Reviews by Tag: family

Teen Review
Anne of Green Gables

Anne of Green Gables

By L.M. Mongomery
Star Rating
★★★★★

Rated by
Z. Ahmed
Jun 21, 2024

L.M. Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables is a timeless classic that readers have enjoyed for over a century. The story follows the adventures of Anne Shirley, an intelligent and imaginative orphan girl who is mistakenly sent to live with siblings Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert on Prince Edward Island. Anne’s talkativeness and spirit grow on Matthew, who tells Marilla that he wants to keep her. Marilla hesitates at first, but after a trial period, she agrees to let Anne stay.

Teen Review
The Outsiders book cover

The Outsiders

By S.E. Hinton
Star Rating
★★★★★

Rated by
Z. Ahmed
Jun 7, 2024

Through the eyes of Ponyboy Curtis, The Outsiders depicts the gritty lives of the “Greasers”, a group of poor teen friends caught up in a bitter class struggle between their rough neighborhood and the wealthy “Socs”. The Greasers want safety, respect, and to escape the hardships of their circumstances. However, they face terrible treatment, violence, and retaliation from the Socs. They then get pulled into a dangerous downward spiral of violent actions to protect their own.

Teen Review
I Am Malala book cover

I Am Malala

By Malala Yousafzai
Star Rating
★★★★★

Rated by
Pranav P.
Mar 1, 2024

I Am Malala is an autobiography written by Malala Yousafzai. She wrote about her experience in Pakistan and the effect that the Taliban had on her, her family, and the society. In this book she details her childhood in Swat Valley, her struggle for education and the threats she and other girls who were willing to study faced from Taliban. Malala refused to listen to the ultimatum, so she spoke up and refused to not be silent about how she felt.

Teen Review
Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan

Counting by 7s

By Holly Goldberg Sloan
Star Rating
★★★★★

Rated by
Mahad Z.
Jan 2, 2024

Summary: Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan is a heartwarming novel that follows the story of Willow Chance, a 12-year-old genius with an unconventional worldview. After the sudden death of her adoptive parents, Willow finds herself navigating a world that seems chaotic and unfamiliar. The narrative combines together themes of grief, resilience, and the power of unexpected connections as Willow forms a unique and diverse makeshift family.

Teen Review
Wider Than the Sky by Katherine Rothschild

Wider Than the Sky

By Katherine Rothschild
Star Rating
★★★★

Rated by
Aadhya
Aug 18, 2023

Wider Than the Sky was an emotional and enjoyable read, with the classic clashing of opposite sisters and the unexpected unity when they’re striving to achieve the same goal. With an emphasis on embracing the LGBTQIA+ community, Katherine Rothschild writes about the shocking experience of two sisters discovering that their late father died while hiding a significant part of his identity.

Teen Review
Half Brother by Kenneth Oppel

Half Brother

By Kenneth Oppel
Star Rating
★★★★★

Rated by
Neil J.
Jul 7, 2023

The book Half Brother is an engrossing novel based in Victoria, Canada, in the 1970s. Ben was a teenager whose father had gotten a job as a behavioral psychologist at a university. He was going to try to teach a chimpanzee how to communicate with humans using sign language. At first, Ben thought Zan, the baby chimpanzee that his parents brought home, was weird. How dare his parents have more time for some random animal than him? But soon, Zan grew on Ben and they became like brothers.

Teen Review
Black Brother Black Brother by Jewell Parker Rhodes

Black Brother, Black Brother

By Jewell Parker Rhodes
Star Rating
★★

Rated by
Aadit G.
May 31, 2023

Rating: 2.5

My rating for this book is a 2.5 because the book is bland in my opinion and does not have intensive detail. This book failed to get my interest and I believe the main reason  was not enough detail.

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Teen Review
The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver

The Bean Trees

By Barbara Kingsolver
Star Rating
★★★★

Rated by
Helton W.
Apr 19, 2023

The Bean Trees is a novel written by Barbara Kingsolver about a young woman, Taylor Greer, who leaves her hometown of Pittman, Kentucky and sets off on a journey of personal growth in search of a better life. The story follows Taylor as she strikes out alone and takes charge of her life, meeting various people who influence her growth and transformation, including a orphaned Cherokee infant, Turtle, whom she takes under her wing.

Teen Review
The Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley

Firekeeper’s Daughter

By Angeline Boulley
Star Rating
★★★★

Rated by
Kayla
Apr 19, 2023

Firekeeper’s Daughter is a teen fiction book that follows Daunis and her connection to her community and the mysterious drug problem happening. Daunis experiences many life changing events in close succession all while navigating being an investigator into the drug problem and while trying to protect her community. I personally really enjoyed this book and the story it told.

Teen Review
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

We Were Liars

By E. Lockhart
Star Rating
★★★★

Rated by
Alice Summers
Mar 31, 2023

Intricate and intriguing, E. Lockhart’s “We Were Liars” provides both a captivating mystery and a bittersweet portrayal of young love. The Sinclairs are  an extremely wealthy family that spends each summer on their private island, Beechwood. The readers are introduced to their charmed yet secretive lives through Cadence Sinclair, a teenager who suffers from amnesia and chronic migraines after a tragic accident that occurred on Beechwood when she was fifteen.

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