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The Fault in Our Stars

by John Green

The Fault in Our StarsThe Fault in Our Stars, tells the story of Hazel Grace a sixteen-year old who is fighting against terminal thyroid cancer. When joining a support group for cancer teens, she meats, the charismatic and charming Augustus Waters, a cancer survivor and amputee. The novel follows their beautiful yet tragic relationship.

I really enjoyed this book, it was beautifully written, and the plot was very captivating. Another thing that I loved about this book were the characters - they were all very complex and "real". Augustus was one of my favorites, because even though he went through so much, he was still willing to love, and try his chance at love again. Hazel was a really strong female character who was able to come to terms with the tragedies of her life.

I would recommend this book to everyone - it is not strictly a girl novel. Since the author is male, I believe that guys would also find this book interesting. Even though it is sad and you will find yourself crying at certain parts, people will like The Fault in Our Stars. Overall it's a lovely story that teaches you to appreciate what you have and make the most of it.

Daisy, 17

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Attack on Titan

by Hajime Isayama

Attack on TitanSet in a dystopian world thousands of years into the future, humans have been forced to hide within the walls of their cities to avoid being eaten by the gigantic, grotesque Titans. After a century of peace, humans are just beginning to get settled in their daily routines, until the fateful day when the Titans break a hole in the outermost wall. With thousands dead and their homes wrecked, the villagers are forced to escape within the second wall for safety; but one boy, Eren Yaeger, is determined to get his revenge.

Attack on Titan is one of the only manga series that I read nowadays, for the specific reason that it's thrilling and chock-full of both action and emotion. Isayama is famous for writing in symbols and metaphors, and he delivers each twist and turn
with remarkable skill. I could analyze the series for hours.

Anyone who isn't afraid of gruesome pictures or horror, and appreciates a fantastically complex plot, would fall head over heels for this series. The story is marvelously written and I recommend it highly to teens in high school and above.

Erica, 17

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City of Bones

by Cassandra Clare

City of BonesAs Clary made her way to Pandemonium, she did not expect to be engulfed in the supernatural world of the Shadowhunters. Soon after she meets Jace, the arrogant young Shadowhunter, her mother disappears. Clary is left with no choice but to trust the Shadowhunters in order to save her mother. City of Bones follows Clary as she embarks on this journey of the supernatural.

I was really captivated by this book's plot and twists. I fell in love with the characters as I journeyed with them into the supernatural world. I highly recommend City of Bones to anyone who enjoys supernatural worlds with vampires, werewolves, warlocks, and fairies. I believe teens would be most attracted to this book as its plot revolves around teenagers.

Maria, 15

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Delirium

by Lauren Oliver

DeliriumThis book was set in a dystopian society and was very good. I loved the plot and the characters. Lena lives in a society where love is considered a disease and a cure was developed for those 18 years and older. A 17-year old rule follower, Lena is convinced that love is a disease and can't wait for her procedure up until the day she meets Alex. Alex is supposedly cured but later in the novel it is revealed that he is an Invalid, a person who comes from outside of the city boundaries. Both teens try to be with each other as much as they can, but it can be very difficult given the amount of influence the government has on everyday living. If they were ever caught together, they would most likely be killed or taken away. Throughout the novel, Alex and Lena struggle for their love with one another

I would recommend this to anyone who likes reading about dystopian societies. I would also recommend this to anyone who enjoyed reading Matched by Ally Condie.

Chanel, 14

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The Help

by Kathryn Stockett

The HelpThe Help is mainly about a white woman named Skeeter helping African-American maids get their voice heard. This book is set in the early 1960's, where the risk of Africans speaking out is extremely dangerous.

I liked this book, because it gave insight on what it was like to be both a white, and an African person during this time, instead of just one group's perspective. I would recommend this book to everyone, but especially to those who like reading about historical and inspirational books.

Alexis, 15

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Selection

by Kiera Cass

SelectionThe book starts off with a dystopian society where the prince is coming of age and is holding a contest to find a bride. America, class 5, enters with pressure from family members, and her secret boyfriend.

