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Island of the Blue Dolphins

by Scott O'Dell

Karana lives on the island with a tribe of Native Americans. However, one day, Karana and her brother were left behind. She has to figure out how to survive on a island where no one else lives. Karana has no food or weapons. 

I really liked this book, it was the best book ever. I love how she figures out how to survive on an island where she has no help from no one.

I would recommend this book to everyone who likes reading survival stories. Even if you don’t like reading books, I really recommend this book to you it’s a really good book, trust me! 

Yessica, 15

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Sense and Sensibility

by Jane Austen

This book details the trials and tribulations in the love lives of the Dashwood sisters. The eldest sister, Eleanor, is logical, reasonable and levelheaded, while Marianne, the younger sister, is emotional, passionate, and romantic. Eleanor finds herself in love with an engaged man, while Marianne is pining after a local rascal.

I liked this story a lot because it kept me on the edge of my seat. Jane Austen novels are wildy unpredictable, but always possess a happy ending.

I definitely recommend this book to others because of its dynamic plot. If you like classic love stories or other Jane Austen books, Sense and Sensibility is perfect for you.

Bethany, 15

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Fangirl

by Rainbow Rowell

Cath and Wren have been attached to the hip from the moment they were brought into the world, until now when Wren decides to go out into the world of college by herself. With Cath alone, she struggles to juggle her favorite hobby of writing 'fanfiction' for her favorite series about the wizard, Simon Snow and her new college work load. Cath has to learn to survive as she struggles to get along with her new roommate and deal with her first love.

I've read the same Young Adult novel about the girl with a troubled past who meets the perfect boy quite a few times now and I was pleased to find something different when I came across this book. Fangirl overall felt like a very fun but real read. You could connect to the characters and the troubles they were going through were quite realistic for a freshman in college. This novel is probably one of my favorites that I've read in a while because of easy it was to connect it to my own life.

I recommend Fangirl to anyone who likes witty humor, realistic characters, and a cute, but not overwhelming, love story. Fangirl is the whole package wrapped up in a novel that isn't like every other one in the Young Adults section.

Karley, 14

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Fangirl

by Rainbow Rowell

This novel tells the story of a young girl, Cat, and her struggles towards her transition from the comfort of her home to the big and scary college campus life. Along the way, she meets new people that make her stay just the least bit bearable.

I really liked it! It was a light and easy book to read with plenty of humorous, witty dialogue as expected from Rainbow Rowell. The characters are all relatively well written with the side characters being just as memorable as the main characters.

I would recommend this to anyone who just wants to unwind with a good story. It's an entertaining read that does not require much mental stimulation, for lack of a better term.

Hannah, 17

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The Red Pyramid

by Rick Riordan

A boy named Carter Kane who lost his mom and now lives with his dad, a brilliant Egyptologist. On Christmas Eve, he is reunited with his sister, Sadie, and their father takes them to the British Museum. Everything goes wrong when their father tries to summon a mysterious figure. The siblings have to fight against the evils to try to get their father back.

I really like this book because it was a fun fiction book. I really like reading books about Egyptian gods and magic because they are really interesting and easy to read. I also liked how the author uses teenagers as characters because many can relate to how they feel after having to face gods.

If you like books about gods and magic, you should try this book. Also if you have read any Percy Jackson books, I would recommend this book because it is written by the same author. The book is fun for all ages and I encourage anyone to read it.

Sandra, 16

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The Outsiders

by S.E. Hilton

A 16 year old boy named Ponyboy has lived with his brothers since his parents died. He is part of a gang, and one day everything changes. His friend,Johnny, kills a member of a rival gang. The book is through Ponyboy's perspective and it details what happens after his friend kills someone.The boys have been exposed to violence their whole lives and now have to face life alone after they run away.

I really like this book, because the main character Ponyboy, has to deal with so much at such a young age. The book makes you think about how many young boys and girls are exposed to violence and have to deal with losing their parents. It was an emotional book, and has a strong message. The book teaches about the differences in society and how violence is a big problem.

I would recommend this book to anyone who has not experienced violence in their life so that they have an idea of what it's like. Honestly, I think everyone should read this book because it's emotional and makes you think about how young kids have to sometime take care of themselves while they deal with violence and pain.

Sandra, 16

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East of Eden

by John Steinbeck

This book follows three generations of the Trask and Hamilton families. Written as a direct allusion to the biblical story of Cain and Abel, it addresses the themes of sibling conflict and the struggle for parental affection.

This book doesn't have a straightforward conflict and solution; it includes a variety of real life familial and existential crises. For this reason, I found this novel to be realistic and poignant. The book is heavy with interesting description and complex character development.

This book is a must-read because of Steinbeck's unique writing style and emotional plot twists. It offers a wide variety of characters from the wise and fatherly Samuel Hamilton, to the sickly sadistic Catherine. Readers should note that it deals with some serious topics, but not to a ridiculous extent. 

