When I first grabbed this book, the color stood out to me on the New shelf. I read the inside cover, and it sounded like a good read. I wasn’t disappointed. I love reading good books with a lot of music involved.
The Falling Between Us is a story about Joshua Blackbird, a boy from a small town who becomes famous with YouTube. At first, I was getting a Justin Bieber vibe from it. The story is told from the perspective of Roxanne Stewart, who is his best friend and ex-girlfriend. She’s been on tour with him. But the fame isn’t all fun and games, and the glamour of what it looks like.
Joshua starts having to deal with the bad side of fame. Between the crazy fans and paparazzi, the evil family and management, and his “girlfriend” for the press, who can he trust? Roxanne met him when she was six, but didn’t really meet him until their 9th grade English class. Now, Roxanne and Joshua’s drummer, Speed, are his only two true friends.
One night on a boat, Joshua swims off and after a long search, is announced dead. Roxanne is devastated. Is she able to piece all the clues together before it’s too late?
This isn’t your typically story of when a teenager becomes famous and gets tired of it. I would have to say that some parts of the ending were not written well, but overall this was a good read. For the second book by author Ash Parsons, I wasn’t disappointed.
-Rebecca V. 10th grade
The Falling Between Us by Ash Parsons is available for checkout from the Mission Viejo Library.
The Gospel According to Larry is a novel about a teenage boy who wants to change the world. He creates a blog on which he shares his views of the world. His fan base calls his blog posts “sermons” and say he preaches to them. In reality, his name is Josh Swenson and his ideals are spread all over the Internet until he becomes famous all over the country.
Keeping his identity a secret, Josh continues to “preach” about the problems of the world while offering helpful solutions to bloggers. Going about his life, he spends his time with his friend, Beth, and he often directs his posts around her life so that she seems to really connect with “Larry”. In addition to preaching, he lets people guess who he is by posting pictures of his possessions on the blog. Josh only owns 75 possessions, and he states this as he posts each picture.
After a few months, a fan discovers his identity and releases it to the world. Becoming famous in a few days after, Josh is now swarmed with the press; unknowingly pushing away his friends. Unable to live like this anymore, he fakes his own death and moves away. This book was actually quite good. Normally I wouldn’t read anything other than Harry Potter; however, this book not only was enjoyable but it also opened my eyes to many problems in the world discussed in “Larry’s” sermons. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading. It wasn’t the best book I’ve ever read, but it was a nice change from all the wizards and dragons!
The Gospel According to Larry is available for checkout from the Mission Viejo Library.