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The Road 

by Cormac McCarthy
05/10/2017 Categories: dystopia older teens survival stories

The Road is set in a post apocalyptic time, about the journey of a man and his son.Their journey takes several months as they travel over landscapes where most of civilization was wiped.

I really liked this book because I like reading books that are set in post apocalyptic times. It was interesting to read how a father and son interact with each other after having to live in a place where most people are gone. It made me think about what I would do if I lived in a post apocalyptic time.

I would recommend this book to anyone that likes reading about post apocalyptic stories. Also the book deals with survival, and how they have to survive and watch over each other.

Sandra, 16

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Speak 

by Laurie Halse Anderson
05/10/2017 Categories: older teens rape

This book is about a freshman in high school named, Melinda Sordino. During a party something happens to her and she calls the police. Soon, everyone starts asking her why she called but she doesn't want to tell anyone. Eventually she stops speaking and only expresses herself through art.

I really liked this book because it dealt with violence and victimization, and I have never read anything like this before. It made me think about how many people go through traumatic experiences and don't talk about them because they feel guilty.

I recommend this book to anyone that likes reading books about post traumatic stress disorder and traumatic experiences. Just to forewarn, this book contains topics like sexual assault.

Sandra, 16

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Romeo and Juliet 

by William Shakespeare
05/10/2017 Categories: classic family drama play romance

This play is about two young lovers who are from different families who are rivals. Romeo is the son of Montague and Lady Montague. Juliet is the daughter of Capulet and Lady Capulet. The two fall in love but can't be together so they end up killing themselves. At the end their deaths bring the families together.

I liked this play because it's interesting because of how the two decide to kill themselves when they realize they can't be with each other. Also I though it was I interesting that death brought the families togerther instead of love.

I recommend this play if you like stories that deal with love and fate. Also, if you like plays that have symbols of light and dark I suggest this one.

Sandra, 16

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The Red Pyramid 

by Rick Riordan
05/10/2017 Categories: adventure family secrets mythology siblings

A boy named Carter Kane who lost his mom and now lives with his dad, a brilliant Egyptologist. On Christmas Eve, he is reunited with his sister, Sadie, and their father takes them to the British Museum. Everything goes wrong when their father tries to summon a mysterious figure. The siblings have to fight against the evils to try to get their father back.

I really like this book because it was a fun fiction book. I really like reading books about Egyptian gods and magic because they are really interesting and easy to read. I also liked how the author uses teenagers as characters because many can relate to how they feel after having to face gods.

If you like books about gods and magic, you should try this book. Also if you have read any Percy Jackson books, I would recommend this book because it is written by the same author. The book is fun for all ages and I encourage anyone to read it.

Sandra, 16

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A Place to Stand 

by Jimmy Santiago Baca
05/10/2017 Categories: non-fiction older teens

This book is a memoir about a Chicano boy who is abandoned by his alcoholic father and his mother. In his book, he talks about the crime, violence and drugs he was exposed to. He talks about how his decisions led him to end up prison and he explains what he experienced there.

I really liked this book because it really made me think about how many people end up in jail or dead because of their bad decisions. I thought about how the author did all those things because he didn't have a nice childhood. He was abandoned and that led to everything that happened to him. The book is tragic and really touches you if you read it. I felt that I can better understood how many people end up in violence when they are not raised with love and compassion.

I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn more about how our childhood experiences lead to how our future will be like. If you like to read memoirs, I recommend this book. It's emotional and doesn't hold back from harsher realities.

Sandra, 16

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower  

by Stephen Chbosky
05/03/2017 Categories: high school drama identity movie suicide

The Perks of Being a Wallflower is about a quiet 15 year old named Charlie. The books starts with him writing to an unknown recipient about his life and two traumatic experiences he has gone through. Charlie eventually becomes friends with two seniors and starts experiencing drugs and parties while dealing with his own thoughts and problems.

I really liked this book because it made me think about how many people deal with traumatic experiences. The plot was emotional with some comedy, overall is makes you want to keep reading.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes reading books about coming of age. But be warned, this book has content that includes: suicide, sexuality, adolescents and drug use.

Sandra, 16

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The Outsiders 

by S.E. Hilton
05/03/2017 Categories: bullying murder siblings

A 16 year old boy named Ponyboy has lived with his brothers since his parents died. He is part of a gang, and one day everything changes. His friend,Johnny, kills a member of a rival gang. The book is through Ponyboy's perspective and it details what happens after his friend kills someone.The boys have been exposed to violence their whole lives and now have to face life alone after they run away.

I really like this book, because the main character Ponyboy, has to deal with so much at such a young age. The book makes you think about how many young boys and girls are exposed to violence and have to deal with losing their parents. It was an emotional book, and has a strong message. The book teaches about the differences in society and how violence is a big problem.

I would recommend this book to anyone who has not experienced violence in their life so that they have an idea of what it's like. Honestly, I think everyone should read this book because it's emotional and makes you think about how young kids have to sometime take care of themselves while they deal with violence and pain.

Sandra, 16

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Outliers 

by Malcolm Gladwell
04/29/2017 Categories: non-fiction older teens

Malcolm Gladwell talks about how being a genius isn't always the only way to succeed. In his book, he talks about patterns in studies about people who are successful. He mentions outliers, people who are different than most and how they are able to succeed.

