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Book Review: One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus

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Warning: this post may contain massive spoiler. Pay close attention and you might solve this.On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.    Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.     Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess.     Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.    Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.    And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app. Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention Simon’s dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose?  Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.  Penguin Random House I quite enjoyed One of Us Is Lying. Things kept unfolding and unfolding. However, the ending was disappointing. I suspected a suicide stunt all along, but I didn’t want to be right because I expected it. When Jake’s involvement was revealed, I physically squealed because I didn’t…

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Book Review: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Starr Amara Carter is a black girl who lives in a predominantly black neighborhood of Garden Heights, but goes to a predominantly white private school in the suburbs. She’s always had to code switch between her two different environments, but when she sees her friend getting shot and killed by a police officer for no reason, she can no longer brush off the differences. Angie Thomas tackles difficult issues about structural racism, death of a friend, and police brutality in such a captivating way that it was hard for me to put the book down to go to sleep. I gave myself a whole week to read this but finished in only two weekdays. As a young adult novel it is easy to read, but it also reaches into your heart and grabs it. As people of color, we often have to “tone down” our culture in our behaviour in order to blend in, and endure microaggressions, ignorant and insensitive remarks that you don’t address most of the time as they are seemingly insignificant and you fear being seen as petty, even though they do affect you. It alienates you from the community you come from, and even then, you aren’t…

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