Water for Elephants

by Sara Gruen

Water for Elephants is about an old man named Jacob Jankowski who lives in a nursing home. During that time he gets flashbacks of his youth. From the moment his parents get into a car accident to when he ends up taking care of the animals on a circus. The novel is a mix of adventure and romance.

The novel takes you through all the challenges and feelings Jacob was feeling. Very well written makes you feel as if you're there. As well as heartbreaking at times when romance is involved.

I would highly recommend this novel if you're into adventure, conflict, and a little romance. Very heartfelt and makes you want to read it all over again. I highly recommend you read the novel first before seeing the movie.

Anahi, 16

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Romeo and Juliet

by William Shakespeare

This play is about two young lovers who are from different families who are rivals. Romeo is the son of Montague and Lady Montague. Juliet is the daughter of Capulet and Lady Capulet. The two fall in love but can't be together so they end up killing themselves. At the end their deaths bring the families together.

I liked this play because it's interesting because of how the two decide to kill themselves when they realize they can't be with each other. Also I though it was I interesting that death brought the families togerther instead of love.

I recommend this play if you like stories that deal with love and fate. Also, if you like plays that have symbols of light and dark I suggest this one.

Sandra, 16

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Better Off Friends

by Elizabeth Eulberg

Better Off Friends is a book about two teenagers who meet when they are in 7th grade.They are named Mccallan and Levi. They continue to be friends convinced that they can remain friends without having feelings for each other. Eventually they realize that maybe they won't be better off just friends.

I like this book because it's entertaining and really easy to read. It's a normal romance novel that has a good plot and interesting characters. The author doesn't try to over complicate anything, the book is just a fun easy book to read.

I would recommend this book if you are looking for an fun romance book. If you like romance novels and books that take place in high school you should try this one out!

Sandra, 16

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Eleanor and Park

by Rainbow Rowell

The novel, Eleanor and Park, tells the love story of two outsiders during the 1980's who find solace and comfort in each other's differences. Eleanor and Park is a story of family, emotional turmoil and first loves and how fleeting they truly are.

The novel, as a whole, was exceptional. The writing style is beautiful yet witty; there are no boring scenes within this book. The characters are well-developed and for the most part, quite realistic. The ending leaves a bit to be desired, but the journey easily makes up for it.

Yes, I would highly recommend this book! It was a fun and easy read. If you like coming of age stories with a slight 80's twist, you will definitely enjoy this novel! 

Hannah, 16

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The Hunger Games

by Suzanne Collins

Katniss Everdeen is a 16-year old girl who's job is to keep her mother, and her little sister Prim, and herself, alive. Then her whole life is changed when she volunteers to be tribute in the Hunger Games. She must fight to stay alive and play along with her fellow tribute to keep themselves alive, and be crowned victors of the games.

I thought this was a very amazing book. It shows you just how unfair things can be in life, and how diverse every person, culture, and country is different. You can also relate this book to the world, and how different and diverse everything and one is different. 

I would recommend this book to people who like action, romance, and surprises.

Cailin, 11

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Heartless

by Marissa Meyer

Catherine is a talented baker who wants to share that with all of her kingdom, Hearts. But her parents would rather her marry the king, which has been their perfect dream. But when the king's new joker, Jest, comes along, everything changes. Catherine must decide to run away with Jest, or stay and fulfill her parent's dreams.

I really enjoyed Heartless, I thought it was awesome! There was just so much action and romance and mystery, it was all so very exciting!!

Yes, I would recommend this book to, mainly girls, because it is full of action and romance and secrets.

Cailin, 11

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Cinder

by Marissa Meyer

Cinder is a cyborg who lives with her stepmother and stepsisters. One day, Cinder's stepsister Peony gets a deadly virus, and Adri (Cinder's stepmother) gets extremely upset at Cinder and signs her up for testing cures on people who are willing to volunteer. There, Cinder learns a lot about who she really is, and how she has to save the world from the Lunar people from the moon.

I really enjoyed Cinder! It was a great book, with lots of action and romance and cliff-hangers.

I would recommend this book to other girls who like romance and action with a touch of mystery.

Cailin, 11

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Catching Fire

by Suzanne Collins

Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark are victors of the Hunger Games, and are going on their victory tour of the 11 districts. Things don't go very well, and a few districts rebel against the Capitol. Then, for the Quarter Quell Hunger Games, Katniss and Peeta (along with one male and female victor from the other 11 districts) go back into the Hunger Games. Katniss is then part of a bigger rebellion than she thought she was in and had already made.

