Kenall Meenan ’16
House Rules by Jodi Picoult
House Rules follows the investigation of the disappearance and murder of Jess Oligvy, a college student and behavioral aide. This shines a spotlight on the Hunt family – Emma, Jacob, and Theo. Jacob is obsessed with crime scenes, and is a patient of Jess’s because he has Asperger’s Syndrome. His condition makes him the prime suspect in the investigation. True to Picoult’s writing style, the book is told from the perspectives of Emma, Jacob, Theo, Oliver (Jacob’s lawyer), and Rich (lead investigator). Each perspective reveals a different side of the story. Once again, Picoult creates an intricate story full of twists and turns until the very last pages.
The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey
Before seeing it in the theater, pick up a copy of The Fifth Wave. It is the story of a young girl named Cassie who is attempting to survive apocalyptic attacks on the Earth. There are five waves of attacks. While Cassie is running from murderous creatures that disguise themselves as humans, she meets Evan, who may be the key to reuniting her with her brother, or lead to her demise. On her own, in a world where she cannot trust anyone, Cassie must find a way to survive. Through changing perspectives and a thrilling plot, this novel keeps the reader interested for its entirety.
The Naked Roommate: And 107 Other Issues You Might Run Into in College by Harlan Cohen
Now that the college acceptance letters are arriving, seniors have probably started stressing about actually stepping onto the campus. The Naked Roommate: And 107 Other Issues You Might Run Into in College is a great way to assuage those fears. It includes a variety of tips, experiences, and stories from college students across the nation. The book compiles every single weird and seemingly insignificant aspect of college that will provide accurate insight and make you feel comfortable when your parents drop you off next fall. From encouraging students to embrace the uncomfortable, to combating sexual diseases on campus, this book is an exceptionally accurate guide to navigating college.