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Pranshu Adhikari


Pranshu Adhikari


Hi everyone! I'm Pranshu, and I am a university student in Texas. I have an incredible love for reading; it has allowed me to become a more empathetic person and has shaped me into the person I am today. I am a big proponent of actually thinking about a book after reading it --- I think most of what you can get from books comes from analyzing the big picture ideas presented in the book (my high school English teachers were right after all!). I hope that I am able to provide original analyses of books through my reviews! In addition to reading, I love learning about flags from around the world and buying fresh flowers :).

Pranshu Adhikari

Reviews by Pranshu Adhikari

by Geoff Herbach - Contemporary Fiction, Family, Family Life, Fiction, Sports, Young Adult 13+

For Adam Reed, basketball is a passport. Adam’s basketball skills have taken him from an orphanage in Poland to a loving adoptive mother in Minnesota. When he’s tapped to play on a select AAU team along with some of the best players in the state, it just confirms that basketball is his ticket to the good life. But life is more complicated off the court. When an incident with the police threatens to break apart the bonds Adam’s finally formed after a lifetime of struggle, he must make an impossible choice between his new family and the sport that’s given him everything.

by Leila Howland - Fiction, Romance, Young Adult 14+

Becca Harrington is a reject. After being rebuffed by every college on her list, she needs a fresh start, so she packs up everything and moves to LA, giving herself one year to land an acting gig or kill herself trying. Unfortunately, not everything turns out as planned, and after a few grueling months, LA is looking like the worst idea ever. As hard as she tries, Becca can't land an agent, she's running out of cash, and her mom is hounding her to apply to more schools. 

by Andrea Portes - Adventure, Family Life, Fiction, Mystery, Thriller, Young Adult 14+

What is a hero? Paige Nolan knows. Edward Raynes, the young man who exposed America’s unconstitutional spying techniques, is a hero. Or Paige's parents, journalists who were captured by terrorists while telling stories of the endangered and oppressed. Paige is approached by Madden Carter, an undercover operative who gives her a mission --- fly to Russia, find Raynes and discover what other government secrets he’s stockpiled. In exchange, he’ll reopen the case on her missing parents.

by Adwoa Badoe - Coming of Age, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Young Adult 13+
For 18 year-old Charlotte, university life is better than she’d ever dreamed. Most of all, Charlotte is exposed to new ideas and in 1981 Ghana, this may be the most exciting --- and most dangerous --- adventure of all. At first Charlotte basks in her wonderful new freedom, especially being out of the watchful eye of her controlling and opinionated father. She suddenly finds herself with no shortage of male attention.But Ghana is fraught with a history of conflict. And in the middle of her freshman year, the government is overthrown and three judges are abducted and murdered.
by Katie Kennedy - Family, Family Life, Fiction, Social Issues
An asteroid is hurtling toward Earth. A big, bad one. Maybe not kill-all-the-dinosaurs bad, but at least kill-everyone-in-California-and-wipe-out-Japan-with-a-tsunami bad. Yuri, a physicist prodigy from Russia, has been recruited to aid NASA as they calculate a plan to avoid disaster. The good news is Yuri knows how to stop the asteroid --- his research in antimatter will probably win him a Nobel prize if there's ever another Nobel prize awarded. But the trouble is, even though NASA asked for his help, no one there will listen to him. He's seventeen, and they've been studying physics longer than he's been alive.
by Aditi Khorana - Prejudice , Racism, Social Issues
For Tara Krishnan, navigating Brierly, the academically rigorous prep school she attends on scholarship, feels overwhelming and impossible. Her junior year begins in the wake of a startling discovery: A message from an alternate Earth, light years away, is intercepted by NASA. This means that on another planet, there is another version of Tara, a Tara who could be living better, burning brighter, because of tiny differences in her choices. The world lights up with the knowledge of Terra Nova, the mirror planet, and Tara’s life on Earth begins to change. 
by Neal Bascomb - Education, History, Military, Reference, Young Adult 12+
Neal Bascomb delivers another nail-biting work of nonfiction in this incredible true story of spies, survival and the greatest act of sabotage in all of World War II. The invasion begins at night, with German cruisers slipping into harbor, and soon the Nazis occupy all of Norway. They station soldiers throughout the country. They institute martial rule. And at Vemork, an industrial fortress high above a dizzying gorge, they gain access to an essential ingredient for the weapon that could end World War II: Hitler s very own nuclear bomb. When the Allies discover the plans for the bomb, they agree Vemork must be destroyed.
by Cindy Anstey - Fiction, Historical Fiction, Historical Romance, Romance, Young Adult 12+

Juliana Telford is not your average 19th-century young lady. She's much more interested in researching ladybugs than marriage, fashionable dresses or dances. When her father sends her to London for a season, she plans to secretly publish her research. Spencer Northam is not the average young gentleman of leisure he appears. He is actually a spy for the War Office, and is more focused on acing his first mission than meeting eligible ladies. Fortunately, Juliana feels the same, and they agree to pretend to fall for each other. Spencer can finally focus, until he is tasked with observing Juliana's traveling companions...and Juliana herself.

by William Osborne - Historical Thriller, Military, Mystery, Youth Fiction

Tygo, a locksmith's son, is forced by the Nazis to loot abandoned Dutch homes for valuables. Known as "The Ferret," everyone despises him, but helping the Germans is the only way he can stay alive. When he discovers a girl with a diamond in a chimney, he refuses to give her up. Instead, he turns spy and uses the jewel to find out information about Hitler's ultimate weapon. He has one shot to stop the war. Can a ferret become a hero?

by Shannon Gibney - African American Interest, Fiction, Women's Studies

Despite some teasing, sixteen-year-old Alex Kirtridge found that being a biracial girl in a white family didn't make much of a difference as long as she was a star on the diamond. But now, things are changing: she meets Reggie, the first black guy who's wanted to get to know her; she discovers the letters from her biological father that her adoptive parents have kept from her; and her body starts to grow into a woman's, affecting her game. Alex begins to question who she really is. She's always dreamed of playing pro baseball just like her father, but can she really do it? Does she truly fit in with her white family? What does it mean to be black?