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I am not your perfect Mexican daughter

 

Title: I am not your perfect mexican daughter

Author: Erika L. Sanchez 

Series: n/a

Recommended for: Teen

Pages: 344

Call Number/Link:  TEEN FICTION SANCHEZ, E.

 

 

Synopsis: Wow, what a refreshing book that I can relate to as a young woman that grew up in the US with parents that were immigrants.  A little sad but it hits upon what the feelings are for a girl that grows up as first generation in America.  This is a great book for grades 8th or 9th grade and up.

Perfect Mexican daughters do not go away to college. And they do not move out of their parents’ house after high school graduation. Perfect Mexican daughters never abandon their family.

But Julia is not your perfect Mexican daughter. That was Olga’s role.

Then a tragic accident on the busiest street in Chicago leaves Olga dead and Julia left behind to reassemble the shattered pieces of her family. And no one seems to acknowledge that Julia is broken, too. Instead, her mother seems to channel her grief into pointing out every possible way Julia has failed.

But it’s not long before Julia discovers that Olga might not have been as perfect as everyone thought. With the help of her best friend Lorena, and her first kiss, first love, first everything boyfriend Connor, Julia is determined to find out. Was Olga really what she seemed? Or was there more to her sister’s story? And either way, how can Julia even attempt to live up to a seemingly impossible ideal?

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Posted by on January 8, 2018 in Realistic, Romance, Teen, Uncategorized

 

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Just Friends

Title: Just Friends
Author: Tiffany Pitcock
Series: N/A
Recommended for: 8th – 12th grade
Pages: 302  pages
Call Number/Link:  TEEN FICTION PITCOCK, T.

Synopsis:Told from both viewpoints, after Jenny and Chance, a bookworm and a popular heart throb, pretend friendship to save a doomed assignment, they are shocked to find a real friendship–and more–developing.

Comments:  Jenny and Chance have fifteen minutes to learn about each and then present what is learned in front of class.  There time is up before anything is done, so Chance and Jenny pretend in front of the whole class that they have been best friends forever.  They make up a silly story and each takes a turn embellishing.  It gets them the grade, but also starts their friendship.  I love the back and forth banter between these two.  It was a quick fun read.

 
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Posted by on September 30, 2017 in Realistic, Romance, Teen

 

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Dear Martin

Title: Dear Martin
Author: Nic Stone
Series: N/A
Recommended for: 7th grade & up
Pages: 224
Call Number/Link:  Teen Fiction Stone

Synopsis: Justyce McAllister is top of his class, captain of the debate team, and set for the Ivy League next year—but none of that matters to the police officer who just put him in handcuffs. He is eventually released without charges (or an apology), but the incident has Justyce spooked. Despite leaving his rough neighborhood, he can’t seem to escape the scorn of his former peers or the attitude of his prep school classmates. The only exception: Sarah Jane, Justyce’s gorgeous—and white—debate partner he wishes he didn’t have a thing for.

Struggling to cope with it all, Justyce starts a journal to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. But do Dr. King’s teachings hold up in the modern world? Justyce isn’t so sure.

Then comes the day Justyce goes driving with his best friend, Manny, windows rolled down, music turned up. Way up. Much to the fury of the white off-duty cop beside them. Words fly. Shots are fired. And Justyce and Manny get caught in the crosshairs. In the media fallout, it’s Justyce who is under attack. The truth of what happened that night—some would kill to know. Justyce is dying to forget.

Review: Man, does this book pack a wallop! It’s been almost two months since I first read it and I’m *STILL* thinking about it. A lot of people have been comparing this one to The Hate You Give; and while they are similar they are also very different. This one was a bit more emotional for me, especially considering it’s just a tad over 200 pages. Dear Martin, also deals more with privilege & racial profiling in general. It’s though provoking and one that people will be talking about for sure. Easily, one of my favorite 2017 books.

 
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Posted by on September 19, 2017 in Realistic, Teen, Uncategorized

 

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Dangerous Lies

Title: Dangerous Lies
Author: Becca Fitzpatrick
Series: N/A
Recommended for: Grades 9- 12th
Pages: 384 pages
Call Number/Link:  TEEN FICTION FITZPATRICK, B. 

Synopsis: After witnessing a murder, high school senior Stella Gordon is sent to Nebraska for her own safety where she chafes at her protection, but when she meets Chet Falconer it becomes harder for her to keep her guard up, and soon she has to deal with the real threat to her life as her enemies are actually closer than she thinks.

