read it anyway in ninth grade.)

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

Cover Image for The Catcher in the RyeReviewed by Shawna

The book lets you inside the mind of young Holden Caulfield; throughout the whole book you begin to wonder if you can trust the weird and oddly confused narrator. When I started the book I was not very intrigued, but as I continued I began to make connections back to the beginning, which led me to become interested and curious about the ending. This is the type of book that makes you think, in some cases you have to put yourself in the position of the main character; you need to try and experience what he has gone through and how would you react to the events that take place in his daily life. Salinger has a way with words that makes the reader want to read on and figure out the details about the main character that are not given to you right away. This book was an easy read that kept me interested until the end.

Find it in the library catalog.

The Catcher in the Rye

The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger [Teen Fiction, adult fiction]

Reviewed by Matt

The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger, is an excellent book. One of the aspects that makes the book so well done is the humor the main character exhibits. The Catcher in the Rye is a classic and grandparents and kids would both love to read.

Brave New World

Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley [Teen Fiction]

Reviewed by Colleen, 12th grader

This was a deep, though-provoking book. Set in the future, it is a civilization where technology is used a lot. The focus is production — of everything. Family, religion, and overcoming obstacles are foreign concepts. Completely new plot with an age-old theme. Exciting and recommended to everyone.