Reviews by Category: Biography

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The Glass Castle book cover

The Glass Castle

By Jeannette Walls
Star Rating
★★★★

Rated by
Bella P.
May 24, 2024

Jeannette Walls' The Glass Castle is a memoir that recounts the life of the author in her dysfunctional family. Jeannette desires stability—something that was never provided in her childhood because of poverty, neglect, and constantly moving from place to place. Jeannette learns to depend on herself—the most reliable person in her life.

Teen Review
Educated book cover

Educated

By Tara Westover
Star Rating
★★★★★

Rated by
TeenReviewer11
May 24, 2024

Educated is a memoir written by Tara Westover. Westover grew up in rural Idaho in a survivalist family. Her father was very strict; he did not allow Tara and her siblings to receive formal education and forced them to stay away from the healthcare system because he believed the government was trying to steer them away from God. When Tara was 17, she decided to attend college at BYU, which marked the beginning of her educational journey.

Teen Review
Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

Into the Wild

By Jon Krakauer
Star Rating
★★★

Rated by
Anonymous
Apr 16, 2024

Summary: Into the Wild tells the story of 23-year-old Chris McCandless, who in April of 1992, hiked into the Alaskan wilderness. The biography is written by Jon Krakauer, who found McCandless’ story to be strikingly similar to his own. Krakauer recounts McCandless’ life, from his graduation from Emory to his denouncing of his identity and possessions. Then, of his explorations into the wild and his brief encounters with others.

Teen Review
Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

Persepolis

By Marjane Satrapi
Star Rating
★★★★★

Rated by
Anonymous
Apr 14, 2024

Persepolis is a unique book that doesn’t adhere to what is expected in literature. It combines the personality and ease of reading a graphic novel with the depth of a non-fiction book, particularly a memoir. Specifically, this book follows Satrapi’s life as she grows through the Islamic Revolution. As a child, she becomes rebellious and seeks better out of the Islamic government. Later in her life, she keeps some elements but is subdued in others.

Teen Review
The Forerunner

The Forerunner

By Cori Bush
Star Rating
★★★★

Rated by
Anonymous
Apr 10, 2024

The Forerunner is an autobiography by Cori Bush who currently serves as the representative in the house for Missouri’s first congressional district. The book details her life before politics and how her experiences throughout her life have shaped her to be the person she is today. The book is really raw and honest and contains some heavy topics that Cori has experienced throughout her life, especially in her childhood.

Teen Review
Every Falling Star

Every Falling Star

By Sungju Lee
Star Rating
★★★★★

Rated by
Anonymous
Apr 10, 2024

Every Falling Star is a historical autobiography by Sungju Lee. In his autobiography, Sungju details his life in North Korea and his harrowing escape from the country. His story starts out in Pyongyang back when he was a child. His family includes his dad who is a military officer, his mom, his dog Bo Cho as well as his grandfather, who is a doctor and grandmother who is a former teacher.

Teen Review
Button Pusher

Button Pusher

By Tyler Page
Star Rating
★★★★

Rated by
Nehanika C.
Mar 29, 2024

Button Pusher by Tyler Page is about a boy named Tyler. Tyler is different from the other kids around him and sometimes does bizarre things that he doesn’t always remember. Tyler's home life is not that good as his parents are always fighting and his dad is really unpredictable and scary. He also spanks Tyler if he gets mad and his mom is too scared to do anything about it. At school, Tyler is always getting in trouble when working because he gets distracted very easily and he doesn’t listen to the teachers either.

Teen Review
A Child Called "it" by Dave Pelzer

A Child Called "it"

By David J. Pelzer
Star Rating
★★★★★

Rated by
Victoria O.
Mar 18, 2024

A Child Called “it” is a memoir by Dave Pelzer. Dave’s mother was an alcoholic and brutally abused her son. Dave often had to fight for food and was tortured by his mother’s abuse. At first, it didn’t seem too bad, but as his mother’s games got worse, Dave realized that he would have to find a way to take care of himself and find help. I really liked reading this book, and I would definitely recommend it.

Teen Review
Night book cover

Night

By Elie Wiesel
Star Rating
★★★★★

Rated by
Victoria O.
Mar 18, 2024

Night is a memoir by Elie Wiesel.  The book is about his experiences as a Jewish teenager during the Holocaust. It follows his journey from a small town in Transylvania to various concentration camps, including Auschwitz and Buchenwald. In the camps, he witnesses and suffers from a lot of cruelty. His father is all he has left, but his father eventually dies, too. Elie was very faithful at the beginning of the book, but over time he begins to question what his faith has really gotten him. 

Teen Review
Into the Wild

Into the Wild

By Jon Krakauer
Star Rating
★★★★

Rated by
Vaibhav K.
Mar 18, 2024

Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer, tells us the real story of Christopher McCandless, a 24 year old who abandoned his normal life and hitchhiked to Alaska to live in the wilderness. Four months after venturing into the wild, he was found dead.

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