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The Princess Academy 

by Shannon Hale

In the kingdom of Danland, a prince comes of age and the chief official selects a province that the princess will be selected from. This time, the territory of Mount Eskel is chosen, which is filled with rough mountain girls, so a princess academy is organized to prepare the girls. Miri, the main character, is one of these girls who attends the academy and learns about what it takes to be a princess, from reading to poise and conversation.

I love this book because Shannon Hale whips up a great story that is original but still incorporates the best qualities of popular books- romance, courage, and adventure. This is my favorite of Shannon Hale's books!

I would recommend this book to girls who like princess type books, though just about anyone would like it because it isn't your typical princess story. I have personally recommended it to many people and all have loved it.

Emma, 18

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The Time Traveler's Wife 

by Audrey Niffenegger
09/25/2015 Categories: fantasy romance time travel

The Time Traveler's Wife, is a story about an art student named Clare and a librarian named Henry who have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was thirty-six. They married when Clare was twenty-three and Henry was thirty-one. This happens only because Henry is diagnosed with Chronic Displacement Disorder in which he finds himself in unusual time frames. The story is about their love for each other and is told from both their points of view.

The Time Traveler's Wife was an interesting story; a little confusing at first, but once I got into it, it became a fairly emotional story. It is a classic love story, but unique on its own. I thought this book was clever and different from the usual romantic novels I have read.

If you enjoy classic love stories, but with a twist, you most likely will enjoy this book. I was instantly hooked from the beginning and it makes it more enjoyable by the fact that it is told by both the character's point of view. I am sure a fair amount of people will love this novel.

Analyss, 17

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The Hunger Games 

by Suzanne Collins
09/23/2015 Categories: dystopia fantasy love triangles romance sci fi

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, Capitol forces the districts all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen is chosen for her district. if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

The Hunger Games is a splendid book because it tells about a possibility for the near future. I like how it is so descriptive throughout the whole story o whats going on, while reading it you can almost feel as if that person in the book was you.

I would absolutely recommend this book. If you like action and determination type stories this definitely is the book for you.

Melissa, 13

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To All the Boys I've Loved Before 

by Jenny Han
05/12/2015 Categories: adventure friendship romance siblings

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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Isla and the Happily Ever After 

by Stephanie Perkins
04/27/2015 Categories: dating drama high school drama romance

Isla and the Happily Ever AfterHave you ever had that crush where you just think "will he never notice me"? Isla definitely has. She is a hopeless romantic and when she returns to school in Paris, Josh and Isla become closer than she could have ever imagined. But not all relationships are smooth sailing.

I genuinely wanted to like this book, but I thought it moved by way too fast. Also the main character went out of her way to find things wrong with her relationship which really annoyed me.

I would only recommend it if you have read the other books in the series, because they make cameos and you get to see what is up with them.

Audrey, 17

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Dreamless : a Starcrossed novel 

by Josephine Angelini
04/20/2015 Categories: mythology romance

In the sequel to Starcrossed, Helen faces many challenges and has to overcome obstacles in the Underworld. Being the Descender, she has to find a way to rid the world of the Furies, while also maintaining a normal life, for her father's sake. To top it off, she meets a new boy, Orion, and has trouble depicting her feelings for both him and Lucas.

I loved this book. It was a little slow at first, but then the action kicked in and the ball started rolling. It was an amazing sequel.

I would recommend this book to anyone who read the first book. I would recommend the entire series to any young adult reader who enjoys action, romance, and some Greek mythology.

Chanel, 16

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Things That Are 

by Andrew Clements
04/06/2015 Categories: adventure mystery romance

Things That AreAlicia is blind, but she still sees the events unfolding around her. She sees her parents who want her to live her own life, but still feel the need to protect her. She sees Bobby, who seems to be edging closer. She sees William, a man who isn't only invisible to her, like everyone else in her life, but also to the whole world. Is he really kind and trustworthy like he seems? Or is Alicia mistaken by her instincts? Things That Are is the third in a series started by the book Things Not Seen.

Things That Are is an interesting book because it's about learning to trust the things we know but can't see.

If you like adventure, romance, and mystery then you will like reading Things That Are.

Julia, 13

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Legend  

by Marie Lu
03/24/2015 Categories: action romance suspense war

Legend“If you want to rebel, rebel from inside the system. That’s much more powerful than rebelling outside the system”(Metias, p. 245). Legend is the story of two teens living in a dystopian society who team up to stop the madness going on between the Republic and the Colonies and stop a harmful sickness known as the plague.

