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Teen SRC 2018- Paper Hearts by Meg Wiviott

Image result for paper hearts bookThis book is based on a true story that took place in World War II, during the Holocaust, about two girls named Fania and Zlatka, about the bond that help them hope for the best in the face of the worst.

For Fania’s birthday, Zletka makes something for her that could mean death if it was ever discovered. She makes an origami heart, containing the wishes for happiness and hopes of all of their friends for Fania to carry. This heart is one of the few items created in Auschwitz, and can be seen today at the Montreal Holocaust Memorial Center.

This was a very touching book about a beautiful friendship, found in a cruel, bitter, and unexpected place. These brave girls were able to still hope for a better future after everything they’ve been through, and should be looked up to.

 

Teen SRC 2018- Phoebe Will Destroy You by Blake Nelson

Phoebe Will Destroy You

Phoebe Will Destroy You by Blake Nelson

Okaayy….to be completely, utterly honest, I had thought it said Drake Nelson instead of Blake Nelson-and I literally just forget about the whole Nelson thing so-I thought the author was Drake. As in the guy who made the songs: God’s Plan, Hotline Bling, One Dance, etc. You get the idea. So……yeah. That would be the reason I read this book. On to the book! 🙂 🙂

But, I still really enjoyed this book despite my little mistake. *cringe*. This book is about a boy named Nick who has a half alcoholic half author mom. You know, I always find books that have a little twist in them the most entertaining. Anyways. Nick moves to his uncle’s home for the summer after his junior year, and gets to chill out a bit-and work at his uncle’s car wash. Then he meets a mysterious girl named Phoebe. He suddenly finds himself in love with her. Ick. Ack. Bleh. Honestly, I don’t really think she’s his type, but…oh well. Anyways, there goes the whole plot.👍

I felt like the book fell a bit flat at the end, but overall, I would say that it was a pleasant read for people who don’t like stories that are so long it would take you a whole 24 hours to finish. 🙂 I loved how the author made us walk right in Nick and Phoebe’s shoes! It was such an adventure!😊

Teen SRC 2018- Waiting For You by Susane Colasanti

So, this book is kind of hard to explain without making it sound like a boring book without Waiting for Youany excitement, so, I’ll try my best to not make you fall asleep. This book is about a girl named Marisa who is ready to turn herself into a new girl. She’s planning on a boyfriend, a great year, and, well, I guess that’s really all. So, when her longtime crush, Derek, asks her out, she feels like a prince has just come to rescue her. But unfortunately, the relationship doesn’t go as great as expected, with so many other problems that rise up along the road, like her parent’s divorce, and a fight with a friend. She isn’t so sure about her dreams of a ‘happily ever after’ now.

I loved this book because it showed Marisa’s perspective so well that I could imagine almost exactly how Marisa was feeling!~ I definitely recommend this book! 💖

Teen SRC 2018- Run by Kody Keplinger

A blind girl and a bisexual girl get into a car, steal it in the middle of the night, and have Runthis awesome adventure. That’s what it may seem like at the start, but nope. It’s so much more than that! This was my first Kody Keplinger book, and I LOVED IT! 💕💕

This book is about two girls: Bo and Agnes. Bo has a reputation that isn’t so great, a mom who is addicted to meth and drugs in general, and a deadbeat dad. Agnes is blind. Those three words basically sum up her life. She doesn’t have priveliges that normal high school kids would have, like staying out until after 10pm. But Bo and Agnes develop a friendship, and when Bo needed Agnes, she didn’t hesitate to say yes. So, they stole a car🚗, bought a car, tracked down Bo’s dad, leading the police on a wild goose chase, and most of all, confronting some ugly secrets of the past.

When I finished this book, it gave me a jittery feeling-kind of like when I finished reading the book: Eleanor and Park. I particularly loved this book because it had a few twists that I definitely wasn’t expecting, and I definitely recommend this book!😍😍 Happy Reading!😊

Teen SRC 2018- People Like Us by Dana Mele

People Like Us

I  am, honestly, throughly afraid of horror murders, but I just couldn’t resist. This book’s protagonist, Kay, is a star soccer player and has a tight-knit group of friends. But the day when she and her friends find a girl’s body in the lake, Kay’s life is on the brink of self-destructing. She has carefully buried her past away, and the past is the past…right? The dead girl has left Kay a computer coded message…or, as one might say: a scavenger hunt. But Kay starts to realize something. The detectives are starting to suspect Kay more than anyone else. Kay only has a limited amount of time to find the murderer, or her life is at stake. 🙁

I recommend this book to people who are fans of: Pretty Little Liars, Dangerous Girls?Dangerous Boys, and murder mysteries in general! 🙂 So, this book was like a buy-every-copy-available-and-force-all-my-friends-to-read-it stage of awesome. Seriously. Although I didn’t really force anyone to read it. 😉

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 – 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.

 

Teen SRC 2018- It’s Not Summer Without You by Jenny Han

It’s Not Summer Without You  by Jenny Han

When a summer romance gets flipped around, Belly (read the first book to this trilogy to It's Not Summer Without You (Summer, #2)understand) knows something’s up. Especially when Jeremiah calls her and says that Conrad has dissapeared. The fishy thing is, just a while ago, Belly heard that their beach house at Cousins Beach was being sold. Belly knows that Conrad always tries to do what’s right, so sets off to find her boyfriend. (Really, both of them are her boyfriends, but…) 😉 I loved how they expressed their emotions so thoroughly through a book. I can’t even! I finished the second book without realizing it. It felt like I have just started and then suddenly it’s done! I guess you can call me a Jenny Han addict. Read the whole series! JUST DO IT! 🙂

Teen SRC 2018- Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum

Tell Me Three Things

Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum

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There. Three things you know about me now. This book, Tell Me Three Things, is about a girl named Jessie who is the new girl at this California school. She finds it extremely difficult to find friends, and when an anonymous email comes to her from a boy saying that he knows who she is and is willing to help, Jessie is incredulous. She declines the offer, but realizes that she might need the help after all. She accepts, and her journey of friendship with this mysterious boy begins.

I loved the voice of Jessie: shy, strong, timid, clumsy….. She was my favorite character of the whole book.

Teen SRC 2018- Fireworks by Katie Cotugno

FireworksFireworks by Katie Cotugno 

Let me set this straight. I didn’t love, love, love this book, but I didn’t hate it either. I would give it a 3 stars out of 5. While it was fast paced and it kept me intrigued, I felt like the ending was really bad. *winces* (Sorry that was seriously harsh). I also felt like the romance in this book was a little unnecessary, because the real point of this book was between the friendship of two girls.

It is about two girls named Dana and Olivia, best friends for life. When Olivia auditions for a singing group, Dana tags along, and she ends up getting chosen along with Olivia. It was such a shocker for Dana, the girl who has never sung more than a backup. But little did they know that only one girl can be chosen.

I really loved this book of friendship and trust!