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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 SRC 2018 – Into White by Randi Pink

Into White

Into White by Randi Pink

Toya lives in Montgomery, Alabama and is shunned by almost everyone due to her race. Her only friend is her brother Alex. Desperate to be anything but black, Toya’s prayers are answered. Her new appearance attracts boys, friends, and popularity, but everyone who was important to her slowly starts to inch away from her.

This was an incredible book. It was not only humorous but it also had a great plot. The author Randi Park did an incredible job portraying the relationship between each character, in a short quick read. I would rate this book a 5/5.

Teen SRC 2018 – The Fault in our Stars by John Green

The Fault in our Stars is written by John Green.

Narrated by Hazel Grace, 16-year old girl who has Cancer, The Fault in our Stars is a novel about love, friendships, and the struggles and restrictions of living with cancer. Finished high school early, and now pursuing college, Hazel is someone who people call antisocial. Hazel’s mom decides that she is depressed, and sends her to a Support Group, along with a bunch of kids who also lives with cancer. Soon she meets and befriends, Augustus Waters, a cancer survivor, who lost his right leg to osteosarcoma. Gradually, they both share a bond, with the both, sharing each other’s favorite book. As Hazel’s favorite book finished without a conclusion, Augustus is determined to find the author and find out about the ending of the book. Hazel is at first, reluctant, but then discovers it is possible, they both take a trip to Amsterdam, to meet the author in real life. At Amsterdam, Augustus confesses his love for Hazel. At Amsterdam, the both of them discover and the journey of their lives and learn to step outside of their comfort zone.

I would rate this book a 5/5 as it has a great plot and it is one of those books that will make you want to laugh and cry.

Teen SRC 2018- Wired Man and Other Freaks of Nature by Sashi Kaufman

This book is about two boys, Tyler, and Ben. Tyler is the golden boy, and he’s worshipped Wired Man and Other Freaks of Natureby everyone. But Tyler has secrets of his own, and they’re starting to show under the golden boy cover. Ben, on the other hand, is partially deaf. The only things that don’t make him feel like a freak are soccer and hanging out with his best friend Tyler. And then Ben meets Ilona. She’s kind of a weirdo, with blue 💙 hair, tattoos, and no friends. But ever since Ben and Tyler have been drifting apart, Ben doesn’t know what it’s like to be alone-and maybe everyone needs to hang out with a fellow freak now and then.

I loved the whole structure of this book, and although there were a few ‍🌈LGBTQ+ themes in the book, I don’t think the author addressed it very well, so if you’re sensitive in topics like that, I highly doubt you will enjoy this book.

Teen SRC 2018- The Only Thing Worse Than Me is You by Lily Anderson

First of all, I have to say that this cover was sooooo cute. 🙂 Okay. Statement stated, so we The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is Youcan actually start this review in a proper manner. So, this book is about a girl named Trixie. Oh, and can I just say that I LOVE the name Trixie? Anyways, Trixie has 2 goals for her senior year: 1. Save enough money to buy the Doctor Who figurines from the local comic book store, and 2. to place 3rd in her class and knock Ben West down to number 4. Trixie is determined to give up her sleep to knock Ben down. But then her best friend starts dating Ben’s best friend. Aaaannndd….she’s dumped with Ben and told to be nice to him. They develop a shy friendship, but then, Trixie’s best friend gets expelled for cheating, Trixie doesn’t really believe it. Ben and Trixie have to pick who’s side they’re on….and they might not choose the same side.

This book cracked me up and I couldn’t put it down at all! I love Trixie so much! (And Ben….but not as much 😉 ) Oh, and I definitely recommend this book to huge nerds and fans of Marvel stuff. (Not me, but I still enjoyed this book tons). :)💕

Teen SRC 2018- Paper Towns by John Green

Paper Towns

I soooooo love this book! I honestly never disliked a book from John Green, come to think of it… Let’s go back on track and discuss this book: So, just to ensure I don’t spoil too much, I’ll copy and paste what it says on the book:

“Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs into his life—dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge—he follows. After their all-nighter ends, and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues—and they’re for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees the girl he thought he knew…”

I loved this book from the first word. Honestly, I don’t know how John Green does it. His books make me feel like I’m in Q’s shoes for the whole path. 🙂

