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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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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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The Adventures of Sir Lancelot the Great

Title: The Adventures of Sir Lancelot the Great
Author: Gerald Morris
Series: The Knights’ Tales
Recommended for: Third Graders and Up; Boys Who Like Adventure and Swordfights; Fantasy Fans
Pages: 92
Call Number/Link:  J MOR (To add Link highlight and click the chain up top.)

Synopsis:

“Many years ago, the storytellers say, the great King Arthur brought justice to England with the help of his gallant Knights of the Round Table. Of these worthy knights, there was never one so fearless, so chivalrous, so honorable, so…shiny as the dashing Sir Lancelot, who was quite good at defending the helpless and protecting the weak, just as long as he’d had his afternoon nap. Behold the very exciting and very funny adventures of Lancelot the Great, as only acclaimed Arthurian author Gerald Morris can tell them.” –Amazon

 

My Thoughts:

This series is a hilarious and well-done introduction to the Arthurian legends. Morris has obviously read (and better yet, likes!) Mallory’s Le Morte d’Arthur, yet he also understands how children’s minds work, as well as what appeals to them. The stories of Sir Lancelot presented here feel fresh, funny, and accessable for third-graders, but do not compromise the integrity of the original tales. For instance, when he meets the Lady Elaine of Shalott, Sir Lancelot gets shot in the–well, we’re not told exactly where he’s shot, but he has to sit on a pillow when he rides, and the accompanying illustrations provide more clues. After sustaining this injury, however, Sir Lancelot is able to return (anonymously) to a tournament at court, where he saves the day in more ways than one. Thus, the beauty of the original story is intact, but the readers are sure to howl with laughter once they “get it”.

 
 

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The Geek’s Guide to Unrequited Love

3P JKT Geeks_Guide.inddTitle: The Geek’s Guide to Unrequited Love
Author: Sarvenaz Tash
Series:
Recommended for: 8th grade and up
Pages: 256
Call Number/Link:  Teen Fiction Tash, S

Synopsis: Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy…
Archie and Veronica…
Althena and Noth…
…Graham and Roxy?

Graham met his best friend, Roxana, when he moved into her neighborhood eight years ago, and she asked him which Hogwarts house he’d be sorted into. Graham has been in love with her ever since.

But now they’re sixteen, still neighbors, still best friends. And Graham and Roxy share more than ever—moving on from their Harry Potter obsession to a serious love of comic books.

When Graham learns that the creator of their favorite comic, The Chronicles of Althena, is making a rare appearance at this year’s New York Comic Con, he knows he must score tickets. And the event inspires Graham to come up with the perfect plan to tell Roxy how he really feels about her. He’s got three days to woo his best friend at the coolest, kookiest con full of superheroes and supervillains. But no one at a comic book convention is who they appear to be…even Roxy. And Graham is starting to realize fictional love stories are way less complicated than real-life ones.

My Review: I absolutely love, love, LOVED this book. The geek culture is pretty spot on. There was nothing that made me want to say NO THAT’S ABSOLUTELY WRONG. And they treated the whole geek culture very nicely. Tash didn’t portray them as “loser” or “nerds” they were just every day kids who loved Comic Books. In fact, one of their friends who went with them, who though it would be “nerdy”, ended up loving and it even says she can see why they love it so much!

The love story is spot on as well. I love how it was handled. I don’t want to give too much away in that area, but it was totally realistic. And honestly, while I was kind of cheering for it to go a different way, I was very happy with how it ended up. If felt perfect for the situation and seemed like something that would happen to one of my teens.

 
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Posted by on April 30, 2016 in Realistic, Romance, Teen, Uncategorized

 

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Matched

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Title: Matched

Author: Allyson Braithwaite Condie

Series: Matched Trilogy

Recommended for: Grades Middle & High School

Pages: 512

Call Number/Link:  TEEN FICTION CONDIE

 

 

Synopsis:

In the Society, Officials decide. Who you love. Where you work. When you die.

Cassia has always trusted their choices. It’s hardly any price to pay for a long life, the perfect job, the ideal mate. So when her best friend appears on the Matching screen, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is the one… until she sees another face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black. Now Cassia is faced with impossible choices: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she’s known and a path no one else has ever dared follow — between perfection and passion.

Thoughts: I really love this book I think as one reviewer said that this is very similar to the giver but more beautiful people.  I would also compare it to The Selection series as well.  The fans of both these books would love this trilogy.  It is fast paced and I just whizzed through the books since there are so many twists. They are available as an eBook, audio book and book form.  I started reading as paper copy then I finished listening to the eBook since I could not obtain a paper copy.

 
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Posted by on March 13, 2016 in Dystopian, Fantasy, Romance, Teen

 

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The Siren

The siren

 

Title:     The Siren

Author:   Kiera Cass

Series: N/A

Recommended for:   Ages 13-17

Pages:   336

Call Number/Link:  Teen Fiction Cass, K.

