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The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas

The Hate U Give

By Angie Thomas
4
Rated by
Addy
Sep 15, 2022

When 16 year old Starr Carters’s friend Kahlil is shot by a police officer everything changes in
her life. Starr struggles as police and other members of her town, Garden Heights, try to get her
to tell the story of what really happened that night. When half the town justifies why Kahlil got
shot and the other half is scared and Starr is under a lot of pressure. I thought this was a
wonderful book that is a must read for everyone. This book has a wonderful message for
everybody. One hundred percent recommend this book.

 

Teen Review
Ground Zero by Alan Gratz

Ground Zero

By Alan Gratz
4
Rated by
AN
Sep 15, 2022

Ground Zero is a historical fiction novel written by Alan Gratz. This novel is
about Brandon, who goes to work with his dad at the World Trade Center on 9/11.
This book shows two views about Brandon Cruz’s life and a Pashmina’s life. One
takes solace in New York and the other in Afghanistan. They both have different
stories but face the same issues, about making the right decisions when the
outcome is unpredictable. Reshmina wants the world to be a better place and

Teen Review
The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

The House on Mango Street

By Sandra Cisneros
3
Rated by
AN
Sep 15, 2022

The House on Mango Street is a fiction novel written by Sandra Cisneros.
This novel is about Esperanza Cordero, who shares her feelings and life with the
readers through vignettes. She talks about her struggles due to the
neighborhood she is from, and the lives of people in that time, and that status.
The neighborhood she lives in is disliked by her and many others, causing her to
feel ashamed of her life. She shares her life with her parents, siblings, and friends

Teen Review

Eleanor and Park

By Rainbow Rowell
2
Rated by
AN
Sep 15, 2022

Eleanor & Park is a fiction book written by Rainbow Rowell. This novel is
about Eleanor Douglas and Park Sheridan, who depend on each other, as the
story progresses. Both of them have very different family environments. They meet
at school, and have complicated issues based on love at first sight. Eleanor lives
in a family with an abusive father, while Park’s family is more open. They wish to be
together and help each other out, especially Park’s family trying to comfort

Teen Review
Restart by Gordon Korman

Restart

By Gordon Korman
3
Rated by
AN
Sep 15, 2022

Restart is a fiction book written by Gordon Korman. This novel is about
Chase Ambrose, a school bully, who gets a chance to fix his mistakes. His friends
and family have different opinions on how he should live this new life, but he has
plans of his own. He wishes to figure out how to fit in again, and rectify his
mistakes. He tries really hard, but such circumstances in his life seem to push him
back each time. He pushes through and tries hard to find the real him. He tries to

Teen Review
The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

The Naturals

By Jennifer Lynn Barnes
4
Rated by
A_Gascich
Sep 13, 2022

The Naturals is a young adult mystery novel by Jennifer Lynn Barnes. It is the first novel in The
Naturals series. It follows Cassie, a teenager with an unique ability to read people. As a result of
this gift, she is placed in a program by the FBI to use her and teenagers with talents like hers to
solve cold cases. After a serial killer strikes, Cassie and her fellow Naturals are caught in a
dangerous game of life and death and must use their abilities to survive.

Teen Review
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

The Song of Achilles

By Madeline Miller
5
Rated by
Sahavi B.
Sep 13, 2022

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller is a retelling of Homer’s Iliad, a popular story of
Greek mythology about Patroclus, an exiled prince and his friend Achilles the greatest
warrior of possibly all time. As the years go on Patroclus and Achilles relationship grows
and becomes something more than just adventures between two young trouble-making
boys. After a while Achilles gets sent off to fight in the Trojan war and Patroclus agrees

Teen Review
They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

They Both Die at the End

By Adam Silvera
3
Rated by
Sahavi B.
Sep 13, 2022

Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio are complete strangers but they both have one thing in
common, they're dying today. In a world where everyone knows when they're going to die.
Rufus and Mateo want to go out with a bang. They can do that by making one last friend in
there final hours. The last friend app will help them do that. They're about to meet up and have “
one last great adventure, to live a lifetime in a single day”.

Teen Review
The Magic Fish by Trung Le Nguyen

The Magic Fish

By Trung Le Nguyen
5
Rated by
Anonymous
Sep 13, 2022

The Magic Fish by Trung Le Nguyen is a graphic novel that will capture the interest of any
reader. Growing up in the 1990s as the son of Vietnamese immigrants living in the Midwest, Tiến’s
life is much different than his mother’s. Besides the everyday language barrier--her first language is
Vietnamese and she’s struggling to learn English, whereas Tiến primarily learned English growing
up--Tiến can’t find the words to come out to her in Vietnamese. So when it’s hard to figure out what

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