„Don’t Feed the Trolls“ by Erica Kudisch

This book was a very unique read and to a non-gamer a slightly complicated one as well considering all the gaming language you have to get used to first.

The main storyline focuses on how horribly girls are treated in the online gaming world and shows just how hard it can be to fight back. While that is fascinating it also, more or less silently, deals with gender issues and how they link into sexuality but are completely different.
The story is told by Daphne (later Daphnis) who wins a competition hosted by a huge online gaming company which involves not only fame (somewhat) but also a trip to GeeKon and that’s how the story begins because that’s when all the hate begins. Though Daphnis doesn’t have to navigate that all by themselves, on- and offline they have a very diverse support system beginning with, but not limited to, their two roommates, one being a drag queen and the other being a famous fanfiction writer, who also bring some interesting and educating but mostly heartfelt moments into the story.

-Ute

The Perks of being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

And in that moment, I swear we were infinite.

The perks of being a Wallflower was written by Stephen Chbosky in 1999. The story is told by letters Charlie sends to “dear friend”

The story plays between 1991 and 1992 and is all about Charlie’s first year of High School. So it seems to be a typical teenager love story, but it isn’t.

Charlie hasn’t got any friends since his best (and only) friend Michael shot himself last spring. But missing friends is not the only problem he suffers from. There is something special about his family.

Soon he develops a really good relationship to Mr. Anderson, his English teacher and he gets to know Sam and Patrick. They are stepbrother and stepsister and introduce him to their peer group. Now he finds new friends and gets introduced to many new things like sex and drugs.

The book has many amazing parts and lots of good quotes. It is really fun to read, because Charlie really can see the small things of life, that are macing him happy. One example is when he is telling about his day and he describes really detailed that he mowed the lawn and stuff like that.

When you read the book you should really listen to the songs he mentions in his letters, provide the extra portion of understanding for his situations and they fit rally well.

The language the book is written in should not be a problem for you or your siblings.

As you may have recognized, I really like the book. In fact it is one of my favourite books. I really like the way the story is told and the way Charlie describes everything. There is a movie that is really good too, but I think it is definitely worth reading the book first, because there are some beautiful scenes missing.

Johannes

All the bright places

by Jennifer Niven

„Do you know my life is forever changed now? I used to think that was true because you came into it and showed me Indiana and, in doing that, forced me out of my room and into the world. Even when we weren’t wandering, even from the floor of your closet, you showed the world to me. I didn’t know that my life forever changing would be because you loved me and then left…“ (Violet, page 353)

IMG_0410They meet on the ledge of the school bell tower. He wants to take his own life. She is devastated by her sister’s death. Theodore Finch and Violet Markey. Together they experience something new. Something „ultraviolet remarkey-able“ like Finch would say.

It’s an emotional book, which might entice you some tears but even make you laugh. I like the book because you feel with the characters.

You will feel the strength of Violet and the humour of Finch. Two completely different lives become one. And you will notice how much they need each other. Even if one of them is missing.

L.H.

 

 

„George“ by Alex Gino

“[…] No offence, but you don’t make a very good boy.”

george This quote perfectly describes the feeling you get right in the beginning of the book.

“George” isn’t your typical story about a trans kid struggling with relationships, hormones and surgeries though.
This time the story is told by a grade-schooler who quickly makes the reader realize the significance of simpler things, while showing just how painful it can be to be trans in our society, although that pain somehow doesn’t overshadow the story, as it is accompanied by humor and understanding in all the right places.

As George moves through his daily routines awkwardly it becomes clearer and clearer how terrifying it must be to not fit people’s assumptions.
George clearly struggles with some things more than the other kids because he can’t be himself so when he sees the chance to be a girl, even if it is just for a little while, he (after a little pushing from his best friend) jumps at the opportunity. This receives all kinds of reactions leaving George slightly overwhelmed but also somewhat giddy at what the future holds, now that everyone knows his secret.

While George isn’t the most challenging book, or even the most spectacular, it definitely still is worth reading, seeing as it introduces the reader to trans issues in a way that will you make understand right away just how excruciating it can be to be trans in our society.

– Ute

The Humans by Matt Haig

Shame is a shackle. Free yourself.

What is human life about?

What is the sense of love and life?

These are questions Matt Haig tries to answer in his book The Humans. It is all about Andrew Martin, a professor at Cambridge University who solved a huge mathematical problem.

Unfortunately an alien civilization found out about that and decided to destroy the information, he came up with. So they send one of them to do the job.

This is when our main character comes into the story. Disadvantageous he doesn’t know anything about human conventions. This leads to many problems. For example when he walks along the streets without wearing clothes and gets spit because of that. Because he doesn’t know any better he spit on other people, because he thought it was the main way to greet people on earth.

When he discovers Cosmopolitan he thinks this is kind a encyclopedia for human life and love (love is so weak it needs two people to grow and when it’s fully grown these people can get divorced).

A really funny book, that shows the awkward things as well as the positive things of human culture and life he doesn’t know form his civilization. It can tell a lot about life and what really matters . Also it has some remarkable definitions of things like love, our food and general behavior.

It shows things we never thought about, like the sense of a handshake or why everything on this planet is wrapped.

There are also plenty of amazing quotes you can use for sticky-notes.

The language isn’t the easiest on, but with a little concentration it should be possible for everyone to read and understand it.

-Johannes

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

The novel isn’t based on a true story, but on possible occurrences.
thousandIt is a story about heartbreak, love and trust but also betrayal, lies, every kind of violence and death.
Aside from Mariam and Laila, Kabul,  the capital of Afghanistan,  is also a main character.
The novel informs the readers about the political changes between 1959 and 2003, but not in a strenuous way, it is inextricably interweaved in the story.
Mariam and Laila represent many other women who suffered and faced injustice as well as prejudice in a country consumed by war.
Both women want to have a good life, one that is worth living for and they want to discover love.
They suffer, hate, fear and as they realize they are not the only one to carry a heavy burden, they discover the value of friendship and trust but they also learn to make sacrifices.
The book isn’t easily read in addition it’s not a story with a happy end but it is about life, love dreams, surviving and the consequences of choices – the bad ones and the good.
It’s about power and how people (ab)use it.
But above all it’s a story about hope – losing, getting and having.  

-Chiara

Just a few thoughts about „The Wall“ by William Sutcliffe

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People build too many walls and fences…..Why?

“For protection they say“, eagerly seeking for justification.

“To keep our children safe from the brutal and unforgiving enemy”, they say, desperately hoping to have answered enough questions.

“To keep out the evil”, they say, attempting to convince themselves, wanting to believe that the world across the wall consists of monsters that deserve to be hated rather than people that deserve to be respected for they are human as well…..

Building walls is easy, tearing them down eventually a little more complicated while not building them up again in our minds sometimes seems close to impossible…. maybe the biggest problems aren’t the walls and fences we construct, because with the right equipment they could be overcome but the walls and fences we build up within our minds, sometimes even unintentionally.

Joshua’s story is about both walls but especially about the wall people have built up in    thFullSizeRender (2)eir minds long before they constructed the concrete wall. In gradually overcoming the wall in his mind Joshua suddenly comes to think of “The Wall” as redundant as he recognizes that all it does is making people hate each other for all the lies that have been told instead of giving them a chance to see that all there is on the other side of the wall are just people like you and me…..so no need to build walls!!!?

~H.B~