Comments:  It was an ok book, for my liking.  Stella is in the witness protection and I felt like she acted like a brat at times.  I know she was adjusting to a new life, but I got tired of it.  I was very glad when she started to accept her new life and actually give the new life a chance.  I did like the twist and turns at the end of the story.

 
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Posted by on August 23, 2017 in Realistic, Romance, Teen

 

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TEAR YOU APART

TEAR YOU APART

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Title:  TEAR YOU APART

Author:   Sarah Cross

Series: Beau Rivage (#2)
Recommended for:  Ages 15-17

Pages:  336 p.

Call Number/Link:  TEEN FICTION CROSS 

Rating:   ****

Synopsis:

Just when you thought all was well and good in the mystical town of Beau Rivage, another destined curse begins to unfold. As a sequel to the first book KILL ME SOFTLY, the book TEAR YOU APART is yet another torturous tale of two teens destined for either love, or death. In this somewhat twisted fairytale, Viv lives a rather ordinary life on most days. She hangs out with her friends, enjoys having fun, and waits everyday for her evil stepmother to have her huntsman rip Viv’s heart out. Viv shares her Snow White’s curse with her old best friend Henley, who is destined to become the huntsman who is ordered to rip out her heart, before she breaks his. The only thing that can seemingly save her is her prince to be Jasper. There’s just one catch, Jasper is a prince of the underworld, and cannot come to the surface of Beau Rivage. Will Viv continue to live in fear on the surface, never knowing what fate Henley will choose for her? Or will she run to the depths of the underworld, into the safety of her prince Jasper?

 

 

 
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Posted by on August 1, 2017 in Fairy Tales, Realistic, Romance

 

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The Upside of Unrequited

Title: The Upside of Unrequited
Author: Becky Albertalli
Series: N/A
Recommended for: Grade 7 & up
Pages: 336
Call Number/Link:  Teen Fiction Albertalli

Synopsis: Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love—she’s lived through it twenty-six times. She crushes hard and crushes often, but always in secret. Because no matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful. Fat girls always have to be careful.

Then a cute new girl enters Cassie’s orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly’s cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly’s totally not dying of loneliness—except for the part where she is. Luckily, Cassie’s new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick. Will is funny and flirtatious and just might be perfect crush material. Maybe more than crush material. And if Molly can win him over, she’ll get her first kiss and she’ll get her twin back.

There’s only one problem: Molly’s coworker Reid. He’s an awkward Tolkien superfan with a season pass to the Ren Faire, and there’s absolutely no way Molly could fall for him. Right?

Review: I loved this book. I fell into this one almost immediately and didn’t want it to end. Molly’s character was so great–and it was great fat girl/body positive rep as well. I think the feelings of being afraid to put yourself out there—and then crushing on more than one person–are something that any teen can related to. It also has great GLBTQIA+ rep. Overall, this one tops my list of favorites for the year.

 
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Posted by on June 28, 2017 in Realistic, Romance, Teen

 

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Queens of Geek

Title: Queens of Geek
Author: Jen Wilde
Series: N/A
Recommended for: Grade 7 & up
Pages: 288
Call Number/Link:  Teen Fiction Wilde

Synopsis: When BFFs Charlie, Taylor and Jamie go to SupaCon, they know it’s going to be a blast. What they don’t expect is for it to change their lives forever.

Charlie likes to stand out. SupaCon is her chance to show fans she’s over her public breakup with co-star, Reese Ryan. When Alyssa Huntington arrives as a surprise guest, it seems Charlie’s long-time crush on her isn’t as one-sided as she thought.

While Charlie dodges questions about her personal life, Taylor starts asking questions about her own.

Taylor likes to blend in. Her brain is wired differently, making her fear change. And there’s one thing in her life she knows will never change: her friendship with Jamie—no matter how much she may secretly want it to. But when she hears about the Queen Firestone SupaFan Contest, she starts to rethink her rules on playing it safe.

Review: While the pacing is tad bit off, I really, really like this one. It was such a positive portal of bisexuality, anxiety, and Asperger. Oh, and fandom–I really didn’t feel like there was any making fun of the fandom or making them seems like they were over-the-top. As someone who as been to many Cons, it felt like a pretty valid/realistic portal of what they’re like. Overall, this one of my favorite LQBTQIA+ books of the year and earned a huge THUMBS UP.

 
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Posted by on June 28, 2017 in Realistic, Teen