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Since You've Been Gone 

by Morgan Matson

Since You've Been GoneHave you ever had a best friend who brings you out of your comfort zone and makes you try crazy things? Emily has. But what happens when her best friend, Sloane just randomly disappears leaving nothing behind but a list filled with insane things for Emily that she would never do. It's only the beginning of summer and things are about to get crazy with a lot of unexpected surprises and new friends.

This was one of my favorite books from 2014, because I could relate to it SO much. It displayed all the quirky features I love in books and it just really reminded me of Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen.

I would recommend this book because you can relate to how you depend on your friends, and when that's ripped away you feel a sense of loneliness. Also this book displays how whether you like it or not, you need to put yourself out in the world to experience life. 

Audrey, 17

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Maximum Ride: the Angel Experiment 

by James Patterson

Angel ExperimentMaximum Ride is the leader of her "flock"- 5 other kids who, like her, have wings and can soar above the clouds. They were experiments created by crazy scientists and have hard lives, from battling wolf/human hybrids to rescuing Angel from the School where they were tested and created.

I loved this book, from the action to the love, this book was truly amazing. I really liked how much Max cared for her family and would do anything to help them.

I would absolutely recommend this book to anyone who likes an exhilarating, fast-paced story with a well thought out story plan. It has the perfect amount of surprise and suspense.

Chanel, 14

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Confessions of a Serial Kisser 

by Wendelin Van Draanen
07/23/2013 Categories: friendship high school drama romance

Confessions of a Serial Kisser follows Evangeline Logan on her quest to find a crimson kiss, or the perfect kiss. Evangeline has recently been through the divorce of her parents and upon finding a romance novel that describes the perfect kiss she becomes obsessed with finding her own crimson kiss. Through her journey she finds herself and learns how to reconnect with her father.

The book was pretty good, the story line was pretty repetitive but it was still really interesting to follow Evangeline on her quest to find the perfect kiss. The characters were pretty endearing, and it contained a nice ending due to the fact that Evangeline learns about herself through her journey to find the crimson kiss.

Yes, i would recommend this book, especially to girls because it follows Evangeline a sixteen year old girl through the difficult times of high school. It's also a good book for girls because it talks about the quest for the perfect kiss, and tho find a boy who actually likes you for who you are.

Daisy, 17

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Flawless 

by Sara Shepard

Flawless

Flawless is the second book in the Pretty Little Liars series and it continues to follow the four girls Hanna, Spencer, Aria and Emily. In this book A continues to send them messages that threaten to reveal their deepest darkest secrets. Things also get more complicated as Toby Cavanaugh, a boy who was tortured by Alison returns and appears to be A. The girls are faced with the decision to turn him into the police and reveal thier secrets or keep them and risk being exposed later on.

This book was alright. I think that the first book in the series, Pretty Little Liars, was much better. I think the storyline moved a little two slow but overall the actual plot was very interesting and keep you at the edge of your seat waiting to know what happens next.

I think that I would recommend this book. The story itself was pretty interesting and filled with drama and secrets. I would recommend it to those who read the first book or to viewers of the ABC Family show that is based on the books.

Daisy, 17

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The Fault in Our Stars 

by John Greene

Fault in our StarsThe Fault in Our Stars tells the story of Hazel, a teenager living with Thyroid cancer. She has accepted her illness and is content with everything. However, her life is given a spark when she meets Augustus, a teenager who beat cancer. John Green's novel is a romantic and humorous story that leaves readers laughing and crying.

The book is absolutely amazing. It is funny, romantic, and realistic. It doesn't fall into the Manic Pixie Dream Trope that is unfortunately in a lot of young adult novels. The story isn't a cliche story of someone with an illness and it's also not a cliche romantic story. It's very unique. I would definitely recommend this novel to everyone who's interested. It's a very pleasurable book that you can read in a couple hours. The characters, the story, and the message make it a page turner.

CJ, 17

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Looking for Alaska 

by John Green

Looking for AlaskaA teen boy named Miles starts to attend Culver Creek Boarding School in search for the great perhaps. He enjoys memorizing famous last words. He meets Alaska Young, the most gorgeous girl he has ever seen. Throughout the book, they have many great adventures.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I was very surprised and shocked by the tragic event at the end. One of the reasons I liked this book was because the author used many influential sayings and quotes which makes readers really think about it.

I would recommend this book to teens who love reading teen fiction. This book also has mysteries in it. Readers will not be able to put this book down. This is another John Green book that will make you cry.

Alissa, 14

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Ashes, Ashes 

by Jo Treggiari

Ashes, AshesThe world has ended and Lucy must survive. After some dogs attack her, she meets Aidan and soon finds out that there are other people that have survived. Rampaged by the Sweepers, they must prevail against all odds.

This book is so good! Lots of dangerous and tricky situations. If you like mortal peril then this is the book for you.

Hieu, 13

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Son of Neptune 

by Rick Riordan
06/05/2013 Categories: action adventure friendship mythology

Son of NeptunePercy Jackson lost his memory. He finds a Roman camp (Camp Jupiter) in San Francisco and soon embarks on a quest with his new friends Hazel and Frank to save Camp Jupiter and Camp Half-Blood and release the god of death (the actual god of death. Read: Not Hades) Tatanus . Otherwise Gaea will awaken and destroy civilization. Yeah, just another normal day for a demi-god. He meets some allies along the way and soon faces the boss giant that he needs to defeat: the giant that's supposedly the bane of Hades, the one and only Alcyoneus. Call him Al or Golden Boy. Will he prevail or fail?

