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Review: Rooting for the bad guys

Review: Rooting for the bad guys

Kimia Mohebi
January 29, 2016
Filed under Arts, Books

In the world of young adult fiction, very rarely do the readers suffer the internal conflict of whom they support. There are heroes and then there are villains. The novel “Six of Crows,” a spin-off of “The Grisha Trilogy” by Leigh Bardugo breaks the barriers between good and bad, leaving the...

Review: Poetic realism

Review: Poetic realism

Kimia Mohebi
November 20, 2015
Filed under Arts, Books

The words minimalist, pessimist and genius are three that come to mind when describing Charles Bukowski. His repertoire of iconic short stories and poems sparked a revolution of writing that redirects the typical focus on flowery, sappy romance towards a more realistic view of life. Bukowski created...

Review: A labyrinth of magic

Review: A labyrinth of magic

Kimia Mohebi
October 16, 2015
Filed under Arts, Books, Showcase

Gardens of ice and a vertical cloud maze are what a spectator at Le Cirque des Rêves would experience — if he were lucky enough for it to stop by his city for an evening; it definitely had me wanting to learn how to cross a tightrope. “The Night Circus” by Erin Morgenstern takes place in the...

Oak Park hosts first community book club

Oak Park hosts first community book club

Nicole Schwartz
October 16, 2015
Filed under Arts, Books, News

Approximately 25 members of the community, ranging from elementary school students to adults, gathered to discuss "Wonder" by R.J Palacio in Oak Park's first community book club held in the Pavilion Oct. 6. The idea for a community book club was originally introduced when English teacher Kathy Bowman...

Review: Novel of uncensored truth

Review: Novel of uncensored truth

Kimia Mohebi
September 29, 2015
Filed under Arts, Books

With a loud neon-green book jacket and a recent film adaption, “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” by Jesse Andrews was demanding me to read it. It seemed interesting enough, and was a clear contributor to the stacks of famous contemporary works consumed by the young adult world. But as I read it,...

Reviews from a Reader: “Rise”

Reviews from a Reader: “Rise”

Juliana Furgala
April 24, 2015
Filed under Arts, Books

  This month’s book is written by two of Oak Park High School’s very own students: senior Maya Halthore and junior Aneesh Gowri. Their fiction debut, a tribute to childhood, is titled “Rise” and focuses upon a 16-year-old trained killer working for a group known in short as TALON, the...

Reviews from a Reader: Afterworlds

Reviews from a Reader: Afterworlds

Juliana Furgala, OPHS Reader
March 24, 2015
Filed under Arts, Books

From Scott Westerfeld, the author who brought the world of Uglies to life, comes “Afterworlds.” This book is a unique and original book that simultaneously tells the tales of two different protagonists. “Afterworlds” is special in that it has both a layout of alternating chapters and it is written...

Reviews from a Reader: Firefly Lane

Reviews from a Reader: Firefly Lane

Juliana Furgala
March 16, 2015
Filed under Arts, Books

February’s book is a fictional tale that takes the reader through the ups and downs of friendship and life; full of happiness, sorrow and raw emotion, Firefly Lane is memorable. The author, Kristin Hannah, is known for her compelling tales, in which she defines love and friendship, creating a mess...