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Love & Leftovers 

by Sarah Tregay

Love and Leftovers coverThis book was about a teenage girl named Marcie who moved for a brief period of time to New Hampshire. She felt lonely and hooked up with a boy from her new school and did not tell her boyfriend back at home.

I really enjoyed this book. It was easy to relate to, fun to read, and had a good storyline.

I would definitely recommend this book to others. People who like realistic fiction, love stories, and novels written in verse would love this book.

Jennifer, 16

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Catching Fire 

by Suzanne Collins
06/18/2012 Categories: action dystopia romance survival stories

Catching Fire coverCatching Fire is about a violent game called, The Hunger Games, where children fight to the death -- until one person remains standing. It contains romance, action, and drama.

Catching Fire is a brilliantly plotted book, and you won't be able to put it down until you are done. I like how it uses so much detail, and how the story is told from the perspective of Katniss, the main character. If you are a fan of science fiction books with romance mixed in, then you would love to read Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins.

I recommend reading the first book of this series, The Hunger Games, before reading Catching Fire.

Milla, 12

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The Reader 

by Bernhard Schlink
06/05/2012 Categories: holocaust romance world war I

Reader coverThe Reader, written by Bernhard Schlink, is a book that talks about inapprpiate
relationships. The main character, Michael , becomes enthralled by Hanna, a
woman is his neighborhood, who is twice his age. Fifteen year old Michael lies
to his parents, goes back to school, and even sells his prized stamp collection
for his new lover, Hanna. This book has two parts. At the beginning, Michael is fifteen when he firsts meets Hanna, but is later in his twenties when he finally sees Hanna again.  Michael finds out why and where Hanna disappeared.

I would recommend this book to teens who enjoy a good mystery, and if you pay close attention you can solve the mystery. However this book does contain intense scenes. Remember, Michael and Hanna do have a inappropriate relationship. This book was a fast read book because of the awesome mystery - it's a total page turner!  There is also a movie with the same name based on this book.

Lauren, 16

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Twilight 

by Stephenie Meyer
04/26/2012 Categories: dating drama romance vampires werewolves

Twilight coverTwilight is about a girl who moves to the town of Forks, Washington. On her first day of school, she meets a mysterious boy, Edward Cullen; and for some reason he seems to hate her. She immediately goes through many ups and downs just to be with him.

Twilight was well written and honestly, I loved it. The story line is just like Romeo and Juliet about how love can conquer all the twists and turns of life. The author did an amazing job making the book come to life.

I would recommend this book to anyone who loves just a little bit of romance and a little bit of action all mixed together in one of the best books that I have ever read.

Aleck, 14

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Hunger Games 

by Suzanne Collins
04/26/2012 Categories: action adventure dystopia romance

Hunger Games cover12 districts offer up 2 tributes to participate in the Hunger Games, a deadly game created as punishment for when the districts rebelled. One girl, Katniss Everdeen, does the most shocking thing anyone has ever seen or heard... she volunteers for the Hunger Games when her sister is chosen at an event called the reaping. Soon after, she and Peeta Mellark, the other tribute from her district, are then taken away to the Capitol to begin their training to fight for their right to live.

The Hunger Games is the most heart-stopping and palm sweating book I have ever read! Suzanne Collins did the most amazing job in writing this book. It makes you rethink your opinions of the underdogs in any competition.

I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a great action, love, and adventure book. It has everything you could ever need in a book.

Aleck, 14

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Anna and the French Kiss 

by Stephanie Perkins
04/26/2012 Categories: boarding school dating drama romance

Anna coverAnna Oliphant is your typical Southern girl who ends up transferring to a different school for senior year: boarding school, that is. In Paris. Shocked, bewildered, and more than a little angry at the sudden change of events, Anna finds herself unwilling to like Paris and uncomfortable in the polar-opposite environment. However, with the help of her new friends (and handsome Etienne St. Clair), she learns to fall in love with Paris after all.

