By Gladys Oliva |Staff Writer| Hollywood got its hands on a best selling novel “The Girl On The Train,” which hit the big screen Oct. 8. The film is focused on the main character named Rachel, an alcoholic who recently divorced her husband due to an affair. As a commuter, she often looks out the window during the train stop and obsesses over the perfectly in love couple she describes as “the kind of love you always want.” She ends the day a drunken mess and the next day she discovers that the woman from the "perfect love couple" has gone missing. Rachel has a gut-wrenching feeling that she's a part of this crime but her blurred memory gets in the way of the truth. The film … [Read more...] about #1 New York Times Best-Seller Turned Into Movie Thriller
House Rules — Book review
By Samantha Romero |Staff Writer| "House Rules" is a dazzling murder mystery by popular author Jodi Picoult. Jacob Hunt can't look his mother in the eye. But does that mean Jacob is a killer? The book opens with Emma Hunt, his mother, entering her home, noticing mail scattered all over, stools in the kitchen overturned, and Jacob laying by the fireplace seemingly dead. But Jacob pops up immediately and chides his mother for not promptly attempting to solve his fake crime scene. Jacob has Asperger's syndrome, which is an autism spectrum disorder, characterized by significant difficulties in social interaction, nonverbal communication, and characterized by restricted and … [Read more...] about House Rules — Book review
Book Review: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
By Erin Posjena |Staff Writer| The New York Times bestselling novel, “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green, has critics and readers alike describing it as “luminous, beautiful and an instant classic.” The novel follows a young, terminal cancer patient named Hazel Grace Lancaster, who has plunged into a depression so deep she thinks nothing can pull her out. The inspiration for this novel came to Green after working at a children’s hospital where he met a young cancer patient there that directly influenced him. The novel begins with Hazel attending a cancer support group where she meets Augustus Waters, another cancer patient with an outlook on life that shows her there is more … [Read more...] about Book Review: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Get lost in a book
By Dawnika Lopez |Staff Writer| As you cuddle up in bed with your cup of hot chocolate, here are a few books you can get lost in during some chilly nights. Donna Tartt’s, “The Goldfinch,” is wonderful literature with narrative composed with energy and power. Tartt creates unforgettable characters which allows readers to capture their individual mysteries. The story begins with a young boy Theo Deckor, who survived an accident that killed his mother. Clinging on to his mother’s love his life begins to spiral into guilt and burden. He observes a painting that captivates his dreams, past, future and fate that’s intoxicating. “The Goldfinch is smartly written novel connecting … [Read more...] about Get lost in a book
Baz Luhrmann gives The Great Gatsby a modern makeover
By Shannon Luster |Staff Writer| “The Great Gatsby” draws viewers with such realistic looking special effects that it places you into the wondrous, dangerous world of millionaire Jay Gatsby. Although it faced stiff competition with “Iron Man 3” at the box office, “The Great Gatsby” managed to open at number two and earned $51.1 million in its opening weekend, according to the IMDb Charts. Producer, writer and director Baz Luhrmann, director of movies like "Romeo and Juliet" and "Moulin Rouge," has returned with his take on the novel, "The Great Gatsby." Traces of "Romeo and Juliet" also showed up in "The Great Gatsby," since both movies revolved around a pair of lovers becoming … [Read more...] about Baz Luhrmann gives The Great Gatsby a modern makeover
Coming to a theater near you!
By Shannon Luster |Staff Writer| The movies of 2013, coming soon to a theater near you, will make you laugh, cry or grab onto your theater seat horrified. Get your ticket stubs ready for these six highly anticipated movies. “The Big Wedding” revolves around a funny, dysfunctional, family, reuniting for a wedding. This movie sports a talented cast, including Robert De Niro and Diane Keaton. They bicker and joke at the dinner table and elsewhere for our entertainment. You’re invited to the wedding on April 26. “Pain and Gain” centers around two body-builders turned criminals, starring Dwayne Johnson and Mark Wahlberg. This action-comedy-crime movie, based on a true story, … [Read more...] about Coming to a theater near you!
The story of a real life and heroic “Lucky Louie”
By Becky Monreal |Staff Writer| The book “Unbroken,” is a courageous story of World World II veteran and Olympic runner Louis Zamperini and will leave readers hooked. The true story is about Zamperini, who was raised in Torrance. Throughout his childhood he always found himself in trouble because he was stealing or getting into fights at school. However, that all changed when he found his talent for running track and field. Zamperini’s lightning fast legs would help him break running records all across America and even take him all the way to the 1936 Berlin Olympics. After competing in the games, Zamperini enlisted in the Army and served as a B-24 pilot, traveling across the … [Read more...] about The story of a real life and heroic “Lucky Louie”