Teen SRC 2018- Wesley James Ruined My Life by Jennifer Honeybourn

Wesley James Ruined My Life by Jennifer Honeybourn

Hah. Let me tell you guys my genius plan. No spilling the beans, all right?! Okay, here goes Wesley James Ruined My Lifenothing: So, step 1: Put on some expensive clothes and pretend to be an awesome model from Hollywood or something. Step 2: Run off to Antarctica with this book. Step 3: Read it over until I’ve memorized it or have it drilled into my brain. Step 4: Feed it to the penguins and pretend nothing happened. Step 5: Well, why don’t you be grateful that there isn’t really a step 5? 🙂 So, what do you think? Amazing, right? (Yeah, not really) But hey, who knows, maybe one day Jennifer Honeybourn will throw out her books in the air and let us keep them! Life is SO unpredictable. 😉Read More

Teen SRC 2018- This Heart of Mine by C.C. Hunter

 

This Heart of Mine by C.C. Hunter

Everyone owns a heart-at least, everyone that I know of. Some people have hearts that tell This Heart of Minethem to do things they’ll regret later. Some people are so sure of themselves that they don’t even listen to their heart. But, long story short, everyone has a heart. Kind or mean, jealous or sad. But this book is not about a heart itself. It is about what really lies within. Leah, a 17 year old girl has some…(okay, a lot) of heart problems. Her own heart was rejected by her own body, so she carries around a backpack containing a mechanical heart that can help her live-at least, until she receives a heart transplant. However, with her rare blood type, AB, there’s only (I’m afraid to say, ) a little splinter of hope. Leah wants to receive a heart for some obvious reasons: living life to its fullest, and most of all, not dying. But there are also some reasons that aren’t always so obvious. Like, having a guy who you’ve had a crush on since grade 7 finally notice you. That was before she finds out a heart is, in fact, available. But a while after, she realizes that the heart currently beating in her chest might be her crush’s brother- who, apparently, according to the news, killed himself in an act of suicide. Matt, her longtime crush,has finally asked her out, but Leah feels like a whole other person. In addition to that, both she and Matt have been having similar dreams that are telling them that Matt’s brother DIDN’T in fact, commit suicide. But as time goes on, Leah feels skeptical. Did he, or did he not commit suicide?

PHEW. Now that the ‘summary’ part of this review is over, I want to talk a bit about how I really saw this book. I felt like it wasn’t a book where, you read it, and it stops right there. This one was like a book that would leave you on a cliff-hanger for as long as it can, and then answer only a few of the questions you’ve had in mind. For me, it was like going on a scary roller coaster, getting whiplash at the start, passing out for the middle, and waking up to enjoy the rest of the ride. If you couldn’t tell, that was meant to be a compliment. I just loved this book so much I need…. to read it again!

Teen SRC 2018 – 99 Days by Katie Cotugno

99 Days99 Days by Katie Cotugno

Okay, so I would recommend this book if you’re really into brother-brother love triangles, cheating, and very romanc-ey romances. The thing is, Molly, the protagonist of the story, can’t learn from mistakes. Literally. Molly’s boyfriend was Patrick, but that was before she discovers a new liking for his brother, Gabe. She wasn’t planning on Patrick to know that she fell for his brother instead of him, but things go unplanned. When she was talking with Gabe alone at a party, Patrick sees her, and things are a whirlwind of disasters.

One thing I hate about Molly and her mom are: they don’t learn. From their own mistakes or those of others, they NEVER learn anything. It’s like someone infused a robot brain into a human body. I seriously wanted to slap Molly’s mom a few times to bring her back to reality. I’m not going to lie, it’s a tough read, and I feel like people are either really going to love this or really going to hate this. For me, it was both. I give this book a 3.99 out of 5.

Teen SRC 2018 – Eat the Sky, Drink the Ocean – Edited by Kirsty Murray, Payal Dhar, and Anita Ray

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Eat the Sky, Drink the Ocean – Edited by Kirsty Murray, Payal Dhar, and Anita Ray

Eat the Sky, Drink the Ocean is a collection of short stories, mostly dystopian/sci-fi. I honestly picked up this book at first because of its awesome cover, but I ended up really enjoying it! I was pleasantly surprised by the graphic stories, which are all amazingly illustrated. The length of the book means that you can read it in one or two sittings, and the stories were all charming and enjoyable. One thing I might’ve changed is to give some of the stories longer lengths to better develop their concepts, but that was the only flaw I found. I particularly enjoyed the humour and wit in several of these powerful stories. 10/10 would recommend!