A Royal’s Perspective on Summer Reading


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Kolina Janji, Staff Writer

Summer reading was assigned for all grade levels over the unique summer break, leaving students with an activity to keep them occupied during quarantine. The books assigned taught students many different lessons about humility and kindness.

Freshman Book. Photo Location: https://vialogue.wordpress.com/2014/04/25/tattoos-on-the-heart-notes-review/

“Tattoos on the Heart” by Father Gregory Boyle, is a memoir about Father Boyle’s determination to set young people involved in gangs on the right path and better their lives.

Spencer Thiemann ’24 describes the book as “amazing and powerful in a way that is unique.” When asked about what lessons it teaches, she states, “It taught that regardless of the things you have done in the past, they don’t always define you. You can change your future and write your own story.”

Sophomore Book: “Shanghai Girls”

“Shanghai Girls” by Lisa See is a book about two girls from Shanghai, China, and their journey to America while enduring gender stereotypes and racism.

When asked about her opinion on the book, Gia Espejo ’23 answered, “It was a pretty interesting book. It shared gender stereotypes within Chinese culture and the structure of family relationships”

Junior Book: “Educated”

“Educated” by Tara Westover is a memoir about the author’s struggle living in a house where she was emotionally and physically abused, and the author’s journey to be “educated.”


Sophomore Book. Photo location: https://www.amazon.com/Shanghai-Girls-Novel-Lisa-See/dp/0812980530

Madeline Sigur ’22 (Rhea) comments, “It was a really good read! There were a couple times where I didn’t want to finish it cause it made me a little mad. I recommend it!”

She adds, “It gave me a bit of insight on how people’s lives are much more different than our own; given this book takes place in the 1980s/1990s.”


Senior Book: “The Catcher in the Rye”

“The Catcher in the Rye” by J.D Salinger is a novel about a 16-year-old teenager named Holden Caulfield and his search for the adult “phonies” after he got expelled, leaving him weary and unstable.

After reading this novel, Chelsey Ruiz ’21 described the book as “inspiring” and taught her “how many troubled kids see the world.”

Junior Book. Photo location: https://www.amazon.com/Educated-Memoir-Tara-Westover/dp/0399590501
Senior Book. Photo location: https://www.amazon.com/Catcher-Rye-J-D-Salinger/dp/0316769487