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Everything, Everything 

by Nicola Yoon
06/10/2017 Categories: friendship realistic fiction romance

A girl named Maddy suffers from combined immunodeficiency disease (SCID). New neighbors move in next door, and she locks eyes with a boy named Olly. Later on they become friends and eventually fall in love. Maddy is becoming more and more frustrated with not being able to go outside and see the world. She tests the limits with Olly and learns about something shocking that changes her life.

I enjoyed this book very much, because it shows a person's perspective on SCID. Also, it was a lovely teen romance story.

It's an innocent love story between two teens and it shows the psychological impact SCID has on someone. If you like a cute love story, but also dealing with a serious disease, then this is for you.

Johanna, 16

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We Were Liars 

by E. Lockhart
06/10/2017 Categories: dating drama family drama friendship romance

This novel is a captivating mystery-drama depicting the main character, Cadence, as she deals with the repercussions of tragedies that happened the previous summer.

This book had never-ending surprises and twists that kept me at the edge of my seat. This book was captivating from beginning to end. It had an unsettling atmosphere that haunted both the main character and the reader.

I would recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of mysteries with no definitive ending. I recommend that you go into this book blind, without any prior knowledge of what it's about, in order to enjoy it to its fullest potential.

Hannah, 17

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Looking for Alaska 

by John Green
06/10/2017 Categories: boarding school death friendship romance

This novel is about the life of a young teenage boy as he goes away to a boarding school and meets an unlikely companion in the form of a larger than life girl named Alaska.

It was a very captivating book, complete with John Green's trademark witty dialogue. As always, John Green's characters are the highlight of his novels, with this novel being no exception. The main characters are all charming in their own ways.

If you like introspective stories with a simple premise, then you would definitely enjoy this novel. It is a novel that is both entertaining and stimulating to the mind.

Hannah, 17

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Fangirl 

by Rainbow Rowell
06/10/2017 Categories: dating drama friendship siblings

This novel tells the story of a young girl, Cat, and her struggles towards her transition from the comfort of her home to the big and scary college campus life. Along the way, she meets new people that make her stay just the least bit bearable.

I really liked it! It was a light and easy book to read with plenty of humorous, witty dialogue as expected from Rainbow Rowell. The characters are all relatively well written with the side characters being just as memorable as the main characters.

I would recommend this to anyone who just wants to unwind with a good story. It's an entertaining read that does not require much mental stimulation, for lack of a better term.

Hannah, 17

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All The Bright Places 

by Jennifer Niven
06/10/2017 Categories: emotions & feelings friendship suicide

This novel is a classic retelling of two misfits who come together and find solace in each other. Together, they fight through their demons as they charge towards normalcy together.
 

I really liked it! I felt that it depicted the daily struggles of people that are plagued with mental illness in a way that both humanizes them and empowers them!
 

I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys teen romances with a bit more substance. It is a novel that will keep you thinking.

Hannah, 17

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Pretties 

by Scott Westerfeld
06/10/2017 Categories: dystopia fantasy sci fi technology

Tally is a pretty now, empty-headed and foolish, and she looks perfect and can't decide what to wear to a party. There at the party, she finds one of her old friends dressed up as one of her oldest nightmares; a Special, a member of Special Circumstances. He tells her that he hid a note and gift somewhere in an old mansion. She then finds something to return her to her older self; well, at least the way her mind thinks, and fights (yet again) against Special Circumstances to get what is right.

I thought it was a pretty good book. It wasn't as good as Uglies, the first book in the trilogy, but it was still very good. Tally goes on an adventure, finding what is right, and learns a little along the way.

I would recommend this book to you if you like romance and adventure. I recommend that you read the first book because, like almost all book series, all the books after the first one won't make sense if you haven't read the first book.

Cailin, 11

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Hatchet 

by Gary Paulson
06/10/2017 Categories: classic survival stories

Brian is flying from the U.S. to Canada to visit his dad. When the pilot has a heart attack, Brian tries to fly himself the rest of the way, but he ends up crashing the plane into a lake. Until somebody comes to rescue him, Brian must survive in the wilderness by himself with only his surroundings and a hatchet his mother gave him.

I thought Hatchet was a very good book. It was very exciting, and it was fun reading about Brian having to survive in the wild by himself.

I would recommend this book to others if you like excitement and adventure in your books. This book also had tips, I guess, of a few survival strategies.

Cailin, 11

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Water for Elephants 

by Sara Gruen
06/10/2017 Categories: adventure romance

Water for Elephants is about an old man named Jacob Jankowski who lives in a nursing home. During that time he gets flashbacks of his youth. From the moment his parents get into a car accident to when he ends up taking care of the animals on a circus. The novel is a mix of adventure and romance.

The novel takes you through all the challenges and feelings Jacob was feeling. Very well written makes you feel as if you're there. As well as heartbreaking at times when romance is involved.

