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Fangirl 

by Rainbow Rowell

FangirlCather and Wren are twins who are about to go off to college for their freshman year. They are total opposites, however both write fanfiction the popular Simon Snow series. As they go off to college, Cather realizes that Wren and her want two different college experiences, making her feel abandoned. In comes Levi and Regan, the two people who actually make her feel happy and wanted. With these two friends and her computer of course, Cather just might have an exceptionally great year.

I thought this book was okay, there was nothing exceptional that made it amazing. Although I personally liked the hardships she faced/realized, that everything is not always as it seems.

I might, but I felt as if this book dragged on for awhile. Also, there was a lot of hype about this book and it didn't live up to the expectations.

Audrey, 16

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Two-Way Street 

by Lauren Barnholdt

Two-Way StreetWhat's a girl to do when her boyfriend dumps her for a girl online and is
forced to go on a cross country road trip with him to college by her parents?
Nothing. And that is exactly what Courtney does. When she met Jordan she never would have expected to turn him from a womanizer into an adorably committed boyfriend. And suddenly there she was heartbroken that a guy she loved could of so coldly said its over. But then again, there are always two sides to to every breakup.

This book was pretty hilarious more than I would say romantic overall. It had an alright plot and really lovable characters that had you snickering the whole time.

I would recommend it just because any person could relate to the romantic complications of Courtney and Jordan. Also this book shows how often miscommunication can play in any relationship, whether it be family, friends, or love.

Audrey, 16

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Going Vintage 

by Lindsey Leavitt

Going VintageMallory has just been cheated on by an online girlfriend. Yes an online girlfriend. She comes to terms with her situation by de-modernizing her life, which means no computer, cell phone, or even an alarm clock. She gets inspired when she finds her grandmother's list from 1962 of new school year resolutions. With the help of her friends, sister, and surprisingly cute cousin of her ex, she figures out that in any generation being a teenage is always complicated.

I honestly really liked this book, because it was very refreshing (and comical) to read a story about getting rid of the one thing the teenage generation views as a necessity for life. I loved the humor and awkwardness that came with this book and often thought "What would I do in this situation?"

I think any teenager could relate to this book and the complications we would all have if someone suddenly yanked our iPhones out of our hands. It's one of those books that has a resolution/happy ending and this book makes it work, so therefore you should read it.

Audrey, 16

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Along for the Ride 

by Sarah Dessen

Along for the RideIn Along for the Ride, Auden is a very serious and driven teenager who is about to go off to college, after she spends the summer with her dad, his new wife, and her new half sister. What she expects is a very long and uneventful summer, however instead what happens is she meets a group of people who change her perception on all of the choices she has ever made.

This is one of my favorite Sarah Dessen books, just because I can relate to it. The characters all have their own unique traits to them and when put together it creates this jumble of personalities that all around fit well together.

I would most definitely recommend this book because of it's outlook that you should not judge people based on their appearance and how you should maintain a healthy balance between school and your social life. I know some might think Sarah Dessen books are overrated, but honestly this book deserves to be read.

Audrey, 16

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Okay for Now 

by Gary Schmidt
02/01/2014 Categories: realistic fiction

Okay for Now14-year-old Doug Swieteck's life isn't all that great. He just moved to a new town, has no friends, all the adults in the new town think of him as a 'skinny thug', his father doesn't care about his family, and his brother is a delinquent. How worse can life get? Things start looking up when he meets a pretty girl named Lil Spicer and experiences the wonderful world of the local library.

This book was really good, especially as it's about turning your life around and being a better person than what people see you as. Okay for Now is perfect for people who like books that make you think and have a little attitude in it.

Hieu, 14

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Winger 

by Andrew Smith
09/28/2013 Categories: funny high school drama realistic fiction

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
09/28/2013 Categories: funny realistic fiction

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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The Fault in Our Stars 

by John Green
09/28/2013 Categories: realistic fiction terminal illness

The Fault in Our StarsThe Fault in Our Stars, tells the story of Hazel Grace a sixteen-year old who is fighting against terminal thyroid cancer. When joining a support group for cancer teens, she meats, the charismatic and charming Augustus Waters, a cancer survivor and amputee. The novel follows their beautiful yet tragic relationship.

