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Girl with a Pearl Earring 

by Tracey Chevalier
02/29/2012 Categories: art movie romance

Girl with a Pearl Earring coverThe novel ,Girl with a Pearl Earring is actually inspired and was named after a real painting. The novel is based on a servant girl, Griet, who becomes an assistant to a painter, Johannes Vermeer, whom she greatly admires and secretly loves.

Girl with a Pearl Earring is a stellar novel that takes the reader into the world of art and its amazing history. Griet behaves and looks like a shy and modest girl but, when threatened and severely angered, she can become a fierce animal. This novel proves that you should not judge a book by its cover. 

I hghly recommend this book to others because even though you might not be into art history, you will love it after you read this book. The author, Tracey Chevalier, makes art history fun and interesting. So, If you like books that not only contain romance, but are also educational, read this book!

Lauren, 16

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The Time Traveler's Wife 

by Audrey Niffenegger
02/29/2012 Categories: action romance time travel

Time Traveler's Wife coverThis book is about a wife whose beloved is a time traveler, and she must endure every obstacle to maintain and strengthen their love. This book shows how two people, Clare and Henry, that have completely different lives can still love and hold a strong bond.

This novel will reach your heart and reveal hardships of a romantic couple. Time Traveler's Wife will show the reader how through time, all secrets will suddenly be revealed. It is overall an amazing book that will captivate the reader's attention from the first page.  

I recommend this book to teens above fourteen, because the book does contain many intense scenes not suitable for young readers. If you like romantic books with a hint of action and mystery, this book is the one for you!

Lauren, 16

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Mockingjay 

by Suzanne Collins
02/06/2012 Categories: battles dystopia romance survival stories

Mockingjay coverMockingjay is the last book in the Hunger Games series and picked up right where it left off in Catching FireMockingjay was all about the rebels and how they are trying to take over Panem and rule the country. Katniss has many decisions to make, including whether she wants Gale or Peeta. She is as determined as ever in this book to kill President Snow, but must decide if she likes President Coin!

Overall, Katniss is amazing and so is this book!! Itwas amazing and overall perfect. It was very interesting because it makes you think how nice our civilization really is. It made me think about my little sister and how much I really care about her, just like Katniss does to Prim. The book had the perfect ending!

Yes, I would recommend this series to everyone, whether you are a boy or girl! Mockingjay, by Suzanne Collins, has the perfect combination of romance and fighting and is perfect for anyone!!

Chanel, 13

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Angel Burn 

by L.A. Weatherly
01/31/2012 Categories: paranormal romance supernatural

Angel Burn is one of an angel's worst powers: it gives its victim the illusion of happiness but, like a sunburn but a million times worse, completely rips them of their energy and even their sanity. In this book, angels are now the enemies, and it is up to young but seasoned assassin Alex and strange, different Willow to defeat their incoming onslaught.

Angel Burn was an altogether confusing book. It didn't exactly focus as much on "Angel Burn" as I would have liked it to, and I wondered at times what was the focus of the book: defeating the angels or the relationship between the two main characters? The ending was unsatisfactory, and although it could be considered a "cliffhanger" for the sequel, I'm not going to be finishing the trilogy anytime soon.

7th grade-high school girls would probably like it if you liked books like Twilight. However, if you're not a fan of the supernatural or romance (I want to add in that there is rarely, if no mention of God in this book, though it deals with angels) check out something else.

Erica, 16

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Heist Society 

by Ally Carter
01/31/2012 Categories: adventure masterminds romance spies

Kat Bishop's family has an unusual trade: they steal famous and valuable pieces of art for a living. Torn between wanting to live a normal life and loyalty to her family, Kat decides to leave the "family business" to enter a normal boarding school. However, when her father is wrongly accused of stealing a powerful man's paintings, she is jerked back into her family's world as she tries to find the missing paintings--with her father's life on the line.

I loved this book! Kat and the supporting characters that arrived later on in the story (especially Hale, her love interest) were unique and likeable. The plot had me on my toes the entire time!

If you are a girl who likes books with thieves, smart teens, romance, or anything similar to a "spy genre", read this book! If you're a Gallagher Girl fan, also by Ally Carter, you'll definitely love Heist Society.

Erica, 16

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Great Gatsby 

by F. Scott Fitzgerald
12/10/2011 Categories: romance

Great Gatsby coverThis is a story of how a man fell in love with someone who he could not possibly have a relationship with due to his social standing. When he was young he was shipped off to war, upon his return, he found her to be wed. Told in his neighbor's point of view, Gatsby is found to be a man of mystery. 

Yes, I absolutely loved The Great Gatsby because it demonstrates social class issues and a love that can never be. Gatsby is a strong character that fights for what he truly wants, it is hard to talk badly of this book.

I would recommend this book to everyone since it is appropriate for all ages. This is not a hard read and it is a great story. It's a very short novel, too.

Maribel, 16

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Howl's Moving Castle 

by Diana Wynne Jones
12/01/2011 Categories: fantasy romance witches & wizards

Sophie Hatter is a Plain Jane who believes that she is incapable of doing anything worthwhile due to her status as the eldest of three sisters. However, when she is turned into an old hag by an evil witch, she embarks on a quest to find the solution to her dilemma, in which she meets many fascinating characters, including a very handsome wizard and his moving castle.

I loved it; it was a topsy-turvy romance that had a classic feel to it along with a spice of humor. Additionally, I loved how the romance was understated verbally (there was actually no "I love yous" between the two protagonists) but adorable and fascinatingly addicting.

Yes, I would definitely recommend this book to others. Girls of any age would enjoy it (but grade level wise, perhaps 5th grade and up?) as well as select boys who enjoy quirky fantasy without minding a dose of sweetness.

Erica, 16

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The Truth About Forever 

by Sarah Dessen
11/29/2011 Categories: death family drama realistic fiction romance

The Truth About Forever is about Macey Queen. Her father just passed away, and she has nothing to look forward to during the summer while her boyfriend is away and her mother painfully chooses to not acknowledge the death. It all changes when she joins the Wish catering crew and she finally learns to take risks and have fun.

I loved this book! It's one of my all-time favorite books! Macey finally learns to come out of her shell and experience life.

I would recommend this book to others if you have read any of Sarah Dessen's other books, and if you hadn't this would be a good book to start.

Audrey, 14

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Waiting for You by Susane Colasanti 

In Waiting for You, Marisa just wants a fresh new start her sophomore year which doesn't include being depressed and obsessively thinking negatively like last year. She also wants her first real boyfriend...could it be Nash her old geeky friend from middle school? Or could it be Derek the popular guy of her dreams?

I thought it was an interesting book because it dealt with family problems too, not just your typical teen romance book.

I'm not sure if I would recommend this book though. It's complicated and deals with a lot of family issues. But if you like the type of books that have different kinds of subjects then you would enjoy this book.

Audrey, 14

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The Secret Year 

by Jennifer Hubbard
05/31/2011 Categories: ghosts high school drama romance

Julia and Colt were together for a year, but nobody knew of their secret love. When Julia dies, Colt's life goes out of control. He is haunted by her memory and things only get worse when her journal falls into his hands. After reading Julia's journal, Colt finds love with a girl from school but can't seem to make it work because of all of his unanswered questions.

This is a really good book. It is a very quick read and hard to put down. The ending is a little bit of a let down, but the rest of the book makes up for it.

Bree, 16

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