After reading Legend, by Marie Lu, I thought it was an amazing book. It was filled with action, suspense, drama, and more. It kept you on the edge of your seat, begging to know what happens next. Marie Lu has a way with her description, that allows you to envision the setting, characters, and plot. I admired the way Legend was written because it showed you both of the character's perspectives and how different they are.

I would strongly recommend this book to readers who love books that are filled with suspense, action, and romance. I would also recommend it to people ages 13 and up because of the violence and romantic scenes.

Sarah, 14

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The Fault in Our Stars 

by John Green
03/23/2015 Categories: cancer romance

The Fault in Our StarsThe story's general plot went something like this: Two teenagers, both with cancer, meet and find love amidst the trials of their lives.

Being engaging and easy to read makes a big impact on readers, but those redeeming qualities aren't quite enough to bring this book above mediocrity. For starters, the author's portrayal of modern teenagers was completely unrealistic. Take this excerpt of Augustus's monologue: "I'm in love with you, and I know that love is just a shout into the void, and that oblivion is inevitable, and that we're all doomed and that there will come a day when all our labor has been returned to dust, and I know the sun will swallow the only earth we'll ever have, and I am in love with you." Whew. The teenage boy who regularly spouts this kind of stuff on command is hard to find. This is only part of the immense cheesiness and feeling of insincerity that the novel exudes. 

If you are a fan of cheesiness and the cheap emotional roller coaster of most chick flicks, then I recommend staying on top of pop culture and seeing for yourself what the book with the undeserved hype is all about.

Brian, 17

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The Treatment 

by Suzanne Young
03/17/2015 Categories: action dystopia romance suicide

The world rests in the hands of two rebels facing a problem that might end life as we know it. The Treatment is a story of two lovers who struggle to stay alive, as they face a suicide epidemic.  

The Treatment is an amazing book because it helps motivate you to not give up, no matter how bad the situation is. I loved the way the author depicted the scenes. The well thought-out descriptions allowed me to imagine what is going on in my head.

I would recommend this book to people ages 14 and older because of its romance. Its uses a lot of sexual content that I believe would be inappropriate to readers less than 14 years old. It also uses inappropriate language.

Sara, 14

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The Fault in Our Stars 

by John Green

The Fault in Our StarsThe Fault in Our Stars followed two teenage cancer victims. Both of them had a serious form of cancer and they knew that eventually it would win, but they still managed to make a little infinity together.

The book was amazing. It would take you from tears to pure joy and then back to tears again. The moral of the story was just heart-warming: No matter how much time you have left, you can always find happiness and love. It was just a beautiful story.

I would recommend this book to everyone who loves to read a sweet love story with heart-ache and heart-warming scenes. It was just amazing how realistic the characters seemed, which forced you to feel many emotions, ranging from sadness to pure joy. I would definitely recommend this to everyone, it is a must-read.

Chanel, 15

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How My Summer Went Up in Flames 

by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski

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"I did not blow up Joey' s car. It caught fire!" To be honest Rosie really
didn't. Now that her ex boyfriend has enforced a restraining order against her, Rosie' s parents decide to send her on a cross country road trip with her neighbor Marty and his two friends. With the distraction of 3 guys she begins to forget about her ex and start enjoying what this trip has to offer her.

I liked some parts of it, but I just found it really unrealistic. It started out alright, but the main character wasn't strong enough to hold it all together.

I honestly don't think I would recommend this book. It's basically a fluff book that has no purpose but to mildly entertain you.

Audrey, 16

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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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Two-Way Street 

by Lauren Barnholdt

Two-Way StreetWhat's a girl to do when her boyfriend dumps her for a girl online and is
forced to go on a cross country road trip with him to college by her parents?
Nothing. And that is exactly what Courtney does. When she met Jordan she never would have expected to turn him from a womanizer into an adorably committed boyfriend. And suddenly there she was heartbroken that a guy she loved could of so coldly said its over. But then again, there are always two sides to to every breakup.

This book was pretty hilarious more than I would say romantic overall. It had an alright plot and really lovable characters that had you snickering the whole time.

I would recommend it just because any person could relate to the romantic complications of Courtney and Jordan. Also this book shows how often miscommunication can play in any relationship, whether it be family, friends, or love.

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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