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Jurassic Park

by Michael Crichton

Image result for jurassic park bookThe time of the future has finally arrived. Scientists Alan Grant, Ellie Sattler, and Ian Malcolm are invited to an island owned by John Hammond, who has finally made the breakthrough the world has been waiting for: The return of the dinosaurs. The island has Raptors, Brontosauruses, Apatosaurus, and even a Tyrannosaurus Rex. But then it all goes wrong. When the exciting vacation suddenly turns into a living two-day nightmare, the small group of survivors are forced to band together. The only question is--who will make it out alive?

This was a very exciting book, full of suspense and action and excitement. The science behind the creation of the park and dinosaurs actually make sense if you think about it. The book posed some interesting questions, like if it is even a good idea to bring back things from the past, or what impact will it have on society and even mankind as a whole? The only thing I didn't enjoy was the bad language.

I would recommend this book to people who enjoy action and suspense and sci-fi adventures. This is also for people who don't mind reading long lectures on scientific theory, because once you get past those, that's where the action comes in. This is also a book for people who don't mind getting a little gruesome in their reading (just as a heads-up).

Keila, 14

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Paper Towns

by John Green

Paper Towns is about a boy named Quentin as he embarks on a journey to find his elusive childhood crush, Margo, using cryptic clues she has left behind. 

Paper Towns, in comparison to John Green's other novels is quite noticeably sub-par. And I am usually a fan of John Green's stories. This novel, however, was not as compelling as the others; nothing about it made me want to keep reading. 

I wouldn't recommend this book. The story is cliche and the characters are not memorable; just a caricature of preexisting archetypes. I would skip this book and read John Green's Looking for Alaska instead. 

Hannah, 17

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The Maze Runner

by James Dashner

The Maze Runner is a dystopian novel that focuses on a group of teenagers trapped in a maze-like simulation infested with unknown dangers. 

The novel, in my opinion was okay. The book's overall story was nothing really special; nothing that hasn't already been done. The characters are not very interesting, and the writing dragged on at times.

There are definitely other books in the same genre that are more captivating. That being said, if you've read all those other novels and want more, then this would be a decent alternative to satisfy an immediate craving. 

Hannah, 17

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Their Eyes Were Watching God

by Zora Neale Hurston

Their Eyes Were Watching God is a story about a young African American woman named Janie Crawford as she navigates through adulthood in post Civil War America.

The novel was an excellent character study that illustrates the trials one must go through in order to attain true happiness. In some parts of the novel, however, the book dragged on in its prose, which ultimately kept it from being a 5 star book. 

I wouldn't necessarily recommend this novel for leisure. The language used within the novel is quite hard to decipher at times because it uses deep south dialect. However, if you're looking for a substantial read, I would recommend this book. 

Hannah, 17

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The Kite Runner

by Khaled Hosseini

The Kite Runner is a heartwarming tale of friendship, family, and hope, set against the backdrop of war-torn Afghanistan. It is an in-depth study that pays homage to Afghani culture. 

I thought this is a brilliant book that grips the reader from start to finish. It is a constant page turner that delivers poignant entertainment from one page to the next. It is also a novel that is relevant to our current society. 

The Kite Runner is a novel that I'd recommend to everyone. It is entertaining and easy to understand; a novel that reads as if it were a movie. 

Hannah, 17

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Their Eyes Were Watching God

by Zora Neale Hurston

It takes Janie a while to discover her own voice in a society that has ignored her as both a woman and an African American. This novel follows her through various relationships and stages of her life that allow her to realize what she values in companionship and what she values in herself. 

I enjoyed this book because it is not like every other coming of age novel. It focuses on Janie's hopefulness and courage and how this leads her to find a solid understanding of herself while overcoming tragedy. It deals with themes such as fear, love, ambition, and femininity.

I would absolutely recommend this book. Though set in the early 1900's, the themes are still completely relevant to today. For this reason, I believe that most people will enjoy reading this novel. 

Juila, 18

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David Copperfield

by Charles Dickens

Image result for david copperfield book coverThe orphaned David Copperfield grows up amongst a variety of both comical and frightening characters. He faces trial after trial, but eventually grows up. This is a classic coming of age novel that demonstrates how David learns to deal with loss, responsibility, and love. 

This book is a nice, cheerful story. It is not dramatized or very mysterious, and yet the simplicity of the story allows for many serious themes to be addressed. It is a refreshing reminder of what is most important in life (friendships, love, and courage). 

While I absolutely love this book, I do admit that some people might find it boring. If you like Charles Dickens, then this is a must read since this is considered his most autobiographical work. 

Juila, 18

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One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest

by Ken Kesey

Image result for the one who flew over the cuckoo's nest bookWhen the unruly McMurphy joins the submissive patients of a psychiatric ward, he influences them to rebel against the attendants and nurses who routinely humiliate them and treat them with scorn. McMurphy goes head to head with the frighteningly influential Nurse Ratched as his antics become increasingly extreme. 

Hands down one of my favorite novels! The captivating characters, ironic humor, and emotional ending balance out the seriousness of the topics and events. Especially interesting is the fact that the story is told from the point of view of Chief Bromden, who is not completely sane himself and periodically lapses into moments of panicked hallucinations. 

