The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne

61sidpXiAIL.jpgBruno is a young boy growing up in Nazi Germany. When Hitler begins targeting Jews and placing them in concentration camps, Bruno doesn’t have to worry because his family is a part of the SS. Told from Bruno’s perspective, there is a lot of confusion surrounding what is going on, and why his family is moving to a place called “Out-With”. An aspiring explorer, Bruno meets a young boy from the other side of the fence and forms a friendship. Will he be able to fight the prejudice his family supports? Will he be able to save his new friend?

I really don’t know how to feel about this book. In some ways, I really want to love it. I feel like there is some innocence in Bruno’s perspective that is valuable because as the reader we understand why things are how they are, however we see our main character lacking this knowledge. In other ways, however, Bruno’s ignorance is extremely annoying. Even at 9 years old, you would expect him to be able to catch on to things a lot quicker. I give this book a 3.5 out of 5. It’s something worth reading, but I think other holocaust books narrate this time in history much better.

Common Sense Media Rating: 12+ years old

 

Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari

23453112.jpgDating life not going well? Tormented by the limitless romantic options out there? Never satisfied with your dates? Aziz Ansari explores the complex world of modern dating. Through humor, Aziz discusses topics from dating apps, dating trends, cheating, snooping and marriage with various research. He not only presents data from sociologists, but he talks to people from around the world to gather insight into what makes dating in 2017 complex and what are our new advantages.

I am really glad I picked up this book. Not only did Aziz have me laughing out loud, but there were so many topics that he covered beautifully. I even learned a little bit about my own dating life! I would definitely recommend this book to young men and women. The topics are presented from various points of views and allows the reader to form their own opinion. Overall, I give the book 4 out of 5 stars. I skimmed through a few pages because I lost interest or the information felt repetitive. But overall, I enjoyed this book.