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REVIEWS- Fall Semester in Review

Book Review Recap - Amanda McCollough


Some people would argue eyes are the window to your soul, and I would have so say I disagree with them. The window to a person’s soul isn’t their eyes or their smile, it’s the literature they enjoy - the genre of books they spend their time reading. Throughout this year in Journalism, I have spent more time than usual partaking in one thousand and one different books to review. Reading is already a main choice of activity for me, but I’ve been able to spend far more time surrounded by books than I ever have and it has been lovely. We have reviewed a plethora of different books over the course of the semester, and they’ll all captured a special place in my heart.

The very first book we reviewed this year was entitled A Child Called It. I actually had the pleasure of writing that article. The book was, and still is, the first book I take off the shelf when I am in need of a gut wrenching true story. The book is based off of a true story, and it is all about a little boy who experienced an unbelievable amount of abuse as a child, yet he remained hopeful and determined. It is truly an inspirational story.

Another book we reviewed was The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks. It hold the story of two separate couples who end up winding together in a wonderful story. I’m sure we all know the ending must be relatively happy because, hey, this is Nicholas Sparks, not John Green.

The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch is a phenomenal read. You hear about many different lessons from Pausch himself and advice he would give others if he was around to listen. Yes, you heard that right, Pausch has cancer and he will not be around for much longer. This is a true story.

We also reviewed the Divergent series. I must admit I lost interest after the second book, but reading our review rekindled the desire to read the third! There is plenty of action, drama, and romance as the main character, Tris, tries to go through life while the world around her crumbles.

1984 is a book I, along with forty three others, had to read for Mrs. Jourolmon’s AP Language class. It is all about “Big Brother” watching you and the government controlling every aspect of a person’s life. As sad as it is to say, I can see the world turning into one similar to that of the one in 1984, and the thought is terrifying. Read it and form your own opinion on the society in this book.

Now, this next book, Goosebumps: Welcome to Dead House by R.L. Stine brings back memories. If you are not familiar with the Goosebumps series, let me fill you in. They are relatively short books stuffed with creepy stories that make you want to sleep with the lights on. This particular book from the series is about two siblings who move to house that just happens to be haunted. They make friends with kids who they later find out are ghosts and face plenty of danger. If you want to see how their story ends, I guess you’ll just have to read the book.

As I’m sure you can see, our BDNN group got to read so many interesting, new books this year! I enjoyed reading reviews on books I had never read and getting an insight before I actually read them, and for those I had already read, I enjoyed seeing how others perceived them, and I cannot wait to read more books.


Final Movie Review: Emily Edwards


Over the course of this semester, the Journalism staff has introduced, reviewed, and discussed many different movies. Movies tend to divide into many different categories such as Action, Romance, Comedy, Mystery, Horror and many more. The Journalism staff has supplied you with a wide range of movies all differing from one another. Some of these include Baby Driver, The Belko Experiment, IT, Spiderman: Homecoming, The Notebook, Halloweentown, Hocus Pocus, Snowden and Frosty the Snowman. After reading these articles, I hope you might have choose to watch some of these if you had never seen them.

Our first movie review was the 2017 action fast film Baby Driver with Ansel Elgort starring in the lead role of Baby. The movie shows a kid who loves to speed and music and his troubling career path and consequences that come along with it. What makes this high speed car chase movie so intriguing is the soundtrack that comes along with it. In The Belko Experiment” John Gallagher, Tony Goldwyn, and Adria Arjona star in a action/horror movie. This movie is full of gory scenes and action packed moments. If you like seeing people’s brains get blowed up, this is the movie for you. The new remake of Stephen King’s It, is one movie everybody has heard about. This horror movie is set in a town in Maine where a series of children’s murders begin to arise after a group of children’s friend go missing. This movie is way more complicated than its title but it is worth the watch. If you are like me and have watched every Spiderman movie out there, you loved the new Spiderman: Homecoming. This movie is based on how Peter Parker wants to be part of the Avengers but he is told to lay down. Many people believe all these movies are ridiculous but overall the reviews show this movie was a hit for viewers. When it comes to romance movies, The Notebook written by Nicholas Sparks, is a classic and is a must watch. This movie revolves around a couple who are desperately in love but like any good romance movie, something prevents them from being together. This classic shows all kinds of emotion and I suggest reading the book as well. This movie is probably one of the best movies made. Another great movie category is holiday movies. Our staff gave us many classics from different holidays including the favorites. Hocus Pocus is one of my favorite halloween movies. In the story, Max explores an abandoned house where he uncovers a coven of evil witches. With the help of a magical cat, the kids must steal the book of spells to stop them from being immortal. Another Halloween favorite is Halloweentown. This movie is one you should take the time to watch every year because who doesn't like finding out you're a witch. Around thanksgiving the famous, Charlie Brown Thanksgiving is a true movie that captures the meaning of Thanksgiving. Lastly but not least, Frosty the Snowman is one that I have watched since birth, it is a christmas classic. The original one made in 1969 can be voted the best out of all of the remakes. Its classic tale about a talking snowman will never get old.

I hope over Christmas break you choose to watch one of these movies or least watch the classic Frosty the Snowman before Christmas is over. The Journalism Staff hopes you have a very Merry Christmas and don’t forget to watch a movie while you have the chance!


Televison Reviews


This semester we have introduced you to many of our personal favorite television shows. Some of the shows we have introduced includes The Following, Friends, The Flash, Grey’s Anatomy, One Tree Hill, The Good Doctor, The Voice, Hawaii Five-O, The Walking Dead, The Vampire Diaries, and Gossip Girl. We hope you spend the time this year to watch and enjoy some the the television shows we have talked about.

“The Following” is a three season television series on Netflix that begins with serial killer escaping prison and going on the run. As the show continues, we learn more and more about Joe Carroll’s following. The Good Doctor, a new show on ABC, about a young man who has Savant Syndrome-- a type of Autism One Tree Hill is about the eventful lives of high-school kids in Tree Hill, North Carolina. Hawaii Five-0, a television series about an elite crime investigation unit. The detectives are part of an elite task force whose goal is to fight crime in Aloha State. The Voice is a singing competition where you have to compete in many different rounds. The Voice is different from other singing shows because for auditioning, the judges only pick you based off of your voice only, not your appearance. The Vampire Diaries is a drama, action, or anything supernatural that is packed full of vampires, witches, werewolves, hybrids, sirens, and doppelgangers. The Walking Dead is based on different characters trying to survive a zombie apocalypse.“Grey’s Anatomy” has officially started filming season 14. According Shonda Rhimes, the tone of the show is going to change this year. Gossip Girl is dramatic, romantic, and mysterious TV show. Gossip Girl is abouttext-messages scoops on scandals and heartaches, even though the highschool days are over. The Flash is about superheroes protect their city by fighting evil villains one by one. The show starts off with introducing the main character, Barry Allen, as his 11 year old self during a traumatic experience. Friends, the very popular show from the late 90’s to the early 2000’s. In Season 7, Episode 10, “The One with the Holiday Armadillo,” Ross dresses up as an Armadillo to teach his son, Ben, about Hanukkah. This episode shows you no matter the trouble, your friends will always be there for you-- especially during the holiday season.  

Now that we have reviewed over some of the television shows we have talked about this semester, we hope you take the time watch them. The Journalism staff hopes you have a great Christmas break and we hope you watch and enjoy some of our favorite television shows.

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