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Reviews by Category: Fiction

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Barbara Kingsolver
Reviewer's Rating: 
5
Tuesday, Jan 5, 2016

Taylor Greer has just graduated from high school in rural Kentucky. Born to a poor, single mother and without many of life’s advantages, Taylor manages to talk her way into a lab technician’s job at the hospital, save enough money to buy a beat up Volkswagen Bug, and get out of town before she winds up pregnant or as some tobacco farmer’s wife. Most of Taylor’s pluckiness can be attributed to the roots her mother has provided her—encouragement and faith in her daughter’s abilities that are worth far more than the money she doesn’t have to offer.

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E. Lockhart
Reviewer's Rating: 
4
Wednesday, Dec 23, 2015

Let me share a secret with you. I'm ashamed to admit, but I'm a total snob when it comes to wealthy characters. I generally find them unlikable, which I know is awful judgy of me. No matter how great John Green says it is, I wanted to barf all the way through The Great Gatsby.

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Neal Shusterman
Reviewer's Rating: 
5
Monday, Dec 21, 2015

There are two things you know. One: You were there. Two: You couldn't have been there.

Wondering how that can be? So is Caden. Sometimes. When he stops to think about it. Often he just goes along and doesn't question things, just accepts that's the way they are. But other times he feels out of sync with his family, friends, and others around him. He feels confused.

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Jacqueline Woodson
Reviewer's Rating: 
5
Friday, Dec 18, 2015

The House You Pass on the Way is a short novel--less than 100 pages--but it contains unusual depth and beauty. It's a pre-sexual love story about two fourteen-year-old cousins who don't yet know where they fit in. One girl, Staggerlee, is biracial--black and white. One girl, Trout, is adopted. Both girls are struggling with their budding sexuality. Are they gay? Are they straight? Does it matter?

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A.S. King
Reviewer's Rating: 
5
Thursday, Dec 17, 2015

"Challenging" was the first word I heard used to describe this book. I think "surreal" was the next. Following that was "impossible to describe." Even the author herself, when asked to describe the book, talked about the themes and ideas that led to its creation without attempting to describe the plot or characters.

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A.S. King
Reviewer's Rating: 
5
Monday, Nov 2, 2015

The older I get, the more I think maybe I belong in jail.

Gerald has anger control issues. He's had them for as long as he can remember. Anger has always been his defining emotion. His retreat, his solace, his catalyst for action. His self-image.

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Pete Hautman
Reviewer's Rating: 
4
Thursday, Oct 22, 2015

I know that the World is a terrible place, filled with wild animals and evil men and wicked women.

Teen Review
Denton Little's Deathdate by Lance Rubin
Lance Rubin
Reviewer's Rating: 
5
Friday, Aug 28, 2015

Denton dies tomorrow. This has been a known fact since he was five. What he doesn't know is how he'll die. This book is about all the fun, and sometimes stupid, adventures Denton goes on to live life to the best of his ability.

This is one of my new favorite books ever. I absolutely loved Denton and his friend, Paolo. They had funny, sarcastic personalities that made me want to keep reading. There was also enough of a mystery that kept me wanting to know what was going on, and I'm glad I stuck with it to the very end, because I was completely blown away by the last page. The love...

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Susin Nielsen
Reviewer's Rating: 
4
Monday, Jul 27, 2015

The two narrators alternate chapters telling the story of the splinters of their individual families melding into a new one. Eighth-grader Stewart and Ninth-grader Ashley are on their way to becoming step-siblings, with Stewart and his widower dad moving in with Ashley and her divorced mom--though Ashley's recently out-of-the-closet dad is still living in their backyard laneway house. They are a complete contrast of personalities and styles. As Stewart describes:

Staff Review
Kat Falls
Reviewer's Rating: 
3
Wednesday, Jul 22, 2015

The America that we know is gone - destroyed by war and a biological disaster.  The country is split in two. The dangerous East is full of human survivors riddled by mutation. Lane has always lived in the West, behind a giant wall meant to keep her safe from the feral, mutated creatures of the East. She soon learns that her father is a fetch -- hired to travel into the Feral Zone and retrieve valuable art. When he doesn't return she is forced to go into the feral zone to save him and also finish his mission -- retrieve something of value for a high-ranking official.

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