Books in the Middle: Reading for Middle School

Our focus is on books middle school students might like to read and topics pertaining to books for these students, and we are giving recommendations. Teachers, librarians and middle school students are the contributors to this blog. If you would like to listen to booktalks of some of these books, please check out this site and enjoy!

8th Grade Student Blogger – Haley G. April 24, 2014

Filed under: Humor,Realistic Fiction/ Contemporary Fiction,Student Book Reviews — oneilllibrary @ 8:23 am

It’s a Funny Kind of Story by Ned Vizzini

Craig’s best friend is Aaron. Aaron knows almost everything about Craig. They’ve known each other for what seems like forever. However, there are a few things that Craig has kept from Aaron. Craig seems to love Aaron’s girlfriend. He has liked her for a while. It kills him to see them together. But, there is something else that Aaron doesn’t know.. Craig is depressed. Often, he finds himself thinking about taking his life. He cannot keep his food dimgresown, and he has dreams about jumping off a bridge. One day, he finds himself thinking about suicide. Though, it’s different this time. He wants to do it. He has an urge to do it, to follow through with the thoughts he has. This scares him, so he calls a Suicide Help Line. The police come, and he is committed to a Mental Help Center. Will Craig be able to rid himself of the pain that has burdened him for so long? Or, will he remain to be captivated by pain?

Recommended for 8th grade and up.



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