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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Lies we tell ourselves- by Robin Talley

Lies We Tell Ourselves

Pen Name: Margo Roth Spiegelman
Age: 16
Title: Lies We Tell Ourselves
Author: Robin Talley
Publisher: Harlequin Teen


Summary:

Lies We Tell Ourselves is the story of a fictional Virginian high school that opens its doors to black students for the first time in 1959. The story follows Sarah and the nine other black students as they are endlessly harassed and threatened in the hostile environment of the formerly all-white high school. I liked this book a lot! It broke my heart, but in the good way. It forced me to look more closely at the racism and homophobia that existed in the past and those prejudices that exist today.

Cover appeal:

Sure, I liked the cover. I liked the yearbook format.

Most compelling parts of the book:

I've read a lot of books that bite off more than they can chew, but Lies We Tell Ourselves somehow manages to discuss racism, gay right,s and the violence that often followed school desegregation; while pretty much giving each issue good amounts of attention.

Disappointments:

Nope.

How would you rate this book?

4 - Better than most

Recommendations and final thoughts:

I would absolutely NOT recommend this book to anyone who has to study for a biology test or sleep, because you might end up reading this instead of doing either of those things!

Monday, March 23, 2015

The Madman's Daughter- by Megan Shepherd

The Madman's Daughter (The Madman's Daughter, #1)


Pen Name: Little Red Riding Hood
Age: 18
Title: The Madman's Daughter
Author: Megan Shepherd
 Publisher: Balzer+Bray

Summary:

Making a life for herself in London, Juliet Moreau attempts to move on from the family tragedy that affected her life. Assuming her father had died, Juliet is shocked to discover that her father is still alive and living on a secluded island where he is continuing his unnatural experiments. Eager to reconnect with her long lost father, Juliet sails to the island but soon learns it is not all the she thought it would be.  

Cover appeal:

I like the colors used on the cover; it gives it a mysterious and eerie sense. 

Most compelling parts of the book:

The most compelling aspect would be learning what Juliet's father's experiments were.

Disappointments:

I did find myself very disappointed with the book. I had absolutely no connection with the main character or any other character. Also I did not care too much for the "romance". I did appreciate the main idea of the story, it really interested me; however, it did take me a while to finish reading this book.

How would you rate this book?

2 - Needs more work



Saturday, March 21, 2015

VOTE NOW- Teen's Top 10



Teens,

It is time to vote for your favorite Teens' Top 10 books. Click on the link below and select your favorites before the end of March.


Let us know that you voted and we will enter your name in a drawing for a new book and some tasty treats! 

The Kidney Hypothetical- by Lisa Yee

The Kidney Hypothetical: Or How to Ruin Your Life in Seven Days

Pen Name: Margo Roth Spiegelman
Age: 16
Title: The Kidney Hypothetical
Author: Lisa Yee
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books


Summary:

 When Higgs Boson Bing refuses to answer a hypothetical question posed by his girlfriend about whether or not he would give her a kidney, his life falls apart. Higgs has always been an obedient straight A student, but after his relationship ends, a series of pranks marks the beginning of his rebellious streak.
I didn't really like this book. I felt like I'd seen it all before. It was far from original. And the beginning was super clunky and awkward.


Cover appeal:

The cover was interesting because it looked different; it caught my attention. And yes, it reflected the contents.

Most compelling parts of the book:

The most compelling aspect of this book was definitely the ending. I can't say much more other than that.

Disappointments:

Like I said, these themes were not original and they weren't explored from a new perspective or anything.

How would you rate this book?

3 - Readable

Recommendations and final thoughts:

If you want a book about crushing parental expectations, I'd suggest Good Enough by Paula Yoo. Because this book wasn't that great.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

We all looked up- By Tommy Wallach

We All Looked Up

Pen Name: Annabeth Chase
Age: 13
Title: We All Looked Up
Author: Tommy Wallach
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers


Summary:

We All Looked Up is a book about some seniors in high school that find themselves in the most unexpected ways. They meet a mysterious boy who disappears when a meteor hits and...

Cover appeal:

Yes, very well. It showed the kids looking at the meteor in the sky.

Most compelling parts of the book:

Ardor, the mysterious boy.

Disappointments:

No, I was very happy with it overall. Maybe a little more set up but nothing else really.

How would you rate this book?

5 - Hard to imagine a better book

Recommendations and final thoughts:

Teens, and young adults. Probably my friends, maybe not my family just because some discussion about the book could get a little awkward at the dinner table, if you know what I'm saying.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Coin Heist- By Elisa Ludwig


Coin Heist

Pen Name: Star
Age: 13
Title: Coin Heist
Author: Elisa Ludwig
Publisher: Adaptive Studios Inc.


Summary:

This book is about 4 teens who want to rob the U.S. Mint after their school goes bankrupt. Among their own problems robbing the Mint adds to their problems and worries. They also become great friends. I really liked this book.

Cover appeal:

I liked the cover especially because at the bottom of the cover is the 4 teens who try to rob the Mint. I enjoyed trying to guess who was who on the cover. It reflected the book well. I also liked the colors.

Most compelling parts of the book:

I think the romance part of the book was the most compelling and the mystery wondering what was going to happen next.

Disappointments:

I thought the book was a little bit predictable.

How would you rate this book?

4 - Better than most

Recommendations and final thoughts:

I would recommend this book to teens.

Monday, March 9, 2015

We all looked up- By Tommy Wallach

We All Looked Up

Pen Name: Tonks Toes
Age: 15
Title: We All Looked Up
Author: Tommy Wallach
Publisher: Simon & Schuster


Summary:

An asteroid is coming towards Earth with a 66.6% chance of impact. This story follows the life of four teenagers that are seemingly completely different, and how they all intertwine- they're karass.

Cover appeal:

The cover is what drawn me to this book. I love the matte finish (it's a personal love of mine). But the title is too small to read from afar. It's sitting next to me and I can barely read the title. I like that the people on the cover are doing exactly what the title is, looking up.

Most compelling parts of the book:

I would have to say the rawness of it. I would say that this book is realistic fiction, yet not quite a 'slice of life' novel. It's about how an almost inevitable doom can affect, or lack thereof, everyone.  

Disappointments:

In the beginning, all of these characters were thrown to me and I had no idea what to do with them. How are they all connected? Who are they talking about? Wait, I thought that that was the other guy??
I'd forget who was talking because there were so many characters to keep track of from the beginning.
 


How would you rate this book?

3 - Readable

Recommendations and final thoughts:

Read this book in as little time as possible. Or else you'll get confused and forget minor details that turn out to pretty major.