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Reviews by You!

Maze RunnerThe Maze Runner by James Dashner

YA SF DASHNER, J.

This book is a great book for people that enjoy action and adventure. It’s full of great details and has a wonderful storyline.

Review by David

TeashopGirlsThe Teashop Girls by Laura Schaefer

YA SCHAEFER, L.

Overall, this book is really good! I would give it 8.5 out of 10 stars!

Review by Marissa

Divergent book coverDivergent by Veronica Roth

YA ROTH, V.

I liked how Roth used terms that had common meanings but not commonly used. I also liked how she had a person go from one thing to another but she didn’t really change the person’s personality.

Review by Micaela

MangoShapedSpaceA Mango Shaped Space by Wendy Mass

YA MASS, W.

This book is about a girl named Mia and her beloved cat, Mango. Mia has synesthesia, a disorder where someone sees colors or shapes related to the sense. It is a journey Mia must take to discover herself and others while holding onto her past.

Review by Audrey

grimmlegacyThe Grimm Legacy by Polly Shulman

YA SHULMAN, P.

A great book that keeps you on the edge of your seat. There’s good vs evil, mystery and love, throughout the book. You discover magic is real and magic can do some really terrible things.

Review by Kyra

Red scarf girlRed Scarf Girl by Ji-Li Jiang

YA 951.056 JIA

I really liked the book Red Scarf Girl. It was about what one girl experiences in the Chinese cultural revolution. It was a lot more interesting than I thought it would be. The author goes into great detail about her experiences and how they impacted her. It was a really touching book.

Review by Rachel

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow RowellEleanor and Park book cover

YA ROWELL, R.

This book is a marvelous, easy read. Park and Eleanor’s romance blooms and so will your love for this book. Must-read for those who love a heartwarming story. Highly recommend to all!

Review by Sarah

ChampionChampion by Marie Lu

YA SF LU, M.

This book was amazing with a lot of action and suspense. I would rate it a 10 out of 10. This book was amazing because of the climax building up.

Review by Gabby

The Fault in Our Stars by John Greenthe fault in our stars book cover

YA GREEN, J.

Great story! Leaves the reader feeling emotions like sadness and laughter all in one epic romance. I enjoyed it and recommend it to almost anyone that hasn’t read it yet. This story definitely deserves its popularity. 5 stars.

Review by Erin

eliteThe Elite by Kiera Cass

YA CASS, K.

The Elite, the second book in The Selection series, was just as interesting and intricate as the first book. It was a perfect continuation of the first book and kept me reading. I couldn’t put it down and was impatient for the next one.

Review by Cassidy

Permanent Record by Leslie Stella

permanent recordPermanent Record by Leslie Stella

Badi Hessamizadeh has just voluntarily left his public high school because his solution to ending the everyday, intense bullying he experienced was to blow up a toilet. Badi’s reputation as a terrorist after the toilet explosion, has made the bullying against him unbearable. So, Badi’s father changed his name– now Badi is known as Bud Hess– and transferred Badi to a private academy. Can life be different for Badi, now Bud, at his new school or will he face the same prejudices as before?

Permanent Record is a pretty compelling read, not only because it deals with the issue of racial profiling and bullying, but also because Badi is a flawed character.  He doesn’t make the right decisions, and while at first it is hard to understand Badi’s reasoning for acting out, as you continue reading you get to know Badi.  You understand that he is struggling with anxiety and depression, and the bullying that he has to endure at school is horrible.  Added to all of his struggles is that Badi has as Iranian-American is a post-911 world.  I was surprised at how much this book moved me, and also how much I got to know the character of Badi and his struggles.  By the end of the novel, I didn’t expect it to end the way that it did, but now I can think of no way that I would have rather it ended.  If you are in the mood for a realistic and thought-provoking read, you should definitely pick up Permanent Record.  Click here to find it in the Library!

Permanent Record is also this year’s Suburban Mosaic Teen Novel.  To learn more about the Suburban Mosaic Reading program, which “seeks to confront issues of racial and social justice and promote cross-cultural understanding through literature”, then click here to be directed to the website.  To celebrate the selection of Permanent Record as the 2014 Suburban Mosaic Teen Novel, the Library will be hosting An Evening with Leslie Stella on Monday, September 15.  Leslie Stella will talk about her novel, writing, and there will also be a book signing.

