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Teen SRC 2021 – Rebel Bully Geek Pariah by Erin Jade Lange

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The blurb led me to believe that Rebel Bully Geek Pariah by Erin Jade Lange would be amazing, filled with many dynamic characters who share their perspectives and have great character development.

I was hugely disappointed to find out that this book was only told from the POV of Sam, the “Pariah”. The plot was intriguing, but Sam wasn’t a very likeable character. She constantly told herself that she wasn’t like the “other girls” that she called Barbies. Her mother had been to jail and rehab many times and Sam subconsciously uses that to pity herself throughout the book. That made the book harder to read and I was tempted to put it down many times. Her only reason for staying during the adventure, that could’ve gotten her arrested or killed, was that it was the first time she was invited somewhere.

One of the main themes of this book was relationships. Something that threw me off was Sam flirting with York, the “Bully”. They are literally being pursued by a gang and the police and she’s worried that York has been with other girls. One relationship dynamic that I did enjoy was between York and his little brother Boston who is the “geek” that’s mentioned in the title. It portrayed sibling relationships realistically without overdoing it. Another character was Andi, the “rebel”. Andi was once the queen of the Barbies but is now a stereotypical gay character with a tragic backstory. She did make the story more interesting by constantly being sarcastic but her “friendship” with Sam from Sam’s perspective was awkward at times.

As I’ve previously mentioned, the plot itself was quite good. Four teens getting thrusted into an adventure they didn’t want. Almost committing murder, hiding drugs, and running away from a gang, all while trying to avoid the police! This book’s mystery was very well plotted. I’d give it a 3.5/5.

Teen SRC 2018- The Report Card by Andrew Clements

The Report Card by Andrew Clements

The Report Card is in the perspective of a girl named Nora. Nora is the genius in grade five but she doesn’t admit it. Now when we’re talking genius we’re talking she was a one year old solving puzzles and a toddler reading. Nora thinks when being the genius that there will be to much pressure with good grades and always being right, so she hides it. Nora does bad on purpose, she wants to show her parents and teachers that she is just an “average” student.

In kindergarten  Nora observes the other kids in her class to try to be more like them. Each day she would secretly be someone else in the class by copying what they do. Once she went through each person she seemed to like the day she got to be a kid named Stephen. They soon become very good friends because they would do the same things, but never would they show they are because they thought it would be weird if a girl and a boy were friends. When the CMT (Connecticut Mastery Test) scores come out Stephen’s scores come out not so good. Nora is determined to prove to Stephen that it’s not that important to get a bad score. Nora tries to get bad grades on purpose so that Stephen doesn’t feel so bad.Read More

Teen SRC 2018 – In Some Other Life by Jessica Brody

In Some Other Life by Jessica Brody

In Some Other Life is a real life story about a girl who decided to decline her acceptance to Windsor Academy (a private school) and decides to attend a public school and the reason behind it is because her crush (Austin) attends that school and he recently asked her out. But soon, she saw Austin kissing her best friend and from there, she regretted declining her acceptance to Windsor Academy. The next day, she fell and hit her head where she wakes up in “another” universe and is a senior at Windsor Academy and is the coolest, smartest, popular person she wanted to be… but is she actually happy?

The quote on the back of the book says “The first thought that enters my mind as I watch my boyfriend kissing my best friends is: You chose wrong. Not the wrong boyfriend. And not even the wrong best friend. But the wrong life.” And i partially agree because you shouldn’t “follow” your best friend or your boyfriend. You should follow what you think is best for you even if that means that you aren’t in the school as your boyfriend.

I recently borrowed this book from the library because my friend suggested it cause she knows that I like real life stories. I like this book because I guess it’s pretty relatable and I like the way the author wrote it as if she was Kennedy (the girl)


Teen SRC 2018 – Etiquette and Esponiage by Gail Carriger

Image result for etiquette and espionageFourteen-year old Sophronia is a great trial to her mother. Sophronia is more interested in dismantling clocks and climbing trees instead of proper manners. Her mother has never more desperate for her to become a proper lady, causing her to enroll Sophronia in Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality. But, soon she will discover that this is no ordinary finishing school her mother had hoped for. Mademoiselle Geraldine’s is a finishing school for everything. Sure, the ladies learn the fine arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but they also learn to deal out death, diversion, and esponiage… In the politest way possible, of course. Sophronia and her new friends are in for a chaotic first year’s education.


Teen SRC 2017 – The Misadventures of Max Crumbly: Locker Hero by Rachel Renée Russell

Image result for max crumbly locker heroLocker Hero is full of fun and (mis)adventure! This author, Rachel Renee Russell, wrote the Dork Diaries series as well. She continued with the Max Crumbly series because she wants to show two different views of South Ridge Middle School. Max Crumbly was introduced to readers in the 10th book of Dork Diaries, and from there, RRR (Rachel Renee Russell) started writing this series.

The boy, Max Crumbly, tends to get in a lot of trouble. It all started on the first day of school when he missed the bus. Then, after a long walk to school, he gets lectured by the headmaster and receives a late slip. When he thought things couldn’t get any worse, things DO get much worse. He is stuffed into his locker by the bully, Doug. By banging and shouting for help, a girl finally rescues him before he dies of suffocation in the locker. The bad news is, Doug has only one hobby, and that is stuffing Max into his locker. After school, Doug corners Max, and once again, pushes him in the locker. This time, there is nobody there to save him, and he will be stuck in his locker for the rest of the 3 day weekend. Thankfully, he finds a way to escape into the decades-old boiler room, manages to escape from a couple of crooks stealing from the school, and falls into the toilet.