The book was very good and had me reading to the wee hours of the morning. It is well written and has a some-what advanced vocabulary. The ending was very abrupt and is a cliffhanger to the second book, with no resolution of the main conflict and no true decisions made by the main character. Even so, the book was very entertaining and the sequel quickly justifies the first book. You will be engrossed in the lives of the characters and feel as though you are in the selection yourself.

Kiera Cass does very well. I would suggest these books teen girls.

Emily, 15

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Crossed

by Ally Condie

CrossedCondie's Crossed continues to follow Cassia Reyes as she risks everything in order to find Ky the boy she loves, and who the Society wants to keep her away from. In this second book of the Matched Trilogy, Cassia embarks on a journey to find Ky, but along the way she finds out secrets that might change the purpose of her trip. Will she run away with Ky, or will she join the rising in order to destroy the society that has taken away her freedom, and her ability to choose who she loves.

I really liked this book, specially the characters who were all brave and willing to risk everything for their loved ones. Another reason why I loved this book was because we not only got the chance to be in Cassia's mind and feel her emotions but we also got to explore the deeps of Ky's mind as he too looks for the one he loves.

I really enjoyed the new characters that Condie introduces in this book, and I loved the story line from start to finish. I would recommend this book to everyone, it perfectly combines action and romance, so as a reader you are always interested in what's going to happen next. This book would be a good read for those who enjoyed reading The Hunger Games, or other dystopian novels.

Daisy, 17

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City of Glass

by Cassandra Clare

City of GlassCity of Glass is the third installment of Clare's The Mortal Instruments series, and follows Clary the heroin of the story as she travels to the City of Glass, the home of the Shawdowhunters, in order to find an antidote that will bring her mother back. Things become complicated as Valentine takes his plan into action, and invades the glass city with his demon army. Now the Downworlders and the Shadowhunters have to unite in order to survive, but will they be able to put their differences aside and fight among each other?

I really liked this book, I have been fascinated by this whole series and this installment did not disappoint. Clare's characters continue develop, especially Jace who continues to struggle with himself but at the end of the book is able to find some peace within himself. Like the previous books, Clare is able to capture both romance and action in a way that is captivating and keeps the reader at the edge of their set.

Overall the book is every well written and is full of the awesome characters and plot twists that readers have begun to expect from Clare. Like the previous two books, I would really recommend this book to people who are into the supernatural, action books that are still able to include some romance. I would also recommend this book to those that are thinking about watching the new movie for the City of Bones the first book in this series, because like they say " The book is always better than the movie."

Daisy, 17

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David

by Mary Hoffman

DavidSet in the Florence of 1501, David follows the life of Gabriele the young man who would portray the biblical character of David, in Michelangelo's sculpture. The novel follows Gabriele's romantic life, while also heavily focusing on the political instability of Florence under the new republic, and Gabriele's involvement in it.

I did not necessarily like this book. At times the story line was good, but most of the time it was slightly confusing when describing the politics of the period. I enjoyed Gabriele's dramatic love life, and his brotherly relationship with Michelangelo, but I did not really like all the historical details about the politics of the time.

I would recommend this book to those who like historical novels or who are into politics. I don't think that this is a book for everyone because of the fact that it heavily focuses on the subject of politics that can seem boring to most teens.

Daisy, 17

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Insurgent

by Veronica Roth

InsurgentAs war between the factions threatens Tris's new Dauntless life, she is haunted by grief, and guilt. Tris Prior is faced with the decision of risking her own life for the lives of others. Tris must now embrace her Divergence in order to save those she loves.

Insurgent was an exceptional sequel to Divergent. I loved how the relationship between Tobias and Tris developed drastically in this book.

I would recommend Insurgent to anyone. I believe teens especially will love it if they enjoy futuristic societies, action and romance.

Maria, 15

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Maximum Ride: the Angel Experiment

by James Patterson

Angel ExperimentMaximum Ride is the leader of her "flock"- 5 other kids who, like her, have wings and can soar above the clouds. They were experiments created by crazy scientists and have hard lives, from battling wolf/human hybrids to rescuing Angel from the School where they were tested and created.

