The Scarlet Letter

by Nathaniel Hawthorne

The novel begins with the town gossiping about resident Hester Prynne. The reader wonders what Hester Prynne did that was so bad. The novel is mostly about how Hester raises her child and why the father won't confront that he is the father.

I loved this book because of its romantic quality, and that even though is was written like two centuries ago, love still exists. I love the part when Hester and the father first meet each other after so long and they still feel love for each other. I hated how the father was such a coward to face the town and say that he was the father.

I would recommend this book to people who can read books with difficult language, and love romantic novels. People who love a suspense love story will love this book, and I loved this book even though everyone in my class disliked this book. This book has a deeper meaning and moral of you read it carefully, and do not treat it as homework.

Lauren, 17

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The Sun Also Rises

by Ernest Hemingway

This novel takes place after WWI, where most of the main characters, such as Jake, were soldiers in war and therefore received war trauma. The novel is mostly about how these soldiers self-medicate with alcohol, and how they can never fully be themselves again.

I enjoyed this book, due to the fact that the novel talked about the soldiers after a war, and how the war changed these men. The war also affects a woman named Brett who seems to be a modern woman during that time period and has a relationship with Jake. My least favorite part was when Brett used Jake to get to Romero, and I felt disgusted towards Brett.

I would gladly recommend this book to everyone. This book does contain some mature content, such as self-medicating with alcohol, and the effects of war on soldiers. This novel explores the minds of once stable men and woman who become anger-filled and depressed people.

Lauren, 17

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The Raven Boys

by Maggie Stiefvater

Raven BoysBlue lives in a house full of psychics, but she is the only one in the house who does not posses these supernatural powers. Ever since she was little girl she has been told that she will kill her true love with a kiss, something that hadn't mattered until now. She becomes involved in the search for the long dead Welsh king Glendower, with a group of raven boys, boys who attend a private school near by, boys whom she swore to never become involved with because of their reputation as snotty rich kids. The story follows their search for Glendower and the growing relationship between Blue and the boys.

I though this book was amazing. Stiefvater creates really dynamic and compelling characters who develop throughout the book. The plot line is really interesting and you find yourself at the edge of your seat, just waiting to find out what happens next.

Yes, I would highly recommend this book to others, but especially to those who enjoy reading a supernatural story with a hint of romance. Overall if you love books with a supernatural plot you would love Stiefvater's The Raven Boys.

Daisy, 16

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Les Miserables

by Victor Hugo

Les MiserablesJean Valjean is a convict who has experienced great despair while in jail for 20 years, causing him to be spiteful. However, when a single act of kindness is shown, he pledges to be a better human being, but is halted by many obstacles that cause great despair.

Les Miserables is an incredible book. It has multiple powerful themes that connect to many people. The characters are very endearing. The overall story is very influential and captivating. Victor Hugo's masterpiece is very touching and leaves people speechless and crying.

This book is recommended to people of all ages. Jean Valjean and the other characters' journey will surely captivate readers.

CJ, 17

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Princess Academy

by Shannon Hale

Princess AcademyIn Princess Academy, Miri, a young, weak Lowlander who so desperately wants to help the rest of town working in the quarry, is chosen to be one of the girls sent to the top of Mount Ekenl. Her job is to attend the Princess Academy, run by the harsh and sometimes cruel Olana, and train in order to compete for the Prince's heart. Throughout her training, Miri makes both friends and enemies and she becomes torn. Where does her heart lie: with the Prince who can offer her and her family a better future or in the village with Peder? Yet, what Miri does not realize is that she and the rest of girls are living on a deserted mountain top where they can easily be taken hostage without anyone realizing. Can Miri prove her strength to everyone and will her Prince save her?

Princess Academy is a beautifully written book filled with both adventure and romance. Miri is a character that all girls can relate to in one way or another, and her story forms a lesson to all: true strength comes from within and true love is stronger than any storm. Hale does an amazing job of portraying a beautiful and unique tale and connecting with the reader.

This book is perfect for all female readers, especially preteens. Every girl who reads this will come away with a very important lesson whether it be about true love, friendship, strength, or family. This story was written to show every girl what it means to be a princess and how every girl is a princess inside.

Jana, 17

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Warm Bodies

by Isaac Marion

Warm Bodies

A plague has turned people into zombies. Nobody knows how or why it started, but now everywhere you turn you see gray skin. R, a zombie who can't remember his own name, is the one who must change the zombies' fate.

I liked this book a lot because R, the main character, is trying his hardest to regain his ability to care. With Julie, R can care again and tries his hardest to keep his humanity out for others to see.

This book has romance AND zombies for anyone who needs a little thrill. There is also some supernatural bits with R as he gets closer to saving human kind.

Jacki, 16

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Vampire Diaries: The Awakening and The Struggle

by L.J. Smith

Vampire DiariesElena is captivated by a new stranger who arrives at her school. At first the stranger shows no interest in her, making Elena want him more. After a bit of hesitation, the mysterious man, Stefan, finally gives in to her and a strong love is created.

I liked how Elena was a very firm character. Elena stood up for what she believed in and did whatever she wanted. You can't resist Stefan and Damon Salvatore, they're perfect!

