Book Reviews

Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek Review

About the Book: Popular: Vintage Wisdom for the Modern Geek is a 272-page book by Maya Van Wagenen. It was published on April 15th, 2014 and has a Lexile measurepop of 730.
This book is about one eighth grade girl’s quest to find out what popularity really is and if popularity tips from the fifties still apply today.

Review: Popular is a funny and fairly enjoyable book that shows that popularity really is just learning to say “hi.” Although, this book was quite humorous and was insanely interesting for a nonfiction book it had several downfalls. For one, there was an excessive amount of cussing and inappropriate language.  Also, there was some inappropriate content that didn’t need to be included in the book. Despite this book’s flaws it was still enjoyable and kept me going. I love how the book Maya uses as a popularity guide is from the fifties and no matter how crazy the guide got she always followed through. So, does Maya find popularity, or does she become known as the girl who wore a girdle? You’ll just have to read it and find out.

Book Reviews

Because of Mr. Terupt Book Review

About the Book: Becuase of Mr. Terrupt is a 288-page book by Rob Buyea. Imrteruptt was published on October 12th, 2010 and has a Lexile measure of 560. The book is about seven, fifth-grade kids and how one teacher affects their life drastically. The book follows the kids from the beginning of the school year until the end, showing how they morph into better versions of themselves.

Review: Because of Mr. Terupt was a fairly good book that showed how much teachers can change the lives of their students and that sometimes you get a second chance. The characters are believable but due to the similarities in some of their personalities it can be hard to remember who is who.   Also, since this book was written from the POV of seven fifth-graders, the writing seemed a bit on the juvenile side. Overall, the story and meaning of this book is better than the quality.