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‘Gray’ offers glimpse into Pete Wentz’s life

‘Gray’ offers glimpse into Pete Wentz’s life

By Lauren Price, Online Arts Editor

April 24, 2013

Pete Wentz is perhaps the most well-known member of the rock band Fall Out Boy, and however cliché it is, fame comes with a price. In Wentz’s case, he dealt with mental instability as an adolescent and throughout his time in Fall Out Boy, and this was a major influence on his new novel. Wentz’s novel, Gr...

‘Observer’ sits down with local best-selling author

‘Observer’ sits down with local best-selling author

By Lara Fu, News Editor

April 23, 2013

Many students dabble in writing throughout their years in school, whether it be through English class, writing for the literary magazine or the school newspaper. Sarah Pekkannen, an author living in Bethesda, has always loved writing. She made the transition from occasional student journalist to professio...

Novel writing competition challenges students, teachers

By Jessica Lee, Staff Writer

November 29, 2012

 On Halloween, instead of trick-or-treating with my friends, I was finishing my NaNoWriMo story outline. NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month, an annual online challenge that attracts hundreds of thousands of participants. Aspiring writers, such as first-time participant sophomore Kim Rooney ...

‘Wallflower’ cast offers realistic portrayal of teen life

'Wallflower' cast offers realistic portrayal of teen life

By Catherine Goohs, Archive Manager

November 7, 2012

 When I went to see The Perks of Being a Wallflower, I expected the typical high school coming-of-age film. The movie did have many qualities relating to that genre—a quirky main character, disastrous relationships and awkward teenage encounters. But despite expectations, Wallflower proves to carry more me...

Rowling follows Potter legacy with new style

Rowling follows Potter legacy with new style

By Jessica Lee, Staff Writer

November 7, 2012

J.K. Rowling has shelved the epic magic of Hogwarts in favor of a small English town whose biggest problem is whether to redraw the district line. Rowling’s newest novel, The Casual Vacancy, takes place in the fictional town of Pagford, where councilman Barry Fairbrother suddenly dies shortly befo...

The Observer’s top 5 (Oct. 2012)

October 2, 2012

'Gangam Style'- PSY’s new song, "Gangnam Style" has caused a massive rise in the popularity of Korean pop music (K-pop). Due to the song’s catchy tune and entertaining music video, "Gangnam Style" has gone completely viral, with over 100 million views on YouTube. Alana Thompson-TLC has introdu...

‘Matched’ a must-read novel for distopian novel fans

'Matched' a must-read novel for distopian novel fans

By Danielle Kiefer, Online Observations

May 1, 2012

What to eat, wear, work, read or who to marry are all choices that most people can make for themselves every day. Ally Condie’s novel Matched explores a society where these choices are made for everyone by Officials to ensure that people have a seemingly perfect and healthy life. In Matched, 17-yea...

‘Hunger Games’ stirs up excitement among students

'Hunger Games' stirs up excitement among students

By By: Bhaavya Srivastava, Production Editor

March 27, 2012

Hundreds of eager fans are looking forward to March 23—the day the long-awaited movie adaption of The Hunger Games finally releases—including plenty at CHS. The trilogy of books has gained a large following all over the world, and the Gary Ross-directed movie promises to attract even more fans. B...

Some comics redefine the term ‘graphic novel’

Some comics redefine the term 'graphic novel'

By By: Ariana Etessami, Staff Writer

February 23, 2012

Parents could easily put together a long list of complaints regarding their kids’ undesired habits and behaviors these days. There’s the classic texting-under-the-table epidemic, and then the bringing-home-boyfriend-with-nose-piercings-and-tattoos outbreak. A more recent addition to this list is...

Politics and Prose draws in young readers

By By Emily Birnbaum

May 19, 2011

Politics and Prose, the Washington D.C. bookstore that has been a haven of book-buying and author meet-and-greets for 25 years, was bought by former Washington Post editors Lissa Muscatine and Bradley Graham April 1. Despite popular belief that the bookstore would not be bought when it went up for...

J.D. Salinger’s legacy lives on in ‘Catcher in the Rye’

By Lauren Pires, Arts Editor

March 1, 2010

He knew us best and he managed to capture the unique stage of “teenagerdom” in a crude, colloquial prose that has never been matched. The literary world lost a prized member as J.D. Salinger passed away at the age of 91 On Jan. 27. “I love that [Salinger] was so cynical,” junior Ashton...

‘Twilight’ fans eagerly await ‘New Moon’ premiere

By Remi Forster: Business Manager/ Christina Zhang: Photo Editor

October 28, 2009

One year ago movie theaters were packed with obsessed and screaming fans, paparazzi and excitement. The movie version of the extremely popular book had lived up to its name. America had not seen anything like it since J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, but another renowned author has taken some of ...

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