Fangirl

by Rainbow Rowell

Fangirl follows the life of a college freshman, Cath, who has to learn to live on her own, while simultaneously worrying about her twin sister, and her father. She meets new people, but her fixation on finishing her fanfiction keeps her from being too outgoing. She does make friends, but not in the way she imagined.

I liked this book because of the realistic setting, and relatable vibe it sent to people. The book also had a good love story, which made it interesting, and worthwhile to read. It also shines a realistic light on how difficult life can really be, and how we have to handle it.

I would recommend this book to those who have a love for realistic books.  The novel might also appeal to those who like to read fanfiction, and can understand the obsession that Cath has.

Natalie, 14

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The Ruby Circle: a Bloodlines novel

by Richelle Mead

This book followed the paths of Sydney and Adrian in their attempts to find and rescue their friend Jill. They must find her in time, both to ensure her safety, and to make sure that the current queen remains queen. The newly married couple must also learn how to manage their own inner demons to succeed in their quest.

This book is a good book to read because it incorporates action and romance into a wonderful storyline. The ending is also entirely unexpected, and the story was full of suspense, which kept me thinking.

I would recommend this book to people who enjoy action filled stories, or to people who enjoy reading about love. The book can get very descriptive about the fight scenes, which could make some people not want to read it.

Natalie, 14

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Pretty Crooked

by Elisa Ludwig

Willa, a 15 year old teenager, moves to Arizona and starts going to a private school thanks to the paintings her mother has been selling. Fortunately, Willa befriends Cherise, a girl who belongs to a popular group. Willa then decides to start stealing money from rich kids and starts giving it to three other girls who are bullied based on the way they dress.

I personally liked this book because there is suspense, and a bit of action. I also liked it because there were a lot of cliff hangers and it made me want to read the next book in the series right away.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a book full of suspense, friendship, romance, and action. 

Diana, 14

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Eleanor & Park

by Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor & Park is a story about two 16-year-old misfits who find themselves sitting by each other on the bus everyday and sharing things they enjoy with each other. The novel tells the tale of a first love and the heartbreak and happiness that comes with it.

I enjoyed this story very much because it can relate to teens in a variety of ways. It talks about first love which I, as well as many other people, are going through.

I would highly recommend this book to teens! It relates to everyone and it has an great plot that I think many people would enjoy. Most teens can relate to the characters in the story in how they act, what they do, and their rebellious side.

Analyss, 17

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Mockingjay

by Suzanne Collins

Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena alive, she's still not safe. A revolution is unfolding, and it is up to Katniss to accept responsibility for countless lives and to change the course of the future of Panem.

I absolutely loved the book. It was simply amazing. I really liked this book because of the love story and the fight scenes it had.

Yes, I would recommend this book to others of an older age of about 12 because of some the the intense fight scenes and the sort of love triangle that goes on. But over all I really like this book.

Melissa, 13

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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