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Submerged 

by Dani Pettrey
07/12/2016 Categories: family drama murder suspense

Submerged is a story about a girl who returns to her hometown in Alaska for her aunt's funeral, only to find out her aunt's death was no accident. She does not want to stay, since her questionable past is remembered in the small town, but she might be the only person who can solve her aunt's murder.

I really enjoyed Submerged. It was a quality read since the writing was believable, not far-fetched. I also enjoyed the character development the author used to make the small-town characters come to life.

I would recommend Submerged to fans of subtle romance and mysteries. Fans of the Dee Henderson would love Submerged.

Amanda, 16

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Stranded 

by Dani Pettry
07/12/2016 Categories: family drama romance suspense

Stranded is a story about a reporter named Darcy St. James, who embarks on an Alaskan cruise at the request of her reporter friend, Abby. When Abby goes missing, and no one else seems to care, it's up to Gage and Darcy to find her. But as Darcy keeps digging, she realizes Abby is not the only one who has disappeared

I enjoyed Stranded because of the mystery it presented. Additionally, the character development and character interaction was more realistic than some of Pettrey's past novels.

I would recommend Stranded to fans of CSI/FBI themed novels. Fans of Dee Henderson would enjoy this novel too.

Amanda, 16

 

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Silenced 

by Dani Pettrey

Silenced is a book about a girl named Kayden who finds a murder victim while rock climbing. As she works on the case with Jake, a former detective, they find that the present seems to be repeating Jake's past.

Silenced was a definite page-turner due to the mystery and suspense of the novel. I, however, found that this suspense seems to hide the fact that the first mystery did not feel resolved before you are caught up in this next one. I am generally impressed by the novel, but I wish there had been more resolution.

I would recommend this book to fans of romance and mystery books. Since this book is similar to some of Irene Hannon and Dee Henderson's works, fans of those authors would really enjoy this book.

Amanda, 16

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Shattered 

by Dani Pettrey

Shattered is a story about Piper and Landon, two friends that have known each other since childhood. When Piper's brother is arrested for murder, Piper is determined to prove his innocence, and with Landon's help, they just might be able to do it.

I really enjoyed reading Shattered because the mystery was constantly moving forward, giving the book an overall momentum. The mystery leaves you guessing, and keeps you excited in general.

I would recommend Shattered to fans of romance and mysteries. Fans of Dee Henderson and Irene Hannon would also enjoy this novel.

Amanda, 16

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Where The Stars Still Shine 

by Trish Doller
05/27/2016 Categories: family drama identity kidnapping older teens

Where the Stars Still Shine is a book about Callie, a seventeen-year-old girl who was abducted by her mom at a young age. Callie is found by the police, and brought home to her dad, but she struggles to adjust to living a normal life.
 

I am a tough critic, but this book was not my favorite. Even if you can handle the adult content scenes, there's a lot of sad moments, and the ending with the love interest left me dissatisfied.

Where the Stars Still Shine ends in a cliffhanger fashion where you get to decide what happens without the author explicitly telling you which may be appealing to some readers.

Amanda, 16

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Of Sound Mind 

by Jean Ferris
10/12/2015 Categories: family drama handicaps realistic fiction

Theo, who is a senior in high school, is the only hearing son of deaf parents. He meets a new girl at school, Ivy, and discovers that she is in a similar situation as him, as her dad is deaf but she is hearing. Theo's dedication to his family and Ivy is put to the test in various circumstances.

Of Sound Mind was a very intriguing book because it gave insight into Deaf Culture. I enjoy how loving and relatable the characters are in this story.

If you want to learn a little bit about Deaf Culture yet still get connected and fall in love with characters, you'd love Of Sound Mind by Jean Ferris.

Janae, 16

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Eleanor & Park 

by Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor & Park is a story about two 16-year-old misfits who find themselves sitting by each other on the bus everyday and sharing things they enjoy with each other. The novel tells the tale of a first love and the heartbreak and happiness that comes with it.

I enjoyed this story very much because it can relate to teens in a variety of ways. It talks about first love which I, as well as many other people, are going through.

I would highly recommend this book to teens! It relates to everyone and it has an great plot that I think many people would enjoy. Most teens can relate to the characters in the story in how they act, what they do, and their rebellious side.

