Reviews by Category: Fiction

Teen Review

Moonrise

By Sarah Crossman
4
Rated by Dawna O.
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?

Teen Review

Speak: The Graphic Novel

By Laurie Anderson
4
Rated by Dawna O.
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.

Teen Review

A Tragic Kind of Wonderful

By Eric Lindstrom
5
Rated by Dawna O.
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.

Teen Review

Genuine Fraud

By E. Lockhart
2
Rated by Dawna O.
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.

Teen Review

Girl on a Plane

By Miriam Moss
2
Rated by Dawna O.
Jul 6, 2018

After spending the summer with her family, Anna boards a plane back to England to her boarding school. But an hour into the trip, her plane is hijacked by Palestinian rebels who divert the plane to an airstrip in Jordan. They switch off the engines and make their demands to the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. If they are not met, they threaten to blow up the plane in three days. The heat is insufferable, and the passengers endure hunger and psychological abuse. Time is running out for Anna, she begins to think she might never see her family again.

Teen Review

To Be Perfectly Honest

By Sonya Sones
3
Rated by Dawna O.
Jun 25, 2018

Colette is addicted to lying. Her friends can no longer trust her because she can not help but lie all the time. And when her movie star mother drags her to spend the entire summer on set in a boring little town in the middle of nowhere, Colette is less than thrilled. But then she meets a sexy biker named Connor, he is older, funny, gorgeous, and totally into her. So what if she lied to him about her age, and who her mother is. But what she doesn't know is that Connor is keeping secrets of his own.

Teen Review

The Outsiders

By S. E. Hinton
4
Rated by Dawna O.
Apr 6, 2017

In Ponyboy’s world, there are only 2 kinds of people: greasers and socs. A soc has money, power, and privilege, and can get away with practically anything. But a greaser always lives on the outside, and needs to watch his back if he doesn’t want to get beat up by a group of socs. Ponyboy is a greaser, and has always been proud of it, and fights against gangs of socs to help his fellow greasers.

Teen Review

Piper

By Jay Asher
3
Rated by Dawna O.
May 17, 2018

Everyone knows the story of the pied piper right? How a mysterious man came into town and lured away all the rats by playing his pipe. But the townspeople refused to pay him, so he stole away all the children that night and they were never seen again. Right? But this book tells a different story. One you never expected.

Staff Review

Saint Death

By Marcus Sedgwick
4
Rated by Chris K.
Apr 12, 2018

A powerful book about the tough and gritty existence on the edge of the border, where everyone dreams of better lives that are only available to a very few through even fewer routes.

Teen Review

Can't Get There From Here

By Todd Strasser
5
Rated by Dawna O.
Apr 6, 2018

Maybe lives on the streets with a tribe of homeless teens. These kids are runaways and throwaways, they have no place to go except cold city streets and have no family other than each other. They are abused, abandoned, and forgotten by society, every day they struggle to survive against the cold, hunger, and constant danger. But now there is a new girl, Tears, a 12 year old whose mother didn’t believe she had been abused by her stepfather.