Reviews

  • Usha Akella’s I Will Not Bear You Sons Pulls No Punches. And It Shouldn’t Have To.
    *Written by Kanchan Naik, Founder and former Editor-in-Chief of The Roar Usha Akella tells no lies.  The first time I met this poet, producer, and founder of South Asian poetry collective Matwaala was at a Desi poetry reading moderated by India Currents. It was a surreal moment for a South Asian American teenage girl who […]
  • A Man’s Search for Meaning book review
    Image Credit: “Depressed” by kingfishpies is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0  In the past year, depression and anxiety rates have significantly increased because of the COVID-19 pandemic. During a time in which there are limited social activities and events, life can feel meaningless and hopeless for some people. While we cannot escape the pandemic, we still have the freedom […]
  • Call Me By Your Name book review
    For most people, falling in love for the first time is an unforgettable and powerful experience that is filled with intense emotions. Author Andre Aciman does an excellent job in capturing these passionate feelings in the bestselling romance novel, Call Me By Your Name. Taking place in a picturesque Italian town during the summer of 1987, Call […]
  • books to Devour This Summer
    How It All Blew Up by Arvin Ahmadi “The thing about bigots is they always go out of their way to acknowledge my fabulous existence, when I hardly notice theirs.” Told through a dual timeline setup, Arvin Ahmadi’s How It All Blew Up follows a riveting journey of self-discovery. When Amir is faced with having to come […]
  • The Wilds is something you think you’ve seen before. It isn’t.
    What would you do if you were stuck on a deserted island?  It’s a tired ice breaker, as well as the guiding question of Robinson Crusoe, Lord of the Flies, and Lost (2004-2010), to name just a few. It’s also the premise of The Wilds, on Amazon Prime. References to Lost and Lord of the Flies would not be unwarranted. After all––nine teenage girls stranded on […]
  • Bad Batch wins Hearts Among Star Wars Fans
    In recent years, the Star Wars franchise has been flooded with new material ranging from new movies to games, and even shows. In February 2020, Disney released the seventh – and final – season of the fan favorite show Star Wars: The Clone Wars. One of arcs in the show revolved around Clone Force 99, also […]
  • Rewatching Nostalgic 2000s Childhood Cartoons as a Teen
    Feeling extremely nostalgic lately, I decided to rewatch the pilot episodes of a few 2000s cartoons to see if they held up to my memories of viewing them as a kid. Stories often have a different takeaways and effects on a second viewing, and I’m curious to delve back into the past by rewatching some […]
  • Dear Justyce Raises Awareness of the Broken Justice System in the U.S.
    Imagine your life like this. Instead of waking up in your bed, you wake up seeing prison bars in front of you. Society thinks you will be in the prison system for the rest of your life. Unfortunately, this is the everyday reality for 60,000 teenagers in the U.S. juvenile system, according to the ACLU. […]
  • Nicole Chung’s “All You Can Ever Know” Explores the Complexities of Transracial Adoption
    In a school like Quarry Lane where the majority of students are of Asian descent, it is hard for us to imagine growing up in a household that is separate from our mother tongue and native culture. Nicole Chung’s memoir, All You Can Ever Know, provides a detailed account of her experience as a transracial adoptee. […]
  • Mighty Mighty Bosstones Announce New Studio Album
    Image source: https://www.bostonglobe.com/arts/2011/12/24/bosstones-come-home-for-another-throwdown/IjjFSHIxD2S5uaagLeFBfI/story.html “And he still hears the noise from the brigade, so you’re not gonna see his face in the final parade.” These words mark the chorus of an energetic, happy, fist-pumping, toe-tapping song filled with joy and excitement. The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Boston’s greatest ska punk legends, recently announced plans to release their […]
  • hOW TO BE A hIGH sCHOOL sUPERSTAR: a rEVIEW
    In academic driven schools like Quarry Lane, students find themselves taking a heavy course load along with doing many extracurriculars to be competitive for top colleges. But what if getting into a top college doesn’t need to involve plowing through hours of work or juggling many activities at once? In How to Be a High School […]
  • Book TV Adaptations tHAT bROUGHT oUT THE bEST OF bOTH woRLDS
    Have you ever read a book and then watched the movie based on it and felt completely disappointed? Although it’s always exciting to see your favorite characters brought to life on the big screen, condensing 300+ pages into two hour or six twenty-minute episodes is pretty difficult, especially considering the different storytelling formats. It’s pretty […]
  • “Last Boat Out of Shanghai” Reveals the Unspoken Past
    It is 1949 and the Communist party in China takes over the country, causing Chiang Kai-Shek’s KMT( Kuo Min Tang) Party to flee to Taiwan.
