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Looking for Alaska 

by John Green
06/10/2017 Categories: boarding school death friendship romance

This novel is about the life of a young teenage boy as he goes away to a boarding school and meets an unlikely companion in the form of a larger than life girl named Alaska.

It was a very captivating book, complete with John Green's trademark witty dialogue. As always, John Green's characters are the highlight of his novels, with this novel being no exception. The main characters are all charming in their own ways.

If you like introspective stories with a simple premise, then you would definitely enjoy this novel. It is a novel that is both entertaining and stimulating to the mind.

Hannah, 17

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Fangirl 

by Rainbow Rowell
06/10/2017 Categories: dating drama friendship siblings

This novel tells the story of a young girl, Cat, and her struggles towards her transition from the comfort of her home to the big and scary college campus life. Along the way, she meets new people that make her stay just the least bit bearable.

I really liked it! It was a light and easy book to read with plenty of humorous, witty dialogue as expected from Rainbow Rowell. The characters are all relatively well written with the side characters being just as memorable as the main characters.

I would recommend this to anyone who just wants to unwind with a good story. It's an entertaining read that does not require much mental stimulation, for lack of a better term.

Hannah, 17

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All The Bright Places 

by Jennifer Niven
06/10/2017 Categories: emotions & feelings friendship suicide

This novel is a classic retelling of two misfits who come together and find solace in each other. Together, they fight through their demons as they charge towards normalcy together.
 

I really liked it! I felt that it depicted the daily struggles of people that are plagued with mental illness in a way that both humanizes them and empowers them!
 

I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys teen romances with a bit more substance. It is a novel that will keep you thinking.

Hannah, 17

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Snow Flower and the Secret Fan 

by Lisa See
06/08/2017 Categories: chinese history family secrets friendship

This novel is about girl named Lily who is about 80 years old at the start of the book. She then recalls her childhood of moments where she went through foot binding, deaths within her family, hardships, romance, and her bound relationship with her laotong, Snow Flower.

The novel is heartbreaking and shows the bonds of her close friend, Snow Flower. It really touches the heart and at times makes you want to cry. Very well written and even shows the history side of foot binding in 18th century China.

If you love touching stories that hit you in all emotions, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See is the book for you. You even begin to relate to the characters on an emotional level. As well as a feel for poetry.

Anahi, 16

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Their Eyes Were Watching God 

by Zora Neale Hurston
05/10/2017 Categories: african americans friendship identity

The book is set in Florida in the early 20th century. It's focused on a teenage girl named Janie Crawfords. Throughout the book she claims she expects more form life but realizes she has to find out for herself what she should expect.

I really liked this book because it dealt with gender roles. I though it was important that it talked about woman wanting to have more rights and do more things they want to that only men are allowed to do.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes reading books that deal with finding your own identity. Also if you like reading  about women being free and doing what they want and the value of women, I suggest this book.

Sandra, 16

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The Old Man and the Sea 

by Ernest Hemingway
04/29/2017 Categories: classic friendship

In this book, an old aging fisherman named Santiago, battles against a large marlin. The book takes place off the coast of Florida. Its starts with Santiago not being able to catch a fish for 84 days, when he claims his unluckiness. The story continues as he comes across the large marlin.

I really liked this book because it deals with the struggle between man and nature. Also I thought it was an interesting idea to put a man and an animal against each other.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes reading books that contain significant symbols in everyday things. If you haven't read anything about man vs nature, this is something to try!

Sandra, 16

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Of Mice and Men 

by John Steinbeck
04/29/2017 Categories: classic friendship

Two migrant workers, George Milton and Lennie Small, move from place to place in California looking for jobs during the Great Depression. George is a smart but uneducated man while Lennie is a big man with special needs.The men eventually find a job, but soon things go bad after Lennie accidentally kills a man's wife.

I liked the book because it had a surprising ending. I never would have thought the author would have his characters have a dream that would not succeed. The dream was an important part of the book because many people's dreams are crushed because of unexpected events.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes reading about the Great Depression. If you like reading books with unexpected endings, you would really read this book.

Sandra, 16

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Lord of the Flies  

by William Golding
04/29/2017 Categories: friendship survival stories

A group of young school boys are stranded on an island with no adults. The boys try to achieve order and govern themselves but things don't go as planned. They soon find themselves fighting for power.

