The Raider Review

Everything I Never Told You: Book Review

Bessie Huang, Co-Editor-in-Chief

April 20, 2018

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Celeste Ng's first novel, Everything I Never Told You, begins with what seems like an end: death. Lydia, the daughter of Marilyn and James Lee (a pairing as unconventional as its constituents are to 1970s Ohio), is found at...

Book Review: Sad Girls

Bessie Huang, Co-Editor-in-Chief

February 27, 2018

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Sad Girls, Lang Leav’s debut fiction book, started off with a preamble that read like poetry – a gesture to her reputation as a poet. I bought the book because whenever a writer crosses genres and publishes work in a gen...

Book Review: The Hate U Give

Nyla Howell, Staff Writer

January 3, 2018

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Angie Thomas's book "The Hate U Give" is an interesting and realistic perspective of the life of a black teenage girl going through real-world problems. The story is set in a low-income, majority black neighborhood called Garden Heights and features a 16-...

Book Review: The Book of Unknown Americans

Nora Stewart, Co-Editor-in-Chief

December 7, 2016

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The first paragraph of The Book of Unknown Americans, the most recent novel of author Cristina Henríquez, ends with this sentence: "I assumed that everything that would go wrong in our lives already had." This is only the...

Book Review: Lab Girl

Bessie Huang, Staff Writer

November 1, 2016

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Although nonfiction is not a genre I commonly indulge in, Hope Jahren’s Lab Girl was a memoir that held my attention as soon as I opened it. After my eyes skimmed over the first few pages, I already knew that I wouldn’t b...

Book Review: Another Brooklyn

Nora Stewart, Co-Editor-in-Chief

September 22, 2016

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"This is memory." This is the thread that runs throughout Another Brooklyn, National Book Award-winner Jacqueline Woodson's first adult book in 20 years, published last month to considerable critical acclaim. It is the oft-repe...

Book Review: The Valley of Amazement

Nora Stewart, Staff Writer

February 4, 2016

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"When I was seven, I knew exactly who I was: a thoroughly American girl in race, manners, and speech, whose mother, Lulu Minturn, was the only white woman who owned a first-class courtesan house in Shanghai." This is the first...

Dear Parents for Banning Books

Nora Stewart, Staff Writer

October 20, 2015

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Dear Parents for Banning Books, I’ve certainly read a lot about you recently and the books you’ve tried to ban. Books you want to remove from schools, classrooms and libraries, books you feel the need to protect your chil...

“An Ember in the Ashes” : Captivating and Amazing

Nora Stewart, Staff Writer

May 27, 2015

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A fair number of books come out every month, and one of the books that is most talked about this April is An Ember in the Ashes, the debut novel of Sabaa Tahir. It’s a tale of bravery, danger, and magic; one of the best fan...

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