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Tender is the Night 

by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Tender is the Night is a tragic romance novel about an 18 year old actress by the name of Rosemary Hoyt who goes on vacation to the French Riviera. There she meets the handsome Dick Diver, whom she falls in love with. Dick Diver is a psychiatrist who is the doctor and husband of Nicole Warren. The story depicts the life of Dick Diver, in which the wealth he has encountered provokes him into a different lifestyle other than his own.

This book was to a moderate extent, interesting, but it is very difficult to understand. Fitzgerald writes in a very complex and wordy way that actually makes it strenuous to know what is truly happening. This book also doesn't have the greatest plot in the world and it seems as if I was never really intrigued with what was happening.

I do recommend this book if you really admire a complex way of writing in an author, but if you don't, I don't think you will like this very much. I thought that after reading The Great Gatsby by Fitzgerald, I would like it a lot. The Great Gatsby has such an interesting and clear plot that the plot. However, Tender is the Night was mildly disappointing but a little disappointing. I know many people who have very much enjoyed this novel, so might as well give it a read. 

Analyss, 17

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City of Ashes 

by Cassandra Clare
09/25/2015 Categories: action fantasy vampires werewolves

Four friends and one mission that will end in a way that you will never anticipate. The second book in The Mortal Instruments series, City of Ashes, is a fast-paced book that will cause many mixed emotions.

I enjoyed City of Ashes very much. I was very excited for the second book in the Mortal Instruments series. It was everything that I was anticipating for; the action, romance, and adventure. I loved the secrets that were hidden in the book. I would have never expected them, but was very happy when I did. City of Ashes kept me on the edge of my seat, reading vigorously.

I would highly recommend this book to readers that love novels filled with adventure and supernatural creatures. This book has many life messages such as the importance as family. Cassandra interprets this message in this novel better than any other author could. I would recommend this book to readers fourteen and up due to the violence and the harsh language.

Sara, 14

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City of Bones 

by Cassandra Clare
09/25/2015 Categories: action fantasy vampires

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From supernatural creatures to a romantic adventure filled with thrills, City of Bones will be leaving you begging for more. City of Bones is a story about a teenage girl, Clare, finding out she is a Shadowhunter, a human born with angelic blood. Join Clare as she begins to realize that she isn't your average teenage girl.

I absolutely loved City of Bones. The book teaches many lessons such as the power of love and the meaning of family. I loved the way Cassandra Clare's has a way of captivating her audience and leaving them in complete awe. I also enjoyed the descriptive words the author puts in her writing. You are able to picture the scenes very clearly.

I would highly recommend this book to others that love the supernatural. It includes many creatures such as vampires, demons, and werewolves. I would also recommend it to readers that love novels filled with adventure and romance. I believe it would be appropriate to readers ages fourteen and up due to its crude language and violence.

Sara, 14

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The Hunger Games 

by Suzanne Collins
09/23/2015 Categories: dystopia fantasy love triangles romance sci fi

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, Capitol forces the districts all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen is chosen for her district. if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

The Hunger Games is a splendid book because it tells about a possibility for the near future. I like how it is so descriptive throughout the whole story o whats going on, while reading it you can almost feel as if that person in the book was you.

I would absolutely recommend this book. If you like action and determination type stories this definitely is the book for you.

Melissa, 13

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The Great Gatsby 

by F. Scott Fitzgerald
09/21/2015 Categories: classic love triangles murder social classes

The Great Gatsby, set in the 1920s, follows Nick Carraway as he becomes acquainted with a mysterious man by the name of Jay Gatsby. Gatsby's dream and ambition for the last five years was to win back the love of his life, Daisy Buchanan, after their love was thwarted when Gatsby was away fighting in World War I. Nick aids in their eventual reunion, which puts Gatsby at odds with Daisy's husband.

This novel is considered by many as one of the greatest American novels ever written, and it certainly holds up to that bar. Although the plot seemingly reflects that of a love story, it really is SO much more. Fitzgerald uses the characters (and Gatsby's dream in particular) to explore deeper themes such as the corruption of the rich and the untruthfulness of love and devotion. I liked the book especially for its memorable characters and the amazingly descriptive writing that Fitzgerald utilizes.

