Three Favorite Books
By Veronica Cagle-Sanchez
1. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky: A few years back, I read this book, and fell in love with both the story and it’s characters. The book tells the story of a guy named Charlie, who is entering his freshman year of high school. He uses a typewriter to seek advice from an anonymous source. He struggles with depression due to circumstances from his childhood, and has no friends by his side due to the fact that his one friend committed suicide. He soon finds a group of seniors who welcome him into their close knit friendship. This book spoke to me in many ways. Many can relate to the feeling of entering high school a bit lost and confused. And I personally dealt with some of the same issues in which Charlie went through, therefore hitting close to home. It is a beautiful story of friendship that gives insight to every day teen struggles along with mental disorders, such as depression. It was later made into a movie, that I believe represented the book wonderfully.
2.Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck: I read this book my freshman year, not expecting too much of it. As most books assigned by teachers, I was pretty much dreading having to read it. It turned out to be one of my favorite books. An overall classic, Of Mice and Men, tells the story of two field workers who wander for jobs during the Great Depression. George is a small, intelligent man who looks after Lennie, who in which deals with some mental disabilities. Lennie means well but due to his size and misunderstanding, seems to cause many problems. George, much like an older brother figure protects him as much as possible. Although a tragic story, this book teaches the meaning of friendship and sacrifice. It is heartbreaking but shows that sometimes in life, we have to make tough decisions.
3.The Fault in Our Stars by John Green: I read this book a little over a year ago. There were two reasons why I chose to read it. First off, everybody was raving about how amazing it was and I fell into the trap. And second, the author of the book, John Green actually has a channel on Youtube with his brother Hank in which they post videos. I watch their videos and think they are great people. So I went ahead and read the book, and cried a lot while doing so. The book explores the heart-warming journey of a 16 year-old leading character Hazel Grace, a cancer patient who has a dying wish to meet her favorite author, and a seventeen year-old Augustus Waters, a boy in her cancer support group who is madly in love with her. We witness Augustus try to win Hazel-Grace’s heart as she continually warns him that she is no choice of a person to fall in love with due to her circumstances. Although there is death in this story, this book is a celebration of life. It teaches that you do not need to leave some huge mark on the world in order to have lived a beautiful and successful life. It also shows that just because someone may have a disability or illness, doesn’t make them any different than the rest of us. We all strive to just live life and make the most of it.