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2 Reviews from Nina

Beastly Beastly

by Alex Flinn

This book is about a guy, Kyle Kingsbury, who was perfect on the outside but beastly on the inside. During the dance at his school, he pulls a prank on this girl who turned out to be witch and she curses him to look like the beast he is until he finds true love’s first kiss. He eventually meets Lina and he is determined to have her love and break the curse.


Perfect Chemistry Perfect Chemistry
by Simone Elkeles

This book is the modern day Romeo and Juliet story minus their deaths at the end. Brittany Ellis is the most popular girl in her school, she lives in a “perfect” world. In contrast, Alex Fuentes is a gang member. He has had to fight for everthing he has. They are forced to be Chemistry lab partners. Alex makes a bet with his friend to get Brittany to be his girlfreind. He eventually gets to know the real person underneath all that perfection and he cannot help but fall in love with her.

reviews submitted by Nina

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on June 16, 2011 Categories: Fiction

Pretty Face reviewed by Sharon

Pretty Face Pretty Face

by Mary Hogan

The book Pretty Face is probably one of the best books I have ever read.  Hayley, a binge eater, spends a summer in Italy. While there, she becomes a whole new person, and finds a special love.  This book teaches a very important lesson about accepting who you really are, looking beneath the surface, and living life to it’s fullest.  For the readers that love a happy ending, this book is highly recommended.

review submitted by Sharon

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on Categories: Fiction

Audrey Wait! by Robin Benway

Audrey Wait! book cover Audrey is a loud music lover, big word user, fashion forward, your average high school student… and followed by paparazzi, called by gossip columnists, wanted for a reality TV show, stalked by reporters, asked for autographs, analyzed on messages boards, and a trend setter. Okay maybe not your average high student anymore. 

In Audrey Wait!, Audrey tells her side of the story, a story that began when she broke up with her boyfriend Evan because it just wasn’t working.  Evan just so happened to be part of a band and Audrey breaking up with inspired him to write a song “Audrey Wait!”  He debuted the song at a local concert, that was attended by a big record label exec, zoom a couple of months forward and cue to Audrey working at Scooper Dooper the local ice cream shop.  Then on the radio she hears “Audrey Wait!” and suddenly nothing is private.  There are always cameras, people observing, people misquoting, other musicians looking for inspiration, or people just making stuff about her.  Luckily, she has her always supportive and spunky best friend Victoria, like the queen, to help her navigate. But as the fame seeps more and more into her life, the affect it’s having on her life, her friendship with Victoria, and a budding romance become more and more apparent and Audrey doesn’t want to wait, she just wants it all to STOP. 

Reviewed by Renee-Teen Outreach Librarian

By MPPL on June 14, 2011 Categories: Fiction, High School, Music, Realistic Fiction

Need a beach read?

Planning on a vacation this summer and want to get a good beach read?  Click here for a list of summer romance novels for teens.  What will you find on this list: novels that center on a character’s summer romance that you should be able to breeze through in a day or two (hopefully while getting some sun on a beautiful beach!).  Guys: be sure to check out this list, too.  These easy to read books may just give you some inside information on how to have the perfect summer romance with a special girl.

Hot summer reads

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on Categories: Fiction, Romance

Abandon by Meg Cabot

Abandon Abandon

by Meg Cabot

If you want a book that you won’t be able to put down, then pick up Abandon. Cabot has based this novel on the Greek myth of Persephone, and it is really cool how she is able to translate it to modern times. This first novel in a planned series centers on Pierce who had a NDE, or near death experience, at 15.  Since then, her grades have suffered, she can’t concentrate very well, and her parents are getting a divorce.  Now, at 17, Pierce and her mom have moved to Isla Huesos, her mother’s hometown, and Pierce is starting over at a new school.
Pierce has only been to Isla Huesos once before, as a young girl attending her grandfather’s funeral, and she will always remember the young man in black she met in the cemetery.  Later, she met him again in the Underworld when she died…  Upon returning to the island, Pierce is drawn to the cemetery where she once again encounters the young man in black who has not changed or aged.  Pierce has had trouble believing that what happened to her when she died was actually real, but seeing John in the flesh begins to unravel her reality and also puts her in danger.

