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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- 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- Almost Adulting by Arden Rose

Almost Adulting: All You Need to Know to Get It Together (Sort Of)

Honestly, I can sum the whole review up by: “ehhhhhhh…..” . It wasn’t the best book, neither was it the worst. But this book was a little repetitive and didn’t really teach me much (as stated on the cover: all you need to get it together (sort of) ). But I didn’t really find anything helpful. But one thing I absolutely loved about this book was the little pictures throughout the book. It added so much character! Plus they were so adorable! 😛 Honestly, until the end of the book, I had no idea the author was a youtuber. Yeah. A YOUTUBER!!!! So, this book is about how to manage life as an adult. Obviously, I am so far from being 18, sooo….anyways. I still took it because my friend recommended it. Sorry, but I didn’t really like it as much. 🙁   It talks about life choices and how to make a good choice in life. (Wait…those are the same things..right?)

I sat down to read this book, and surprisingly, finished it really fast (but then, of course, I’m also a very fast reader). But this book is one of those that you can finish in one sitting. I would give this 2 stars out of 5, and I’m being generous. :/

Teen SRC 2018- We Should Hang Out Sometime by Josh Sundquist

This book focused on the main character (also known as the author, Josh.) He’s 20 We Should Hang Out Sometime: Embarrassingly, a True Storysomething, and has only had one girlfriend- for 23 hours. In eighth grade. Oh, yeah, and he’s an amputee-in other words, he has one less leg than everyone else. So, Josh sets out to find all the girls he’s attempted to date through his whole lifetime and ask them: what really went wrong?

This book is hilarious and fun, and I really recommend everyone to read it. I was browsing the shelves and saw this book, and the book was literally screaming, “READ MEEE!”  So, I did. Granted, this book was one of the best I’ve read so far. 🙂 I hardly ever read non-fiction. Extremely rarely do I read non-fiction, but this book really caught my eye. 🙂

Teen SRC 2018- Dreamfall by Amy Plum

Dreamfall by Amy Plum

“Yes, I’m scared. But if this is what I have to do to be able to sleep again, I’m ready to sign my life away.”

Dreamfall (Dreamfall #1)Really, this book was a matter of life or death;from the very first page. Cata, Fergus, and 5 other teens have insomnia, and have volunteered to be a part of a new treatment. This treatment has only been tested on one other patient. But when the get put under, nothing goes as planned, and the teens are trapped in a dream-or, really, it’s a nightmare world where their worst fears come true and the teens are forced to bond together to fight their way out. In the real world, the doctors think that the kids are in a coma. But, apparently, not.

I loved the plot of the book and it really made me feel like I need to read this x1000 more times! 🙂

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- Vicious by Sara Shepard

Vicious by Sara Shepard

The final book to the Pretty Little Liars series-Vicious. Oh, and: if you haven’t read the first
Vicious (Pretty Little Liars, #16)15 books, I highly advise you not to read this review as it may contain some spoilers from those books. So….without spoiling THIS book, I’ll just copy and paste what it says on the book:

“In Rosewood, Pennsylvania, reporters are lined up outside the historic courthouse, typing furiously at their iPhones with freshly manicured nails. Because the trial of the century is happening right here in Rosewood: the four pretty little liars have been accused of killing Alison DiLaurentis. Only Aria, Spencer, Hanna, and Emily know that they’ve been framed. Ali is still out there, laughing as she watches the girls go down for her murder. But when your nickname includes the word “liar,” no one believes you’re telling the truth. . . . Aria tries to run away from it all but finds that life on the lam is even harder than life as a liar. Spencer gets in touch with someone who can help her disappear–but when a guy from her past reemerges, Spencer no longer knows what she wants. Hanna decides that she’ll hear wedding bells chime before she serves time. And in the face of prison, Emily does something truly drastic–something that will change her friends’ lives forever. As the trial goes on and the outcome looks grim, the girls are in their darkest hour yet. But maybe they can finally figure out how to beat Ali at her own game. Because once upon a time, she was just a pretty little liar too.”Read More

Teen SRC 2018- Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

This book has been on my to-read list for the longest time, but I never managed to find it Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (Creekwood, #1)in the library-until TODAY! I was browsing the award winner shelves for teens and I found this blessed book! Honestly the whole time I was reading this book I felt like I was floating in a marshmallow-ey rainbow cloud of happiness. Seriously. 🙂 It left me with the hugest and most awesome-est smile plastered on my face. I couldn’t stop my fingers from flipping the crisp pages of this book. So, without further ado……let’s get on topic and actually talk about the book. So, a guy named Simon. That’s the main character, in case you hadn’t realized yet. 😛 Simon is gay. But not openly-yet. He’s been talking with a guy named Blue by email. He has no idea who Blue really is, but as their email get more flirtatious by the second, he’s getting desperate. But when his emails fall into wrong hands, Martin, the class clown, is blackmailing Simon into being his wingman-or else Simon’s sexuality and his emails to Blue will be revealed to the whole school. Things have gone even more complicated than they were before he found out he was gay. And obviously, we all know that’s a big no-no.Read More

Teen SRC 2018 – Chemistry Lessons by Meredith Goldstein

Chemistry Lessons by Meredith Goldstein

Well, I’m not an expert on chemistry, but this book DEFINITELY taught me SO much, Chemistry LessonsRIGHT? I’m joking. Well, I’m not saying it didn’t teach me anything, but it didn’t really make so much sense either. The whole base of the book was literally: “I will change my pheromones to win my ex back who broke up with me.” Which is kind of dumb, for starters. 🙁 But just to keep this review a little positive, I really liked the whole theme of the book, but it’s definitely heavier on the science and lighter on the romance than I anticipated. Which I know some people like, but hear me out: The book was in the romance section of the library, so I decided, ‘why not?’ and took it. I was hooked right when I read the description:Read More