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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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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 Boy

by Jillian Dodd

Image result for that boyThat Boy follows the life of JJ Reynolds and her relationship (BFFs) with Phillip and Danny. One of them will kiss her, one will  make-out with her, one will ask her to prom, and eventually, one will ask her to marry him! 

I loved this book! It's is a fun and lively story that had me hooked from the first page! I read it in one day, and the sequel had the same affect on me!

I would definitely recommend this book to others who love romance as much as I do! It was a very fun book, and I hope everyone loves it as much as I do!

Chanel, 13


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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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Love & Leftovers

by Sarah Tregay

Love and Leftovers coverThis book was about a teenage girl named Marcie who moved for a brief period of time to New Hampshire. She felt lonely and hooked up with a boy from her new school and did not tell her boyfriend back at home.

I really enjoyed this book. It was easy to relate to, fun to read, and had a good storyline.

I would definitely recommend this book to others. People who like realistic fiction, love stories, and novels written in verse would love this book.

Jennifer, 16


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by Allie Condie

Matched coverCassia lives in the Society that controls everything. They control what you eat, what your job is, and who you love and marry. To most, it is hardly the price to pay for a long life. The Matching ceremony happens the year they turn 17, and it's where guys and girls find out who they will spend the rest of their lives with. When Cassia sees her Match, she is certain that he is the one, until she glances at the microcard she is given, and sees another boy she knows. She then has to choose, a thing the Society forbid a long time ago, between the life she knows and loves or the unknown. 

Matched is a book that makes you think about how lucky you are to have choices. Because the setting is in the future, and references back to this time, you realize what could become of our society and way of living. It really hits that note of how important choices are because without them, someone else would rule our lives.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading it! I would most defiantly recommend this book to others because of the way it makes you feel about your life. Some take this for granted when actually we are very lucky to have our own choices everyday! Matched is a book for all and is amazing!

Chanel, 13


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by Stephenie Meyer

Twilight coverTwilight is about a girl who moves to the town of Forks, Washington. On her first day of school, she meets a mysterious boy, Edward Cullen; and for some reason he seems to hate her. She immediately goes through many ups and downs just to be with him.

Twilight was well written and honestly, I loved it. The story line is just like Romeo and Juliet about how love can conquer all the twists and turns of life. The author did an amazing job making the book come to life.

I would recommend this book to anyone who loves just a little bit of romance and a little bit of action all mixed together in one of the best books that I have ever read.

Aleck, 14


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Anna and the French Kiss

by Stephanie Perkins

Anna coverAnna Oliphant is your typical Southern girl who ends up transferring to a different school for senior year: boarding school, that is. In Paris. Shocked, bewildered, and more than a little angry at the sudden change of events, Anna finds herself unwilling to like Paris and uncomfortable in the polar-opposite environment. However, with the help of her new friends (and handsome Etienne St. Clair), she learns to fall in love with Paris after all.

Anna and the French Kiss was the best comfort read I've read in a long time. It reminds me of pink cupcakes and tutus, sugar cookies and frosting. Sweet, fluffy, and all around very nice, even if the title choice leaves much to be desired. If you're a girly-girl or simply someone who likes to indulge in sweet love stories, you will definitely enjoy this book.

Erica, 16


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Why We Broke Up

by Daniel Handler

Image result for why we broke up book coverMinerva, the main character, is writing a series of letters to her now ex-boyfriend. In the letters she explains to him the multiple reasons as to why they broke up. Along with the letters, Min is on her way to drop off a box with souvenirs of there short relationship, each comes with a story of how it was obtained.

Why We Broke Up was okay but I would personally not re-read it. I found the main character to be weak, therefore making the story as a whole weak as well. I did not like all those references Min made to movies, whether they were real or not, if the reader does not know much about older movies, the reader is unable to fully comprehend her message.

I would only recommend this book to mature pre-teens because although the story seems more fit to teenagers because some of its material, Min seems inexperienced and perhaps pre-teens could relate and not make the same mistakes as Min did.

Maribel, 16


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