Fat Cat

by Robin Brande

Fat Cat coverCat is a girl struggling with her weight as well as identity issues--one of which includes her long-broken friendship with smart, funny, rival/ex-best friend Matt. Her life only gets worse when she gets assigned a crazy school project, but she decides to put a spin on it by, essentially, going on a diet and becoming the girl she wants to be. 

I feel like it's supposed to be an uplifting story for girls with weight issues, and don't get me wrong: it is, and it's a great, light easy teen read, but at the same time I wonder about the image it portrays to the readers. Can girls only become accepted and loved if they're skinny and "hot"? I think that this is one of the flaws of the book, but it's overall a so-so read. 

I would recommend this book, just because it IS funny and enjoyable. Maybe if you're struggling with the same issues as Cat, you might relate to it, you might not, but generally teen girls from the age of 13-16 would enjoy this.

Erica, 16

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Artemis Fowl

by Eoin Colfer

Artemis Fowl coverHe's rich, he's smart, he's evil, and he's only twelve years old. Artemis Fowl, an Irish mastermind-slash-millionaire, embarks on an impossible journey to uncover the hidden world that nobody knows about: the land of the fairies. Is he crazy? Maybe. But he might be on to something.

My initial reaction was that it was funny, in a sarcastic "I can't believe he said that" kind of way. The plot is fairly new, and the characters are portrayed in a way that is enjoyable; although I couldn't follow the storyline sometimes, it was overall a good book, but it didn't make me want to rave about it.

I would recommend the book to fantasy lovers or people who like a good dose of evil-mastermind-protagonist in their reading rituals. However, readers beware: the series sours after around the 4th book, The Eternity Code, so be prepared.

Erica, 16

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Howl's Moving Castle

by Diana Wynne Jones

Sophie Hatter is a Plain Jane who believes that she is incapable of doing anything worthwhile due to her status as the eldest of three sisters. However, when she is turned into an old hag by an evil witch, she embarks on a quest to find the solution to her dilemma, in which she meets many fascinating characters, including a very handsome wizard and his moving castle.

I loved it; it was a topsy-turvy romance that had a classic feel to it along with a spice of humor. Additionally, I loved how the romance was understated verbally (there was actually no "I love yous" between the two protagonists) but adorable and fascinatingly addicting.

Yes, I would definitely recommend this book to others. Girls of any age would enjoy it (but grade level wise, perhaps 5th grade and up?) as well as select boys who enjoy quirky fantasy without minding a dose of sweetness.

Erica, 16

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The Truth About Forever

by Sarah Dessen

The Truth About Forever is about Macey Queen. Her father just passed away, and she has nothing to look forward to during the summer while her boyfriend is away and her mother painfully chooses to not acknowledge the death. It all changes when she joins the Wish catering crew and she finally learns to take risks and have fun.

I loved this book! It's one of my all-time favorite books! Macey finally learns to come out of her shell and experience life.

I would recommend this book to others if you have read any of Sarah Dessen's other books, and if you hadn't this would be a good book to start.

Audrey, 14

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Waiting for You by Susane Colasanti

In Waiting for You, Marisa just wants a fresh new start her sophomore year which doesn't include being depressed and obsessively thinking negatively like last year. She also wants her first real boyfriend...could it be Nash her old geeky friend from middle school? Or could it be Derek the popular guy of her dreams?

I thought it was an interesting book because it dealt with family problems too, not just your typical teen romance book.

I'm not sure if I would recommend this book though. It's complicated and deals with a lot of family issues. But if you like the type of books that have different kinds of subjects then you would enjoy this book.

Audrey, 14

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Spoiled by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan

Image result for Spoiled by Heather Cocks and Jessica MorganSpoiled is about two girls who just found out they're related. Molly Dix is the small town girl from Indiana who just found out she is the love child of Brick Berlin a famous movie star. Brooke Berlin just got the news that she has a half sister who is coming to live with them in Hollywood. As they discover, life couldn't get any stranger...

I thought Spoiled was a awesome book that expressed the rivalry between siblings in a hilarious way. 

I would recommend this to anyone who has a sibling... you will totally understand this book!

Audrey, 14

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Audrey, Wait!

by Robin Benway

Audrey, Wait coverAudrey, Wait! is about a girl named Audrey who has just broken up with her ex boyfriend. This leads to him writing a song about her that becomes a hit, and Audrey being nationally known.

I liked it, it was a decent book that had a lot of humor and characters that are hilarious. This book keeps you laughing so hard people will think you're crazy. 

I would totally recommend this book, if you like characters who have energy and witty comments Audrey, Wait! is for you!

Audrey, 14

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The Secret Year

by Jennifer Hubbard

Julia and Colt were together for a year, but nobody knew of their secret love. When Julia dies, Colt's life goes out of control. He is haunted by her memory and things only get worse when her journal falls into his hands. After reading Julia's journal, Colt finds love with a girl from school but can't seem to make it work because of all of his unanswered questions.

This is a really good book. It is a very quick read and hard to put down. The ending is a little bit of a let down, but the rest of the book makes up for it.

Bree, 16

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The Dead and the Gone

by Susan Beth Pfeffer

Dead and the Gone coverThis is the second of three books that tell the story of different families who must survive horrible natural disasters when a meteor hits the moon and pushes it into the Earth's gravitational pull.

Not exactly like what's happening with all the flooding and tornadoes in the south and the earthquake in Japan, but a similar type of survival situation. There is so much action and sadness that each page is filled with events both wearying and terrifying and the characters are infused with honest emotions.

Eric, 15

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