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Pages of the past

Pages of the past

Co-written by Ananya Bhat

Screen Shot 2017-04-17 at 5.38.55 PMCatcher in the Rye

British Literature teacher Randy Holaday

DSC03842“My sister and my dad really liked it so I had really high expectations for the book, and it just wasn’t for me. It was too modern and too, frankly, stupid. I couldn’t see the connections between it and my own experiences. And
I guess that’s a common thing. When I was forced to read books that really had nothing to do with my own experience, I didn’t like [them].”

Screen Shot 2017-04-17 at 5.39.06 PMThe Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Honors American Teacher Hannah Gould

DSC03853“I read it freshman year and honestly I don’t remember anything about it. It didn’t move me and I think I wasn’t really […] paying attention to it, maybe? So that was interesting to teach that again this year also, after so many years off from it. I liked it a little better this time, but it still isn’t my favorite book ever.”


Screen Shot 2017-04-17 at 5.39.24 PMOf Mice and Men

World Core teacher Paola Luna

DSC03845It was fine, but there wasn’t a lot to it and I really didn’t like how it ended. I didn’t want Lennie to be killed. I didn’t like that he killed the girl. Maybe that speaks a lot about the book that it got to me so much that I didn’t like it so much.” 



Screen Shot 2017-04-17 at 5.39.16 PMBilly Budd

British Literature teacher Lynn Rose

DSC03847I still even remember the cover of it. Even looking at the cover, I knew I wasn’t going to like it. It was about a bunch of men on a ship and I don’t even know if there was a single female character, just about what happened on the ship […] honestly I don’t know any more than that because I don’t know if I actually finished it. I guess I couldn’t identify to it in any way. It was very much more of a ‘boy’s book’ in terms of an adventure at sea.


While you can learn a lot from the classics, a fresh new read can have much to offer. Here are three books from recent years to check out.

30555488The Underground Railroad                                           By Colson Whitehead

What was once a network of secret passages and tunnels becomes a real railroad in this tale of two slaves’ escape to freedom



17333223The Goldfinch                                                                 By Donna Tartt

A boy’s infatuation with his only memory of his lost mother draws him into the world of art



18143977All the Light We Cannot See                                         By Anthony Doerr

Amidst the post-World War II rubble, a French girl and German boy struggle together to survive the aftermath


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About the Contributor
Michelle Wong, Staff writer
Michelle Wong is currently a senior for El Estoque. She was formerly the print entertainment editor.