Reviews by Tag: friendship

Teen Review
All American Boys by Jason Reynolds & Brendan Kiely

All American Boys

By Jason Reynolds & Brendan Kiely
4
Rated by
John M.
Dec 13, 2021

All American Boys is told from the perspectives of Rashad Butler and Quinn Collins. The story revolves around Rashad getting beaten by police after being suspected of robbery. Both characters struggle with the aftermath of being the victim and witnessing police brutality. Normally I don't opt to read books with more than one perspective, but I genuinely enjoyed reading the stories of Rashad and Quinn. The authors do a great job distinguishing which character the story is being told from.

Teen Review
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The Book Thief

By Markus Zusak
5
Rated by
N.A. Singh
Dec 9, 2021

Told through the point of view of Death, we follow a young German girl named Liesel. She is living in the midst of World War II in Germany, the heart of the Nazi regime. After stealing her very first book, she finds comfort in the words and develops a passion for reading and learning. However, soon her life is put into danger when her parents decide to hide a Jew, the once thought of enemy.

Teen Review
Normal People by Sally Rooney

Normal People

By Sally Rooney
2
Rated by
Emily N.
Dec 7, 2021

The story of love, heartbreak, betrayal, and reunion between the two main characters, Connell and Marianne. Told over the course of a few years, readers follow their journey through high school and college as they navigate their ever-changing relationship. I really wanted to like this book. After everything I had heard about Sally Rooney, I had high expectations for this book, and unfortunately, I feel like it didn’t quite live up to the hype. Normally I am a big fan of romance, but this one just didn’t cut it for me.

Teen Review
The Lonely Dead by April Henry

The Lonely Dead

By April Henry
5
Rated by
Shreya A.
Nov 17, 2021

The Lonely Dead is a thrilling and wondrous mystery novel by April Henry. This book is about a girl named Adele who can see the dead. Adele's grampa takes her to the psychiatrist and the psychiatrist told her that she has a disease where she could see things that weren't there. One day she finds her ex-best friend (Tori) calling out to her and pleading for her to tell her parents that she is dead. When Tori’s body is reported to the police, they lead an investigation to figure out who murdered Tori.

Teen Review
They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

They Both Die at the End

By Adam Silvera
4
Rated by
Danielle H.
Oct 21, 2021

Two boys named Mateo and Rufus have the rest of the day to do whatever they please to do in the short remainder of their lives. They both want to figure out where their lives go and what they are going to pursue in the future. But when they are told they are going to die today by the Death-cast they become stuck. When they end up finding each other and go on these emotional and adventurous activities together and build a connection. When it comes down to their last moments together will they truly die or not?

Teen Review
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

By J.K. Rowling
5
Rated by
Shreya A.
Oct 21, 2021

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is an exotic and lovable fantasy novel by J.K. Rowling. This book is about a prisoner named Sirius Black who escaped Azkaban (wizarding prison). Everyone believes that Sirius is after Harry because they think Sirius was under Voldemort. Harry, Ron, and Hermione find out what Sirius black was after. I love the way Sirius and Harry get along after they find out the truth after Harry’s parents’ deaths.

Teen Review
The Valley and the Flood by Rebecca Mahoney

The Valley and the Flood

By Rebecca Mahoney
4
Rated by
Marium K.
Oct 21, 2021

While trying to drive back to her home, Rose Colter gets stuck in the Nevada Desert. Suddenly, her radio starts playing her deceased friend’s voice. She decides to follow a light that leads her to the town of Lotus Valley. There she discovers that she will cause a flood in three days due to a prophecy. Does Rose stop the flood? What will happen next? Read more to find out!

Teen Review
Kate in Waiting by Becky Albertalli

Kate in Waiting

By Becky Albertalli
4
Rated by
Marium K.
Oct 21, 2021

Kate and Anderson are best friends that do many things together and share many memories together.  They both also share many crushes together, but then Matt Olsen, one of their crushes, suddenly shows up at their theatre rehearsals. Their relationship isn’t the only thing at stake.

Teen Review
Where Secrets Lie by Eva V. Gibson

Where Secrets Lie

By Eva V. Gibson
3
Rated by
Marium K.
Oct 6, 2021

Amy Larsen traditionally spends her summers with her best friend Teddy and her cousin Ben in River Run, located in Kentucky. As tension brews between Teddy and Amy, they are suddenly met with a tragic situation. Teddy’s sister has suddenly disappeared, now all three must depend on each other to solve the case; and save Teddy’s sister.

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