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Reviews by Category: Humor

Teen Review
The Last True Poets of the Sea cover
Julia Drake
Reviewer's Rating: 
4
Tuesday, Oct 1, 2019

I think that the cover is beautiful. I like that the illustrations of the plants and things in the background give the cover the feel of the ocean since the book is called Last True Poets of the Sea. The most compelling aspect of this book was that the main character was hunting for a lost shipwreck that one of her ancestors survived. I thought that the plot of the story was really interesting. The only thing I was disappointed with in this book is that it seemed to take a while to get the story going, the beginning was a little slow. Nothing really happened during the first half but the...

Teen Review
https://jocolibrary.bibliocommons.com/item/show/1449501036_two_summers
Aimee Friedman
Reviewer's Rating: 
4
Friday, Jun 8, 2018

When Summer makes a split second decision before boarding a plane, her summer divides into 2 parallel worlds. In one, she travels to France, where she has dreamed of going ever since her father left her to move there. In the other, she stays home in her ordinary suburb, where she expects her ordinary life to continue. In both summers, she is destined to fall in love, and discover new sides to herself. But what might break her though, is a terrible family secret that she can’t hide from. But in the end, it might be the truth she needs the most.

This was cute! I would have liked more...

Teen Review
https://jocolibrary.bibliocommons.com/item/show/1150622036_there_is_no_dog
Meg Rosoff
Reviewer's Rating: 
4
Thursday, Jul 6, 2017

What if God were a teenage boy?

In the beginning, Bob created the heavens and the earth and the beasts of the field and the creatures of the sea, and twenty-five million other species (including lots of cute girls). But mostly he prefers eating junk food and leaving his dirty clothes in a heap at the side of his bed.

Every time he falls in love, Earth erupts in natural disasters, and it's usually Bob's beleaguered assistant, Mr. B., who is left cleaning up the mess. So humankind is going to be very sorry indeed that Bob ever ran into a beautiful, completely irresistible girl...

Teen Review
https://jocolibrary.bibliocommons.com/item/show/798202036_on_the_edge_of_the_dark_sea_of_darkness
Andrew Peterson
Reviewer's Rating: 
4
Thursday, May 4, 2017

Janner, Igiby, Tank, and their disabled sister Leeli are gifted children living in a cottage above the Dark Sea of Darkness. But even with their gifts and the help of their mother and former pirate grandfather, they still struggle to survive as the evil Fangs of Dang pursue them and take over the land by killing anyone who stands in their way. For these children are not only special, but the Fangs believe they hold the secret to finding the legendary jewels of the former king.

This book drew me in with the humor and creativity of names and phrases and situations. Some of it was the...

Staff Review
Book cover
Noelle Stevenson
Reviewer's Rating: 
4
Thursday, Nov 19, 2015

The wild, unpredictable shapeshifter Nimona has just appointed herself sidekick to archvillain Lord Ballister Blackheart, promising to aid him in his quest to prove to the kingdom that the Institute of Law Enforcement and Heroics is up to no good.  But NImona doesn't play by the normal rules, and she quickly has everyone in an uproar wondering just who she is and where her mysterious powers come from.

Staff Review
A picture of a yellow ticket with the words "My one-way ticket to Salvation" in the middle, along with the title and author's name
Aaron Hartzler
Reviewer's Rating: 
4
Tuesday, Oct 13, 2015

This is the memoir of Aaron Hartzler, a writer and actor currently living in Los Angeles. The story covers his growing up years right here in the Kansas City metro.

Staff Review
Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith
Andrew Smith
Reviewer's Rating: 
5
Friday, Jun 6, 2014

Behold the history of the end of the world - by Austin Szerba. The end of the world does not start with a bang or a bomb, or an ultimatum from outer space. It begins (and ends) in Ealing, Iowa, in Grasshopper Jungle, the parking lot behind the strip mall containing a pizza place, the liqueur store and the second-hand store. It begins when Austin and his best friend Robby (who is is pretty sure he is in love with) are bullied by the local small-town thugs who will never amount to anything (because they are not bright enough too and because they will shortly die).

Staff Review
Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong by Prudence Shen and Faith Erin
Prudence Shen and Faith Erin
Reviewer's Rating: 
4
Friday, Jun 7, 2013

Charlie and Nate have grown up on the same street. The two, forced into play-dates as children, could not be more different. Charlie, kind and a little shy, is the captain of the basketball team. Nate is the outspoken and geeky president of the robotics club. Although not even on the same social ladder, the two have always been on good terms...until now. When the school announces that the decision about funding the robotics club's trip to a national competition or new uniforms for the cheerleaders will be left up to the student council, Nate decides to run for Student Body President.

Staff Review
Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World
Michael Cera
Reviewer's Rating: 
5
Monday, Aug 16, 2010

So this weekend I went to see possibly one of the best movies ever!!! I might even go so far as to say that this is the best book-to-movie adaptation I have ever seen. But before I start fawning over it I will give you a quick background. Scott Pilgrim vs the World is based on the Scott Pilgrim books by Bryan O'Malley which I have blogged about before. Like all the classics this is the story of boy-meets-girl. 23-year-old Scott Pilgrim lives in Toronto, Canada.

Staff Review
It's Kind of A Funny Story
ned Vizzini
Reviewer's Rating: 
4
Wednesday, Jul 14, 2010

I read It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini years ago but the story has always stuck with me, I think it was something I could really relate to. It's about a guy who is at the top of his class at his public school. He is a pretty competitive person (at least academically) and he desperately wants to get into this very elite prep school, probably more for the challenge of getting accepted than actually going.

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