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An Abundance of Katherines

by John Green

Image result for abundance of katherines book coverColin is no ordinary guy for many reasons. He is a child prodigy, makes mathematical equations for relationships, anagrams, EVERYTHING...and has dated 19 girls named Katherine. And they all have dumped him. One day he cracks, so him and his best friend go on a road trip looking for answers. What they don't expect is making friends, and even relationships, while they're there.

I liked this book because I was able to 'see' what it was like in the mind of a prodigy. How he thinks, feels, and deals with all of that.

I would definitely recommend this book, especially to John Green lovers. It is very well written, a page-turner, and will keep you late into the night wanting to know THE question: What happens next?

Mia, 14

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Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss

by Kasie West

Image result for fame fate and the first kiss book coverLacey Barnes: Actress. Drama-queen. Female lead. Lacey Barnes has just gotten her first lead role in Dancing Graves. She gets to work with handsome, but slightly selfish Grant James. But, she has a hard-time with her homework. So her father hires a tutor for her.

Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss is a romantic-comedy and a very interesting book. Kasie West continues to impress her readers with her imaginative and creative writing.

If you like funny, romantic, and realistic books then this is the book for you. It is a touching story and readers will relate to the characters.

Mia, 14

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Carry On

by Rainbow Rowell

Image result for carry on book coverOne boy is the "Chosen One", but horrible at magic. The other boy is amazing at magic, but a vampire. Baz and Simon are roommates at a magic school, but have huge differences. They hate and do not trust each other. But, they have to work together (with the help of Simon's friends) to figure out who murdered Baz's mother.

Carry On is a great book full of fun, magic, romance, and conflict between characters. Though, before you read it, you should read Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell to understand where the characters began their journey.

I would recommend this book for teens. It is a #1 New York Times Best Selling book, and I see why.  It is similar to Harry Potter in some ways, so if you liked it then I COMPLETELY recommend this book.

Mia, 14

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The Selection

by Kiera Cass

Image result for the selection book coverThirty-five girls, one prize. The Selection is the story of America Singer, chosen
to be one of thirty-five girls to go to the castle. But for her, being selected would
be a nightmare because it would mean turning her back on her secret love,
Aspen. Prince Maxon must choose from these girls to be his queen. (This book
is one of three).

The Selection was a magnificent book to read. It's full of surprising twists,
romantic moments, and drama! America is an inspirational girl and an incredible
role model.

If you like stories with princes or romantic comedies then you will love The
Selection
by Kiera Cass. And if you have a little brother or sister then you will
relate to how America Singer feels about hers. I hope you read it!!

Mia, 14

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Tell Me Three Things

by Julie Buxbaum

Image result for tell me three things book coverJessie Holmes is starting her junior year at a new prep school in LA where
the only person she knows is her new stepmother's jerky son. One day she
suddenly receives an anonymous email from a person who calls themselves
Somebody/Nobody, S/N for short. S/N gives her advice on school and life. She
begins to rely on S/N to keep her from falling apart and vice versa.

I really liked this book and I completely recommend it!! I liked it because it was
funny, romantic, and a page-turner! I like how even though many of us think we
cannot relate to Jessie since her experiences are different (her mother died, her father eloped, she moved from
Chicago to LA, and going to prep school), during the story you find that you
can relate to her on some level.

I would recommend this book to people that love romantic comedies, sibling
rivalry, and fancy prep school people. I hope you read this book and enjoy it as
much as I did! ;)

Mia, 14

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To Kill a Mockingbird

by Harper Lee

Image result for to kill a mockingbird book coverEight-year-old Scout is not like any eight-year-old today. She lives with her
brother, father, and nanny. She goes on adventures with her thirteen-year-old
brother and his friend, listens to rumors about a "haunted house", court meetings,
and much, much more.

I really loved this book! It is a heart-warming, coming-of-age book. Harper Lee
is an amazing author. She writes in great detail in I was really immersed in the
book. It was a real page-turner and a book that will have you reading late into the
night.

I would definitely recommend this book, though not to people under the age of
thirteen because it has some mature content. It will make you realize the
dangers in this world and that we should never take anything in life for granted.

Mia, 14

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Eragon

by Christopher Paolini

Image result for eragon book coverThe book is about a teenage boy named Eragon who finds a dragon egg.
Eragon is suddenly thrown into many trials and challenges in order to fight
against an evil power and save his own life along with the lives of others.

The book Eragon was a very well written book in my opinion. I liked it because it
was able to hold my attention and I never wanted to put the book down because
it got boring. There were plenty of action sequences and the author was really
good at making you feel different emotions throughout the book. All in all, it was
a good book.

I would definitely recommend this book to those who enjoy fantasy and action
packed books. People who enjoy the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit would
enjoy Eragon because Paolini writes with a similar style to Tolkien.

Megan, 15

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Geekerella

by Ashley Poston

Geekerella : a novelThis book is about a fangirl whose father created a convention for their favorite show before he passed, leaving her with a step-mom and two step-sisters. Darien Freeman just got cast in the reboot of the show and is getting a lot of hate from behind the screen. Geekerella is a twist on the Cinderella fairy-tale with lovable characters and destiny-like situations.

At times I felt that the similarities between her and Cinderella were just too obvious. I get that it's a retelling, but I feel like hitting every single detail from the original story wasn't really necessary.

