For starters, I don’t think that I have ever been so excited to write a review for a book! “The Alex Crow” by Andrew Smith has been on my reading list for a long time (a recommendation from my YA Lit professor in college), and now I’m kicking myself for not reading this sooner. Though this book is geared towards more of a young adult readership, there are certainly some adult themes and a level of humor and wit that all readers will be able to appreciate.
Up until this point, Tuesdays have felt like nothing more than an extension of Monday; you don’t get the satisfaction of knowing that Wednesday means you are halfway through the week, you don’t get the excitement that comes on Thursday from knowing that you’ve only got one day left of work, and you don’t get the thrill that comes on Friday that signals that the weekend has finally arrived. Tuesdays just seem to make the boring drudgery of the beginning of the work week last longer than it should. Well, needless to say, my entire outlook on the week changed after reading Mitch Albom's book, Tuesdays with Morrie.
If I’m going to be completely honest, I was a little let down by this one. I was expecting Campfire to send chills racing down my spine, and force me to sleep with the light on, but that just wasn’t the case. Why did I set my hopes so high? Well, after hearing about this book online, and reading some reviews, it was touted as a fright-filled adventure that would keep you guessing until the very end (at least that last part was true), but I think this turned out to be one of those cautionary tales about being disappointed due to unrealistic expectations.
As someone who usually advocates for people to read the novel before they watch the movie/ TV show, I have to admit that this isn’t how it happened for me this time. After scrolling through Netflix for what felt like hours, I finally decided to watch some of the trailers that I kept getting notifications about. After about 20 seconds of the trailer, I immediately began watching You and I could not stop. After finishing the first episode, I was completely and totally hooked. Once I found out that the show was based off of a novel, I knew that I had to get my hands on a copy. For me, as much as I loved the show, I found the novel to be far superior. Granted, there were some areas where I think that the show took creative liberties that worked out in the end, but I found the novel to be simply captivating.
If you spend any amount of time in your local library or bookstore, you have probably realized that there are hundreds and hundreds of books to choose from. Unless you are one of the lucky few who enters one of these establishments with a particular title in mind, you may find yourself wandering down aisle after aisle, staring at shelf after shelf trying to find your next read. Well, here are a few questions that might help you the next time you find yourself wandering aimlessly through the stacks.
When people ask me where I teach, there is always a moment of hesitation before I respond. That moment of hesitation doesn’t come from an insecurity of my profession or any sort of lack in confidence, but that hesitation represents the questions that I know will inevitably come after I reveal that I am a high school teacher in a juvenile prison. I know, I know, there are probably a few quick judgments that pass through your mind: “Wow, that’s pretty cool!” “Oh my god, aren’t they dangerous? Are you scared?” or, my personal favorite, “You must not do any real teaching.” Yes, those are all comments that have been made to my face, but there are a few things you need to know about being a teacher for the young adults in the juvenile corrections system.