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Geekerella

by Ashley Poston

This 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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The Kite Runner

by Khaled Hosseini

The Kite Runner is a heartwarming tale of friendship, family, and hope, set against the backdrop of war-torn Afghanistan. It is an in-depth study that pays homage to Afghani culture. 

I thought this is a brilliant book that grips the reader from start to finish. It is a constant page turner that delivers poignant entertainment from one page to the next. It is also a novel that is relevant to our current society. 

The Kite Runner is a novel that I'd recommend to everyone. It is entertaining and easy to understand; a novel that reads as if it were a movie. 

Hannah, 17

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Their Eyes Were Watching God

by Zora Neale Hurston

It takes Janie a while to discover her own voice in a society that has ignored her as both a woman and an African American. This novel follows her through various relationships and stages of her life that allow her to realize what she values in companionship and what she values in herself. 

I enjoyed this book because it is not like every other coming of age novel. It focuses on Janie's hopefulness and courage and how this leads her to find a solid understanding of herself while overcoming tragedy. It deals with themes such as fear, love, ambition, and femininity.

I would absolutely recommend this book. Though set in the early 1900's, the themes are still completely relevant to today. For this reason, I believe that most people will enjoy reading this novel. 

Juila, 18

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A Court of Thorns and Roses

by Sara J. Maas

This book was kind of like Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones, except the fact that the main character is a huntress, and not a normal-poor girl(Feyre is poor, but, you get the point). This book is about Feyre who is a huntress, and she kills a wolf(which turns out to be a faerie) and her fate is to live the rest of her days in Fae. During her stay, her icy attitude towards the High Lord quickly diminishes into flames of passion. War is raging in Fae, and the High Lord wishes to protect Feyre as much as he can before she finds out the truth. The Night Court of Fae overtook Tamlin's Court, imprisoning him Under the Mountain. Feyre heard of Tamlin's imprisonment, and quickly came for his aid. The High Lady of the Night Court put Feyre under three tasks and a riddle in order to win Tamlin back. Feyre had to show the High Lady that her love was strong enough to win Tamlin who was in payment in due of a curse(Talk about #GirlPower). 

I think this book was really good. I could tell that Sarah J. Maas wrote it, and she does a good job of writing the main character as a girl. A pretty great one at that. The only things that alerts me is some of the scenes in the book has a bit 'this-is-for-older-kids' content, and some cursing. Other than those two things, the story itself is amazing.

Like I said earlier, I think that this book was written for young adults, and not for kids(even I am not one). Teens who enjoy awesome stories about unconditional love, and supreme action, would definitely adore this story like I do.

Priscilla, 13

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David Copperfield

by Charles Dickens

Image result for david copperfield book coverThe orphaned David Copperfield grows up amongst a variety of both comical and frightening characters. He faces trial after trial, but eventually grows up. This is a classic coming of age novel that demonstrates how David learns to deal with loss, responsibility, and love. 

This book is a nice, cheerful story. It is not dramatized or very mysterious, and yet the simplicity of the story allows for many serious themes to be addressed. It is a refreshing reminder of what is most important in life (friendships, love, and courage). 

While I absolutely love this book, I do admit that some people might find it boring. If you like Charles Dickens, then this is a must read since this is considered his most autobiographical work. 

Juila, 18

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Never Let Me Go

by Kazuo Ishiguro

As children, Kathy, Ruth, Tommy, and all the students of Hailsham are taught that they are special children, that they have a purpose, and that above all they must keep themselves healthy. However, the true nature of their horrifying life's purpose is eventually revealed and they must deal with the psychological trauma of facing their fate one by one. 

Though disturbing to read, this novel is refreshing in its own way because it follows the lives of characters who do not necessarily fight the corrupt system that they are born into. This causes the readers to consider how acceptance and desensitization play a role in a society that is so much bigger than the power of one individual. Through such a pessimistic point of view, Ishiguro actually inspires the reader to not give in to corruption and to appreciate the beauty of life. 

This book is different. It isn't fun to read at all, but in a way it feels necessary. Frustrating and depressing, it forces the reader to consider the value of life and the twisted side of humanity that will do anything to live as long as possible. In addition, it deals with love, jealousy, fear, and regret. 

Juila, 18

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One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest

by Ken Kesey

Image result for the one who flew over the cuckoo's nest bookWhen the unruly McMurphy joins the submissive patients of a psychiatric ward, he influences them to rebel against the attendants and nurses who routinely humiliate them and treat them with scorn. McMurphy goes head to head with the frighteningly influential Nurse Ratched as his antics become increasingly extreme. 

Hands down one of my favorite novels! The captivating characters, ironic humor, and emotional ending balance out the seriousness of the topics and events. Especially interesting is the fact that the story is told from the point of view of Chief Bromden, who is not completely sane himself and periodically lapses into moments of panicked hallucinations. 

Everyone should should read it! It is both depressing and happy at the same time. Kesey artfully criticizes the well-oiled machine that is society in this novel that encourages the reader to live their life freely and undeterred by others. 

Juila, 18

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The Kite Runner

by Khaled Hosseini

As a wealthy child in Afghanistan, Amir reads stories with his young servant Hassan, competes in the annual kite fighting contest, and constantly wishes for the approval and attention of his father. As a young adult in the United States, Amir tries desperately to forget the past and the guilt that he cannot let go of. But after he receives a phone call one day, he is summoned to return to Afghanistan and face what he did long ago. 

This book is extremely emotional. Some events in the book are shocking, frustrating, harrowing, and depressing. That being said, this an excellent book that deals with complex themes such as redemption, loyalty, race, and innocence. 

Everyone should read this book sometime in their lives. While the topics are serious, the writing is not difficult. In fact the contrast of the simple style of the book almost makes the tragic events more horrible. This novel leaves the reader thinking for many days after finishing it. 

Juila, 18

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