Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli is a renowned and critically acclaimed young adult novel which was published in August 2000. Like many of Spinelli’s other young adult novels, Stargirl deals with issues of conformity versus individuality, leaving the novel to resonate with various demographics from young adults to adult educators alike.
Leo Borlock is an eleventh grader who would like nothing more than to conform within his stereotypical high school environment. However, Leo and the rest of Mica high school become torn away from their conventional existence by the arrival of Stargirl Caraway, a defiant and eccentric student who has been homeschooled her entire life and is now attending high school for the first time. In the first half of the school year, Leo observes Stargirl’s abnormal actions and how his classmates react to her strange lifestyle. At first, the students are suspicious of Stargirl’s eccentric nature and are hesitant to socialize with her. As the story progresses, some of the students are influenced by Stargirl’s individuality and become more open-minded themselves.
Most Likely by Sarah Watson can be described as a most interestingly structured coming-of-age story about four girls and their friendship. So, you ask, what’s so interesting about the book’s structure?
Well, the story begins with a scene, as follows: A newly-elected (female!) American president is about to be sworn in to office. Her husband (who’s last name is Diffendefer or something like that) is there by her side. It is also revealed that her husband and her are deeply in love and have been for a long time. The catch? We don’t know her name. Since there are four protagonists in the story, she could be any one of them. Throughout the book, we are given clues to help us guess which of our female leads becomes the future president of America (and ends up marrying Diffendefer).
And of course, while the reader plays with the idea of guessing/choosing a president, the four girls -Ava, CJ, Jordan, and Martha- are each going through their own battle in the war more commonly known as senior year in high school.
So. What did I think of the book?
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Now. Enough about me. Let’s talk books. Take a Bow is truly a book I’ll read again and again, and never get tired of it. This book has 4 main characters: Emme, Sophie, Carter, and Ethan. All 4 of them are students at this fancy performing arts school, where being famous is the overall goal. But for Emme, Carter, and Ethan, that’s not who they aspire to be. Ethan starts falling for Emme, while Carter seems to have vicious difficulties of his own, including his controlling girlfriend Sophie. While Ethan, Carter, and Emme prefer to stay in the shadows, Sophie would stop at nothing to become a star. Even if it means betraying her best friend, Emme.
Honestly, when I finished the book, I wanted to crawl inside and hug all the characters a trillion times! This book was so adorably funny, I definitely recommend you read it!
Hey! This is my first teen SRC review I’ve ever done so I wanted to dedicate it to a book that meant a lot to me. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
I first read this book when I was around the age of 10 and to be honest, I had no idea what was going on half of the time. I actually thought this book was pretty pointless. A few years later, I saw it at the local library and I thought I’d give it another try, given the fact that I was literally 10 when I first read it. I started reading through it, when it hit me how dumb I was as a child. I saw Charlie’s writing through a whole different perspective and it amazed me how much I related to his thoughts. I felt as if Charlie and I were somehow reaching out to each other. Charlie and I shared a fascinating connection of poetry and reading. As I flipped through the pages in this book, I felt myself get more and more attached to Charlie. It blew my mind knowing that I could connect with a character in such a way.
This book is about two boys, Tyler, and Ben. Tyler is the golden boy, and he’s worshipped by 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.
So… I picked this book up because I read another review on it and thought it seemed quite interesting, now I’m finished and ready to give my own thoughts on it! When Life Gives You Demons by Jennifer Honeybourn is a very quirky combination of “light read” but “dark idea”. The dark idea is that the main character, Shelby Black is an exorcist, and has been training with her uncle for quite a few months now about the art of expelling demons. The light part is that Shelby is still a teenager and is living a normal high school life, with a crush on her tutor and a cute and amazing best friend. I won’t go into detail about the plot but I really loved this book. Another good thing about it is that is not scary at all. I have a very low horror tolerance level so if it had been even the least bit frightening I would not be giving it such a good review. All in all, this book is a 4.5/5 only because I don’t think it’s a very good idea to mix such opposites into one story but Jennifer Honeybourn really came through, this book is quite an amazing read and I, personally, am definitely going to be trying more of her books!
Teen SRC 2018 – Weave a Circle Round by Kari Maaren
Weave a Circle Round by Kari Maaren
Weave A Circle Round is a book about a 14 year old girl named Freddy. She just wants get through her high school life but when a pair of reality-disobeying weirdos move in next door, life gets complicated.
This book is certainly strange. It starts like your typical high school drama book, slowly starts to add light mystery and supernatural elements, then completely flips everything on its head by adding something from an entirely different genre without warning! Now, you could see this as a good thing or a bad thing. On one hand, this book could sound like it has no sense of direction, but on the other, you could see organised chaos(which I think is what the author was going for). But which hand is the right one, and which one’s the left? In my opinion, both kinds of people should read it.Read More
Sundae My Prince Will Come is a romance story with ice cream and ballet. Malie is a teen girl who loves ballet but her mother manages an ice cream parlor near her school. Her dream is to lead the dance in an upcoming production of Cinderella but her mother is doesn’t support her. Her boyfriend Ethan, cheers her on but with all the problems, she might not be able to continue her ballet.
An cute Italian boy moves to her school and he loves gelato ice cream. Alonzo and Malie made a deal: If Malie lets him work at her mom’s ice cream parlor then Alonzo will let Malie take free dance lessons from his mother who is a famous ballerina. So much is happening that Malie is losing control of all that is happening around her. Did she like Alonzo? If she does, what about her boyfriend Ethan? Will she be able to have the lead role in Cinderella?
I enjoyed this book very much, with ice cream and gelato, this story is much more sweeter. There are also more books by this author related to food and romance that I have also read. My favorite is this book so far in all of her books. I suggest this to romance readers around the age of Grade 5-7. I would rate this book 5 stars.
A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
Sixteen-year old Gemma Doyle is shipped off to Spence, a proper English boarding school, from India after the suicide of her mother. Her reception at her new school is a chilly one, as she is guilt-ridden over her mother’s death, and sometimes get visions of the future that have a weird tendency to come true. She also notices a strange Indian young man observing her following her around. But why? What does this have to do with her entanglement with some of Spence’s girls, and what will their trail deeper into the spirit world lead to?
I really liked this series (surprise! it’s another series!), even though it was rather confusing at times, probably because there were very long time gaps between the times I read the three books.
This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp
Setting: Opportunity High School. It all started off as a bright and beautiful morning, and all the students in the auditorium, listening to the principal drone on and on about a successful year. But in the course of 5 minutes, a shooter appears, and many kids and staff members lay sprawled dead on the auditorium floors. Nobody can escape, because the doors of the auditorium were shut firmly. The shooter, is not just any shooter. It is a former Opportunity High student, seeking revenge.
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However, I feel that at the end of the book when the killer committed suicide, it gave a negative lesson for anyone who reads it. But overall, I give it a 4 out of 5.