Without giving too much away, this is definitely a book for those who like to read about forbidden love.  Check out the book trailer for Abandon below, and also click here to find Abandon at the Library

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on June 13, 2011 Categories: Book Trailer, Fiction

Stuff of Legend

Stuff of legend Stuff of Legend

Story by Mike Raicht and Brian Smith.  Illustrated by Charles Paul Wilson III and design and color by Jon Conkling and Michael DeVito.

I picked up Stuff of Legend recently and was surprised.  At first, I really had no idea what this graphic novel would be about.  Obviously from the cover and title you can tell it has to do with toys in some kind of adventure.  What surprised me, though, was how dark and creepy this book really is!  We begin the story in the real world of a young boy’s bedroom during the time of World War II.  We come in right as the boy is kidnapped from his bed by the Boogeyman, who takes him into the realm of the Dark.  His toys and loyal dog witness the kidnapping and vow to rescue him from the Dark.  When the toys crossover into the realm of the Dark they turn into what they actually are.  So, for example, the cute and cuddly teddy bear turns into a vicious actual bear.  This is definitely not a book for young kids!  What the toys have to face to rescue their missing boy is gruesome yet exciting.  Click here to find Stuff of Legend at the Library and see if the toys can rescue their human boy from the realm of the dark and the evil Boogeyman.

Checkout a sample of the art from Stuff of Legend by clicking here.

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on June 10, 2011 Categories: Fiction

2 Reviews from Haley

Love Aubrey Love Aubrey

by Suzanne LaFleur

I read Love, Aubrey by Suzanne LaFleur. It was about a 11 year old girl who has a tragic accident in her family and she needs to start her life over. It is a very sad but good book. It is a quick read. I would definitely recommend it.



Easy-A I saw the movie Easy A. It was about a girl who wanted a boyfriend and had an A on her shirt. She didn’t know how to talk to a guy very well. It was an ok movie.

rated PG-13




reviews submitted by Haley

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on June 7, 2011 Categories: Fiction

The Big Field reviewed by Nick

BigField The Big Field

by Mike Lupica

The Big Field by Mike Lupica tells about a boy who has a dream of playing shortstop at the big field where the Cards and Marlins play their spring-training games. Well, half of that happens. He gets to play at the big field, but not at shortstop. His new teammate Darryl takes care of that at shortstop. This is a great book if you enjoy suspense and a little comedy.

review submitted by Nick

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on June 6, 2011 Categories: Fiction

End of high school, rite of passage thingy.

Prom is tonight, so if you’re in the prom state of mind, click here for some books you can check out at the Library.  And who can name the source of this blog post’s title? Hint: If she met Edward in a dark alley, she would totally slay him!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on June 3, 2011 Categories: Fiction

Movie and TV news–updates on Teen books in pop culture

The first official images of Edward and Bella’s wedding in the first part of Breaking Dawn have arrived.  They have surfaced on an ad for MTV’s Movie Awards.   

Jace has been cast in the movie adaptation of Cassandra Clare’s first Mortal Instruments book, The City of BonesDeadline is reporting that the role has gone to Jamie Campbell Bower, who you may recognize as the actor who portrays Caius from New Moon and the young Gellert Grindlewald from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.


Finally, if your a fan of The Vampire Diaries, based on the book series by L.J. Smith, then prepare to have another favorite. has reported that the CW has picked up another of Smith’s series, the Secret Circle series, and plans to air it right after The Vampire Diaries.  The Secret Circle series centers on a coven of witches.  Check out the first book at the Library, The Initiation, now and finish reading the series in time for the fall!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on June 2, 2011 Categories: Fantasy, Fiction, Movies