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Good Girls 

by Laura Ruby
07/11/2012 Categories: funny high school drama realistic fiction

Good Girls coverGood Girls by Laura Ruby is about how a straight-A student in high school suddenly gets caught doing something she shouldn't, and everyone knows what.

Laura Ruby's novel is an almost frighteningly accurate portrayal of how fast things spread by word of mouth and the internet.

I greatly enjoyed this book because of its realism. Good Girls by Laura Ruby is strongly recommended to anyone in middle or high school who has a pointed sense of humor.

Tabitha, 14

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What If...Everyone Was Doing It 

by Liz Ruckdeschel

What if coverWhat If... Everyone Was Doing It is a story about the cliche twists and turns of making choices in high school, but has a very juvenile approach to be set in high school.

Ruckdeschel and Jame's novel has an unrealistic and rushed plot, with so many meanings it loses the story aspect.

I do not recommend this novel to people who are very easily tired of authors who over analyze everything in the book.

Tabitha, 14

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Instructions for a Broken Heart 

by Kim Culbertson

Instructions coverThis book is about how a performing arts high school student named Jessa weaves her way through a trip to Italy with some unsavory people, unexpected interfering from an America-based friend, and a lot on her mind.

Instructions for a Broken Heart is quite the page turner, because it really signifies how high school students sometimes get caught up in everything around them, yet miss what's right in front of them. Also, aside from that; it's very realistic.

If you enjoy stories with twists and the occasional bit of revenge, I'd definitely recommend it. People who like to explore situations and experiences through books would find a great plot here in Instructions for a Broken Heart.

Tabitha, 14

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That Boy 

by Jillian Dodd

Image result for that boyThat Boy follows the life of JJ Reynolds and her relationship (BFFs) with Phillip and Danny. One of them will kiss her, one will  make-out with her, one will ask her to prom, and eventually, one will ask her to marry him! 

I loved this book! It's is a fun and lively story that had me hooked from the first page! I read it in one day, and the sequel had the same affect on me!

I would definitely recommend this book to others who love romance as much as I do! It was a very fun book, and I hope everyone loves it as much as I do!

Chanel, 13

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Clueless Girl's Guide to Being a Genius 

by Janice Repka
07/03/2012 Categories: friendship funny high school drama

Clueless coverA Clueless Girl's Guide to Being a Genius is about two different girls and how they teach other lessons that the other did not know about. One is a genius, while the other is a fashionista. It is all about their lives when they meet each other and became friends. 

This is a cute, easy-to-read book that wasn't at all hard to understand so reading it was fun and enjoyable.

I would recommend this book to those who want to just sit back and read a fun and short book!

Chanel, 13

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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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A Separate Peace 

by John Knowles

A Separate Peace is a novel that takes place during WWII, and talks about two best friends. Finny and Gene seem to be unlikely friends, because Finny is really into sports and having fun, while Gene focuses on his studies and being number one in his class. Gene becomes extremely jealous of Finny' s popularity, and becomes paranoid that Finny doesn't want Gene to be number one in the class. Gene's jealousy controls him and gets the better of him and starts the main conflict in this novel.

This book teaches the life lessons of friendship and loyalty. A true friend should not feel jealous and want to bring down a friend, but should be happy and support his or her friend. A true friend will acknowledge and accept their wrong doings toward their friend, and finally his or her friend will accept the apology. Another life lesson I learned was that you should always think before acting because you might regret it until your death.

This book is more than two covers filled with printed pages. The words and story itself come to life with each turned page. The characters become a friend you yourself will not want to say good bye to. The whole book was amazing, because the book starts out as a comedy but becomes and ends as a tragedy. If you are a strong reader and can withstand a sad ending like this one, I strongly recommend this book. A Separate Peace is more than a book , it's a soul that keeps living.

