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Girl on Fire: How NYC and Princeton compare to Iowa

NYCFD[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, November 5, 2015]

I walked out of the glass doors onto a large piece of triangle pavement and a sudden wave of the smell of garbage, grime and pollution slammed into me. The smell, however, was accompanied by a view of stories-tall buildings with lights flashing and painted words on the walls.

Unfortunately, my first minute of New York City wasn’t the most pleasant of experiences, but that only made the rest of the trip that much more amazing.

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Girl on Fire: Mother nature can be so breathtaking

[As seen in Creston News Advertiser October 15, 2015]

The sunlight was warm on my face as I trudged up a steep incline, little clouds of dust forming around my Nikes with each step. The dirt and grass were dappled with light until I reached an opening in the trees at the top of the hill.

Through the opening I saw a hill rolling downward, a small lake with kayakers creating sparking ripples and a tall, craggy hill made of loess and blanketed with emerald trees.

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Book Review: Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

The Lightning ThiefTitle: The Lightning Thief
Author: Rick Riordan
Series: Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1
Published: July 2005
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Pages:
From: Barnes and Noble
Rating: 8/10

Recently, I’ve been reading so much literature written specifically for children and young adults I’m surprised my brain hasn’t melted a little.

But, to be honest, I am enjoying reading these novels that don’t make you think. One of those novels is Rick Riordan’s The Lightning Thief, a Percy Jackson and the Olympians novel.

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Book Review: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Gone GirlTitle: Gone Girl
Author: Gillian Flynn
Published: 2012
Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
Pages: 432
From: Barnes and Noble

“Marriage can be a real killer.” This first sentence to the inside cover summary of Gillian Flynn’s most popular novel Gone Girl describes the novel, and marriage within the novel, to a T.

Nick Dunne and his wife Amy moved to Missouri after both losing their writing jobs in New York City. They rented a house along the river, and eventually started rebuilding their lives. Amy’s parents, published writers, provided her with enough money that she gave it to Nick to open a bar with his sister, Margo. Slowly, their lives seemed to be coming along nicely. That is, until the door to their house was left wide open and Amy was gone.

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