Teen News, Reviews & Info
Wed, 01/15/2014 - 4:47pm
Higurashi: When They Cry is a murder mystery that continues to change. It is set in the rural village of Hinamizawa during the June of 1983 when someone died (but “who” is a bit of a problem). The graphic novel series follows new resident Keiichi Maebara. Keiichi quickly makes friends among his fellow classmates, all of whom have strange quirks, and seems to settle right in. Until someone dies and another person disappears.
Starting off as a traditional, Japanese slice-of-life story about a young boy in a new town, Higurashi quickly dissolves into the paranoia of a whodunit, with its colorful cast taking on more deadly aspects. But Higurashi’s real charm comes as the story develops and Keiichi (or rather the reader) is overwhelmed by a conspiracy that makes solving the mystery much harder since what the mystery is changes. The town of Hinamizawa evolves as the characters do, changing the circumstances of the dense puzzle that the reader is asked to solve and changing the nature of the people living in it.
Higurashi is well known as a “dark comic,” and much of its reputation is as a comic that will shock readers with violence. But there is more to the story. Keiichi and his friends, presented at first as “weird” individuals, are shown to have devastating traumas and intense emotional connections that mature as the story unfolds. Though certainly a fun murder mystery, Higurashi is really about, not mystery or murder, but humanity, in a variety of forms both dreadful and powerful.
Fri, 01/03/2014 - 2:24pm
January 15, 3:30 - 5:30pm
The final chapter begins of the Twilight Saga phenomenon, the birth of Bella and Edward’s child brings conflict between Bella and her lifelong friend, Jacob, and an all-out war between the Cullens and the Volturi. Come enjoy pizza, the movie & a special Twilight trivia.
Winner takes home a $25 gift card!
Sun, 12/29/2013 - 5:03pm
Nick is poor. So poor he lives in a tiny trailer, has no computer, and has to work everyday after school. And he has no cell phone. Then he gets the flyer: Cheapest prepaid cell phones in town. With his precious savings Nick buys a $20 phone (a refurbished with no caller ID) and 150 minutes. He's overjoyed and can't wait to talk to Jen, his girlfriend and the reason he bought the phone.
But as soon as Nick turns the phone on, the calls begin. A sobbing woman begging for help. A pushy man who urges Nick to steal cell phone accessories, but won't tell Nick what he wants. A heavily accented man who warns Nick not to trust "them." Then there are the games that come with the phone: Games From Real Hell. As the cell phone keeps ringing, a wretched, screeching cat noise, Nick gets more and more involved with the callers. Until, finally, they drag him into hell...
Hell Phone was a quick, easy read. Intriguing enough for teens who don't usually enjoy reading, and with a plot that holds a reader's interest. I enjoyed it, and recommend it for those who like a tiny rush of fear, but want to sleep well at night!