By August Kissel and Julia Skeval
ver run out of good books to read over the summer? When your English teacher assigns independent reading, do you ever blank on something new to read?
Well, problem no more.
From Jamesville-DeWitt High School librarian, Mary Panek, comes a new afterschool club, RED, all about reading, and promoting the library. Several students from all grades have joined, sharing a common interest in reading, as well as sharing and expressing their reactions to all different genres of literature.
Senior Samantha Williams was among the first members and has recommended several titles which she feels would appear interesting to the student body of Jamesville-DeWitt High School. “The Great Gatsby” is “relatable and classic,” Williams said.
One of her favorites, and a must read, “The Great Gatsby” is a novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The story is about the famous and secretive Jay Gatsby. It is in the point of view of Gatsby’s best friend and neighbor, Nick Carroway. Nick Carroway is adopted as Gatsby’s best friend because Nick is cousins with the stunning Daisy Buchanan, who is the love of Gatsby’s life. This story is a tale of love, lies, parties, and the American Dream.
Williams feels it’s more advanced than other books high schoolers are reading. Sophomores and juniors would enjoy this book, “but really any high schooler could read it. It’s just harder than other books,” Williams said. The book also gained fame when in 2013, a movie based on the story was released starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan. “It’s now extremely popular in school because of the movie,” said Williams Although she has not seen the movie, she has heard it is very good.
Other books recommended by Samantha include “Cold Mountain” by Charles Frazier and “Flowers for Algernon” by Daniel Keyes.