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An Abundance of Katherines

by John Green

Image result for abundance of katherines book coverColin is no ordinary guy for many reasons. He is a child prodigy, makes mathematical equations for relationships, anagrams, EVERYTHING...and has dated 19 girls named Katherine. And they all have dumped him. One day he cracks, so him and his best friend go on a road trip looking for answers. What they don't expect is making friends, and even relationships, while they're there.

I liked this book because I was able to 'see' what it was like in the mind of a prodigy. How he thinks, feels, and deals with all of that.

I would definitely recommend this book, especially to John Green lovers. It is very well written, a page-turner, and will keep you late into the night wanting to know THE question: What happens next?

Mia, 14

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Tell Me Three Things

by Julie Buxbaum

Image result for tell me three things book coverJessie Holmes is starting her junior year at a new prep school in LA where
the only person she knows is her new stepmother's jerky son. One day she
suddenly receives an anonymous email from a person who calls themselves
Somebody/Nobody, S/N for short. S/N gives her advice on school and life. She
begins to rely on S/N to keep her from falling apart and vice versa.

I really liked this book and I completely recommend it!! I liked it because it was
funny, romantic, and a page-turner! I like how even though many of us think we
cannot relate to Jessie since her experiences are different (her mother died, her father eloped, she moved from
Chicago to LA, and going to prep school), during the story you find that you
can relate to her on some level.

I would recommend this book to people that love romantic comedies, sibling
rivalry, and fancy prep school people. I hope you read this book and enjoy it as
much as I did! ;)

Mia, 14

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Geekerella

by Ashley Poston

Geekerella : a novelThis book is about a fangirl whose father created a convention for their favorite show before he passed, leaving her with a step-mom and two step-sisters. Darien Freeman just got cast in the reboot of the show and is getting a lot of hate from behind the screen. Geekerella is a twist on the Cinderella fairy-tale with lovable characters and destiny-like situations.

At times I felt that the similarities between her and Cinderella were just too obvious. I get that it's a retelling, but I feel like hitting every single detail from the original story wasn't really necessary.

I would recommend this book to fanboys and fangirls. It's a good read it you're looking for a story about how important fandoms are in today's society.

Katelyn, 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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Emma

by Jane Austen

This book takes place in early 1800's England in a small village named Highbury and follows the story of Emma, a cunning and well-mannered girl. Emma is very clever, and uses this skill to her advantage in order to pair couples together. Ultimately, Emma's mischievous hijinks result in many awkward situations between her and her friend Harriet, whom she tries to match with men of noble birth.

Emma is a fantastic book. However, the beginning is a bit slow and it took me a while to get into it. Near the middle of the story, I couldn't put the book down because it was so interesting. I really enjoyed this book because it takes dozens of unexpected turns and is quite comical at times.

I would definitely recommend this book to others. Although the story starts off slow, I encourage you to keep reading it because it grows increasingly more interesting and fun. For those that like classic literature and other Jane Austen novels, this book is perfect!

Bethany, 15

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Dealing with Dragons

by Patricia C. Wrede

Cimorene should be happy she's a princess of a prosperous kingdom set to marry a handsome prince. There's just one little problem; it's all incredibly boring. Cimorene is not interested in what is proper behavior for a princess. She wants to have adventure and excitement so on the advice of a unlikely adviser she sets off to get one.

Dealing with Dragons is an amazing book with interesting characters who defy the stereotypes and challenge the normal fairy tale in almost every way. The book is eloquently written full of magic fantasy and adventure.

I read this book a long time ago and just decided to reread it and was surprised by how much I still love it. Dealing with dragons has interesting characters and plot and is probably one of my top 15 favorite book series. I recommend it to anyone who likes fantasy and adventure.

Isabella, 14

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Don't Even Think About It

by Sarah Mlynowski

This book follows the lives of one high school class, which develops telepathy by the administering of a faulty batch of flu shots. The class now has the ability to hear each other's thoughts, as well as the thoughts of everyone around them. They have to learn to work together, and learn how to handle their new powers.

This book was an interesting read, because I was able to follow all the points of view in one fluid perspective. The twists and turns throughout the book kept me guessing, and it was never boring to read.

 

This book is good for people who like interesting and quirky plot lines, as well as those readers who like reading about special powers. The book doesn't involve much action, as its focus is mostly on everyday settings.

 

Natalie, 14

 

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Geek Girl

by Holly Smale

This book is about a high school girl, Harriet Manners, who is considered a "geek" by her fellow classmates. She wants to change her life for the better, so when she gets scouted for a modeling program, she thinks that this could be it. She soon discovers that modeling, and keeping it a secret, is not as easy as she thought.

