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Teen SRC 2019 – Royals by Rachel Hawkins

Royals by Rachel Hawkins

A royal princess, a life full of fancy gowns and jewellery, is every little girls’ dream. Every day you’ll enjoy the luxuries of the beautiful palace and have the whole country fall in love with you. But that isn’t so true.

Daisy Winters, a red-haired offbeat sixteen-year-old whose life has been turned upside down with no desire to become a princess, or have anything to do with the royal family. Her perfect sister, Eleanor, is now engaged to the Crown Prince of Scotland, Alex, so it leaves Daisy no choice. Soon, she is whisked off to the palace in Scotland and twisted into their royal chaos. She finds that not everything is so glamorous as how Eleanor said. Yes, the palace is heavenly, the queen is beautiful and the princes are charming, but underneath all the sweet fake smiles and sparkling dresses are malicious schemes.

This book is a little similar to the Princess Diaries, but with more humour than romance. Daisy is quite an interesting character so the story is filled with fun and jokes. I like this book very much, especially the humour. Books about royalty and romances are totally my type but the humour really surprised me. It isn’t the thrilling, adventure action type so if you prefer that genre, don’t read this book, because it might get boring. Overall this is a pretty decent book and it’s not very long, I would rate it 4 out of 5 stars.

Teen SRC 2019 – To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

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

To All the Boys I've Loved Before - Han, Jenny

This story starts with Lara Jean Song, a sixteen-year-old who keeps her love letters in a precious hatbox her mother gave her. These are all the love letters she’s written, five in total, one for every boy she ever loved. And these are the love letters, where she pours out her secrets, all of the secrets that should never exist in any other’s worlds, it’s only for her imaginary world. Everything has been going wonderfully for Lara Jean, until someone anonymously stole her hatbox and sent all the letters to the five boys. As for Lara Jean, her life will become a disaster…

Wow, how embarrassing the title sounds already. Sometimes I am too scared to even say the name of this book because it’s too weird, way too weird. All the girls will be judging and the boys will definitely be disgusted. But to be very honest, I love this book. My best friend bought it for me as my birthday present because they love it too. It is too relatable to the pain in life and that’s why we enjoy it so much.

Teen SRC 2019 – P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han

P.S. I Still Love You

P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han. This is the continuation of To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, and it is just as amazing as the first book. Everything has gotten deeper into the story but when you read it, it makes you sink right in.

Lara Jean and Peter have been pretending to be together, just for personal benefits… until they actually fell in love. This is Lara Jean’s first relationship, and it all started with a dramatic make-believe. Things got complicated when another boy who received her letters came back for her. He was very charming, and he liked her too. Lara Jean was feeling the same way, but she also loves Peter. What will she do? Can she be in love with two boys at the same time?

P.S. I Still Love You is definitely some romance trouble again. It’s quite interesting and entertaining to see inexperienced Lara Jean slowly unravel her love life. I love this book just as much as the first, I would really recommend this series.

Teen SRC 2019 – Pretend She’s Here by Luanne Rice

Pretend She’s Here by Luanne Rice

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I enjoyed this book a lot but some parts were very scary even though it wasn’t the mature type of teen book. A book with new concepts really interests me and I had many friends suggest this book. It was certainly good but it was like half a horror story.

          Pretend She’s Here is a very dark story with quite some emotional parts inside. I did enjoy the book but it is very heartbreaking. There are frightening parts where it makes you tense up and urge you to read the next chapter. I would rate it 4 stars out of 5.

            Emily Lonergan and Lizzie Porter are the most loving best friends, they are almost like sisters to each other. Unfortunately, Lizzie Porter died of cancer and Emily and the Porter family were heartbroken. Lizzie was like Emily’s other half, while the Porters loves Lizzie dearly. Ever since Lizzie’s death, the Porter family has decided to move away and renew their life. The Porters are the only ones who understood how desperate Emily feels about Lizzie’s tragedy. Desperate enough to do something crazy.

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Teen SRC 2019 – The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

The Sun is Also a Star is the romance story of two young teenagers, falling in love within 10 hours of meeting each other, and changing each other’s lives forever. 

Natasha, is a girl who believes in science and facts, not dreams, not hope, not destiny nor fate. She isn’t the type of girl who will fall in love with a boy on the streets of New York City. It won’t happen because her family are illegal immigrants, who are being deported to Jamaica in 12 hours.

Daniel is always the good boy, who lives up to the high expectations of his parents. He loves to dream and write poetry, but he has to become a professional doctor and find a pretty Korean girl because that’s what his parents expect.

Somehow, the universe brought them together, something like fate, perhaps destiny. Daniel knows exactly they are meant to be together, but he just has to convince the all-scientific Natasha. Throughout the day, they debated over love and destiny, but they both cannot deny the connection they have, something more than just friendship. Soon, Natasha will have to leave America with her family, will they end up together? Or will they break the relationship they have and forget each other forever?

