City of Glass

by Cassandra Clare

City of Glass coverThis book is the third installment in the Mortal Instruments series. Clary Fray has found a way to awaken her mom by going to Idris which is the homeland of all Shadowhunters, to retrieve a spell book. Unfortunately, Jace plans to try and keep Clary away from Idris and to put as much distance between them as possible. While this is going on Valentine is planning on seizing Idris with a demon army.

This was the best book out of the series. Everything from the previous books is explained in this one, and there are so major twists.

I would recommend it obviously if you have read the previous books. This book is different from the typical teen fantasy romance because there is so much else going on and doesn't just focus on the two lovers.

Audrey, 15

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Mike and Psmith

by P.G. Wodehouse

Image result for Mike and PsmithMike, cricketeer extraordinaire, meets Psmith, a whimsical boy whose last name is pronounced with a silent "p" (as in pshrimp). Both are kicked out of their respective respectable schools and are sent to a small school Sedleigh, whose cricket team leaves much to be desired. In this lighthearted tale, the two fast friends turn Sedleigh upside-down with Psmith's smooth-talking connivery, Mike's passion for cricket, and any proper English schoolboy's good, old-fashioned prank.

Mike & Psmith was an amazing book and was very readable, especially for a novel written in 1919. There is definitely a lot of cricket terminology and some slang throughout the book (I would suggest looking up a video explaining the sport or skipping the cricket sections entirely) but Mike and especially Psmith will be characters after your own heart. It was fun to read and had its own brand of understated humor, giving me a hilarious outlook of English boarding school.

It doesn't matter if you're a boy or a girl for this book; there is no romance, but all will enjoy reading this story. It's a great way to read older literature without being bored out of your skull, but it may get complicated for readers used to modern-day lit. Even so, I encourage you to challenge yourself! You may discover that you like the book enough to continue the Psmith series.

Erica, 17

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Sense and Sensibility

by Jane Austen

Sense and Sensibility is mainly about two girls, Marianne and Elinor Dashwood, who have moved into a small cottage after the recent death of their father. Elinor and Edward Ferrars are thought to be in love with each other, but Elinor is unaware of the secret Edward has. Marianne meets John Willoughby while nearly injuring herself, but is all of it just a game?

I thought it was pretty good because it explained how most women in that time period basically had nothing to look forward to except to get married.

I would definitely recommend this book if you have read other Jane Austen books. If you like Pride and Prejudice then try this one!

Audrey, 15

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The Summer I Turned Pretty

by Jenny Han

Summer I turned pretty coverThe Summer I Turned Pretty is a story of chances and heartbreak. Isabel (Belly) has spent every summer of her life in Cousins Beach with her family and family friends. The two main boys in her life are Conrad and Jeremiah. She loves both of them dearly but is and has been in love with Conrad forever. But this summer she starts to get the wandering eye from Conrad and Jeremiah.

I did like this book because it wasn't like she met this gorgeous guy by "accident“, it was someone she had known her whole life. I also loved the differences between the two brothers. Whereas Conrad is complicated and shy, and Jeremiah is outgoing and hilarious.

I would definitely recommend this book just because of how different it is from the typical romance books.

Audrey, 15

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We'll Always Have Summer

by Jenny Han

We'll Always Have Summer coverBelly is finally in a loving, committed relationship with Jeremiah in college. So he decides to pop the question after 2 years of dating and they decide to head down to Cousins Beach to plan the wedding. However, they did not expect to run into Conrad who is staying at the beach house. Then, Conrad tells Belly he made a mistake ending the relationship with her and still has feelings for her. She finally has to confront her feelings for both of them and choose.

I totally loved this book!!! There are a bunch of laughs, twists, heartbreak I never saw coming even for a second. I think this is one of the few books, that when it ended I felt happy about it like it was the perfect ending.

YES, read it! If you don't you will regret it. It has some really good lines in there that are unforgettable. It kind of reminds me of a Sarah Dessen book because the outcome is totally unpredictable.

Audrey, 15

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It's Not Summer Without You

by Jenny Han

Not Summer coverBelly has just gotten a major wake up call when someone important in her life passes away and losing Conrad doesn't help. This would be her first summer not going to Cousins Beach......until she gets a mysterious phone call from Jeremiah saying that Conrad has left college and it's up to them to go and find him.

I thought this book was different... not in a bad way at all. I still liked it but it was more complex than the first book. I did like how Belly ended up with the nice guy for a change, plus you got to see a different point of view.

Of course I would recommend this book if you read the first one. But it has a different mood whereas the focus is more than just Belly's relationships.

Audrey, 15

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The Lovely Bones

by Alice Sebold

Lovely Bones coverA teenage girl, Susie Salmon, gets raped and killed by her own neighbor. She tried calling out for help but nobody heard her. Throughout the entire book, the only one who suspects that the neighbor did it is her sister, Lindsay. Susie's parents' marriage falls apart because of Susie's death and they get divorced and end up together in the end again.

