Reviews by Category: Fiction

Teen Review
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

By Roald Dahl

Rated by
Mahad Z.
Feb 23, 2024

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a delightful children's novel by Roald Dahl that follows the adventures of a young boy named Charlie Bucket. Living in poverty with his family, Charlie dreams of visiting Willy Wonka's famous chocolate factory. When Wonka announces a contest allowing five lucky winners to tour his factory, Charlie's life changes dramatically as he discovers the wonders inside.

Teen Review
Good Girl, Bad Blood

God Girl, Bad Blood

By Holly Jackson

Rated by
chen358
Feb 23, 2024

After solving the murder case together, Ravi Singh helped Pip create a podcast that soon went viral, but they both swear off sleuthing. When someone Pip knows goes missing, and the police don’t do anything about it, Pip takes matters into her own hands. 

The beginning was a bit slow, since the second book was more of a disappearance than a murder. I thought the second book was even more interesting than the first book. Especially near the end, I was so shocked about A LOT of things. Some people who I thought were literally so pure and innocent. 

Teen Review
A Good Girl's Guide to Murder

A Good Girl's Guide to Murder

By Holly Jackson
Star Rating
★★★★

Rated by
chen358
Feb 23, 2024

Pippa Fitz-Amobi is determined to find the real killer in a closed murder case 5 years ago. She teams up with the Ravi Signh, whose brother was supposedly the killer then committed suicide. As she discovers more about the past, the more dangerous her project becomes. 

Teen Review
Lodestar

Keeper of the Lost Cities: Lodestar

By Sharon Messenger
Star Rating
★★★★★

Rated by
Lilyana G.
Feb 23, 2024

Lodestar is the thrilling fifth installment in the middle grade fantasy series: Keeper of the Lost Cities. Sophie’s world is once again plagued by the attacks of the Neverseen. With threats on every side and mysteries to unravel, Sophie must do whatever she can to assure her family and friends are safe. The Neverseen are plotting something big, and it’s up to her to figure it out before it’s too late. Especially since the Neverseen are targeting those closest to her now.

Teen Review
The Fall of Reach

Halo: The Fall of Reach

By Eric Nylund
Star Rating
★★★★★

Rated by
Mahad Z.
Feb 23, 2024

Halo: the Fall of Reach by Eric Nylund is a science fiction novel that serves as a prequel to the popular video game series. It follows the story of the Spartan program's inception and the training of Master Chief, humanity's greatest warrior, from his childhood as the young orphaned boy named John, to his transformation into a highly skilled super-soldier. As John and his fellow Spartans undergo rigorous training under the guidance of Dr.

Teen Review
Live in Infamy

Live in Infamy

By Caroline Tung Richmond
Star Rating
★★★

Rated by
Lucas F.
Feb 23, 2024

Live In Infamy is a science fiction look into a well-developed historical world where the Allied powers won WWII. The book tackles difficult subjects well, including racism and inequality in the United States, and Nazi-Japanese eugenic beliefs. It bases its world on historical ideas on Japan and features a page-turning spy story where the main character, Ren Cabot, tries his best to take down the Japanese Empire, in a plotline very similar to A New Hope.

Teen Review
The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby

By F. Scott Fitzgerald
Star Rating
★★★

Rated by
Allie
Feb 23, 2024

The story follows a lower class Nick Carraway navigating the hustle and bustle of wealthy life in Long Island. Nick befriends the notorious playboy Jay Gatsby, his next door neighbor who seems to only live to party. Through his wealthy cousin Daisy and his neighbor turned friend, Nick learns of the piping hot affairs, drama, and tortured lives of the wealthy. He quickly learns that even if you have it all, you’ll still be chasing after that light across the water. 

Teen Review
The House on Mango Street

The House on Mango Street

By Sandra Cisneros
Star Rating
★★★★

Rated by
Jeli Navarro
Feb 23, 2024

A group of vignettes that at first glance seem random, but overtime will lead to impactful life lessons. The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros is a novel filled with a variety of relatable stories that are brought to life by its vivid imagery. Story after story, you will find the true meaning behind all her vignettes– you just have to read the book to find out  

Teen Review
The Penelopiad

The Penelopiad

By Margaret Atwood
Star Rating
★★★★★

Rated by
Jeli N.
Feb 23, 2024

What if the grand story of the Odyssey was written from the perspective of his wife, Penelope who was left for twenty-one years? The Penelopiad is a heart-wrenching tale showing the actual truth. The truth that was hidden away to keep the glorious and heroic Odysseus in the spotlight. Songs and backstories scattered throughout the book telling a deeper meaning than what The Odyssey ever showed to its audience.

Teen Review
Foster

Foster

By Claire Keegan
Star Rating
★★★

Rated by
Jeli Navarro
Feb 23, 2024

Life for an Irish girl changes after she is taken by her father to live with unfamiliar relatives– the Kinsella’s. Unaccustomed to the feeling of love and affection, she learns what a real family is all about with her relatives. Growing closer and closer each day of staying there, the little girl slowly becomes attached to what she now calls her real family.

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