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Frankenstein – More to it than you think

frankensteinTitle:  Frankenstein

Author:  Mary Shelley

Summary:  Victor Frankenstein has grown up in a loving family with a happy childhood during the 18th century in Europe.  However, just as Victor is about to leave for university, his mother dies.  Once he has grieved the loss, he leaves for college where his mind his opened to the world of science and he becomes the most skilled scientist in the university.  Unfortunately, his potential for success is thwarted by his obsession with the processes of life and death triggered by his mother’s abrupt demise.  He becomes so obsessed, in fact, that he creates a living being from scratch.  The rest of the novel follows the repercussions of this one fatal action.

Six Word Review: More to it than you think.

I started reading because:  I had to read it for school, but I ended up being really interested because the actual story was a lot more interesting and well-crafted than the general understanding of it today.  The creature Victor Frankenstein creates isn’t even named Frankenstein.  It’s never named; it’s just called “the monster.”

I would give this book 10/10 stars because it had a lot more depth to it than I had initially expected. It examines what social isolation does to people (and monsters) and it also explores the concept of what it truly means to be alive.

I loved the suspense Shelley weaves throughout the story.  I was always excited to find out what happened next.  I hated the ending.  It made sense to have it end the way it did, but I just wish there had been a little more to it.

If the lead character Victor was in a high school yearbook, he would be voted Most Likely To: Be Irresponsible And Selfish.

Anything else we should know?  The story is based on a dream Mary Shelley had.  She was interested in the concept of life and death because she had many miscarriages.

–Regina, West Seattle, Teen Blogger


Teen Reviewed: One Piece

One PieceTitle:  One Piece

Author:  Eichiro Oda

Why I started reading?  It was so long ago I can’t even remember.  The cover looked interesting?  😀

In a yearbook, the main character would be voted Most Likely To:  charge in headfirst without thinking!

This book reminded me of Dragon Ball because they’re both manga, they are the same genre, shonen, which is action-adventure that isn’t too mature.  The main characters are similar in personality and they both are written by the same formula of “story arcs,” so they have similar progression.

One Piece is very popular.  It’s aimed towards a younger teen audience.  The main character has an interesting ability and is very charismatic and distinctive.  It’s fun to watch him work towards his goal, and it doesn’t ever get too confusing.  It’s a series, and the first half of it is pretty straightforward, but as you get more into it, the plot thickens and the setting becomes more and more complex.  The main theme seems to be camaraderie, but there are other minor themes such as equality, justice, government oppression, and dreams.

— Lexie, 15, West Seattle


Interpreting Your Dreams

Recently, I was having a conversation with my parents about dreams. Now, I think we can all agree that dreams are odd, no matter who you are. It’s always fun to share your dreams with your friends, especially the really wacky ones or the ones that they’re in. But have you ever thought about if your dreams could tell you something? Maybe they’re precognitive, tell your future. Maybe they show some part of your personality that you didn’t even knew you had. Many cultures around the world believe in dreams and make interpreting dreams a common practice. So after this conversation with my family, I went to the library and checked out some books about dreams. They talk about sleep patterns, ways of remembering dreams, common dream themes, etc. I think the best part were the dream glossaries in the backs of each book. For example, I once had a dream about two giant tidal waves crashing into each other and becoming one ginormous one, which took out the entire town (I stayed alive though). Looking in some books, I found that water shows the depth of your emotions, stormy seas mean chaos and illusion, and a flood shows a rise in unconscious energy. Who knew?

But one of the main staples of interpreting your dreams means writing them down, keeping a dream journal. It sounds corny, but it’s quite interesting if you keep up with it. I wrote down my dreams for a couple months, and it was cool to see the weird trends from night to night.

So, I encourage you to try interpreting your dreams. Who knows what you’ll find out about yourself, your life, future and friends.

Here are some books that are worth checking out:

Teen Dream Power: unlock the meaning of your dreams by M.J. Abadie

Dream Power for Teens: what our dreams say about you past, present, and future by Rob MacGregor

-Emma, 15, Teen Center Advisor