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Clare Shanahan, Editor in Chief

Hey everybody, I’m back with another book review/recommendation. I know it’s been a long time but let me tell you that senior year is crazy; if you haven’t had the pleasure to experience it, yet then buckle up. So without further ado…

 

Book: I’ll Give You the Sun

Author: Jandy Nelson

Rating: 500/5 broken ceramic pots

(that sounds like a bad thing but I promise it’s not)

I have been hesitant to talk about this book for a long time because I am not exaggerating when I say that it is my favorite book of all time (and if you’ve read my college essay, #shamelessplug, you know that that’s saying something) so, I don’t know what I will do if people don’t like it. However, my time on Unleashed is winding down and so I have decided to finally take the plunge and share it with you all. I don’t know quite where to start when describing I’ll Give You the Sun, I was first told to read it when I was in eighth grade by a friend and for a long time I put it off. It looks at first like just another cheesy YA romance and, don’t get me wrong, I love a good cheesy romance, but I figured that it wasn’t exceptional and would certainly not go away — in short, I was in no rush to read it.

But, I was so wrong.

The book is not just any other teen romance. To start off, the language is incredible; it is quite possibly one of the most quotable books I have ever read with every phrase reading like the author spent a whole month crafting it alone. The beautiful language makes the novel read easily and flow incredibly well. Additionally, well, the novel does have a fair bit of teen romance aspects; it is truly about siblings and how the relationship between two extremely close siblings can change as they grow up and be warped by major life events. Finally, the double narration style of this novel is amazing. The first part of the book is narrated by Noah Sweetwine when he is young; however, the second half is told by Jude Sweetwine, his twin sister, and it picks up three years after Noah’s section. This narration style lends a really unique perspective to the novel, and it’s pretty amazing when the two stories finally come together. All in all, I obviously love this novel and think that absolutely everyone should read it. 


Book Podcast: Crime Junkie

Rating: 5/5 music note emojis

Surprise! This isn’t just about books anymore — we’re switching it up and talking about podcasts now! If you’re thinking, ‘alright I’m out, podcasts are for, like, my Grandma’ just hang in there. I too was once a podcast skeptic; however, have you ever been on a long car ride, flight, or other boring extended activity and your playlists just get old and you wish you had something with more of a story without putting in the effort to read a book? Podcasts are your solution. I’ve recently gotten really into the true crime genre, and I can’t quite explain why. It’s not that I like everything gross or gory; I can’t even look at photos of injuries, etc. without cringing, but for some reason, I find the stories extremely compelling.

“Crime Junkie” is a true-crime podcast hosted by two extremely interesting and funny young women with incredible storytelling skills. The reason I would recommend this true-crime podcast on particular over the hundreds of others on Spotify is that it recounts true crime stories with a goal of informing and protecting oneself. They group their episodes over important and relevant issues (ie. a recent episode which was released to highlight Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month) and bring attention to families who need support. The hosts also focus a lot on how you can keep yourself safe in a scary world. Plus, in a strange way, the show is really funny on top of being important.

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