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Pants on Fire 

by Meg Cabot

Pants on Fire coverOne,boy-loving, teenage girl who will do anything to get revenge on the one who might ruin her reputation. Pants on Fire is about teenage love and finding out who really loves who between a group of really good friends, even if lying is involved.

This book is a really good book because of all the drama between secret boyfriends and real ones. I like how in the end, the drama made this group of teenagers find out who they really are and who they really loved.

If you like relatable, drama filled books, you would love Pants on Fire by Meg Cabot.

Ashley, 14

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The Lucky One 

by Nicholas Sparks
12/06/2012 Categories: movie realistic fiction romance war

Lucky One coverFormer U.S Marine, Logan Thibault, became lucky when he found a photograph of a beautiful young woman while serving in Iraq. This photograph has been claimed to have saved his life through many horrible battles. This mysterious woman has been in his thoughts daily, and he wants to find her. He thinks that if he finds her, he would have to find a way to repay her.

I picked up this book because I adored the author, Nicholas Sparks. I liked this book because it was full of romance. I was clearly not surprised of my enjoyment of this book because every book I have read from Nicholas Sparks has never failed me. I was though surprised by what happens in the end.

I would recommend this book to teens and young adults who simply enjoy romance. This book will make you twist in some chapters and sometimes you might even want to scream at characters.

Alissa, 14

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Second Chance Summer 

by Morgan Matson

Second Chance coverThis book is about a 17 year old girl named Taylor. Taylor has the tendency for running away from her problems. When things got hard, she would just run away. Due to her father's cancer, her family must go to their lake house during the summer to spend time with each other. Taylor has been trying so hard to avoid going there since running away from the problems she had caused 5 years ago. She finally learns to accept the fact that she has to face her problems.

This book is one of my favorites. It was amazing! I was so surprised by how much I loved it and could not stop reading it. I could not put this book down. I was so into it, that I read 450 out of the 468 pages in one day. I decided to read this book when I saw how pretty the cover was.

I would definitely recommend this to anyone! Typically in the ages of 13-17. If you like stories of friendship and stories that teaches a good lesson, you would enjoy Second Chance Summer.

Alissa, 14

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That Summer 

by Sarah Dessen
11/13/2012 Categories: family drama realistic fiction siblings

That Summer coverWith Haven's whole world shifting around her she can't help to look back when her family was whole. Suddenly Summer reappears-the sister haven is about to lose.

I liked this book because it makes me think of times at the beach.

People who like fiction would like this book.

Rebecka, 14

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Midnight Comes to the Metaphor Cafe 

by Robert Pacilio
10/22/2012 Categories: dance high school drama realistic fiction

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Midnight Comes to the Metaphor Cafe is about how four seniors go through their last year of high school, and determine what they will do in life. It serves as a sequel of Meetings at the Metaphor Cafe, which was about the teenagers as juniors being taught by an amazing teacher.

Midnight Comes to the Metaphor Cafe is a great book that shows the drama and challenges of the senior year of high school. In my opinion, I feel that its prequel, Meetings at the Metaphor Cafe, was a bit better since you could really imagine yourself in the situations of the book.

I recommend it to anyone who's read the first book. This book shows how different real life can be compared to high school, so teenagers should also enjoy reading this.

Jakob, 15

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The Memory Keepers Daughter 

by Kim Edwards

Memory Keepers Daughter coverThe book is about a doctor's wife giving birth to twins one is a girl and has down syndrome the other is a healthy boy. It describes the doctor's life and his family's, as well as his daughter's lives and how they grow up without knowing one another.

I personally enjoyed the book very much. It was a great story about a family secret kept for so long and it's just so exciting!

I would definitely recommend this book to others. I think they would enjoy it if they liked books that seem based on a true story but aren't!

Mariana, 14

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The Summer I Turned Pretty 

by Jenny Han

Summer coverThis book is about a girl who falls in love with two brothers at the same time. When she goes to the beach house she does not know which one to choose, so all she does is go for one of them. They both call her Belly. By the end of the summer she starts dating the guy who she really likes, but he goes to a completely different school, so he has to make trips to see her so they could stay together.

This was an amazing book because it made me laugh and cry. I would recommend this book if you're into romance.

Rebecka, 14

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Pretty Little Liars 

by Sara Shepard

Pretty Little LiarsPretty Little Liars is about a group of girls that lost their friend. Now that summer break is over they are back in school and there is someone who is threatening their lives. They must find out who it is before someone gets hurt. 

I think that this book was amazing! I read this book three times because it was that awesome. 

I would recommend this book to others because I think they would enjoy it - especially if they are interested in mystery series.

