We had a lot going on this week. Some teens got into watercoloring, look at that fish!
Besides painting, we worked on a jigsaw puzzle, played ping pong and generally goofed around.
Red Queen is a dystopian, fantasy novel I didn’t merely like or enjoy; rather, I loved it. Although this book did not contain the most original characters or ideas, Aveyard executed them phenomenally in order to create a story that was absolutely electric and never had a dull moment. It was so engaging that I found myself holding my breath and avidly turning pages, eagerly awaiting the next plot twist as Mare Barrow, our protagonist, realizes a painful truth: anyone can betray anyone. My favorite part about the novel is the characters, all of whom are beautifully flawed in their own ways. Oftentimes, characters in young adult literature are molded into unrealistic epitomes of human perfection, or sickening villains without a heart or soul. On the other hand, Red Queen boasts characters that are both good and bad, confirming the universal truth that no one is perfect. Overall, Red Queen is a masterpiece, beautifully woven together to create an intricate tale of power and madness, love and rage, and loyalty and betrayal that I would recommend to all fantasy lovers.
Niraja, Parman TLLC
Patrons enjoyed a musical interlude as a group of student musicians from Ronald Reagan High School performed the first movement of Dvorak’s “American” Quartet plus several other well-known tunes. Check it out!
They played for 45 minutes and patrons expressed their delight and awe at these talented musicians! Go Rattlers!
We had a lot going on this past Tuesday. With our new cookware, we made strawberry filled crepes drizzled with chocolate. Pictured here are seniors from Reagan HS trying their hand at cooking the crepes.
Are they ready yet?
We had 2 stations cooking the crepes. These teens are ready to chow down!
There’s always something fun happening on Tuesdays at the Parman Library. Check us out Time Out@Teen Time 6:00pm-8:00 pm
Unlike anything I’ve ever read, this book only took me a couple hours to finish reading it because I couldn’t put it down. In Highly Illogical Behavior, Whaley examines mental illness with humor while managing to ensure his deep, true message reverberates with readers. The protagonist of the novel, Solomon Reed, is an agoraphobic. Instead of crafting the story in a way in which readers would pity him, Whaley constructs Solomon as someone readers could relate to. Solomon is witty, charming, and hilarious, and thinks and acts like any other teenage boy does despite having severe panic attacks and never leaving the house. His character defies the stereotype that people with mental illnesses are given in books and, sometimes, the real world. He is not depressed, strange, angry, excessively shy, or any of the other negative qualities characters with mental illnesses receive in literature. Rather, Solomon is a funny and compassionate young man. I also loved many of the other characters, including Solomon’s grandmother, whose youthfulness and quirky character add a fresh vibe to the story, and Lisa Reed, whose stubborn determinism and authentic, straightforward voice made her surprisingly likable. In addition, the dialogue in the novel is laugh-out-loud hilarious, for the characters discuss the most interesting and most banal topics with good-natured honesty. I appreciated how there was never a lull or dull moment in the story, which helped keep my interest from the first page to the last. Overall, Highly Illogical Behavior is a fresh, entertaining novel I would recommend to teens and adults alike.
Niraja, 18 Parman TLLC