I liked this book because it was an interesting concept about how children would react if they were stuck on an island with no adult supervision. It really makes you think about what will happen to anyone if they were stuck alone with no way to go home.

I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in how power is sometimes deadly. Also, if you are interested in how young boys deal with problems and how having power changes them but not for the better.

Sandra, 16

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The Kite Runner 

by Khaled Hosseini
04/27/2017 Categories: friendship rape social classes

The Kite Runner is about two boys, Amir and Hassan. Amir is the son of a weathly family, while Hassan is the son of a servant. For years boys were best of friends until one day, Amir wanted nothing to do with Hassan. Not long after, something terrible happens to Hassan. Amir witnessed this terrible act done to Hassan buy stays quiet.

I loved this book. it was really emotional and hard to read because of how the author described how one of the boys went through a very traumatic situation. The book was well written and probably one of the best books I've read. The author captures the innocence of the boys before everything bad happened and he clearly showed the pain each had to go through.

I would recommend this book to anyone that likes reading dramatic heartbreaking books. If you like crying when you read a book you should read this one. The author was able to write about the struggles each boys went through and how that affected their future lives.

Sandra, 16

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Better Off Friends 

by Elizabeth Eulberg
04/26/2017 Categories: dating drama friendship romance

Better Off Friends is a book about two teenagers who meet when they are in 7th grade.They are named Mccallan and Levi. They continue to be friends convinced that they can remain friends without having feelings for each other. Eventually they realize that maybe they won't be better off just friends.

I like this book because it's entertaining and really easy to read. It's a normal romance novel that has a good plot and interesting characters. The author doesn't try to over complicate anything, the book is just a fun easy book to read.

I would recommend this book if you are looking for an fun romance book. If you like romance novels and books that take place in high school you should try this one out!

Sandra, 16

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Uglies 

by Scott Westerfeld
04/20/2017 Categories: dystopia friendship social classes technology

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Tally is a girl who can't wait to be 16, because when she does, she will be turned "pretty". Where Tally lives, everybody over the age of 16 looks the same; perfect skin, bones remade to the exact length, perfect everything. But Tally's wish is slowly crushed and turned into something else when she meets Shay, who wants Tally and her to run away to a mysterious boy in the wilderness, and never turn pretty.

I thought this book was very good and thrilling. The author seemed to have the setting in the future; where North America is long history, and the 10 billion people who lived there, 300 years before this new government and society, were called "rusties".

I would recommend this book to people if you like future-settings with some rebellion and excitement.

Cailin, 11

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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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Court of Fives 

by Kate Elliott
03/04/2017 Categories: contests friendship siblings

Court of Fives starts out as a story of rebellion, a father and daughter who do not see eye to eye. That is until unforeseen circumstances take place leaving Jessamy alone in the world. She uses her strength and wit to try and bring her family together again.

I very much enjoyed this book because of the unpredictability, you do not know what will happen on the next page, which makes it extremely intriguing. The story shows what happens in troubling times.

I would recommend this book because it is adventure and excitement. Anyone who enjoys excitement and unpredictability will enjoy this book. 

Mackenzie, 15

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Little Women 

by Louisa May Alcott
02/16/2017 Categories: classic friendship romance siblings

This novel follows the lives of four sisters living in New England around the time of the Civil War. Meg, Jo, Amy, and Beth all face their own personal trials in growing up. They struggle to find happiness and independence while facing heartbreak and lost dreams.

This is an all time favorite of mine. Although the book mainly focuses on the lessons that the girls learn, none of the lessons or situations come off as cheesy or unrealistic. The book emphasizes the importance of finding contentment even when things do not turn out as you expect. The girls find comfort in their loving family when things become difficult.

Anyone who appreciates a heartwarming novel, or who is looking for something with classic themes of love and family, would like this novel. Little Women is a great book for all ages. I first read it in sixth grade, but still enjoy rereading it.

Julia, 17

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A Girl Called Fearless 

by Catherine Linka

A Girl Called Fearless is about a dystopian society where the majority of child bearing age women have died, so the men control everything that the older women and younger girls do. One teenage girl, called Avie, has been promised in marriage by her own father to a much older man that she hates. Avie decides to run away, and this is the story of her journey.

The first half of the book is incredible, with a dynamic character, Avie, and problems for her to face. The second half was also good, but it had a slightly different tone that was not quite as adventure-filled.

This book would be a great read for fans of the Matched series or The Heir series.

Amanda, 16

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