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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
12/06/2012 Categories: action romance sci fi survival stories

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
12/06/2012 Categories: movie realistic fiction romance war

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
11/13/2012 Categories: action dystopia movie romance

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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That Summer 

by Sarah Dessen
11/13/2012 Categories: family drama realistic fiction siblings

That Summer coverWith Haven's whole world shifting around her she can't help to look back when her family was whole. Suddenly Summer reappears-the sister haven is about to lose.

I liked this book because it makes me think of times at the beach.

People who like fiction would like this book.

Rebecka, 14

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Eldest 

by Christopher Paolini
10/22/2012 Categories: action adventure fantasy movie

Eldest coverEragon and his dragon, Saphira, have just saved the rebel state from destruction by the mighty forces of King Galbatorix, cruel ruler of the Empire. Now Eragon must travel to Ellesmera, land of the elves, for further training in the skills of the Dragon Rider: magic and swordsmanship.

I think this was a good book and would recommend it to people who like action and adventure.

Joshua, 15

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Eragon 

by Christopher Paolini
10/22/2012 Categories: adventure fantasy magic movie

Eragon coverThe book is about a boy who finds a dragon egg and then goes on an adventure to learn how to become a dragon rider and train his dragon. With only an ancient sword, a loyal dragon, and sage advice from an old storyteller, he is soon swept into a dangerous tapestry of magic, glory, and power.

I do like this book. I think this book was good because it is about a boy and a dragon trying to save an empire. I would definitely recommend this book to others! People who like action and adventure would like this book.

Joshua, 15

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The Clique 

by Lisi Harrison

Clique coverThe Clique is about four girls that own the school. Everything is going great... until Claire shows up. Massie (the queen bee) gets a little intimidated so of course she finds some way to hurt Claire, but two can play that game!

I liked the part when Claire finally got some payback. I would recommend this book/series to girls in grades 6-9.

Emely, 13

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Midnight Comes to the Metaphor Cafe 

by Robert Pacilio
10/22/2012 Categories: dance high school drama realistic fiction

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Midnight Comes to the Metaphor Cafe is about how four seniors go through their last year of high school, and determine what they will do in life. It serves as a sequel of Meetings at the Metaphor Cafe, which was about the teenagers as juniors being taught by an amazing teacher.

Midnight Comes to the Metaphor Cafe is a great book that shows the drama and challenges of the senior year of high school. In my opinion, I feel that its prequel, Meetings at the Metaphor Cafe, was a bit better since you could really imagine yourself in the situations of the book.

I recommend it to anyone who's read the first book. This book shows how different real life can be compared to high school, so teenagers should also enjoy reading this.

Jakob, 15

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The Memory Keepers Daughter 

by Kim Edwards

Memory Keepers Daughter coverThe book is about a doctor's wife giving birth to twins one is a girl and has down syndrome the other is a healthy boy. It describes the doctor's life and his family's, as well as his daughter's lives and how they grow up without knowing one another.

I personally enjoyed the book very much. It was a great story about a family secret kept for so long and it's just so exciting!

I would definitely recommend this book to others. I think they would enjoy it if they liked books that seem based on a true story but aren't!

Mariana, 14

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City of Ashes 

by Cassandra Clare
10/22/2012 Categories: paranormal romance vampires

City of Ashes coverNow that Clary knows she is a Shadowhunter she has to fight demons and help down worlders like werewolves, vampires and pixies. Clary also has to fight against her evil father while fighting against herself on who she has feelings for; Simon her best friend or Jace the Shadowhunter.

I liked it because Clary discovers in herself how to become a better Shadowhunter. She finally understandS her feelings but problems arise when she tries to set herself straight.

Anyone who like stories of magical creatures of any kind will like it. Also for the ladies who like to read about a love triangles. Make sure to read the first book City of Bones.

Jacki, 16

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The Scarlet Letter 

by Nathaniel Hawthorne
10/22/2012 Categories: classic historical movie

This book was about the life of a "harlot". While she only did what any other human being would, the world around Hester Prynne judges her to an extreme.

This book was a bit of a challenge, but had a very strong message and conveyed a very interesting tone.

This book would probably only be best for teens, or adults, with higher reading levels, but just because it is a challenge.

Khrystina, 17

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The Glass Castle: a memoir 

by Jeannette Wells

Glass Castle coverThe book is about a young girl and her rough, tedious childhood. The book shows her struggles and how she overcame them, against all odds.

I loved this book so much, it was really interesting and kept me interested until the last page!

 I would recommend this book mainly to young girls, but the interesting story can capture the heart of anyone, at any age.

Khrystina, 17

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