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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A Girl Called Fearless

by Catherine Linka

A Girl Called Fearless is about a dystopian society where the majority of child bearing age women have died, so the men control everything that the older women and younger girls do. One teenage girl, called Avie, has been promised in marriage by her own father to a much older man that she hates. Avie decides to run away, and this is the story of her journey.

The first half of the book is incredible, with a dynamic character, Avie, and problems for her to face. The second half was also good, but it had a slightly different tone that was not quite as adventure-filled.

This book would be a great read for fans of the Matched series or The Heir series.

Amanda, 16

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Princess Academy : Palace of Stone

by Shannon Hale

This book was about a young girl, Miri, who was invited to her best friend's wedding. Her best friend happens to be a princess, and Miri soon discovers a plot to assassinate her. Miri must use her skills to find the killer, while also making sure it never happens again.

It was an interesting read, but can also be a bit slow at times. The overall plot was interesting and unpredictable.

I would recommend this book to people who like reading about medieval times with modern twists. In my opinion, the book would appeal more toward girls.

Natalie, 14

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The Anti-Prom

by Abby McDonald

This book follows the lives of three high school girls on prom night. Bliss has just found out her boyfriend has cheated on her, and wants revenge. She pulls Jolene into the act, and together, they convince Meg to help them. The three unlikely friends work together throughout the night, getting revenge, and ultimately finding themselves.

 

This book was interesting to read, because it follows three different perspectives, so that you could see what all three characters were thinking. It was interesting, but the main characters could be frustrating to read about at times.

 

This book would be good for people who enjoy reading about the darker sides of happy events, and for people who enjoy reading about how the people who are your friends, are not always who you think they are.

 

Natalie, 14

 

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Mines of the Minotaur

by Julia Golding

This book is about Connie, a 13 year old girl, who has a unique ability with mythical creatures. She is now being called to by a dark force, making her cause storms and disasters to happen. The Society does not believe her when she says she isn't responsible, and they remind her membership.

This book was a good book, and really makes you think about how humans are damaging the environment. It puts an interesting spin on the message to save the earth, and brings that message into a story.

This book is good for those who like reading about mythical creatures, or just animals and nature in general. It is a suspenseful book, with many twists and turns, and will have you guessing until the end.

Natalie, 14

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Vicious: A Pretty Little Liar's Novel

by Sara Shepard

This book was about the ending of the Pretty Little Liars Series. It follows the lives of the four girls as they are set to go into trial. The girls must find a way to prove their innocence, before it is too late. Along the way, they learn what they truly want, and who they really are.

This book was interesting because it was full of suspense and really make you second-guess everything you thought you knew about these girls. It also provided a cliffhanger ending that really made you want more.

I would recommend this book to those who enjoy a bit of mystery, while also enjoying a modern day take. The book is filled with suspense, and the switching perspectives make it very fun to read.

Natalie, 14

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The Perfectionists

by Sara Shepard

This book was about five girls who all share a hatred of one common person. They pretend to plan out his murder, but only meant to prank him, not murder him. The night of their prank, their victim dies, exactly the way they planned. They now have to find the killer before it's too late.

The book was an interesting one to read, because it was suspenseful and kept you guessing throughout the entire book. It was good to read from all the switching perspectives throughout the book, showing you how each person thought.

 

I would recommend this book to others who like to read from different perspectives in a story. I would also recommend this book too people who like a suspenseful story. However, if you don't like switching perspectives, then this book might not be for you.

Natalie, 14

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The Chimera's Curse

by Julia Golding

This book is about Connie, a 14 year old girl, who has a unique power with mythical creatures. The shape-shifter, Kullervo, has an army ready, and is preparing for a war. In the meantime, Connie's brother is becoming a companion, and Col has to learn to handle his conflicted feelings.

 

This book was a good book, and really makes you think about how humans are damaging the environment. It puts an interesting spin on the message to save the earth, and brings that message into a story.

 

I would recommend this book to those who like reading about mythical creatures, or animals and nature in general. This book is a bit of cliffhanger, and keeps you wondering what will happen next, after the book is over.

 

Natalie, 14

 

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The Pluto Project

by Melissa Glenn Haber

As his home life spirals downward and hope for a romance sputters out, thirteen-year-old Alan Green tries to convince his friends that their spying game has uncovered a real conspiracy to assassinate the governor.

