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Mental Health Awareness Month: A Book List

Mental Health Awareness Month: A Book List

Emily Dexter

May 8, 2019

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. To celebrate, here is a list of Young Adult books that touch on the themes of mental health and mental illness. ...

A Vacation In Your Brain [Café Libro]

A Vacation In Your Brain [Café Libro]

Carson TerBush and Emily Dexter

March 29, 2018

Stuck on a staycation? Escape Carmel with some exotic reads! Click to view an interactive graphic with Carson and Emily’s book recommendations for some good books to read over spring break.

Love, gelato and even more [Café Libro]

Love, gelato and even more [Café Libro]

Emily Dexter

March 3, 2018

According to Jenna Evans Welch’s novel Love and Gelato, people come to Italy for just that: love and gelato. For Lina, however, things are a bit more complicated. Before her mother lost her battle with cancer, she made her last wish clear: that Lina travel to Tuscany to finally meet the father figure she nev...

Everything, Everything [Café Libro]

Everything, Everything [Café Libro]

Carson TerBush

January 25, 2018

I have to admit, I definitely judged Everything, Everything by its cover: the colorful explosion of art that composes the title left me optimistic about the book’s contents. And I wasn’t wrong. (P.S. I’m not going to say I told you so, but I told you so, judging books by their covers often works!) Nicola Yoon’s Everything, Everything (also a movie as of May 2017) follows Maddy, an 18-year-old with an immune disease that prevents her from ever leaving her house. Having never been able to go to school or interact with people other than her mother and nurse, Carla, Maddy’s main companions consist of the characters from her many boo...

Winter Reads [Café Libro]

Winter Reads [Café Libro]

Emily Dexter and Carson TerBush

December 24, 2017

Click to view an interactive graphic with Carson and Emily's book recommendations for some good reads over winter break. Hover your cursor on each book to learn about Carson and Emily's ratings as well as a brief introduction to the plot. Happy reading! On this blog, Emily Dexter and Carson TerBush will put their book recommendations to the test. Each week, one will challenge the other to read a...

Music to My Ears [Café Libro]

Music to My Ears [Café Libro]

Carson TerBush

November 28, 2017

As a violinist, it always interests me to hear about the lives of young musical prodigies. Having had experience playing music and understanding how much effort it takes to master an instrument, those who accomplish this at such a young age impress and fascinate me. In The Lucy Variations by Sara Z...

A Welcome Turnaround [Café Libro]

A Welcome Turnaround [Café Libro]

Emily Dexter

October 26, 2017

Pivot Point by Kasie West starts out as your classic YA novel. Addie, a junior in high school, lives in a secret compound where everyone has mind powers—telekinesis, lie detection, controlling others’ moods, erasing parts of others’ memories, et cetera.

Creative Writing Con to take place on March 9 and 10 in CHS Library

Creative Writing Con to take place on March 9 and 10 in CHS Library

Jai Sanghani, Social Media Editor

March 9, 2017

The Creative Writing Con will take place at the CHS Library on Thursday, March 9 and Friday, March 10. Students will attend with their classes, but may also request a MUSE pass for Thursday's SRT (already passed). Many authors will be attending including Shannon Lu Alexander (Love and Other Unknown Var...

HiLite staff members discuss the credibility of ghostwriters versus actual authors.

HiLite staff members discuss the credibility of ghostwriters versus actual authors.

Sitha Vallabhaneni and Misha Rekhter

January 27, 2017

Reading through Goodreads’ New January Books by Authors You’ve Read, all I saw were two James Patterson books, a trend that’s continued since I joined Goodreads. As a bestselling author, Patterson produces around four books per month, and according to the Los Angeles Times, Pattersonhas had arou...

Turning the Page

Turning the Page

Lin-Lin Mo, Student Section reporter

November 27, 2016

For the past 27 years, Jerry Brickley, creative writing and English 11 teacher, has lived with two professions: a teacher and a writer. Some Tuesdays he is a sponsor for Creative Writing Club, and for second period Blue Days, he is also a mentor to Grace Coleman and Laura Anderson, English independent...

CHS students should consider spending more time reading in their free time

CHS students should consider spending more time reading in their free time

Raiha Zainab, Reporter

September 16, 2016

When I was a child, if you ever wanted to know where I was, there was a 95 percent chance you would find me with my face buried in a new book. The other 5 percent of the time comprised of me going to school, eating or sleeping, most likely wishing I could go back to the book I was reading at the mom...