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Teen Review
We Are Here to Stay Cover
Susan Kuklin
Reviewer's Rating: 
4
Thursday, May 9, 2019

This book encompasses the stories of multiple teens who made the journey to America through hardships and struggles in order to live a better life for themselves and their families. The book is written in first person and through short stories that allow the reader to get to know the subjects of the story and from the mouths of the immigrants themselves, without influencing the reader to think a certain way about the issue. I think that the cover was really powerful because It draws the attention directly to the title, which is ultimately the message of the book. I would say that it is...

Teen Review
Descendant of the Crane Cover
Joan He
Reviewer's Rating: 
5
Monday, May 6, 2019

In this book Hesina, the princess, takes the throne and immediately begins investigating her fathers death, believing him to have been murdered. She enlists the help of a convict who is much more than he seems. Hesina also learns who can be trusted and who can't be, and those who betray her are not who you would expect

I thought the cover was gorgeous. Honestly when I picked it up I figured Hesina would be travelling outside her kingdom to seek out the truth behind her fathers death, but the entire time she stayed in the palace. But I do like the crane on the cover. I think that...

Teen Review
Girl with Sharp Sticks Cover
Suzanne Young
Reviewer's Rating: 
5
Monday, Apr 15, 2019

Mena, a girl at the Innovations Academy, has her eyes opened and wants more out of life than to be stuck being a possession. She and her friends meet a boy named Jackson while out, and come up with a plan to escape from the perfection and obedience of the Academy. I love the cover because it goes to show that under a mask of perfection there is always another side hidden underneath.

The idea of having to be perfect all the time and emotionless was a strong point in this book. I feel that girls today feel that obedience and perfection is the key to being wanted in society as this...

Teen Review
Black Enough cover
Monday, Apr 8, 2019

The book itself reflects the central idea of what it is like to be young and a person of color in today's world. It is a collection of stories from black and brown young people of all shapes and sizes that speak on the importance and brings awareness to the fact that there are still racial issues in one's friend group and the education system. The diversified book speaks on behalf of all young people. During the first or second chapter, they discussed the comment "you are white". Which is when a fellow black person is called white because how he or she may carry himself or talk, or what...

Teen Review
Izzy + Tristan Cover
Shannon Dunlap
Reviewer's Rating: 
4
Monday, Apr 1, 2019

This modern take on a centuries-old story is a delightful mixture of light-heartedness and surprisingly insightful commentary that leaves an unexpected mark on the reader. There is both humor and sweet romance that electrifies the fast-paced plot. The witty personalities of Izzy and Tristan against the Brooklyn setting provide interesting insight on the difficulties of teenage years, especially when love is involved. The addition of third narrator, Brianna, brought a refreshing outsider's view to the love story that sets this novel apart from its genre.

This book has quite a few...

Teen Review
You Asked for Perfect Cover
Laura Silverman
Reviewer's Rating: 
4
Monday, Apr 1, 2019

Ariel Stone is the epitome of a perfect student: he takes AP classes, volunteers, and plays first chair in the school orchestra. However, when his classes start to push him past his breaking point, he finds that sacrificing his health and relationships isn't giving him the same satisfaction and results it once did.

Ariel was such a relatable character that helped me realize the importance of placing one’s mental health over work and school. Ariel’s story is a fantastic reminder and warning to high-achieving students of what can happen when you do not take the time to focus on one’s...

Staff Review
Book Cover
Preston Norton
Reviewer's Rating: 
5
Monday, Mar 25, 2019

An engrossing story narrated by a wonderfully entertaining, snarky protagonist.

Teen Review
The Soul Keepers cover
Devon Taylor
Reviewer's Rating: 
5
Monday, Mar 18, 2019

When teenager Rhett dies, he becomes a skelletor on the Harbinger, which is a ship that collects souls when people die. Suddenly, a demon appears and wants some special power that Rhett seems to have. What could it be? How will Rhett and his new friends stop her? Or can they even? 

The most compelling aspect of the book with all it's different characters reacting to the situations they were put in and to each other. I loved the cover; it gave this creepy ominous vibe without telling much about the story but sort of hinting at things. Much like the book, the cover is suspenseful....

Teen Review
The Lonely Dead cover
April Henry
Reviewer's Rating: 
5
Thursday, Mar 14, 2019

This book is about a girl named Adele who can see the dead. She's diagnosed as a schizophrenic and given pills to stop her "hallucinations", but one day, she misses a dose, realizes how alive she felt, and started flushing her pills. However, she sees the ghost of a former best friend who was murdered, and winds up being the prime suspect.

The most compelling part of the book for me was the shocking accuracy and logic in it. I could tell the author knew what they were talking about when they brought up terms such as Occam's Razor, how detectives were able to legally lie to suspects...

Teen Review
Kiss Number 8 Cover
Ellen T. Crenshaw
Reviewer's Rating: 
4
Tuesday, Mar 12, 2019

Kiss Number 8 tells us about all of the kisses that Mads (the main character) has had so far in her life. The book leads up to her kiss number eight. After that, the book continues to tell us how her life dramatically changed after kiss number eight. The most compelling aspect was how after she kissed one of her good friends that was a girl, and all her friends suddenly stopped hanging around her. I was never disappointed, and I thought this book was very good at connecting with teens.

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