Reviews by Category: Fiction

Teen Review
Cover photo of the book The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games

By Suzanne Collins
4
Rated by
Taylor E.
Jun 12, 2021

Suzanne Collins’ YA dystopian novel, The Hunger Games, is absolutely perfect. Panem, future ruins of North America, is ruled by the rich in the Capitol and split into twelve districts. Each year, two tributes of ages ranging from twelve to eighteen years old, from each district are forced to compete in a deadly competition known as the Hunger Games.

Teen Review
Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill

Meant to Be

By Lauren Morrill
4
Rated by
Taylor E.
Jun 9, 2021

Lauren Morrill’s Meant to Be is a contemporary young adult romance. In this book, Julia, a stereotypical nerd, lives out her dream of going to London when her class takes a school trip. Instead of following her carefully planned itinerary, Julia is forced to pair up with Jason, whose main goal in life is to have fun and break all of the rules while doing so.

Teen Review
Smile by Raina Telgemeier

Smile

By Raina Telgemeier
5
Rated by
Sriha P.
Jun 6, 2021

In the graphic novel Smile, Raina finds out that she needs braces, and she is scared. She does not want braces, but her friend, who has braces, comforts her and tells her everything will be fine. Well, turns out everything was fine until that night at the Girls Scout meeting. Raina raced to the car, but fell and broke her two front teeth. I guess she will be needing braces after all. Raina goes through a lot in this book and it is filled with twists and turns and ups and downs.

Teen Review
Auggie and Me by R. J. Palacio

Auggie and Me

By R. J. Palacio
4
Rated by
Sriha P.
Jun 5, 2021

We all know about Auggie in the book Wonder, but R.J. Palacio made another book about other people’s point of view from Auggie’s time. Auggie and Me features Charlotte, Julian and Auggie’s friend Christopher’s view during Auggie’s time and a little after as well. This book is a good book if you want to see the bullying of Auggie from Julian’s point of view.

Teen Review
A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown

A Song of Wraiths and Ruin

By Roseanne A. Brown
4
Rated by
Elizabeth M.
Jun 2, 2021

A Song of Wraiths and Ruin is about two main characters, Malik and Karina. This book is fantasy fiction with a little bit of West African culture as inspiration for key parts of the book. The point of view shifts from Malik and Karina throughout the book to show two very different perspectives, one a poor refugee, and the other a princess. Unfortunately, both Malik and Karina need the other to die in order to save someone they love.

Teen Review
Ten by Gretchen McNeil

Ten

By Gretchen McNeil
5
Rated by
Saathwika A.
Jun 1, 2021

After being invited to the most fun party ever, Meg and Minnie both decide to sneak out of their houses and go to the party. What they do not know is that their night is about to become terrifying. One by one, people start to die. Meg and her crush, TJ, investigate the area. The killer will go to any extent to kill off the teens. But, at the end, Meg is shocked. She did not expect the killer to be who they are.

Teen Review
A Study in Charlotte by Brittnay Cavallaro

A Study in Charlotte

By Brittnay Cavallaro
4
Rated by
Anna M.
May 29, 2021

Jamie Watson and Charlotte Homes, the teenage descendants of Sherlock and John, get off to a rocky start when they first meet at boarding school. But when they’re both accused of the same crime, they must team up to investigate a murder, clear their names, and, perhaps, become friends.

Fans of mystery interspersed with humor will enjoy this book, the first installment of Brittany Cavallaro’s series. The central case takes time to develop, but the fast-paced story will keep readers on the edge of their seats.

Teen Review
Down and Across by Arvin Ahmadi

Down and Across

By Arvin Ahmadi
4
Rated by
Anna M.
May 28, 2021

Scott Ferdowski has trouble sticking with his passions. He’s smart, but lacks commitment, despite the variety of activities his high-achieving parents sign him up for. So when they leave town at the start of his summer vacation, Scott spontaneously decides to ditch his internship and become a bit more “gritty.” As his summer progresses, Scott meets a crossword-obsessed college student, a brilliant professor, and a cast of other characters. Through it all, he explores his newfound freedom, ultimately gaining perspective about his own life.

Teen Review
Solo by Kwame Alexander

Solo

By Kwame Alexander
5
Rated by
Anna M.
May 27, 2021

Blade Morrison’s life seems perfect. He’s a skilled guitarist with a famous musician for a father, and he has plenty of money and girls to choose from. But despite this, Blade feels lost. The one girl he truly cares for can’t be seen with him. His father’s face covers the tabloids. And ever since his mother passed away, he doesn’t seem to fit in with the rest of his family. Solo explores Blade’s search for identity through poetry, following his quest for love and belonging.

Teen Review
The Beauty That Remains by Ashley Woodfolk

The Beauty That Remains

By Ashley Woodfolk
4
Rated by
Anna M.
May 26, 2021

Logan, Shay, and Autumn are struggling. Each struck by the loss of someone they love, they’re unsure how to move forward. Music, the passion that once linked them, now brings back memories they’d rather forget. And they’ve turned to unhealthy coping mechanisms that leave them more and more alone. But while these characters seem buried by grief, they aren’t lost forever. As the story progresses, each comes to terms with the tragedy they’ve faced, building the courage to ask for help and slowly returning to music as an outlet for the hurt they feel.

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