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The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

The Sun is Also a Star

By Nicola Yoon
5
Rated by
Kenken
Jan 25, 2022

Natasha and Daniel live in New York City living two different lives. Natasha wants truth and a-to-b points in life, and Daniel wants to be the best for his father and make his father’s dreams come true, but not everything can happen their way. Their lives crossed and stars tried to align, but will the stars every make the right constellation? This book was definitely a read for the ages! I was never disappointed with any part of the book. The feelings that arose from this book were very strong and I would absolutely recommend this to everyone!

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I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

I'll Give You the Sun

By Jandy Nelson
4
Rated by
Mariam S.
Jan 25, 2022

I’ll Give You the Sun is Jandy Nelson’s second novel, and her most acclaimed - it won the Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature in 2015. The story follows twins Noah and Jude Sweetwine as they struggle with love, death, art, and each other. It’s set on the California coast with a cast of artists, surfers, and occasional vengeful ghosts. The audience switches between Noah’s point of view in their younger years, and Jude’s after they’ve grown up a little.

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Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Pride and Prejudice

By Jane Austen
5
Rated by
Elyea S.
Jan 25, 2022

Mr. and Mrs. Bennet have five daughters and Mrs. Bennet is desperate to get them all married so they won’t have to live on the streets after their father dies. A new family, the Bingleys, have moved to town. Mr. Bingley is a handsome man who takes an immediate liking to the eldest Bennet daughter, Jane. With Mr. Bingley, comes his closest friend, Mr. Darcy. A man who is insufferable and indignant to most. Elizabeth Bennet dislikes him the minute she meets him, over hearing the ignorant words he says. Mr. Darcy appears to not like Elizabeth, as well.

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Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren

Love and Other Words

By Christina Lauren
4
Rated by
Alyssa F.
Jan 25, 2022

This story follows the past and present of main characters, Macy Sorenson and Elliott Petropoulos. For years the two spend weekends and summer vacations spending time together and growing closer as they navigate high school together but separately. One night changes everything and they become strangers for 11 years until they run into each other again.

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These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong

These Violent Delights

By Chloe Gong
4
Rated by
Lisa J.
Jan 25, 2022

1920s Shanghai is not a place for the fainthearted. The city is split down the middle between two gangs, the Scarlet Gang and the White Flowers, and the streets are perpetually stained crimson with blood. 18-year-old Juliette Cai, the heir of the Scarlet Gang and a former American flapper, holds a personal grudge against the White Flowers — after all, its heir gifted her with a love laced with betrayal. But there’s much more to worry about besides the blood feud — foreigners overstepping their bounds, an impending civil war, and something more sinister in the shadows.

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Bloodlines by Richelle Mead

Bloodlines

By Richelle Mead
5
Rated by
Taylor E.
Jan 24, 2022

Bloodlines by Richelle Mead is a paranormal, young adult, Vampire Academy spin-off series. Jill Dragomir is in danger, threatening Lissa’s place as queen. When Jill is sent into hiding, Sydney is assigned to be her protector. Her childhood was defined by the condemnation of Moroi, but now she must live among them. Although I didn’t care for Sydney in the Vampire Academy books, I was hooked on her character by the end of this novel.

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book cover for Enduring Freedom

Enduring Freedom

By Jawad Arash and Trent Reedy
4
Rated by Kristen Re.
Jan 21, 2022

In Enduring Freedom we get the human side of war from two perspectives.  The novel shares how two people from different backgrounds react to the same events.  The setting takes place mainly in Farah, Afghanistan after 9/11.  Joe, a U.S.

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Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys

Out of the Easy

By Ruta Sepetys
4
Rated by
Jillian K.
Jan 19, 2022

Set in the 1950’s, Josie lives in New Orleans above a bookshop. What sets her apart from regular girls is that her mother works as a prostitute, and Josie cleans the house her mother works from. However, this is not the life that Josie wants for herself. She wishes to go to college and have a happier future than she would if she stayed in New Orleans. Unfortunately, this all changes when a wealthy man is murdered and Josie’s mother is involved with the case.

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I Will Always Write Back by Caitlin Alfirenka & Martin Ganda

I Will Always Write Back

By Caitlin Alifirenka & Martin Ganda
5
Rated by
Anna S.
Jan 19, 2022

Caitlin is a popular teenage girl living in the United States, living a very comfortable lifestyle. Martin is a poor teenage boy living in the bush of Zimbabwe in South Africa. Caitlin gets an assignment at school to write to a pen pal. She ends up with Martin. Martin is the top of his class and is the only one at his school who gets a pen pal from America. They learn more and more about each other and their very different lifestyles. They create an unbreakable bond and have the adventure of a lifetime together.

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Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

Mockingjay

By Suzanne Collins
3
Rated by
Anna S.
Jan 19, 2022

In the third and final book of The Hunger Games series, Katniss is in her new home of district 13. After Katniss returned from the quarter quell Peeta was left to the capitol. Katniss misses him dearly and is mentally out of it. Katniss now also has the stress of leading the rebels in a rebellion and being their mockingjay. Katniss will need to show the people of Panem how much she cares for them and Panem’s future. Will Panem become better than ever, or crumble to pieces?

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