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Perfect Chemistry 

by Simone Elkeles
11/24/2016 Categories: dating drama gangs romance social classes

Perfect Chemistry is about a high school girl that is popular. She is the Pom Pom captain and is from a wealthy family. The boy is Mexican and from a poor family. He is in a gang, but doesn't deal drugs. They both go to the same high school and end up falling in love because they are partners in the same chemistry class.

I found this book amazing, so yes I liked it! What was good in this story is that It shows the struggles of life and two different sides coming together. It's also a very romantic book, loved it!

I would definitely recommend this book to others. My sister recommended this book to me because she had read it and fell in love with it, so I decided to give it a go. I would recommend it to others because who doesn't like a romantic book.

Anahi, 14

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Nowhere But Here 

by Katie McGarry
11/24/2016 Categories: family drama family secrets gangs romance

Nowhere But Here is about Emily, who gets swept up in her biological father's motorcycle gang and their rivalries. Oz, a prospective member of The Reign of Terror motorcycle club is told to look after Emily. As both of them try to learn more about the club's past, they discover what a great team they are.

I enjoyed Nowhere But Here because of the amazing character development that went into Emily and Oz's characters. I also enjoyed the plot that kept me guessing.

I'd recommend this book to readers 16 and older who enjoy stories with action and danger. This read is unique and unlike anything I've ever read before, but could appeal to readers who enjoyed the antics of the Dauntless in the Divergent series.

Amanda, 16

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The Outsiders 

by S.E. Hinton
04/27/2015 Categories: bullying friendship gangs siblings

The Outsiders written by S.E. Hinton, is an all-time classic filled with action, excitement, and more. In the novel, there are two rival gangs, the Socs and the Greasers. They cannot stand each other and always cause trouble. The main character, Ponyboy Curtis, is a part of the Greasers with his two brothers. Throughout the story, Ponyboy goes through many things that cause him to realize that the Greasers and the Socs are not so different from each other.

Not only is The Outsiders an all-time classic, it is also my all-time favorite. I am very grateful S.E. Hinton took the time to write this novel because it taught me that all the decisions you make come with a sacrifice, and you have to realize that. It also taught me that you create your own destiny with the choices you make. You should not let anyone tell you who to be or what to do. It'll make you burst into tears in some parts, laugh until your side hurts in others, and it'll sometimes make you just plain happy. I hope you take into consideration into reading this book. This book changed my life, and I know it will do the same for you.

I would recommend this novel to readers who are interested in action and dramatic novels. I would also recommend it to readers ages 13 and up because of its violence and inappropriate language. The Outsiders is a real page turner and life-changing book.

Sara, 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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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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If I Grow Up 

by Todd Strasser
06/18/2012 Categories: gangs realistic fiction suspense

If I Grow Up coverTo children everywhere, the question of what they want to do with their lives is always when I grow up, but with DeShawn and the other children from the gang-run projects, it is a question of IF I grow up. If I Grow Up explores the life of DeShawn, a young boy who was raised and lived in the Projects, a run-down part of town and home to the Disciples, a gang. DeShawn is a young, bright boy and everyone sees him as the type to grow up and make something of himself and DeShawn promised himself that he would never become one of the gangbangers and get involved in the mess of the projects. Yet, under harsh conditions and with want of money in order to feed his family, the gangs are his only answer. Joining the Disciples and learning the ropes, DeShawn's life slowly goes downhill.

If I Grow Up is a book that will leave all readers speechless and wondering. It opens the readers' eyes and shows them what is going on in the dark side of town and gives the story of those who live with broken families in broken towns. Yet, it does more than just make the reader hope for change; it forces the reader to want to get up and do whatever is humanly possible to help those that need it, to help save innocent children before they turn to the dark path.

I would beyond a doubt recommend this book to everyone and anyone who wants to make a change. Those of you who want to see how the world really works and what goes on in the broken parts of town, what forces innocent kids join gangs and go to jail, will love this book. Trust me, it will get you thinking not only about what is going on, but about what you can do to help.

Jana, 16

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