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Stargirl 

by Jerry Spinelli
08/19/2017 Categories: high school drama peer pressure

Stargirl is about a boy named Leo Borlock who falls in love with a girl who calls herself "Stargirl." She becomes popular at her new school because of her unique character. Then, everyone at her school starts hating her... for being different. Despite having loved her for being who she was, he begs Stargirl to become "normal" and to fit in like the rest of the crowd so that she is liked by her peers again.

My favorite thing about this book was that it highlighted different problems that teenagers face in their schools. Jerry Spinelli used Leo's character to depict the average student who is always worried about other people's opinions and thoughts to actually think about the greater things in life. Leo doesn't do anything he thinks that his peers will disapprove and seeing the girl he likes getting tormented for being different breaks him. He wants to fix that but his solution is to change Stargirl into something she's not. It's a story of peer pressure and bullying, but it's also a story that encourages the youth to embrace their individuality and quirkiness. 

I would recommend this book to people who may feel like their quirkiness is a bad thing. I think that everyone is unique and that fitting in with the crowd isn't necessarily a good thing. I really liked the message that Spinelli was trying to send and I think a lot of young readers will enjoy it. 

Heejeong, 18

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The Anti-Prom 

by Abby McDonald

This book follows the lives of three high school girls on prom night. Bliss has just found out her boyfriend has cheated on her, and wants revenge. She pulls Jolene into the act, and together, they convince Meg to help them. The three unlikely friends work together throughout the night, getting revenge, and ultimately finding themselves.

 

This book was interesting to read, because it follows three different perspectives, so that you could see what all three characters were thinking. It was interesting, but the main characters could be frustrating to read about at times.

 

This book would be good for people who enjoy reading about the darker sides of happy events, and for people who enjoy reading about how the people who are your friends, are not always who you think they are.

 

Natalie, 14

 

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The Chocolate War 

by Robert Cormier

Chocolate warAn all boys high school is doing its annual chocolate fundraiser. It is required for the boys this year to sell a large number of boxes to support the school. Jerry Renault refuses to sell these chocolates. This act of standing up for his beliefs angers the organization running the school, and caused him to be a target for pain and anger. 

he Chocolate War is far from a bad book, but it wasn't one of my favorites. Most of its characters are well detailed, but don't seem to add much to the story. The message is strong, yet I feel it could be channeled in a different way than it was. The plot seems to take its time and focus on seemingly unrelated moments (like not focusing on the main character for multiple chapters), yet the book is obviously carefully written.

Personally, I wouldn't give it a recommendation. It just was not interesting or fun for me to read. The title was what caught my eye, and it wasn't the fight to the death using chocolate bars I hoped for. Despite that, anyone in need of a well written short novel, they might find some light in The Chocolate War.

Jakob, 15

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Me and My Invisible Guy 

by Sarah Jeffrey

Invisible guyMe and My Invisible Guy is about a girl named Mallory who makes up a pretend boyfriend, Todd, just to feel included at school. She is a cheerleader and the only virgin, so she figures that Todd is the only way out. But difficulties come when a cute new boy starts at the school she goes too. Not only is she overwhelmed with what to do, but her best friend is having major family problems at home.

This book really opens your eyes to the affects of peer pressure on teenagers. I personally enjoyed the book. I thought the whole story was interesting and an easy-read.

I would recommend this book to others because it shows the effects of peer pressure on teens. I would recommend it to anyone who wants a teenage story and an easy-read.

Chanel, 14

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