I thought this book was quite interesting. I like how the code words in the game change into very serious interpretations leading into a possible conclusion.

I would recommend this book to those who love spy type books as well as interpersonal relations. This book is simply well-written. 

Melissa, 13

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Shutout

by Brendan Halpin

Image result for shutout by brendan halpinFourteen-year-old Amanda and her best friend Lena start high school looking forward to playing on the varsity soccer team, but when Lena makes varsity and Amanda only makes junior varsity, their long friendship rapidly changes.

I really liked this because it showed how friendships could change after decisions are made. I liked it because it was a real-life example.

I recommend this book to all because its a friendship crisis. For those interested in soccer stories this book is definitely for you 

Melissa, 13

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Sanctum

by Madeleine Roux

Sequel to bestselling photo-illustrated novel Asylum, author Madeline Roux creates a continuation of the original photo-illustrated novel. The book continues where the last book left off as three friends who had met at the Brookline asylum try to move past their trauma, but are still haunted by the past. Dan, Abby, and Jordan must now return to Camford, where Dan realizes darker secrets than he'd imagined.

Sanctum keeps the thrilling writing style of Asylum that makes the novel hard to put down. Readers frequently realize new secrets the characters discover making it difficult to want to stop reading. The story also has just the right suspenseful tone so it can be creepy even when reading in light of daytime.

I would recommend this book, particularly to people who enjoy mystery, horror, suspense, and psychological. It may be too dark for some and should not be read by the easily frightened, but it does also have its more lighthearted moments such as those revolving around the friendships of the main characters. This book is for people looking for a thrilling, suspenseful read.

Hayley, 17

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Tuesdays with Morrie

by Mitch Albom

Morrie was Mitch Albom's favorite college professor and the story starts off with Mitch's flashback to his graduation in which he says goodbye to Morrie, promising to keep in touch. Sixteen years after his graduation, Mitch discovers that Morrie has been diagnosed with ALS. From then on, Morrie and Mitch meet every Tuesday to talk about life, love, regrets, and the world.

Tuesdays With Morrie is an absolutely amazing story. It is filled with despair, but also shows a great bond between an old teacher and student. This opens the audience's eyes out to the real struggle of ALS and what individuals truly have to go through.

This book is great for everyone. I highly recommend everyone read it especially if you are one who participated in the "ALS Ice Bucket Challenge;" it displays the symptoms of ALS and what loved ones have to go through.

Analyss, 17

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Of Mice and Men

by John Steinbeck

Of Mice and Men is a story about George and Lennie, who has the mind of a child, who aspire to own an acre of land and a shack for themselves. They are California laborers and work as much as they can to achieve their goal. After landing a job in Salinas Valley, their dreams have come closer, but Lennie's small mind causes him to do things that can possibly end their dream.

Of Mice and Men was a very short book, but very intriguing. I absolutely loved this book because it was so captivating and thrilling! I probably finished it in a whole day. It is a nice book to read and it has a very interesting plot.

I highly recommend this story to others. Teenagers will love this book and it will be one of the least boring books they will read in their high school career. Of Mice and Men is just a great read for everyone! Even my dad loves this story.

Analyss, 17

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Tuck Everlasting

by Natalie Babbitt

Tuck Everlasting revolves around a 10-year-old girl named Winnie who stumbles upon a spring that bestows eternal life. The spring is kept secret by the Tuck family, who have been blessed (or cursed) with this everlasting state of undying. When Winnie stays and bonds with the Tucks for a few days, she gains insight into the implications and meanings of such a secret. However, a stranger also knows of the spring and wants to market it to make a fortune.

I liked Tuck Everlasting; the novel was a simple, yet beautiful, read. Thought-provoking themes such as mortality, life and death, and morality are woven into the story and looked at from Winnie's point of view. And above all, these themes make the reader think. For instance, many in our society today look at death with fear, but SHOULD it be seen that way? Or should it be taken as a natural component of the wheel of life, as the Tucks see it?

I recommend this book to children who are old enough and ready to contemplate these themes, as these play a big role in making the book so magical. I would also recommend Tuck Everlasting to adults and anybody who enjoys fantasy.

Giabao, 15

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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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