Vampire High

SPARKLY NEW BOOK REVIEW!

That’s right, I’m reviewing a book, deal with it! This book is called vampire high! GO:

So I hope you like corn and lots of it because this book is corny. It’s about a boy named Cody Elliot who is attending his first year at a high school about vampires! But not the bloodcurdling vampires of Draclua fame, ¬†nor the sparkly vampires we’ve become accustomed to in recent years. These vampires are somewhere in between, and in truth are more like regular old children, hence the corniness. But corniness aside, they’re actually likable, and relatable¬†high school students who are dealing with relatable high school social problems.

The problems start when Cody attends school, and everything is super weird. Then he picks a fight with school bully protecting a kid named Justin. Then the bully is all like “Are you stupid bro (not an actual quote) I’m gonna kill you and your face,” but this girl named Ileana marks him, and then everyone leaves him alone. Then Justin is all like “Dude, are you stupid (still not an actual quote) you’re like human and we’re all like Vampires bro.” In the real book Justin isn’t so obnoxious sounding, I swear, but that’s the gist. So Cody finds out the school is all Romanian and vampiresque, and that the only reason he attends is to be on the water polo team because Vampire’s can’t swim. He befriends Justin, falls in love with Ileana, and shit hits the fan. The story picks up from there.

So there is the corniness, but despite this I ended up really liking the book. The Jenti students (their word for vampire) are relatable, Cody is relatable, and so are his problems, and additionally everything is charming. At first it seemed like it didn’t need vampires, but they end up winning you over by the end, and the book world is well fleshed out, and feels like it is very real in it’s own vampiresque (yes I made up that word) way, and it comes to a pretty satisfying conclusion, that attaches you to Cody and the story overall.

It’s certainly not a deep book that is going to radically redefine your perception, but it’s a charming story that’s fun to read.

7/10

-RJ

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Citations and plagiarism

How are we not supposed to plagiarize in school when everything they have us do gets different rules each year? I know I might be a little bit nit picky but MLA has changed at least 4 times if not more just in my 4 years of high school and going into my fourth year of college! Writing a web citation in MLA went from including any information that could possibly exist on the page down to the original website and the article (from reading my notes you people looking for a citation now!) I agree that Citing sources is important and these sources might change over time but if there is a standard set in one class and the next class is supposed to use this standard they have to reteach it completely. I took all of my high school english classes and my teacher in College also taught us how to do correct citations for the web because they change every school year!

I’m not saying that plagiarism is not bad, it is absolutely no good for anyone to plagiarize peoples work; but does it really need to be so hard to give credit to another piece? All I am asking for is some basic rules that will not change yearly and allow us to work without worrying if we are using the latest citation type.