Circle of Silence

Circle of SilenceThe Biggest Story Of My Life Could Be How It EndsIt S My Turn To Run A Campus News Crew, And I Ve Put Together A Team That Can Break Stories Wide Open And Washington Irving High Has A Truly Great One To Cover, If Only We Can Find A Lead.A Secret Society Has Formed In Our School It Announced Its Presence With Pranks Underwear On The Flagpole, A Toilet In The Hallway, Cryptic Notes A Circle Of Silence Keeps The Society A Mystery No One Knows Its Members, Agenda Or Initiation Secrets Until A Student Lands In The Hospital Under Strange Circumstances.I Will Blow This Story Wide Open And Stop Others From Being Hurt Or Worse And While My Ex, Jagger, Might Want To Help, I Don T Trust Him Yet And, No, Not Because Of Our Past Together That Is Not Important To This Story But Whether You Find Me, Valerie Gaines, Reporting In Front Of The Camera, Or A Victim In The Top Story Of The Newscast Be Sure To Watch Campus News At 9 00 A.m This Friday. This was heart poundingly good Seventeen year old Valerie Gaines prime focus in life is to find and amazing news story that will propel her into the college of her dreams Being a news reporter is a goal she s been working on since the eighth grade So when a series of bizarre school pranks happens, Valerie thinks she may have struck reporter gold The first and second pranks seem harmless but the third one hints at sinister things to come, and they are all signed by MP Who or what is MP This is what Valerie and her teammates on Campus News set out to discover However, just when Valerie thinks she has everything under control, her ex boyfriend, Jagger, unexpectedly enrolls into the class and is assigned to her team Just what does he think he s playing at He s the one who ruined things Valerie will not let him distract her from getting what she s worked so hard for And, she s not about to let her heart be broken again Valerie was an easy character to connect with, and you get caught up in the mystery try
As an avid reader of mysteries and thrillers, and after really enjoying Carol s other novel, Dancergirl Circle of Silence s companion , this one has been high on my anticipated reads of the year Regardless of me giving it a 3 star rating, I did truly enjoy it, where it lost its flair on me is on a individual standpoint which may not be of concern for most readers For one, I felt very distant from out protagonist, Valerie The journalism aspect is interesting, but I felt like some of the decisions she makes are too high stake for a small school news report, as if she thought she was working for CBS and it was expected of her to put her own life on the line I also found she missed a few clues that, to me at least, were incredibly evident Consequently, I put this mystery together not far from the half way mark, which inadvertently made the rest of the clues even obvious So naturally, I wasn t kept as captivated by the suspense of the mystery as I was hoping, which, in the end, turned out to be anticlimactic for me Nonetheless, it didn t make it uneventful I was still intrigued by MP the secret society and what they were planning next I was especially delighted to see them share their point of view while keeping their identities hidden, we re given an inside look at the
4.5 Circle of Silence by Carol M Tanzman is the second book in the WiHi series but can be read as a standalone Set at Washington Irving High School in Brooklyn Heights, Circle of Silence focuses on high school journalist, Valerie Gaines She s been made producer of a Campus News Crew and is eager to show that she is the right person for the job When random pranks start occurring at school on Valerie, as well as other students, and things get very serious.Before requesting Circle of Silence, I hadn t heard of Dancergirl, the first book in the series, but I was reassured by fellow bloggers that this book could be read without having read book one I didn t know much about Circle of Silence but I jumped right in and was immediately caught up in the mystery surrounding the secret society at Val s school, particularly because the story is told from Val s point of view with the addition of extracts from MP s meeting log.Valerie Gaines is in her final year of high school and has coveted the position of producer of the Campus News Crew for years On her team is best friend Marci, classmates Henry, Raul, Omar as well as her ex boyfriend, Jagger They dated last year until he cheated on her and they haven t spoken much since Val still has feelings for him but she s trying to hide them because he really hurt her and never explained or apologised I really liked Val, she s intelligent, driven and a good siste
I am a huge fan of thrillers and mysteries I love it when the book makes me think deeply about something, or discover who is behind something I read so MANY mixed reviews about Circle of Silence, that I just HAD to try it And proudly, I am on the good side By the way, do I have to remind you I was not paid to write a positive review, all ideas expressed are mine and mine only Now, for the review Valarie Gaines what a CUTE name has always had a dream To win a scholarship for journalism, so when group B of Campus News vote for the leader, she is thrilled to be chosen Now, she has to direct and produce many segments for the high school TV Fortunately, her group are reliable and hardworking There is her supportive best friend, Marci There is the tech genius Henry and the hard working Raul There is the love able Omar The group collection cannot get better, but it can get worse Val Valarie is not so happy when another member is added, the handsome, flirty Jagger The only guy who broke her heart and never gave it back to her Fortunately for Valarie, stories are flowing Well, particularly, one story Someone named MP is doing horrible pranks in their high school From hanging underwear in the place of flags, to putting a toilet in the hallway Val takes over the story with her group interviewing students, teachers, and scanning hallways She is determined to know who is behind the pranks Turns out, the MP is not just one person, they are a group, and they do not want Val to mess
