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How My Summer Went Up in Flames 

by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski

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"I did not blow up Joey' s car. It caught fire!" To be honest Rosie really
didn't. Now that her ex boyfriend has enforced a restraining order against her, Rosie' s parents decide to send her on a cross country road trip with her neighbor Marty and his two friends. With the distraction of 3 guys she begins to forget about her ex and start enjoying what this trip has to offer her.

I liked some parts of it, but I just found it really unrealistic. It started out alright, but the main character wasn't strong enough to hold it all together.

I honestly don't think I would recommend this book. It's basically a fluff book that has no purpose but to mildly entertain you.

Audrey, 16

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Fangirl 

by Rainbow Rowell

FangirlCather and Wren are twins who are about to go off to college for their freshman year. They are total opposites, however both write fanfiction the popular Simon Snow series. As they go off to college, Cather realizes that Wren and her want two different college experiences, making her feel abandoned. In comes Levi and Regan, the two people who actually make her feel happy and wanted. With these two friends and her computer of course, Cather just might have an exceptionally great year.

I thought this book was okay, there was nothing exceptional that made it amazing. Although I personally liked the hardships she faced/realized, that everything is not always as it seems.

I might, but I felt as if this book dragged on for awhile. Also, there was a lot of hype about this book and it didn't live up to the expectations.

Audrey, 16

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Two-Way Street 

by Lauren Barnholdt

Two-Way StreetWhat's a girl to do when her boyfriend dumps her for a girl online and is
forced to go on a cross country road trip with him to college by her parents?
Nothing. And that is exactly what Courtney does. When she met Jordan she never would have expected to turn him from a womanizer into an adorably committed boyfriend. And suddenly there she was heartbroken that a guy she loved could of so coldly said its over. But then again, there are always two sides to to every breakup.

This book was pretty hilarious more than I would say romantic overall. It had an alright plot and really lovable characters that had you snickering the whole time.

I would recommend it just because any person could relate to the romantic complications of Courtney and Jordan. Also this book shows how often miscommunication can play in any relationship, whether it be family, friends, or love.

Audrey, 16

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Going Vintage 

by Lindsey Leavitt

Going VintageMallory has just been cheated on by an online girlfriend. Yes an online girlfriend. She comes to terms with her situation by de-modernizing her life, which means no computer, cell phone, or even an alarm clock. She gets inspired when she finds her grandmother's list from 1962 of new school year resolutions. With the help of her friends, sister, and surprisingly cute cousin of her ex, she figures out that in any generation being a teenage is always complicated.

I honestly really liked this book, because it was very refreshing (and comical) to read a story about getting rid of the one thing the teenage generation views as a necessity for life. I loved the humor and awkwardness that came with this book and often thought "What would I do in this situation?"

I think any teenager could relate to this book and the complications we would all have if someone suddenly yanked our iPhones out of our hands. It's one of those books that has a resolution/happy ending and this book makes it work, so therefore you should read it.

Audrey, 16

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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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The Summer I Turned Pretty 

by Jenny Han
12/27/2012 Categories: dating drama realistic fiction romance

Summer I turned pretty coverThe Summer I Turned Pretty is a story of chances and heartbreak. Isabel (Belly) has spent every summer of her life in Cousins Beach with her family and family friends. The two main boys in her life are Conrad and Jeremiah. She loves both of them dearly but is and has been in love with Conrad forever. But this summer she starts to get the wandering eye from Conrad and Jeremiah.

I did like this book because it wasn't like she met this gorgeous guy by "accident“, it was someone she had known her whole life. I also loved the differences between the two brothers. Whereas Conrad is complicated and shy, and Jeremiah is outgoing and hilarious.

I would definitely recommend this book just because of how different it is from the typical romance books.

Audrey, 15

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We'll Always Have Summer 

by Jenny Han
12/27/2012 Categories: dating drama funny realistic fiction romance

We'll Always Have Summer coverBelly is finally in a loving, committed relationship with Jeremiah in college. So he decides to pop the question after 2 years of dating and they decide to head down to Cousins Beach to plan the wedding. However, they did not expect to run into Conrad who is staying at the beach house. Then, Conrad tells Belly he made a mistake ending the relationship with her and still has feelings for her. She finally has to confront her feelings for both of them and choose.

I totally loved this book!!! There are a bunch of laughs, twists, heartbreak I never saw coming even for a second. I think this is one of the few books, that when it ended I felt happy about it like it was the perfect ending.

YES, read it! If you don't you will regret it. It has some really good lines in there that are unforgettable. It kind of reminds me of a Sarah Dessen book because the outcome is totally unpredictable.

Audrey, 15

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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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The Lucky One 

by Nicholas Sparks
12/18/2012 Categories: dating drama realistic fiction romance war

Lucky One coverFormer U.S Marine, Logan Thibault, became lucky when he found a photograph of a young woman while serving in Iraq. This photograph has been claimed to have saved his life through many battles in which his friends did not survive. This mysterious woman has been in his thoughts daily, and he wants to find her so that he can somehow repay her.

I really enjoyed this book! I read it because I had seen the previews of the movie, and I was dying to see the movie but I liked the book way better than the movie.

I would recommend this book to people who enjoy romance. It will make you wonder why something is happening in some chapters and sometimes you even want to scream at characters for being so cruel and uncaring.

Safiro, 16

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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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Ready or Not 

by Meg Cabot

Ready or Not coverReady or Not is the sequel to All-American Girl. This book is about a not-so-normal teenage girl, Sam, and her boyfriend, the President's son. They test their love for each other by doing different things and the main problem is, Sam is not ready for any of them.

Ready or Not is an interesting book because you get to see how the main character grows as a person and the strong love she shares with her boyfriend. I like how the book is perceived by a relatable teenage girl.

If you like reading about struggles a teenage girl has and how she gets through them, you would love to read Ready or Not by Meg Cabot.

Ashley, 14

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All-American Girl 

by Meg Cabot

All American girl coverThis book is about an average teenage girl, Sam, and a not-so-average teenage boy, the President's son. All-American Girl is about how Sam goes from being a normal teenager, to being a hero.

This book is interesting because most of the drama that Sam goes through is relatable to teenage girls. I like how her love life is different and interesting since it includes the President's son.

If you like reading about a relatable teenager girl's life with a hint of cute romance, you would love All-American Girl by Meg Cabot.

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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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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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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