I really liked this book because it made me think about how some people have more advantages and opportunities to succeed. Also, it's interesting to read about those patterns that have to do with how people are born and how that determines whether someone will be successful.

I would recommend this book to anyone that likes reading books that deal with psychology and success. I like the way the author makes the book seem personal and it can connect to many people.

Sandra, 16

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The Old Man and the Sea 

by Ernest Hemingway
04/29/2017 Categories: classic friendship

In this book, an old aging fisherman named Santiago, battles against a large marlin. The book takes place off the coast of Florida. Its starts with Santiago not being able to catch a fish for 84 days, when he claims his unluckiness. The story continues as he comes across the large marlin.

I really liked this book because it deals with the struggle between man and nature. Also I thought it was an interesting idea to put a man and an animal against each other.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes reading books that contain significant symbols in everyday things. If you haven't read anything about man vs nature, this is something to try!

Sandra, 16

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Of Mice and Men 

by John Steinbeck
04/29/2017 Categories: classic friendship

Two migrant workers, George Milton and Lennie Small, move from place to place in California looking for jobs during the Great Depression. George is a smart but uneducated man while Lennie is a big man with special needs.The men eventually find a job, but soon things go bad after Lennie accidentally kills a man's wife.

I liked the book because it had a surprising ending. I never would have thought the author would have his characters have a dream that would not succeed. The dream was an important part of the book because many people's dreams are crushed because of unexpected events.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes reading about the Great Depression. If you like reading books with unexpected endings, you would really read this book.

Sandra, 16

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The Lovely Bones 

by Alice Sebold
04/29/2017 Categories: child abuse murder rape suspense

A a 14 year old girl is kidnapped, raped and murdered. She goes to "heaven" and has to watch her family and friends deal with her death and find out who killed her. She also has to accept what has happened to her and move on.

I really liked this book, it was interesting how the author made the girl go to her own heaven. It was a very emotional book and it's heartbreaking how she has to watch her family but she can't talk to them ever again. It's sad but it's hard to put down.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes books about crime and murder. If you like books about how families and friends deal with the loss of someone close to them you should read this book. It really hard to put down once you start reading.

Sandra, 16

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Lord of the Flies  

by William Golding
04/29/2017 Categories: friendship survival stories

A group of young school boys are stranded on an island with no adults. The boys try to achieve order and govern themselves but things don't go as planned. They soon find themselves fighting for power.

I liked this book because it was an interesting concept about how children would react if they were stuck on an island with no adult supervision. It really makes you think about what will happen to anyone if they were stuck alone with no way to go home.

I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in how power is sometimes deadly. Also, if you are interested in how young boys deal with problems and how having power changes them but not for the better.

Sandra, 16

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Lone Survivor 

by Marcus Luttrell with Patrick Robinson
04/29/2017 Categories: non-fiction true stories war

Lone survivor is based on a true story. It is about four U.S navy seals whose mission was to capture or kill an al Qaeda leader in 2005. Unfortunately they are outnumbered and soon only one of those navy seals is alive. This book is Marcus Luttrell's survivor story, in it he describes what happens to the other Navy seals and what he had to go through in order to survive.

This book had a strong impact on me. It shows how many people risk their lives for our country. I thought the book was really emotional and it's heartbreaking because that man had to see his partners/friends killed in front him. He then had to live with knowing only he survived.

If you would like to educate yourself on how other people do heroic things for our country, check this book out. It reminds you to keep our troops in you thoughts and prayers for what they go through to keep us safe. If you like reading about survivors and true stories you should really read this book.

Sandra, 16

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The Kite Runner 

by Khaled Hosseini
04/27/2017 Categories: friendship rape social classes

The Kite Runner is about two boys, Amir and Hassan. Amir is the son of a weathly family, while Hassan is the son of a servant. For years boys were best of friends until one day, Amir wanted nothing to do with Hassan. Not long after, something terrible happens to Hassan. Amir witnessed this terrible act done to Hassan buy stays quiet.

I loved this book. it was really emotional and hard to read because of how the author described how one of the boys went through a very traumatic situation. The book was well written and probably one of the best books I've read. The author captures the innocence of the boys before everything bad happened and he clearly showed the pain each had to go through.

I would recommend this book to anyone that likes reading dramatic heartbreaking books. If you like crying when you read a book you should read this one. The author was able to write about the struggles each boys went through and how that affected their future lives.

Sandra, 16

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It's Kind of a Funny Story 

by Ned Vizzini
04/27/2017 Categories: suicide

Craig Gilbert is a 15 year old boy who attends a prestigious high school. He soon starts feeling overwhelmed, starts using pot and becomes depressed with suicidal thoughts. He is then admitted into a hospital where he makes friends and discovers he is good at drawing. At the end, he leaves after learning to appreciate the little things that make him happy.

I really liked this book because it deals with depression and I can relate to how the main character felt overwhelmed over school. It made me think about little things that make me happy and how easy it is to fall into depression without happiness.

I think this book should be read by everyone. I think a lot of people can relate to this book, especially teens. We all need to keep in mind that everyone gets down sometimes and we have the power to help that person, even if it's just talking. 

Sandra, 16

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