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Teen Book Review – Far From the Tree by Robin Benway

Far From the Tree - Benway, Robin

Far from the Tree by Robin Benway. tells the story of three siblings that were put up for adoption by their biological mother.

Grace, the middle child, knew she was adopted, but was never interested in finding out anything about her biological family, not until she had to give up her own daughter for adoption. Now, she aches for the hole Peach (her daughter) has left behind and wonders if her bio mom felt the same way after giving her up all those years ago.

Maya, the youngest sister, had always felt a bit like an outsider; the only brunette in a prominently red-headed family. Her parents adopted her three months before they found out they were pregnant with Lauren, her younger sister. She used to be close to Lauren, but now everyone feels like they’re drifting apart. Of course, the fact that she has an alcoholic mother, and parents that can’t be in the same room for five minutes without yelling doesn’t help matters.

Joaquin, the older brother never got adopted. Being a boy, and half-Mexican might have something to do with it. His latest set of foster parents are perfect, though, maybe too perfect. So is Birdie, Joaquin’s now ex-girlfriend. Joaquin knows he will ruin everything, he knows that he will manage to hurt them. He doesn’t deserve them, and trying to explain that to them will hurt too much. So Joaquin does what the years in foster care has taught him to do; keep his secrets and fears close to himself, and not get too attached.

This book was wonderful to read. It touched important topics, such as foster care systems, teen pregnancies, racism, and the need to belong. Parts in this book made me want to cry, while some made me laugh. It was written in three different perspectives, which is my favourite style of writing, because it feels like reading three different books at the same time. The only thing about this book I didn’t like was the predictability of the plot and the characters. Other than that, AMAZING. I give it a 9/10.

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- A Long Walk To Water by Linda Sue Park

A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story

Nowadays, we don’t really struggle to live a good life, but it hasn’t always been like that. I read this book a quite long time ago, so here’s what the book says:

“A Long Walk to Water begins as two stories, told in alternating sections, about a girl in Sudan in 2008 and a boy in Sudan in 1985. The girl, Nya, is fetching water from a pond that is two hours’ walk from her home: she makes two trips to the pond every day. The boy, Salva, becomes one of the “lost boys” of Sudan, refugees who cover the African continent on foot as they search for their families and for a safe place to stay. Enduring every hardship from loneliness to attack by armed rebels to contact with killer lions and crocodiles, Salva is a survivor, and his story goes on to intersect with Nya’s in an astonishing and moving way.”

There are some stories that need to be told regardless of how sad or horrifying they might be. This is one of those stories. It shows the perspective of two kids fighting for a good life. 🙂

Teen SRC 2018- Elena Vanishing by Elena Dunkle and Clare B. Dunkle

Elena Vanishing by Elena Dunkle

“Where does thin become fat? Where does success become failure? Where does a great future become a horrible past full of heartache and regret?”

Elena VanishingThis book seriously triggered some emotions-okay. A lot. It shows a girl’s life with an eating disorder that has been slowly eating (Hah. Eating) her up day by day. In addition, she has a voice in her head telling her what to do-put on makeup, don’t eat this meal, you’re so ugly, etc. This girl’s name is Elena. Told from her perspective, it shows her struggles to fit in and be skinny. At the end, when I read the author’s note, I was shocked to find that this book is actually a true story about herself. I should have realized this sooner-a main character named Elena and an author named Elena? That’s too much of a coincidence. So, to sum it all up, this book is technically a memoir of the author’s life. Her mother, Clare, actually helped her write this book (hence the two authors in the title) 😛 I loved this book so much! But here’s a tip: If you don’t like rape or self-harm, DON’T READ THIS BOOK!

Teen SRC 2018- Breaker by Kat Ellis

Breaker by Kat Ellis

It all starts with a notorious serial killer nicknamed, The Bonebreaker. Quite original. I Breakerknow. But, things aren’t REALLY about this killer. This book is based on his son. Oh and:

¡EXTREMELY POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD!

Okay. Now, from here on, read at your own risk. The famous ‘son’ I’ve been talking about earlier is kind of the ‘main character’ or this novel. But then again, not really. Kyle Henry is his…..name. But really, his name WAS Kyle Bluchevsky-son of a notorious serial killer named Robert (Bobby) Bluchevsky. But Kyle’s dad has been killed in a death sentence, and it only leaves Kyle himself and his mom. So, he changes school, name, and most of all, his life. But even after his dad’s death, he’s still haunted by his father in the creepiest ways possible. Not soon after, he realizes that he recognizes one of the girls at his new school-in a bad way. Her mother was murdered by Kyle’s dad. But the girl, Naomi, is very soon intrigued by Kyle’s mysteriousness, all the while immune to the fact that this boy’s father was the killer of her mother. But as they open up to each other, secrets float up to the surface.

I finished this 334 page book in one sitting from 8:30 in the morning to who knows when. I just couldn’t stop my hands from turning the crisp pages. The writing is incredibly gifted and she has a way of making her characters stay with you long after you are done with the book. I honestly don’t want to return this book to the library. I might as well buy a copy from Indigo! 🙂 Guys, read this! 😛

Teen SRC 2018 – Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone

Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone

Every Last Word is a fantastic novel for people who often find it hard to calm down from a Every Last Wordfight, an argument, or even just from crying. I probably flooded my room after reading this book; I was crying so hard. But anyway. On to the book. First of all, I HATED Sam’s (the main character) friends. They’re the “OH-MY-GAWD-I’m-So-Pretty-And-You-Are-So-Not” kind of ‘friends’. Like, really? I was having my doubts about this book right then and there. But then, things got a whole lot better. Majorly. Caroline appeared. I freaking loved Caroline so much I wanted to crawl into those words and hug her lungs out.

