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An Abundance of Katherines

by John Green

Image result for abundance of katherines book coverColin is no ordinary guy for many reasons. He is a child prodigy, makes mathematical equations for relationships, anagrams, EVERYTHING...and has dated 19 girls named Katherine. And they all have dumped him. One day he cracks, so him and his best friend go on a road trip looking for answers. What they don't expect is making friends, and even relationships, while they're there.

I liked this book because I was able to 'see' what it was like in the mind of a prodigy. How he thinks, feels, and deals with all of that.

I would definitely recommend this book, especially to John Green lovers. It is very well written, a page-turner, and will keep you late into the night wanting to know THE question: What happens next?

Mia, 14

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Tell Me Three Things

by Julie Buxbaum

Image result for tell me three things book coverJessie Holmes is starting her junior year at a new prep school in LA where
the only person she knows is her new stepmother's jerky son. One day she
suddenly receives an anonymous email from a person who calls themselves
Somebody/Nobody, S/N for short. S/N gives her advice on school and life. She
begins to rely on S/N to keep her from falling apart and vice versa.

I really liked this book and I completely recommend it!! I liked it because it was
funny, romantic, and a page-turner! I like how even though many of us think we
cannot relate to Jessie since her experiences are different (her mother died, her father eloped, she moved from
Chicago to LA, and going to prep school), during the story you find that you
can relate to her on some level.

I would recommend this book to people that love romantic comedies, sibling
rivalry, and fancy prep school people. I hope you read this book and enjoy it as
much as I did! ;)

Mia, 14

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Geekerella

by Ashley Poston

Geekerella : a novelThis book is about a fangirl whose father created a convention for their favorite show before he passed, leaving her with a step-mom and two step-sisters. Darien Freeman just got cast in the reboot of the show and is getting a lot of hate from behind the screen. Geekerella is a twist on the Cinderella fairy-tale with lovable characters and destiny-like situations.

At times I felt that the similarities between her and Cinderella were just too obvious. I get that it's a retelling, but I feel like hitting every single detail from the original story wasn't really necessary.

I would recommend this book to fanboys and fangirls. It's a good read it you're looking for a story about how important fandoms are in today's society.

Katelyn, 14

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Paper Towns

by John Green

Paper Towns is about a boy named Quentin as he embarks on a journey to find his elusive childhood crush, Margo, using cryptic clues she has left behind. 

Paper Towns, in comparison to John Green's other novels is quite noticeably sub-par. And I am usually a fan of John Green's stories. This novel, however, was not as compelling as the others; nothing about it made me want to keep reading. 

I wouldn't recommend this book. The story is cliche and the characters are not memorable; just a caricature of preexisting archetypes. I would skip this book and read John Green's Looking for Alaska instead. 

Hannah, 17

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Emma

by Jane Austen

This book takes place in early 1800's England in a small village named Highbury and follows the story of Emma, a cunning and well-mannered girl. Emma is very clever, and uses this skill to her advantage in order to pair couples together. Ultimately, Emma's mischievous hijinks result in many awkward situations between her and her friend Harriet, whom she tries to match with men of noble birth.

Emma is a fantastic book. However, the beginning is a bit slow and it took me a while to get into it. Near the middle of the story, I couldn't put the book down because it was so interesting. I really enjoyed this book because it takes dozens of unexpected turns and is quite comical at times.

I would definitely recommend this book to others. Although the story starts off slow, I encourage you to keep reading it because it grows increasingly more interesting and fun. For those that like classic literature and other Jane Austen novels, this book is perfect!

Bethany, 15

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Dealing with Dragons

by Patricia C. Wrede

Cimorene should be happy she's a princess of a prosperous kingdom set to marry a handsome prince. There's just one little problem; it's all incredibly boring. Cimorene is not interested in what is proper behavior for a princess. She wants to have adventure and excitement so on the advice of a unlikely adviser she sets off to get one.

Dealing with Dragons is an amazing book with interesting characters who defy the stereotypes and challenge the normal fairy tale in almost every way. The book is eloquently written full of magic fantasy and adventure.

I read this book a long time ago and just decided to reread it and was surprised by how much I still love it. Dealing with dragons has interesting characters and plot and is probably one of my top 15 favorite book series. I recommend it to anyone who likes fantasy and adventure.

