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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Champion

by Marie Lu

ChampionIn this third and final book of Marie Lu's Legend trilogy, all hell breaks loose. The Republic and its new, young leader Anden doesn't have a clue what to do when the Colonies break the peace treaty between it and the Republic. Meanwhile, the Republic's best and only hope, Day, is slowly dying. It's a race against time as Day, June, and Anden try to find a solution to make peace with the Colonies and bring an end to the long-lasting war.

It. Was. Epic. There was plenty of action and suspense, mixed in with a few unexpected twists to the story. This book captured me in its world and kept me turning its pages day and night.

I would recommend this book to anyone, not just people that like this type of genre. It is another of those books that is just plain awesome.

Hieu, 14

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Bittersweet

by Sarah Ockler

BittersweetHudson lives in a small town in New York, waitressing at her mom's cafe. Before, she was an up-and-coming ice skater, but now she's known as the Cupcake Queen of her small town. One day, she literally runs into a cute guy from the hockey team, who asks her for ice skating lessons. Can she whip the bad boy hockey team in shape as well as revive her long dead dream of figure skating?

There's a bit too much going in this book. First, Hudson's an ex figure skater,
as well as being a Cake Boss-worthy baker. Then, apparently, she's still reeling from her parents' divorce as well as split from her ex-best friend. Then, she's also caught in between two different guys from the hockey team. So much little stuff is happening, that Hudson seems a bit too fictional. Also, the romance is okay, but slightly forgettable.

I recommend this to girls who are looking for clich├ęd, light romance novels. Be
warned, however, this book contains cupcake descriptions that will create
saliva waterfalls in your mouth.

Kristine, 15

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Eleanor and Park

by Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor and Park

A cute indie book about first love. Eleanor and Park are two somewhat star-crossed lovers trying to navigate through their relationship.

Everybody seems to love this book. I can see why, but I think the hype is way too large. Nevertheless, it is a very charming book about first love, and a lot of the writing seems really genuine..

I think teen girls will definitely like this book, since it has a lot of "squee!!" moments. Plus, Park, the main guy, seems so cute and nice.

Kristine, 15

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The Fault in Our Stars

by John Green

The Fault in Our Stars

Hazel Grace is a girl who has stage four thyroid cancer. Hazel finds that she is battling herself and has a hard time living. Once Hazel meets Augustus Waters, everything changes for her.

I really liked it because once you get to know Hazel and Augustus, you begin to love these characters. Right from the beginning, you can tell they are made for each other.

I would recommend this book to anyone who feels like reading about a little romance and a bit of a tragedy. The Fault In Our Stars is life changing and will change the way about how you see the world.

Jacki, 17

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Eve & Adam

by Michael Grant & Katherine Applegate

Eve & AdamAfter Evening Spiker's leg was torn off in a car accident - and subsequently re-attached - she's been bored out of her mind while recovering at her family's high-tech pharmaceutical company. To ease her boredom, Evening's mother assigns her the task of designing the perfect boy, using a simulator the company made. But "Adam" isn't just a simple computer simulation, especially when he comes to life. Suddenly, questions about the company's shady background, and even about Evening herself come to light in this thrilling YA novel.

Eve & Adam is very engaging, with many thrilling chase scenes that make it impossible to put down. The main characters are likable enough, though a bit two-dimensional. My only complaint is that the plot was a bit far-fetched, and the background and setting weren't completely solid. There are a few real-life connections, like Apple Inc., and the band, The Pixies, but it still felt as if the book was set in the future.

I think that many people would enjoy Eve & Adam. The book itself is barely 300 pages, and anyone who likes reading romance with a dash of sci-fi would love it.

Kristine, 15

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Angel

by James Patterson

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In the seventh book in the Maximum Ride Series, Fang starts her own group, called the "Fang's Gang" while Max and the others are at Dr. Martinez's house. Then, without realizing that the other is doing the same, both groups start a mission based on the Doomsday Group, a group of people who alter people's minds and convince them that they need to kill humans to help the planet.

I enjoyed this book very much. It was suspenseful, and ended on an exciting cliffhanger!

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys the series. Angel would suit anyone who likes action served with a little bit of romance and a lot of suspense!

Chanel, 14

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This World We Live

by Susan Beth Pfeffer

This World We Live InThis World We Live In is a companion novel to both Life As We Knew It and The Dead & The Gone, and continues the story of what happened after a meteor collided with the moon and catastrophically altered the earth's climate. Miranda Evans, the main character from the first book, narrates the hardships of living in a destroyed world where leaving can be forever and where almost everyone you know is dead. Alex, the narrator from the second book shows up at Miranda's door with her father and her stepmother. He and Miranda begin a catastrophic and sad relationship that causes only more heartbreak.

I really enjoyed this book almost as much as the  first two. This World We Live In provided a very interesting storyline. I was very excited to see both of the narrators from the previous books meet and fall in love, but as the story progressed, it became a little predictable and cheesy. Overall, it was a good book filled with many tragic events that often made it hard not to cry.

I would recommend this book to others who have read the previous books and who cannot get enough of this author's work.  I would also recommend it to people who like sad and tragic stories, and for those who can handle death and disturbing parts. This World We Live In is suitable for both guys and girls, because it is not solely based on romance, but the will to survive and help your family through tough times.  

Daisy, 17

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Crossed

by Ally Condie

CrossedCondie's Crossed continues to follow Cassia Reyes as she risks everything in order to find Ky the boy she loves, and who the Society wants to keep her away from. In this second book of the Matched Trilogy, Cassia embarks on a journey to find Ky, but along the way she finds out secrets that might change the purpose of her trip. Will she run away with Ky, or will she join the rising in order to destroy the society that has taken away her freedom, and her ability to choose who she loves.

I really liked this book, specially the characters who were all brave and willing to risk everything for their loved ones. Another reason why I loved this book was because we not only got the chance to be in Cassia's mind and feel her emotions but we also got to explore the deeps of Ky's mind as he too looks for the one he loves.

I really enjoyed the new characters that Condie introduces in this book, and I loved the story line from start to finish. I would recommend this book to everyone, it perfectly combines action and romance, so as a reader you are always interested in what's going to happen next. This book would be a good read for those who enjoyed reading The Hunger Games, or other dystopian novels.

Daisy, 17

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David

by Mary Hoffman

DavidSet in the Florence of 1501, David follows the life of Gabriele the young man who would portray the biblical character of David, in Michelangelo's sculpture. The novel follows Gabriele's romantic life, while also heavily focusing on the political instability of Florence under the new republic, and Gabriele's involvement in it.

I did not necessarily like this book. At times the story line was good, but most of the time it was slightly confusing when describing the politics of the period. I enjoyed Gabriele's dramatic love life, and his brotherly relationship with Michelangelo, but I did not really like all the historical details about the politics of the time.

I would recommend this book to those who like historical novels or who are into politics. I don't think that this is a book for everyone because of the fact that it heavily focuses on the subject of politics that can seem boring to most teens.

Daisy, 17

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Maximum Ride: the Angel Experiment

by James Patterson

Angel ExperimentMaximum Ride is the leader of her "flock"- 5 other kids who, like her, have wings and can soar above the clouds. They were experiments created by crazy scientists and have hard lives, from battling wolf/human hybrids to rescuing Angel from the School where they were tested and created.

I loved this book, from the action to the love, this book was truly amazing. I really liked how much Max cared for her family and would do anything to help them.

I would absolutely recommend this book to anyone who likes an exhilarating, fast-paced story with a well thought out story plan. It has the perfect amount of surprise and suspense.

Chanel, 14

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