Julia, 17

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Court of Fives

by Kate Elliott

Court of Fives starts out as a story of rebellion, a father and daughter who do not see eye to eye. That is until unforeseen circumstances take place leaving Jessamy alone in the world. She uses her strength and wit to try and bring her family together again.

I very much enjoyed this book because of the unpredictability, you do not know what will happen on the next page, which makes it extremely intriguing. The story shows what happens in troubling times.

I would recommend this book because it is adventure and excitement. Anyone who enjoys excitement and unpredictability will enjoy this book. 

Mackenzie, 15

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Little Women

by Louisa May Alcott

This novel follows the lives of four sisters living in New England around the time of the Civil War. Meg, Jo, Amy, and Beth all face their own personal trials in growing up. They struggle to find happiness and independence while facing heartbreak and lost dreams.

This is an all time favorite of mine. Although the book mainly focuses on the lessons that the girls learn, none of the lessons or situations come off as cheesy or unrealistic. The book emphasizes the importance of finding contentment even when things do not turn out as you expect. The girls find comfort in their loving family when things become difficult.

Anyone who appreciates a heartwarming novel, or who is looking for something with classic themes of love and family, would like this novel. Little Women is a great book for all ages. I first read it in sixth grade, but still enjoy rereading it.

Julia, 17

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Legend

by Marie Lu

Set in the ruins of the United States, there lives a fifteen-year-old boy who's the most wanted criminal and a fifteen-year-old girl who is from an elite class. Their lives become intertwined when June goes on a mission to hunt down Day. As the chase continues, June and Day learn that their world may not be so small after all as they come across the secrets that make up their home, the Republic.

I liked it a lot and I thought it was a good book, because it is full of suspense, action, and romance. I love how Marie Lu depicts the characters and is able to intrigue the readers to keep on reading.

Legend is an interesting book because it shows how people can overcome their differences to come together and the theme of carpe diem comes up throughout the story. If you like stories set in dystopian socieities, then you will love this book.

Kirsten, 15

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Shattered

by Dani Pettrey

Shattered is a story about Piper and Landon, two friends that have known each other since childhood. When Piper's brother is arrested for murder, Piper is determined to prove his innocence, and with Landon's help, they just might be able to do it.

I really enjoyed reading Shattered because the mystery was constantly moving forward, giving the book an overall momentum. The mystery leaves you guessing, and keeps you excited in general.

I would recommend Shattered to fans of romance and mysteries. Fans of Dee Henderson and Irene Hannon would also enjoy this novel.

Amanda, 16

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Fangirl

by Rainbow Rowell

Fangirl follows the life of a college freshman, Cath, who has to learn to live on her own, while simultaneously worrying about her twin sister, and her father. She meets new people, but her fixation on finishing her fanfiction keeps her from being too outgoing. She does make friends, but not in the way she imagined.

I liked this book because of the realistic setting, and relatable vibe it sent to people. The book also had a good love story, which made it interesting, and worthwhile to read. It also shines a realistic light on how difficult life can really be, and how we have to handle it.

I would recommend this book to those who have a love for realistic books.  The novel might also appeal to those who like to read fanfiction, and can understand the obsession that Cath has.

Natalie, 14

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To All the Boys I've Loved Before

by Jenny Han

To All the Boys I've Loved BeforeImagine if you wrote a letter to every crush you ever had, but they were just for your eyes only? Now imagine what would you do if you found out they somehow got mailed out? Lara Song is just quiet girl who lives in the shadow of her best friend and older sister. When she finds out the letters have been mailed, she goes on a crazy adventure to find out who mailed the letters and to prevent them from being received.

Suprisingly I really liked this book, I thought it would be very cliche from the title of the book. I liked how it showed a different side of Lara when she is in the spotlight and not being criticized by her sister.

I would recommend this book if you like contemporary novels. The problems within this novel are very realistic as they deal with family and friends.

Audrey, 17

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Sweetly

by Jackson Pearce

SweetlySweetly by Jackson Pearce, is a twist on an old, but popular, fairy tale known as Hansel and Gretel. The main characters Ansel and Gretchen, had their sister taken by a witch in the woods when they were young. Approximately, five years later, their stepmother kicks Ansel and Gretchen out of the house, and into the woods. That is when they stumble upon a bakery and are invited to stay by a beautiful candy maker. But the longer they stay, the more secrets they uncover, and there is no turning back.

I loved this book because of the way the author creatively changes the story. She makes it more interesting and entertaining. Once you start the book, you can not put it down. It is a real page-turner and I am very glad I got to read this story.

I highly recommend this book to readers who love fantasy and action books. It is a good read for all ages and I believe it also teaches good lessons, or morals. One lesson is to never talk to strangers or enter their home, no matter how nice they seem to be. 

Sara, 14

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The Outsiders

by S.E. Hinton

The Outsiders written by S.E. Hinton, is an all-time classic filled with action, excitement, and more. In the novel, there are two rival gangs, the Socs and the Greasers. They cannot stand each other and always cause trouble. The main character, Ponyboy Curtis, is a part of the Greasers with his two brothers. Throughout the story, Ponyboy goes through many things that cause him to realize that the Greasers and the Socs are not so different from each other.