Synopsis:   Kahlen is a Siren, bound to serve the Ocean by luring humans to watery graves with her voice, which is deadly to any human who hears it. Akinli is human—a kind, handsome boy who’s everything Kahlen ever dreamed of. Falling in love puts them both in danger…but Kahlen can’t bear to stay away. Will she risk everything to follow her heart?

This was such a spellbinding book.  I loved the way she writes the character so heart felt.  She is unique and feels so many things and does not know why until she asks the Ocean more questions.  The twists and turns keeps you on the edge of your seat and you will never guess the ending.  Surprising what people keep hidden because they just don’t think it’s possible.  Can’t wait to for the sequel to see where she takes it, there are so many possibilities.  A great read for 8th grade and beyond.

 
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Posted by on February 8, 2016 in Fairy Tales, Fantasy, Romance, Teen

 

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Not if I see you first

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Title: Not if I see you first
Author: Eric Lindstrom
Series: N/A
Recommended for: 8th thru 12th grade
Pages: 310
Call Number/Link:  TEEN FICTION LINDSTROM

Synopsis: Blind sixteen-year-old Parker Grant navigates friendships and romantic relationships, including a run-in with a boy who previously broke her heart, while coping with her father’s recent death.

Parker Grant lost her sight at the age of seven in an accident that killed her mother.  As a coping mechanism, she created what she refers to as “The Rules,” and she expects everyone in her life to adhere to them. “Don’t help me unless I ask. Otherwise you’re just getting in my way or bothering me.” “Don’t be weird. Seriously, other than having my eyes closed all the time, I’m just like you only smarter.”  Through these rules, and many others, I was drawn into what it is like to be a blind teenager (as much as I could be).  With the recent death of her father, she is trying to continue on with life in a no-nonsense fashion.  She has a quick wit and a gift for sarcasm.  Things get complicated when she meets a boy who doesn’t treat her like a blind girl, and her former best friend/boyfriend begins attending her high school (she hasn’t spoken to him in two years). Luckily she has some true friends who help her navigate the ups and downs of life.

I loved this book!  It drew me in right away, which surprised me because I wasn’t convinced I would like the book when I read the book jacket.  The struggles of high school as a teenage girl rang very true (I was a teenage girl back in the day!).  The insights into being blind were very interesting to me, and made me think about so many things I take for granted as a sighted person. The friendships were genuine and the emotions very raw at times.  I highly recommend this book for someone looking for realistic fiction.  It is a safe book to recommend if the patron is looking for a book without sex.  The most physical interaction in a make-out session in the back seat of a car.

 
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Posted by on December 17, 2015 in Realistic, Romance, Teen

 

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Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between

23369370Title: Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between
Author: Jennifer E. Smith
Series: N/A
Recommended for: 9th Grade and Up
Pages: 256
Call Number/Link:  Teen Fiction Smith, J

Synopsis: On the night before they leave for college, Clare and Aidan only have one thing left to do: figure out whether they should stay together or break up. Over the course of twelve hours, they’ll retrace the steps of their relationship, trying to find something in their past that might help them decide what their future should be. The night will lead them to friends and family, familiar landmarks and unexpected places, hard truths and surprising revelations. But as the clock winds down and morning approaches, so does their inevitable goodbye. The question is, will it be goodbye for now or goodbye forever?

Review: Smith has been one of my favorite authors since The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight and did not disappoint with Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between. This plot is a bit different than some of her others as it’s not about falling in love, but knowing that you love each other and deciding it’s wise to stay together when you’re going to be on the opposite sides of the country. It’s very bittersweet as you can tell the characters have a lot of history and have to decide if they want to follow logic or their hearts. Will going into college being attached to someone really hold them back? Will they find themselves waiting around for a phone call when they should be out having fun? Clare is def. the more hardcore logically one about it while Aidan is doing everything he can to convince her that they can make it. She’s got her reasons and while they’re a bit shaky at time it’s hard to fault her for the logic even if you want to shout that she should follow her heart. After all, long distance relationships are hard for adults let alone 18 year olds experiencing their first time away from home. Sometimes it’s all about timing and that can often overrule the love you have for each other.

While I think any teen can enjoy this one,  I do think it will resonate the most with seniors as I’m sure some may be facing the very same situation soon.

 
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Posted by on August 31, 2015 in Romance, Teen

 

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The Summer of Chasing Mermaids

23309653Title: The Summer of Chasing Mermaids
Author: Sarah Ockler
Series: N/A
Recommended for: Grades 8 & Up
Pages: 399
Call Number/Link: Teen Fiction Ockler, S.

Synopsis: The youngest of six talented sisters, Elyse d’Abreau was destined for stardom—until a boating accident took everything from her. Now, the most beautiful singer in Tobago can’t sing. She can’t even speak.