I loved this book, from the action to the love, this book was truly amazing. I really liked how much Max cared for her family and would do anything to help them.

I would absolutely recommend this book to anyone who likes an exhilarating, fast-paced story with a well thought out story plan. It has the perfect amount of surprise and suspense.

Chanel, 14

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Uglies

by Scott Westerfeld

UgliesTally Youngblound lives in a futuristic society where all citizens are considered "ugly" until they undergo a surgery making them "pretty" at age 16. She declines this transformation after meeting a gal named Shay, who before leaving, tells her of a different, more interesting and rebelling life. Tally is then blackmailed by the leaders of the society, Special Circumstances, to find Shay or else never become pretty. This launches her into an adventure as a spy, whilst learning the deep secrets of her world that definitely aren't pretty. 

Uglies was a very good novel in many ways, but what stood out to me was the world it took place in. It really made me contemplate about an attractive future and how easily it could be manipulated. Aside from that, this book was very well detailed in its technology, and it moved at a quick pace despite its length.

Overall, this is an excellent novel for anyone who needs their dystopian fix. Anyone who enjoys sci-fi fiction would get a knack out of it, too.

Jakob, 15

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The Chocolate War

by Robert Cormier

Chocolate warAn all boys high school is doing its annual chocolate fundraiser. It is required for the boys this year to sell a large number of boxes to support the school. Jerry Renault refuses to sell these chocolates. This act of standing up for his beliefs angers the organization running the school, and caused him to be a target for pain and anger. 

he Chocolate War is far from a bad book, but it wasn't one of my favorites. Most of its characters are well detailed, but don't seem to add much to the story. The message is strong, yet I feel it could be channeled in a different way than it was. The plot seems to take its time and focus on seemingly unrelated moments (like not focusing on the main character for multiple chapters), yet the book is obviously carefully written.

Personally, I wouldn't give it a recommendation. It just was not interesting or fun for me to read. The title was what caught my eye, and it wasn't the fight to the death using chocolate bars I hoped for. Despite that, anyone in need of a well written short novel, they might find some light in The Chocolate War.

Jakob, 15

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Tiger Lily

by Jodi Lynn Anderson

Tiger LilyTiger Lily is a retelling of the Peter Pan story, but this time focusing on the native girl Tiger Lily. The novel describes her strength and her uniqueness, a uniqueness that often keeps her distanced from her tribe, and longing for adventure. Soon she finds herself involved with the tribes most feared enemies Peter Pan and his lost boys. Tiger Lily immediately falls for their fearless leader Peter and is faced with the decision to run away with him to live a life of adventure, or to remain with her tribe and follow what is expected of her as the shaman's daughter.

I loved this book, in every single way, the story was absolutely captivating, and the characters where absolutely endearing and lovable. The story line was absolutely brilliant because it provided a fresh new version of a story that most of us are familiar with. Overall the novel was just amazing and i found myself at the edge of my seat waiting to know what would happened to Peter's and Tiger Lily's love.

Yes, I would very much recommend this book to everyone, the story is not to love-dovey and filled with adventure so both girls and boys would enjoy reading this book. I would probably recommend it to someone whose read or watched the original Peter Pan because this novel provides a whole new different side of him that is not explored in those other previous works.

Daisy, 17

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Confessions of a Serial Kisser

by Wendelin Van Draanen

Confessions of a Serial Kisser follows Evangeline Logan on her quest to find a crimson kiss, or the perfect kiss. Evangeline has recently been through the divorce of her parents and upon finding a romance novel that describes the perfect kiss she becomes obsessed with finding her own crimson kiss. Through her journey she finds herself and learns how to reconnect with her father.

The book was pretty good, the story line was pretty repetitive but it was still really interesting to follow Evangeline on her quest to find the perfect kiss. The characters were pretty endearing, and it contained a nice ending due to the fact that Evangeline learns about herself through her journey to find the crimson kiss.

Yes, i would recommend this book, especially to girls because it follows Evangeline a sixteen year old girl through the difficult times of high school. It's also a good book for girls because it talks about the quest for the perfect kiss, and tho find a boy who actually likes you for who you are.

Daisy, 17

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