Reviews by Tag: friendship

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A Night Twice As Long by Andrew Simonet

A Night Twice As Long

By Andrew Simonet
5
Rated by
Marium K.
Sep 24, 2021

Join friends Alex and Anthony in a long journey that forces them to face their feelings. In a small town where basic necessities were taken away, lives Alex and her best friend Anthony. Alex, having her own regrets about family, decides to help Anthony find his mom. As they both walk ten miles to the next town over, they come across some unusual sights. This book is full of raw emotion and friendship, perfect for those who want a glimpse of reality.

Teen Review
Almond by Won-pyung Sohn

Almond

By Won-pyung Sohn
4
Rated by
Hannah K.
Sep 11, 2021

Yunjae lived his whole life wondering what it was like to be “ordinary”. Diagnosed with alexithymia at a young age, Yunjae never felt or understood human emotions. Despite his mom’s efforts to teach him, no Post-it note could ever truly turn him into the “normal” kid she wanted.

However, after witnessing a terrible incident on Christmas Eve — which is also his birthday — he had only himself to rely on. Or so he thought.

Teen Review
Notorious by Gordon Korman

Notorious

By Gordon Korman
5
Rated by
Aryan C.
Aug 25, 2021

If you are looking for an adventure, mystery, and friendship book, this is the book that you are looking for. Notorious is an amazing book about Keenan and ZeeBee who investigate how ZeeBee’s dog was murdered by a person who tried to break into her house. ZeeBee believes that there is treasure on the island that one person wants for themselves. Keenan does not believe it as much as she does but he goes along with it and they become friends.

Teen Review
Supergifted by Gordon Korman

Supergifted

By Gordon Korman
5
Rated by
Aryan C.
Aug 24, 2021

This book is by far better than Ungifted, in my opinion. I liked how Donovan was one of the main characters in this book but I really liked how they switched the role and made Noah the second main character. In my mind I thought if Gordon Korman was going to make a second book Donovan would be the main character but it was surprising how Noah got to be a main character in this book more than he was in Ungifted.

Teen Review
Down and Across by Arvin Ahmadi

Down and Across

By Arvin Ahmadi
4
Rated by
Anna M.
May 28, 2021

Scott Ferdowski has trouble sticking with his passions. He’s smart, but lacks commitment, despite the variety of activities his high-achieving parents sign him up for. So when they leave town at the start of his summer vacation, Scott spontaneously decides to ditch his internship and become a bit more “gritty.” As his summer progresses, Scott meets a crossword-obsessed college student, a brilliant professor, and a cast of other characters. Through it all, he explores his newfound freedom, ultimately gaining perspective about his own life.

Teen Review
Song For A Whale by Lynne Kelly

Song For A Whale

By Lynne Kelly
4
Rated by
Sriha P.
May 25, 2021

Iris is a twelve-year-old girl who was born deaf. She loves fixing radios and she loves her Grandma and Grandpa. Iris learned about a whale in school. Its name is Blue 55, and it sings songs but not one replies. Iris feels how hard it would be for no one to reply to what they say, because that is what happens to her, because she is deaf. Iris talks to a scientist who is studying about Blue 55 and trying to tag Blue 55. Iris talks with her and asks if Blue 55 is deaf. The scientist said that they already tested that and Blue 55 is not deaf.

Teen Review
Book Cover: Everything I Thought I Knew title text on top of a red and blue watercolor heart illustration.

Everything I Thought I Knew

By Shannon Takaoka
4
Rated by
Eve L.
Mar 6, 2021

Seventeen-year-old Chloe Russell deals with her drastically different life after her heart transplant through learning to surf from Kai, whom she might be crushing on just a little bit. Meanwhile, she has to survive summer school and is being plagued by a recurring dream about an accident and people she's never seen before.      
 

Teen Review
Cover photo of the book The Story of Arthur Truluv

The Story of Arthur Truluv

By Elizabeth Berg
5
Rated by
Miranda H.
Jan 15, 2021

Elizabeth Berg’s The Story of Arthur Truluv (2017) is a realistic fiction novel telling the interweaving stories of Maddy Harris, Arthur “Truluv” Moses, and Lucille Howard. One day, while Maddy is visiting the cemetery to escape her school lunchroom, she runs into Arthur, who is visiting his wife’s grave; they become fast friends and join forces to combat their loneliness –Maddy’s from the estrangement of her father and boyfriend and Arthur’s from the death of his wife.

Teen Review
Cover photo of the book Supergifted

Supergifted

By Gordon Korman
4
Rated by
Raghu P.
Dec 29, 2020

Donovan Curtis is not what you call “gifted.” However, his genius friend, Noah Youkilis, is Supergifted, with one of the highest IQs. After spending many years at the Academy for Scholastic Distinction, Noah looks for the chance to fail and to become normal. He lands at Donovan’s school and finds himself in trouble with cheerleading captain Megan Mercury and jock Hash “Hashtag” Taggart. Donovan sticks up for Noah but gets caught in his own feud and has to stay away from Hashtag. Noah believes that Donovan was mistreated and goes to Hashtag’s house to give Hashtag a piece of his mind.

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