Analyss, 17

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Chasing Normal 

by Lisa Papademetriou
09/29/2015 Categories: family drama funny realistic fiction

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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Since You've Been Gone 

by Morgan Matson

Since You've Been GoneHave you ever had a best friend who brings you out of your comfort zone and makes you try crazy things? Emily has. But what happens when her best friend, Sloane just randomly disappears leaving nothing behind but a list filled with insane things for Emily that she would never do. It's only the beginning of summer and things are about to get crazy with a lot of unexpected surprises and new friends.

This was one of my favorite books from 2014, because I could relate to it SO much. It displayed all the quirky features I love in books and it just really reminded me of Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen.

I would recommend this book because you can relate to how you depend on your friends, and when that's ripped away you feel a sense of loneliness. Also this book displays how whether you like it or not, you need to put yourself out in the world to experience life. 

Audrey, 17

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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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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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Son 

by Lois Lowry
05/22/2013 Categories: dystopia family drama sci fi

SonThis book is the sequel to The Giver. Son is about Claire, the mother of a young boy named Gabe. Gabe gets taken from Caire at birth, and she starts this big journey to find him.

I did like this book because it has sort of a dystopian setting. I also like this book because it is told by the point of Claire and not Jonas (a boy in the community).

I would recommend this to others because I think this book has a great plot and is not too intense for younger people

Sabrina, 14

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East of Eden 

by John Steinbeck
05/21/2013 Categories: classic family drama siblings

East of EdenEast of Eden tells the story of the Trasks and the Hamiltons - two families who come together in the rich Salinas Valley in California. Steinbeck's novel follows three generations of these families as they relive the biblical story of Cain who strives for his father's love, and of Abel who receives all of Adam's love and pride.

The novel had a very interesting story line that was often full of plot twists and surprises. Some of the characters were really endearing, and others like Cain and Abel, proved to be dynamic characters as the story progressed. The novel was really dramatic and often kept the reader at the edge of his seat.

I would very much recommend this book to others, due to the fact that it contains a great story line and dynamic characters. I would especially recommend this novel to readers who enjoy classics and who are not afraid of reading a long book.

Daisy, 17

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Pride and Prejudice 

by Jane Austen
04/30/2013 Categories: classic family drama romance siblings

The story follows the main character Elizabeth Bennet as she deals with issues of manners, upbringing, morality, education, and marriage in the society of the landed gentry of Regency Era England. Sparks fly when spirited Elizabeth Bennet meets single, rich, and proud Mr. Darcy.  But Mr. Darcy reluctantly finds himself falling in love with a woman beneath his class. Can each overcome their own pride and prejudice as well as outside opposition to be together?

I love this book!  While I wasn't able to appreciate it when I was younger (I hated any subtle witticisms and interactions whose meanings weren't completely obvious and there's no sword fights over a girl's honor) but now that I'm older and got to read it with my class, I understand it a lot better. The characters are delightful and there is a lot of humor and wit to provide comic relief. Of course the romance between Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth is one of the main reasons I love the book, since their relationship grows and blossoms despite a bad first impression, miscommunication, social disapproval, familial opposition and their own faults which get in the way from the beginning.

I recommend this book for book-lovers that can appreciate classical literature and subtle details. Be ready to re-read this book many times because it gets better each time I read it.  Anyone that can appreciate a good romance will love this amazing novel.

Rebecca, 17

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The Joy Luck Club 

by Amy Tan
04/27/2013 Categories: chinese history family drama

Joy Luck ClubFour Chinese mothers start the "Joy Luck Club" where they meet to play mahjong, eat and talk.  Each woman has a Chinese American daughter counterpart they struggle to connect with while also dealing with their painful memories in China. Each woman has a story, some sad, others heart-wrenching and all deal with their struggles to bridge the gap between Chinese and American culture and the relationships between the mothers and daughters.

I liked how the author tied all the stories together into one coheisive whole and used the lives of 7 women to tell the story of all immigrant families. Each vignette is powerful and meaningful while also relating to the novel's meaning as a whole.

I would recommend it because it provides a new perspective on the difficulties of communicating between two very different cultures and really gets into the minds of each narrator instead of letting them be just vessels for the author's story.

Rebecca, 17

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