Variant

by Robison Wells

Variant coverVariant is about a teen named Benson Fisher, who is enrolled in a school where there are no adults, internet, telephones, communication with the outside world, and ultimately, no escape. However, escape is Benson's only option for himself, even though no one has ever escaped before without vanishing or being killed. Benson is trying to figure a way out, as well as who he can and cannot trust.

Variant is an extremely interesting book because there are twist and turns at every chapter that make you want to reach the end. I literally read the novel in one night. As soon as you think the book might start to get boring, something pops up that is beyond your imagination.

If you like science fiction, survival, or coming of age genres, I would recommend Variant because of its action-packed, fast-paced content.

Taylor, 14

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Teen Idol

by Meg Cabot

Teen Idol coverTeen Idol is about a famous teen movie star who helps an average high schooler, Jenny, find out what she really can do to make a positive impact on peoples' lives.

This book is great because it makes you think how you can be there for your friends and make an impact on their lives, like Jenny. I also like how people end up finding there true love at last.

If you like reading about someone's life being forever changed, Teen Idol is a book you would love.

Ashley, 14

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Ready or Not

by Meg Cabot

Ready or Not coverReady or Not is the sequel to All-American Girl. This book is about a not-so-normal teenage girl, Sam, and her boyfriend, the President's son. They test their love for each other by doing different things and the main problem is, Sam is not ready for any of them.

Ready or Not is an interesting book because you get to see how the main character grows as a person and the strong love she shares with her boyfriend. I like how the book is perceived by a relatable teenage girl.

If you like reading about struggles a teenage girl has and how she gets through them, you would love to read Ready or Not by Meg Cabot.

Ashley, 14

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All-American Girl

by Meg Cabot

All American girl coverThis book is about an average teenage girl, Sam, and a not-so-average teenage boy, the President's son. All-American Girl is about how Sam goes from being a normal teenager, to being a hero.

This book is interesting because most of the drama that Sam goes through is relatable to teenage girls. I like how her love life is different and interesting since it includes the President's son.

If you like reading about a relatable teenager girl's life with a hint of cute romance, you would love All-American Girl by Meg Cabot.

Ashley, 14

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Pants on Fire

by Meg Cabot

Pants on Fire coverOne,boy-loving, teenage girl who will do anything to get revenge on the one who might ruin her reputation. Pants on Fire is about teenage love and finding out who really loves who between a group of really good friends, even if lying is involved.

This book is a really good book because of all the drama between secret boyfriends and real ones. I like how in the end, the drama made this group of teenagers find out who they really are and who they really loved.

If you like relatable, drama filled books, you would love Pants on Fire by Meg Cabot.

Ashley, 14

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Jinx

by Meg Cabot

Jinx coverOne girl with very bad luck. One cousin who believes in witches. Jinx is the story of a teenage girl who just thought she had very bad luck, but later, her cousin proves to her who she really is.

Jinx is an extremely interesting book because it has mystery which makes you want to keep reading to find out what happens next. I also like how there is a little romance, especially coming from a relatable teenage girl.

If you like mysterious stories with a twist at the end, you would love Jinx by Meg Cabot.

Ashley, 14

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Johnny Tremain

by Esther Forbes

Johnny Tremain coverThis book is about a teenage boy named Johnny Tremain who lives in Boston before the American Revolution. He is an apprentice silversmith, and one day he takes an order from John Hancock for a sugar basin he needs in the next week. Johnny takes the order despite his master's decline and Johnny decides to work on it on the Sabbath, a day that no one is supposed to work on. Through all of the hustle and bustle of trying not to get caught, Johnny accidentally spills silver onto his hand. They have to wrap it up and act as if nothing happened and they leave it like that for a couple weeks. When they finally unwrap his hand, they see that the skin on his palm has melded to his thumb, leaving his hand unusable. He ends up having to look for other jobs since he needed two hands to be a silversmith and meets a couple friends and ends up doing some pretty historical things.

I did not like this book, and I thought it was an okay read. The reason for this was because the book never caught my attention. I found it really hard to immerse myself into it.

I do not reccomend this book to others. I had some of my friends try to read it as well and they couldn't find it interesting either. I think that the only kind of people that would find this book interesting would be historical fanatics given the fact that it is based in the pre-Amercain Revolution era and has an appearence of a couple famous historical people.

Kevin, 14

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The Outsiders

by S.E. Hinton

This book is about a gang generally known as "Greasers" who are in a gang war with high class teens known as "Socs". It takes place in the mid 1960's and involves a boy name Ponyboy who is 14 years old. He and his gang have been fighting the Socs for a while now and Ponyboy thinks it is about time they did something about it. His friend Johnny and he are walking in the park late one night and a group of Socs come up on them with the smell of booze present on them. Johnny ends up doing something crazy, and they have to run away and stay hidden for a while.

I really like this book! It is a very easy book to get into and very interesting.

I would definitely recommend this book to others. It is a very versatile book for readers of all ages. Anybody from the ages of 13 and order I feel will find this book very fun to read.

