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The Bell Jar has sold more than three million copies worldwide. Photo by: Ava Mohror

Cougar Critique: “The Bell Jar”

Ava Mohror March 15, 2024

Sylvia Plath writes a chilling novel that closely resembles her reality Trigger warning: novel and article discuss disturbing topics, including suicide.  “The Bell Jar” by Sylvia Plath was originally...

Just Kids by Patti Smith is an autobiography of her early life before fame and her complicated relationship with Robert Mapplethorpe. Photo by: Jane Armstrong

Cougar critique: “Just Kids”

Jane Armstrong June 9, 2023

This coming-of-age autobiography depicts Patti Smith's rise to fame and how success can be achieved through unconventional ways Patti Smith's autobiography, “Just Kids,” documents her early life before...

Layla is psychological book that will leave the reader guessing and wanting more. Photo by: Kendall Garcia

Cougar critique: “Layla” by Colleen Hoover

Kendall Garcia March 8, 2023

A novel that shows life and love after tragedy No. 1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover came out with the book “Layla” in December of 2020. The book begins when Leeds meets Layla. It’s...

Curtis said, Enders game is my favorite, but this one [Ender in Exile] is pretty good too.  Photo by: Brody Daw

Book review: “Ender’s Game” is out of this world

Brody Daw and Emily Nguyen November 15, 2022

A book redefining human ethics and politics through a dystopian world “Ender’s Game,” written by Orson Scott Card, is a book about Andrew “Ender” Wiggin saving the planet. The catch? He’s...

Miles Halter is introduced in the book as the nerdy, shy and awkward outsider at Culver Creek Boarding School. Later in the story, he meets characters such as Alaska Young, Chip Martin, Takumi Hikohito and Lara Buterskaya, who all have a strong influence on his development. Photo by: Alex Hoskins

Book review: “Looking for Alaska”

Alex Hoskins and Christian Montecino November 10, 2022

A look into the minds of troubled teens when it comes to love, loss and life If you’re a fan of the hit novel, “The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” then look no further. “Looking for Alaska'' is...

Olivia Arriaga 24 said, “I thought [It Ends With Us] was so good and it was funny at some points, but I also thought it was sad. It was just such a good book and I would recommend it to anyone.” Photo by: Ava Mohror

Book review: “It Ends With Us”

Ava Mohror and Halle Gentry October 21, 2022

After the trend of reading “It Ends With Us” died down, is it still worth reading? We have likely all heard of author Colleen Hoover, more specifically, her most popular novel, “It Ends With Us.”  Despite...

Book review: Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the universe

Book review: Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the universe

Julian Martinez June 16, 2022

“Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe” is a young adult fiction novel about two Mexican-American teens living in El Paso, Texas. The book is full of emotion, hopefulness and self-discovery....

Book review: My Body

Book review: My Body

Sophia Nacu June 10, 2022

“My Body” by Emily Ratajkowski is my favorite book. To keep this simple, this book is a series of essays regarding the complexity of womanhood—the ins and outs of what it means to have a body that...

Book review: The Glass Castle

Book review: The Glass Castle

Brody Daw June 10, 2022

“The Glass Castle” by Jeannette Walls is arguably one of the best memoirs that has ever been published. Beginning at the impressionable age of three, Walls recounts her beautiful and heartbreaking...

The Power by Naomi Alderman. The book was positively received by critics and readers alike. It won the Baileys Womens Prize for Fiction, as shown here. Photo by: Rowan Munoz

Opinion: Review of a Book: “The Power”

Rowan Munoz October 14, 2021

 Lover of books? Take a look at a Cougar Press staffer’s review of Naomi Alderman’s critically acclaimed novel. This is a spoiler-free review. What would one do if it’s the present day and young...

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