  • 20/20 DiVision: An Angry Cry that Reflects America’s Political Climate
    These words summarize the theme of the album 20/20 Vision by Anti-Flag. This album is the 12th studio album by this band.
  • Charlotte McConaghy’s “Migrations”: A Review
    Three chapters into Charlotte McConaghy’s Migrations, I was struck by that rare, wonderful feeling that I had stumbled onto something secret and gorgeous.
  • Barking Up the Wrong Tree Redefines Success
    When people hear about the word “self-improvement,” they tend to think about cliché and overused advice such as following your passion or being optimistic. However, Eric Barker’s Barking Up the Wrong Tree tells a different story. Yes, it is a self-improvement book about how to succeed. However, it is an atypical one that not only […]
  • Humans Make Us Feel More Human
    Recently, the Humans of New York photographer Brandon Stanton released Humans, a photography book that documents peoples’ lives around the world. For those who do not know what Humans of New York (HONY) is, HONY is a popular Instagram account that uses photography and interviews as a medium for storytelling. The typical format is that Stanton […]
  • MUST-READ WINTER BOOKS!
    Winter is finally here and, with it, everything festive and cozy and snowy. I love this season so much, and I’m excited to share a few books that remind me of the cold season as well as the holiday season.  Cold Day in the Sun by Sara Biren “This is my favorite time of the […]
  • The Space Between Worlds by Micaiah Johnson: A Review
    The Space Between Worlds, Micaiah Johnson (Del Rey 978-0593135051, $28.00, 336pp, hc) August 2020. In recent years, it has become common for popular entertainment to play with the trope of parallel worlds and alternate lives.   The plot device has been employed in settings ranging from the “mirror universe” in Star Trek to the classic […]
  • Thoughts on Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring
    Silent Spring by Rachel Carson is a captivating, complex, and easy-to-read nonfiction piece that launched the environmental movement. The book was published in 1962, two years before Carson passed.
  • A Strong Start For Star Wars’s The Mandalorian
    Star Wars was famous for its movies, but TV shows have always remained a strong part of the franchise. A new classic arrived in the form of The Mandalorian, which tells the story of a Mandalorian bounty hunter traveling the galaxy in search of targets to take down after the fall of the Galactic Empire.
  • Productivity Apps and Extensions To Look Out For
    During the COVID-19 pandemic, the distractions on our computer or phone can prevent us from focusing during online school. The computer applications in my previous article are still helpful for online school. However, I would like to share some new applications that I find to be very useful. I will also explain why these applications can make you have a better learning experience on Zoom.
  • Cal Newport’s Deep Work Persuades Readers to Go Deep
    In Deep Work, Cal Newport presents a strong argument that deep work is necessary for one to thrive in today’s economy. By working in a focused and efficient manner, this allows someone to be the best in your field, such as a computer programmer or tenured professor. Despite this, the majority of skilled professionals in the office spend their time doing the opposite of deep work. Newport starts off the book by illustrating this common problem that isn’t brought up enough. New emails or messages fragment a person’s attention and then the person has to attend many meetings or perform administrative tasks. From these distractions, the person spends little or no time practicing deep work.
  • How The Coronavirus Is Changing the Beauty Industry
    By Srusti Acharya and Reha Matai Though the term beauty in essence has different meanings to each and every individual. Yet, living in society often insists on participation in various norms that have developed into our daily lives. According to Statistica.com, as of December 20th, 2019 “According to a May 2017 survey of American consumers, […]
  • Halloween in Quarantine?
    The first thing you’d probably associate with October is Halloween. Think spooky season: bedsheets draped like ghostly spectres, false cobwebs made from stringy cotton, and scary contraptions that jump out of seemingly nowhere.
