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TeenTober 2019- Overturned by L.R. Giles

Overturned

Riveting, suspenseful, brilliant. From the moment I opened Overturned by L.R. Giles, I could tell this story wasn’t one I would be forgetting soon. Strong, beautiful writing combined with a captivating plot makes Overturned the gem that it is.

It isn’t easy being the daughter of a convicted killer, but Nikki Tate’s poker face never cracks. By operating illegal poker games in the basement of her family’s casino, Nikki knows she’ll be able to save enough money to get herself out of Vegas and into a good college with her friends. After all, what more could life possibly throw at her?

But then her father (who’s always claimed to be innocent) gets released from jail just before his death sentence. He comes back into the family and Nikki’s world flips upside down once again. With her father’s sudden overturned conviction and the cute new boy at school, is Nikki’s life on the turn for the better? Or will the secrets that almost cost her father his life end up taking hers instead?

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Teen SRC 2019- The Nameless City by Faith Erin Hicks

The Nameless City - Hicks, Faith Erin

Beautiful, compelling, sweet. The Nameless City by Faith Erin Hicks is a graphic novel about a young native girl, a sheltered outsider, and their determination to save the home they love.

When aloof and immune Dao (the most recent nation to have conquered the Nameless City) soldier, Kaidu arrives to the Nameless City to train, he instantly falls in love with this city rich in history and diversity. Trouble is brewing, though, and his father, General Andren is in the middle of it.

Rat, a native orphan living with the monks hates the Dao and everything they stand for. They stole her parents away from her, and now they’re taking her city, too. When she makes an unlikely friendship with Kaidu, she knows that she will do anything to keep the city, and her friend, safe.

This book almost made me cry. With gorgeous pictures and well written dialogue, it has what every good book does: a heart. It’s well-paced, and enough details are given without doing any info-dumping so that readers won’t feel lost, or bored.

I give the Nameless City a 9/10. It’s not my usual genre, but a friend recommended it to me, and I’m glad they did. It was odd, finishing the book so fast and I decided to read it a second time, taking care to appreciate the artwork and facial expressions instead of only the writing along the way. Would definitely recommend to readers of all ages.

Teen SRC 2019- The Fall Of Butterflies by Andrea Portes

The Fall of Butterflies

Whenever I read an incredible book, I like to search up the author and see if they have published other works because chances are, if I enjoyed one of their books I will also enjoy the others. Once such example is Andrea Portes. After reading Liberty (see my review here), I decided to read some more of her work, hence my review on The Fall of Butterflies. I am disappointed to say that I enjoyed The Fall of Butterflies less than I did Liberty, but found it a good read nonetheless.

The story starts with our protagonist, Willa Parker leaving her small town of What Cheer, Iowa to attend a fancy prep school her mother has chosen for her. Willa doesn’t see how a new life in the East will help her, and having hardly been able to fit in Iowa, she knows she will never fit in with the wealthy students of Pembroke Prep. Determined to lay low until she can find a way to escape, even if it means taking her own life, Willa goes by unnoticed by the students of Pembroke Prep on her first day at school. She is a little surprised, but mostly relieved. Her plan to lay low is demolished the next day, though, when a glittering, elusive, and rich girl takes the empty seat beside her in class.

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Teen SRC 2019 – The Truth Commission by Susan Juby

The Truth Commission

Hilarious, powerful, and deep. The Truth Commission by Susan Juby is one of those rare books that makes you want to forget what you read, just so that you can read it again and again.

Normandy Pale goes to an art school in Nanaimo. She knows that she was only accepted there because of her sister; the infamous Keira Pale, author of the graphic novel series, the Diana Chronicles, in the hope that she also has some of those talented genes. Despite that, Normandy has made a life for herself, everything is going relatively fine for her until her sister suddenly comes back from college with no explanation. It wouldn’t be much of a problem for other families, but ever since the first Diana Chronicle was published, Normandy has had a complicated relationship with her sister, that is if she has had any relationship with her at all.

Why? The Diana Chronicle’s supporting characters are Normandy and her parents. The graphic novel series are inspired by incidents that happened in her family, none of which are flattering, and all of which are exaggerated. Normandy hates the distorted version of herself and her family in the Diana Chronicles, but can do nothing about it, not when her parents are happy to pretend that it doesn’t matter. Needless to say, when Keira moves back in, the entire family is on tiptoes, trying not to do anything embarrassing enough to be featured in the Chronicles, while at the same time trying to provide the very picky environment Keira needs to finish working on her latest book.

On top of all this, Normandy and her two best friends Dusk and Neil, after having confronted a classmate about her plastic surgery, decide to form a Truth Commission. “The truth will set you free,” they claim, and with that begins their mission to discover and confront their classmates’ and teachers’ secrets, not for the purpose of juicy gossip, but simply because living a lie isn’t something anyone should have to do. After their first few successes, the Truth Commissioners are on a roll. But when a truth hits too close to home, even the Truth Commissioners know that some lines just aren’t meant to be crossed…

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Teen SRC 2019 – Afterward by Jennifer Mathieu

Afterward by Jennifer Mathieu

Afterward

Deep, heartbreaking, and honest. Afterward by Jennifer Mathieu was a wonderful book that explored the kind of tragic event we only read about in the news.

Caroline’s brother, Dylan was kidnapped when she was supposed to be watching him. He is gone for a few horrifying days before he is found, alive and apparently unharmed. With him in the kidnapper’s apartment is Ethan Jorgensen, a boy who was kidnapped four years ago, and was presumed dead.

Caroline is elated to have found Dylan but when her brother is having trouble sleeping, and can’t adjust to life back at home, she wants to find out what happened to him while he was kidnapped. After all, Dylan has nonverbal autism, and can’t speak for himself, and if she had been watching him that day like she was supposed to be doing, he wouldn’t have been taken. Her parents, though, seem happy with pretending nothing happened to Dylan at all. The only place she thinks she can find answers on how to help her brother is with Ethan Jorgensen. And maybe Caroline is the friend that Ethan needs, all along.

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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. 😉