I would recommend this book to fanboys and fangirls. It's a good read it you're looking for a story about how important fandoms are in today's society.

Katelyn, 14

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The Traveler's Gift

by Andy Andrews

Image result for The Traveler's GiftThe Traveler's Gift, or in other words, Traveler's Gift the Seven Decisions to Determine Personal Success. This book is a unique blend between history, fiction, allegory, and inspiration. It follows this man on a journey through his hardship, but through hardship, comes success. With the leadership from world leaders, this man learns and finds that all decisions he makes, have good and bad consequences. . .

This is an amazing book! Andy Andrews is an extraordinary writer! He wrote many others like The Noticer, The Final Summit, Butterfly Effect, etc. This book is a positive book, but it seems like you are reading a classic. I shed some tears in the ending when the man realizes that all the things he went through was real. He met Abraham Lincoln, Anne Frank, Columbus, and many other inspiring leaders. And for each inspiring leader, came an inspiring lesson. Lessons that are decisions that lead up to success. The Seven Decisions to Determine Personal Success.

I think that people who are open-minded, and have a mind for learning, will definitely enjoy this book as much as I do. You can get ready for a few laughs, and a few quiet moments to reflect on what you just read. But mostly, I think everyone CAN read this book, it just depends on if they WANT to. Happy reads!

Priscilla, 13

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Jurassic Park

by Michael Crichton

Image result for jurassic park bookThe time of the future has finally arrived. Scientists Alan Grant, Ellie Sattler, and Ian Malcolm are invited to an island owned by John Hammond, who has finally made the breakthrough the world has been waiting for: The return of the dinosaurs. The island has Raptors, Brontosauruses, Apatosaurus, and even a Tyrannosaurus Rex. But then it all goes wrong. When the exciting vacation suddenly turns into a living two-day nightmare, the small group of survivors are forced to band together. The only question is--who will make it out alive?

This was a very exciting book, full of suspense and action and excitement. The science behind the creation of the park and dinosaurs actually make sense if you think about it. The book posed some interesting questions, like if it is even a good idea to bring back things from the past, or what impact will it have on society and even mankind as a whole? The only thing I didn't enjoy was the bad language.

I would recommend this book to people who enjoy action and suspense and sci-fi adventures. This is also for people who don't mind reading long lectures on scientific theory, because once you get past those, that's where the action comes in. This is also a book for people who don't mind getting a little gruesome in their reading (just as a heads-up).

Keila, 14

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Paper Towns

by John Green

Paper Towns is about a boy named Quentin as he embarks on a journey to find his elusive childhood crush, Margo, using cryptic clues she has left behind. 

Paper Towns, in comparison to John Green's other novels is quite noticeably sub-par. And I am usually a fan of John Green's stories. This novel, however, was not as compelling as the others; nothing about it made me want to keep reading. 

I wouldn't recommend this book. The story is cliche and the characters are not memorable; just a caricature of preexisting archetypes. I would skip this book and read John Green's Looking for Alaska instead. 

Hannah, 17

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Carry On: the Rise and Fall of Simon Snow

by Rainbow Rowell

Carry On is a fantasy novel about the Chosen One, Simon Snow, who must defeat the evil Humdrum; a being who seeks to destroy the magic world. 

This novel was a fun and easy read. The characters are very likable and Rainbow Rowell is a master of dialogue. The beginning is a bit boring compared to the rest of the book, however, once you get past that, it is hard to put down.

If you love the Harry Potter series, you will absolutely adore this book. It is similar in that it will definitely satisfy your craving for Harry Potter, but also different enough to not make it seem as if it were a copy. 

Hannah, 17

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The Maze Runner

by James Dashner

The Maze Runner is a dystopian novel that focuses on a group of teenagers trapped in a maze-like simulation infested with unknown dangers. 

The novel, in my opinion was okay. The book's overall story was nothing really special; nothing that hasn't already been done. The characters are not very interesting, and the writing dragged on at times.

There are definitely other books in the same genre that are more captivating. That being said, if you've read all those other novels and want more, then this would be a decent alternative to satisfy an immediate craving. 

Hannah, 17

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Demian: The Story of Emil Sinclair's Youth

by Hermann Hesse

Image result for Demian bookDemian is an introspective novel about a boy named Sinclair and the struggles he goes through to find his true identity. It is a story of the trials and tribulations of youth. 

I loved this novel! It is a novel that definitely left a lasting impression on me as an adolescent trying to navigate through life. I love it because, to me, it almost reads as if it is a painting. 

I would recommend this novel to any young person that is willing to think quite a bit. It really is a novel that makes you re-evaluate how you perceive the world around you. 

Hannah, 17

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Their Eyes Were Watching God

by Zora Neale Hurston

Their Eyes Were Watching God is a story about a young African American woman named Janie Crawford as she navigates through adulthood in post Civil War America.

The novel was an excellent character study that illustrates the trials one must go through in order to attain true happiness. In some parts of the novel, however, the book dragged on in its prose, which ultimately kept it from being a 5 star book. 

I wouldn't necessarily recommend this novel for leisure. The language used within the novel is quite hard to decipher at times because it uses deep south dialect. However, if you're looking for a substantial read, I would recommend this book. 

Hannah, 17

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