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Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda 

by Becky Albertalli
11/06/2017 Categories: friendship high school drama lgbtq romance

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda is the story about a homosexual sixteen year old boy. Simon Spier, has been emailing with a mysterious boy from school who is the only person that knows of his sexuality. But when he forgets to log out of his email on the school computer, his secret spirals out of hand. 

I absolutely loved this book. I was laughing out loud continuously and taking pictures of lines from the book and sending them to friends. The only thing I didn't like about this book was how annoying some of Simon's friends got at times. 

I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a laugh or anyone who wants an insider look on the struggles of coming out. I would like to state a trigger-warning for swearing, sexually explicit content, and alcohol. If you liked this book, I suggest that you read The Upside of Unrequited where the main character, Simon Spier, even makes a cameo. 

Katelyn, 14

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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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Althea and Oliver 

by Cristina Moracho
07/13/2017 Categories: friendship high school drama

Althea and Oliver is a story about two best friends, one with a serious illness that causes him to sleep for weeks or months at a time, and the other that can't help falling in love with the other. Due to his illness, Oliver leaves for New York from their sleepy little town for a clinical study. Althea and Oliver go months without seeing each other, until Althea runs away from home and drives to New York to see him.

I didn't like this book because the plot was unrealistic and weird. I also couldn't relate to any of the characters, which made it harder to enjoy the book.

I wouldn't recommend this book to others because the story line is so impractical. I would only encourage you to read this book if you had absolutely nothing else to read.

Bethany, 15

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Thirteen Reasons Why 

by Jay Asher
05/10/2017 Categories: high school drama movie suicide

Thirteen Reasons Why is about a teenage girl who commits suicide. Before she dies she records thirteen tapes, thirteen reasons why she killed her self. Those tapes are then passed to select number of people, until everyone on those tapes has heard them.

I liked this book because it made me realize how much can affect a person. Also how depressing someone can be without showing any signs. I thought it was an emotional book and it was hard to read but it's worth it.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes reading about mysteries/crime. Also it's really interesting to read about why someone committed suicide, even if it's just a story. A lot can be learned from reading the book, like how to spot signs of someone who is suicidal.

Sandra, 16

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower  

by Stephen Chbosky
05/03/2017 Categories: high school drama identity movie suicide

The Perks of Being a Wallflower is about a quiet 15 year old named Charlie. The books starts with him writing to an unknown recipient about his life and two traumatic experiences he has gone through. Charlie eventually becomes friends with two seniors and starts experiencing drugs and parties while dealing with his own thoughts and problems.

I really liked this book because it made me think about how many people deal with traumatic experiences. The plot was emotional with some comedy, overall is makes you want to keep reading.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes reading books about coming of age. But be warned, this book has content that includes: suicide, sexuality, adolescents and drug use.

Sandra, 16

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Before I Fall 

by Lauren Oliver
04/26/2017 Categories: death high school drama

Before I Fall is about a 17 year old girl named Samantha Kingston who is killed in a car accident. She if forced to relive her death every day for a week. As she figures out what is happening, she tries to change her fate. She starts doing new things each day, things she would have never done before.

I really liked the book because it's an interesting plot to have to relive the day of your death. It really teaches how we have to live every day to the fullest without taking advantage of others or being a bully.

If you like books that deal with the five stages of grief, I recommend this book . Also if you like the theme of live vs. death you should read the book. 

Sandra, 16

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I am Number Four 

by Pittacus Lore
04/20/2017 Categories: friendship high school drama sci fi

He has no name, really, or a permanent home; just Number 4, and his home was a planet in a different galaxy, that got taken over by another alien race. One month he's Broden living in Kansas, the next he's Zak in Montana. 4 has to move yet again, to stay as far away from the other alien race searching to kill him. John (which is his new name) settles in a new town in Ohio and when he finally feels at home, they come to kill him, but he and his friends fight back and stop them.

I thought it was a pretty good book. It was especially interesting with all the different alien people on Earth, with each race trying to kill each other.

If you like characters that are far different from everyone else and action, you would really like this book. This book made me want to never put it down, it was so good!

Cailin, 11

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Strobe Edge 

by Io Sakisaka
12/01/2016 Categories: high school drama manga romance

One day a girl named Ninako Kinoshita encounters Ren Ichinose, a popular classmate in her high school. She really falls for him despite Ren having a girlfriend already. Events unfold and throughout the manga Ninako and Ren are put into situations where they cannot deny their feelings for each other anymore.

I enjoyed it because it was a coming of age manga. It deals with a strong topic... love. This emotion creates drama for these high school kids because each character reacts differently. Also Ren Ichinose is a character that you, the reader, might even swoon over.

I would definitely recommend this series because it's a great coming of age manga. If you are into high school romantic manga, this is for you. Every volume will leave you wanting Ninako and Ren to overcome their obstacles and finally be together.

Johanna, 16

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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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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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Monster High: A Novel 

by Lisi Harrison

This book follows the lives of Melody Carver and Frankie Stein. Two very different individuals who have less than nothing in common. Melody and Frankie at the end find themselves joining together to help save everything that they love. Along the way, the girls find romance, although it comes in many unexpected forms.

This book was an okay read. It was an interesting storyline.

I would recommend this book to people who like reading about monsters. I would also recommend this book for those who may not like all the gore and horror aspects of traditional monster stories. The book does have switching perspectives, which could appeal to some readers.

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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Vicious: A Pretty Little Liar's Novel 

by Sara Shepard

This book was about the ending of the Pretty Little Liars Series. It follows the lives of the four girls as they are set to go into trial. The girls must find a way to prove their innocence, before it is too late. Along the way, they learn what they truly want, and who they really are.

This book was interesting because it was full of suspense and really make you second-guess everything you thought you knew about these girls. It also provided a cliffhanger ending that really made you want more.

I would recommend this book to those who enjoy a bit of mystery, while also enjoying a modern day take. The book is filled with suspense, and the switching perspectives make it very fun to read.

Natalie, 14

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The Ghoul Next Door: A Novel 

by Lisi Harrison

This book follows the lives of Melody Carver, Frankie Stein and Cleo De Nile. While they try to save their friends and their family, they must find a way to stop a video that exposes their secret monster identities. If they can't, the whole monster community will be in shambles.

This book was okay to read, the chapters are fairly short, which may make it a little confusing to read, considering that the chapters switch perspectives each time. The book did have a nice level of suspense, and made the ending an interesting one.

I would recommend this book to someone who likes reading about monsters, but without all the gore and horror. The book can be a bit confusing at times, especially to those who don't like switching perspectives.

Natalie, 14

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The Perfectionists 

by Sara Shepard

This book was about five girls who all share a hatred of one common person. They pretend to plan out his murder, but only meant to prank him, not murder him. The night of their prank, their victim dies, exactly the way they planned. They now have to find the killer before it's too late.

The book was an interesting one to read, because it was suspenseful and kept you guessing throughout the entire book. It was good to read from all the switching perspectives throughout the book, showing you how each person thought.

 

I would recommend this book to others who like to read from different perspectives in a story. I would also recommend this book too people who like a suspenseful story. However, if you don't like switching perspectives, then this book might not be for you.

Natalie, 14

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