I would highly recommend this novel if you're into adventure, conflict, and a little romance. Very heartfelt and makes you want to read it all over again. I highly recommend you read the novel first before seeing the movie.

Anahi, 16

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Snow Flower and the Secret Fan 

by Lisa See
06/08/2017 Categories: chinese history family secrets friendship

This novel is about girl named Lily who is about 80 years old at the start of the book. She then recalls her childhood of moments where she went through foot binding, deaths within her family, hardships, romance, and her bound relationship with her laotong, Snow Flower.

The novel is heartbreaking and shows the bonds of her close friend, Snow Flower. It really touches the heart and at times makes you want to cry. Very well written and even shows the history side of foot binding in 18th century China.

If you love touching stories that hit you in all emotions, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See is the book for you. You even begin to relate to the characters on an emotional level. As well as a feel for poetry.

Anahi, 16

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Cinder 

by Marissa Meyer
06/07/2017 Categories: fairy tale retelling fantasy sci fi

A futuristic Cinderella tale, Cinder tells the story of a cyborg mechanic girl named Cinder, who catches the eye of the prince of New Beijing. While getting to know the prince, she learns about her history, another race with the power to control people, and how she is a large key into saving New Beijing- and the world.

I found this story extremely intriguing. A girl who is discriminated against yet still saves the world is inspiring, yet it's still a fictional page turner. As it's the first book in a series, The Lunar Chronicles, it's a really nice beginning that picks up speed and sets the mood for the rest of the series. It's a story that I stayed up late into the night reading.

Every book in the series, Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter, is perfect for anyone with a sense of adventure. The only thing I don't like are the small romantic bits, I found them awkward. You can't go wrong with this book, as there is something for everyone.

Alexis, 13

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When You Reach Me 

by Rebecca Stead
05/10/2017 Categories: mystery

When You Reach Me is about Miranda Sinclair, a girl in New York, who begins to receive strange notes. Those notes tell her to record future events and to write down the locations of her spare keys. As the book continues, there is three different storylines.

I liked this book because it has mystery and science fiction. It's always interesting to figure out who's behind everything with the protagonist. Also, I thought it was interesting that the author was inspired by a man suffering with amnesia and the book A Wrinkle in Time.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes mystery. Also, if you like books that deal with the theme of friendship, give this one a chance!

Sandra, 16

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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn 

by Betty Smith
05/10/2017 Categories: family drama identity older teens

The book focuses on a poor Irish-American teenage girl and her family as they live in Brooklyn, New York City. The book takes place during the first two decades of the 20th century.

I liked the book because it dealt with a family that was from Irish decent and I though it was interesting because many people came from countries far away and they had to adjust to life in America. Also, the girl's family is poor which I can relate to in a way.

If you like reading books about poverty and overcoming obstacles I suggest this book. Also, if you like reading about the motivation people have to live differently than they're parents try this book!

Sandra, 16

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A Thousand Splendid Suns 

by Khaled Hosseini
05/10/2017 Categories: family drama non-fiction older teens

A Thousand Splendid Suns is about two women. One is named Miriam, who's father arranges a marriage between her and Rasheed. She marries him and tries to have children. She is unable and he becomes abusive. Later, Laila marries Rasheed after her parents are killed by a rocket. She becomes pregnant and gives birth to a girl and he becomes abusive towards her as well. The two women become friends and have to deal with an abusive husband until something changes that.

I liked this book because it talks about how women are treated in a different country. I like that the author didn't hold back because it really makes the reader understand how those women must have felt.

If you have read The Kite Runner I recommend reading this book. It's an emotional story about how two women become friends after having to live with an abusive husband. If you like reading about drama and how women are treated like less than humans you should read this book.

Sandra, 16

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Thirteen Reasons Why 

by Jay Asher
05/10/2017 Categories: high school drama movie suicide

Thirteen Reasons Why is about a teenage girl who commits suicide. Before she dies she records thirteen tapes, thirteen reasons why she killed her self. Those tapes are then passed to select number of people, until everyone on those tapes has heard them.

I liked this book because it made me realize how much can affect a person. Also how depressing someone can be without showing any signs. I thought it was an emotional book and it was hard to read but it's worth it.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes reading about mysteries/crime. Also it's really interesting to read about why someone committed suicide, even if it's just a story. A lot can be learned from reading the book, like how to spot signs of someone who is suicidal.

Sandra, 16

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Their Eyes Were Watching God 

by Zora Neale Hurston
05/10/2017 Categories: african americans friendship identity

The book is set in Florida in the early 20th century. It's focused on a teenage girl named Janie Crawfords. Throughout the book she claims she expects more form life but realizes she has to find out for herself what she should expect.

I really liked this book because it dealt with gender roles. I though it was important that it talked about woman wanting to have more rights and do more things they want to that only men are allowed to do.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes reading books that deal with finding your own identity. Also if you like reading  about women being free and doing what they want and the value of women, I suggest this book.

Sandra, 16

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