Reviews by Category: Inspirational

Teen Review
Racing with Aloha

Racing with Aloha

By Fred Haywood
Star Rating
★★★★★

Rated by
Lauren
Feb 12, 2024

Racing with Aloha starts with the story of how Mark Haywood's childhood growing up in Hawaii influenced him to finish High School in California on a swim scholarship. Then, go on to be a champion swimmer, to champion windsurfer, to father, and very successful realtor on his home island of Maui. The book follows Mark's life growing up barefooted and in the water in Hawaii. When he starts swimming competitively, he finds out he has a really special talent.

Teen Review
102 Not out

102 Not out

Star Rating
★★★★

Rated by
AN
Nov 9, 2023

A 102-year-old man named Dattatraya Vakharia wants to break the record of oldest living male record. He tries to make life interesting for his grumpy son. He teaches him the positives of life and reconnect with those he lost and make peace with his past. It shows the liveliness one should have in life and a motivational role model aura from the actors to demonstrate and convey this message through a thrilling and eventful movie. His lovable personality guides his son to lead a happy life.

Teen Review
A Man Called Ove

A Man Called Ove

By Frederick Backman
Star Rating
★★★★★

Rated by
Mahad Zamir
Nov 9, 2023

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman is a heartwarming and humorous novel that tells the story of Ove, a grumpy and solitary old man who has lost his will to live following the death of his beloved wife. However, Ove's life takes an unexpected turn when new neighbors, a young family, move in next door and disrupt his meticulously organized world.

Teen Review
Wonder book cover

Wonder

By R.J. Palacio
Star Rating
★★★★★

Rated by
Mahad Z.
Oct 27, 2023

Wonder by R.J. Palacio is a heartwarming novel that tells the story of August Pullman, a young boy born with severe facial deformities, as he navigates the challenges of attending school for the first time in fifth grade. The book explores themes of acceptance, empathy, and the power of kindness as it follows August's journey to find his place in the world, make friends, and show that beauty is more than skin deep.

Teen Review
Tuesdays with Morrie

Tuesdays With Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life's Greatest Lesson

By Mitch Albom
Star Rating
★★★★★

Rated by
Ken
Jul 3, 2023

Tuesdays with Morrie is the story about one man and one professor. Mitch Albom was once a student of Morrie Schwartz, a professor at Brandeis University in 1979. Mitch, 16 years later, reconnects with Morrie about life lessons. 

This was one of my favorite books I’ve ever read. I would recommend this book to people who need essential life advice from a wise soul!! I liked the parts that Morrie talked about being in love, and love is something that shouldn’t be rushed. It was very eye opening to me.

Teen Review
Do Hard Things by Alex and Brett Harris

Do Hard Things

By Alex and Brett Harris
Star Rating
★★★★★

Rated by
Brayden P.
Jun 6, 2023

Do Hard Things is exactly what it sounds like the whole book is how to do hard things. Alex Harris talks about his experience with hard things and shares the stories of others to help motivate people. The book is split up chapter by chapter and focuses on different aspects of doing hard things and how teens need to break the ideology of laziness. Teens in the current day are looked at as soft, unsuccessful, and dependent on others.

Teen Review
For Everyone by Jason Reynolds

For Everyone

By Jason Reynolds
Star Rating
★★★★★

Rated by
Varun R.
Aug 19, 2022

Jason Reynolds has something to say to all of the dreamers out there. Something that’s
been at the back of his head, holding him back for as long as he can remember. He’s finally ready
to let it go for the world to see. But first, he needs you to know something. He doesn’t know
anything about making dreams come true. He’s been dreaming all his life, and he has yet to see
everything come together. That’s something that all dreamers know about. The feeling of
dreaming, of everything you want to be and everything you can be. The feeling of being a

Teen Review
Once Was Lost by Sara Zarr

Once Was Lost

By Sara Zarr
Star Rating
★★★

Rated by
Anna S.
Aug 10, 2022

Sam is a pastor's kid, which means a lot of things in the small town of Pineview. One
thing it means is that her mom always has to seem perfect, and she turned to
alcohol. Another thing that means is that no one wants to be her friend because they
think she will tell her dad about what they do. Sam is overall, really lost when her
mom has to go to rehab for her drinking and she is even more lost when a girl that
goes to her church goes missing. Sam is really confused in this messy time of her life
and all she wants is to be found.

Teen Review
Siddhartha by Herman Hesse

Siddhartha

By Hermann Hesse
Star Rating
★★★

Rated by
Kendal A.
Apr 19, 2022

Siddhartha, by Hermann Hesse, is a philosophical fiction book. Siddhartha is the story of a young boy, the son of a Brahmin, who leaves his town to go on a spiritual journey to enlightenment. He explored many regions in India, in 625 BC. He finds himself in many situations, he becomes a Samana, and business, a ferryman, a father. The book follows his whole life, through all of his relationships and experiences.

Teen Review
Siddhartha by Herman Hesse

Siddhartha

By Herman Hesse
Star Rating
★★★

Rated by
Kayla F.
Apr 2, 2022

Siddhartha is a philosophical book by Herman Hesse that is centered around the rise of Buddhism.  It follows Siddhartha on his search for enlightenment and the benefits of teachers.  I think that Hesse brings up important topics and there is a lot to discuss from this book. However I find Siddhartha as a character to be obnoxious, self-centered, and rude which makes it hard to enjoy a book with a main character that you don’t enjoy.

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