Not only is The Outsiders an all-time classic, it is also my all-time favorite. I am very grateful S.E. Hinton took the time to write this novel because it taught me that all the decisions you make come with a sacrifice, and you have to realize that. It also taught me that you create your own destiny with the choices you make. You should not let anyone tell you who to be or what to do. It'll make you burst into tears in some parts, laugh until your side hurts in others, and it'll sometimes make you just plain happy. I hope you take into consideration into reading this book. This book changed my life, and I know it will do the same for you.

I would recommend this novel to readers who are interested in action and dramatic novels. I would also recommend it to readers ages 13 and up because of its violence and inappropriate language. The Outsiders is a real page turner and life-changing book.

Sara, 14

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Taken

by Erin Bowman

TakenTaken takes place in a society where all boys disappear (The Heist) on their 18th birthday. After his brother's Heist, Gray Weathersby finds a letter addressed to his brother from his deceased mother. This letter opens up doors about Gray and prompts him to discover the secrets beneath his intriguing society. 

I really enjoyed this book. The society was interesting and the story flowed smoothly.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading about different kinds of societies embedded with adventure stories. The story is aimed toward a young adult audience, but anyone would enjoy it. 

Chanel, 15

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The day of their eighteenth birthday innocent boys are taken by a mysterious light from the sky. No one questions it, they just accept it. They call this The Heist. Gray Weathersby, a seventeen year old boy, is merely a couple months away from The Heist. His brother was already taken away from him and he did not want to be next. One day, Gray finds a note from his mother. After reading it, Gray starts to question the Council, his society, his family, and himself. In order to discover the truth, Gray will go on a journey that will answer all his questions.

Taken written by Erin Bowman, is an amazing novel filled with action, adventure, and romance. I enjoyed this book very much and I am very happy I gave the book a chance. I hope you do the same.

I recommend this book to readers who enjoy action/romance books. I also recommend this book to readers who are 13 and up due to the romantic scenes, violence, and crude language.

Sara, 14

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Fangirl

by Rainbow Rowell

FangirlCather and Wren are twins who are about to go off to college for their freshman year. They are total opposites, however both write fanfiction the popular Simon Snow series. As they go off to college, Cather realizes that Wren and her want two different college experiences, making her feel abandoned. In comes Levi and Regan, the two people who actually make her feel happy and wanted. With these two friends and her computer of course, Cather just might have an exceptionally great year.

I thought this book was okay, there was nothing exceptional that made it amazing. Although I personally liked the hardships she faced/realized, that everything is not always as it seems.

I might, but I felt as if this book dragged on for awhile. Also, there was a lot of hype about this book and it didn't live up to the expectations.

Audrey, 16

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Going Vintage

by Lindsey Leavitt

Going VintageMallory has just been cheated on by an online girlfriend. Yes an online girlfriend. She comes to terms with her situation by de-modernizing her life, which means no computer, cell phone, or even an alarm clock. She gets inspired when she finds her grandmother's list from 1962 of new school year resolutions. With the help of her friends, sister, and surprisingly cute cousin of her ex, she figures out that in any generation being a teenage is always complicated.

I honestly really liked this book, because it was very refreshing (and comical) to read a story about getting rid of the one thing the teenage generation views as a necessity for life. I loved the humor and awkwardness that came with this book and often thought "What would I do in this situation?"

I think any teenager could relate to this book and the complications we would all have if someone suddenly yanked our iPhones out of our hands. It's one of those books that has a resolution/happy ending and this book makes it work, so therefore you should read it.

Audrey, 16

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Along for the Ride

by Sarah Dessen

Along for the RideIn Along for the Ride, Auden is a very serious and driven teenager who is about to go off to college, after she spends the summer with her dad, his new wife, and her new half sister. What she expects is a very long and uneventful summer, however instead what happens is she meets a group of people who change her perception on all of the choices she has ever made.

This is one of my favorite Sarah Dessen books, just because I can relate to it. The characters all have their own unique traits to them and when put together it creates this jumble of personalities that all around fit well together.

I would most definitely recommend this book because of it's outlook that you should not judge people based on their appearance and how you should maintain a healthy balance between school and your social life. I know some might think Sarah Dessen books are overrated, but honestly this book deserves to be read.

Audrey, 16

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David

by Mary Hoffman

DavidSet in the Florence of 1501, David follows the life of Gabriele the young man who would portray the biblical character of David, in Michelangelo's sculpture. The novel follows Gabriele's romantic life, while also heavily focusing on the political instability of Florence under the new republic, and Gabriele's involvement in it.

I did not necessarily like this book. At times the story line was good, but most of the time it was slightly confusing when describing the politics of the period. I enjoyed Gabriele's dramatic love life, and his brotherly relationship with Michelangelo, but I did not really like all the historical details about the politics of the time.

I would recommend this book to those who like historical novels or who are into politics. I don't think that this is a book for everyone because of the fact that it heavily focuses on the subject of politics that can seem boring to most teens.

Daisy, 17

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