 

I liked this book because it was set in a realistic place and situation, which makes it very relatable to people. The girl in the book is also rather humorous, which makes the book very fun to read.

 

I would recommend this book to those who like reading about the not-so-perfect models. This book might also appeal to those who can relate to being the "geek" in their school.

 

Natalie, 14

 

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Looking for Alaska

by John Green

Miles Halter is a teenage boy from Florida who decides to spend his junior year of high school at Culver Creek Boarding School in Alabama. He says that he is going to seek the "great perhaps," something more than himself. Everything changes for Miles when he meets Alaska Young, a girl with a troubled past. The book takes Miles and his new friends on an unforgettable journey that teaches them about the greater truths the world holds.

Looking for Alaska is one of the best books I've ever read. It makes you consider how in a flash, your entire life could change. It is extremely inspirational and well written. The characters in the book were so detailed and I almost felt like I knew them.

I would definitely recommend this book to young people, teens especially. I think that teenagers will definitely be able to relate to at least one aspect of the book. If you like stories that are emotional and about life, then Looking for Alaska is something you would enjoy.

Alex, 15

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Geek: A Fantasy Novel

by E. Archer

There is a world where wishes do come true. All you need is a magical fairy godmother, Meet Ralph, your average tech geek. There is nothing special about him, except for one fact: He is forbidden from making a wish. This rule becomes apparent when he meets his Great Aunt Chessie, who happens to be able to grant wishes. Soon Ralph finds himself embarking on all sorts of wish-adventures, all of them dangerous. The question asked though, is if he will survive to tell the tales.

 

This book had all the great idea in it. The only thing that was lacking was how the story was told. The narration was poor. Although this migh be intentional, it still took away from the overvall effect of the story.

 

I would recommend this book to those who enjoy fantasy (or those who enjoy exploding dust bunnies).

 

Hieu, 16

 

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Chasing Normal

by Lisa Papademetriou

When Mieka Baker's grandma has a heart attack, her summer plans (if she had any) were turned upside down. She has to stay with her normal cousin in her normal house, go shopping for normal clothes, and attend a normal religious summer camp. What follows is anything but normal.

I really enjoyed Chasing Normal. It addresses a growing girl's concerns about periods, religion, body image, and (of course) boys, all the while inserting humor.

I recommend this book to any girl who feels like the odd one out. The main message is to embrace your inner different. Any mature girl between 11-14 will love this book.

Payton, 12

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Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek

by Maya Van Wagenen

Popular : Vintage Wisdom for a Modern GeekWhen Maya is given a popularity guide from the 1950's, she laughs at it. But then she has the idea to implement the strategies from the book for her last year of middle school. Follow Maya as she works her way through the social ladder using strategies that may just make her popular.

Personally, this book amazed me because it was written by a teenager and was very genuine. It really showed how expanding beyond your comfort zone can be a good thing.

I would recommend this book because it was extremely well written and will make you laugh. Also any teenager can relate to being self conscious about yourself and your actions.

Audrey, 17

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Winger

by Andrew Smith

WingerRyan Dean West, a 14-year old junior and rugby player has landed in "O Hall" due to some trouble-making. There, he meets some interesting characters, best friends, and participates in unusual activities that make his junior year unforgettable.

I absolutely loved Winger. Andrew Smith writes so well that the reader feels as if they personally know the character, Ryan Dean. His thoughts, feelings, and actions are very relatable. I would definitely recommend this book! It's filled with so much laughter, unexpected moments, and a lovable character who will resonate with readers.

CJ, 17

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Paper Towns

by John Green

Paper TownsQuentin Jacobsen has always crushed on Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. One night, she appears at his window, and Quentin helps her on an extraordinary revenge-filled quest. She disappears the next day, leaving a trail of clues for him to find her.

This book was super funny and light-warming. Quentin and Margo are amazing in the first half, and then I think the side characters really shine through in the second half. I personally thought the ending was rather blah, but in a whole, the book is very fun and will have you chuckling.

Kristine, 15

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Reformed Vampire Support Group

by Catherine Jinks

Reformed VampiresIn this book, vampires are not beautiful, sparkly creatures of the night. Instead, they are sickly and disturbed people who have a terrible addiction to blood. Join Nina and her support group as they try to find purpose in their otherwise dreary and pathetic lives as they try to free an enslaved werewolf from a terrible life of cage fighting.

This book was very fun to read because it presents a different picture of what vampires could be. The eccentric characters were funny, realistic, and easy to like.

Yes, I would recommend this book because not all vampires are sexy, romantic, and powerful. It's a different spin on supernatural stories, and I think many fans such as those of Wicked would like it.

Kristine, 15

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