Category Book Reviews

The Duff by Kody Keplinger : Book Review

I recently read this book after seeing the movie trailer for it. One of my most important rules, that I follow, is if a movie is based off a book I’m going to read the book first. So that’s what I did with “Duff” and I had high expectations for it. I mean if a book is going to be a movie then it has to be pretty good, right? Well no, if you assume that before reading this book you would be wrong! I didn’t really like this book and because of several reasons: poor timeline of events, lousy potrayal of characters, and unrealistic events that unfold in novel.  I felt like this book was just to get teens to like and sell to the masses. Although I wasn’t blesses about th book, I still finished it, and now I know true agony (just kidding).

“Duff” is about a high school senior named Bianca...

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Gone by Michael Grant : Book Review

I know we’ve all become tired of the fake wannabe, dystopian society books that followed “Hunger Games”. Every time I see one I get really mad because I’m just really exasperated of seeing the same plot line and story over and over. When I was scanning the title and synopsis on the front page, I immediately thought it was going to be just like those aforementioned, and didn’t even want to finish reading the short paragraph. When I kept looking for a book to check out and couldn’t find one, I thought of “Gone”. My mind went back to flashing to the cover image (it’s very eye-catching/intriguing) and I got it. I enjoyed this book extremely and because of it’s odd storyline, alluring characters, and exciting plot...

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Book Review : The Shining by Stephen King

I have to admit that before reading “The Shining” I hadn’t really given a second thought to Stephen King, as a writer. I had heard of him but thought “oh, he’s  played out and probably isn’t good”. I couldn’t have been more wrong! When I recently went to the library with my older sister, I slowly drifted into the adult hardcover fiction section. Everytime I go, I usually stay in the teen categories but I was tired of seeing the same book covers wanted something different. When I saw the books by Stephen King, I grabbed one trying to see what all the fuss was about. The book I picked was “The Shining” because the title seemed interesting enough. After reading I would want to spread the message to everyone who hasn’t read one of S.K.’s novels to go their nearest library and grab one...

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Dairy Queen By Catherine Gilbert Murdock : Book Review

When picking a book to read, I was immediately drawn to Dairy Queen. Quite simply because it has a dreamlike quality to it which features a boy and a girl laying down opposite each other, just looking up at the sky. I liked it because it made me want to go outside and just experience the outdoors. I have to tell you after reading it, that it has become at the top of my favorites. I really connected with the book because the main character D.J. Schwenk is a teen, has big family responsibilities, and she sometimes feels as if nobody is on her side. This delightful story will make you laugh, bawl, squirm, and smile in happiness.

Dairy Queen is about a teen girl named D.J. Schwenk who runs a farm...

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Thirteen Reason Why by Jay Asher : Book Review

I recently checked out this book from my local library, and to tell you the truth it wasn’t worth the trip. Although I’ve heard about this book for years and it has always been at the top for teen fiction, I did read it. I never really got the opportunity to see it and had been dying to finally see what all the fuss was about. I started really optimistic and didn’t really know what to expect. Then when finishing it I was disappointed and mad at the fact of it being a less than stellar read. Before I go into on why I don’t like the book, I will tell you about the story.

So “Thirteen Reasons Why” is a book about a teen girl named Hannah who has committed suicide. It is told from the perspective of a boy named Clay Jensen who receives these tapes on his porch ( two weeks after Hannah dies)...

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Stolen by Lucy Christopher : Book Review

I recently read this book because it was one of the 2015 ABE books. If you don’t know what that means, ABE books are selected to be  of the most engaging teen fiction novels. Each year different books are selected and they are all picked because of their appeal to young adults. I thoroughly liked this novel and because of all the different themes integrated in it. I liked that Stolen gave a different aspect to an horror that everyone fears and hopes never happens to them. Although I wouldn’t want people to think it is okay for a crime like kidnapping to happen, people still could gain a new perspective when seeing how and why certain things to transpire.

Stolen is about a girl named Gemma and  a guy name Ty. While Gemma is at the airport read to board her flight, she meets Ty...

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Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater : Book Review

This book honestly changed my perception of teen fiction when I first read it. It raised the bar for when I’m deciding on what to read and got me interested in “real life fantasy” novels. Shiver is easily at the top of my favorite list for my books and no matter how many times I read this, I will be always willing to check it out. The first time I read Shiver was when my older sister checked it out from the library and I read it (this was in maybe 7th grade). I only got about halfway through when she decided to turn it back in (I know the spitefulness of older sisters) and had been looking for it for awhile...

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Escape from Camp 14 by Blaine Harden : Book Review

To me this book should be in the curriculum for all teens in history classes in high schools. When reading this I was shocked to learn the atrocities happening in North Korea that I knew nothing about. My heart hurt that people are getting killed and imprisoned in camps. This book really made me think long about how easy and carefree my life is in America compared to the how people are being treated in North Korea. Even though it was somewhat merciless reading it knowing what I have and the opportunities that are in my life, I liked it because it brought to my attention an issue that is important and wouldn’t have known about otherwise...

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Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell : Book Review

If you like books featuring quirky characters and a romance that is unconventional, this novel is for you. I love this book just for the very reason of it being written in a way that lets me gain insight with the main characters but progressing as it gets longer.

Eleanor & Park is about a boy and a girl named Eleanor and Park, just like the title states. Eleanor is a new student at Park’s school and to be put it simply; she’s weird. The clothes she wears are weird with clashing color combinations and outdated fashion. On the very first day of school Eleanor steps onto the school bus in the middle of the aisle for someplace to sit. When she attempts to sit in one  a mean “popular” girl named Tina stops her and that when she is about to cry...

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Fairest by Gail Carson Levine : Book Review

I love this book so much it’s crazy! I mean I’ve probably read about 15 times since first seeing it. It is written by my favorite author Gail Carson Levine who is most recognized for Ella Enchanted (which was also turned into a movie). This book (in my opinion) is loosely based of the fairy tale Snow White, and the twist this book gives to it just gives my life.

Fairest is about a girl named Ava who lives in the kingdom of Ayortha. In Ayortha singing is everyone’s second nature and Ava is best of them all. She can actually throw her voice so it appears to come from anywhere and she can also mimick anyone’s voice. She would be an actual catch in her kingdom except for the fact of her being ugly...

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