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Reviews by Category: Fiction

Teen Review
Awake in the World cover
Jason Gurley
Reviewer's Rating: 
5
Tuesday, Feb 12, 2019

Zach Mays is notorious for having the worst luck in Orilly, a small oil town. His father has died and left him and his older brother to care for the family. Zach is lost trying to put his bleak life together until Vanessa, a confident, radiant girl who's planned her whole future, comes into his world.

I absolutely loved this book! The way that the love between Zach and Vanessa is portrayed in such a sweet, mild way is truly irresistible.The most compelling aspect of the book is the amazing character development that the author portrays throughout the whole story. It really makes you...

Teen Review
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Janelle Milanes
Reviewer's Rating: 
5
Friday, Feb 8, 2019

Analee in Real Life is about a teenage girl who recently lost her mother. Soon after, she loses her best friend as well. About the only friend she has is in an online game. His name is Harris, and she has a crush on him. So when the most popular boy in the school, Sebastian Matias asks her to pose as his girlfriend to make his ex jealous, she agrees.

This book is very relate able, for teens everywhere. Many kids have the same problems Analee does, and seeing someone else go through it helps. The reality of the...

Teen Review
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Rebecca Hanover
Reviewer's Rating: 
4
Friday, Feb 1, 2019

The Similars is a fantastic literary tale of understanding actions and feelings of others while simultaneously exploring the concept of clones that may be a future reality. Emma is dealing with the aftermath of a friend's suicide when six clones, dubbed 'The Similars', begin attending her high school. One of them wears the face of her recently deceased friend, but she is quick to understand that he is not Oliver and will never be Oliver. 

I really like the idea of clones and how society would interpret the...

Staff Review
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NoNieqa Ramos
Reviewer's Rating: 
5
Monday, Oct 29, 2018

Raw and real.

Both the contents of the story and the telling. Macy's aggressive, powerful voice assaults and engages readers immediately from the first page. By the third, her actions emerge similarly:

His nostrils twitch.

Yeah. He's pissed.

"What you're not picking up on is how much is at stake here, Macy. Nobody's gonna give you a lollipop anymore just because you throw a tantrum."

"What did you say, motherfoe?" I throw my desk.

Teen Review
https://jocolibrary.bibliocommons.com/item/show/1535531036
Charles Dickens
Reviewer's Rating: 
2
Thursday, Aug 23, 2018

Pip is a young boy who lives with his older sister since both of his parents died. He is raised in a depressing and abusive manner, but seems to rub it off quite well. He has high hopes of becoming a rich gentleman and living in London, but his dreams are all crushed as his sisters husband (Joe) is only a blacksmith, and Pip by law needs to follow in his steps. This all changes when one of the most unexpected characters sponsors him, and pays for his journey to become a gentleman.

Although this book has some suspenseful and interesting chapters, the bulk of it is quite filler. Since...

Teen Review
https://jocolibrary.bibliocommons.com/item/show/1529646036
Jessica Brody
Reviewer's Rating: 
5
Tuesday, Aug 21, 2018

A girl named Kennedy Rhodes has an awesome teenage life- with the perfect boyfriend, an awesome best friend, and is editor of her school's awarded newspaper. All turns around when, she finds her best friend kissing her perfect boyfriend. She suddenly wishes she had had excepted the place at Windsor Academy, an elite private school. Kennedy rushes to the Academy to see if she could get her place, but than she bangs her head. She wakes up in an another life- a life where she does go to Windsor Academy. Kennedy navigates the life of her other version, and starts to wonder if she is any...

Teen Review
https://jocolibrary.bibliocommons.com/item/show/1580000036
Sarah Crossman
Reviewer's Rating: 
4
Wednesday, Aug 15, 2018

Joe hasn't seen his brother Ed in ten years, not since he was locked up for murder. But now he's on death row, and his execution date has been set. Joe is determined to spend the last weeks with his brother, no matter if Ed committed the crime. But did he? And in the end, does it really matter? What can't be forgiven?

This book is at times both beautiful and heartbreaking. It forces you to think about and question the justice system, which is rife with injustice. The plot really worked with the verse form, although the shift between past and present events was sometimes confusing,...

Teen Review
https://jocolibrary.bibliocommons.com/item/show/1574634036
Laurie Anderson
Reviewer's Rating: 
4
Thursday, Aug 2, 2018

Everyone knows Melinda is the freshman who called the cops on that summer party. She got some people arrested that night for underage drinking. But no one knows the real reason she called 911. That night, she was raped by an upperclassman, but hasn’t been able to tell anyone for fear that they won’t believe her. And now that she is a freshman in high school, she has been relentlessly bullied and suffered in her classes. The only class she enjoys is art class, where she can learn to express herself with a semester project. And as she learns to confront her attacker and start sharing her...

Teen Review
https://jocolibrary.bibliocommons.com/item/show/1510412036
Eric Lindstrom
Reviewer's Rating: 
5
Friday, Jul 27, 2018

Having Bipolar disorder can make life unpredictable for Mel. Especially because none of her friends know the truth. She tries to keep everyone at arm’s length so she won’t be able to hurt them. But that has become increasingly difficult as she battles her growing feelings in a new relationship. And when someone from the past shows up with no warning, her deeply buried secrets now threaten to come loose.

This was a great read for bipolar disorder representation. It was my first read regarding a teenage main character with bipolar disorder. This book was heartbreaking and beautiful....

Teen Review
https://jocolibrary.bibliocommons.com/item/show/1532000036
E. Lockhart
Reviewer's Rating: 
2
Monday, Jul 16, 2018

This is the story of a young woman whose wit and charm are her ticket to a privileged life. She constantly reinvents herself and changes identity as she crisscrosses the world. There might have been a murder, or maybe 2. There could be a bad romance, or maybe 3. She refuses to give people what they want from her, and refuses to be the person she once was.

I was incredibly confused for almost the entire book. In only about the last 50 pages did anything make sense. This book had so many time frames, it told small stories from years ago, weeks ago, months ago, and the present. It...

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