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The Weight of Water 

by Anita Shreve
12/07/2017 Categories: death horror murder older teens

This book took place during the year 1873. Two women lived on the Isles of Shoals, a group of islands off the coast of New Hampshire. One of the women was brutally murdered. The other, survive.

It’s a good book because it took place during the 1873 so it’s a different type of book from ones that i would normally pick up. It’s like a journey that takes you to the farthest extremes of emotion.

I would recommend this book to people that like to read action books with horrific consequences.

Yessica, 16


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by Laurie Halse Anderson
09/28/2017 Categories: death older teens realistic fiction

Lia's friend died of anorexia and she had a difficult time with accepting her life without her best friend. Lia later on, try's to move on with her life, but she feels like the more days past, the more she feels like life woun't be the same without her.

This book was a good book because this it is similar to other teenagers in life. A lot of people suffer from anorexia and very little survive.

I would recommend this book for teenagers ages 14 and up. It’s a really good book to learn life lessons from. 

Yessica, 15


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The Sky is Everywhere 

by Jandy Nelson
07/20/2017 Categories: death love triangles realistic fiction

The Sky is Everywhere describes how Lennie deals with the aftermath of her sister's death through the company of two boys-Toby, her sister's boyfriend, and Joe, the new kid in town. Toby shares Lennie's grief for her sister and offers her a shoulder to cry on. Joe, however, is bursting with life and gives Lennie the happiness she craves after such a dark time in her life. Both boys offer Lennie something that she seriously needs, but she knows that if the two of them knew about the other, everything would be in ruins. Lennie must navigate through this situation, while also coping with the loss of her beloved sister.

I loved this book. It is a great story, filled with constant twists and turns. Lennie made many mistakes that kept me on the edge of my seat, but these mistakes worked themselves out in the end in order to reach an amazing conclusion. I also really appreciated the raw, real emotion that the novel possesses.

I definitely recommend this book to others because of its fantastic storyline. If you like realistic fiction, you would enjoy The Sky is Everywhere.

Bethany, 15


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Looking for Alaska 

by John Green
06/10/2017 Categories: boarding school death friendship romance

This novel is about the life of a young teenage boy as he goes away to a boarding school and meets an unlikely companion in the form of a larger than life girl named Alaska.

It was a very captivating book, complete with John Green's trademark witty dialogue. As always, John Green's characters are the highlight of his novels, with this novel being no exception. The main characters are all charming in their own ways.

If you like introspective stories with a simple premise, then you would definitely enjoy this novel. It is a novel that is both entertaining and stimulating to the mind.

Hannah, 17


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Before I Fall 

by Lauren Oliver
04/26/2017 Categories: death high school drama

Before I Fall is about a 17 year old girl named Samantha Kingston who is killed in a car accident. She if forced to relive her death every day for a week. As she figures out what is happening, she tries to change her fate. She starts doing new things each day, things she would have never done before.

I really liked the book because it's an interesting plot to have to relive the day of your death. It really teaches how we have to live every day to the fullest without taking advantage of others or being a bully.

If you like books that deal with the five stages of grief, I recommend this book . Also if you like the theme of live vs. death you should read the book. 

Sandra, 16


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As I Lay Dying 

by William Faulkner
04/26/2017 Categories: death

As I Lay Dying is a story that is narrated by 15 different people through 59 chapters. The main focus of the story is the death of Addie Bundren and her families motivations to honor her wish of being buried in her hometown.

I liked the book! I loved how the author wrote 15 different perspectives, making the reader think about how different we interpret things. Also I liked how death was a big center of the story, I thought that was interesting.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes reading books about how people deal with death. Also if you like the theme of death and isolation between families I suggest this book.

Sandra, 16


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The Perfectionists 

by Sara Shepard

This book was about five girls who all share a hatred of one common person. They pretend to plan out his murder, but only meant to prank him, not murder him. The night of their prank, their victim dies, exactly the way they planned. They now have to find the killer before it's too late.

The book was an interesting one to read, because it was suspenseful and kept you guessing throughout the entire book. It was good to read from all the switching perspectives throughout the book, showing you how each person thought.


I would recommend this book to others who like to read from different perspectives in a story. I would also recommend this book too people who like a suspenseful story. However, if you don't like switching perspectives, then this book might not be for you.

Natalie, 14


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The Truth About Forever 

by Sarah Dessen
12/18/2012 Categories: death inspirational realistic fiction romance

Macy is a teenage girl who is suffering from the death of her father during one of their daily runs. She gives up running and keeps to herself. Her boyfriend Jason doesn't listen to her about her unhappiness. He is away at camp, and she sends him an email telling him she loves him. Jason rejects her love and tells her they need a break. Macy is hurt but then she finds a job catering food where she befriends her coworkers. Wes and Kristiy learn throughout the story of the toubles Macy is facing. Wes and Macy begin to play a game called Truth where they revel their secrets to each other. They connect more and later throughout the story they become a couple after some obstacles.

The Truth About Forever is an interesting book. It makes you realize that not letting your feeling out damages you emotionally and physically. I love how Dessen tells Macy's story heartfully.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a good romance story or a book that gives a good life lesson. You should really consider reading this book.

Carina, 14


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The Truth About Forever 

by Sarah Dessen
11/29/2011 Categories: death family drama realistic fiction romance

The Truth About Forever is about Macey Queen. Her father just passed away, and she has nothing to look forward to during the summer while her boyfriend is away and her mother painfully chooses to not acknowledge the death. It all changes when she joins the Wish catering crew and she finally learns to take risks and have fun.

I loved this book! It's one of my all-time favorite books! Macey finally learns to come out of her shell and experience life.

I would recommend this book to others if you have read any of Sarah Dessen's other books, and if you hadn't this would be a good book to start.

Audrey, 14


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