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Maurene Goo
Reviewer's Rating: 
5
Tuesday, Aug 6, 2019

This book was a thrilling page-turner that I couldn't bear to put down. Lucky and Jack were such a relatable and dynamic duo that each page was filled with humor, wit, and sarcasm. Lucky had such an interesting innocence about her and the book addressed real concerns and problems in both the K-Pop industry and the results of miscommunication. I love reading about other cultures and this one about Korean culture was right up my alley. It was also about a K-Pop star and I listen to that genre daily! The cover was super cute and I absolutely adored it. I love the detail of Jack leaning on her...

Teen Review
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A. E. Kaplan
Reviewer's Rating: 
5
Thursday, Aug 1, 2019

Alight with the fun romance and interconnected friendships of an Emma Mills or Sarah Dessen novel and pulled together by relevant and powerful mental health issues, We Are the Perfect Girl is the kind of novel that will enchant readers into turning the page over and over again. A Cyrano de Bergerac retelling like no other, this novel is about Aphra, who is charming but doesn't believe she is beautiful, and her best friend Bethany, who is beautiful but timid and quiet, and their adventure in trying to get Bethany's crush interested in her, is both comical and nuanced, with a depth that will...

Teen Review
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Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Reviewer's Rating: 
4
Monday, Jul 29, 2019

The action is intense and the storyline is fast-paced; there is always something going on. The setting in intergalactic space and the unforgettable characters make for a perfect storm of events that draws you in deeper the more you read. The writing style is beautiful and the slang feels so natural it's like the culmination of 7 people's autobiographies thrown backward in time.

The most compelling aspect of the book is the mystery behind Aurora's newfound powers, and the fact that even she doesn't know what is going on. I really fell in deep after they started planning to break into...

Staff Review
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Jesse Andrews
Reviewer's Rating: 
4
Tuesday, Jul 23, 2019

Whoa! Now here's an exercise in extended metaphor. Andrews has taken an idea that could have been a simple allegory and turned it into a fully developed novel. Imagine, if you will, an alternate reality in which physical size is literally determined by wealth. A standard person is middlescale. The middlerich are those larger than that up two doublescale and the middlepoor extend to halfscale. Smaller than that are the littlepoors: quarterscale, eighthscale, and tenthscale--about the size of a rat. The bigrich just get bigger and bigger to hundreds of feet tall.

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Teen Review
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Mariah MacCarthy
Reviewer's Rating: 
4
Monday, Jul 1, 2019

This book explains issues many teens have today in a very realistic way. It helped me understand that I'm not necessarily the only person who's had a friend just completely turn around and change on them. It also deals with somebody trying to grasp somebody's gender identity which is unfortunately something many people still don't understand. Everything was explained in just the right way and the book was absolutely incredible. 

I loved the cover! I think the bows on the cover plus one of them being cut in half perfectly represented what was going to happen in the book.

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