I really enjoyed this book, it was beautifully written, and the plot was very captivating. Another thing that I loved about this book were the characters - they were all very complex and "real". Augustus was one of my favorites, because even though he went through so much, he was still willing to love, and try his chance at love again. Hazel was a really strong female character who was able to come to terms with the tragedies of her life.

I would recommend this book to everyone - it is not strictly a girl novel. Since the author is male, I believe that guys would also find this book interesting. Even though it is sad and you will find yourself crying at certain parts, people will like The Fault in Our Stars. Overall it's a lovely story that teaches you to appreciate what you have and make the most of it.

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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13 Reasons Why 

by Jay Asher

13 Reasons Why

Clay Jensen comes home to find a package addressed to him. In it, he finds casette tapes. When he plays the first one, he learns that they are recordings of Hannah Baker, a girl he had a crush on and who had recently committed suicide. Hannah states that there are 13 reasons why she decided to end her life and Clay is one of them.

13 Reasons Why is an excellent novel. It's a very disheartening story that conveys how much words and actions can affect people, no matter how seemingly insignificant and meaningless the actions may be. Jay Asher's novel, which is written exceptionally, is very haunting, somber, yet interesting and thought provoking.

I would definitely recommend 13 Reasons Why to teens. A myriad of kids these days suffer and witness bullying. Many would be able to relate with the adversities Hannah Baker faced. This story inspires people to act instead of be bystanders because doing nothing also has grave consequences. Although the story is very tragic, it leaves a positive impact on ones life.

CJ, 17

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Lock and Key 

by Sarah Dressen

Lock and KeyRuby, 17 and abandoned by her mother, is forced to live with her estranged older sister. Ruby is having trouble adjusting to living with her sister, in a mansion, and going to a private school. When she meets Nate, a handsome, popular, sweet, basically her polar opposite, she immediately finds him repulsive. Things change, however, when Ruby learns of Nate's secret.

The book is pretty great. It seems quite realistic therefore many would be able to understand both Ruby and Nate's situations. There are some nifty crossovers from Sarah Dessen's other books that may interest some readers.

I'd recommend this to anyone who wants a solid story. It's enjoyable and hits some heartstrings too. The characters are also very relatable and interesting which will sure draw in some readers.

4 stars

CJ, 17

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Speak 

by Laurie Halse Anderson
06/18/2013 Categories: high school drama rape realistic fiction

SpeakMelinda Sordino's freshmen year stages her as an outcast, friendless girl. Her action of calling the police at an end-of-summer party has left her speechless and unwilling to participate in activities. However, through Merlinda's art class, she gradually reveals that a senior abused her during the party, and that senior is still in school...

Speak is a fantastically strong book for multiple reasons. The author did an amazing job describing the surroundings through Merlinda's narration- it made me feel that I was actually with her. Melinda is a girl that is easy to relate to, and the topic is presented in a very smooth manner- not too dark, not too light.

If anyone wants a relatively short read with a big message, Speak is the one to consider. Personally though, I believe this is a book that all teens should read.

Jakob, 15

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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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The Fault in Our Stars 

by John Greene

The Fault in Our StarsIn the book, a girl named Hazel Grace has cancer. She starts going to teen groups with other cancer teens. Hazel loves reading poetry.  She meets a boy named Augustus Waters. Ausgustus Waters is a handsome 16 year old. They eventually fall in love, but something tragic happens.

I loved this book. I consider this book one of the best books I've ever read. It had me hooked from the beginning to the end. I could not put this book down. The Fault in Our Stars is a definite page turner! This book is also one of the saddest books I've ever read. John Green knows how to make readers cry oceans. 

I would recommend this book to all teens, both boys and girls. It is a good read. Be prepared to cry your eyes out in this one!

Alissa, 14

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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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