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Teen SRC 2020 – Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah

Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood

Trevor was born from a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother at a time where that could be punishable by law for five years in prison. As he was living evidence of his parents “crime”, he was kept indoors most of his childhood. His mother hid him as well as she could as the government could take him away at any time. Finally when that era ended, did Trevor and his mother able to live freely. And it was then that he had to set foot into the ocean of possibility only made possible have a long struggle. The book takes you through a journey about a imp child who turns into a man in a environment where he wasn’t suppose to even exist. He is accompanied by his fearless, passionately religious mother, who is determined to keep her son safe from the cycle of poverty, cruelty, and brutality of the world.

This book was so beautiful and humorous. I have watched his shows before with my family online and its focused on race, police brutality, prejudice, hate speech, and many other important topics that needs to be discussed. He really brought the book to life and the audio book was even better. There is so much dark humor in there and he manages to talk about those topics that usually makes us feel uneasy. And I have to say, I love his mother. She is hilarious as well, strong minded, and basically amazing. She taught him many important lessons and guided him gently along the way through his dark and daunting life.

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Teen SRC 2020 – China Rich Girlfriends by Kevin Kwan

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On the eve of Rachel’s Wedding, she should be overjoyed by her beautiful ring, wedding dress, and a an who is willing to give up all his inheritance  just to marry her. But yet, she grieves of the thought that her birth father won’t be able to walk her down the aisle. That was the case until an announcement made a huge turn in events. In this second book, Carlton a Ferrari crashing bad-boy, Colette a celebrity who is constantly chased by paparazzi, and Rachel’s unknown father who she has been dying to meet. While Astrid is learning that having a newly tech, billionaire husband has a downside. Drama, gossip, rumors, and secrets unfold as they travel through auctions, clubs, estates, and VVIP after after parties.

I love this series. Its sassy, funny, bold, and so much drama! Reading this book was so enjoyable and relaxing. Even though I prefer the first book as it focused more on Rachel and Nickolas, but I think the second one was more pointed towards Carlton and Colette. I am still really fond about the story but I just wished Rachel and Nickolas had more depth in the plot. I would rate this book 7/10 and I definitely plan on watching the movie when it comes out.

China Rich Girlfriend and Kevin Kwan’s other works can be found here.

Teen SRC 2020 – Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

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Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan stars Rachel Chu, an economic professor in NY dating Nicholas Young, her boyfriend of two years. She agrees to visit her boyfriend’s family in Singapore for the summer. She expects a humble experience and just spending quality time with the one she hopes to marry. However, she is faced with massive parties, homes that looks like palaces, and with the man every girl in Asia wants to marry right by her side, she is basically a prey with a huge mark on her. Not only does she have to deal with all the constant rumors and two sided people, but her significant’s mother definitely hates her guts. Nicholas Young’s mom, Eleanor Young, is very strict about who her son should, or shouldn’t marry. And conveniently, Rachel is probably the highest on the “shouldn’t marry” list. As she tries to survive in this new environment, she will have to decide who is her allies and who is her foe.

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Teen SRC 2019 – Royals by Rachel Hawkins

Royals by Rachel Hawkins

A royal princess, a life full of fancy gowns and jewellery, is every little girls’ dream. Every day you’ll enjoy the luxuries of the beautiful palace and have the whole country fall in love with you. But that isn’t so true.

Daisy Winters, a red-haired offbeat sixteen-year-old whose life has been turned upside down with no desire to become a princess, or have anything to do with the royal family. Her perfect sister, Eleanor, is now engaged to the Crown Prince of Scotland, Alex, so it leaves Daisy no choice. Soon, she is whisked off to the palace in Scotland and twisted into their royal chaos. She finds that not everything is so glamorous as how Eleanor said. Yes, the palace is heavenly, the queen is beautiful and the princes are charming, but underneath all the sweet fake smiles and sparkling dresses are malicious schemes.

This book is a little similar to the Princess Diaries, but with more humour than romance. Daisy is quite an interesting character so the story is filled with fun and jokes. I like this book very much, especially the humour. Books about royalty and romances are totally my type but the humour really surprised me. It isn’t the thrilling, adventure action type so if you prefer that genre, don’t read this book, because it might get boring. Overall this is a pretty decent book and it’s not very long, I would rate it 4 out of 5 stars.

Teen SRC 2019 – Spontaneous by Aaron Starmer

Spontaneous

Spontaneous by Aaron Starmer

Dark, funny, and explosive (pun very much intended 😉 ), Spontaneous by Aaron Starmer was a roller coaster of a read. The gorgeous cover drew me in, but the story line was confusing.

Mara, a high school student, is in her senior year at Covington High when people start exploding. Literally exploding; spontaneous combustion. They explode without hurting anyone, except themselves, obviously, they don’t survive. After the third exploding person, it’s obvious that only Covington High seniors are the ones exploding. At first, the theories are relatively simple. A virus, faulty drugs, terrorists…

Until more and more people start exploding, and the theories start involving government war weapons, mutated genes, and the Illuminati. Everyone is terrified of these seniors, and they’re quarantined, examined, rounded up, imprisoned… but the explosions don’t stop. Mara knows it won’t be long until it’s her turn. The others realize this too. Soon, the surviving Covington High seniors are doing whatever they want. If their time is numbered, why shouldn’t they?

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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). :)💕