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The Lying Game

The Lying Game

Written by Sara Shepard, author of the Pretty Little Liars Series, and a show on ABC, The Lying Game is a book that had so many twists and turns, I couldn’t put it down.

Separated at Birth, Emma, and Sutton were identical twins living two opposite lives Sutton has it easy, getting adopted sooner into a rich family, where as Emma had spent her childhood living off of thrift store clothes and bouncing from foster home to foster home.

When Emma and Sutton decide to meet up, things go terribly out of plan. Sutton disappears and Emma has to step in, pretending to be Sutton. Overwhelmed, Emma struggles to keep up with Sutton’s Lifestyle.

Will Emma figure out the reason behind Sutton’s disappearance, or will she end up having the same faith as her sister.

This was an AMAZING READ, I literally couldn’t put this book down. I wouldn’t recommend this book if you want a short and quick read.

I would rate this book a 6/5 stars ✨✨✨

Teen Book Review – Sadia by Colleen Nelson

Fifteen-year-old Sadia Ahmadi is a proud muslim who is passionate about basketball. Her best friend, Mariam however wants to be noticed, and not be shunned for wearing her hijab, and starts de-jabbing (removing her hijab), at school every morning. Conflicted, Sadia tries to convince Mariam not to, but watches fro the sidelines her best friend being transformed into a completely different person.

When tryouts for an elect basketball team is announced, Sadia jumps at the opportunity. When tournament day comes, Sadia is faced with a difficult question; Should she wear her hijab and not play, or remove the hijab.

This was an amazing book, that really opened my eyes and broadened my perspective. I could not put this book down. I felt connected to the characters and could almost feel what they were feeling. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a fast read. I would rate this book a 5/5 stars Rebecca

Teen Book Review – Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

First off, Happy New Year everyone! May 2019 treat you well :))

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This week I read Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell and I found it really quirky and cute but not as relatable as I thought it would be. That aside, I must say I enjoyed it far more than Eleanor and Park, also by Rainbow Rowell, which was the second hyped-up book that didn’t meet my standards (after The Hate You Give). Fangirl is about a young woman named Cather just getting used to college life. Her twin sister, Wren, has always been the risk-taker and the extrovert while Cath stayed in the background and lived in the fictional universe of popular series: Simon Snow, and now, in college, she’s feeling isolated more than ever. At the beginning of the book, Cath is super shy and goes out of her way to blend in and disappear. When she’s in her room, she avoids her roommate as well and instead focuses on the Simon Snow fan-fic she’s been working on her whole life. As the story progresses, however, she meets new people…whether she wanted to or not and starts to open up more and more.

Like any Rainbow Rowell or John Green book, there isn’t really a plot and the main component is just continued character development and relationships, which sadly, bores me quite a bit. However, I did like this book, just not as much as I probably would’ve had it had a more intense storyline. Overall rate: 4/5 stars, nice light read.

Winner of the Teen SRC Booklet 2019 Contest

Thank you for all the wonderful submissions for the Teen SRC Booklet Cover Contest! They were all so great and it was was to pick just one. The winner of this year’s contest is: Megan Y! 

The theme for the Teen Summer Reading Club for 2019 is Superheroes and Megan’s image will be on the booklet and all the promotions for the Teen SRC 2019.

Congratulations Megan!! 

Teen Book Review – Scythe by Neal Shusterman

Image result for scythe the bookScythe by Neal Shusterman is actually the book prize I won from the 2018 Summer Reading Club so naturally I was pretty hyped. I really like the dystopian genre, hence half of my other reviews and I mean, just LOOK at the cover 🙂 !!!! However, I had recently read The Hate You Give (which was another one of the Richmond teen picks) and sadly, I was pretty disappointed by it. Happily though, Scythe turned out even better than I expected. For those of you who don’t know already, Scythe takes place in a world where everything is perfect, nothing poses a threat to you, as you CANNOT die. However, since population growth still needs to be controlled, there are highly trained individuals around the world whose jobs are to “glean” (basically controlling the population by killing). They are scythes. Their job is to select victims randomly and glean a certain number per duration of time. They are held to the highest moral fibre of their being, meaning they need to rise above the seven deadly sins of humanity and glean with honour, justice and equality. Because after all, the first requirement to becoming a scythe is to not wish it. However, not everyone is as honorable as they claim, you might even find that a few, quite enjoy what they do. (round of applause for that rhyme there, thank you) I’m not gonna say anything else because if there’s one thing I can’t stand, it is spoilers…But I leave you with this last comment: This book is amazing, it is very well written and it’ll do you good to give it a try. 5/5 stars for the win! Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to go read the sequel, and remember, “thou shalt kill”.

Teen Review – Jack of Hearts (and Other Parts) by Lev A. C. Rosen

Okay what? This book is just…..uh…..very…..mature for a 8th grader. Namely, me. I wasn’t Image result for jack of hearts and other partsreally a big fan of the book. AT ALL. If you read the blurb of this book, you will know what it is about. A teenage gay boy, his friends, a sex column, and a stalker. Well, I didn’t read te blurb, assuming that no book can be THAT bad. I mean, I love books, and, well, I’ve enjoyed about 99% of the books I’ve encountered in my lifetime. So.