Isabella, 14

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Don't Even Think About It

by Sarah Mlynowski

This book follows the lives of one high school class, which develops telepathy by the administering of a faulty batch of flu shots. The class now has the ability to hear each other's thoughts, as well as the thoughts of everyone around them. They have to learn to work together, and learn how to handle their new powers.

This book was an interesting read, because I was able to follow all the points of view in one fluid perspective. The twists and turns throughout the book kept me guessing, and it was never boring to read.

 

This book is good for people who like interesting and quirky plot lines, as well as those readers who like reading about special powers. The book doesn't involve much action, as its focus is mostly on everyday settings.

 

Natalie, 14

 

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Geek Girl

by Holly Smale

This book is about a high school girl, Harriet Manners, who is considered a "geek" by her fellow classmates. She wants to change her life for the better, so when she gets scouted for a modeling program, she thinks that this could be it. She soon discovers that modeling, and keeping it a secret, is not as easy as she thought.

 

I liked this book because it was set in a realistic place and situation, which makes it very relatable to people. The girl in the book is also rather humorous, which makes the book very fun to read.

 

I would recommend this book to those who like reading about the not-so-perfect models. This book might also appeal to those who can relate to being the "geek" in their school.

 

Natalie, 14

 

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Looking for Alaska

by John Green

Miles Halter is a teenage boy from Florida who decides to spend his junior year of high school at Culver Creek Boarding School in Alabama. He says that he is going to seek the "great perhaps," something more than himself. Everything changes for Miles when he meets Alaska Young, a girl with a troubled past. The book takes Miles and his new friends on an unforgettable journey that teaches them about the greater truths the world holds.

Looking for Alaska is one of the best books I've ever read. It makes you consider how in a flash, your entire life could change. It is extremely inspirational and well written. The characters in the book were so detailed and I almost felt like I knew them.

I would definitely recommend this book to young people, teens especially. I think that teenagers will definitely be able to relate to at least one aspect of the book. If you like stories that are emotional and about life, then Looking for Alaska is something you would enjoy.

Alex, 15

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Geek: A Fantasy Novel

by E. Archer

There is a world where wishes do come true. All you need is a magical fairy godmother, Meet Ralph, your average tech geek. There is nothing special about him, except for one fact: He is forbidden from making a wish. This rule becomes apparent when he meets his Great Aunt Chessie, who happens to be able to grant wishes. Soon Ralph finds himself embarking on all sorts of wish-adventures, all of them dangerous. The question asked though, is if he will survive to tell the tales.

 

This book had all the great idea in it. The only thing that was lacking was how the story was told. The narration was poor. Although this migh be intentional, it still took away from the overvall effect of the story.

 

I would recommend this book to those who enjoy fantasy (or those who enjoy exploding dust bunnies).

 

Hieu, 16

 

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Chasing Normal

by Lisa Papademetriou

When Mieka Baker's grandma has a heart attack, her summer plans (if she had any) were turned upside down. She has to stay with her normal cousin in her normal house, go shopping for normal clothes, and attend a normal religious summer camp. What follows is anything but normal.

I really enjoyed Chasing Normal. It addresses a growing girl's concerns about periods, religion, body image, and (of course) boys, all the while inserting humor.

I recommend this book to any girl who feels like the odd one out. The main message is to embrace your inner different. Any mature girl between 11-14 will love this book.

Payton, 12

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Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek

by Maya Van Wagenen

Popular : Vintage Wisdom for a Modern GeekWhen Maya is given a popularity guide from the 1950's, she laughs at it. But then she has the idea to implement the strategies from the book for her last year of middle school. Follow Maya as she works her way through the social ladder using strategies that may just make her popular.

Personally, this book amazed me because it was written by a teenager and was very genuine. It really showed how expanding beyond your comfort zone can be a good thing.

I would recommend this book because it was extremely well written and will make you laugh. Also any teenager can relate to being self conscious about yourself and your actions.

Audrey, 17

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Winger

by Andrew Smith

WingerRyan Dean West, a 14-year old junior and rugby player has landed in "O Hall" due to some trouble-making. There, he meets some interesting characters, best friends, and participates in unusual activities that make his junior year unforgettable.

