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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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The Perks of Being a Wallflower 

by Stephen Chbosky
02/19/2013 Categories: high school drama movie suicide

Perks of Being a WallflowerCharlie is writing to a stranger about his experiences in high school. What Charlie sees and what he endures are many hardships that incidentally make him feel sad.

I loved this book because emotionally you can connect to Charlie when he begins talking about how he feels about high school. Charlie says what your innermost thoughts really are.

This book is great. The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a bit on the sad side but an overall a wonderful book.

Liam, 15

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Chicken Soup on the Real Deal: School 

by Jack Canfield

Real Deal coverThis book will tell you everything you need to know about how to survive high school. Literally your survival guide, this also features excerpts from the editor's life.

I would recommend this book because it was a really good read. It felt connected to me in a way I can't even imagine. If you like real-life books then go for this book.

Hieu, 13

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Top of the Feud Chain 

by Lisi Harrison

Image result for Top of the Feud ChainThis is the last book of the Alphas series. Charlie, Allie, and Skye are some of the few Alphas left on Alpha Island, where they have been having competitions. Whoever loses gets sent home. In a competition gone wrong, the girls have been challenged to a place race and decide to bring along the Darwin boys. Unfortunately, the plane crashes in a desert and they are left to find a way out.

I thought it was a good ending to the series. The ending totally surprised me and I never saw it coming.

I would totally recommend this book to other people who have read this series along with the Clique book.

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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It's Not Summer Without You 

by Jenny Han

Not Summer coverBelly has just gotten a major wake up call when someone important in her life passes away and losing Conrad doesn't help. This would be her first summer not going to Cousins Beach......until she gets a mysterious phone call from Jeremiah saying that Conrad has left college and it's up to them to go and find him.

I thought this book was different... not in a bad way at all. I still liked it but it was more complex than the first book. I did like how Belly ended up with the nice guy for a change, plus you got to see a different point of view.

Of course I would recommend this book if you read the first one. But it has a different mood whereas the focus is more than just Belly's relationships.

Audrey, 15

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Teen Idol 

by Meg Cabot

Teen Idol coverTeen Idol is about a famous teen movie star who helps an average high schooler, Jenny, find out what she really can do to make a positive impact on peoples' lives.

This book is great because it makes you think how you can be there for your friends and make an impact on their lives, like Jenny. I also like how people end up finding there true love at last.

If you like reading about someone's life being forever changed, Teen Idol is a book you would love.

Ashley, 14

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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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Jinx 

by Meg Cabot

Jinx coverOne girl with very bad luck. One cousin who believes in witches. Jinx is the story of a teenage girl who just thought she had very bad luck, but later, her cousin proves to her who she really is.

Jinx is an extremely interesting book because it has mystery which makes you want to keep reading to find out what happens next. I also like how there is a little romance, especially coming from a relatable teenage girl.

If you like mysterious stories with a twist at the end, you would love Jinx by Meg Cabot.

Ashley, 14

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The Clique 

by Lisi Harrison

Clique coverThe Clique is about four girls that own the school. Everything is going great... until Claire shows up. Massie (the queen bee) gets a little intimidated so of course she finds some way to hurt Claire, but two can play that game!

I liked the part when Claire finally got some payback. I would recommend this book/series to girls in grades 6-9.

Emely, 13

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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 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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Pretty Little Liars 

by Sara Shepard
09/06/2012 Categories: high school drama mystery suspense tv show

Liars coverPretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard is about 5 best friends, Alison, Emily, Hanna, Spencer, and Aria. Ali, the head of the clique, made the four girls do terrible things and taunted them with their secrets. When Ali went missing, they began receiving messages from someone who knew everything from their past and the deepest secrets that only Ali knew.

Pretty Little Liars is a mysterious book because you don't know what's going to happen next which makes you want to keep reading.

I would definitely recommend this book to others who love high school secrecy and friendship.

Janelle, 15

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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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