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Reviews by Category: Fiction

Staff Review
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Aaron Starmer
Reviewer's Rating: 
5
Wednesday, Jul 12, 2017

People deal with grief, fear, anger, and other difficult emotions in many ways. One of those ways is humor. That's Mara. Her telling of her story is hilarious. With a cynical, skeptical, acerbic, over-the-top wit of the best social-commentary-humorists, she shares how she spent her senior year of high school dealing with the very real possibility that she might just spontaneously combust.

Teen Review
https://jocolibrary.bibliocommons.com/item/show/1310189036_we_were_liars
E. Lockhart
Reviewer's Rating: 
5
Friday, Jun 30, 2017

Cadence is part of the incredibly wealthy and distinguished Sinclair family. She has been spending the summer on a private island with a group of her four friends. She has amnesia. She can’t remember their revolution. She can’t remember the accident. Everyone is keeping a secret from her, how can she remember the truth?

We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel. This was, without a doubt, one of the most powerful and well-crafted books I have read in a really long time. This book is about loss, it is about recovery. It is about family and money, revolution and love....

Teen Review
https://jocolibrary.bibliocommons.com/item/show/1461956036_harry_potter_and_the_cursed_child
Jack Thorne
Reviewer's Rating: 
5
Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Nineteen years after the end of the Harry Potter series, Harry is still struggling to put the past behind him and be a good father to his 3 children as well as work at the ministry of magic. His youngest son, Albus, is struggling too, with the burden of a family legacy he never asked for. But as darkness lurks still in the wake of Lord Voldemort’s destruction, father and son must learn to accept their differences and disappointments to defeat it.

This was a new twist on the ending of Harry Potter. I loved it. All your favorite characters come back to help Scorpius and Albus in...

Teen Review
https://jocolibrary.bibliocommons.com/item/show/1481904036_amy_chelsea_stacie_dee
Mary G. Thompson
Reviewer's Rating: 
5
Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Amy and her best friend Dee were kidnapped six years ago, but one day she returns home alone, unwilling to share anything about her experience, and she is desperate to protect her secrets no matter what. Nothing she does feels right when she tries to adjust back at home, she is a stranger in her own family. She feels guilty that she was the one to return. She soon realizes that keeping her secrets may just hurt the people she loves most. She has to go back so she can move forward, but she is risking everything.

Whoa. This book. What a powerful story. The beautiful writing does...

Teen Review
https://jocolibrary.bibliocommons.com/item/show/1425249036_on_the_run
Tristan Bancks
Reviewer's Rating: 
5
Thursday, May 11, 2017

One day, Ben’s parents soon after the police have come looking for them and rush him and his sister into the car. They say they are going on vacation, but his family never goes on vacation. Soon after, they lose the police in a car chase and they find themselves in a remote cabin in the woods. He soon discovers his parents’ secret, they took the millions of dollars accidentally deposited into their bank account and ran. He is not sure whether to think his parents are criminals, and is he one for running off with them?

A fast-paced read with heart-stopping action, this is a really...

Teen Review
https://jocolibrary.bibliocommons.com/item/show/1473047036_into_white
Randi Pink
Reviewer's Rating: 
3
Tuesday, May 9, 2017

LaToya goes to a mostly white school. She has no friends and even the other black kids make fun of her. One night she prays to be anything but black, and she wakes up with white skin, blond hair, and blue eyes. Then the real fun begins in this journey of self-discovery that takes shocking and hilarious twists and turns.

This was an interesting book about putting oneself in someone else's shoes. It was not as hard hitting as I might have liked. There were some good moments that got you thinking, but overall, things turned out as expected. I'm not sure what this book was trying to...

Teen Review
https://jocolibrary.bibliocommons.com/item/show/1476600036_one_half_from_the_east
Nadia Hashimi
Reviewer's Rating: 
4
Tuesday, May 2, 2017

This novel for young readers is a beautiful and emotional coming of age story exploring life as a bocha posh in modern-day Afghanistan.

When Obayda's father loses both of his legs in an explosion and her family is forced to move to a small village, they are in need of some good luck. Obayda's aunt decides to turn her into a bocha posh, a young girl dressed as a boy. Life in between genders is confusing for her, and she has trouble adjusting to her new life until she befriends another bocha posh. But when everything changes, the two best friends need help to fight for their newfound...

Teen Review
https://jocolibrary.bibliocommons.com/item/show/1493825036_hidden
Miriam Halahmy
Reviewer's Rating: 
4
Thursday, Apr 27, 2017

Life on Hayling Island seems isolated from the outside world for 14 year old Alix. Problems like terrorism, wars, and refugees seem worlds away. But one day at the beach, Alix and her friend find a drowning illegal immigrant who was tortured by the rebels in Iraq for helping the allied forces. Mohammed is desperate to not be deported and now his life falls in her hands. She must face this moral dilemma on her own, one mistake and they will be discovered.

Well, I wasn't sure about the book to begin with but in all it was a great read and I really learned something about what...

Teen Review
https://jocolibrary.bibliocommons.com/item/show/991020036_the_outsiders
S. E. Hinton
Reviewer's Rating: 
4
Thursday, 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. But one terrible night, his friend Johnny accidentally kills a soc in self defense, and their ensuing escape causes his entire world view to change and learns that pain feels the same whether you...

Teen Review
https://jocolibrary.bibliocommons.com/item/show/1484082036_falling_over_sideways
Jordan Sonnenblick
Reviewer's Rating: 
5
Monday, Mar 27, 2017

Claire Goldsmith just wants a break. She has gone through struggle after struggle after struggle. So when her dad "falls over sideways" during a stroke, Claire just about loses it. Out of nowhere she is pushed down a road filled with tears, flying spaghetti and snappy brothers. Not to mention bullies and scary teachers at school. As Claire maneuvers her way down this twisted road she learns more about herself than thought possible.

I absolutely LOVED this book! It was a roller coaster of emotions from start to finish, but in a great way. I found myself relating to Claire more than I...

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