Anna and the French Kiss was the best comfort read I've read in a long time. It reminds me of pink cupcakes and tutus, sugar cookies and frosting. Sweet, fluffy, and all around very nice, even if the title choice leaves much to be desired. If you're a girly-girl or simply someone who likes to indulge in sweet love stories, you will definitely enjoy this book.

Erica, 16

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The Night Circus 

by Erin Morgenstern
04/26/2012 Categories: fantasy magic romance

Night Circus coverThe Night Circus is always a sight to behold, a legend weaving through the darkness, a surprise that awaits when one opens their eyes in the morning. As its name suggests, it only opens at night, and enthralls its visitors into a land of fantasy, wonder, and excitement. Then, the next day, it's gone, a legend once more. However, there's trouble brewing within the mysterious circus...here is another unconventional tale of boy meets girl.

The Night Circus was a really interesting book, for the reason that I've never read anything like it before. However, this also has some negative aspects to it: I didn't understand much of what was going on a lot of the time. Not only that, but the ending just struck me as unnatural and forced.

Despite its flaws, The Night Circus is a good book to read. Anyone, boy or girl, will enjoy this book. I would suggest this to 6th graders and up.

Erica, 16

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Cinder 

by Marissa Meyer
04/26/2012 Categories: fairy tale retelling romance sci fi

Cinder coverIn New Beijing, cyborgs and humans live together, not peacefully, but still together. Cinder, a cyborg, is one of New Beijing's finest mechanics. However when her life becomes intertwined with Prince Kai, her world turns upside-down. She must let Prince Kai think of her as a human or she will be punished. She is also the only person immune to the deadly disease that is spreading fast. Soon, New Beijing will count on her to save them from all dying out.

Cinder is similar to Cinderella, but with a new age twist. I like the similarity between both stories, but I also like the huge difference in them. I would recommend Cinder to anyone who needs a refreshing new story of one of the oldest tales in history.

Aleck, 14

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Queen of Hearts 

by Martha Brooks
04/26/2012 Categories: holocaust romance

Queen of Hearts coverSet during World War II, Marie-Claire is horrified to discover that she--and her two siblings--have caught the worst disease of them all: tuberculosis. As she struggles through her ups and downs, she meets a boy who shows her that there is hope.

Here starts your atypical tale of boy meets girl. It was interesting to see a love story enfold in, of all places, a sanatorium between two patients--for this originality, I gave the book three stars but was unable to wholly enjoy it because the main character (Marie-Claire) was, put simply, annoying. Although this just makes her more "normal", many of her actions throughout the book irritated me to no end.

If you like some history or unconventional (and subtle) romance, this book is for you. Anyone above 8th grade should find this an enjoyable read.

Erica, 16

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New Moon 

by Stephenie Meyer
04/26/2012 Categories: high school drama romance vampires werewolves

New Moon coverBella Swan is living the dream with her boyfriend Edward Cullen and his whole family, when suddenly he leaves saying that he cannot be with her. Months later, awaking from her trance, Bella starts to come alive again with her best friend, Jacob Black. He starts to help her by piecing together her broken heart. She soon learns of his heritage and finds that there is more than one mystical creature in the universe.

New Moon is very heart breaking, however, I liked it. I liked how Bella's best friend was always there for her. You can always count on your best friend to be there for you.

If you can handle sad beginnings and happy endings, you would love New Moon. However, be warned that this book is an emotional rollercoaster.

Aleck, 14

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Divergent 

by Veronica Roth
04/26/2012 Categories: dystopia identity romance suspense

Divergent coverIn a future Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to a particular virtue- Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). Each year, every 16 year old must choose a faction to devote the rest of their lives to. For Beatrice Prior, her decision is between family and herself. She makes the choice to leave her family in Abnegation and be who she was really meant to be- Dauntless. First, she must compete with other initiates to stay in Dauntless and not become factionless. She endures many trials and finds out more about herself than she could have ever imagined. But, she must keep this information to herself... or she could be killed.