I absolutely loved Winger. Andrew Smith writes so well that the reader feels as if they personally know the character, Ryan Dean. His thoughts, feelings, and actions are very relatable. I would definitely recommend this book! It's filled with so much laughter, unexpected moments, and a lovable character who will resonate with readers.

CJ, 17

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Paper Towns

by John Green

Paper TownsQuentin Jacobsen has always crushed on Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. One night, she appears at his window, and Quentin helps her on an extraordinary revenge-filled quest. She disappears the next day, leaving a trail of clues for him to find her.

This book was super funny and light-warming. Quentin and Margo are amazing in the first half, and then I think the side characters really shine through in the second half. I personally thought the ending was rather blah, but in a whole, the book is very fun and will have you chuckling.

Kristine, 15

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Reformed Vampire Support Group

by Catherine Jinks

Reformed VampiresIn this book, vampires are not beautiful, sparkly creatures of the night. Instead, they are sickly and disturbed people who have a terrible addiction to blood. Join Nina and her support group as they try to find purpose in their otherwise dreary and pathetic lives as they try to free an enslaved werewolf from a terrible life of cage fighting.

This book was very fun to read because it presents a different picture of what vampires could be. The eccentric characters were funny, realistic, and easy to like.

Yes, I would recommend this book because not all vampires are sexy, romantic, and powerful. It's a different spin on supernatural stories, and I think many fans such as those of Wicked would like it.

Kristine, 15

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Rosencrantz & Guidenstern are Dead

by Tom Stoppard

Rosencratz and Guildenstern are Dead is a fairly short play based on a line ("Rosencratz and Guildenstern are dead") from Shakespeare's Hamlet. The play follows the two minor characters: Rosencratz and Guildenstern as they act behind the stage. Weaving in and out of the original story, the reader is able to get a better glimpse at these two characters as they struggle with their own issues about reality, life, and identity. Rosencratz and Guildenstern struggle to find some solid ground in a world were nothing, not even probability, makes sense.

To say this play is fantastic would be an understatement. The idea behind the play is simple enough; yet, the manner in which Stoppard commenced to write it and the bigger ideas about life that he incorporates within the plot are pure genius. The play does have its moments of comedy (in fact, most of it is comedy), but underneath the comic facade, it holds even deeper thoughts about the meaning of life.

I would definitely recommend this book to others for the very fact that it is for everyone. Even though it is based on Shakespeare, it is not Shakespeare. The language is easy to understand and the comedy is for everyone. Yet, I believe that those who would appreciate it the most are those who have read some Shakespeare, especially Hamlet.

Jana, 17

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Chicken Soup for the Teen's Soul II

by Jack Canfield

Chicken soup coverMoving to a new school. Dating. Breakups. Divorces. This is a book written by teens (technically) that tells about their story on a particular subject.

This book was good because these teens tell stories that are not unlike what you are experiencing.

Yes, I would recommend this book because I could connect to the stories and it is heartwarming.

Hieu, 13

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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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Mike and Psmith

by P.G. Wodehouse

Image result for Mike and PsmithMike, cricketeer extraordinaire, meets Psmith, a whimsical boy whose last name is pronounced with a silent "p" (as in pshrimp). Both are kicked out of their respective respectable schools and are sent to a small school Sedleigh, whose cricket team leaves much to be desired. In this lighthearted tale, the two fast friends turn Sedleigh upside-down with Psmith's smooth-talking connivery, Mike's passion for cricket, and any proper English schoolboy's good, old-fashioned prank.

Mike & Psmith was an amazing book and was very readable, especially for a novel written in 1919. There is definitely a lot of cricket terminology and some slang throughout the book (I would suggest looking up a video explaining the sport or skipping the cricket sections entirely) but Mike and especially Psmith will be characters after your own heart. It was fun to read and had its own brand of understated humor, giving me a hilarious outlook of English boarding school.

It doesn't matter if you're a boy or a girl for this book; there is no romance, but all will enjoy reading this story. It's a great way to read older literature without being bored out of your skull, but it may get complicated for readers used to modern-day lit. Even so, I encourage you to challenge yourself! You may discover that you like the book enough to continue the Psmith series.

Erica, 17

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