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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The Virgin Suicides

by Jeffrey Eugenides

virgin suicidesThe Virgins Suicides is an eerie yet intriguing tale about 5 beautiful sisters who one night decided to kill themselves. The story is told from the perspective of a group of teenage boys who are infatuated with the girls.

The Virgin Suicides is a fantastic book. It is very unique and intriguing. The reader finds themselves as drawn to the girls' lives as the teenage narrators. Eugenides's technique of telling the haunting story of the girls is very masterful. There isn't a part of the novel that readers will find monotonous at all. From the first page to the last, the reader is captivated.

I would recommend the novel to more mature teens. It deals with a very serious subject and it also has some sex and violence. I believe they would enjoy the book because it is written exceptionally and the story is incredibly mysterious and compelling.

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

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 Body Finder

by Kimberly Derting

Body finderThis book details the life of teenager Violet Ambrose, who has had a gift- an ability to sense the bodies of the dead, ever since she was a child. When a serial killer begins to terrorize the town she lives in, Violet has to put this gift to use, while at the same time falling in love with her best friend Jay, and coping with the challenges high school presents.

I really liked this book. The Body Finder is a novel full of both romance and suspense, but they fit well together and enhanced the book. The novel went by at just the right place, and the characters were generally pretty believable. Interestingly, it tells the perspective of not only Violet, but the serial killer as well. The author wrote in a way that made you feel the emotion in the book.

I highly recommend this book for its outstanding writing. Those wanting a solid suspenseful love story will be pleased with The Body Finder. Once you pick it up, it's hard to put down.

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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Nine Lives of Chloe King

by Tracy Lynn

Nine Lives

The Nine Lives of Chloe King follows teenager Chloe King as she experiences weird changes upon her sixteen birthday. She learns that her biological family belongs to a race of cat-like people called the Mai. The book follows Chloe as she discovers more about her past and has to make hard decisions about her future.

I like the book a lot, it was an easy read and only took about a week to read. The story line was really interesting and I found myself getting attached to these characters as the story progressed.

Yes, I would recommend this book to someone else because the story was really fascinating and the characters were too. Especially to those who watched the TV show because you will find that the book is much better and it also provides a different look at Chloe's life.

Daisy, 17

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Cross My Heart, Hope to Die

by Sara Shepard

Cross my heartThe book continues to follow Emma Paxton as she tries to find her twin's murderer. But things seem to become more complicated as the twin's birth mother shows up in Tucson, and  recognizes Emma as her self, and not Sutton who she is still pretending to be. Throughout the book Emma tries to clear her mother's name because she appears to be a top suspect of Sutton's murder.

Yes, I really enjoyed reading this book, it was full of mystery and dangerous situations. The same old lovable characters continue to appear, and they are faced with even more dangerous situations than in the previous books. Overall the mysterious element of the book continues and you are always kept at the edge of your seat.

Yes, I would very much recommend this book to others, because it is a thrilling mystery novel that keeps the reader thinking. I would especially recommend it to those who are fans of Sara Shepard's previous novels, and to those who enjoy reading mystery novels. 

Daisy, 17

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Elsewhere

by Gabrielle Zevin

ElsewhereElsewhere is about 16 year old Liz who dies from a car accident and enters a world called Elsewhere, a heaven-like place after you die. In the world of Elsewhere, "living" is quite different which frustrates Liz, but as she learns more things about the place and meets the people, her perspective gradually changes.

The book was absolutely excellent making it one of my favorites. I have never read anything quite like it. It's very thought provoking, intriguing, and heartwarming.

I would definitely recommend this book to everyone in their teens and up. The story created by Gabrielle Zevin is very unique. It has a very interesting take on the afterlife.

CJ, 17

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Matched

by Ally Condi

MatchedThis book revolves around Cassia Maria Reyes' life in the Society, where officials decide where you work, when you die, and who you love. Cassia is matched with her best friend but cannot bring herself to love him after she sees another face on the Matching screen and begins to fall in love with Ky instead of Xander.

I truly loved and enjoyed the book, Matched. The plot line was very interesting and captivating, I would find myself not being able to put the book down.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves dystopian novels, romance, and love triangles. If you liked books such as The Hunger Games or Divergent you will definitely love Matched.

Maria, 15

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Confessions of a Murder Suspect

by James Patterson

Confessions of a Murder SuspectThe parents of the perfectionist Angel family, Malcolm and Maud Angel, are mysteriously murdered one night. Being the only ones in the house, their children are noted as suspects. Malcolm and Maud's only daughter, Tandy Angel, begins investigating to find the murderer. As she puts together the pieces of this perilous puzzle, she discovers secrets about her parents, family, and herself.

Confessions of a Murder Suspect is a solid murder mystery. I enjoyed the short breaks between chapters that provided extra exposition and detail. The characters are all interesting and Tandy's narration is both funny and perspicacious. Aside from that, the only fault of the novel is that there isn't much to separate it from other murder mysteries out there.

Nevertheless, if anyone needs a decent murder mystery, Confessions of a Murder Suspect is definitely worth a try. I recommend it for its narration, characters, and an ending that will make you want more.

Jakob, 15

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Hide and Seek: a Lying Game novel

by Sara Shepard

Hide and SeekHide and Seek is the fourth book in the Lying Game series, and continues to follow Emma Paxton's search for her sister's murderer. Emma continues to impersonate Sutton, her dead twin sister, in the hopes that she will find her killer and be able to return to her normal life. But her search becomes more complicated as Sutton's secret boyfriend arrives. Now Emma needs to lie to the boy who loved her sister.

I really liked this book. It had some really crazy plot twists and major cliff hangers that would not let me put the book down. The characters are really endearing and you find yourself rooting for Emma who desperately wants to find her sister's murderer, and return to being herself.

Yes, I would recommend this book to others but most likely to girls who like a good mystery book. It would be a good read to those who like the Pretty Little Liars series also written by Sara Shepard. Girls would love this book because it has love triangles and really crazy plot twists.

Daisy, 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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