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Reviews by Category: Fiction

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...

Teen Review
https://jocolibrary.bibliocommons.com/item/show/1473044036
Miriam Moss
Reviewer's Rating: 
2
Friday, 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.

This book was interesting to...

Teen Review
https://jocolibrary.bibliocommons.com/item/show/1538981036
Patty Blount
Reviewer's Rating: 
4
Monday, Jul 2, 2018

Elijah Hamilton, the lead singer of his buddies' teen metal band Ride Out, has an image to uphold. But when he's dragged to a local musical, he meets Kristen Cartwright. He knows that she's the powerhouse who can simultaneously save his band and kill his hard rock reputation, so he promises the rest of the band to keep their relationship strictly professional, no matter how hard it is.

Kristen wants to be just like her grandmother Etta, an overly extravagant, extremely confident performer. Etta recommends that singing with Ride Out is the edge that will impress future colleges....

Teen Review
https://jocolibrary.bibliocommons.com/item/show/1259030036_to_be_perfectly_honest
Sonya Sones
Reviewer's Rating: 
3
Monday, 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.

It's been a long time since I've read a novel in verse, but I have to say that I...

Teen Review
https://jocolibrary.bibliocommons.com/item/show/1556926036
Jay Asher
Reviewer's Rating: 
3
Thursday, 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.

This graphic novel had such beautiful artwork! I thought this was such a creative idea for a book. It was executed very well, and the story was so original. It was an incredibly quick read. Only took me about an hour to read, but I still enjoyed this short and sweet...

Staff Review
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Marcus Sedgwick
Reviewer's Rating: 
4
Thursday, 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
https://jocolibrary.bibliocommons.com/item/show/508390036_cant_get_there_from_here
Todd Strasser
Reviewer's Rating: 
5
Friday, 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. As the other kids start to disappear from violence, addiction, and exposure, Maybe tries to help Tears get off the streets before it becomes too late....

Staff Review
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Jason Reynolds
Reviewer's Rating: 
5
Thursday, Feb 15, 2018

Will knows one way to grieve, dictated by the rules passed down for generations: no crying; no snitching; always get revenge. His uncle and father have already been victim to the cyclic system created by these rules, and last night his brother joined them. Will is desperately heartbroken, so he follows the one path given him by the rules: he grabs his brother's gun and heads for the elevator.

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