~ EXTREME SPOILER ALERT!!!!!!!~

I cannot legitamately believe she’s not actually real, though. Literally. I think I have trust issues now. 🙁 AAARRRHH!!! WHY DO THE BEST CHARACTERS END UP BEING A FAKE OR SOME KIND OF A CREEP? MY HEAD IS GOING TO POP OPEN AND STEAM IS GOING TO POUR OUT AND…!!!

~EXTREME SPOILER ALERT OVER~

Now that I’m done with my rage fest, I’ll ACTUALLY start describing the book. So, Sam (Samantha, but she likes to be called Sam) has this group of friends who are all really popular-so, obviously, she’s also part of the ‘popularity’ squad. But her group has no idea that Sam has OCD, and is constantly being controlled by her mind, thinking dark thoughts that she can’t turn off. But that’s when she finds Caroline, a mysterious but spunky girl who tells her about a secret poem club, Poet’s Corner. Sam is drawn to them, but especially the guitar playing guy called AJ. He is romantic, cute, mysterious, and most of all, honest. He ends up developing feelings for Sam as well.

I wanted to bash this book against the wall at the start, but then I wanted to buy 100 copies of it near the end of the book. I loved it! Although it made me sniffle a little, okay. A LOT. I couldn’t put it down, even if I wanted to (And trust me, I only put it down if I was hungry or thirsty). Even then, I would continue reading chapter by chapter, ensuring myself that I WOULD finish this book today. And what do you know? I DID! (sadly….) 🙁 I wanted this book to go on forever…..Read it guys! You’ll fall in love with the mysterious and charming AJ, and feel depressed for Caroline all the same. I just adored it so much! 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 !!!

Teen SRC 2018 – Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

Sadness, sadness, SADNESSSS. I don’t read these kinds of stories too often – it always Everything I Never Told Youends up on me crying. Even writing this my eyes fill with fresh tears. Great. I’m going to drown my computer. If you ever need me, you can find me at home bathing in my tears. JK. Or not… This book is about a girl named Lydia who is the ‘perfect child’ at her home. She is expected to pursue the dreams that her parents were not able to. But then, Lydia is found dead in a lake. DEAD. Not unconscious, but dead. Her whole family is destroyed. I really loved this novel and I couldn’t put it down until I finished. Nuh-uh. I skipped lunch for this book! And half of dinner because I was crying too hard. (Don’t judge, I’m emotional) 🙂 (and a bracket and happy face addict). 🙂 I definetely recommend you guys to read this book, and I trust me, this book will not dissapoint. 😉

Teen SRC 2018- We’ll Always Have Summer by Jenny Han

We’ll Always Have Summer by Jenny Han

That’s true. BTW before anything, you must know that this is an awesome summer read, We'll Always Have Summer (Summer, #3)so read it while summer lasts! Sadly, Conrad told Belly (read previous two books to comprehend my language) 🙂 to stick with Jeremiah, but Belly doesn’t think it’s exactly the most ‘happy’ happily ever after for them. As a boyfriend, you have your rules to stick with, and Jeremiah just broke them all. (Well, I can’t say ALLL, but, you get my meaning) She starts questioning her love life with Jeremiah, and starts to have feelings for Conrad (once again). 🙂 Belly has to decide between the two boys. Which one will she give her heart to? Everything, every single thing, about it is perfect and i wouldn’t want it any other way. Throughout the book you’re debating whether Belly should choose Jeremiah or Conrad. For me, I had no idea. I just read on, on a cliff-hanger for like 9/10 of the book. I loved this trilogy, and I am actually kinda sad there’s only 3 books! 😉

Teen SRC 2018- Letters To The Lost by Brigid Kemmerer

Letters To The Lost by Brigid Kemmerer

Who here wrote letters before? MEE! This book is so sad and depressing. But of course, Letters to the Lost (Letters to the Lost, #1)also exciting. It is about a girl named Juliet who writes letters to her mother- but there’s a catch. Her mother is dead. So Juliet leaves her letters at her mother’s grave. But one day, Declan, a guy who is less than what one would say, ‘nice’, finds one of Juliet’s letters, and decides to write back. Soon, they become ‘friends’ who don’t “know” know each other.  They are still kind of like ‘strangers’. But what neither of them know is that they aren’t REALLY strangers. They go to the same school, and neither of them like each other very much. But in the letter world, they fall in love, and sparks fly.

I loved this book partially because it was such a great read, and partially because I actually stayed until 1:00am to read it. Okay, guys? You must read it. It’s such a great book, and I found myself relating to Declan and Juliet so much! :):):):):):):):):):)

Teen SRC 2018 – In Too Deep by Amanda Grace

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This book isn’t one you would spend 2 hours on. Heck, I finished this in 30 minutes! Well, then again, I’m a very fast reader, so… I guess I don’t REALLY have a say in this. I adored this book and hated it all the same. Both are fairly accurate. A few chapters into the book I realized the real point: It was to show how deep a lie can go, and how deep is too deep. This book is about a girl named Sam who has a huge crush on her best friend, Nick. She wanted to use Carter (another guy) to get to Nick. However, when she was drunk at a party, Carter called her some not-so-great names. Soon, a rumor starts that Carter raped her. Which is definitely not true. Sam had no idea what the fuss was about for the longest time, and when she did know, it was too late. So she played along with the drama. But what she didn’t know was that she was ruining Carter’s life.

The thing is, I felt like Sam could have fixed it earlier before things were so bad. Instead, she went along with it-which resulted in everyone else trusting her, and ruining Carter’s life.