Divergent is the most amazing book that I have ever read. I like the moral lesson, to become what YOU want to become rather than follow the path everyone else wants you to choose.

If you can relate to having other people make choices for you, this book is meant for you. "One choice can transform you."-Veroncia Roth

Aleck, 14

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Switched 

by Amanda Hocking
04/26/2012 Categories: fantasy romance

Switched coverAt the age of six, her mother convinced herself that Wendy Everly was evil and tried to kill her. Now, Wendy is in high school, and she can't seem to fit in. She soon discovers that maybe her mother was right. She is not the person that she believed she was, and it all starts with one boy... Finn Holmes. He soon reveals the truth to her- she is a changeling and was switched at birth. He has also come to take her home. Wendy is then led into a world she never thought could have existed.

Switched was a well-written story and had many surprises every time I came to a new chapter. If you feel that you can never really find your place in the world, you can relate to Switched and find yourself in love with this story more and more as you read.

Aleck, 14

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Peony in Love 

by Lisa See
03/22/2012 Categories: ghosts horror romance

coverThis novel is beautifully bound by the author who wrote, Shanghai Girls, Lisa See. The story starts with Peony, a fourteen year old girl, who is insecure and desires love from a man. She sees a man behind a curtain and unconditionally falls in love. Peony's love for the volume " Peony in Pavilion", a book written of a woman's passion, enthralls and lives within her. This book however, also takes her life.

I loved this book, because Peony sees how the world lives without her. She learns more of her family secrets in the after world than she would have alive. This novel shows the reader how the heart does go on after death. Peony's problems don't die after her death but live on.

If you loathe books with a tragic ending, I recommend choosing another book. Despite the ending and tragic scenes, this book is filled with romance. Lisa See amazingly weaves romance with tragedy and a bit of horror. I greatly recommend this book to older teens and teens who love a romance  novel with a little something extra.

Lauren, 16

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Shanghai Girls 

by Lisa See
03/22/2012 Categories: adventure family secrets romance

coverShanghai Girls is an amazing book that tells of a life of two Chinese sisters, both of whom have endured many hardships. Pearl, the main character, is completely different from her sister, May. They may envy each other, but in the end they know they are all each other has left.

This novel contains many twists and incredible irony. You will not be bored reading this book! The novel starts as a happy setting but with each chapter comes a new problem and a new gruesome secret they must never tell. This novel is amazing in every way possible. Lisa See, the author, is known for writing about women joining together to endure life's obstacles. Pearl and May are different, but they complete one another's lives. In every tragedy and dramatic scene, they have each other. This book will bring you and your family closer and build a special bond. Something I found extremely interesting were the Chinese animals. When I was reading, I found out my animal, and I was amazed how the book exactly told my characteristics. 

I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in learning about how Chinese culture differs from your culture. So, If you like adventure and romance novels, you will enjoy this book!

Lauren, 16

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The Lady and the Unicorn 

by Tracey Chevalier
03/22/2012 Categories: france romance

coverThis fictional historical novel is based on five tapestries: Sight, Smell, Taste, Touch and Sound. The tapestries are designed in the novel by Nicholas Des Innocents. Nicholas is a self- centered artist who only cares about his artwork and women. Claude De Viste is a girl who has a desire for Nicholas but as a noble woman; she must be separated from him.

This was a good a novel because Nicholas's view of women is an example of how women were seen during the 1400's in France. The novel also has different narrators and changes in the setting which keep it interesting. Not only does this novel focuses on paintings but also tapestries, which shows the function the painting has in weaving the tapestries.

I would certainly recommend this book  to anyone who loves art and the true strength of women. However, you don't need to love art to love this novel. The novel offers more than art history but also tells many romance stories which are perfectly intertwined with each other. The novel contains a lot of irony due to the many narrators. I strongly suggest this book to readers above the age of 14, because this novel does contain some intense scenes.

Lauren, 16

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