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The main character, Cobb, is played by Leonardo DiCapiro. Cobb and his cast have this ability to enter other people’s dreams and live in it. Not only that, but Cobb has to plant ideas in other people’s heads through dreams in order to get what they need. I 100% recommend this movie to everyone, especially those who are really interested in Psychology and thriller!
Reviewed by Angelina R.
TV: All American
I have pretty much been spending my quarantine time by doing school works, eating, cleaning and watching TV. One of the shows that I am currently watching and about to finish is All American. My favorite character so far is Asher Adams because he not only realizes the damages he has done but also owns up and makes up for it. This show is pretty popular among teens and I would definitely recommend it to you all!
Reviewed by Angelina R.
BOOK: Release by Patrick Ness
Following a day in the life of Adam Thorn as he deals with family, present and past relationships, and the confusing nature of the future. As with any Ness story, a magical element must be present. So, as Adam is dealing with his own conflicts, a ghost rises from a lake in the town. Will the ghost and Adam find their release?
This book tackles some heavy topics. However, it can also be relatable to upperclassmen who may be in a confusing situation currently.
Reviewed by Mairead D.
TV: Sailor Moon
Usagi Tsukino is an ordinary 14 year old girl until she meets a magical talking cat that helps her transform into the hero Sailor Moon! Her normal life is turned upside down know that mysterious monsters have popped up in the city searching to steal energy from humans, and it’s her job to stop them.
I love this series so much. Anybody of any age could find a good message and lots of fun from this show. It’s colorful, exciting, and heartwarming.
Reviewed by Mairead D.
BOOK: Wonder by R.J. Palacio
R.J Palacio writes an inspiring novel about a young boy named Auggie who was born with facial differences and battles his way through middle school. This book is meant for any audience, kids, teens and adults! I first read it in fifth grade and saw a whole new perspective of what it meant to be kind and that view has not changed.The book was laugh out loud funny, truthful, hopeful and heart-warming and is one of the most moving books I have read in a long time. I am still pretty amazed at how the author wove so much complexity into a story for middle schoolers. The emotional moving tale kept you rooting for the main character until the end and accurately portrays the middle school roller coaster, while managing to squeeze valuable life lessons into the plot!
Get it on Overdrive as an e-book.
Reviewed by Deeya Y.
BOOK: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
One book that I have decided to reread over quarantine is Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell. It’s been a few years since I’ve last read it, so I was excited to get back into it. The book takes place in 1986 in Omaha, Nebraska and follows the budding romance between two teenagers, Eleanor Douglas and Park Sheridan. Eleanor deals with bullying and self-image issues, both at home and at school. Park is Caucasian and Korean, his mother being an immigrant from there. With that, Park seems to drift towards more feminine things, such as makeup and eyeliner, much to the dismay of his very masculine father. We see Eleanor and Park going from being annoyed with each other to being infatuated with each other in a rather quick turnaround. However, we also see a realistic fear in teenagers when it comes to romance: love. One character having lots of trust issues, it’s refreshing to see fear and slowness in this fast-paced book. We see Eleanor having her own storylines outside of Park, but all of Park’s issues mostly revolve around Eleanor and how his loved ones don’t approve of her.
I would have liked to have seen more of Park dealing with his father not approving of his feminine side which we see a portion of, but not a whole lot. This novel tackles issues such as body image and bullying, without romanticizing them. It’s mostly Eleanor dealing with this stuff, and though the way she handles it is questionable, I think she’s a good influence to a preteen reading this story. I’ve always enjoyed Rowell’s writing (in Fangirl–one of my favorites of all time–and Carry On), considering she writes in a way which sort of dumbs down the idea of love for a middle school-age reader. I remember reading this story for the first time and coming out of it with some knowledge of romantic love, having never known what it felt like. Overall, this story has a special place in my heart and will always be one of my favorites, and I highly recommend you giving it a read.
Get it on Overdrive as an e-book, audiobook, or as a Spanish e-book.
Reviewed by Anna J.