Review of And the Trees Crept In

By Rita Nicholson

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Silla and Nori can’t catch a break in And the Trees Crept In, written by Dawn Kurtagich. They run away from their mother and abusive stepfather to the manor house, which is where their mother and her sisters grew up, to live with Aunt Cathy. For the first couple of years, everything is great until the trees move closer to their house, Nori starts to play with a strange, creepy man that only she can see, and Aunt Cathy goes to the attic and never comes out.

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Review of “Thank U, Next”

By Hunter Barrett

Just six short months after releasing “Sweetener” Ariana Grande has released another album, titled “Thank U, Next.”

The first single off of “Thank U, Next” was actually a song by the name of “Thank U, Next.” That song went to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart, which is a big deal in the music industry.

After that, Grande released “Imagine” and “7 Rings”, “7 Rings” also went number one on the charts. Shortly after releasing these, Ariana dropped her newest album “Thank U, Next” on Feb. 8, 2019. Grande had a third song, “Break Up with Your Boyfriend, I’m Bored”, go number one as well.

After one listen, I decided it was her second best album, after “Dangerous Woman”, her 2016 album. “Thank U, Next” opens with the song “Imagine”, which features some heavy vocals and is about imagining a perfect relationship.

Some of the most notable and my personal favorite songs off of the album would be “NASA”, “Ghostin”, “Bad Idea” and “Bloodline.” These songs are very meaningful and some of them are more upbeat and poppy, which I like.

“Ghostin” is a ballad supposedly written to any future lover that Ariana Grande has and in the song she apologizes for crying and being sad over the death of her former boyfriend, Mac Miller. The song is super sad and a fan favorite.

Overall, the album is very good and worth a listen. The album can be found at any store that sells albums and on all streaming services. The price of the album ranges anywhere from $10 to $15.

Review of Things We Have in Common

By Rita Nicholson

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Tasha Kavanagh’s novel, Things We Have in Common, promises to be a dark and gripping story. The story begins when Yasmin sees a strange man lurking near the school and watching another student, Alice. Yasmin convinces herself that this man is planning on taking Alice, whom she has an obsession with, and that she must protect her from any potential danger.

Yasmin takes it upon herself to find out exactly who this man is. But as she learns more, her affections shift from Alice to him, even when Alice mysteriously disappears and Yasmin suspects this man of kidnapping her.

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Review of A Lite Too Bright

By Rita Nicholson

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Imagine traveling across the country via train following breadcrumbs your dead grandfather left behind five years ago. In A Lite Too Bright, written by Samuel Miller, Arthur Louis Pullman the Third does just that.

Arthur’s grandfather (also named Arthur Louis Pullman) was the author of an American classic, A World Away, and he suffered from Alzheimer’s disease. During the last week of his life, he somehow managed to travel from California to Ohio, where he died. The narrator is desperate to find answers to the mystery of what happened to his grandpa and to escape his own personal demons from the past, so he embarks on a journey across the country to follow his grandfather’s footsteps.

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