I really enjoyed this book because it's full of mystery. It makes you think about who you can and can't trust. It's a perfect example of the saying "Don't judge a book by its cover" because she thought he was a nice guy but he turned out to be a rapist.

I would recommend it to those who like mystery, crime, and love affairs. There isn't a single page in this book that doesn't have one of the three.

Safiro, 16

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The Lucky One

by Nicholas Sparks

Lucky One coverFormer U.S Marine, Logan Thibault, became lucky when he found a photograph of a young woman while serving in Iraq. This photograph has been claimed to have saved his life through many battles in which his friends did not survive. This mysterious woman has been in his thoughts daily, and he wants to find her so that he can somehow repay her.

I really enjoyed this book! I read it because I had seen the previews of the movie, and I was dying to see the movie but I liked the book way better than the movie.

I would recommend this book to people who enjoy romance. It will make you wonder why something is happening in some chapters and sometimes you even want to scream at characters for being so cruel and uncaring.

Safiro, 16

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The Help

by Kathryn Stockett

The Help coverThe Help is about two black women who are maids in the 1960's and a young white lady who wants to create a book about the lives of the maids in Jackson, Mississippi. There is still segregation in town but it doesn't stop these women from writing their book in secret. These three women's destinies change with the work of a book that tells about the hard work of the black maids in white homes.

I personally loved the book because it tells you the points of view of the black maids and the young lady who was taken care of as a child by a black maid. It made me cry in the end which was very moving. It shows how racism was in the 1960's and how brutally those maids were treated.

This book has a little of everything. There is humor, romance, drama, history, and mystery. I really enjoyed The Help by Katheryn Stockett, and I hope you will too.

Carina, 14

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The Truth About Forever

by Sarah Dessen

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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Kite Runner

by Khaled Hosseini

Kite Runner coverTwo friends, a servant child and a rich child, are friends at home but act as if they don't know each other in public. The servant child is always made fun of and the rich child never stood up for him. As they grew up, they started drifting apart until they moved far away from each other. Then they find out that they are half brothers and now wish to be together again.

The Kite Runner is an interesting book because it shows how far family will go for you. I liked it because it was about family and how they risk their own lives to save a loved one. It was good because  it was mainly suspense built up. I really enjoy suspense.

I would recommend this book to others because it's full of suspense, and it is a real page turner.

Safiro, 16

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The Things They Carried

by Tim O'Brien

This book is about a soldier and his experiences in the Vietnam war. He elaborates on the emotional and traumatizing experiences and demonstrates the difficulties of war.

I loved this book because it gave you a perspective on what occurs in war. It allows the reader to see the effects that war, especially Nam, had on the solders.

I would recommend this book to people who like history! This book will speak to all and make you realize the different aspects of war.

Melissa, 17

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The Hatchet

by Gary Paulsen

Hatchet coverBrian Robeson is training to be a pilot and is flying as a co-pilot with another man. The man then has a heart attack and Brian has to try to fly the plane alone but can't keep control of it and crashes into a forest. Brian is left to fend for himself, fishing to get food, eating berries, and fighting off animals all in an effort to survive.

I thought it was written very well and was a very easy book to understand and read. I would definitely recommend this book to others. It is a pretty easy book to get into and fun to read. It could be the book to read on a plane ride or road trip. People who like solo-survival books would really like this one.

Kevin, 14

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The Cay

by Theodore Taylor

The Cay coverThis book takes place around the time of World War II. It involves a boy named Philip who one day goes on a boat back to Virginia with his mother. The boat sinks and the boy ends up surviving being trapped on an island with an African man and his cat. He then has to survive through starvation, thirst, and a hurricane, waiting for rescue.

I liked this book quite a bit. It was written very well. I found it very easy to get into and it was a pretty easy read.

I would recommend this book to others. I'm sure they would have a good and easy time reading it. People who would most like it would be ones that like the thought of surviving on a deserted island.

Kevin, 14

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Lord of the Flies

by William Golding

This book is about a group of boys who were on a plane and crash on a deserted island. One boy named Ralph is wandering the beach looking for other survivors and finds one other boy, nicknamed Piggy. Ralph finds a conch shell, decides to blow on it as a signal for other survivors, if there are any, to come to them. It turns out they are all still alive and have to survive until rescue comes, that is, if it comes.

I thought this book was pretty good, but I couldn't really get into it to much. I thought it was a good concept for a book, but I feel it could have been better portrayed.

I would recommend this book to others because it is a good book if you don't have anything else to read. I feel that people who are into books that involve survival such as The Cay and The Hatchet would like this one.

Kevin, 14

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