Reviews by You!

if i grow up book coverIf I Grow Up by Todd Strasser

YA STRASSER, T.

DeShawn is growing up in the poorest area of New York where there are two main careers: gang involvement or fast food. When the responsibility of caring for his grandma, sister, and twin niece and nephew, with a baby on the way, become too much, DeShawn joins the Disciples to help cope financially.

Review by Paige

Catching Fire book coverCatching Fire by Suzanne Collins

YA COLLINS, S.

This book was amazing! It had action and some problems with the Capitol which made it so much harder to put the book down. I would rate this book 11 out of 10! This book is by far in my top 10 favorite books.

Review by Gabby

six months laterSix Months Later by Natalie D. Richards

YA RICHARDS, N.

This was one of the best books I ever read. It starts out with a girl named Chloe who fell asleep in study hall. When she wakes up, it is six months later and it is snowing. She finds out that her crush is now her boyfriend, she scored a really high SAT, but her best friend won’t talk to her. Chloe must figure out how it happened and do something to fix it before it’s too late.

Review by Theresa

alex rider: Scorpia book coverScorpia by Anthony Horowitz

YA HOROWITZ, A.

Full of twists and surprises, from one truth to the next, a real page turner and impossible to put down.

Review by Lia

Dualeddualed book cover by Elsie Chapman

YA CHAPMAN, E.

A girl named West Grayer lives in a place where they have twins (with the same DNA) from different parents. Now it’s West’s turn to try to kill her twin or she will be killed.

Review by Brigitte

Allegiant book coverAllegiant by Veronica Roth

YA ROTH, V.

Allegiant was a great way to wrap up the Divergent trilogy. Although I was upset by the way Roth ended the book with an unexpected event, it is worth reading. I enjoyed Insurgent more than Allegiant due to the fact of Insurgent being more people-pleasing and ending happily.

Review by Kristen

A Long Way GoneA Long Way Gone book cover by Ishmael Beah

YA 966.404 BEA

This book was really good. I really liked that there was so much detail involved. I didn’t like to believe that it was a true story because it is so sad. Overall I would recommend this book.

Review by Sam

the hatchet book coverHatchet by Gary Paulsen

YA PAULSEN, G.

Hatchet is an amazing book! It is about a boy who gets lost in the wild and has to survive. This realistic fiction book is a cliffhanger and makes you want to read on. So, for overall rating, I’d give this book a 9.5/10.

Review by Adam

saving the world and other extreme sports book coverSaving the World and Other Extreme Sports by James Patterson

YA PATTERSON, J.

This is a really good book to read during the summer. Maximum Ride is a 14-year-old girl that has wings and can fly. She and her flock go on a mission to save the world and have to stop the crazy scientists from killing half the people in the world.

Review by Zoe

Something Wicked This Way ComesSomething Wicked this way comes book cover by Ray Bradbury

YA BRADBURY, R.

I thought that this classic book was really interesting. It made me think a lot! It was pretty scary and creepy, but it would be a great sci-fi read for anyone!

Review by Abby

Reviews by You!

pointblankPoint Blank by Anthony Horowitz

YA HOROWITZ, A.

I really liked the idea and descripton mixed in with action and excitement. A must read series!

Review by Lia

SeaofMonstersThe Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan

YA RIORDAN, R.

It’s another great action-packed book by Riordan. It is very detailed and definitely one of my favorite books. I love how the characters are well-developed and have a sense of humor. It’s full of all emotions and feelings.

Review by Jill

Divergent by Veronica RothDivergent book cover

YA ROTH, V.

5 stars!! A tale about true love and fighting back. Rebels, peacemakers, lovers, fighters, all come together. I really liked this book and I’m sure others will too!

Review by Natalie

ShadeOfMoonThe Shade of the Moon by Susan Beth Pfeffer

YA SF PFEFFER, S.

This book was an amazing read. It was interesting and a quick read.

Review by Ammu

I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You by Ally CarterI'd tell you I love you but then I'd have to kill you book cover

YA CARTER, A.