I took it off the shelf seeing that it was fairly new and had a very eye-catching cover page. Yeah. Probably shouldn’t have judged a book by its cover, but……ANYWAYS. Enough about that. This book was basically about a boy named Jack who’s in high school. A VERY INAPPROPRIATE HIGH SCHOOL, in fact. So, one day he gets a note that says: “You’re cute” (or something like that…I returned the book immediately after realizing how unsatisfactory it was). Then, his friend asks him to write in a sex column. Already heading towards the wrong side, y’all. So, to prevent further uncomfortable-ness? I’ll just stop here and warn you: IT’S REALLY SEXUAL GUYS. Yeah. Just don’t. I mean, it was a pretty good plot, but…..a bit TOO much for me. So…. huh.. backing off…..

I guess that BASICALLY kinda maybe sorta summarized my whole….uh…. opinion on this book. But, y’know, everyone has their preferences!

Teen Book Review – Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Ready Player OneThe book review this month is: (drumroll pleaseee) Ready Player One by Ernest Cline! It’s been a while since the movie came out so hopefully I won’t be revealing too much in this review. Anyways, a super quick summary: Ready Player One is set in the future, and is narrated by a guy named Wade. In this future, the world is dying, global warming and the fossil fuel crisis is at it’s worse and the world isn’t expected to last much longer. However, why live in this world when you could live in a much better one? Introducing… The OASIS, a virtual reality everyone basically lives in. A place where you could easily go to mars, defeat monsters and live out your dream life. A place where you aren’t about to die. And guess what, the founder/creator (James Halliday) of this computer program has just passed away, and his fortune is up for grabs… we’re talking multibillions right now… but, to make sure someone worthy inherits his mountains of cash, Halliday set up a scavenger hunt inside the game in which only the most able and talented gamers would be able to find and solve all the scattered clues. Okay, that was pretty much all I can reveal without spoiling more than the first few pages of the book. My opinion of this book is super high! I find it a great read that doesn’t take too much time for those of us who are busier. I can also tell that Mr. Cline researched quite a lot before writing said novel because everything in here, all the allusions (did your english teacher drill this term into your head yet?) are very intricate and well thought-out. Just WOW that’s a lot of effort put into creating this book. I can’t really explain it without you reading the book yourself so go do it right now. I’ll wait. Need more motivation? I rate it a 5/5 :)) completely. Now GO!!!

Teen Review – To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

Random thought: Imagine if Nickelodeon was a book? This is Jojo Siwa, and you’re reading Nickelodeon! Hah! Sorry. That was really random. Anyways, back on topic: Image result for to all the boysbooks. So, you’ve probably been asking (or not) why I haven’t been so active recently, and thets because of school. AHA school is just SO great isn’t it? Nope. Okay, school isn’t as bad as they describe in movies, but hey, I’m back, so obviously i didn’t die!

So, I’ve been recently reading this book: To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before. It’s such a good book! I love how Jenny Han portrays the characters so well! Btw, guys, if you haven’t watched it already on Netflix, do it now!

AANYWAYS……this book is about a girl named Lara Jean who writes letters to all of her crushes and hides them in a box. Until, someone accidentally(or not…) sent them out. So, now she has to face the ultimate humiliation. Then we get introduced to Josh. Josh used to date Margot, Lara Jean’s older sister. But after they broke up, Lara Jean’s childhood crush rose up again. Another one of her childhood crushes, Peter Kavinsky, is the most popular and charming guy at school. AKA a guy who recieved one of Lara Jean’s letters that was mistakenly sent out. In order to make Josh notice Lara Jean, she tries to make him jealous-by ‘pretend-dating’ Peter Kavinsky. So, it would be a win-win for both of them. Peter has just recently broken up with his pretty and popular girlfriend, Genevieve. So, with the same tactic, both would get the best result….right?

I loved this book so much! I borrowed it from my school library, and you have no idea how many times I’ve renewed it! 😁

Teen Book Club First Meeting!

Hey teens! Did you finish a really good book and wish you had someone to talk about it with? The Teen Book Club at Richmond Public Library is perfect for you! Each meeting we will be discussing and reading various books with a genre theme each month. This club will not only motivate you to read during the school year, but also improve vocabulary and articulation! This club is open to all teens whether you are an avid reader or trying to become one. Our meetings are on Saturdays, once a month from 2-3pm. If you are interested, please sign up here!

Pop-Up AR – Spots Still Available!

Pop-up books aren’t just for kids. Check out this pop-up book for The Walking Dead–it’s not for the faint of heart…

We are going to work together to create something quite unique and sinister. Our spooky book will walk readers through a haunted house. With the addition of augmented reality, readers will meet some otherworldly characters (HINT: you guys + green screen magic).

There are still spots open–sign up and tell a friend!