Lauren, 16

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Gentlemen 

by Micheal Northrop
06/18/2012 Categories: high school drama murder mystery suspense

GentlementIn Gentlemen, Tommy, Mixers, Bones, and Micheal are a tight-knit group that no one in school or outside of school dares to mess with. One day, while in class, Tommy throws a "tantrum" and is sent to the vice-principal's office, but he never makes it there nor does he go home. Tommy disappears and the rest of the group can't find him anywhere. They begin to worry that something is wrong and are convinced that Tommy has been brutally murdered, especially when their English teacher, Mr. Habermann, the one man who actually calls them "gentleman", begins acting very strangely, speaking of murder and the ideas of crime and punishment.

Gentlemen is definitely a book that I liked. It's very fast paced and gripping and has you enthralled until the very end. The ending itself is unexpected and although it may seem slightly disappointing at first, continue reading on till the end and you'll find that feeling of disappointment replaced with one of content. By the end of the book, you'll find yourself wondering about the true meaning of friendship and respect.

This book is one that I would recommend to everyone and anyone who loves to read and wonder about the deeper things in life. Yet, I believe that those who like reading crime thrillers and stories about the dark side of society would greatly appreciate this book.

Jana, 16

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Love & Leftovers 

by Sarah Tregay

Love and Leftovers coverThis book was about a teenage girl named Marcie who moved for a brief period of time to New Hampshire. She felt lonely and hooked up with a boy from her new school and did not tell her boyfriend back at home.

I really enjoyed this book. It was easy to relate to, fun to read, and had a good storyline.

I would definitely recommend this book to others. People who like realistic fiction, love stories, and novels written in verse would love this book.

Jennifer, 16

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New Moon 

by Stephenie Meyer
04/26/2012 Categories: high school drama romance vampires werewolves

New Moon coverBella Swan is living the dream with her boyfriend Edward Cullen and his whole family, when suddenly he leaves saying that he cannot be with her. Months later, awaking from her trance, Bella starts to come alive again with her best friend, Jacob Black. He starts to help her by piecing together her broken heart. She soon learns of his heritage and finds that there is more than one mystical creature in the universe.

New Moon is very heart breaking, however, I liked it. I liked how Bella's best friend was always there for her. You can always count on your best friend to be there for you.

If you can handle sad beginnings and happy endings, you would love New Moon. However, be warned that this book is an emotional rollercoaster.

Aleck, 14

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Waiting for You by Susane Colasanti 

In Waiting for You, Marisa just wants a fresh new start her sophomore year which doesn't include being depressed and obsessively thinking negatively like last year. She also wants her first real boyfriend...could it be Nash her old geeky friend from middle school? Or could it be Derek the popular guy of her dreams?

I thought it was an interesting book because it dealt with family problems too, not just your typical teen romance book.

I'm not sure if I would recommend this book though. It's complicated and deals with a lot of family issues. But if you like the type of books that have different kinds of subjects then you would enjoy this book.

Audrey, 14

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Audrey, Wait! 

by Robin Benway
11/22/2011 Categories: funny high school drama realistic fiction

Audrey, Wait coverAudrey, Wait! is about a girl named Audrey who has just broken up with her ex boyfriend. This leads to him writing a song about her that becomes a hit, and Audrey being nationally known.

I liked it, it was a decent book that had a lot of humor and characters that are hilarious. This book keeps you laughing so hard people will think you're crazy. 

I would totally recommend this book, if you like characters who have energy and witty comments Audrey, Wait! is for you!

Audrey, 14

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The Secret Year 

by Jennifer Hubbard
05/31/2011 Categories: ghosts high school drama romance

Julia and Colt were together for a year, but nobody knew of their secret love. When Julia dies, Colt's life goes out of control. He is haunted by her memory and things only get worse when her journal falls into his hands. After reading Julia's journal, Colt finds love with a girl from school but can't seem to make it work because of all of his unanswered questions.

This is a really good book. It is a very quick read and hard to put down. The ending is a little bit of a let down, but the rest of the book makes up for it.

Bree, 16

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