This book has been very popular so I got this as a birthday present from my best friend. The cover looked very tempting to read and the title looked like a deep thinking book. I didn’t enjoy the main story very much because I found it quite boring and unrelated to life. Some of the tiny details were very beautiful though, with all the descriptions of how Natasha and Daniel fell in love and broke apart. There were also chapters from other perspectives from random side characters and objects/concepts. It was really interesting to see how Nicola Yoon was able to write perspectives from the universe, love, life, history etc. I would still recommend the book, there aren’t many stories like this one, with all the miraculous things happen within one day.

Teen SRC 2018- 365 Days of Wonder by R.J Palacio

365 Days of Wonder365 Days of Wonder by R.J Palacio

This isn’t a story book but a book of everyday of the year with a quote for each day. It is about different precepts that diverse people wrote and put into a book about friendship, kindness, courage and love. The quotes are from books, movie/book characters, famous people etc. Here is a few spoils of some of the quotes: “The best things in life are not things.”-Ginny Moore “Practice random kindness and senseless acts of beauty.” -Anne Herbert

I personally like the book even there isn’t any story to it. There is a lot of inspirational words and quotes in the book that can actually help with real life. It really is amazing how the author found so many great precepts. This is a wonderful book for Wonder fans and people who need some inspiration and comfort. I would rate this book 5 stars. Hope this review is helpful!

Teen SRC 2018- Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Hunger Games is a very action packed book with a lot of excitement. It takes place in a place what was once North America. There are 12 districts control by the Capitol of Panem and the Capitol has created a national violent game called the Hunger Games. Every district needs to send 2 youths to compete in the the game. They will need to fight to death until 1 stands alive. (Yes, I know it’s so cruel.) This story is about a 16 year old girl named Katniss Everdeen, competing in the Hunger Games, surviving on her hunting skills and quick thinking. She will meet difficult problems and face impossible choices.

I personally really like this book but some parts are really violent and sad. So if you can’t stand someone dying then I suggest you not read this series. It is very exciting and written very well. I would rate this book 5 stars. Enjoy the book if you decide to read it! Hope you found this helpful. =)

Teen SRC 2018- The Elite by Kiera Cass

     The Elite by Kiera Cass

The Elite is the second book of The Selection series. So if you haven’t read the first book, don’t read this review because there will be some spoilers!

In this book, the Selection for Prince Maxon is narrowed down to 6 girls, the Elite. America is one of them. All the girls are doing everything to win Prince Maxon’s heart but America isn’t sure. She is torn between Maxon and Aspen. When she did choose, something big happened and she’s doubting her decision again.

This wasn’t my favorite book out of all the books I’ve read but it’s okay. Some things happened throughout the story but it wasn’t that interesting. I would still suggest to read it though if you want to read the whole series.

Teen SRC 2018 – Allegiant: The Divergent Series by Veronica Roth

Allegiant: The Divergent Series by Veronica Roth

This is the third and last book of the Divergent series so if you didn’t read the first two books then don’t read this!

The Divergent series is about a 16 year old girl living in a future Chicago which is divided into 5 factions that describes your personality. Her name is Beatrice Prior. She is a Divergent which means she is not one personality and that is very dangerous in this world. If the leaders find out who she is then they will kill her. They kill all the Divergents because they say that they are dangerous to their society since they cannot control them. If you have already finished the second book then you will know what I’m talking about. I read the second book awhile ago so I kind of forgot what happened. When I started reading this book, I was very confused. So I don’t say this book is that good. But if you like adventurous books then you should probably read this series.

Teen SRC 2018 – Sundae My Prince Will Come by Suzanne Nelson

Summary

Sundae My Prince Will Come is a romance story with ice cream and ballet. Malie is a teen girl who loves ballet but her mother manages an ice cream parlor near her school. Her dream is to lead the dance in an upcoming production of Cinderella but her mother is doesn’t support her. Her boyfriend Ethan, cheers her on but with all the problems, she might not be able to continue her ballet.

An cute Italian boy moves to her school and he loves gelato ice cream. Alonzo and Malie made a deal: If Malie lets him work at her mom’s ice cream parlor then Alonzo will let Malie take free dance lessons from his mother who is a famous ballerina. So much is happening that Malie is losing control of all that is happening around her. Did she like Alonzo? If she does, what about her boyfriend Ethan? Will she be able to have the lead role in Cinderella?

Review

I enjoyed this book very much, with ice cream and gelato, this story is much more sweeter. There are also more books by this author related to food and romance that I have also read. My favorite is this book so far in all of her books. I suggest this to romance readers around the age of Grade 5-7. I would rate this book 5 stars.