Carol M Tanzman has a gift for writing contemporary stories that explore the real, gritty side of high school life in a way that keeps the reader captivated and hanging onto her every word Honestly, I m not fond of the synopsis It doesn t capture the thrill and shivers and dread that I felt while reading this book It doesn t capture the essence of the story as did the synopsis for dancergirl WiHi 1 However, I had read dancergirl, and I remembered how much I loved that book With high expectations, I picked up Circle of Silence, and I loved it.Although this is the second book in a series, what ties the books together is that they take place in the same high school The character are all different, but for a couple references to Ali, which was pretty exciting I cheered, I KNOW THAT GIRL in my head, as though I d spotted a celebrity In a way, I did I m that big of a book nerd.The story focuses on Val s perspective however, every now and then, the mysterious leader behind the society gets a word in Each time, I knew that something bad was going to happen Because the leader doesn t have anything good to say What we see is plotting plotting on how to use t
Valerie Gaines is determined to rock her school s airwaves during her senior year She is a member of the Campus News team, and dedicated to becoming a real life journalist when she gets older Her concentration is broken when her cheating ex, Jagger, joins her class and she is forced to work with him.Soon, the Campus News team has lots to report on a group called MP is pulling ridiculous pranks and defacing school property But when Val tries to investigate, she gets threatened Never one to back down, she chases the story But she may not like what she finds out.I felt like this book was trying way, wayyyy too hard Not only that, so many moments were just unbelievable that I couldn t let myself really enjoy the story.Valerie is a senior who basically spends all her time either working on a new story or in the news room editing one Here was my problem number one there is NO WAY this girl can be getting through her senior year and hope to get to college if she is concentrating that hard on only one class Not a mention is made of her ever even going to another class, much less doing homework
Recensione pubblicata su Cronache di BetelgeuseValerie adora partecipare al gazzettino della scuola Sogna di diventare una giornalista e quando si ritrova tra le mani una vera inchiesta, pronta a buttarsi a capofitto nelle indagini Anche se questo pu mettere in pericolo le persone che ama.La storia incentrata sul personaggio di Valerie, ma la cosa strana che non sappiamo molto di lei La sua passione per il giornalismo, per esempio, non spiegata n comprensibile Sembra quasi che la protagonista voglia farsi riprendere per apparire in TV Anche gli altri ragazzi che partecipano al corso di giornalismo non esprimono una vera passione per la materia, quasi che siano presenti solo per accumulare crediti e prendere voti alti.Il rapporto con Jagger, che compare fin da subito nella storia, non viene molto approfondito Si capisce che Valerie sia rimasta delusa dal suo comportamento passato, ma al tempo stesso la ragazza ne ancora innamorata, anche se non vuole ammetterlo I loro scontri sono divertenti da leggere, visto che Jagger fa di tutto per dimostrare di essere cambiato e di aver capito di aver commesso un errore La sua costanza da premiare, visto che n
Valerie Gaines a.k.a ValGal has just been appointed producer of the Campus News B Team crew at Washington Irving High and is determined to cover a big story to get her into college She is thrilled to be teamed up with dedicated students, including her best friend Marci until Jagger, Valerie s ex boyfriend makes a late entrance and is also assigned to the B team Valerie struggles to be indifferent to Jagger s charm but her desire to succeed in her position pushes her through any unease An underground group known as M.P are pulling pranks and leaving cryptic messages initially causing a bit of excitement at school soon turns serious when students wind up injured and Valerie is warned off covering the story Circle of Silence really surprised me At first I thought, okay young adult novel, there will be some kind of flightly problem and a predicatble love interest Boy was I wrong Circle of Silence is indeed young adult but from page one, it proves how quickly it strays from the usual YA framework Instead, it s a fast paced suspense novel with a strong minded, hard working and career driven protagonist who displays all the qualities a great journalist possesses The love interest with Jagge
I couldn t put this book down The story pulled me in right from the beginning and never let go I was dying to figure out who secret society MP was I thought I had it figured out midway through the book, but then I decided I was definitely wrong Turns out my initial guess was right, even though I ruled it out I loved that the story is told from the news team s point of view and MP s point of view it keeps the tension going throughout the whole book As for the romance aspect of the story, I think I got myself emotionally invested than the characters themselves The love triangles paced the story very nicely It s a mystery and a thriller, but also a realistic tale of broken hearts and hopeful prom pairings in high school And in a VERY refreshing twist from the damsel in distress Bella Swan type female protagonists that plague YA novels, Valerie had no illusions about the opposite sex and remained intell
Valerie is finally getting her chance to run a news crew for Campus News at the H.S TV station Also there s the chance to go for that Student Emmy, which would certainly set her apart from other college applicants And as luck would have it, there s a secret club of students pulling pranks that are becoming and dangerous breaking a story like this would certainly put her ahead right But then there s the issue of her slacker cheater ex being put on her team at the last minute, and the fact that MP the name of the secret club is pretty elusive Will Val be able to figure out MP before they go over the deep end Not my favorite, but not because it was bad writing or a bad story I just didn t like Val I felt like she was a goody goody in an annoying way Yes she drank at a party and skipped school tha