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Teen SRC 2019- the perks of being a wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Hey! This is my first teen SRC review I’ve ever done so I wanted to dedicate it to a book that meant a lot to me. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

I first read this book when I was around the age of 10 and to be honest, I had no idea what was going on half of the time. I actually thought this book was pretty pointless. A few years later, I saw it at the local library and I thought I’d give it another try, given the fact that I was literally 10 when I first read it. I started reading through it, when it hit me how dumb I was as a child. I saw Charlie’s writing through a whole different perspective and it amazed me how much I related to his thoughts. I felt as if Charlie and I were somehow reaching out to each other. Charlie and I shared a fascinating connection of poetry and reading. As I flipped through the pages in this book, I felt myself get more and more attached to Charlie. It blew my mind knowing that I could connect with a character in such a way.

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Teen SRC 2019 – Love Is Both Wave and Particle by Paul Cody

Love Is Both Wave and Particle

Love Is Both Wave and Particle by Paul Cody

Different, important, and beautiful. Love is Both Wave and Particle written by Paul Cody is one of a kind.

Two troubled, yet brilliant teens, Levon and Samantha are assigned to work on a senior project together. They don’t know a thing about each other, but their school’s counselor, Meg thinks they’ll work well with each other.

Levon doesn’t know who his father is. It’s always put a strain on his relationship with his mother, Susan, and made him anti-social. Despite being smart and likable, Levon has no friends. He never thought he would want a friend, not until he meets Samantha. Samantha suffered from depression from as long as she can remember. Her suicide attempt a few months ago, though, forced her parents to realize what was going on, and after intense therapy, she starts at a new school. She is intrigued by Levon’s ability to understand her. Together, Levon and Samantha start on this journey of self-discovery, and understanding. They come to terms with their pasts, and look towards the future, one they might have together. There are ups and downs, but slowly they get to know, and learn to love each other.

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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 2018 – Perfect: A Pretty Little Liars Book

Perfect: A Pretty Little Liars book is written by Sara Shepard

The third book in the Pretty Little Liars Book, the story picks up from where it last stopped. A continues to send threatening messages, planning to expose Alison DiLaurentis best friends for their secrets which were supposed to die with Alison. Spencer’s parents send her to her therapy, thinking it will help her feel better with all of the mysterious deaths happening around. Hanna wants to improve her relationship with her friend, at the same time look good in everything she wears. Aria wants to improve her relationship with her mom and her English A.P teacher Mr. Fitz. Emily wants to redeem herself in her parent’s eyes, by being the swim team captain and stepping in line with the family. Will the four Girls find out who is this mysterious A or will they be exposed, one by one?

This was a great book. I would rate this book a 5/5. I would recommend this book to people who enjoy reading about drama, mystery, and thriller. This book had a good plot and I liked that it was written in the perspective of all four girls. This helped unreel the story bit by bit.

Teen SRC 2018 – Weave A Circle Round by Kari Maaren

Teen SRC 2018 – Weave a Circle Round by Kari Maaren

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Weave a Circle Round by Kari Maaren

Weave A Circle Round is a book about a 14 year old girl named Freddy. She just wants get through her high school life but when a pair of reality-disobeying weirdos move in next door, life gets complicated.

This book is certainly strange. It starts like your typical high school drama book, slowly starts to add light mystery and supernatural elements, then completely flips everything on its head by adding something from an entirely different genre without warning! Now, you could see this as a good thing or a bad thing. On one hand, this book could sound like it has no sense of direction, but on the other, you could see organised chaos(which I think is what the author was going for). But which hand is the right one, and which one’s the left? In my opinion, both kinds of people should read it.Read More

Teen SRC 2018 – Romeo and or Juilet by Ryan North

Teen SRC 2018 – Romeo and/or Juliet by Ryan North

 

 

 

 

 

