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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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Perfect Chemistry 

by Simone Elkeles

Two seniors, Brittany Ellis and Alex Fuentes, are two completely different people. Brittany is head cheerleader and has a "perfect life", and Alex is a gang member who only wants to protect his family. When they are chemistry partners they find out that they need each other, and that opposites attract.

Perfect Chemistry is a good book because it shows you how people can change and you shouldn't judge people if you don't know their background. This is also a good love story, isn't inappropriate at all.

If you love love stories or stories about not judging people, I would recommend Perfect Chemistry to you.

Brianna, 16

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Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close 

by Jonathan Safran Foer
06/05/2012 Categories: 9/11 family drama realistic fiction

Oskar is a nine year old boy who has lost his father in the terrorist attacks of 9/11. He "invents" things in his mind to cope with living with a secret he keeps from everyone. He finds a key in his father's room, and that leads to an adventure filled with meeting new people to find out more.

This book is definitely one of my favorites, because the way Oskar thinks is unlike anyone I've ever read of, but it gets sort of confusing because it tells from the point of view of several people.

I would recommend this book for everyone because it is just that good!

Alexis, 15

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White Oleander 

by Janet Fitch

White Oleander coverThis book takes the reader through the life of a teenage girl whose mother goes to prison for killing her ex-boyfriend. She is then sent to several foster homes, where she learns more about herself. 

White Oleander is an interesting book because it really brought into perspective that there are people living in these types of situations in the world.

I would recommend this book to high school age and older due to the mature content. There is also a movie with the same name based on the book!

Alexis, 15

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Identical 

by Ellen Hopkins

Identical coverIf you've ever read any of Ellen Hopkins books, this one has just as much impact, if not more. Identical follows the life of two twin girls. One suffers from bulimia and the memories of a horrible past, and the other struggles with drug abuse and neglect from her father. The book tells the story from the point of view of both twins.

This is probably one of the best books I've ever read! It was amazing! I never wanted to put it down and the ending really shocked me. It had me on edge the whole time. I loved how the point of view switched from sister to sister so you really got to know each of them. 

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes to read books about the emotional roller coaster we call life. Identical really has a way of hitting home.

Sydney, 15

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For One More Day 

by Mitch Albom

For One More Day coverCharlie Benetto is a shadow of his once successful baseball star self. Yet even when everyone else turns their backs, there is still one person there for him; his mother.

For One More Day circles around Benetto's constant struggle to change his life and is a great book because we can relate Benetto's problems and regrets to our own; particularly his inability to thank his mother for all the good she's done for him. It really makes the reader think of how their own parents sacrifice so much for them. 

If you enjoy those a heartfelt family themed book you will definitely enjoy For One More Day by Mitch Albom.

Gillyn, 15

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True Grit 

by Charles Portis
12/06/2011 Categories: action family drama wild west

Image result for true grit by charles portisMattie Ross is a plucky 14 year old girl who goes out in search of Tom Chaney, the murderer of her father. She ventures out to the wild Choctow Nation with the help of two rangers to avenge her father's death.

True Grit is the story of a young girl's persistence, strength, and love for her father. This book was great because Mattie never lets her age stop her from avenging her father. The book was definitely enjoyable, but it can drag on towards the middle and be a bit difficult for younger readers to understand. 

I would recommend this book to older readers ages 13 and up. It's a great read for people who enjoy reading about adventure, the Wild West, and a spunky main character. 

Gillyn, 15

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The Truth About Forever 

by Sarah Dessen
11/29/2011 Categories: death family drama realistic fiction romance

The Truth About Forever is about Macey Queen. Her father just passed away, and she has nothing to look forward to during the summer while her boyfriend is away and her mother painfully chooses to not acknowledge the death. It all changes when she joins the Wish catering crew and she finally learns to take risks and have fun.

I loved this book! It's one of my all-time favorite books! Macey finally learns to come out of her shell and experience life.

I would recommend this book to others if you have read any of Sarah Dessen's other books, and if you hadn't this would be a good book to start.

Audrey, 14

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Waiting for You by Susane Colasanti 

In Waiting for You, Marisa just wants a fresh new start her sophomore year which doesn't include being depressed and obsessively thinking negatively like last year. She also wants her first real boyfriend...could it be Nash her old geeky friend from middle school? Or could it be Derek the popular guy of her dreams?

I thought it was an interesting book because it dealt with family problems too, not just your typical teen romance book.

I'm not sure if I would recommend this book though. It's complicated and deals with a lot of family issues. But if you like the type of books that have different kinds of subjects then you would enjoy this book.

Audrey, 14

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