  • Who Moved My Cheese: A Simple Yet Insightful Read
    Credits: Alexander Maasch
  • The Nvidia RTX3080/3090 launch fiasco
    ASUS ROG STRIX 3080, Source: ASUS.com
  • Raising A Rennu: What ‘Genius Kids’ Founder Wants Parents To Know
    *Written by Kanchan Naik, Founder and former Editor-in-Chief of The Roar PLEASANTON, California — Genius Kids founder Rennu Dhillon says our greatest fear after death is public speaking — unless we make some incremental changes in our education system while we’re alive.  “Confidence is critical,” Dhillon says. “You have to learn how to take control […]
  • The Scandal Behind Disney’s New Live-Action Mulan
    Art by Kalyani Valiyaveettil
  • Escapist Fantasy Books to Read During Quarantine
    Since we’ve all been unable to step outside the limits of our homes for the past six months or so due to Covid–and more recently due to the Californian wildfires–I’ve been reading a lot of high-fantasy lately to mentally transport myself to other places. Just mentally, since I highly doubt I’d be able to survive […]
  • Salman Rushdie’s Fifth Novel And the Legacy of Storytelling
    Dal Lake in Kashmir, India. This was featured in the book Haroun and the Sea of Stories. Source: Eshani Mathur.
  • A Legacy That Belongs to all of us
    *Written by Kanchan Naik, Founder and former Editor-in-Chief of The Roar For years, Asian-Americans donned a cultural Invisibility cloak before Western audiences. And although undiscovered, their stories have unfolded silently and beautifully from generation to generation. That’s why the five-part documentary series, Asian Americans, created by an all-Asian American team of filmmakers, plays such a critical role […]
  • “Never Have I Ever” and the importance of representation
    As we all struggle through quarantine, one thing has become abundantly clear to all of us–––streaming services have become essential to our strange new lives.  And while Disney+ is gaining traction and Amazon and Hulu continue to enthrall, no other service has benefited from quarantine as much as Netflix. The platform’s ever-expanding selection of media […]
  • Tech News Summary: May 2020
    On May 7, Apple announced the new 2020 revision of the 13 inch Macbook pro. This laptop features all of the Keyboard changes which occurred to the 16 inch Macbook pro in 2019. This means Apple switched from the butterfly keys to their new Magic Keyboard and added a physical escape key among other things. […]
  • 3 Quarantine Must-Reads!
    Fairytale-Inspired Books to Eat During Quarantine Sometimes it feels like being at home all day is boring, dull, and the entire world seems to be squished down to the size of your house. Yeah, I get that feeling too. I’ve compiled a list of wonderfully-interesting pageturners that take the reader away to a different world, nestled […]
  • The Power of Habit
    Have you ever wondered what triggers you to perform an action and what motivates you to keep performing an action day after day? In The Power of Habit, Charles Duhigg analyzes how habits form and he presents a simple yet transformative way to replace bad habits with good habits. Although each habit has its unique path […]
  • DropKick Murphy: Boston Blowout!
    Ahoy! It’s me, Manthan, and it’s time for another article. I’m writing about my most favorite band, the Dropkick Murphy Ever since 2000, they’ve had a tradition of playing on St. Patrick’s Day. Whether they played in Boston (most of the time), Dublin (2013), or New York (one of their earliest shows I think). For […]
  • Fabulously Fun Reads for February!