I would recommend The Great Gatsby to people above the age of 13 because the type of writing in this book used to convey themes can be hard to interpret for a younger audience.

Giabao, 15

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Tuck Everlasting 

by Natalie Babbitt
09/21/2015 Categories: family secrets fantasy friendship movie

Tuck Everlasting revolves around a 10-year-old girl named Winnie who stumbles upon a spring that bestows eternal life. The spring is kept secret by the Tuck family, who have been blessed (or cursed) with this everlasting state of undying. When Winnie stays and bonds with the Tucks for a few days, she gains insight into the implications and meanings of such a secret. However, a stranger also knows of the spring and wants to market it to make a fortune.

I liked Tuck Everlasting; the novel was a simple, yet beautiful, read. Thought-provoking themes such as mortality, life and death, and morality are woven into the story and looked at from Winnie's point of view. And above all, these themes make the reader think. For instance, many in our society today look at death with fear, but SHOULD it be seen that way? Or should it be taken as a natural component of the wheel of life, as the Tucks see it?

I recommend this book to children who are old enough and ready to contemplate these themes, as these play a big role in making the book so magical. I would also recommend Tuck Everlasting to adults and anybody who enjoys fantasy.

Giabao, 15

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The Revenge of Seven 

by Pittacus Lore
09/21/2015 Categories: action fantasy sci fi

The fifth in the series, this book continues the adventures of aliens from Lorien battling the Mogadorians on planet Earth. The Lorien Garde try to defend themselves as well as the planet as the Mogadorians begin their invasion.

I love this book because it is packed full with action, romance, and fantasy. I also think that the book is well written and Pittacus Lore is successful in getting the reader to give up the willing suspension of disbelief.

I would recommend this book to people who liked books such as the HostHunger Games, Fablehaven, and Divergent. It has the same action and romance feel but with a bit of an alien twist.

Emma, 18

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Things Hoped For 

by Andrew Clements
05/12/2015 Categories: music sci fi

Gwen is a violinist in Manhattan competing for entry to one of Manhattan's top music schools. She doesn't need more stress, but her grandfather disappears with only a phone message addressed to her as a clue to where he is. Then she meets Robert, who's also auditioning, and things suddenly don't seem so bad. But when a dead body is found in her home and an invisible man shows up inside her house, Gwen and Robert are suddenly brought together in a way they could never have imagined. Things Hoped For is the second in the series started by the book Things Not Seen.

Things Hoped For is a great book because it makes you think through different perspectives. I like how the characters from the first book of the series tie in with the setting and people of this book.

If you like science-fiction or suspense stories, you will very much enjoy reading Things Hoped For.

Julia, 13

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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children 

by Ransom Riggs
05/12/2015 Categories: horror mystery war

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar ChildrenOne family tragedy results in a huge secret that may lead to a dark and dangerous turnout. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is a story about a boy named Jacob who explores an abandoned orphanage and finds out that the orphans that once lived here are still alive, each with a "special" talent.

In my opinion, I did not like the book very well, but it is interesting. It is filled with mystery and suspicion. The book included pictures of each of the orphans doing their "special" talent that I thought was disturbing. I also did not like the book because of the author's way of painting the scenes. He does not describe the scenes in the book too well, and so it was very difficult to imagine what is going on in your head.

I would recommend this book to readers that are interested in a mysterious plot. I would also recommend this book to readers ages 12 and up because of its disturbing images and confusing text.

Sara, 14  

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To All the Boys I've Loved Before 

by Jenny Han
05/12/2015 Categories: adventure friendship romance siblings

To All the Boys I've Loved BeforeImagine if you wrote a letter to every crush you ever had, but they were just for your eyes only? Now imagine what would you do if you found out they somehow got mailed out? Lara Song is just quiet girl who lives in the shadow of her best friend and older sister. When she finds out the letters have been mailed, she goes on a crazy adventure to find out who mailed the letters and to prevent them from being received.