Catching Fire was an excellent book that made the movie in my head really interesting. I like how it is told from Katniss's point of view, so you know what she is thinking and feeling about the things that are going on.

I would recommend this book to people who like action, suspense, and war. But I recommend that you read the first book, The Hunger Games, or else most parts in the book will not make sense.

Cailin, 11

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The Host

by Stephenie Meyer

The Host is an interesting story about "souls" who get placed in humans (erasing the original human), in order to take over their bodies and eventually the dying Earth. When Melanie, the main character, refuses to leave her body, her and the new soul placed inside of her must learn to compromise and work together to achieve what they want. At first Wanderer, the new soul, treats Melanie as an enemy, and wishes for nothing but Melanie to leave. However, when she begins to share thoughts and feelings with Melanie, Wanderer realizes that what the souls are doing is wrong as she begins to fall in love with Melanie's lover. The two souls go on an amazing story of love and hope to save the world and get back to the one they love.

I enjoyed The Host, because it is not only an interesting story of two conflicting souls, but also a lovers journey during the end of the world. This book is an interesting tale of human empowerment and the strength in their emotions when the world is being threatened.

I would recommend The Host to anyone who enjoys books about love, and the strength of human emotions. If you like love stories filled with action and passion, I highly suggest readind it!

Sara, 14

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I'd Tell You I Love You, but then I'd have to Kill You

by Ally Carter

I'd Tell You I Love You, but then I'd have to Kill You is the first book in the Gallagher series written by Ally Carter. This book is a fun series to read, and while it may not have a lot of depth, it is still a great story about a young teenage spy. This book is a fantastic kick off to the rest of the exciting. Throughout this book, and the whole series, Cammie Morgan, learns about the hardships of living a double life as a spy as she struggles between wanting a normal life with a normal guy, or upholding the family legacy.

I loved reading I'd Tell You I Love You, but then I'd have to Kill You, and the whole Gallagher series in general, because it is a interesting story, and it brings your spy fantasies to life in the book.

If you love spy stories and all around mysteries, this book is the perfect book for you! I recommend this book to anyone looking for a fun book to read. 

Sara, 14

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Lifeguard

by James Patterson & Andrew Gross

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Lifeguard is fantastic mystery novel about a man named Ned Kelly and the woman he falls in love with. Ned Kelly, an average man, finds the girl of his dreams, but there is just one problem; she is rich. So when Ned gets offered $5 million dollars to break into a home, how could he refuse? Everything is going great until Ned realizes he's been setup. People have died, and his world is falling apart. This action packed book is about Ned trying to discover who would have set him up and why.

I really liked Lifeguard, because it is an interesting book and the end was a total surprise. This mysterious book will take you on an roller coaster with each passing chapter, and you will never see the end coming!

If you like action packed books with a pinch of romance, I would recommend Lifeguard. This book will make your jaw drop, and your mind wonder and wonder. 

Sara, 14

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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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Burned

by Ellen Hopkins

With six sisters, an absent mother, abusive father, and a church who thinks she's a sinner what else can Pattyn do, but act like a perfect Mormon girl. When she just can't take it anymore, she acts out and gets sent to live with her Aunt Jeanette in Nevada. While there she learns how to be herself and how to live her life the way she wants with the guy she didn't know she wanted.

Burned is an amazing book because of the brilliant writing techniques, but also because it makes you think about how you never know what some bodies life is like until you step into their shoes. The main character's perspective on life was a new refreshing one that added a layer of depth to the storyline. Overall this book was amazing.

This book is for those who enjoy stepping out of their shoes into someone else's. Anyone can enjoy this book because the author sets a realistic, beautiful story line and main character.

Mackenzie, 15

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Strobe Edge

by Io Sakisaka

One day a girl named Ninako Kinoshita encounters Ren Ichinose, a popular classmate in her high school. She really falls for him despite Ren having a girlfriend already. Events unfold and throughout the manga Ninako and Ren are put into situations where they cannot deny their feelings for each other anymore.

I enjoyed it because it was a coming of age manga. It deals with a strong topic... love. This emotion creates drama for these high school kids because each character reacts differently. Also Ren Ichinose is a character that you, the reader, might even swoon over.

I would definitely recommend this series because it's a great coming of age manga. If you are into high school romantic manga, this is for you. Every volume will leave you wanting Ninako and Ren to overcome their obstacles and finally be together.

Johanna, 16

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