I really liked this book. 5 stars. It was exciting, romantic, and full of action. If you are looking for romance, excitement, and action, then read this book.

Review by Alexandra

DareYouToDare You To by Katie McGarry

YA MCGARRY, K.

The story is about trusting yourself. It’s about Beth who struggles with figuring out who she is and Ryan who does not know what his future should look like. I highly recommend this book to teen girls everywhere.

Review by Olivia

Does My Head look big in this book coverDoes My Head Look Big in This? by Randa Abdel-Fattah

YA ABDEL-FATTAH, R.

This was a very good book filled with laughter. Abdel-Fattah really does understand the life of a typical teenager. She wrote an amazing book! One of my favorites by far.

Review by Patricia

RunawayKingThe Runaway King by Jennifer Nielsen

YA NIELSEN, J.

I really liked this sequel to The False Prince. It was action-packed and you never get bored. There are twists and turns that keep you reading. I hope there is another book in the series.

Review by Mia

downsidersDownsiders by Neal Shusterman

YA SHUSTERMAN, N.

Downsiders is a wonderful book. Lindsay discovers a hidden world underneath her city. When she goes to the secret city with her new friend, Talon, she unknowingly puts his world in jeopardy.

Review by Kyra

BeachBlondesBeach Blondes by Katherine Applegate

YA APPLEGATE, K.

Sun, sand, water– how nice did that sound? It sure did sound great to Summer Smith. She was on her way to Clam Claw Beach, Florida, when a tarot lady tells her she she will find love. The lady tells Summer that she would meet three guys: mysterious, dangerous, and the one.

Review by Elizabeth

Reviews by You!

navigatingearlyNavigating Early by Clare Vanderpool

YA VANDERPOOL, C.

This book was great, stupendous, wonderful, thumbs up. At least, that’s how Early Auden, the strangest of boys, would describe it. Join Jack Baker and his new friend, Early, as he takes an unexpected turn in his life and tries to find his way back home.

Review by Genevieve

BattleLabyrinthThe Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan

YA RIORDAN, R.

Percy and his team have to go through a labyrinth. Their goal is to find the evil army.

Review by Om

sizzleSizzle by Lee McClain

YA MCCLAIN, L.

Amazing! The author did a great job of telling how you do things for your family. To help others who are hurt or ill. Trying to make something yours even when you’re having trouble.

Review by Jacqueline

Insurgent by Veronica RothInsurgent book cover

YA ROTH, V.

Insurgent by Veronica Roth was an amazing book! I couldn’t put it down and the suspense after every page kept me reading! If you haven’t read this book, you really should.

Review by Brayden

six months laterSix Months Later by Natalie D. Richards

YA RICHARDS, D.

I thought that Six Months Later was a really cool book. It didn’t turn out the way I expected, and I liked that. It was an interesting sci-fi read and I would recommend it to sci-fi and mystery lovers.

Review by Abby

CodeSilenceCode of Silence by Tim Shoemaker

YA SHOEMAKER, T.

5 stars!! This is a great book about friendship, loyalty, honesty, and trust. A group of friends witnesses a robbery but they are too scared and threatened to report it.

Review by Natalie

SlamSlam! by Walter Dean Myers

YA MYERS, W.

This book was basically about a basketball athelete (Slam) trying to overcome life. He has to move his grades up to stay on the basketball team while dealing with his best friends and his family. School is tough (for Slam).

Review by Stephanie

HowToLeadLifeCrimeHow to Lead a Life of Crime by Kirsten Miller

YA MILLER, K.

I liked this book because I think it can appeal to both kids and adults. It was a fast-paced book with an interesting plot and intriguing characters.

Review by Molly

FindingDaddyFinding Daddy by Louise Plummer

YA PLUMMER, L.

An awesome book! I love this book – it has a little humor, suspense, romance, and action. I think that this book would be good for teens like me.

Review by Khaulana

FoodGirlsAndOtherFood, Girls, and Other Things I Can’t Have by Allen Zadoff

YA ZADOFF, A.

Andy is the fat kid that stands in the back of the class because he can’t fit into a desk. Then when he developes a crush on a girl he finds himself trying out for football. He makes the team, but his life is kinda out of hand, so he is trying to piece back his life.

Review by Bennie