Reviews by Tag: family

Teen Review
The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave

The Last Thing He Told Me

By Laura Dave
Rated by
Avery O.
Jul 14, 2022

The Last Thing He Told Me was a fantastic read. The book was a mystery-thriller
that kept me engaged throughout the whole book. Hannah’s husband
mysteriously disappears after trouble with work. This sets Hannah and her
step-daughter Bailey on a mission to find answers. The story emphasizes the
importance of family and what one is willing to do to protect those they love. With
many twists and turns this will keep readers engaged and wanting more. I would

Teen Review
Into the Wild by Erin Hunter

Into the Wild

By Erin Hunter
Rated by
Sophie G.
Jun 28, 2022

Into the Wild, by Erin Hunter, is about a house cat named Rusty who lives with “Twolegs”, or humans, but longs for something more. One day, Rusty discovers four clans of wild cats, called Thunderclan, Shadowclan, Riverclan, and Windclan. Rusty decides to join them, becoming Firepaw. Along the way, he makes new friends like Greypaw and Spottedleaf.

Teen Review
Closer to Nowhere by Ellen Hopkins

Closer to Nowhere

By Ellen Hopkins
Rated by
Aadit G.
Jun 8, 2022

Rating: 4

My rating for this book is a 4 because the book is focused and I believe the poem format does bring it down in some spots at times.


This book is about two characters who have had a lot of problems in their lives. Their names are Hannah and Cal. They both live together after Cal moved in because of family problems. They both are cousins and Cal pulls pranks on Hannah that she doesn't like. Her parents slowly start drifting apart after Cal moving in. She decides to bring the family back together and to include Cal in that family too.

Teen Review
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

The Secret Life of Bees

By Sue Monk Kidd
Rated by
Colin K.
Jun 1, 2022

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd is a novel about a 14-year-old girl named Lily, desperate to escape her abusive father and find out about her mother’s long-lost secrets after her death many years ago. It is a compelling love story between women, as it greatly displays divine feminine power. I recommend this book to anybody who truly wants to be inspired by sisterly love and the power of sisterhood.

Teen Review
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

A Man Called Ove

By Fredrik Backman
Rated by
Chloe H.
May 31, 2022

Summary: A bitter, practical man called Ove lives in a small row house in Sweden. One day, his new neighbors move in and knock over his mailbox, irritating him. Over the next three weeks, Ove repeatedly tries to commit suicide so he can join his dead wife Sonja, but is always somehow interrupted or stopped.

Teen Review
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Six of Crows

By Leigh Bardugo
Rated by
Augustine H.
May 25, 2022

Six of Crows, the first in a fantasy duology by Leigh Bardugo.

Summary: Kaz Brekker, an infamous criminal and the commander of a gang, has just been offered the greatest heist he’ll ever get in his life. It’s enough money for him to seek out the revenge he has been waiting for all his life. There’s just one problem: the target is in the Ice Court, the most secure building in the world. In order to pull off this heist, he needs a team.

Teen Review
The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

The Vanishing Half

By Brit Bennett
Rated by
Earvin C.
May 21, 2022

The Vanishing Half is set in the 20th century and follows the lives of twins--Desiree and Stella--born into a colorist town named Mallard. As the twins split ways, each to her own adventures, they both share their own unique stories and reveal the trauma involved with their youth. However, despite their differences and their split, they always manage to find each other. This book does a great job of showing aspects of internal discrimination within a community, whether it be race or gender.

Teen Review
Agnes at the End of the World by Kelly McWilliams

Agnes at the End of the World

By Kelly McWilliams
Rated by
Tyler H.
Apr 26, 2022

Agnes lives happily in Red Creek. She likes the people, the tasks, the Prophet, the God, everything. But Agnes is a sinner. She makes contact with the Outside to treat her little brother of his diabetes. But it’s through this contact with the Outside that Agnes realizes that Red Creek isn’t perfect. That’s when everything starts to go wrong. Stuck between a religious cult and a global pandemic Agnes must fight to stay alive.

Teen Review
The Magic Fish by Trung Le Nguyen

The Magic Fish

By Trung Le Nguyen
Rated by
Palak P.
Apr 2, 2022

The Magic Fish is a heartwarming graphic novel that showcases beautiful parallels between the fairytales Tien reads with his parents and Tien’s own story of trying to tell his family that he’s gay. There’s a lot of difficulties in communicating with parents that don’t speak English well, and wanting to them something so important as being gay. As this young boy navigates through his own struggling Vietnamese, this book shows us that happiness can be reached even through the language barrier.

Teen Review
Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins

Gregor the Overlander

By Suzanne Collins
Rated by
Mar 31, 2022

Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins, the bestselling author of the Hunger Games, is a children’s fantasy story about a young boy and his baby sister who fall from their New York City home into an underworld infested by massive bats, rats, and insects, as well as humans with nearly transparent skin.

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