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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!

Teen SRC 2018 – An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

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Colin Singleton’s type of girls just happens to be ones called Katherine. He’s dated exactly nineteen of them, with their names even spelled the same way… and he’s been dumped every single time.

Now, Colin is on a road trip with his slightly overweight best friend to prove The Theoren of Underlying Katherine Predictability, a theory he had come up with to determine the length of a couple’s relationship.

This was a really cool and fun book about how love cannot be calculated with a formula, and was an amazingly written book (as expected from John Green). I know most people have probably read this book already, but it’s just so hilarious (if not unrealistic/ improbable) that it makes you love the story so much!!!

 

Teen SRC 2018- American Panda by Gloria Chao

Mei, a 17 year old girl, is starting her first year at MIT, due to the fact that she skipped 4th American Pandagrade. However, Mei can’t seem to tell her parents the reality: That she sleeps in biology class, has a crush on her classmate Darren Takahashi (who is NOT Taiwanese), and that she hates germs. But her parents want her to: become a doctor, marry a preapproved Taiwanese Ivy Leaguer, and produce a litter of babies. Mei can’t choose to follow her parents rules, or follow her heart.

I really liked how the author of American Panda showed Mei’s life: in a funny, realistic way that most authors can’t do. I recommend this book to anyone and everyone! 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

Teen SRC 2018 – Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley

Words can be written in any color: A fiery red, a flaming orange, a bright pink, or even a murky brown. But this book is blue, blue, and guess what? BLUE! ( Not saying that this Words in Deep Bluewhole book is covered in blue from beginning to end) but saying that, well, not really anything in particular. I just really liked how the author chose Words in ‘Deep Blue’ as her title, because it really provides and shows deep meaning.

It is about a grade 9 girl named Rachel who, long story short, finds love while working in  in a bookstore. Yep! I said (wrote) it: A bookstore. Sounds cool, right? Well, I have really no idea how to explain this book without spoiling it, so you might as well read it! Have fun! (Trust me, you won’t regret it)

Teen SRC 2018 – Bittersweet by Sarah Ockler

Bittersweet: (of food, drink, or flavor) sweet with a bitter aftertaste. Yes. This book has it all: Sweet on the outside, bitter on the inside, or even sometimes the opposite! It is about a Image result for bittersweet bookgirl named Hudson, who has a father who….. okay. She has a MOTHER who is loving and caring, and a father who is, well, a nobody. Her father has long ago betrayed Hudson’s mother, and now she plans out HER own love life carefully, definitely not wanting to replay her father’s betrayal. Along with this, however, Hudson also gave up her figure skating; the one place Hudson feels safe and protected. Now, her dreams are shattered, and she is walking on thin ice. (Pun intended)

However, as she slowly starts to realize that she’s falling for a guy. Not just any guy, but a hockey captain. But he sends mixed signals that Hudson can’t decipher, and she wonders if it’s worth it to start skating again; AND maybe have a perfect future with this boy. I just simply loved this book! I give it a 5 out of 5!

Teen SRC 2018 – The X-Files Origins: Agent of Chaos by Kami Garcia

Image result for agent of chaos bookThis books follows 17-year old Fox Mulder as he investigates a series of child abductions and murders near his new home, Washington, D.C. He is determined to save the latest victim before she is killed, while trying to solve the mysterious disappearance of his younger sister five years ago. Assisted by Gimble, his best friend at his new school, and Phoebe, his long-time crush and childhood friend, Mulder tries to outwit the murderer before he can strike again, and look for connections to his missing sister. In the process, he gets sucked into a world where conspiracy theories, the occult, and madness overlap.

For your information, I’ve never watched the X-Files, but this book was intriguing nevertheless. After reading this book, I may even consider watching the TV show, or at least read a summary of it as I liked the characters so much.