Some people may think this book is for boys, but it’s not! Even though it’s written from a boy’s perspective, it is enjoyable for both genders.

I would recommend this book to grades 5-8 because it has a very fun plot, and by following the misadventures of Max, anyone can learn how important it is to always be prepared if you catch crooks stealing.

Locker Hero has a cliffhanger at the end that says, To Be Continued, and I think it is a very good way of making people want to read more, because I’m definitely dying to know what happens next.

It also had very silly sections in them, such as when Max ‘flew’ right on top of the crooks’ pizza, and when he was hiding from the crooks in the girls change room. I feel that those scenes make up Max’s personality: Fun, witty, and sometimes courageous.

There was a little bit of confusion at the end for me, because I had expected something a bit different from the Dork Diaries series, but instead, the book had mainly the same jokes as Dork Diaries, and it had nothing really making the book stand out as a whole other series. It seems kind of plain and repetitive.

I would’ve rated this book 5 out of 5 if it weren’t for the bit of repetitive humor and a lack of detail. Because of that, I give it a 4.5 out of 5.


Teen SRC 2017 – School of the Dead by Avi

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This book is really intriguing, especially when I read the first two sentences: ‘The first time Uncle Charlie came to live with us he was alive. The second time, he was dead’. That really freaked me out for a moment, because I would never want to be involved with ghosts, and when I say never, I mean it!

Even though I’m not a big fan of creepy stories, I decided to give this one a try. I mean, the title sounds interesting enough! Now that I look back, I realized that scary stories might just be my new favorite category of books!


Tony, the protagonist in the story, had never believed in ghosts, until his Uncle Charlie died, and that’s also when he started seeing him…or the ghost of Uncle Charlie. But there’s a lot more to the story. Before Uncle Charlie died, he transferred Tony to a school named Penda School. (At first I had thought it said Panda School). Anyways, then, Tony starts to notice strange going-on’s around the school. Most involving the supposedly dead son of the founder. But Tony keeps on seeing the dead boy, and a lot of dead people who seen more alive than ever, and when a girl named Jessica wants to be his friend, he’s not sure whether she was yet another dead soul-or worse.

I definitely say that this book is a must-read, but at the same time, I wouldn’t recommend it to people who aren’t a fan of creepy-horror stories. But for those like me who want to give something scary a shot, I would say, GO FOR IT! This is a great book and I would give it a 4 out of 5!

Teen SRC 2017 – Sticks and Stones by Abby Cooper

The first thought I had about this book after I finished was how in the world would someone get words literally tattooed on themselves when someone describes you?

Obviously, this is the case for Elyse. She has been diagnosed with a rare disease, where whenever a word is used to descriImage result for sticks and stones bookbe Elyse, it is instantly tattooed on her arms or legs. But when she goes to middle school, some people start teasing her and saying mean things, so her limbs have a million insults on it. Her doctor, Dr. Patel, is flustered, searching for a cure. More than that, Elyse is receiving strange notes on paper. All in which give her a small encouragement and Elyse is trying to find out the note sender. Or the senders.

If I had to have a word tattooed on me, it would be JOY! (Duh, That’s my name!)

I also felt kinda bad for Elyse when people called her loser and it started to itch like CRAY-CRAY.

All in all, I give this a thumbs up (wait. this isn’t youtube.). I rate it a 5 out of 5!

Teen SRC 2017 – Proof of Forever by Lexa Hillyer

“Proof of Forever” is a summer time story about four girls traveling back in time to their days at a summer camp when they were 15. After being best friends for years, the girls drifted apart nearing the end of high school but found each other again during their time traveling experience.

When I read the back of this book, I was very intrigued to see how the story would go. I expected it to be innocent and magical with all of the time travel but ended up being very disappointed. I have liked nearly every book I have read in my life (and I’ve read a lot!!!) but this book was the first to ever truly disappoint me. The characters had way too many mood swings, and the last chapter had a huge plot twist that was extremely depressing and unexpected. Also, certain parts of the book made me feel uncomfortable and the style of writing was difficult to follow. Overall, I do not recommend this book! Although the cover and title may seem quite appealing, it is not the story you may expect by the synopsis.

Teen SRC 2017 – Girl Meets Ghost: Ghost of a Chance by Lauren Barnholdt

This book was really exciting, because I really want some supernatural ability to see ghosts, exImage result for girl meets ghost book 3actly like the main character in the book!

As you probably already predicted, this book is about a girl named Kendall who can see ghosts, and they won’t stop nagging her until she helps then do any unfinished work, to send them on their way.

This time, she sees a girl named Lily, aka her enemy, Madison’s, dead sister. Lily seems nicer and (much)smarter than Madison, so she helps Lily find out what her unfinished work is.

But there are other problems that Kendall is dealing with, like her best friend hating her and her boyfriend breaking up with her; all because of ghosts.

I like this book, but I felt as if it were a bit too easy for my taste. I give a 3 out of 5.

Teen SRC 2017 – We Are All Made of Molecules by Susin Nielsen

Stewart and his Dad moves into Ashley and her moms house, causing quite a bit of dilemma. When Stewart announces that he will attending Ashley’s school, Ashley goes crazy. With her social ladder to be taken care of, Ashley is worried that Stewart will take Ashley’s top rung of the Social Ladder. Ashley learns that there are more important things in life and finally gets along with Stewart and his Dad.