Kevin, 14

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The Maze Runner

by James Dashner

Maze Runner coverThis book is about a boy named Thomas who wakes up in a mysterious box without any remembrance of the past or even how he got there. There are people peeking through the top calling out to him and eventually they throw down a rope for him to hold on to as they pull him up. It turns out that he is in an immensely large "town" made up of teens. The town is surrounded by giant walls, that somehow open at dawn and close at dusk, and outside the walls are giant mazes. Thomas has to learn how to survive with the other kids, but things start changing once he arrives and no one knows why.

I love this book, it is amazing! By far the best book I have ever read. This book is very thrilling and keeps you hooked in all the way to the end.

I would definitely recommend this book to other people. This book could easily become their favorite book as well and luckily is part of a series, so you won't be left hanging at the end of the first book. If you are into high-action, adventure books that keep you hooked in all the way through you will love this book.

Kevin, 14

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My Sister's Keeper

by Jodi Picoult

My Sister's Keeper coverThis book is about a thirteen year old girl, Anna who likes independence. She doesn't want to be only known because of her sick sister. She doesn't have a normal teenage life because her sister has cancer. Anna's entire family depends on her to keep her sister alive. Anna has a very close relationship with her sister.

This book became boring in the middle. I was surprised by the tragic ending which I strongly disliked. I kept thinking to myself that this cannot happen. But what I liked about this book is that it shows many things that are actually happening in people's lives right now. For example, this book shows how a family faces many troubles going through living with their sick daughter with cancer.

I would recommend this book to others because it shows you how it feels like to be part of a family with someone going through cancer. If you are someone who knows a person going through cancer, you might enjoy this book.

Alissa, 14

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I Am Number Four

by Pittacus Lore

I Am Number Four coverThis book is about a young man, known as Number Four, or John Smith. He is one of the special aliens that came down from his former planet, Lorien. When the Mogadorians destroyed their planet, few were forced to leave the planet and come to earth. Only 11 of them made it to earth. They come to Earth to hide from the many Mogadorians that are hunting them and wait to go back to Lorien hoping to restore the planet.

I loved this book because it was full of action. I related to a girl named Sarah in the book because she was really into photography and so am I.

I would recommend this to both teenage girls and boys who likes books filled with sci-fi, action, and a little bit of romance.

Alissa, 14

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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 beautiful young woman while serving in Iraq. This photograph has been claimed to have saved his life through many horrible battles. This mysterious woman has been in his thoughts daily, and he wants to find her. He thinks that if he finds her, he would have to find a way to repay her.

I picked up this book because I adored the author, Nicholas Sparks. I liked this book because it was full of romance. I was clearly not surprised of my enjoyment of this book because every book I have read from Nicholas Sparks has never failed me. I was though surprised by what happens in the end.

I would recommend this book to teens and young adults who simply enjoy romance. This book will make you twist in some chapters and sometimes you might even want to scream at characters.

Alissa, 14

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Second Chance Summer

by Morgan Matson

Second Chance coverThis book is about a 17 year old girl named Taylor. Taylor has the tendency for running away from her problems. When things got hard, she would just run away. Due to her father's cancer, her family must go to their lake house during the summer to spend time with each other. Taylor has been trying so hard to avoid going there since running away from the problems she had caused 5 years ago. She finally learns to accept the fact that she has to face her problems.

This book is one of my favorites. It was amazing! I was so surprised by how much I loved it and could not stop reading it. I could not put this book down. I was so into it, that I read 450 out of the 468 pages in one day. I decided to read this book when I saw how pretty the cover was.

I would definitely recommend this to anyone! Typically in the ages of 13-17. If you like stories of friendship and stories that teaches a good lesson, you would enjoy Second Chance Summer.

Alissa, 14

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Max

by James Patterson

Max ocverMaximum Ride and her flock is in danger yet again. With the Coalition To Stop the Madness (CSM) supporting them, they have three decent meals and a bed to sleep in. But a Chinese guy named Mr. Chu wants CSM to stop its protesting so he can go on to dump radioactive materials into the ocean. Max protests so Mr. Chu kidnaps her mom. Will Max and the flock defeat Mr. Chu and save her mom?

It was very good because it had the style of writing I liked and was full of action and suspense!

I would recommend this book to teens who've read the other Maximum Ride books and anyone who loves action and suspense. It is a must-read!!

Hieu, 13

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Catching Fire

by Suzanne Collins

Catching FireKatniss is rebelling against the Capitol, while deciding who she loves most, Gale or Peeta. The Capitol does not like Katniss ever since she thought about the berries that would kill her and Peeta. Now Katniss has to find ways to get President Snow to leave her alone without getting her family and loved ones killed.

I LOVED THIS BOOK! Catching Fire is a "hang on the edge of your seat" type of book. Katniss will keep you guessing what she will do next. On top of that there is the forever looming Capital that wants her dead. Katniss is great character, she is brave and loyal to her loved ones.

This book would be great for girls who like strong feminine characters that know how to kick butt. Catching Fire is also an action thriller and will keep you guessing.

Jacki, 16

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