Hey! My name is Audrie, I am currently a high-school student at Sturgis Public Charter School and I have been working at the beloved Eight Cousins for just under a year now. I greatly enjoy reading books that have a deep meaning or connection to the world as well as books that have me falling off the edge of my seat. I wouldn't say that I specialize in any one category or genre, but rather whatever I find myself flipping through that day. I love all ages and media of books, from children to teen to adult, from graphic novel to memoir. This page will serve as an up-to-date collection of all my favorite reads, current or otherwise, that you can find in the store.
Currently Reading: All the Light We Cannot See and Now I Rise
Summary: When Pearl and Mia Warren move into Shaker Heights no one thinks anything of it other than possibly baking a casserole for their new neighbors. They rent a house from the Richardson family and Pearl and the Richardson kids become fast friends. Through a complex narrative and storyline, the author creates a whirlwind of emotion and connection that makes this book truly amazing.
Review: I absolutely loved this book.The juxtaposition between the narator's family and the Richardon's places a heavy emphasis on the different social climes in our own worlds. The quality of writing within the book itself says enough on its own, fabulous. Don't take what I say lightly when I say that I HIGHLY recomend this book.
Review: This is one of my old favorites so forgive me for not remembering the full storyline. The feel of this book is very dark and twisted surrounded by an air of magic and mystery. Entrancing is the only way to truly describe the way this book captures you and won't let you go until you have consumed every morsel of word from its pages. If you want a book to take your time with and get to know this is not that book. This is a whirlwind of emotions that grips you so tightly it seems as though no time has passed by the time you've turned the last page.
Review: As someone who very much enjoys picture books and the fantastical things they entail, Business Pig is a step into reality through the eyes of fantasy that I appreciate greatly. Within its pages is conveyed the message that even when you are born a little bit different from everybody else, you are just as special and loved as those around you. The story follows a piglet born into a recreational world with a business state of mind. No one else on the farm really understands what he does but they all support him and pay attention to what he finds important...even his graphs. He starts to realize that he does not fit in with the rest of the animals and soon becomes desperate to move on. The rest of the tale involves him following his dreams and finding a loving home eager to talk biz with him. I have shown this book to all of my friends that come into the store and will continue to do so for all of eternity. Its fricken cute...get it.
Now I know that everyone has already raved and ranted about this book a bajilion times, but seriously...it's so good. I read this book as a pick for my book-club and was delighted to learn that it lived up to the hype. The narrative that Starr gives is so deeply entrancing that you find yourself trying to feel what she's feeling and empathize with her in ways that I, growing up on Cape, hadn't even really considered before. The book world is currently very focused on the Windows and Mirrors movement, trying to encourage a greater variety of perspectives and characters in literature that a wide range of ethnicities, races, cultures and other identity groups can relate to. This book fits in beautifully with that description and allows an insight into the life of a black teen in today's police-driven world. I strongly encourage anyone and everyone, no matter your usual preference of book, to pick up a copy of The Hate U Give and dive right in.
Imogene's Antlers is a wonderfully narrated story of a little girl who wakes up with antlers. I love this book because it teaches kids to be accepting of someone's differences, even though her's are even more out of the ordinary. Her family finds all sorts of uses for her new head-gear and accepts her for who she is. When she goes to bed the night after, she wakes up to find that her antlers are gone but something else has taken its place...The illustrations are very well done and conveyed a light and silly approach to a much deeper underlying message. A very good bedtime book, I recommend this book to anyone with a kid (of any age) as well as everyone else in the entire universe.
This YA fiction is a little bit different from normal adventure books, it interweaves a lot of cultural concepts which is very unique in this genre. The Japanese setting creates an atmosphere among the pages that adds to the quality of writing and enjoyability of the read. Overall, Shadow of the Fox is an excellent book with a diverse cast of characters and a very fresh plot-line. I love loved this book and the sequel was just as brilliant.