Review by Shanza, member of the Cedarbrae Youth Advisory Group
Let's be honest here, we've all heard about The Weeknd and his music. Not only is his voice appealing and luring but so are the lyrics to his songs.
Recently, he was nominated for the best original song "Earned It" (available on the album Beauty Behind the Madness) that was featured in the movie Fifty Shades of Grey. Due to this song, he could take home a Grammy Award. "Earned It" has 3 nominations in the Grammys: Best R & B song, Best R & B Performance and Best Song Written for Visual Media.
Review by Jayden
A magical fusion of ancient myths and modern society, Bad Luck creates a vivid and rich tale that unfolds around not just the hero, but everyone around him. The writing is simple, yet contains so much information. Pseudonymous Bosch (whoever he is) has fulfilled the hardest writing quota: show, don’t tell. His character descriptions make the story come to life and leap off the pages.
This story introduces new characters, and brings back old ones in shocking twists. Their journeys begin to intertwine in fascinating ways, as each of their personalities is unique and distinct. Fans of The Secret Series will see their heroes and villains return in the ultimate battle between good and evil.
The artist formally known as Ginger Spice (although she did try to get herself known as Sexy Spice) was the first of the girl group to go solo. She left the Spice Girls in 1999 and started her own career which began with the single "Look at Me"
"Weird Girl and What's his Name" is a wonderful novel about the relationship between two best friends in high school, who are simply trying to navigate the landscape and survive their small town as best they can together.
Lula and Rory share everything, especially their love of all things science fiction (and especially their love of the TV show "The X-files), and also the fact that they both feel that they just don't fit into this town. They tell each other everything, Rory came out to her years ago and she has shared all her complicated feelings over her Mother's walking out and abandoning her years ago. Lula has some conflicted feelings about Rory as she feels attracted to him, but also realized that nothing will ever come of that. She also does not care that Rory is over weight and has some body issues.
However, as Lula begins to uncover things about Rory that she did not know, she feels that he is moving away from her. She herself, decides that this may be a good time for her to go out and start searching for herself and to unravel her own sexuality and lack of relationship with her mother. Lula sets out on her own to go and find her mother.
This book takes a while to get going (there are a few pages of "X-files" descriptions that go on a bit too long) but once it's momentum is in place this is a refreshing read about LGBTQ youth and the issues that they face.
Chosen by Faith, member of the library's Editorial Youth Advisory Group
"I don’t want realism, I want magic! Yes, yes, magic! I try to give that to people. I misrepresent things to them. I don’t tell the truth, I tell what ought to be truth. And if that is sinful, then let me be damned for it!" -from A Streetcar Named Desire, by Tennessee Williams
Chosen by Geraldynn, member of the library's Editorial Youth Advisory Group
“Her curiosity was too much for her. She felt almost as if she could hear the books whispering on the other side of the half-open door. They were promising her a thousand unknown stories, a thousand doors into worlds she had never seen before.”
- From Inkheart, by Cornelia Funke