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Night
Night
by Elie Wiesel
Edition: Paperback
260 used & new from $0.01

23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Non-Stop Reading for the Mind and Soul, May 23, 2001
This review is from: Night (Paperback)
Reading Night by Elie Wiesel began as a simple two-day assignment for my freshman English class. At first glance, I expected this quick read to be simply one more trite account to the terrible atrocities committed during wwii Germany. But after getting only 15 pages into the storyline, I found myself immersed in the detail, precision, and striking ability with which Wiesel describes his own adolescent struggle. At the age of only 15, he was faced with the daunting task of realizing that not everyone is good deep down inside. As his family is herded from its town of Sighet into trains, and then unkonwingly into concentration camps, the universal good in man which young Eliezer had once believed was stripped from his soul. This emotional weekend read is capable of being devoured all in one sitting. However, while reading this book in our living rooms or at the beach, we must remember what our fellow men and women around the world have been through. As readers, we should take time to celebrate the courage and hope that men like Elie Wiesel have possessed. Without this strong passion for life our world would be so much different than it is today. The few hours we spend reading this book are special. But they are nothing compared to the days, months, and years that thousands of Jews, Gypsies, homosexuals, and slavs spent in concentration camps. If you have ever felt low or alone, read Night, and you will see just how lucky you are to be able to breathe, to eat, to love, to feel, to even be alive.


Standoff
Standoff
by Sandra Brown
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $27.99
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excitin Plot, June 17, 2000
This review is from: Standoff (Hardcover)
Sandra Brown did a good job in making this bookinteresting. The plot captivates the reader's interest. Its rual Texassetting made me wonder just what kind of characters would be involved- I soon came to find out.


Barron's How to Prepare for the Act (Barron's How to Prepare for the Act American College Testing Program Assessment (Book Only))
Barron's How to Prepare for the Act (Barron's How to Prepare for the Act American College Testing Program Assessment (Book Only))
by George Ehrenhaft
Edition: Paperback
35 used & new from $0.01

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Test Prep Book, June 12, 2000
Barron's has done an amazingly fine job with this book. It takes every part of the ACT and makes it easy to understand. The ACT is, in my opinion, the best test a college could use while considering applicants. The book makes the tests harder than they really are so that you feel you need to learn the material. It really works.... Thanks...and BUY this book!


Barron's How to Prepare for the Act (Barron's How to Prepare for the Act American College Testing Program Assessment (Book Only))
Barron's How to Prepare for the Act (Barron's How to Prepare for the Act American College Testing Program Assessment (Book Only))
by George Ehrenhaft
Edition: Paperback
35 used & new from $0.01

8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Test Prep Book, June 12, 2000
Barron's has done an amazingly fine job with this book. It takes every part of the ACT and makes it easy to understand. The ACT is, in my opinion, the best test a college could use while considering applicants. The book makes the tests harder than they really are so that you feel you need to learn the material. It really works.... Thanks...and BUY this book!


Peterson's Psat Success 2000-2001
Peterson's Psat Success 2000-2001
by Shirley Tarbell
Edition: Paperback
9 used & new from $0.43

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Satisfactory Prep, June 9, 2000
I found this book to be only average. It covers only basic math in its review. Mistakes can be noticed throughout the book. These mistakes throw off answers and make problems seem much more complex than they really are. Be prepared to see problems which have no solution as they are written. This book certainly deserved to have been proofread before publishing. Overall, I rate the book with a C+.


The Wave (Laurel-Leaf contemporary fiction)
The Wave (Laurel-Leaf contemporary fiction)
by Morton Rhue
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: $6.29
280 used & new from $0.01

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Separate Peace and The Wave, May 19, 2000
Essay: A Separate Peace and The Wave
Everyone has a yearning to be part of something. Joining a group can be especially meaningful when a person is in search of a positive experience. However, when conflicts arise, difficult decisions must be made. Both A Separate Peace and The Wave have characters who become a part of a group situation and are forced to question why they're in the group and who they really are.
The Wave, a novel which looks in on a suburban Los Angeles classroom, tells a very deep story. Sarah, the main character in the story, is part of a new club that has been started in her school. Not long after joining she finds the club she has joined, called "The Wave", to be highly fraternal, possibly too fraternal, and mean to students who wouldn't join. Once she decides to stop going to the meetings, other members harass her. Sarah learns from the whole experience that fighting for her cause made her a better person. In the story A Separate Peace the character focused on is named Gene. He faces an internal conflict while at boarding school in New Hampshire: be liked by his friend Finny, or just be himself. Just like Sarah's, his decision is hard. Gene tries to be what Finny wants him to be and consequently does whatever Finny tells him to do. 014 There are some similarities between these two books. One similarity is that the characters focused on in both novels find themselves in situations that they can't get out off very easily. But in time Gene and Sarah acknowledge their mistakes and come to terms with them. Stronger personalities come as a result of the experiences.
In conclusion, the two main characters learn from the situations. Sarah learned that by leaving "The Wave" she was fighting a good cause. Gene realized he could be who he really was and no one would think any differently of him. Better souls resulted from one thing: change.


A Separate Peace
A Separate Peace
by John Knowles
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
463 used & new from $0.01

0 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Separate Peace and The Wave, May 19, 2000
Essay: A Separate Peace and The Wave
Everyone has a yearning to be part of something. Joining a group can be especially meaningful when a person is in search of a positive experience. However, when conflicts arise, difficult decisions must be made. Both A Separate Peace and The Wave have characters who become a part of a group situation and are forced to question why they're in the group and who they really are.
The Wave, a novel which looks in on a suburban Los Angeles classroom, tells a very deep story. Sarah, the main character in the story, is part of a new club that has been started in her school. Not long after joining she finds the club she has joined, called "The Wave", to be highly fraternal, possibly too fraternal, and mean to students who wouldn't join. Once she decides to stop going to the meetings, other members harass her. Sarah learns from the whole experience that fighting for her cause made her a better person. In the story A Separate Peace the character focused on is named Gene. He faces an internal conflict while at boarding school in New Hampshire: be liked by his friend Finny, or just be himself. Just like Sarah's, his decision is hard. Gene tries to be what Finny wants him to be and consequently does whatever Finny tells him to do. 014 There are some similarities between these two books. One similarity is that the characters focused on in both novels find themselves in situations that they can't get out off very easily. But in time Gene and Sarah acknowledge their mistakes and come to terms with them. Stronger personalities come as a result of the experiences.
In conclusion, the two main characters learn from the situations. Sarah learned that by leaving "The Wave" she was fighting a good cause. Gene realized he could be who he really was and no one would think any differently of him. Better souls resulted from one thing: change.


A Separate Peace
A Separate Peace
by John Knowles
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
463 used & new from $0.01

3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars boring, December 18, 1999
the meaning of the book is clear only after intense reading...the details are extremely too in detail and do not enhance the effect of the piece.


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