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Teen Review
Somewhere Only We Know Cover
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.

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.

The...

Teen Review
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Katrina Leno
Reviewer's Rating: 
4
Thursday, Jun 27, 2019

You Must Not Miss will take you into a teenager’s messy life, and the perfect life she creates in her notebook. When Magpie is tired of all the problems life has dealt her, she decides to take matters into her own hands. She starts writing and creates her perfect world: Near. You Must Not Miss will leave you hooked from page one and until you reach the end. I feel like the cover accurately portrays the contents and includes good details to show...

Teen Review
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Jennifer Barnes
Reviewer's Rating: 
4
Monday, Jun 24, 2019

This book had an incredible story line, and it kept me wanting to read. There were lots of elements to the novel like mystery, love, and humor which made it even more enjoyable. The characters were easy to relate to and very intriguing. I had the same sense of desire that Kira did throughout the book- I wanted to know why things happened, and what about her past led her to her current situation just as much as Kira did. I thought the cover went well with the book because it ties into elements of the novel. It has the same mysterious tone that the book does which translates well.

Teen Review
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Thursday, Jun 20, 2019

Dreamland tells the tale of America's opiate epidemic in a way that feels as though you are hearing it firsthand; it weaves the stories of addicts and activists alike into a novel that is enticing and shocking. Quinones writes a novel that shows the behind the scenes of an epidemic that hits close to the heart of many Americans, yet he tells it in a way that takes you on an adventure rather than a report.

I think the cover is really creative and perfectly ties to the title-showing America as a swimming pool connects perfectly to the novel's emphasis that the opiate epidemic...

Teen Review
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Audrey Coulthurst
Reviewer's Rating: 
5
Monday, Jun 10, 2019

Do you ever find your self wanting to escape into a different world? Well, that is exactly what happens in this book. High school students Sam and Zoe have existed on two very different platforms, but find themselves more similar than they thought. It all starts with an unexpected encounter that leads the two girls to swap phone numbers, and in their text messages they build up the wonderful Starworld. In Starworld both girls feel free and they share things they never shared with other people. But will this amazing world last? Will feelings get in way of this unexpected friendship?

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Teen Review
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Claire Eliza Bartlett
Reviewer's Rating: 
5
Thursday, Jun 6, 2019

In the world described in this book, there are two types of magic: spark, which is the "legal" and "good" magic, and weave, which, in essence, is weaving the strands of the fabric that makes up the world. However, it is illegal due to its "bad" nature. When two girls, Revna and Linné are brought together by the government, they find that their government is getting desperate to win a war and will cross lines it needs to do so. 

I really liked the cover. Specifically, the font choice is excellent, and I really liked how the bird in the background (is that a phoenix?) has its feathers...

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