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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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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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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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The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness – Book Review

This book is one of my all time favorite. Patrick Ness (the author) weaves everything into it: including action, romance, an dystopian world, and most surprisingly braveness in the face of misfortune.

The Knife of Never Letting Go is about a boy named Todd. He lives on a planet called New World after settlers came there when Earth is ruined. Todd lives in a town called New Prentisstown that is filled with all men. He is close to becoming a man at 13 years old. One day while Todd is in the swamp is hears the impossible, silence, in a world where a man’s thoughts are projected and nothing is private. He goes home and reveals what he saw to his father, Ben. Ben hurriedly tells him to needs to leave thrusting a bag, Ben’s knife, and his Mom’s book (he can’t read) into his arms...

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Review for DJ Rising by Love Maia

So let me start off saying I absolutely love this book. It is about this boy named Marley who attends an elite prep school with a scholarship. He has to work hard for everything in his life: grades, rent money, and living expenses. This is because his mother is a drug addict. Marley’s father died a few years back and that’s when she fell into a deep and horrible downfall. Marley has to work several jobs just to pay the rent and provide for himself and her. Some of the jobs include being a busboy at a swanky restaurant and DJing for private parties. His dreams of becoming a big, full time Dj is fulfilled when he lands at job at the club Cream . This job is the thing of his fantasy and from there he learns more and more the tricks of his trade...

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Review for Boy 21

I enjoyed this book immensely. It really spoke to me in an personal level. I think this book would be great for the teen audience and also adults. I liked how Matthew Quick (the author) let the audience see a different side to a urban youth story.

Most people when they imagine a poor neighborhood and gang rivalries, think of African Americans. But this book switched the stereotype and had the Caucasion in the broke down neighborhood and poor, and the African American as the rich, well to do and comes from a prep school. I think most people don’t really get to read books involved with those switched stereotypes and it could be a breath of fresh air for some. The author also did a good job prolonging the story when learning about Finley’s history and how that impacted the way he acts now...

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Poems From A Drawer

Poems From A Drawer was very compelling and moving. I wasn’t fully aware of the depth that these poems would go into. The author, Ronald Kent, did a brilliant job of using the poetry medium to make an impact on really serious issues. He brought my attention to new things and allowed me to look at other issues that I had neglected or underestimated with a new perspective.

There was so much gained from Poems From A Drawer. Over the long length of time it took to compile everything, I really appreciated this collection. It will be nice to read this again after some time to see how relevant these taboo topics remain and how things have changed. Highly encouraged!

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Spinning the Record

I had forgotten what it was like to read about a celebrity’s life from something other than a trashy tabloid. Throughout the book’s entirety I experienced extreme laughter, excitement, and shock. Spinning the Record made me love the rockstar I already idolize even more. Written by a very notable author, Mark Yoshimoto Nemcoff, he knows how to keep his readers and give them what they want – even better when it’s true! I’m telling you… You have to read it. I’m still laughing as I write this review because the stuff is just too hysterical!

I feel like I’m an insider into the business now, and if I’m ever in the company of some of these guys, you’ll bet this is what we’ll be talking about. Spinning the Record definitely needs a volume 2!

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