Romeo and/or Juliet by Ryan North

This is a light-hearted choose-your-own-adventure book that I thoroughly enjoyed. The options are open and there are plenty of endings for you to try to reach, many of which make no sense whatsoever (in a good way, of course). These include fighting robots and a choose-your-own-adventure game in a choose-your-own-adventure book. Readers can play in the perspective of either Romeo and Juliet. What made this book quite appealing to me was how this book was able to portray the underlying themes such as “gender inequality and loving the idea of love” that are apparent in the original play. Readers may even find this book useful for school. However, for readers who prefer a more sophisticated writing style, be warned that the book is written in a casual and joking tone, making the book very comedic. As a person who gets tired of such writing style quite easily, I can’t exactly say I can give this book full marks, because I’m just biased and evil. I’d give this book a solid A-.

Teen SRC 2018 – Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard

Teen SRC 2018 – Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard

Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard

Reading this novel was quite the struggle — not in a bad way, but in the exact way I was hoping for. *Spoiler Ahead* Upon finding the cheating sister or the shoplifting bad girl, I couldn’t help but want to smash my face into my desk or holler out loud, because I simply couldn’t see these girls as real girls. For example, a girl in the novel who was a straight-A student ended up cheating with her sister’s boyfriend which I found was quite unbelievable because for a student to have achieved such good grades shouldn’t that person be tenacious enough to resist such temptations? The author was clearly setting up this situation so the girl would earn the right of being called a “drama girl”, which apparently every girl in this book had to be. In a book like “Pretty Little Liars”, there is no girl whose background is not filled with mystery and drama. Everyone is so shallow impulsive that I thought for a split second that none of them have an actual functioning brain. In a nutshell, in a city where drama is stirring, four ex-friends receive a couple text messages each about the murder of their fifth ex-friend including some blackmail. And because none of them have an actual functioning brain, the author is able to write an infinite number of sequels as well as prequels. Since it did deliver what I was hoping for though, I would give this novel an A or mystery text messenger A.

 

Teen SRC 2018 – The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot

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The first book in the #1 New York Times bestselling Princess Diaries series by Meg Cabot.

Mia Thermopolis is pretty sure there’s nothing worse than being a five-foot-nine, flat-chested freshman, who also happens to be flunking Algebra. Is she ever in for a surprise.

First Mom announces that she’s dating Mia’s Algebra teacher. Then Dad has to go and reveal that he is the crown prince of Genovia. And guess who still doesn’t have a date for the Cultural Diversity Dance?

The Princess Diaries is the first book in the beloved, bestselling series that inspired the feature film starring Anne Hathaway and Julie Andrews.

I absolutely adore this book. The humour is exactly my style, short and sarcastic, and the characters are real (like you believe they are in your living room and are having an agruement.) The movie, as a child I loved, and I watched it several hundred times in a row, but what you might not know is that this book is slightly different. The movie only focuses on the first half of the book, and is more “child-friendly”. This book is more mature in language but has more immature characters.

Overall, I recommend this book to anyone who wants to walk through memory lane this summer.

Teen SRC 2018 – Ali’s Pretty Little Lies

 

Ali’s Pretty Little Lies by Sara Shepard

Ali’s Pretty Little Lies is written by Sara Shepard and is the prequel to the Pretty Little Liars Secret. Even before Alison DiLaurentis disappeared mysteriously. Alison’s life was perfect. Everyone loved her. She was the ‘It’ girl. She had it all. Until her whole life came down to this one lie. Scared, Alison manipulates her “friends” into unleashing their deepest and darkest secrets. Scared of the consequences one lie becomes another until it ended her life permanently.

This book was a good read, however even though this book is a prequel, it is best to read once you are finished reading the Pretty Little Liars full book series, as it had all these hidden things that will spoil the rest of the book. I would rate this book 4.5/5 as the plot was great. It was good to finally find out what happens inside Alison’s head, as the books in the PLL series are told from the perspective of Ali’s friends. As the story progressed, the plot was very slow. Overall it was a quick read.