Suprisingly I really liked this book, I thought it would be very cliche from the title of the book. I liked how it showed a different side of Lara when she is in the spotlight and not being criticized by her sister.

I would recommend this book if you like contemporary novels. The problems within this novel are very realistic as they deal with family and friends.

Audrey, 17

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Sweetly 

by Jackson Pearce
04/27/2015 Categories: action siblings witches & wizards

SweetlySweetly by Jackson Pearce, is a twist on an old, but popular, fairy tale known as Hansel and Gretel. The main characters Ansel and Gretchen, had their sister taken by a witch in the woods when they were young. Approximately, five years later, their stepmother kicks Ansel and Gretchen out of the house, and into the woods. That is when they stumble upon a bakery and are invited to stay by a beautiful candy maker. But the longer they stay, the more secrets they uncover, and there is no turning back.

I loved this book because of the way the author creatively changes the story. She makes it more interesting and entertaining. Once you start the book, you can not put it down. It is a real page-turner and I am very glad I got to read this story.

I highly recommend this book to readers who love fantasy and action books. It is a good read for all ages and I believe it also teaches good lessons, or morals. One lesson is to never talk to strangers or enter their home, no matter how nice they seem to be. 

Sara, 14

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The Outsiders 

by S.E. Hinton
04/27/2015 Categories: bullying friendship gangs siblings

The Outsiders written by S.E. Hinton, is an all-time classic filled with action, excitement, and more. In the novel, there are two rival gangs, the Socs and the Greasers. They cannot stand each other and always cause trouble. The main character, Ponyboy Curtis, is a part of the Greasers with his two brothers. Throughout the story, Ponyboy goes through many things that cause him to realize that the Greasers and the Socs are not so different from each other.

Not only is The Outsiders an all-time classic, it is also my all-time favorite. I am very grateful S.E. Hinton took the time to write this novel because it taught me that all the decisions you make come with a sacrifice, and you have to realize that. It also taught me that you create your own destiny with the choices you make. You should not let anyone tell you who to be or what to do. It'll make you burst into tears in some parts, laugh until your side hurts in others, and it'll sometimes make you just plain happy. I hope you take into consideration into reading this book. This book changed my life, and I know it will do the same for you.

I would recommend this novel to readers who are interested in action and dramatic novels. I would also recommend it to readers ages 13 and up because of its violence and inappropriate language. The Outsiders is a real page turner and life-changing book.

Sara, 14

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Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek 

by Maya Van Wagenen
04/27/2015 Categories: funny self-confidence

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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The Maze Runner 

by James Dashner
04/27/2015 Categories: action adventure

The Maze RunnerOne group of friends, one maze, and only one way out. The Maze Runner is a story of a group of kids who are trapped in a maze trying to find their way out. Secrets begin to unravel as they move farther into the maze.

The Maze Runner was one of the best books I have read due to its action, adventure, and drama. It was a good page-turner and I am very glad that I got the opportunity to read this book. I like how the author uses descriptive words and phrases to help imagine the scene better.

I would highly recommend this book to readers who love adventure books, with a touch of romance. Its keeps you at the edge of your seats, waiting to know what happens next. I would recommend this book to readers ages 13 and up due to the violence and slight crude language.

Sara, 14

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Things Not Seen 

by Andrew Clements
04/27/2015 Categories: body image handicaps sci fi suspense

Things Not SeenThings Not Seen is about a teenage boy named Bobby who wakes up one day and discovers that he's invisible. When the police get involved with his unique (or is it unique?) situation he has to learn how to survive in a world where people are frightened by the unusual. Will Bobby ever become visible again? Or will he have to stay this way forever, lonely and isolated from everyone but the ones closest to him?

I like this book because it shows how people view things differently. When Alicia meets Bobby she thinks he's just a normal person because she's blind. Everyone else, on the other hand, freaked out when they heard or felt Bobby, but didn't see him.

I would recommend this book because it's good and interesting to think about things from different perspectives. People who like science fiction with a little bit of suspense would probably like this book. 

Julia, 13

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