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a love triangle. You are stuck between loving Damon's evil vindictive side or Stefan's loving loyal side.

Jacki, 16

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Divergent

by Veronica Roth

DivergentThis book is about a group of five factions. In the book a girl gets a new chance at life when she gets to choose what she wants to be. She left her family to become a dare devil. She is trying to stay alive at this compound. But can she stay alive with the people that are there?

I loved this book. I actually read it five times! This book can catch your eye just by the cover. I liked it because I like to read dramatic books. 

I know for a fact that others would love this book. I had recommend it to my friend and she loved it. When you finish this book you will want to get the next one. If you like DANGER you will like this book.

Rebecka, 14

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Memoirs of a Geisha

by Arthur Golden

Memoirs of a GeishaThe book is about a Japanese girl who is torn away from her family at a young age. She goes to live in a house with three older ladies, another girl her age, and a famous Geisha. The hope is that someday she will become a Geisha as well. With many set backs, she has a difficult journey, only helped by the handsome Chairman.

It was a very good book. It opens up a whole new culture in such a unique way and allows you to form deep connections with the main character as she makes her way through a life mostly forced upon her.

I would most definitely recommend this book to others because it is a great story that incorporates Japanese culture and history. Most likely, you will like this book if you are interested in Japanese culture, geisha, or narratives of the struggles of a young girl.    

Jordan, 17

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Mockingjay

by Suzanne Collins

Mockingjay coverKatniss is finally at District 13, which she thought didn't exist! Now she has to fight in the war against the Capitol in order for all the people of each district to get their freedom back. But there's a catch! President Snow has Peeta and the closer Katniss gets to her goal the more she hurts Peeta. Katniss has to decide if she really wants to go save all of Panem or risk losing Peeta.

I thought it was exceptionally well written. I really like how all the districts fit into the story line. Also there is a love triangle thing going on, and what teenage girl doesn't enjoy that?

I would definitely recommend this book for anyone to read. I absolutely love it because you can connect to Katniss! Also you don't know what Katniss will do next! There's so many surprises and plot twists this book will leave you at the edge of your seat.

Jacki, 16

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City of Fallen Angels

by Cassandra Clare

City of Fallen Angels coverThe war against Valentine ended and the Clary won! So everything is supposed to be perfect since Jace and Clary can finally be together...except for the fact that Jace has started to act distant from Clary. There have also been mysterious deaths of Shadowhunters and the death of mundane babies who look suspiciously like they were trying to be turned into half demons.

I thought this book was..eh because it felt like it was kind of a letdown compared to City of Glass, which ended on a perfect note. Clary and Jace's relationship just seem to deteriorate because Jace didn't tell her this one secret which ultimately could have broken them up for good.

I would recommend it only if you have read the other books. But besides from that, it wasn't the best book in the world.

Audrey, 15

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City of Ashes

by Cassandra Clare

City of Ashes coverClary just wishes her life would go back to drawing and hanging out with Simon. Unfortunately, it can't after you find out that you're a Shadowhunter, your mom is in a coma, you might possibly be in love with your brother, and your own dad is basically evil. 

I liked this book because it still had those hilarious characters. Plus, the combination of the action and romance is perfect. If you read City of Bones don't stop there! This book is just as good as the first. There are some great moments in this book where you just stop reading and go "Whoa!"

Audrey, 15

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City of Bones

by Cassandra Clare

City of Bones coverClary Fray is just a normal teenage girl who just happens to witness a killing in a club. Her best friend Simon is convinced she didn't see anything until her mom goes missing and she meets the gorgeous and mysterious Jace Wayland. Together, they try to uncover the truth about what happened to her mom.

I loved this book because I just love the funny and crazy characters and their witty comments. It's cool because each character is entirely different and has their own unique personality.

I would recommend this book to anyone who has read any type of fantasy book because its so much more than just vampires and werewolves.

Audrey, 15

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City of Glass

by Cassandra Clare

City of Glass coverThis book is the third installment in the Mortal Instruments series. Clary Fray has found a way to awaken her mom by going to Idris which is the homeland of all Shadowhunters, to retrieve a spell book. Unfortunately, Jace plans to try and keep Clary away from Idris and to put as much distance between them as possible. While this is going on Valentine is planning on seizing Idris with a demon army.

This was the best book out of the series. Everything from the previous books is explained in this one, and there are so major twists.

I would recommend it obviously if you have read the previous books. This book is different from the typical teen fantasy romance because there is so much else going on and doesn't just focus on the two lovers.

Audrey, 15

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Sense and Sensibility

by Jane Austen

Sense and Sensibility is mainly about two girls, Marianne and Elinor Dashwood, who have moved into a small cottage after the recent death of their father. Elinor and Edward Ferrars are thought to be in love with each other, but Elinor is unaware of the secret Edward has. Marianne meets John Willoughby while nearly injuring herself, but is all of it just a game?

I thought it was pretty good because it explained how most women in that time period basically had nothing to look forward to except to get married.

I would definitely recommend this book if you have read other Jane Austen books. If you like Pride and Prejudice then try this one!

Audrey, 15

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