Yes, I love myths and Percy Jackson stuff so this was a big hurrah for me. Percy Jackson fans can now celebrate cause Percy is BACK!!

Hieu, 13

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Of Mice and Men 

by John Steinbeck
04/25/2013 Categories: friendship historical realistic fiction

Two migrant workers, George Milton and Lennie Small, travel together looking for work and always hoping to save enough to settle down on their own piece of land. Things are looking up for them when they get hired as ranch hands, but just as their dream is within reach, their story screeches to a halt in unspeakable tragedy.

Steinbeck's portrayal of the Great Depression is poignant and incredibly powerful in its realism. Characters are developed nicely, all with a dream they strive for and fail to achieve. I was surprised by how much I felt for all the characters, from the gentle giant Lennie to the aging Candy.

I would recommend it because it is a great book with a believeable plot, realistic characters, historical significance and universal themes anyone can relate to.

Rebecca, 17

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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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Princess Academy 

by Shannon Hale
04/23/2013 Categories: family drama fantasy friendship romance

Princess AcademyIn Princess Academy, Miri, a young, weak Lowlander who so desperately wants to help the rest of town working in the quarry, is chosen to be one of the girls sent to the top of Mount Ekenl. Her job is to attend the Princess Academy, run by the harsh and sometimes cruel Olana, and train in order to compete for the Prince's heart. Throughout her training, Miri makes both friends and enemies and she becomes torn. Where does her heart lie: with the Prince who can offer her and her family a better future or in the village with Peder? Yet, what Miri does not realize is that she and the rest of girls are living on a deserted mountain top where they can easily be taken hostage without anyone realizing. Can Miri prove her strength to everyone and will her Prince save her?

Princess Academy is a beautifully written book filled with both adventure and romance. Miri is a character that all girls can relate to in one way or another, and her story forms a lesson to all: true strength comes from within and true love is stronger than any storm. Hale does an amazing job of portraying a beautiful and unique tale and connecting with the reader.

This book is perfect for all female readers, especially preteens. Every girl who reads this will come away with a very important lesson whether it be about true love, friendship, strength, or family. This story was written to show every girl what it means to be a princess and how every girl is a princess inside.

Jana, 17

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Wild Things 

by Clay Carmichael
04/01/2013 Categories: action animals friendship survival stories

Wild ThingsImagine that your mom was mental and left you to your own devices to survive. Then she died. That's what happened to Zoe, a nearly 12 year old girl. Taken in by her uncle Henry, a blacksmith, she quickly warms up to him and befriends a wild cat and her wild half-brother along the way.

This book was really awesome! It was also nominated for an award!

Yes, I liked this book because Zoe showed a lot of maturity and trust. This is definitely a story for all to read.

5 stars

Hieu, 13

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Kite Runner 

by Khaled Hosseini

Kite Runner coverTwo friends, a servant child and a rich child, are friends at home but act as if they don't know each other in public. The servant child is always made fun of and the rich child never stood up for him. As they grew up, they started drifting apart until they moved far away from each other. Then they find out that they are half brothers and now wish to be together again.

The Kite Runner is an interesting book because it shows how far family will go for you. I liked it because it was about family and how they risk their own lives to save a loved one. It was good because  it was mainly suspense built up. I really enjoy suspense.

I would recommend this book to others because it's full of suspense, and it is a real page turner.

Safiro, 16

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Johnny Tremain 

by Esther Forbes
12/08/2012 Categories: friendship handicaps historical

Johnny Tremain coverThis book is about a teenage boy named Johnny Tremain who lives in Boston before the American Revolution. He is an apprentice silversmith, and one day he takes an order from John Hancock for a sugar basin he needs in the next week. Johnny takes the order despite his master's decline and Johnny decides to work on it on the Sabbath, a day that no one is supposed to work on. Through all of the hustle and bustle of trying not to get caught, Johnny accidentally spills silver onto his hand. They have to wrap it up and act as if nothing happened and they leave it like that for a couple weeks. When they finally unwrap his hand, they see that the skin on his palm has melded to his thumb, leaving his hand unusable. He ends up having to look for other jobs since he needed two hands to be a silversmith and meets a couple friends and ends up doing some pretty historical things.

I did not like this book, and I thought it was an okay read. The reason for this was because the book never caught my attention. I found it really hard to immerse myself into it.

I do not reccomend this book to others. I had some of my friends try to read it as well and they couldn't find it interesting either. I think that the only kind of people that would find this book interesting would be historical fanatics given the fact that it is based in the pre-Amercain Revolution era and has an appearence of a couple famous historical people.

Kevin, 14

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The Outsiders 

by S.E. Hinton
12/08/2012 Categories: friendship gangs movie murder

This book is about a gang generally known as "Greasers" who are in a gang war with high class teens known as "Socs". It takes place in the mid 1960's and involves a boy name Ponyboy who is 14 years old. He and his gang have been fighting the Socs for a while now and Ponyboy thinks it is about time they did something about it. His friend Johnny and he are walking in the park late one night and a group of Socs come up on them with the smell of booze present on them. Johnny ends up doing something crazy, and they have to run away and stay hidden for a while.

I really like this book! It is a very easy book to get into and very interesting.

I would definitely recommend this book to others. It is a very versatile book for readers of all ages. Anybody from the ages of 13 and order I feel will find this book very fun to read.

Kevin, 14

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