    For many of us, the first thing that we think of when it comes to February is love and romance. This month, I’ve kept with that theme and compiled a list of some of my favorite YA Romance books.  1. Geekerella “Look to the stars. Aim. Ignite.” Geekerella by Ash Poston is a retelling of classic […]
  • Supercharging The Effort To Change Our Charging Cables
    The EU parliament has officially voted to push the standardization of mobile device chargers in the EU despite Apple’s protests. All mobile devices, whether made by Apple, Huawei, or anyone in between needs to have the same charger. Currently it is unclear whether the EU wants to standardize the charger itself and allow different ports on […]
  • Rise of Skywalker – A Review
    Hello there everyone! My name is Manthan Shah, and today I’ll be writing about something different. Normally, I’d write about something musically-related, but today I’ll be writing about my most favorite franchise – Star Wars. More specifically, I’ll be writing about the 2019 movie Rise of Skywalker – the conclusion of the Skywalker saga. I’ll keep it […]
  • Top takeaways from CES 2020
    CES 2020 has come and gone and a lot of potentially groundbreaking announcements have been made. For those who are unaware, CES (Consumer Electronics Show) is the world’s largest international tech show. Hosted in Las Vegas, the show brings in most major companies from around the world and can lead people to see a snapshot […]
  • Frozen 2 — A Review
    Produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios in 2019, Frozen II is a 3D computer-animated musical fantasy movie. As the sequel of the famous 2013 movie Frozen, Frozen II grabs lots of audiences’ attention once it released.      Frozen II mainly talks about the story after Elsa, Anna, Kristoff, Olaf, and Sven started the journey […]
  • Five Fashionable Fads of 2019
    By: Sonali Mudunuri Animal Print! This year, fashion went wild. Celebrities and influencers alike were seen in bright animal print, especially leopard print. This bright print was amplified with hues of bright orange, or muted with accents of soft tan. Animal print was featured on coats, skirts, pants, and tops — some of which were […]
  • A Bang For Your Buck: Christmas Edition
    Thanksgiving has passed and so has Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales. Does this mean that you can’t get good deals on Christmas gifts on Amazon? No, Amazon is just getting started with its holiday deals. As of writing (12/4/19), most Amazon deals relate to tech, but there are also some relating to toys.Firstly, Amazon has deals […]
  • Warriors Home Game: A Review
    On November 11th, I went to go watch the Warriors game. This was the first time I went to a Warriors game at the Chase Center. As soon as I got outside the building I noticed a difference. The front entrance was wider and more spacious. They had a large shot of the lush green […]
  • Tech News Recap
    Late October proved to have a lot of news, with the announcement of new tech and news of VPNs being hacked. These are some of the major news: NordVPN Hacked On October 21st, NordVPN, a popular VPN service announced that they had been attacked a few months prior to the announcement. The company states that […]
  • Maybe We’re The Punchline of Todd Philips’s Joker: A Review
    *Written by Kanchan Naik, Founder and former Editor-in-Chief of The Roar “You know what I am? I’m a dog chasing cars. I wouldn’t know what to do with one if I caught it! I just do things. Schemers trying to control their little worlds. I’m not a schemer. I try to show schemers how pathetic […]
  • Computer Applications to Boost Your Productivity
    With more and more content uploaded on the internet every minute, it is easier for one to be distracted easily by the internet. Within a brief moment, 2 hours have already passed and you wonder how did 1 click lead to an internet rabbit hole. But don’t lose hope. I will mention some useful applications […]
  • Five Fabulous Reads For Fall
    1. Marissa Meyers’ Renegades Trilogy   First up on the list is a new release of this fall, the conclusion to the amazingly written Renegades Trilogy by Marissa Meyer. Renegades opened up the futuristic world where a portion of the population are prodigies who possess super powered abilities and there is an ever present conflict between the Renegade […]
  • AirPods Pro-“It’s Magic Like You’ve Never Heard”
    Apple.Inc announced the launch of AirPods Pro on October 28th, 2019, which is a new and updated design of the existing AirPods. AirPods Pro seeks to improve the noise-canceling technology and water resistance level. The overall appearance of the AirPods slightly changes; the silicone tips in the front are designed to make listeners more comfortable. […]
  • How Are Video Games Made?
    Video Games at this time and age, are played by everyone spanning all ages. There are games made for all audiences. You like puzzles? Try Tetris. Puzzles boring? Add some action with first person shooters like Overwatch. Want something scary? How about Resident Evil. Video games span almost every genre possible. However, have you ever […]
  • The iPhone 11
    On September 20th, Apple. Inc released three new iPhones, the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max. For iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max, one new color was released, midnight green. This color unexpectedly attracted lots of people’s attention. There are also three new colors for iPhone 11, such as […]
  • A Day Trip to Poplar Beach, Half-Moon Bay
    Photo Credit: Anoushka Prashanth As we continue deeper and deeper into the new school year, naturally, we get more involved in our academics, schoolwork, and extracurriculars. For many students, it can be hard to get some time away from the chaos of the daily grind. Taking a day trip to the beach may be the […]
  • Of Bleak Futures: Marie Lu’s Legend Quartet
    Original Art by Izzy Chiang June: “I never did ask you about your street name. Why ‘Day?’” Day: “Each day means a new twenty-four hours. Each day means everything’s possible again. You live in the moment, you die in the moment, you take it all one day at a time. You try to walk in […]