Seeking quiet solitude, Elyse accepts a friend’s invitation to Atargatis Cove. Named for the mythical first mermaid, the Oregon seaside town is everything Elyse’s home in the Caribbean isn’t: An ocean too cold for swimming, parties too tame for singing, and people too polite to pry—except for one.

Christian Kane is a notorious playboy—insolent, arrogant, and completely charming. He’s also the only person in Atargatis Cove who doesn’t treat Elyse like a glass statue. He challenges her to express herself, and he admires the way she treats his younger brother Sebastian, who believes Elyse is the legendary mermaid come to life.

When Christian needs a first mate for the Cove’s high-stakes Pirate Regatta, Elyse reluctantly stows her fear of the sea and climbs aboard. The ocean isn’t the only thing making waves, though—swept up in Christian’s seductive tide and entranced by the Cove’s charms, Elyse begins to wonder if a life of solitude isn’t what she needs. But changing course again means facing her past. It means finding her inner voice. And scariest of all, it means opening her heart to a boy who’s best known for breaking them . . .

My thoughts: I normally love Ockler, but this one took me a bit to fall in love with. It could have just been one of those wrong book/wrong moment things as I’ve talked to others who have loved it. While it looks like it should be a romance book, the focus is way more on Elyse and Christian healing/standing up for themselves than them falling in love. There is certainly a lot of feels, but there’s a lot of fun as well.

I did think think the book dragged for me until the mid-point, once I hit that moment I totally loved it. I will say, one of my favorite scenes is how the group rallies around Christian’s younger brother when he wants to enter the mermaid parade. The kid LOVES mermaids more than anyone else, but he’s denied because he’s a boy. They way it works out is near perfection. There is also a very strong feminist feel to this book in almost ever aspect. It was refreshing to see Ockler hit some of the topics in a very organic way. It never felt forced or preachy.

So, maybe not my favorite Ockler book, but I’m glad I didn’t give up on it. A very solid read overall.

 
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Posted by on July 29, 2015 in Realistic, Romance, Teen

 

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99 Days

22836575Title: 99 Days
Author: Katie Cotugno 
Series: N/A
Recommended for: 9th grade & up
Pages: 384
Call Number/Link: Teen Fiction Cotugno, K

Synopsis: Day 1: Julia Donnelly eggs my house my first night back in Star Lake, and that’s how I know everyone still remembers everything—how I destroyed my relationship with Patrick the night everything happened with his brother, Gabe. How I wrecked their whole family. Now I’m serving out my summer like a jail sentence: Just ninety-nine days till I can leave for college, and be done.

Day 4: A nasty note on my windshield makes it clear Julia isn’t finished. I’m expecting a fight when someone taps me on the shoulder, but it’s just Gabe, home from college and actually happy to see me. “For what it’s worth, Molly Barlow,” he says, “I’m really glad you’re back.”

Day 12: Gabe got me to come to this party, and I’m actually having fun. I think he’s about to kiss me—and that’s when I see Patrick. My Patrick, who’s supposed to be clear across the country. My Patrick, who’s never going to forgive me

My Thoughts: Seriously, this book left me kind of flabbergasted. One moment I was screaming YES YES YES but the next I was beating my head against the wall. Basically, the book is about a recently graduated girl named, Molly. Two years ago she made a terrible mistake and slept with her boyfriend’s (Patrick) brother, Gabe. They were kind of broken up-but maybe not completely, seriously it’s a perfect Ross yelling at Rachel WE WERE ON A BREAK moment. Anyway, she tells her mom, who then turns her story into her latest best-seller, which means everyone in town–and the country/world–knows about her mistake. She then decides to spend her senior year at boarding school, so this summer is the first time she’s been home since the book came out.

Turns out, Gabe really likes her and is the first to really welcome her home & the two enter into a relationship. This is where the book starts going downhill though. Molly has the perfect opportunity to stay on the straight and narrow, but instead decides to cheat AGAIN with Patrick, meaning she spends the whole summer making the EXACT SAME mistake that made her run away. She has the chance to fix everything and literally crashes and burns in the same manner. I mean, why?! I just….I can’t even.

There are some good points to the story though. The writing is well done & the characters, for the most part, are pretty believable. I also LOVED that the author tackled the whole double standard issue. Everyone is slut-shaming Molly, but Gabe, who basically betrayed his brother as well, remains untouched. He repeatedly points out that he is just as much to blame as she is in this whole thing. And it’s pointed out again, the second time around with Patrick, making the blame be shared equally.

All in all, though, I can’t really recommend this book. Interesting concept/premise, but ultimately a failure. Instead I would I look into the following read-a-likes for a more enjoyable read.

Read-a-likes
The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Hahn
What I Thought was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick
Catching Jordan by Miranda Keanneally
Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler

 

 

 
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Posted by on June 30, 2015 in Romance, Teen

 

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