Rebecka, 14

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Meetings at the Metaphor Cafe 

by Robert Pacilio

Image result for Meetings at the Metaphor Cafe book coverMeetings at the Metaphor Cafe is about a book of four unique teenagers who meet at the Metaphor Cafe to discuss the inspiring lessons of their English teacher, Mr. Buscotti (or Mr. B, for short). Mr. B inspires his students in many different ways, from music to dancing.

Meetings at the Metaphor Cafe is among one of the best high school books I have ever read. The story is written in four points of view, from the four main characters, making it easier to understand their personalities and conflicts. Mr. B is an amazing teacher, and the author's writing makes you feel like you're in his class!

EVERY high school student and teacher should read this book! Meetings at the Metaphor Cafe gives you a highly inspirational experience that few other books can replicate!

Jakob, 15

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Good Girls 

by Laura Ruby
07/11/2012 Categories: funny high school drama realistic fiction

Good Girls coverGood Girls by Laura Ruby is about how a straight-A student in high school suddenly gets caught doing something she shouldn't, and everyone knows what.

Laura Ruby's novel is an almost frighteningly accurate portrayal of how fast things spread by word of mouth and the internet.

I greatly enjoyed this book because of its realism. Good Girls by Laura Ruby is strongly recommended to anyone in middle or high school who has a pointed sense of humor.

Tabitha, 14

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What If...Everyone Was Doing It 

by Liz Ruckdeschel

What if coverWhat If... Everyone Was Doing It is a story about the cliche twists and turns of making choices in high school, but has a very juvenile approach to be set in high school.

Ruckdeschel and Jame's novel has an unrealistic and rushed plot, with so many meanings it loses the story aspect.

I do not recommend this novel to people who are very easily tired of authors who over analyze everything in the book.

Tabitha, 14

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A Dance of Sisters 

by Tracey Porter

Dance of Sisters coverA Dance of Sisters is about a young aspiring ballerina who has to find her way in order to cope with her sister's wild streak, her ballet instructor's constant remarks that she's not good enough, and the teenage feeling of abandonment.

Tracey Porter's novel really portrays what a teenage girl with a desire to conquer something will do. I liked it for its realism and how the author was very upfront about harsh topics like anorexia.

I highly recommend this book to anyone with an interest in dance or who enjoys stories with lots of different side plots.

Tabitha, 14

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Mathilda Savitch 

by Victor Lodato
07/11/2012 Categories: mystery realistic fiction romance suspense

Mathilda Savitch coverMathilda Savitch is a story about the troubling time Mathilda goes through after her sister's death. Mathilda sees the world in a different light; she vies for attention, especially her mother's, and the only way to get that attention is by becoming bad. And yet, Mathilda is still trying to find her place in the world; she, like any other teen, is trying to discover who she really is. But she's also going on another quest: to find the guy who pushed her sister in front of the train. As she rummages through her sister's things, she uncovers secrets that her sister has always kept hidden, but that's not the only thing she uncovers: she discovers the truth about herself and the world.

This book was amazing despite some issues with language and a bit of content. The ideas and thoughts explored are ones that plague people today and Lodato does a great job bringing them to the forefront. It really gets you wondering about issues that many times we try to ignore.

I would recommend this book to anyone who find him or herself wondering about the mystery of life. Anyone who likes to wonder and who likes to feel and get his or her heartstrings pulled would love this book, although as a warning there is some very foul language and mature content.

Jana, 16

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Instructions for a Broken Heart 

by Kim Culbertson

Instructions coverThis book is about how a performing arts high school student named Jessa weaves her way through a trip to Italy with some unsavory people, unexpected interfering from an America-based friend, and a lot on her mind.

Instructions for a Broken Heart is quite the page turner, because it really signifies how high school students sometimes get caught up in everything around them, yet miss what's right in front of them. Also, aside from that; it's very realistic.

If you enjoy stories with twists and the occasional bit of revenge, I'd definitely recommend it. People who like to explore situations and experiences through books would find a great plot here in Instructions for a Broken Heart.

Tabitha, 14

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That Wedding 

by Jillian Dodd
07/03/2012 Categories: funny realistic fiction romance

Image resultThat Wedding is the sequel to That Boy and was honestly just as fun to read! I absolutely loved reading about JJ plan her dream wedding and have a fun time! She did go through some hard times but just as before her best friend helped her through!

This book was so good about really explaining the wedding planning with precise detail so everyone would know what everything was!

I would most definitely recommend this book to others because, if you read the That Boy, you are going to want to know how her wedding turns out! I hope that Mrs. Dodd will come out with a third book!

Chanel, 13

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