Everyone should should read it! It is both depressing and happy at the same time. Kesey artfully criticizes the well-oiled machine that is society in this novel that encourages the reader to live their life freely and undeterred by others. 

Juila, 18

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The Kite Runner

by Khaled Hosseini

As a wealthy child in Afghanistan, Amir reads stories with his young servant Hassan, competes in the annual kite fighting contest, and constantly wishes for the approval and attention of his father. As a young adult in the United States, Amir tries desperately to forget the past and the guilt that he cannot let go of. But after he receives a phone call one day, he is summoned to return to Afghanistan and face what he did long ago. 

This book is extremely emotional. Some events in the book are shocking, frustrating, harrowing, and depressing. That being said, this an excellent book that deals with complex themes such as redemption, loyalty, race, and innocence. 

Everyone should read this book sometime in their lives. While the topics are serious, the writing is not difficult. In fact the contrast of the simple style of the book almost makes the tragic events more horrible. This novel leaves the reader thinking for many days after finishing it. 

Juila, 18

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Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter, the Boy Who Lived, returns to Hogwarts now known as the Chosen One. Rumors about his adventure to the Ministry of Magic and his second duel with Voldemort fly like wildfire around the Wizarding world, and even darker rumors encircle the acts of the terrible Dark Lord. Nevertheless school goes on, and Albus Dumbledore believe that it is time for Harry to be educated in the mysterious past of Lord Voldemort. But the more they learn, the more questions appear, and as the school drama heightens, things get strange. But Harry is always sure of one thing: One cannot live while the other survives.

I thought this was a really good book (like all the Harry Potter books). The ending is so full of action and emotion, and so many questions get answered while at the same time making more. Questions like 'Why does Harry feel Voldemort's emotions?' This is one of the biggest questions in the entire series, but you have to read all the books to understand, and I love that about it.

I would recommend Harry Potter in general to anyone who likes a very well-put-together story, a series, magic, and incredible action. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince is a really good book if you like anything listed above, plus a good mystery coupled with romance and a character that feels real and is someone you can relate to.

Keila, 14

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And Then There Were None

by Agatha Christie

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This suspenseful book is mainly about ten different people who each gets a letter from the mysterious Rogers, a couple who bought a house on Solider Island. When they arrive, they can't escape. . .

It was a fairly pleasant book. The author, Agatha Christie, is known as the Queen of Mystery. And Then There Were None is a murder and mystery story that grips your fingers on the edge of your seat. And in the end, the murderer reveals himself, explaining why he did what he did.

I would highly recommend this book to people who have a passion for mystery, and those who like the feeling of being freaked. With an old nursery rhyme counting down one by one. . . One by one, the guests begin to die.

Priscilla, 12

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Les Miserables

by Victor Hugo

This story is filled with passion, the strength of love, and sadness on a low scale. The story begins with a lady named Fantine. Her husband abandoned her while she was still pregnant with their future daughter, Cosette. Fantine had to work at a factory, so she decided to put her daughter in the greedy hands of the Thenardiers. They own an inn. Little did Fantine know of the dangers that her daughter had to go through while living with the selfish family. . .

I found the story itself enjoyable with lots of interesting characters to explore and get-to-know-of. Other than the sadness, and some miserable people in this book, some characters, like Jean Valjean, change in a good way throughout the book. Jean was changed by a man by the name of M. Myriel who is a humble bishop of Digne.

Other than being a world-famous book, this story really highlights the hardship of the past. Filled with odd and cool characters, such as Cosette, Marius, or even Javert, people who admire bravery, flames of love, and a book filled with real historic events would love this book.

Priscilla, 12

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Thirteen Reasons Why

by Jay Asher

Thirteen Reasons Why is about a teenage girl who commits suicide. Before she dies she records thirteen tapes, thirteen reasons why she killed her self. Those tapes are then passed to select number of people, until everyone on those tapes has heard them.

I liked this book because it made me realize how much can affect a person. Also how depressing someone can be without showing any signs. I thought it was an emotional book and it was hard to read but it's worth it.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes reading about mysteries/crime. Also it's really interesting to read about why someone committed suicide, even if it's just a story. A lot can be learned from reading the book, like how to spot signs of someone who is suicidal.

Sandra, 16

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower

by Stephen Chbosky

The Perks of Being a Wallflower is about a quiet 15 year old named Charlie. The books starts with him writing to an unknown recipient about his life and two traumatic experiences he has gone through. Charlie eventually becomes friends with two seniors and starts experiencing drugs and parties while dealing with his own thoughts and problems.

I really liked this book because it made me think about how many people deal with traumatic experiences. The plot was emotional with some comedy, overall is makes you want to keep reading.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes reading books about coming of age. But be warned, this book has content that includes: suicide, sexuality, adolescents and drug use.

Sandra, 16

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The Hunger Games

by Suzanne Collins

Katniss Everdeen is a 16-year old girl who's job is to keep her mother, and her little sister Prim, and herself, alive. Then her whole life is changed when she volunteers to be tribute in the Hunger Games. She must fight to stay alive and play along with her fellow tribute to keep themselves alive, and be crowned victors of the games.

I thought this was a very amazing book. It shows you just how unfair things can be in life, and how diverse every person, culture, and country is different. You can also relate this book to the world, and how different and diverse everything and one is different. 

I would recommend this book to people who like action, romance, and surprises.

Cailin, 11

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